Last week I was asked if I wanted to take part in a coffee taste test with Greggs as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. I was sent a number of gift cards for different food/coffee outlets including Greggs so that I could try a coffee (and a snack if I fancied it) from each one and see what I thought about them. Due to work and the time constraints, I wasn’t able to get to all of outlets but I did visit Greggs, Starbucks and Costa and sampled a coffee from each one.

I went to my local Greggs in Lichfield and was surprised to find that they’ve extended the coffee menu since I worked in one a few years ago and they now offer vanilla lattes and flat whites. Of course I had to go for something that was new to the menu, so I chose the vanilla latte and I also decided to get a sweet treat to go with it, so I had a Spikey Mikey which is a star shaped shortbread biscuit covered in chocolate. These two items came to £2.80 and I enjoyed both of them.

I went to Starbucks while I was in Birmingham as I wanted somewhere to sit down and relax. I chose one of their new Burnt Caramel Lattes and an all day breakfast sandwich which came to a grand total of £6.40. Although both items were really tasty, it is a lot of money for one coffee and a sandwich.

I went to my local Tesco Extra which has a Costa upstairs. This is one of my usual haunts as I tend to go and read my kindle and wait for my dad in there if I’ve been in Lichfield. I wasn’t keen on any of the cakes or sandwiches that were available, so I went for an iced vanilla latte which are usually my cafffeinated drink of choice during the summer. This drink cost me £3.10 and if I’m honest, I didn’t really enjoy it. Unfortunately the coffee tasted quite burnt and even the vanilla syrup didn’t help to cancel that out.

Out of the three coffees I had, I enjoyed the Starbucks one the most however the one that was best value for money was Greggs and they are also fairtrade.



  1. March 13, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    I’m not a big coffee drinker but I know so many people who need their daily Starbucks fix and love the coffee there x

  2. March 13, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    Gregg’s is definitely the best value of these three as you were able to get both the coffee and the sweet treat for so much less than the other places you tested. Starbucks does tend to have great drinks and snacks, but they are pretty expensive.

  3. March 13, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    I love coffee and costa/starbucks tend to be my thing, but it may be worth taking a chance and giving greggs a go. Thank you for posting 🙂

  4. Lynne Harper
    March 13, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    We only just got a Greggs last year so its fab going in. I absolutely love coffee and have a fair few cups a day. I think Greggs is priced so well plus they do a great selection of sweet and savoury treats very cheaply as well x

  5. March 13, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    I am a huge coffee drinker, and usually go to Costa, I never even look at coffee in greggs never thought to, but might have to in future x

  6. Natasha
    March 13, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    That photo is making me crave a hot chocolate now! Greggs are so cheap if you’re just popping by and want something quick.

  7. March 13, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    I’m a loyal customer of Costa, mainly because my college has a coffee bar run by them on campus. Our prices are obviously discounted a bit, due to being students, so I do get a shock sometimes when I go into a regular Costa in the high street and get charged more than I’m used to. I only ever go to Starbucks for frappucinos or for their seasonal drinks as I find their “normal” coffee to be pretty crap.

    Personally I’ve never even thought about going to Greggs for a coffee as I just assumed the most they’d offer was filter coffee and that it’d be of that awful quality that McDonalds serve (I can’t express how much I hate McDonalds coffee). But this post has opened up my eyes a bit. Especially given the value for money. I may have to try it next time.

  8. danasia fantastic
    March 13, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    I wish someone would ask me to do a coffee taste test! What a cool opportunity!

  9. March 13, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    I love coffee, for me Costa does the best coffee but I have to say I did try the burnt caramel decaf latte from Starbucks and it was lush! It is pricey though x

  10. hannah
    March 14, 2017 / 9:52 am

    Excellent review. I’m not much of a coffee drinker though, i definately prefer a cup of tea x

  11. March 14, 2017 / 11:29 am

    I’ve never really thought about Gregg’s for coffee, but this is definitely changing it. I think it may not be an indulging cup of coffee, but sometimes you just need a little caffeine kick. This sounds perfect for that, plus you get to keep more of your money. x

  12. March 14, 2017 / 11:42 am

    I don’t tend to drink coffee very often but I am very partial to a tea or hot chocolate. I agree that it can be expensive to get a drink and a sandwich in any of the larger chains like Costa/ Pret/ Starbucks x

  13. francesca
    March 15, 2017 / 11:08 am

    What an amazing price for food and coffee!!? I haven’t ever had a greggs coffee before but I really should I love everything else in there!

  14. March 15, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    I’m more of a tea gal but I occasionally go for a coffee and I always look out for fair trade.

  15. March 15, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    I love Costa and Starbucks too. Never tried the Greggs but once I visit a place with it, surely I’ll make it a try.

  16. March 15, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    In general I don’t like drinks with added syrup, especially when spoiling my coffee 😉

  17. March 16, 2017 / 2:36 am

    I wish there was a starbucks where I live! I usually go in Costa a couple of times a week but have to agree, the snack selection is poor and really unhealthy! I wish they did like fruit pots or something like that! xo

  18. Test Hirani
    March 16, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    Greggs bacon roll and coffee is amazing on price as on my waist. Also sausage roll for 90p is killer you cant beat it true skillz bruv

  19. March 16, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    i have a secret love for gregs! their tandoori chicken baguettes are so good! but i also rate their coffee and its SO CHEAP!

  20. Dannii
    March 19, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    I never would have thought of greggs as an option for coffee, but it sounds great value.

  21. March 26, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    I love an iced vanilla latte but your right the chain stores are sooo over priced!!

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