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A couple of months ago I decided to cut caffeine out of my life, I went over to the coffee section in Sainsburys and spent ages mulling over which decaf coffee to get. I didn't know which would have been the best so I did a search on my phone for reviews on the decaf coffees that were on the shelves and this one was the one that received the best ratings so I bought it.
The aroma from opening the lid on the Carte Noir Decaf is nutty and sweet, it really sets up the experience before you've even made a cup of it. After pouring the flavour is a lot less (which is normal for instant coffee) but I can say that it is more flavourful than our regular Nescafe coffee that we usually buy, the kick might not be there but the flavour is, which is what I was looking for!
+ I would say that if you want to keep it fresh, don't put it in the fridge, empty the granules into an airtight container. This is how they come packaged to you and that is how you keep them fresh for longer
I have since fallen off the wagon and have gone back to drinking caffeinated coffee. One thing to mention however is that I always buy this Carte Noir Decaf still, it's great for an evening or late night coffee. Every cupboard should have a jar of this stuff, it will help us coffee addicts get more sleep!
For a decaff freeze dried instant coffee this is a very good one.
For health reasons I am not allowed caffeine so I have been trying a few different brands of decaff coffee over the last year or so.
I know none will give you that wake up feeling that you get with caffeine, but I wanted to find one that actually tasted like normal coffee, that I could really 'want' to drink.
Carte Noir hits the spot, it is a French smooth instant coffee with a full rich flavour and I do really enjoy it. I have also made this into a delicious iced frappe coffee with the help of my blender. I have only enjoyed it with milk, so can't tell you how it is black, but it seems quite a strong flavour so should be just as enjoyable.
The price is reasonable as well. I have been able to buy this on buy one get one free which made it even better priced. The jar is a handy size and takes up less room in the cupboard.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to drink a decaff coffee for whatever reason- I would guess that if the flavour is the same in the normal Carte Noir coffee then there regular instant would be worth a try to caffeine lovers.
It did take me a few minutes in the shop to make sure it was in fact decaffeinated coffee as most of the main writing on the jar is French- I guessed 'decafeine' meant decaffeinated but for health reasons I needed to be sure- it is written on the smaller print on the side, this may not seem important but I nearly didn't buy it and that would have been a shame as I have discovered a great tasting coffee.
Those who read my reviews regularly probably know that I am a coffee addict. I am lucky that I have low blood pressure so I can drink it without having a very high blood pressure. My highest is still normal. Lol
Anyway the other day I went to Sainsbury's and I found that Carte Noire instant coffee is on offer. There was such a big -25% label there that I haven't noticed that this coffee doesn't contain caffeine. I drink coffee because I would like to be able to stay awake with my very active kids. So I went home happily that I solved a problem: how to prepare myself coffee without waking up my light sleeping sons by turning on the 15 bar pressure espresso maker. So I was really happy until the moment I discovered the little label on it saying decaffeinated. I prepared myself a coffee anyway and I was smiling because it came into my mind that my mother wanted to surprise us for Christmas and she bought about 5 different types of beer. We like beer very much. We don't drink much but we like to try out all the brands available. So she bought 5 different types of beer but all of them were alcohol free. It was a very sober Christmas. Lol
Back to coffee: It is a very delicious coffee if you don't want to compare it to an espresso. I think an instant coffee can never be as good as a freshly prepared espresso (especially if it is served in a porcelain cup). So I never compare a cappuccino or an instant coffee to a freshly prepared espresso or cappuccino made from coffee with milk.
I found that you cannot make really strong coffee out of instant coffee without getting a very bitter taste. I know that the strong coffee doesn't have any sense in case of decaffeinated coffee but this one can be bitter as well. So I put a big cup of water to boil then I add the sugar, milk powder and only one teaspoon of instant coffee. I stir it well then I taste it. If I can feel the taste of water I add another half teaspoon of coffee and stir it well again.
