Anybody who knows me knows that I am a hugeee coffee fanatic! More specifically I’m a “proper coffee” fanatic. Instant will take the edge off first thing in the morning but nothing beats a proper barista made coffee!!
So when the festive drinks were released at Costa I made it my mission for this year to be the first year I try them all before making a decision about which is my favourite.
This post is not sponsored by Costa Coffee, I just love their coffee!
Gingerbread Cream Latte
The traditional Christmas coffee flavour! This latte now comes as standard with whipped cream (unless you request without it of course), sprinkled with a speculoos crumb topping and not forgetting Charlie the mini gingerbread man. This coffee is gorgeous! The gingerbread flavour comes through nicely and for me just tastes like Christmas in a cup!!
Billionaire’s Latte/ Billionaire’s Hot Chocolate
The billionaire’s flavour is delicious, the syrup itself is quite a thick consistency so it’s well flavoured, however this also means you need to give it a good stir as otherwise it does just stick to the bottom of the cup. The drinks are topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with crumbed shortbread, which is lovely if you catch it quickly enough, however if it melts then you end up with crumbed shortbread at the bottom of your drink. If you’re anything like me where your worst nightmare is biscuits breaking off in your cup of tea then you will not like it when you get to the bottom of your billionaire’s latte! You can also buy this in a Frostino, but it’s too cold for that!
Black Forest Hot Chocolate
Oosh! I cannot believe I had never tried this flavour before…it is A-MA-ZING! If you like black forest gateau then you will LOVE this drink!! It tastes like cake in a cup!! It is flavoured with a sweet cherry syrup (perfect ratio of hot chocolate to syrup) and topped with whipped cream, chocolate swirls and sweet cherry drizzle! You can buy this in a Frostino as well!
I was unfortunately quite disappointed with this flavour. I could not taste the honeycomb at all. The drink is topped with whipped cream and chocolate covered honeycomb pieces (which were tasty!) . I am however, glad to say that this is the only flavour I was disappointed with!
Salted Caramel Cappuccino
I love a good cappuccino!! This flavour was so tasty, the flavour came through really nicely, but it also wasn’t too sweet! This drink is only topped with cappuccino chocolate, which is fine as I feel anything else would have compromised the actual coffee itself. Definitely liked this one, and it was nice to have a cappuccino on the festive menu for a change!!
Hot Spiced Apple Winter Warmer
I liked this drink way more than I thought I would!! It was so tasty! A hot apple drink spiced with a cinnamon stick! I bought a medium, but could have just done with a small size to be honest. It was tasty but a medium was a little too much.
Mint Hot Chocolate
This is a firm favourite hot chocolate flavour in general! The mint flavour came through really well but personally I would have preferred slightly more mint than chocolate. This is topped with whipped cream and minty candy pieces!
Lindt Hot Chocolate
I’ve not tried this one before as I completely resent paying a normal coffee price for a cortado sized hot chocolate, but I had mentally committed to this review so I made an exception! This one is not topped with anything, it was very tasty, very chocolatey, BUT I wouldn’t order it again! It didn’t taste specifically of Lindt chocolate, it was just a very chocolatey hot chocolate. And it only comes in the one tiny size!
Overall I am impressed with this year’s festive drinks menu! However, I do feel there is room for improvement in that their coffee flavours (apart from gingerbread) are quite similar – billionaire’s, salted caramel and honeycomb! My top favourite this year has to be the Black Forest Hot Chocolate – it’s unique to Costa, its super tasty and it’s festive!
Have you tried any of the festive drinks? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments…
Love Loz x