I'm a coffee girl, I have to admit it. The only thing better than a mug of coffee first thing in the morning, is one made by someone else, and accompanied by a bacon sarnie. And I do love a posh, frouffy, flavoured coffee. The sort you get in those expensive coffee shops, where you have to wait ten minutes & then get a pint of scalding coffee with your name on the paper cup. Well, anyway, the people at Beanies Flavour Co asked me if I'd like to try out some of their flavoured instant coffee to review, and how could I resist?
I received two jars of Beanies coffee, in Rich Hazelnut and Amaretto Almond flavours to brighten up my mornings. They're only weenie 50g jars, but as I've got no intention of sharing with Daddy, they're big enough to keep me happy for a fair while (he drinks a bucket sized mug in the morning, one of these would barely make it to the weekend with him, and it's Thursday night now!).
I cracked open the Amaretto Almond flavour first, I do love Amaretto in coffee, and I figured the flavour of my favourite boozy coffee, without the actual booze, might be one way to get me in a good mood to start the day. And do you know what? It works. The Amaretto Almond flavour is lovely, properly almondy, but without being over the top. It's nicely sweet, the coffees are designed to not need sugar in them (though I always need sugar in my coffee, it's part of the ritual), and a smooth rich taste, just right to put a smile on my face. I decided to enjoy this in my Olympics mug with a slice of marmite on toast.
I have to admit, I wasn't quite so keen on the Rich Hazelnut flavour. I'm not quite sure what it was, the smell was great, but the flavour was just a bit too much for me. It just didn't work for me, but if you like the purple ones in the Quality Street tin (and plenty of people do), it might well tickle your fancy. I'll use it for baking, the coffee is quite strong, and that always helps with cakes as it means you don't water down the mix too much.
The Beanies range includes chocolate, vanilla, caramel, Irish cream & Cinnamon & hazelnut variations in the instant coffee as well as the two I tried, and a HUGE range of "proper" coffee for filters & machines - including a couple of flavours I used to get from a high street coffee co, who have stopped selling them, so now I can get my Chocolate Cherry Coffee fix again, in the comfort of my own home!
You can order Beanies Coffees online, or they're stocked exclusively in Sainsburys (with some exclusive flavours!). The 50g jar retails at £2.50, which sounds a lot, but that's less than the price of one from CostaBucks. And you don;t have to feel inadequate because you'd rather read Heat than the Grauniad.
Disclosure I was provided with two jars of coffee free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not told what to write and all opinions remain my own. Links are provided for convenience only, I am not a member of any affiliate scheme & will not receive reward for their use.