Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Review: Battle of the High Street Coffees

There was a time in my life when I was seriously addicted to coffee. I would have 20+ cups a day and shake all over if I had anything less. So it's safe to say that I've tried pretty much every high street coffee out there. When Greggs contacted me to ask if I'd like to try their new freshly ground fair trade  coffee I immediately said yes, as although I may have tried most coffee brands out there, Greggs was one that I hadn't ticked off my list.
Usually when I go to Greggs I opt for a cheese and onion pasty, a childhood favourite of mine and the best C+O pasty on the high street. I hadn't tried any of their hot drinks in the past so I didn't really know what to expect from Greggs, but they seemed confidant enough to ask me to put them to the test against other high street brands, and so I chose two giants: Costa Coffee and Starbucks.
I have been an avid Starbucks fan for years, and always get their Pumpkin Spice and Egg Nog lattes when in season. Costa Coffee, in my mind, is always a fall back from Starbucks as there is only one Starbucks near me which I can only go to when I visit my Dads grave as you need a car to get to it.
Before going into the taste test, I had already told myself that Starbucks was the winner as they're my favourite anyway but I decided to give Greggs a chance and chose a latte from each store.

I went to Costa first. They were quite slow in making my drink even though the store wasn't busy, and when I drank it I found that it had a bitter aftertaste. Usually when I get a coffee from somewhere I'm not analysing it like I was on this day as I usually just need the caffeine, but as I was doing a taste test I needed to really think about what I was drinking. Costa scored a 3 out of 5 in my opinion.

Next I went to Greggs. They had recently renovated their store so it was very open and welcoming, and even had a seated area which was fully occupied. The latte from here was much creamier than Costa, and didn't have a bitter aftertaste. My sister even noted that she didn't have to add sugar to her drink like she usually does elsewhere. This scored a 4 out of 5 from me.

And finally Starbucks. The wait for my drink wasn't as long as usual. I'm not sure if it was because we were in the drive thru but I felt that my drink was made quite quickly. My drink wasn't as creamy as Greggs, but wasn't as bitter as Costa. It was sort of a middle ground. It got a 4 out of 5 from me.

Overall I preferred Greggs out of the 3. It was the cheapest and easiest one to get a hold of, as well as being the smoothest drink. I did give it the same rating as Starbucks but Greggs wins overall as Starbucks is expensive and harder to get to.
This little taste test really shocked me as I wasn't expecting Greggs to be a good as Starbucks was. I was pleasantly surprised!

I was kindly gifted some gift cards to spend at each store. All views and opinions remain my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information.


  1. This is such a cool little test to do - interesting to see Greggs come out on top but just goes to show!

    Lucy | Forever September

  2. oooh this is an interesting post i actually love that you've done this! quite surprising that greggs is the best - looks like i'll be saving so many ££ now haha

    xo Sarah

  3. I'm really passionate about coffee, so I loved this post idea! It's crazy that Starbucks is one of the most affordable options in Paris, so that's what I've been gravitating towards these past months, but it still definitely is quite 'pricey'.

  4. I find it so interesting that the cheapest coffee has come out on top. I like Starbucks and Costa but i think it's the brand that makes them more popular than the actual coffee.

    Sayin that though, i can't resist Caramel Macciatos from Starbucks.
    Natalie xx


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