The coffee comes in a transparent glass bottle which is covered with black foil. The foil in the top is green a little bit so this is the main sign of talking about decaffeinated coffee. There is a big Carte Noire logo on it. What I like in this coffee is that it is made of Arabica coffee beans which are better than the robusta coffee in several aspects.
The granules are medium brown and melt very well in hot water. Your coffee will have similar colour to an espresso but its taste will never be as good as a real Italian espresso. You can buy it in most of the supermarkets. I bought a jar containing 100g of instant coffee for 3.17 pounds (-25%) in Sainsbury's.
I am a massive coffee fan - having always loved the taste and am finding it very hard to give up due to being pregnant. So have switched to drinking decaf so that at least I can have two cups a day!
Carte Noir is my instant coffee of choice as it tastes almost like real filter coffee so I decided to try the decaf variety.
It is sold in glass jars which can be recycled and comes in a 100g or 500g size. The jar is always black and has the white logo on it - the main difference to the regular version is the greed colour.
Stockists and price
Carte Noir is available from the majority of supermarkets - Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Waitrose. It is not cheap - expect to pay between £2.50 - £3.20 for a smaller jar and £5 for the larger ones. I always pick this up on special offer if I can as Asda often sells a large jar for £3.00 which is a bargain!
As with any instant coffee - add to boiling water - this tastes really strong so you probably use a lot less than other instants. Even my polish builder who normally drinks 3 spoonfulls of instant will only have one and a half of this as he said how strong it is! Add milk / sugar to taste.
As noted above this has a lovely strong taste - to me I can't notice the difference to the regular coffee so guess that the decaffeinating process must be pretty good. It is definitely an Italian rather than American coffee - so more suited to Cafe Nero fans than Starbucks fans!
Aroma - there is a lovely freshly roasted coffee smell with this product - again no different to the regular version - very tempting.
If you, are - like my husband and Dad very anti the idea of both instant coffee and decaf I think that this is the instant for you. I have made it for both of them and pretended it was real coffee (when I had run out of the good stuff) and neither noticed! so cant be too bad.
Is it ethical?
Carte Noir commit to treating their farmers and suppliers fairly and giving them a good price for the produce that they buy. Of course coffee is always transported in from overseas so there are food miles to contend with buy, you do use less of it so perhaps it is not so bad!
This is a great tasting product - more expensive than Nescafe but at least twice as good.
I had to give up caffeine for a while so reluctantly switched from normal to decaf, and found I couldn't actually tell the difference much to my pleasant surprise!
I'm very picky with my coffee, no cheap Maxwellhouse thank you, I used to drink Nescafe but found I prefer Carte Noire. Its hardly cheep at £5.48 for 200 grams from all the main supermarkets but as I'm mainly a tea drinker I don't mind the extra expense for a nice cup of coffee. I guess if you stop and compare the price to a Starbucks or Costa it suddenly seems very very cheep!
I've found it lasts well, except for when I left one for a few months without the lid on properly, it grew white fur which I wasn't expecting, nor was I happy to discover it, but I can't say I've conducted any experiments to find out if this happens to other brands too!
Yum!What a coffee!!
We only have decaff in this house, partly because we feel slightly healthier without the caffeine (only decaff tea and cola too), but also because our 2 year old son loves a milky coffee and so the decaff is better for him.
We tried this after having a cup of the normal Carte Noire at my nan's house and loved the richness of it.
We popped straight to Tesco for a jar of the decaff version. It's expensive for coffee at £3.20 odd a jar, but well worth it, and it's worth stocking up when on offer. It's strong but smooth, rich without being overpowering, no bitterness at all and friends who've tried it thought I'd given them real filter coffee. We actually took it back to my nan's and couldn't tell the difference between the caffeinated and decaff versions!
I now have to buy an extra jar every now and then as my hubby now won't drink the 'machine' coffee at work.
Instant Coffee / 100g