Costa Coffee Vegan Drinks

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Vegan drinks and vegan food at Costa Coffee

Ever find yourself walking into a coffee shop – especially the chain ones that are like, every ten feet, and feeling overwhelmed by the generic menu boards and no obvious allergen menu? And let’s not forget the queue of impatient people that don’t want to hang around! Well, here’s my solution to that, one chain at a time. This time: vegan Costa Coffee drinks!

I’ve gotten tired of constantly Googling this, so I’ve decided to create my own guide. It’s a bit like what happened with constantly stopping at Welcome Break service stations… this is here as much for you guys, as it is for me!

So, without further adieu, my guide for Costa Coffee vegan drinks (and snacks). Including a few tasty Costa Coffee drink hacks.

Last updated: August 2017. Source: Allergen menu 

Vegan drinks and vegan food at Costa Coffee

Vegan friendly drinks

Hot drinks

Coffee

  • Americano (with soy if not black)
  • Soy Flat White
  • Soy Caffe Latte
  • Soy Cappuccino (see syrups note)
  • Soy Cortado
  • Soy Macchiato
  • Soy Chai Latte
  • Soy Specialty Latte (see syrups note)
  • Soy Mocha Latte
  • Soy Mocha

Tea and Hot Chocolate

  • Soy Hot Chocolate (no whipped cream or marshmallows)
  • Thoroughly Minted
  • The Earl
  • Citrus & Ginger
  • Simply Sencha
  • Everyday Tea
  • English Breakfast Decaf

Cold drinks

Iced

Want to know what’s vegan at Starbucks?
  • Iced Americano (+ with soy milk)
  • Iced Espresso
  • Iced Ristretto
  • Soy Iced Cappuccino  (see syrups note)
  • Soy Iced Popcorn Cappuccino
  • Soy Iced Mocha
  • Soy Iced Latte
  • Soy Iced Chai Latte
  • Soy Iced Mocha Latte
  • Soy Iced Specialty Latte (see syrups note)
  • Soy Iced Chocolate
  • Soy Iced Cortado
  • Soy Iced Espresso Macchiato

Frostino’s and Coolers

  • Soy Coffee Frostino
  • Soy Coffee Cooler
  • Green Tea, Lime And Mint Fruit Cooler
  • Blackberry And Raspberry Fruit Cooler
  • Mango And Passion Fruit Cooler
  • Tropical Fruit Cooler
  • Cherry and Orange Cooler
  • Passion Fruit, Mango and Peach Superday Smoothie
  • Strawberry and Banana Superday Smoothie
  • Spinach, Mango, Pineapple and Banana Superday Smoothie

Teas and Other 

  • Lemonade
  • Peach Lemonade
  • Peach Iced Tea
  • Lemon Iced Tea
  • Pineapple And Coconut Water

Vegan-friendly syrups

As of the time of writing, all syrups are vegan except for marshmallow. That means you can have:
  • Caramel
  • Gingerbread
  • Cinnamon
  • Hazelnut
  • Vanilla
  • Sugar free caramel
  • Sugar free gingerbread
Seasonal syrups at Costa Coffee

Seasonal Specials at Costa Coffee

As with most coffee chains in the UK, Costa Coffee likes to bring out seasonal specials! Christmas is the most obvious one, but summer and autumn bring temporary drinks too.

Christmas drinks that are vegan-friendly:

  • Soy salted caramel cappuccino
  • Soy gingerbread latte
  • Soy honeycomb latte
  • Soy amaretti latte

Unfortunately all the speciality hot chocolates (Lindt hot chocolate, mint hot chocolate, black forest hot chocolate, toasted marshmallow hot chocolate) are still not suitable due to the milk powder in their cocoa mix!

Seasonal special syrups – all (currently) vegan-friendly:

  • Popcorn
  • Amaretti
  • Honeycomb
  • Salted caramel

Drinks to avoid

  • Lindt Hot chocolate
  • Babyccino
  • Sweet & Low sweeter
  • Original Lemonade
  • Peach Lemonade
  • Spice Apple Juice

Costa Coffee Vegan Secret Menu?

