Sometimes the only way I can kickstart the morning is with a good cup of coffee. I have always been devoted to cups of tea morning, afternoon and night, but they don’t give me the same boost that instant coffee does. I wish I was a morning person, or could summon up natural energy and bound to work, but that is just not me.
I went through a phase of siphoning a lot of my money into my Starbucks account and indulging in speciality hot drinks; my coffee at home just didn’t compare. I also found buying pods for my Tassimo exhausted my bank account, it just wasn’t a sustainable way to enjoy hot drinks. Not satisfied with ordinary coffee I opted for cups of tea as my drink of choice, that was at least until I got to finally try Beanies coffee. A brand I had seen on one or two blogs and been completely intrigued by the delicious flavours and ridiculously low calorie count. There were so many flavours to choose from that I found it difficult to decide on what I would enjoy the most. I thought about what Tassimo pods I had tried and what drinks I opt for at Starbucks and went for two flavours that I hoped would kick my expensive hot drink habit:
Chocolate Orange £2.50 *
On first impressions I was a huge fan of the bold and bright packaging with the brand name displayed centrally, important information and very cute illustrations on the sticker. Before the jars of coffee arrived I didn’t realise how low in calories they were, so when they arrived and I spotted the 2 calories per cup feature I was sold, particularly after my rude awakening of how many calories are in Costa and Starbucks drinks (yikes). Speaking of coffee shops these jars of coffee are so much cheaper than my early morning stop offs. The jars are £2.50 each which is still less than I pay ONE drink (eek)- we’re onto a good start already! However the proof of whether they are worth a repurchase is in the tasting, and it didn’t take me too long to get to it!
The first HUGE bonus I noticed with Beanie’s is that the instant coffee is sweet enough without any added sugar which is a huge benefit for me as I have a teaspoon per cup… and boy can those cups build up! Secondly they really are enjoyable without milk, much more than just black coffee by itself, however I still prefer mine toned down. In terms of flavour the cinder toffee is my favourite by far, the flavouring isn’t sickly or overpowering, but packs enough punch to enjoy the honeycomb blend. The chocolate orange is a stronger instant coffee and I can only enjoy it with milk, and sometimes a little sweetener as it can have a bitter after taste. That being said I really enjoy the injection of orange and is a coffee flavour I haven’t experienced before.
The coffee is definitely well worth £2.50 a jar, especially if you are anything like me and love a takeaway beverage or two! Out of the two I would recommend the cinder toffee as it is palatable with or without milk and sugar which makes it a lot lower in fat and calories, as well as being a delicious wake up call!
Have you tried Beanies before? If so, what flavours should I try next?