Updated in 2021! The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is an international coffeehouse chain that started over 50 years ago in Southern California. If you’re a fan of black coffee or love your tea straight up, then this could be your perfect caffeine stop. But if you like flavored beverages, make sure you heed the dairy-free warnings below.
Dairy-Free Menu Guide for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
They offer an interesting nutrition and allergen guide, which looks very unfriendly to dairy-free guests. In fact, it’s one degree shy of useless since it lists all the size options rather than ingredient options. So we did some sleuthing to uncover the dairy-free options at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
Dairy-Free & Vegan Beverages on the Menu
- Coffee (Hot, Cold Brew, and Iced)
- Americano (Hot or Iced)
- Espresso Shot (Single or Double)
- Tea (Hot, Iced, and Sweet)
- Cold Brew Tea (Mango, Peach Jasmine, Lemonade, Raspberry, Blood Orange)
- Bottled Water
- Bottled Juice
Sub the Milk to Make These Drinks Dairy-Free & Vegan
- Cold Brew Coffee (Regular / Nitro)
- Cold Brew Vanilla Bean Latte (Regular / Nitro)
- Cold Brew Pumpkin Latte (Regular / Nitro; seasonal)
- Cappuccino (Hot / Iced)
- Latte (Hot / Iced)
- Café Au Lait
- Flat White
Dairy-Free Milk Beverages: The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf now offers almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, and soy milk. Not all varieties are at every location, and they do have an additional charge for the dairy-free substitution.
Swap in Vanilla Bean “Sauce” to Make these Drinks Dairy-Free & Vegan
- Vanilla Latte (Hot / Iced)
- Vanilla Americano (Hot / Iced)
- Café Vanilla
- Vanilla Iced Coffee
Heads Up! The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf uses their own flavored powders for their drinks, which all have a milk base (including their vanilla and matcha powders). Most of their syrups also contain milk ingredients (including the caramel and chocolate syrups). But you can substitute Vanilla Bean Sauce/Syrup, which is dairy-free and vegan, or Vanilla Syrup, which is dairy-free, for the Vanilla Powder to make the drinks above dairy-free. Their Vanilla Syrup contains honey, so it isn’t strictly vegan.
Dairy-Free & Vegan Food at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
- Plain Bagel
- Everything Bagel
- Vegan Banana Bread (select locations)
- Vegan Chocolate Brownie (select locations)
- Chicken Banh Mi Sandwich (seasonal)
- Fruit Cup
- Beanfield’s Chips
- Kettle Chips (select flavors, see labels)
- Oat Cups (Modern Oats or Umpqua Oats)
- Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookies
- Sabra Hummus Snack Packs with Pretzels
Heads Up! The food menu can vary quite a bit between Coffee Bean locations. The information above covers what you might find at their corporate owned shops. You might find an additional option or two at your location.
This Post is for Informational Purposes Only
Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.
There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.
Where to Find The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was founded over 50 years ago, so they’ve amassed quite a few locations. They have over 1000 shops throughout the U.S. and in 31 other countries. See the website below to find a store.
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They lack transparency and have few dairy-free options
I used to love The Coffee Bean, and I do give them props for having multiple vegan milks available and (in some locations) vegan brownies and banana nut bread. I have three problems though:
1. The huge surcharge on non-dairy milks. It’s just not fair or reasonable to charge so much.
2. Lack of options. If you look at the website as of 05/16/21, there are ZERO completely dairy free flavored drinks.
3. Lack of transparency. It’s frankly ridiculous to have three different vanilla products, one of which always has milk (vanilla powder), one which at some point did not have dairy but did have honey and was therefore not vegan (vanilla sauce), and one which was at some point vegan (vanilla *bean* sauce/syrup). I check ingredients of things I’ve had before just because I know things change, but I still think The Coffee Bean should have made it clearer to customers when they changed their sauces/syrups to all have dairy in them.
Peet’s, Philz, Starbucks, etc. all came out with actually clearly labeled and vegan products this year, so Coffee Bean has totally lost my business until they stop being so pro-dairy. 🙁
Response from Go Dairy Free
We agree, it’s chaotic! Yes, as noted above the only dairy-free drinks “on the menu” are the ones we have listed, which are basic options. Custom orders are needed for anything “fancy.”