Flavours of Christmas: Coffee Edition

I know how big of a deal the new Festive Coffee Flavours can be at this time of year because I see the annual debates all over my social feeds – especially surrounding Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. And up until this year I’ve not been able to take part in the discussions.

I’ve only started drinking coffee in the last few months, which is why all of the coffees that I’m trying in this post are lattes (it’s the only coffee I like at the minute). So, I’m super excited to let you know how I like certain festive coffee flavours from our favourite coffee shops. 

The three flavours that I’ve decided to review in this post are the Hazelnut Praline Latte from Costa, the Vanilla Latte from Greggs and the Toffee Nut Latte from Starbucks.

Costa: Hazelnut Praline Latte 

£3.60 for a Medium 

I had never been to a Costa before until I bought this coffee. And if I’m being honest, I don’t think I’d go back.

After trying some, it all seemed a bit too much for what it was. I wouldn’t actually mind spending this much on a coffee if I found it nice, which, unfortunately, I didn’t.

My main problem with the drink was that it didn’t taste like anything other than a regular coffee. I watched the barista put about 4 pumps of syrups in my cup so I thought I’d get a good flavour out of it, but instead, it just ended up being a bit disappointing.

I’ve really enjoyed normal hazelnut lattes in the past but this particular praline one didn’t satisfy me at all.


Greggs: Vanilla Latte 

£2.20 for a Medium

Now, I made sure to double check before writing this, but the Greggs Vanilla Latte is classed as one of their seasonal specials and I’m not too sure what I think about that. To me, a Vanilla Latte is a regular coffee flavour, just like a caramel or a hazelnut one. It’s a drink that people would ask for any other time of the year.

But in saying that, it was really good. I enjoyed it because, unlike other flavours I’ve tried, it’s not overpowering or overly sweet yet you can still taste the vanilla in it. It brings just enough sweetness to take the bitterness of the coffee away. 

I really enjoyed it and would 100% go back for it again and again, but to me, a vanilla latte isn’t a festive flavour. Sorry, Greggs.


Starbucks: Toffee Nut Latte 

£3.55 for a Grande (Medium)

This flavour was a risk for me. But it was a risk that paid off.

I’ve still not tried the Pumpkin Spice Latte and I don’t think I will because the Toffee Nut has become a firm choice for me now. It’s definitely a favourite since the new flavours have been released as it’s just delicious. 

The price for it is only 5p shy of a Costas medium coffee, but this time I was more than happy to pay because I could actually taste the flavour in my drink. It was really tasty and I thoroughly recommend.

In my opinion, as overrated as some of you may think it is, Starbucks has topped my coffee shop list for this year’s festive flavours.


What I’ve just reviewed is a tiny handful of the selection of coffees that are on offer this year. But I just wanted to give you guys a genuine opinion on all of the ones that I have recently tried.

If there are any flavours or shops that you could recommend in the comments for me to try in the future, I’d be more than apprecieative.

Thanks for reading X


3 Replies to “Flavours of Christmas: Coffee Edition”

  1. Totally agree. I like Greggs coffee but vanilla is an all year round flavour. It is still nice though as I’m not a big fan of strong coffee either. Gingerbread is a good flavour to try and Costa did a bonfire spice one iun November which I actaully liked. .

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