To find the best available Good Housekeeping teamed up with coffee expert Harry Sergiou to compare the taste of cappuccinos up and down the high street. The coffee chains included Costa Coffee, EAT, Greggs, McDonalds, Starbucks, Caffe Nero and Pret A Manger.
Good Housekeeping Consumer Editor Caroline Bloor says, “We are spoilt for choice with the variety of coffee shops out there but what we all need first thing in the morning is a coffee that tastes great and picks us up. Congratulations to EAT for delivering the goods. To ensure you’re getting coffee, rather than pure froth check your cappuccino has good crema – a thick, dark creamy layer around the edge.”
The Good Housekeeping best British cappuccinos are:
Good Housekeeping thought the cappuccino was very well made and nicely blended to create a rich bodied drink. It has a good proportion of foam to coffee for a lovely thick, creamy texture.
The verdict was that the coffee has a good body but there was a little too much foam. However, having a strong taste makes it the perfect early morning pick me up.
Third Place…Pret A Manger
The cappuccino has frothy foam with a distinct crema. However, despite having a strong, slightly bitter flavour the coffee lacked body
Budget Choice…Caffe Nero
One of the cheapest cappuccinos Good Housekeeping tested but a little too thin with a bitter aftertaste.
The coffee contains too much foam with no crema visible and a little thin for Good Housekeeping tastes.
The Good Housekeeping testing also revealed two cappuccinos which didn’t make the grade – Greggs has a ‘slightly bitter aftertaste’ and McDonald’s coffee was ‘very thin and watery with no foam’.