Whining & Dining: battle of the winter lattes

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Whining & Dining is Trident Media’s food critique column. The name does not necessarily reflect the content of the article.

[Tom Boon | Contributing Writer]

As a coffee lover who is greeted with, “Would you like the usual, Tom?” when I walk into my preferred store, you can bet I’m not easily won over. But I sure do enjoy a tasty cup of coffee and have a gold membership card to prove it. So, when Trident Media were looking for a reporter to review this year’s festive wintertime coffees, I couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity.


Starbucks Gingerbread Latte:

  • Festive flavour: 4/5
  • Price: £2.95
  • Cup decoration: 2/5

The entry from the Latte was unmistakably gingerbread and though it was enjoyable, the gingerbread flavour was overwhelming, which is why it scored 4/5. The cup was rather plain and had only been changed to red for this season but the cup sleeve was decorated with a mermaid; a change I happily welcomed. This drink only set me back £2.95 and you can pick one up from Starbucks in The Forum, Hertfordshire, or from the Sports Village cafe.

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McDonalds Toffee Latte:

  • Festive flavour 1/5
  • Price: £2.65
  • Cup decoration 4/5

The cup used to serve McDonald’s Toffee Latte was the highlight of this drink; there were some pretty awesome designs featuring the likes of penguins, snowmen, and robins. Unfortunately, the Toffee Latte was disappointing in terms of flavour; the only difference I could detect from the Toffee Latte and a regular latte was the notable taste of sugar.

Image: Rahila Khan
Image: Rahila Khan

Costa Sticky Toffee Latte:

  • Festive flavour: 3/5
  • Price: £2.95
  • Cup decoration: 5/5

Is it me or does the Monin syrup Costa use leave a weird aftertaste? I could taste the toffee flavour in my Sticky Toffee Latte, but it wasn’t too different from any of their other flavours, resulting in a score of 3/5. Though I cheated and used the points on my reward card for this purchase, the Toffee Latte was priced at £2.95, which puts it on a level field with Starbucks’ festive drinks. On a more positive note, Costa excelled in the cup decoration category; my cup featured a robin and some of the other cups had amazing penguins on the side.

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Caffè Nero Winter Berry Latte:

  • Festive flavour: 5/5
  • Price: £3.00
  • Cup decoration: 2/5

The Winter Berry Latte was just what I needed to help warm up on a cold November evening. Although a little pricey, the beverage made up for it; the red berry syrup was simply delectable! What’s more, if you like your coffee strong then this is the winter drink for you, as the first thing I noticed was how strong the espresso tastes. The Christmas cups lacked decoration, but otherwise, this drink was a winner!

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Image: Tom Boon

Bonus review!

Starbucks Eggnog Latte:

  • Festive flavour: 5/5
  • Price: £2.95
  • Cup decoration: 2/5

The Starbucks Eggnog Latte was a strange drink. Whilst not as hot as a regular latte, I found that it is a drink you have to sip rather than drink quickly before a meeting. The Eggnog Latte earns a 5/5 for festive flavour, because there’s simply nothing like it elsewhere.

What’s your favourite wintertime beverage? Let us know on Twitter @TridentMediaUK

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