I’m fairly new to the coffee world. It was only last year when I was in London for work that my boss asked me what I wanted to drink from a coffee shop that I realised that I just couldn’t keep ordering a diet coke forever. Because let’s be honest, a coffee is a lot more sophisticated. So from that day, myself and lattes became well acquainted. So when Greggs got in touch to ask if I wanted to take part in their coffee taste test challenge to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, I jumped at the chance! The concept was simple: taste coffee from four separate stores and rate them using a scale of 1-5 with 1 being good and 5 being amazing. I decided to choose the same drink at all four places so it was a fait test. Here’s how I got on:
Pret A Manger
When: Saturday 4th, London
What: Latte
How much: £2.25


Oh where to start? Admittedly, I don’t tend to think of Pret when it comes to coffee – more a place for a bite to eat, sandwiches and soup – that type of thing. My experience certainly hasn’t changed that! We had a busy day planned in London so we weren’t able to stop in so got our drinks to take away meaning I can’t really comment on the appearance fairly. Pret say that their coffee is 100% organic and a blend of Arabica beans. I hate to say it but we were both incredibly disappointed! For me, it was like drinking dishwater. Incredibly watery yet bitter, it left such an awful taste in the mouth. I didn’t even make it half way through the drink before it was thrown into the bin.
Rating: 0
When: Sunday 5th, London
What: Caffe Latte
How much: £2.35

Now this is what I’m talking about! We sat down in Starbucks for our next coffee as apparently, shops in London don’t open till 12!? Who knew! Like a lot of people, I was already aware of how just ethical Starbucks are as a company. They invest in farming communities to ensure a sustainable supply of coffee. Service in Starbucks was very quick and even just by looking at the latte, I had higher hopes than Pret. I don’t know why but I loved that it was served in a mug too – I feel like drinks taste so much from them compared to a glass. The first mouthful was utterly divine – creamy and frothy with the optimum amount of expresso, just a tasty coffee that felt like a real treat and that is exactly what the experience should feel like.
Rating: 5
When: Thursday 9th, Peterborough
What: Cafe Latte
How much: £2.25

We frequent Costa the most of all coffee shops though I’m not sure if that’s just because it’s closest! To be honest, I always tend to find Costa incredibly slow at serving although that could be down to the fact that our one is fairly small. There was no coffee artwork as I would have expected from them (and for the price too!) but I couldn’t fault the coffee itself – it was delicious. The right amount of froth with the espresso not being too strong or overwhelming which always spoils a latte for me. It wasn’t as nice as Starbucks offering but still a good cup of coffee.
Rating: 4
When: Tuesday 7th, Peterborough
What: Cafe Latte
How much: £1.80

Similarly to Pret, let’s not pretend we don’t all know Greggs for its epic pasties and steak bakes! Unless it was really convenient, quite honestly I wouldn’t have pinned Greggs down as a place to get my coffee generally which is why I was so interested to sample them! I was impressed with the wide range they had to offer as for some reason I’d expected it to be limited. I was served really speedily which pleased me since I had nipped in at lunch and nobody wants to be wasting their lunch hour standing in a queue. Obviously there was none of the whole fancy coffee artwork in a glass as you would you get in a coffee shop but let’s be honest, that doesn’t last long once you take a swig! As for the taste, it was sweet and velvety, almost quite biscuity. Surprisingly, I’d actually think this would be joint place with Costa and what makes it even better is how much less money it is too.
Rating: 4

This post has been put together in celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight which works to stop the exploitation of millions of hardworking farmers who aren’t getting what they rightfully deserve. You can remove yourself from this problem by buying only Fairtrade products which promises fair payment to those hardworking and deserving men and women who are often working in poverty. You’ll be able to identify Fairtrade products by the familiar logo. In terms of coffee, Starbucks and Greggs are both Fairtrade. You can find out more about the Fairtrade products you can buy here.
I would also urge you to watch the below video:

I’d love to know in the comments what your coffee of choice is and where you like to get it and why! See you next week!

