Barnie’s Coffee and Tea has been on my review list for a while now and I finally decided this month it was time.
Founded over 40 years ago, in 1980 specifically, Barnie’s Coffee and Tea has always aimed to create delectable and delicious coffee.
In this blog post, we will spill the beans on Barnie’s delightful offerings. From the first sip to the last drop, get ready for a rollercoaster of flavors that’ll make your taste buds high-five each other. So, buckle up, and get ready to sip, savor, and spill the tea (or coffee)!
History of Barnie’s Coffee and Tea
At one point, Barnie’s was a huge chain in the United States with approximately 125 stores (they were essentially Starbucks before Starbucks got big and dominated the market).
Barnie’s actually sold 50+ locations they had in Florida to Starbucks in 2006.
And, that move was pretty strategic actually. As things changed and Starbucks took over and the Internet because well the Internet…Barnie’s Coffee and Tea changed with it as they focused on a flagship location and online presence.
Today, Barnie’s has a beautiful cafe in Winter Park, FL, ships to thousands of grocery stores across the country, and has a booming online presence.
And one of the things Barnie’s Coffee and Tea is best known for is flavored coffees, which if you know me, know I love.
I think my love of flavored coffee is simply because I like to drink my coffee black, so drinking flavored coffee lets me enjoy something without any cream, sugar, or syrups in it.
So let’s get into the review and try some Barnie’s Coffee!
Barnie’s Coffee and Tea Review
Barnie’s has tons of coffee roasts and flavors to choose from. Honestly, it was a bit overwhelming and I had to restrain from buying everything.
From single origins to flavored coffees and a large selection of k-cups and decaf options there is truly something for everyone at Barnie’s.
For this review, I purchased:
- Papua New Guinea (Whole Bean)
- Santa’s White Christmas ® (Whole Bean)
- Pumpkin Spice Coffee (Ground)
I also received a small sample bag of the Sweet Vanilla Bean which was a pleasant surprise when I unboxed my coffee. I’m not sure if Barnie’s normally includes a little sample like that or not, but I did order directly through their website as opposed to Amazon or getting at my local grocery store so just something to keep in mind!
Of all the coffees I ordered, I was most excited to try the Pumpkin Spice Coffee.
I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but I haven’t found a Pumpkin coffee that I just enjoy…until now.
The Pumpkin Spice Coffee from Barnie’s is hands down my favorite of the ones I tried. The bag says “Spicy, Cinnamony, Pumpkiny Goodness” and it’s true.
You can taste the pumpkin flavor, you can taste the cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. This coffee is just oozing with pumpkin flavoring and I loved it so much.
I drank this one black and loved that I didn’t need to add anything to get that pumpkin taste because it was truly present.
Barnie’s Coffee and Tea has one of the most extensive decaf offerings I’ve seen in a coffee company, especially when it comes to flavored offerings.
I also had to try Barnie’s Santa’s White Christmas ® because it’s a classic Barnie’s flavor.
Santa’s White Christmas was first created and sold as a holiday blend in 1995. But, it is now available year-round because it was so popular.
I had high expectations for this one because I’ve heard great things (and I tried it after the Pumpkin one which blew me away). It was delicious and I can see why it’s popular and no longer just a seasonal blend.
It doesn’t taste like Christmas to me, but rather just a delicious caramel-vanilla-flavored coffee with a hint of coconut (trust me, it’s not overpowering!).
You can get Barnie’s Santa’s White Christmas in decaf as well as single-serve K-cup form.
Last up in the flavored coffees I tried was my little surprise coffee pack of the Sweet Vanilla Bean.
This was such a pleasant surprise and I enjoyed the flavor of this coffee! It was much better than a French Vanilla (which has never been my favorite flavored coffee).
The tagline for the coffee is “vanilla with a splash of vanilla” and that’s truly a great way to describe this coffee.
Last, I wanted to try some non-flavored coffee from Barnie’s because I feel like traditional coffee is always important to taste from a coffee roaster.
Flavored coffees can sometimes mask the quality of the beans or a poor roasting process, but there are no flavor additions in traditional coffee.
So, I ordered the Papua New Guinea in whole bean form. This medium/dark roast comes from the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea and has notes of hickory and cocoa nibs giving it a very earthy flavor profile.
This was a great, balanced coffee. I loved that it was a bit darker than a traditional medium roast, but not too dark that I felt the need to add milk or cream to it (which I typically do with a dark roast).
It was also a wonderful coffee to make lattes and mochas with, especially chocolate mochas!
Through the years, Barnie’s Coffee and Tea has navigated the ever-evolving landscape of the coffee world, adapting and innovating along the way.
From pioneering flavored coffee to curating extensive single-origin and fair trade coffee offerings, Barnie’s has consistently pushed the boundaries of beverage craftsmanship.
Today, Barnie’s remains a beacon for those who seek more than just a drink – they crave an experience.
So, as you savor that next delightful sip, remember you’re not just tasting coffee or tea; you’re tasting a piece of Barnie’s history and a legacy of delicious coffee.
Check out other coffee reviews on the blog!