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.
It always a flavoured skinny latte! Until recently always a vanilla skinny latte but Im branching out & trying the flavours.
Out coffee is always a treat, I just drink it black decaf at home & work so these sound wonderful! Our new Sainsbury has just opened up so will have to ask if they stock it.
Thanks for a great review!
My order is a small soya latte, unless its close to Christmas and I ask them to make it a gingerbread latte!
I usually order a skinny coffee or as a treat a skinny vanilla late.
Skinny decaf cappuccino 😀
Winter = americano yum!
Summer = iced coffee unsweetened 🙂
Yummmm or the iced orange spiced coffee
These sound divine!!! In summer I’ll order a skinny iced vanilla latte and in winter a skinny cappuccino 🙂
Iced Americano in summer and bog standard Americano any other time of year 🙂
If it’s cold I’ll order Americano because I’ve gone off milk, now it’s so hot I want an iced coffee without the milk or the added sugar/calories in the frappe so I’ll order a double espresso and glass of ice and water – mix them together and get instantly refreshing iced coffee drink on the go without the guilt 🙂
My order is usually a skinny vanilla Latte!x
Medium, soy milk caramel macchiato, extra hot, dry and sugar free syrup
I’m a right pain for baristas!
I would absolutely love to try these beans, I recently tried a friends Amaretto flavoured coffee and loved it these flavours sound wonderful!
I generally order a small skim / or soy Capp but swap the chocolate for a sprinkle of cinnamon 🙂
Delicious and healthy 🙂 xx
In winter you can’t beat the gorgeous, albeit calorific toffee nut latte that many coffee houses offer! In summer, a filter coffee over ice with a dash of alpro almond milk is divine. Mmm, coffee!
My order is always black filter coffee, the last quarter of the cup topped up with cold water! I usually get strange looks in coffee shops 😀
I have two faves, if I need caffeine it is a skinny sugar free vanilla latte, if I need something a bit warming then it’s a skinny chai tea latte. At home I have vanilla coffee and hazelnut coffee.
Hot choc with skimmed milk or skinny chai latte 🙂
Nearly always a Gingerbread Skinny Latte. Delicious.
2 options: my ‘normal’ daily choice is a decaf skim ammericano. Coffee hit, low calorie. when i want to treat myself its a decaf, skinny, sugar free caramal latte!! yum!!
Always a long black , strong as you like 🙂
I love to get an Iced Soya mocha with unsweetened hazelnut syrup!! It’s delish!!!
I only order flavoured black coffee as it tastes so much nicer & you get the real flavour & richness of the coffee.
Usually keep it simple and go for a straight americano
I usually get a tall skinny latte and a wee ginger biscuit….oopsie!
I love a mocha with caramel syrup!! Yummy! But as its so hot I have a mocha cooler iced coffee, tastes lovely but very high in calories!!! Your recipe above sounds awesome so will def be trying your much healthier iced coffee recipe! Would love to win this great prize! I’d be sorted for the summer!!
I often order a half shot americano with soy milk! And…… sometimes go for a skinny Chai Latte 🙂
Love the sound of these flavoured coffees and would really like to try them 🙂
In this hot weather i`ve been enjoying ice cold frappuccinos
Skinny latte with extra espresso shot 🙂
Skinny gingerbread latte. Yum yum!
A latte…the bigger the better..and then when the sleigh bells start to jingle my favourite drink ever is a gingerbread latte 🙂
Ooo mine used to be a hazelnut mocha from a well known coffee shop….until I switched and went dairy free. I just have plain old coffee and almond milk now….would LOVE something to put the ‘ee’ back in my coffee!!!
If I’m having a treat I’ll have a caramel macchiato. Usually just a good old LARGE cappuccino! 🙂
Amaretto almond to match the almond challenge!!
Tall extra shot caramel latte………..yumm!!!! 😀
Large Americano. Black and strong no sugar!
Congratulations! You’re the winner! Please send me your address and I’ll have your coffees shipped over! Thanks for entering 🙂
Depends on the time of year and where I am……….! Seasonally – Pumpkin Spice or Gingerbread Latte (skimmed milk with cream!) Rest of the time skinny vanilla latte, or like you, skinny chai 🙂
Coconut iced coffee….amazing!!
A medium decaf Americana with milk and a shot of hazelnut syrup
Skinny latte please with sugar free vanilla syrup!
I really love my coffee – strong, sweet and milky in the mornings – instant or filter. If I’m out and about then Americano for caffeine or something spicy for a treat, like a Gingerbread Latte (with extra espresso!). At the moment I’m making my own iced mochas at home as they are soooo refreshing! And in the winter, I might have an evening decaff with a splash of Amaretto if I’m feeling naughty! 😀
I love a soy milk hazelnut latte, but if I’m in Starbucks will treat myself to a caramel macchiato as its only 100kcal with non-fat milk! Yum! These flavours sound amazing – cinder toffee is one of my all time favourite treats! Looking forward to seeing Beanies in the shops.
