Calling all coffee lovers.. There’s a new bean in town.. and this time it’s flavoured! Introducing Beanies .. The Original Flavour Coffee Company! Beanies are one of the very few companies that offer (and manufacture) flavoured freeze dried coffee (in addition to wholebean and wholebean decaf) throughout the world. They have spent a long time developing the range of flavours and believe that they have moved the product to the ‘next level’ and created seven creamy, aromatic flavours using natural and nature identical flavours. They firmly believe that their flavours will liven up your coffee experience and introduce you to new tastes and experiences!
Beanies launched in Sainsburys Supermarket a few weeks ago in three flavours: Irish Cream, Cinder Toffee (Caramel) & Amaretto Almond. All three taste and smell delicious. I personally like to add a touch of stevia (natural sweetener) to my coffee (including these) but other coffee lovers who have tried them prefer them just the way they are! These flavoured coffees contain no added sugar and sweetener and as such are virtually calorie free. The beans are ‘infused’ with flavour, as opposed to any ingredients being added.
So, to find out more about what I think to these coffees, as well as the benefits of coffee and a super delicious iced latte recipe, keep on reading :)!
- What’s my Beanies Verdict?
I love them! These coffees are perfect for that after dinner drink or a luxury morning ‘pick me up’ and I can honestly say that they rival those from coffee shops – yet they are a fraction of the cost!
- What are the Benefits of Drinking Coffee?
Drinking coffee has been associated with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes and certain cancers, as well as Parkinson’s disease and dementia – studies have shown that regular coffee drinkers develop these conditions less frequently than those who don’t drink coffee.
Perhaps the most well known benefit of drinking caffeinated coffee though is to act as a stimulant – coffee helps you to feel more awake, and it can even boost strength and endurance when exercising. To gain the maximum benefits of coffee make sure to drink it at least 30-60 minutes before a work-out to allow for it to be absorbed.
Coffee can also help to keep you hydrated, with each cup counting towards your daily fluid intake. It is true that caffeine has a slight diuretic effect but the liquid that is drunk with it results in a positive fluid balance!
Coffee is virtually calorie free, but remember that if you’re watching your waist line either order a black coffee, with a little milk or a ‘skinny’ coffee. Most coffee shops use full-fat milk as default which means the calories and fat can soon add up. Check out my tips on how to choose a skinny coffee for more information!
- Should you go Decaf?!
My advice is to alternate between caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee – stick to caffeinated in a morning or before a work-out and decaffeinated the rest of the time (especially before bed!). This is because too much caffeine can cause insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability and stomach upset. If you think that you are drinking too much caffeine then cut down gradually, as cutting out caffeine altogether may result in a headache (withdrawal symptoms!).
If you’re pregnant you should drink no more than 200mg coffee a day, which is the equivalent of 2 cups of coffee (NB, always check the caffeine content when ordering coffee from a shop as the levels can be much greater than those found in instant coffee).
- How can you Enjoy Coffee in the Summer?
EASY,,, have an iced coffee! Iced coffees are delicious and are super versatile. The recipe that I like to use consists of the following simply blitzed together in a blender (serves 1):
1 tsp Beanies Favoured Coffee dissolved in 1 tbsp of hot water & topped up with cold water to make 100ml
200ml Hazelnut Drink/Almond Milk
1/2 Frozen Banana
Ice to Serve
Optional: Protein powder, cocoa, cinnamon, stevia, peanut butter
110Kcal Calories, 17.6g Carbs, 1.2g Protein, 3.4g Fat (without optional ingredients)
To celebrate the launch of Beanies they are giving away SIX of their flavoured coffee jars. This means that you can experiment and decide on your favourite flavour before hitting the shops!
To enter this giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me:
‘What is Your Coffee Order?!’
i.e. what do you order when you’re in a coffee shop! I actually order a skinny chai latte (yes not a coffee, sorry Beanies!) but I do love a vanilla latte from time to time :).
This giveaway will be open for 2 weeks meaning that it will close on the 29th of July. The winner of all 6 coffee jars will be picked at random by a third party and will be announced at the end of the blog on the 30th of July. The winner must be from the UK due to postal reasons (sorry!)
Good luck! Nic x
July 30th Update: Thank you so much to everyone who entered this giveaway – I LOVED reading all of the entries and hope you too got some fab ideas about what to order at your next coffee shop!
So, on to the winner who is….
*Samples of the product mentioned were supplied to me free of charge however this review is 100% honest and of my own opinion. I was compensated in terms of money/a gift of value for the time it took me to write this blog post. I was not influenced in any way by the free samples/incentives supplied and do not promote this product more than other products that I have not reviewed. The products that I am giving away were supplied to me free of charge however I chose to do this giveaway based on the merits of the product itself (from a personal/professional point of view). I do not promote this product more than others that I am not giving away. Please read my disclaimer page for more information.