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==Carte Noir Filtered Coffee Grains==
I have been drinking rather a lot of coffee of late and seeing as I now have my new and rather fancy coffee machine I have been purchasing instant coffees as well as this filtered variety.
I have to say that my mum actually bought this Carte Noir round to my house when we were having a coffee and cake morning. She has a coffee filter at her house and this is the brand she uses most of the time. She wanted to finish of the packet I believe as there was really just enough for both of us to have a couple of cups once the coffee had brewed in the machine.
I don't know how long she had the coffee granules or where she bought them and for how much but I have seen these ground coffee beans available in Morrison's recently for £3.80 pence odd for a packet which has 250 grams in which isn't the cheapest ground coffee but I really think you do get what you pay for when it comes to a decent cup of coffee.
The packaging of this Carte Noir is very sleek and looks just the same as the glass jar would were you to buy the instant variety. It is instantly recognisable as the brand it comes from. The vacuum packed packet is easy to tear open and gives plenty of extra top section of packaging so that it can be folded it nicely and clip a bulldog clip over it to keep it sealed and fresh after use (which is what mum said and did).
The coffee inside is a dark coloured granule type product which a wonderfully strong and aromatic aroma which is deep and strong coffee all over. It really is a very pleasant experience sticking my nose in the ground coffee pack as the aroma is so very moreish.
Brewing up these granules was pretty much the same as any other coffee that I would put into my coffee filter and it was easy to do and didn't take very long. I will use one heaped measured scoop per mug of coffee I want to have made and this seems to be a good strength for me.
The coffee itself comes through as a luxuriously dark brown coloured liquid which has an even nicer aroma to it now that it is in hot liquid form. The coffee is best drunk with two nice big brown sugars and a good helping of milk in my opinion although I am sure a lot of people would say this would ruin the taste of the coffee. However I find it works well and makes for a lovely rich and creamy tasting brew which has a deep and tense coffee flavour without a single trace of any bitterness. The coffee is smooth and rich and not too strong for my taste although has enough of a kick in it to make me have a nice caffeine buzz.
All in all I really enjoyed drinking this coffee. The taste is nice and although the price is a little higher than other available it is certainly worth it for the smooth rich and luxurious taste of this perfect 11 O clock drink. I think it has to be a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Not too long ago, we had hardly any choice of coffees. Now, it feels a little like we're over run with hundreds and hundreds of types.
Carte Noire makes both an instant and a filter/cafetiere coffee. This (as you can tell from the picture!) is the real ground coffee for cafetieres and filter machines.
It comes vacuum packaged but, unlike a lot of vacuum packed coffees, it opens without ripping - allowing you to seal it easily rather than having no choice but to put it in another container.
Different coffees lend themselves to different occasions. Anybody that has taken a morning Lavazza espresso knows the kick that it can have. Carte Noire is very different to that experience. It is a smooth coffee which is very drinkable at any time of day. It has a wonderful, rich aroma and a great taste without the bitterness from which some coffees can suffer.
In the same way that Lavazza is the coffee that you see all over Italy, Carte Noire is one of the main coffees available as a general coffee (for a café or a creme*) throughout France. And, of course, the French know their coffee - so you know that you're getting a quality product that is consistent from packet to packet (something that other coffees sometimes fail to achieve).
Carte Noire is also available as a fresh coffee for some of the pod and capsule systems including tassimo. At a cost of about £2.50 for 250g, it is a great alternative to shelling out on a Starbucks or Costa each day - if you buy yourself a cafetiere and a packet of this for the office, it will pay itself back within the week and you'll still get proper coffee each day!
Go on - treat yourself!
* Have you ever wondered why, when you go to France and order a coffee, you get a little espresso and the French person next to you gets a big cup? Well, there's a trick. If you order a cafe, you get an espresso. If you order a cafe au lait, you'll get an espresso and some milk (and it will cost a lot). If you order a creme, you'll get a drink that is slightly more expensive than a cafe but much bigger!
I am a huge tea drinker. I'm sure I pee pure tea! However I do enjoy the odd coffee. I always have one a day made with milk as I have an eating disorder and kidney stones and I drink a lot of milk so I take it any form I can. Suffering migraines limits the coffees I can drink. I find some, I only have to smell and bang it brings on a migraine big time. So I always choose a caffeine free version and I believe we all should be drinking caffeine free products and sleep a bit more! lol
I don't like cheap coffee and my taste buds tell me that Nescafe falls into this category. It's not strong enough no matter how much I put it. I want that 'Starbucks' feel to my coffee. Good quality with a good roasted smell.
