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.