Beanies Flavoured Coffee Review
When you’re on a diet, it’s difficult to find things that you can eat or drink that don’t have you spending the next few days beating yourself up or exercising like a mental case because you’ve had 200 more calories than you should have had. So it’s fantastic when you find something that tastes delicious and feels naughty, but is virtually calorie and guilt free.
Beanies The Flavour Company (not to be confused with Beanie Bears or indeed Beenie Man.. ahem…) produce something that, if I’m honest, didn’t think anyone manufactured. I always thought the only way that you could flava coffee was through sugar laden syrups which you poured into your morning beverage to put the zing in your step and give you much needed energy the day after the night before. But Beanies make some of the most delicious tasting flavoured coffee I’ve ever tried, without the high calorific content. 4 jars on their site at the moment is on special offer of £10 including postage (which is faster than ordering from a supermarket online) and in no time you’re savouring one of a multitude of specialist flavours in the comfort of your own home without travelling far and wide to a high street coffee shop after taking out a bank loan for the cost of a cup.
Plunging the spoon into the gold seal after opening the first small jar was sensational. Amaretto filled the air and WOW what a taste. It was really creamy (although I think the soya milk helped) and really nutty. I’ve always had a thing for Amaretto since a friend bought back a box of Amaretto di Saronno by Lazzaroni from Italy when I was younger where I marvelled at the fact they were wrapped in different colour waxed paper (the fascination was equalled when as a small child, I was presented with a box of Twinkies and a comic from the USA via a student that my Mum and Dad took in for a college. I was amazed that I’d tried American food as we didn’t get food from other countries in 1979 – the UK was so narrow-minded about food back then). So Amaretto is always one of the first choices I’ll jump at and it’s indistinguishable from the taste of the biscuits without the extra calories.
Small Jar, Big Beanies Flavour
Sadly, the jars aren’t that big but at 50g for £2.50 they’re a luxury to wake you up in the morning, especially with the health benefits of no added sugar being minus sugar syrup. They also flavour muffins remarkably well. A cup of coffee with a huge Amaretto low fat muffin in the morning has been heavenly. Lucky I bought a range of flavours so having the choice (albeit an incredibly difficult one) of which one to bake with has kept me on the straight and narrow.
Beanies produce different variations of their coffee so you shouldn’t get bored. Fancy pushing the boat out and lavishing yourselves with ground roasted (for those lazy Sunday brunches) or the popular instant (to get up and go) – they’re all on site ready for the choosing but I guarantee whatever you choose, it will take you ages! There are 30 offbeat, distinctive essences to choose from so there’s enough to inspire you.
The ground variety smells sensational when you open the packet. The scent is also pretty phenomenal when you pour it out. Unfortunately though that’s where my love affair with the ground version ended. The Tiramisu which I tried tasted like a bitter caramel, being totally void of any Tiramisu flavouring so it wasn’t really to my taste, however my partner thought it was astounding and hogged the cafeteria for the next few hours indulging with voracity in its flavoursome contents. Bear in mind though for a cafeteria, use 1 dessert spoon per mug as anymore, you’ll make such a strong brew that it might burn the paint off your table, so sticking to the recommended amount will make you a sumptuous cup of sophistication.
Next to try was instant Rich Hazelnut… Yum! Each mouthful was exactly akin to snacking on a packet of oven roasted hazelnuts at Christmas from a hot nut kiosk. If the essence was manufactured rather than natural, then Beanies have hit this smack bang on the head. Mixing it with a little of the double chocolate flavour and you have a liquid gold version of Nutella! Right now, the rich hazelnut is my coffee of choice as it’s comforting and sweet without having to pile in the sweetener so calorie wise it’s magnificent.
You can buy Beanies either online via their own site, or you can pick up some of the exclusive editions at Sainsburys. Price ranges from £2.50 – £2.75 and they’re well worth a purchase. You can’t beat Beanies.