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Can You Add Evaporated Milk to Coffee? (With Recipe!)

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When it comes to coffee, everyone has their favorite flavor and preference with add-ins. Some people prefer their coffee black, while others love their store-bought creamers. There are plenty of things to add to coffee, so there’s no shortage of possibilities when it comes to dairy. But what do you do when your usual creamer options are out? Look in your pantry for a can of evaporated milk- while it may seem strange, you can easily add evaporated milk to coffee.

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What is Evaporated Milk?

Evaporated milk sounds like a science experiment more than anything else, but it’s quite a useful item to have on hand. It’s milk that goes through a process to get rid of around 50-60% of the water out of whole milk, which results in a thick, creamy dairy milk product. It’s not too difficult to make at home as well, so you can skip the trip to the store if a recipe calls for it. It’s usually found in canned form and has a year-long shelf life, so it’s great to have as a backup if need be. Evaporated milk can be used for baking, cooking, and drink-making.

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Evaporated Milk vs Condensed Milk in Coffee

Besides evaporated milk, another popular canned dairy product is condensed milk. While both are useful and have their places in culinary arts, evaporated milk has a different taste. Both evaporated milk and condensed milk go through the same process to remove water from whole milk, but there’s one big difference: sugar Evaporated milk has no added sugar, whereas condensed milk is very sweet due to the sugar that’s been added. Because condensed milk is so sweet, using it in coffee may make it too sweet to drink.

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How to Add Evaporated Milk to Coffee

Adding evaporated milk to coffee is a great alternative to the usual dairy add-ins. It’s rich and creamy, so it will have more flavor than whole milk alone. However, evaporated milk is much thicker than regular dairy, so you won’t need as much as you’d think you’d need.
5 star average
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 drink(s)
Calories 40 kcal


  • Coffee mug
  • Can opener
  • Spoon


  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup hot coffee or cold brew


  • Shake the can of evaporated milk, then open the can.
  • Pour a hot cup of coffee into a mug or cold brew coffee over ice.
  • Slowly add some evaporated milk and stir, then stop when you’ve found your preferred flavor and level of dairy.
  • Store the rest of the evaporated milk in an air-tight container and place it in the fridge.


Image Credit: Merrimon Crawford, Shutterstock


Calories: 40kcal
Keyword evaporated milk in coffee

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Evaporated milk is a great dairy product to have on hand for many things, including your morning coffee. It is thicker and richer in taste than regular milk or creamer, so it’ll have a different feel and flavor in coffee. It’s not sweet like condensed milk, so you can use it as a non-sweet dairy base for plenty of coffee drinks. If you are out of milk or creamer at home but you have some evaporated milk in the pantry, open a can for a quick coffee fix and save a trip to the store.

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Jaimie Wisniowski

Jaimie is a freelance writer fueled by coffee, whether it’s hot, iced, or made from a local coffee shop. She enjoys writing all things coffee, especially if it means trying the latest coffee shop trends (hello cold foam!). After spending years writing poems, college essays, and short stories, it only a matter of time to turn writing into a career. Writing about coffee simply combined two of her favorite things! When she’s not drinking coffee by the minute and writing at her laptop, Jaimie spends time hiking, exercising, and living an active life. She also loves to snuggle up with a good book and her dog, Margo. If you catch her without a cup of coffee, she’s probably on her way to the coffee maker now.

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