The Starbucks “Secret Menu” is absurdly well known, but I like to toy with the menu (and poor baristas tempers) at all  coffee places. If they have vegan syrups, it’s fair game in my book! Why not try one of these out next time you’re at Costa?

  • Cinnamon roll latte: Vanilla soy latte with cinnamon syrup
  • Cinnamon french toast latte:  Hazelnut soy latte with cinnamon syrup
  • Caramel snickerdoodle latte: Caramel soy latte with cinnamon and vanilla syrups
  • Cake batter latte: Vanilla soy latte with hazelnut syrup

Can you tell I Have a think for cinnamon??

Vegan food at Costa Coffee

I’ll just put this out there right now: the vegan food at Costa is awful. Why? Because they don’t have any! At the time of updating (July 2017) there are still no sandwiches, wraps, salads etc available at Costa Coffee that are suitable for vegans. I don’t count the toast as a ‘choice’ since there doesn’t even seem to be dairy free spread! There are a few snacks and nibbles, which I’ve listed below.

Snacks

  • Fruity Crumble bar
  • Dried mango chunks
  • Dried Fruit & Nuts
  • Nuts
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Tyrrells Sweet And Salty Popcorn
  • Tyrrells  Lightly Sea Salted Crisps
  • Tyrrells Sea Salt And Cider Vinegar Crisps
  • Tyrrells Sweet Chilli And Red Pepper Crisps
  • Tyrrells Mixed Root Vegetable Crisps

Food

  • Toast (no butter) with Marmite, Marmalade or Strawberry jam

What’s my order?

My favourite vegan drink to order at Costa Coffee is (at the moment)  primo soy cappuccino, with sugar free gingerbread syrup. And the chocolate dusting, every time!

What’s yours? Comment below!

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11 thoughts on “Costa Coffee Vegan Drinks

    1. Hi Donna,
      I double checked their current allergen guide and acccording to that, it’s dairy free and suitable for vegans 🙂 I checked both the powder reference and the drinks themselves and it all says it’s fine.

    1. Good spot – not sure if I got them confused with their brand of bean (which also has “mocha”) in the name, or if the menu there has updated… either way, the post has been updated. Thank you so much, James! I’ve checked the Soy Iced Chocolate and that’s still OK, and the good news is the Superday Smoothies are now marked as Vegan too!

  1. According to their allergen list the mocha cooler and mocha latte cooler are vegan. Is this wrong then? And on another vegan forum about Costa people were saying that their hot chocolate and mocha are both vegan. It’s just the issue of possible cross contamination that may be an issue for some. And i’m not strict on products that may contain traces of dairy.

    1. Hiya, in their online sheet neither says ‘Yes’ for vegans, unless you’re looking at their coffee blend (called Mocha Italia), so that’s marked as vegan on the sheet

      That said, the mocha drinks are all said to be unsuitable for vegans even when made with soy milk. But that looks to be a cross-contamination issue with the milk only.

      With regards to the hot chocolate, it’s the same – cross contamination, not the product itself (only if you skip the marshmallows and whipped cream).

      Hope this helps! 🙂

  2. Hey, just wondering about the iced drinks, I think the iced soy chocolate still has milk in?
    Also do you know if any of the frostino ones are adaptable? I was wondering whether it’s the powder they use or if it’s just the drizzle, so could be ordered without drizzle?

    1. Sorry about the delay, I’ve been waiting on Costa for a proper reply! They confirmed on Twitter today that they Soy Iced Chocolate is suitable for vegans – the tweet is here

      For the Frostino’s – some of them are OK with a couple of modifications, some of them aren’t. I’ve updated the post above to include them 🙂

  3. None of the chocolate drinks (hot chocolate, mocha, mocha latte etc) are vegan regardless of using soya milk. There is milk in the chocolate powder.

    1. Hiya – according to their allergen menu, actually in the case of the regular hot chocolate and mocha latte, it’s a cross contamination only 🙂

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