“ Brand: Boaters / Type: Flavoured coffee „
We bought loads of Boaters flavoured instant coffees a while ago when a local shop have a massive selection for only a pound a jar. They are usually a lot more than this. I am going to review them all as they are a bit hit and miss.
There are over 40 flavours of Boaters available. Their website is www.boaters.co.uk and offer free postage and packing on orders over £40. I think it would make a good gift hamper for a coffee lover to select a load of different flavours as a present. They are currently £2.35 for 50 gram jars of the flavoured instant coffees.
I am a big mocha fan and even when I intend to have a nice milky hot chocolate I usually cannot resist adding a spoonful of instant coffee, just to give it a little kick. I expected to really enjoy this double chocolate flavoured coffee from Boaters because it promises to be a rich mocha. I was very disappointed. When you open the packet and when you make it up, you can REALLY smell the mix of coffee and chocolate - it smells divine! But like so many speciality fruit teas on the market, the smell is far stronger than the taste.
I found that the coffee taste was the most powerful and it was a pretty bitter coffee taste. This would be ok if it was diluted by chocolate but there was hardly any chocolate taste at all - let alone a double chocolate taste! I guess I prefer my mochas to be mainly chocolate with essence of coffee - this one was very much the other way around.
There are virtually no calories in the drink and so it is great for those on a diet who still fancy a mocha. However, if you want a rich smooth milky mocha, this will not really satisfy you. I tried making it with all hot milk and this was better but once you have heated the milk, you have might as well make yourself a proper hot chocolate or mocha. Good for the office though I guess.
Personally, I would not get it again.
I purchased this coffee after having tried the instant hazelnut and also the filter vanilla flavoured varieties of this coffee and enjoying them. What can I say, I like my coffee! I like it dark and potent after dinner, or smooth and creamy in the afternoon, but generally over in the States had come to take for granted the availability of flavoured coffee on tap, so jump at the chance to have it here when I can.
Double chocolate flavoured coffee brings to mind mocha, yum! Upon opening this and giving it a good sniff, it smells...vaguely cocoa-esque? Not very pungent. Ah well, maybe it will taste better than it smells.
After adding sufficient milk to this (sorry, I only drink espresso black, instant black coffee is yeuch!), I inhale again and sip. It is...not making a strong impression. It is not particularly coffee tasting, nor is the "double chocolate" of the title particularly noticeable. It is pleasant enough, smooth and vaguely chocolate-y but nothing to make me go "Mmmm".
It has a palatable enough flavour to make me continue drinking it but it is nowhere near as nice as the hazelnut or vanilla flavours. There are a few undissolved granules which are a bit tangy/crunchy but that doesn't make it any nicer! I don't think I will bother with it again, I get a much nicer mocha coffee taste from other drinks I have tried. I would recommend trying the other varieties however as they have been much more flavourful.
This coffee is sold in jars of 50g and is usually around £2 so it is quite dear and definitely more of a treat coffee than an everyday one. I bought mine at Boots on a whim but have purchased the brand in coffee retailers as well. It is calorie free so a good drink to have for any slimmers looking for a flavoured coffee.
Flavoured coffee from Boaters.