The Greggs Coffee Showdown
The Greggs Coffee Showdown
(I ordered a large mocha from each coffee place, so it was a fair taste test)
Costa: Costa is probably the coffee place I go to the most. It is a combination of convenience, as there's one on my way to work, and reliability. I don't think I've ever had a bad coffee from Costa. I usually go for a Mocha Latte, as I prefer the milky, but sweet taste, but in the spirit of the taste test I stuck to a Mocha throughout. For me, the mocha at Costa is a little too rich (hence opting for the latte version usually) but having it in large made the richness a little less intense. Overall the taste is smooth and nice, but I didn't feel like I got a proper coffee taste within it and I feel like I could have just had a hot chocolate instead.
Costa Mocha Rating: 3/5
Starbucks: Starbucks is the place I will usually go if I notice a gimmicky limited edition flavour or really fancy a white chocolate mocha. Despite being laced with a million calories, the white chocolate mocha is my most ordered drink from Starbucks. It can be very hit and miss though. Quite often at the Starbucks I go to, they burn the coffee which is always a shame when you're really looking forward to one! Once again, I had the mocha instead of the white chocolate mocha for the test and it was pleasant. A lot sweeter in taste than the Costa version and the coffee/chocolate ratio pretty bang on.
Starbucks Mocha Rating: 4/5
Greggs: The third coffee on my list (I'm writing about these in the order I had them, by the way!) is the Greggs mocha. I've not had a coffee from Greggs before, but I have had a lot of pasties. Mmmm. The coffee was obviously made in a slightly different way to the other places and it was a push-button machine. The coffee itself was ok, for the price. It costs about half the price of what you'd pay in a *real* coffee place and didn't seem to be as strong, It was slightly sweet, but also had a slightly rich aroma to it too.
Greggs Mocha Rating: 3/5
Caffe Nero: I had to go to Caffe Nero last because I just don't seem to stumble upon them very often. I must say, Caffe Nero is actually my favourite high street coffee chain. Their white chocolate mocha is leaps and bounds more delicious than the Starbucks one. However, I resisted for the taste test again and went for the mocha. The Caffe Nero mocha is the richest of the 4, but I enjoyed it the most. The taste of the coffee is just so much nicer to me.
Caffe Nero Mocha Rating: 5/5
Despite Greggs not blowing me away despite the competition, when you weigh up the price and convenience against the high street coffee chains, you're not getting a bad deal. The taste is there, the coffee is there and if I was passing on and needed a caffeine boost I would head in. However, for a treat, Caffe Nero is my bae.