Which coffee shop sells the best coffee?

Greggs coffee, best coffee, vanilla latte

Coffee is something I have more or less everyday and a good cup of caffeine is something a lot of people look forward to on a very regular basis. I’ve been doing a bit of a taste test over the past few weeks, trying to find out which coffee shop brand has the best coffee. Buying a coffee can become an expensive habit so if you’re going to treat yourself and spend the money, you might as well be getting the very best right?! Although I love visiting independent cafes for coffee and a cake, if I am in need of a takeaway drink, the chain stores have some great options which are quick, easy and delicious.

I’ve tried and tested coffee from Greggs, Costa, Nero, Pret and Starbucks against the same criteria to find which one is the best. My go to coffee is a medium skinny vanilla latte so this is what I tried at each venue. Each criteria has been rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the worst, 5 the best. Of course, this is subjective to me and my coffee preferences. I don’t like my coffee too strong so please also bear this in mind. Here are my results:

Pret – £2.65

Taste: 3.5/5

Value for money: 5/5

Aroma: 3/5

Visual appeal: 4/5

Sustainability: 4/5

Total: 19.5/25

What I love about Pret is how great value for money their coffee is. Pret isn’t a cheap place for food, but £2.65 for a vanilla latte is really competitive in comparison to the other places. Everything about Pret’s coffee is organic from the beans to the milk and the fertilisers.  They also support sustainable farming practices that help the farmers’ livelihoods. (See website for more info)

Pret, coffee, latte

Starbucks: £3.65

I have never really been a huge fan of Starbucks coffee, it just doesn’t really taste that nice to me so unfortunately this coffee didn’t score too well. I also thought it was very expensive! It was the most expensive of them all.

Taste: 1/5

Value for money: 1/5

Aroma: 3/5

Visual appeal: 4/5

Sustainability: 3/5

Total: 12/25

Starbucks claims to work with farmer communities in order to ensure they are creating their coffee in the most ethical way. They work with over 300,000 farmers in 30 different countries which is a great stat. (See website) However, due to their controversial tax avoidance, I have only given them 3/5 for sustainability as this is quite a negative factor for me.

Starbucks, coffee, vanilla, latte, best coffee

Costa: £3.30

Taste: 5/5

Value for money: 3/5

Aroma: 5/5

Visual appeal: 5/5

Sustainability: 4/5

Total: 22/25

I normally choose Costa or Nero for a coffee shop coffee so I do know that I love the Costa coffee. Their lattes taste so nice, I think maybe they aren’t quite as strong as other places which is what appeals so much. I think Costa may just win the prize for the best coffee when it comes to taste however, their drinks are very expensive. Costa are very focused on recycling and all of their cups are recyclable. I found it quite impressiv also that their coffee roastery uses 100% renewable energy supply and create zero waste for landfill sites. (See website)

Best coffee, Costa, vanilla latte

Caffe Nero: £2.60

Taste: 4/5

Value for money: 4/5

Aroma: 4/5

Visual appeal: 5/5

Sustainability: 3.5/5

Total: 20.5/25

I really enjoyed my Nero coffee and again I tend to choose Nero along with Costa as my choice of shop coffee. The Nero latte wasn’t quite as tasty as Costa but it was still very good. I also love the branding and visual appeal of Nero. Nero seem to be really keen to constantly try and improve the quality and sustainability of their coffee. There is emphasis on using beans sourced ethically and using approaches that support farmers and their livelihood. (See website)

Caffè Nero, best coffee, vanilla latte

Greggs – £2.10

Taste: 4/5

Value for money: 5/5

Aroma: 4/5

Visual appeal 4/5

Sustainability: 5\5

Total: 22/25

This was my first time trying out Greggs coffee and I was very pleasantly surprised! For some reason it hadn’t occurred to me to get a takeaway coffee from here.  The coffee tasted really nice and I thought the visual appeal of the drink was really attractive. The best thing about the coffee was the amazing value for money. At just £2.10 for a really nice coffee this is extremely competitive and way cheaper than the other brands. This is just what you want for a quick caffeine fix.

Greggs’ coffee beans are 100% Fairtrade and they have been a partner of Fairtrade for 10 years. All their hot drinks are Fairtrade certified so whether you’re a caffeine fan, a tea lover or a hot chocolate fanatic. It also turns out that their vanilla syrup is also Fairtrade! (See website)

Greggs coffee, best coffee, vanilla latte

Greggs coffee, vanilla latte

Conclusion: so looking at my results, both Costa and Greggs come in at joint first place.

  1. Costa and Greggs
  2. Nero
  3. Pret
  4. Starbucks

Costa probably remains my favourite tasting coffee, but the amazing price of Greggs coffee, which is still delicious, works brilliantly in its favour. Costa coffees are quite expensive meaning that I if I am strapped for cash or trying to save Greggs is a great alternative.

Disclaimer: this post was written in collaboration with Greggs however all views and opinions are my own.

1 Comment

  1. 16th March 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I’ve had tea from Greggs but never tried the coffee must give it a go! X

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