During the week, Costa hosted an event in Dublin city centre where bloggers were invited to sample the new festive range in-store on College Green. Held downstairs, away from the crowds, it was a cosy and intimate setting. Subtle touches in the form of twinkling fairy lights and delicate hanging decorations created a lovely festive atmosphere. Local buskers Evan Walsh and Joanna Byford provided fantastic musical entertainment and two very friendly and helpful Costa reps were on hand to welcome us in, answer our queries and ensure we had a steady supply of hot drinks!
A table laden with the most enticing looking treats was set up and we were encouraged to try everything (we did our best!). Anyone with a hint of a sweet tooth would have been in heaven. Think buttery mince tarts, rich raspberry and chocolate torte, dense gingerbread muffins, gooey marshmallow chocolate cupcakes…
We also discovered six decadent hot drinks in this year’s festive collection, each worth an individual mention:
Black Forest Hot Chocolate – Classic hot chocolate with blackberry syrup topped with cream, cherry sauce and dark chocolate curls.
Salted Caramel Latte – Salted caramel blended with signature Mocha Italia blend topped with fresh cream and caramel sauce.
Honeycomb & Cream hot chocolate – classic hot chocolate with honeycomb syrup topped with cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce
Gingerbread & Cream latte – espresso with steamed milk and gingerbread syrup topped with cream, edible gold glitter and a mini gingerbread man!
White Hot Chocolate & Cream – White chocolate sauce steamed with milk and topped with cream, cherry sauce and edible gold glitter.
Hot Spiced Apple – spiced apple juice served hot with a star anise and cinnamon stick.
We really enjoyed the event with its delicious food and drink, great music and relaxed setting. We didn’t leave empty-handed either. Every attendant was given a goody bag bursting with lots of lovely things including a handy travel mug, a Ruby-the-Reindeer cookie and a preloaded loyalty card! Thank you Costa for a wonderful evening; it was the perfect way to kick-start the Christmas season!