This Turmeric Latte with Coffee is delicately fragrant, and slightly spicy with a coffee kick to get you going!Turmeric Latte with Coffee - delicately spiced and comforting but with a little caffeine kick!

‘What the heck is this turmeric latte or golden milk all about? Sounds a bit weird!’

That’s what I was thinking about when I first started seeing the hype.

Supposedly the next big cult drink of 2016 due to the anti-inflamatory and anti-oxidant properties of the turmeric. I wasn’t convinced.

Would it be like drinking watered-down curry?
Would it wake me up in the morning like my favourite first cup of coffee – despite the lack of caffeine?

I was going to forget about it – thinking I’d maybe try it if Starbucks put it on their specials menu, but then I kept thinking about a delicious rice-pudding-style dessert called Kheer that one of my Indian colleagues had brought into work once (when I worked in an office job). It was a creamy dessert made with rice, milk and pistachios, but it was also flavoured with cardamon – something I’d only ever associated with savoury dishes. If cardamon could taste so delicious in a sweet dish, then why not turmeric?

Turmeric Latte with Coffee - delicately spiced and comforting but with a little caffeine kick!

So I did a little experimentation….

It tried making it with almond milk and also with regular milk. With and without sugar and also with and without a sneaky spoon of coffee.

And you know what?

It’s flippin tasty!

My favourite version was made with almond milk, a little coconut sugar and coffee. I only used 3/4 tsp of really good quality instant coffee per cup, so you couldn’t taste it too much, but I felt it made it more like a morning drink to get you moving – rather than a warm and comforting drink that makes you want to curl up on the sofa.
The flavour is earthy and warming with a slight hint of heat coming from the turmeric and ginger.

Turmeric Latte with Coffee - delicately spiced and comforting but with a little caffeine kick!

I’ve only recently started using coconut sugar. Have you tried it?

It’s a brown sugar – a little less sweet than regular sugar, and it’s got this deep caramel-ish scent to it. I haven’t tried it in baking yet, but I’m looking forward to using it in some cookies and cakes – like this Carrot and Orange Traybake. It’s supposed to be much better than regular sugar (less processed, more nutrients, lower GI etc). I thought the flavour would work well in the latte without making it sickly sweet. I don’t usually have sugar at all in coffee, so was really looking for something with just a hint of sweetness to balance out the spices.

The latte needs to be made in a pan and whisked to get a foamy topping (some people blend it, but I’m not keen on putting hot liquids in my blender – I’m too accident prone).

If you do add coffee, it will look more of a brownish yellow rather than the well-known golden colour, but it will turn more yellow as the milk is heated through.

I’ll definitely make it again. It’s not an every day coffee (a bit too much effort first thing in the morning), but I could easily see myself enjoying one with a piece of fruit toast at the weekend.

Be warned though – try not to spill. You will have a yellow-splodged countertop and t-shirt that requires a fair bit of scrubbing to get out.

Told you I was accident prone.

The Turmeric Latte with Coffee Recipe:

4.84 from 6 votes

Turmeric Latte with Coffee

Turmeric Latte with Coffee - delicately spiced and comforting but with a little caffeine kick!
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, British


  • 480 ml (2 cups) almond milk
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • tsp ground ginger
  • tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 ½ tsp good-quality instant coffee I use Nescafe Azera
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar optional - or replace with honey/regular sugar
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  • Place all of the ingredients into a small saucepan. Heat on a medium-high heat whilst whisking with a balloon whisk. This will ensure you get a nice thick froth.
    480 ml (2 cups) almond milk, 1 tsp ground turmeric, 1/3 tsp ground ginger, 1/3 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla bean paste, 1 1/2 tsp good-quality instant coffee, 2 tsp coconut sugar
  • Heat until the drink is very hot, but not boiling (don't let it boil).
  • Pour into two cups and serve. Sprinkle with an extra pinch of turmeric if you like.


Nutritional Information is per cup, using coconut sugar to sweeten.


Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Turmeric Latte with Coffee - delicately spiced and comforting but with a little caffeine kick!

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  1. joanahendyJoana Hendy says:

    I think I would love to try this drink myself! Can do with or without sugar and still manages to taste great!

  2. tesswoodard says:

    Do you think you could make this with black tea instead?

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      I haven’t tried it with black tea, but I think it would work. Let me know how it goes 🙂

  3. Bhavana says:

    Simple tip to avoid the messy tee – pour the coffee from about a meter’s height back and forth from the pan to the mug and back. It’s a South Indian trick in something called ‘meter coffee’ for exactly that reason – to make filter coffee frothy. Search on Youtube for a few videos 🙂

  4. Adolf Sinaga says:

    Coffee with ginger, coconut sugar, tumeric with cinnamon, actually is nothing new in Java. But to put also Almond Milk, now im intrigue. Sadly its so hard and expensive here in Java. Gonna try it first with condensed milk. Hopefully able to make it foamy like yours.
    What also interesting is to try other types of ginger like galangal, galingale, greater galingale, etc. They all have diff flavour, smoothness, smell.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      If only I could get hold of other types of ginger! I’ve seen galangal – which sounds like a great idea – not seen the others though.
      You can also make this one with regular milk Adolf – I like that version too (even better if it’s full fat milk :-))

  5. Chris @thinlyspread says:

    Gorgeous pictures! I love golden milk, I first tried it at a festival a couple of years ago and was hooked but I’ve never tried coconut sugar – I need to put that right at once!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Wow, I didn’t realise it was a thing at all until a few months ago. You’re certainly ahead of the game Chris 🙂

  6. Heidi Wilde says:

    I would have never thought of this! I’m glad to hear it’s tasty too considering the health benefits. 🙂 WIll definitely be trying this. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Awesome Heidi, I hope you like it 🙂

  7. efwalt says:

    Wow it looks stunning. I’ve avoided the tumeric milk hype until now…glad to hear you were also a sceptic before you tried it.! I’m not a coffee lover so would possibly leave it out. Still sounds delish!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Absolutely, it doesn’t need the coffee, I just need that bit of caffeine to get me going in the morning 🙂

    2. Bhavana says:

      Tumeric milk is a traditional Indian drink (served without coffee) since ages. it’s typically had to boost immunity, or when kids are sick since . it definitely tastes delicious even without coffee in its pure form!

  8. Foodie Quine (@foodiequine) says:

    I have to admit that when I started reading this I really wasn’t very sure about the whole concept but as I read on you got me totally onboard with it! I’m going to try a version using my Nespresso Machine and Aeroccino.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Ooh sounds like a plan 🙂 Hope you like it!

  9. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says:

    I love the beautiful colour that turmeric gives. I have never thought to have it in a latte too – that is something I will try in the winter months for sure.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      That’s a good point actually Dannii. I tried it first because I was hearing all the buzz around it, but it really would make a great winter drink.

  10. BORN TO SWEAT says:

    i thought the same thing for the longest time! i thought it would be like drinking bland curry sauce haha and i was NOT into it. I tried it for the first time a couple weeks ago and actually really enjoyed it. love the idea of using coconut sugar for sweetner

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Ha ha I think a lot of people will be wary to try it, but I’ve had it a few times now. I really like that slight spicy kick to it.