Monday, 8 September 2014

Beanies Coffee - Review and Giveaway

As I don't drink hot drinks this review has been written by my fiancé Neil.

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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391 comments:

  1. cinammon hazelnut

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  2. Being a Hazel has to be Nutty Hazelnut for me!

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  3. I would love to try the Irish Cream one first!

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  4. I would love to try first the Chocolate Orange flavour. I love the two flavours combined xxx

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  5. These flavoured coffees sound delicious and would certainly wake me up in the morning. They would taste even better with the odd croissant or two

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  6. Double chocolate sounds good.

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  7. Double chocolate sounds delicious!

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  8. The Cinder Toffee sounds delicious

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  9. i don't know looking forward to trying all
    lisa ann tebbutt

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  10. Chocolate orange one sounds lovely

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  11. Amaretto Almond would be the one I try first as I LOVE amaretto, but they all sound lush to me :)

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  12. Cinnamon Hazelnut sounds lush

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  13. I think Amaretto Almond. I do like a wee tipple of amaretto as I love the marzipan flavour. I would hope that the coffee would have the same lovely panziness...yum

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  14. Irish Cream! with a bit of Baileys! sounds delish!

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  15. Double chocolate of course!!!

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  16. Got to be nutty hazelnut.....coffee and nuts, winning combination :-D

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  17. Double chocolate sounds amazing!

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  18. Very vanilla, my favourite smell, and with coffee too, lush ��

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  19. Very Vanilla appeals most to me.

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  20. I would like to try the "ginger bread". I had a gingerbread latte a few years ago and would like to try and recreate that if I can. :)

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  21. The ginger bread one sounds interesting :)

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  22. all of them! but I would try the amaretto one first

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  23. They all sound lovely, but I think I'd try Cinnamon hazelnut first :)

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  24. I'd love to try the Irish cream one! :D

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  25. The chocolate orange flavour sounds yummy

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  26. Would HAVE to be Irish Cream. Less calories than adding my Baileys to my coffee (and a lt cheaper too LOL)

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  27. The chocolate orange. It sounds divine

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  28. Ah! Come on thats such a simple question to a chocoholic.Double chocolate would be the one i would like to try first :)

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  29. I'd go straight for the Gingerbread!

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  30. Chocolate Orange sounds very nice!

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  31. the chocolate orange sounds yummy

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  32. Very vanilla. I love vanilla coffee

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  33. i absolutely love anything gibger so it would be that for me.i love eating it drinking it and having candles to smell my house like it lol.its great for me as ginger is very good for your health

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  34. The Amaretto Almond I think I'd try first, I have tried the Gingerbread one and I agree, the aroma is lush x

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  35. It would have to be Double Chocolate, if it tastes as good as the Cinder Toffee it will be amazing.

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  36. I'd go straight for the Very Vanilla. I'm boring that way. I just really like vanilla coffee!

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  37. Cinder toffee
    (Spencer Broadley)

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  38. I'm a chocoholic so it has to be double chocolate

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  39. Irish cream for me I think.. Yum

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  40. christine shelley9 September 2014 at 09:32

    definitely nutty hazelnut

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  41. Gingerbread sounds gorgeous :)

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  42. Hard choice, but cinnamon hazelnut.

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  43. I would love to try the Double Chocolate

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  44. Double chocolate would be good to try out

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  45. Irish Cream mmmmmm - E Doody

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  46. Chocolate Orange to dip a biscuit in.

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  47. I would like to try the Irish Cream flavour first.

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  48. Very Vanilla sounds amazing ♥

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  49. Would love to try the chocolate orange.

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  50. Chocolate orange sounds delicious :)

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  51. Nutty Hazelnut

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  52. Irish Cream for the win!!!

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  53. Double Chocolate sounds delicious.

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  54. Chocolate Orange sounds delicious

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  55. double chocolate

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  56. Double Chocolate.
    from samantha price

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  57. Double Chocolate - Thank you for the opportunity to win a great prize and be in a wonderful competition - Thanks again :)

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  58. I would try the Amaretto Almond first as amaretto is my favourite :)

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  59. The Gingerbread sounds yummy & Autumnal!

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  60. It's gotta be the Amaretto Almond one!

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  61. Double chocolate, sounds amazing

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  62. Gingerbread, I am also a huge fan. You might like to know that Costa serve gingerbread lattes all year round, unlike Starbucks ;)

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  63. Chocolate Orange sounds yummy. I love flavoured coffee

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  64. I love anything cinnamon so definitely cinnamon hazlenut.

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  65. Choc orange (maybe with a wee nip of brandy!)

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  66. Vanilla first, then maybe Double Chocolate.

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  67. Cinder Toffee

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  68. Irish Coffee :)

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  69. Hard choice to make but I'd start with the Gingerbread

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  70. Ginger bread mmmmm

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  71. cinammon hazelnut, because both are known for their health benefits.

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  72. OMG Double chocolate! Mmmmmmmmm :)

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  73. I'd love to try the Chocolate Orange first.

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  74. It'd be a tough choice between Nutty Hazelnut & Amaretto Almond to be honest. The other half would probably prefer Hazelnut so I'll go with that ;)

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  75. Chocolate Orange for sure.

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  76. Chocolate Orange for sure!

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  77. The choc orange sound lovely would like to try this one first

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  78. mmm, hard decision. I'll go with very vanilla!

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  79. Gingerbread sounds perfect for this time of year!

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  80. Would try the double chocolate first x

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  81. chocolate orange

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  82. Oh what a hard one, I would pick the nutty hazelnut to try first

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  83. Chocolate Orange

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  84. Very Vanilla sounds just perfect to me!

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  85. gingerbread

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  86. I have to admit I really, really love the Caramel (have about 3 jars here at the moment) but I'm not a fan of the Gingerbread which was disappointing as I had high expectations for it. However, the Rich Hazelnut is a second favourite. The beans though - wow. You have got to get a burr grinder and try the Maple Pecan because it's out of this world! Love your review Ellen xx

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  87. Very Vanilla flavour sounds lovely - and my sister isnt a great coffee fan so perhaps trying something like this will get her into it!

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