I don’t drink coffee I have cold fruity iced drinks. But my boyfriend loves coffee and I love him so I’m entering on his behalf 🙂
Love the sound of these flavoured coffees!! 🙂 My signature order is a ‘Skinny Cappuccino’, until Christmas arrives – then I switch to a Skinny Gingerbread Latte, so festive! 🙂 xx
I always go for plain coffee but I’d love to try flavoured!
In the winter it’s a skinny, single-shot hazelnut latte but in the summer I love an ice cold mocha frappuccino made with skinny milk and a little whipped cream on the top 😉
Those flavours sound amazing 🙂 I love a vanilla latte as a treat xx
I usually order either a Hazelnut, Vanilla or Caramel Latte, depending on what sort of a mood i’m in. I have only recently come across Beanies flavoured coffee and all i can say is WOW, can’t wait to stock up Mmmmmm 🙂 xx
My usual order is normally an americano with non fat milk and if i fancy it a bit sweeter – a shot of sugar free hazlenut syrup, yum!
Definitely a soy latte!
A double espresso – if I trust the look of the coffee shop.
I prefer it like tar, but if its just really dark & really strong then I’m happy
Americano everytime for me, however only occasionally I will have a latte for a treat.
I order a skinny latte, sometimes a vanilla or hazelnut one! Yum!
A large gingerbread latte for my husband and a medium soy black forest hot chocolate for me. of it’s too hot for coffee then a mocha frappacino for him and a green tea frappacino for me
I find plain coffee too bitter for me, so I always go for a skinny vanilla latte (iced in summer). Occasionally I’ll be adventurous and switch to caramel!
Definitely an americano extra shot with a dash of milk and lots of skinny foam 🙂
I’m not a big fan of coffee, so I would usually have a hot chocolate, mint tea or a cold drink, fruit smoothie.
Decaf skinny caramel latte. Or a gingerbread one near Christmas.
Need to start introducing caffeine back into my day.
Mine is definately a skinny Vanilla latte, my friday morning treat 🙂
Ooo would love to try the vanilla, bet its really refreshing.
Cannot beat an Americano though!
Mint cortado all the way!
Im a straight and easy Americano but it has to be HOT!!
Recently tried iced latte and have to say it was yummy 🙂
An extra hot skinny vanilla soy latte it my total favourite and an utter shameless addiction 🙂
Im the same as you, always a chai latte!
My orders always a skinny vanilla latte! Cant go wrong!x
Has to be a chocochino or skinny latter with a drop of sugarfree vanilla or hazelnut lush 🙂
I have a variety of things I order as I am slightly obsessed with Starbucks! At the moment it’s their new iced shaked doubleshot!
I adore coffee and used to always drink my coffees black, however this year I’ve been loving soy cappuccinos 😀
Iced Double Shot Mocha Latte. 🙂
In Winter I like a small skinny latte with any sugar free shot they have (usually vanilla or hazlenut), then in the Summer it’s the same but iced! 🙂
Soy latte 🙂
My absolute fave is a skinny gingerbread latte with nutmeg on top…yum
Always has to be a mocha with hazelnut syrup and an extra shot of coffee.
I’m a plain Jane and simply order a cappucino. It’s one of the only drinks in Starbucks to have under 100 calories! Well, apart from the regular filter coffee of course.
Americano or chai latte for me….an occasional mocha whilst out on the bike too though 😉
black americano, or a latte with soya milk if I want a treat 🙂
Double espresso with a splash of hot milk
Favourite coffee at mo has to be frappuchino
Has to be a large Mocha I’m afraid, or a green tea depending on my mood ☕
A skinny cappuccino topped with ginger and cinnamon sprinkles. Sometimes I have some vanilla syrup added to 🙂 yum!
A skinny frappe in the summer and a skinny hazelnut hot chocolate in the winter xx
Extra hot single shot skinny latte with caramel or sugar free hazelnut
Skinny caramel american… Hot or iced!
Why go out for coffee when you can stay at home and have excellent coffee like Beanies
macchiato with a shot of vanilla syrup – would love to try a flavoured coffee to try to wean myself off the sugary stuff tho 🙂
Orange mocha frappuccino
Straight up black coffee.
unsweetened soy capucino yumm yumm 🙂
A small sugar free hazelnut latte with soya milk 🙂
On the rare occasion I treat myself to a coffee I always go for a caramel latte. Sweet, strong & the perfect treat!
These sound great 🙂
I always order a skinny latte or if I’m feeling naughty a regular flavoured latte! I alternate between flavours but my favourite is probably vanilla or caramel! 🙂
Actually, I always order a chai latte! But I do like to have a Mint Frappe now and again
Hazelnut Americano (or if I’m having a naughty dairy day then a latte with brown sugar!) Always want to try new flavours but worried if I don’t like it I’ll have wasted a perfectly good coffee!
It’s always an amaretto coffee with cream for me . Can’t beat it.x