Starbucks, Costa and Caffé Nero Christmas Cups Have Arrived And You Need To See Them

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As soon as Halloween is over and November hits.  We completely switch from pumpkins and cat ears chunky knits and Mariah Carey. Christmas shopping becomes an instant reality, Instagram floods with pictures of trees and and your mum keeps on asking you for your Amazon Wish List.

However, nothing quite gives us that festive feeling like our favourite coffee shop Christmas cups. Once again, they’ve arrived extra early, bringing that yuletide cheer into our lives before we’ve even had time to buy a winter coat. Right this very minute, you can actually walk into your local branch and come out with a Christmas cup of your own. And here they are…



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Starbucks have released four designs for Christmas 2018.  They’ve re-introduced the red cup previously seen in 2016 and the 2017 graffiti design has changed to holly and berries. Additionally, Starbucks has added a green star patterned Christmas cup and second red cup with a flame pattern.  Most notably, this year Starbucks released a red reusable cup. But before you rush for the door, it was reported to have sold out in under 10 minutes.

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There are also some great new options to get inside said cup this year including salted caramel brownie hot chocolate and Christmas brûlée late. Yum indeed.



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On the total flip side, Costa has kept their traditional with its more classic Christmas cups. Last year Costa stuck to brand’s burgundy colour, with large themed character on the sides, including gingerbread men, nutcrackers and Santa himself. But this year, Costa has released the cups in four different colours – orange, burgundy, blue and purple.

In a departure from the summer Frostino menu Costa has introduced two new festive flavours – caramelised orange & cream and hazelnut praline & cream.

Caffé Nero


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It’s always a slightly classier affair when Caffé Nero is involved (mainly because you’re less like to be barricaded in by prams) and its Christmas cups follow suit. The brand’s signature blue provides the backdrop for an Christmas woodland illustration that includes holly and berries, a robin and snowflakes.

The festive feeling keeps coming with its range of seasonal lattes on offer, including gingerbread, roasted hazelnut and salted caramel flavours.

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McDonald's Christmas cup

From 7th November, McDonald’s will hop on board the Christmas coffee cup train with the launch of three festive McCafé cups.  All three designs are of geometrically styled reindeer winter scenes. Although they are rather stylish, the McCafé cups don’t scream Christmas as much as their rivals.

In addition to McDonald’s festive drinks of hot chocolate and toffee latte. McDonald’s will also launch a new limited-edition Millionaire’s Latte.  The caramel biscuit flavour latte topped with a swirl of chocolate cream and a caramel drizzle is reasonably priced at £1.99 for a medium cup so definitely worth a try if you are passing by.

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