Hello there! Ellen has asked me, as the coffee drinker in the house, to review some flavoured, instant, coffee blends from Beanies, the flavour company. So, today I'll be reviewing the flavours "Double Chocolate", "Very Vanilla" and "Ginger bread" (There are more flavours in their range, but these are the flavours that particularly appealed to me).
Before I go any further I should say that my only previous experience of flavoured coffees have been the standard syrup-enhanced lattes (and similar) from the usual high-street coffee-shop chains. (My common drinks choice from said establishments being a vanilla latte, mocha or anything gingerbread-related -- unfortunately most of the big name coffee shops reserve gingerbread as a winter exclusive flavour -- BOO!)
So, starting with the Very Vanilla.
On opening the jar you get an incredible aroma of vanilla. With these coffees they say that they aim for it to be sweet enough with the flavour that you should not need additional sugar or sweeteners. Because of this I initially tried the coffee without my usual mountain of sugar. My first impressions was that the coffee was a nice flavour, but the vanilla flavouring was quite subtle. I also found that it wasn't sweet enough for me so I had to add additional sugar - but all in all it was a pleasant cup of coffee.
Moving onto the Double Chocolate.
Similar to the Very Vanilla, you get a great aroma on opening the jar. There is a definite feel of mocha about the scent you pick up. Making the coffee, again I had to add extra sugar (but no more than two spoon's worth). The flavour is a little more noticeable here. There is a wonderful dark chocolate bitterness running through it; I know that coffee and chocolate are great complimentary flavours anyway, so I shouldn't be surprised by this. But I felt this really worked quite well. Definitely one of my favourites.
Finally the Ginger Bread flavour.
The expectation here is quite high, you might have noticed my disappointment that certain major chains only run gingerbread flavoured coffee's during the "holidays." What I want from this coffee flavour is something magical that really satisfies my gingerbread-loving needs. But does it deliver?
First impressions; you get a strong smell of ginger on opening the jar - from the previous flavours I was expecting a good scent and am not disappointed. Taste-wise it delivers too. There is a definite ginger flavour running through it; I would say it's more of a crystalized ginger flavour than a gingerbread one though - although that isn't a bad thing. Of all the flavours I was expecting this to be my favourite and it is.
All in all, not a bad selection of coffee; and a really nice idea. For me it failed on the not needing extra sugar claim, but that is probably more down to me and my sweet tooth than them and their coffee recipes. (The jars say that, including the flavouring, each cup starts at only 2 calories - so adding a little more sugar isn't the end of the world).
I found the flavours a nice change from standard instant coffee. The coffee itself was good and the flavours ranged from subtle to more intense and, in my mind worked well. They might not be as potent as some of the syrupy coffee-shop lattes, but they're a nice and flavourful alternative.
Because of this I feel fine recommending them and their range of coffee -- but you don't have to take my word for it. Beanies, the flavour company have generously offered us a selection of all their flavours to give away to one lucky blog reader.
One winner will receive nine jars of flavoured coffee
The flavours are Amaretto Almond, Chocolate Orange, Cinder Toffee, Cinnamon Hazelnut, Double Chocolate, Ginger Bread, Irish Cream, Nutty Hazelnut and Very Vanilla.
To enter the competition simply complete as many of the steps as you wish on the Rafflecopter form below. (Note we require an email address). A winner will be chosen at random at the end of the competition. The competition is open to residents of the UK only. Good Luck.
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Closing date: 8th October 2014.
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