*This post in collaboration with Greggs. All opinions are 100% my own

Emily x

  • I don't usually drink coffee from Starbucks but I may give it a try! It's interesting which ones you didn't like at all, and how many unique places there are to visit. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sending light + love your way,
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  • I have only started drinking tea and coffee recently too but now I probably drink too much – making up for lost time! I usually go to Starbucks but that's mainly because I work right opposite one so it's the easiest choice. I have to say though that I do prefer their drinks to Costa and Pret. x

  • Costa does the best latte in my opinion! I also love Cafe Nero x


  • I'm not a huge fan of coffee, but this was interesting to read – I love comparison posts! I didn't even know that Greggs served hot drinks (oops), maybe I'll order from them one day and see how it goes. I also expected Starbucks and Costa to have top ratings, given their reputations, lol. Although, I think I remember having a hot chocolate from Costa on an outing a couple of years ago, and I it tasted really bitter. I'm glad to hear their coffees are better!

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  • I've gotten much more into coffee over the past year or so! I'm quite picky as I tend to just have straight up black coffee – so it's gotta be strong and flavoursome! I usually make my own at home, as there and work are the only places I really drink it!


  • This is such a nice idea! I haven't tried Starbucks coffee as we don't have it here but I am sure that it tastes amazing 🙂 Maybe one day, haha.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • I hate to agree with you about the Pret hot drinks as much as I love their food haha.



  • Kay

    To be honest, I am not much of a coffee drinker myself! I am much more into tea, mhm! And when it comes to coffee, I like it flavoured, for instance, flavoured latte is life but typical black coffee, not so much. I have only tried Starbucks and Costa out of these and they were both pretty amazing. However, I also think that they're crazy overpriced! If you can get a good coffee somwhere cheaper like Greggs, then why not. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, hun, enjoyable read as always! I hope that you're having a fab start to your week. <3 xoxo


  • Omg, I had Pret A Manger when I visited a few years ago. It was bloddy AWFUL. Such bad coffee haha. I would definitely choose Starbucks or Costa over it. My favorite in London though is Kaffeine! Definitely check it out. Everything is so delicious and it's still been the best cappuccino I've ever had in my life. 🙂


    • I thought of you while writing this post Emily! Aha x

  • Costa is still my fav when I visit London, haha, great review!


  • I love Starbucks too for coffee but Costa wins at chai lattes for me, I'm not a fan of cafe nero (I know you didn't go there but still) as they charge extra for soya milk which annoys me a lot.

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  • I'm not a coffee drinker, but woah, this was an interesting read because I would have never thought that Pret had such bad Coffee lol!

  • Pret A Manger!! But they have these everywhere?? No??

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  • Ohhh now I want to have a coffee 😀

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  • I don't drink coofee, I love tea but funny enough, I do enjoy the occasional mocha but for some reason, I just can't drink coffee by itself. It's just not for me. Great review!

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  • I'm more of a tea person myself, but I do love a white mocha at Starbucks. Their coffee is consistently good across the world. Sounds like a great job to do, but someone had to do it, right? haha

    xx Yasmin

  • I can't imagine starting my day without a cup of coffee, it is the first thing I do when I get out of the bed. I tried all four places and Starbucks&costa are equally good. In terms of the speed, the Costas I visited were quicker than Starbucks 🙂 I either go for black americano or Latte from them. Sometimes when I'm on the go, I grab a sandwich and coffee from Greggs (meal deal) and it tastes good for the money, well better than Pret for sure 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

  • This is really an interesting activity! I've done something like this before but I got donuts. Coffee, however, sounds more interesting. I enjoyed reading this, Emily!

    Xeph |

  • Kay

    Also hun, I tagged you in the I Heart Spring tag on my blog! Hope that's okay. <3 Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. 🙂 xoxo


  • It's so interesting to see how the coffees compare – I'm not surprised to see Starbucks ranking well, everyone seems to love their coffee! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

  • The Starbucks sounds really nice.. even though I don't really like coffee hahah x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

  • I'm not a coffee drinker at all but oddly enough I LOVE the smell of it! Especially when I go into a Starbucks for a chai latte I go crazy with the coffee smell lol.


  • This is such a nice read. Personally, I would prefer hot chocolate over coffee any day and in my experience the best one I had was from Dulcinea (not sure if this is a local restaurant or if it has branches in other parts of the world). As for coffee, yeah, I guess Starbucks would be the nicest. I have tried Costa and I prefer Starbucks coffee. 🙂

    The Pink Lemonade Girl

  • Starbucks is my favourite! Nice to read about your opinions 🙂