Having started a new job three months ago, I’m now dangerous close to a coffee shop which does delicious dairy-free Gingerbread Lattes. What started off as a bit of a treat has become almost a daily occurrence, which neither my purse nor waistline are particularly happy about.
So when I was in the supermarket I stumbled across the coffee and tea isle and found a range of flavoured coffees. Now instant coffee is something I usually shun; I find it bitter and frankly I’d rather drink tea or water. I like coffee, but the instant stuff I just can’t get on with.
However, when I found Beanies gingerbread flavour instant coffee I thought it might be worth giving it another try. Beanies do a range of flavoured coffees but given my aforementioned love of gingerbread lattes I thought this was the best one to try.
On breaking the golden seal you’re hit with a strong aroma. It’s not so much the typical gingerbread flavour that I’m used to but instead smells more like a rich ginger cake.
Sadly once I added hot water the flavour seems to be lost. Despite the label telling you there’s no need for sugar, I’d disagree; the sweetness helps bring out the flavour, as much as it can. I’ve now tried this black, with almond milk and cow’s milk, with and without sugar, and the gingerbread is, at most, very feint. It is drinkable, the added sugar and flavouring masks the usual bitterness from instant coffee, but it just doesn’t have that delightful gingerbread flavour that tempted me in.
I really wanted to like this. At just under £3 for a 50g jar it would’ve been a bargain compared to countless trips to Costa, but despite the whopping ginger-cake aroma from the dried coffee, the flavour was lacking in the actual drink. Unlike most instant coffees this is perfectly drinkable without milk, which is a definitely positive to me. But sadly it just doesn’t give the pleasant gingerbread taste I wanted. I’ve read other blogs that suggest the Amaretto Almond flavour is lovely and this might be one to try at some point, but in terms of gingerbread coffee it’s still a coffee shop for gingerbread flavoured coffee that remains triumphant.