Obviously like the majority of people reading this I have, over the years drank quite a lot of coffee and there's no arguing you can get that brilliant quality from an instant now a days. It's hard work to get a proper coffee at home by grinding beans etc and quite frankly I cant be bothered and it makes me ill! However I found Carte Noir and there's been no looking back.
Mine is a 100g ,recyclable classy, square shaped glass that is a black and green jar. Of course it is clear glass with a plastic covering. The lid is black plastic and is a kind of square shape. This is my only complaint. It is a pain to screw on and off properly! Odd shape!
On the jar I'm told it is indeed Carte Noir, Un cafe nomme desir and that it's Decaffeine. I know the last bit means decafinated but can anyone French here can tell me what the rest means lol Desirable coffee perhaps? Tells me on the front as well nouveau Intense Aroma, Ok I get that bit lol .Also it tells me it is a product of France and gives me contact numbers for Kenco (the manufacturers of this product). I'm also told that the sensual pleasure of Pure Arabica coffee captured in the new intense aroma of Carte Noir, has been preserved in this deeply aromatic Decafeine blend. Rich and velvety in body, Carte Noir Decafeine will seduce your palate. Best before date is situated on the base of the jar.
Delicious! To me it's far superior to drink than other 'instants'. To me it's better than alot of ground coffees at home or out. If I'm going to drink coffee, which as I stated earlier it's not all the time then I want to drink something lovely. This is simple. You can use as much as you wish, depending on how strong you want it. As soon as you open the jar you are greeted by a strong, rich smell of coffee beans like the one you get when you walk into a decent coffee hose (we all know the ones!). The colour in your cup is rich and dark. I find I don't need loads of it for a drink so in the long run it does work out economical.
I used to find by drinking coffee I got the jitters, particularly at night. As I do take mine strong. With other brands I drink a cup and then it's swiftly followed by a headache from hell but with this I don't. Now if I drink a few cups of this, and sometimes I do with this coffee as I really do like it, it does give me a migraine, I won't lie. However on the upside I can drink more before that happens than I used to with other brands and am totally ok drinking one or two cups! I still can't drink it all day long though which is a shame as I would if I could!
Yes it does cost more than other leading brands but the quality is superior, so worth it in my view for that taste of luxury!
Please note that the photo on the top of this page is incorrect. I have asked for the right photo but I got this one turn up! I assume it's the ground coffee!
£2.94 - 100g Jar Sainsburys
Made By Kenco Whose address is:
The Kenco Coffee Company
Freepost SWC 3320
Cheltenham GL50 3ZZ08081000131 (customer line)
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Still my favourite instant coffee by quite some way - finding it difficult to get the decaff version though in a big jar - any help would be greatly appreciated
Decaffinated Filter coffee, i'd never heard of such a thing. I love my coffee, wheter it be filter, capuccino, cafetierre and even some instants. But I have to have decaffinated, for those of ou that have read my Red Bull horror story, you will know why. Carte Noire - sounds awfully posh doesn't it. They make both instant and ground coffees, decaffinted and not. The packet is quite striking and easy to recognise as the decaffinated version. It is black at the top and royal blue at the bottom, with the traditional Carte Noire gold band and writing. As with most packet coffees once opened it should be refrigerated or kept in a sealed container, the flavour deteriorate rapidly if this is not the case. Most filter coffees are just suitable for filters, however, the packet states that it can be used in filter machines, cafetieres, percolators and expresso machines. I have both cafetieres and a filter mchine and it is equally tasty made in either. Most ground coffees come in 227 gm packs, as does this. Most give a strength guide, however, although this one doesn't, I would put it at about a 3. It is an ideal breakfast coffee, or if you like a medium after dinner coffee this is for you. Carte Noire is made by Kenco and made in France. It is made of pure arabica coffee and although decaffinated, it does not have the after taste of some other decafs. It smells divine. To make a perfect cup of perfect carte noire coffee, use one dessertspoonful of coffee per cup. If making cafetiere coffee as with all of this type of coffee do not use boiling water, as this almost burns the coffee and leaves a bitter after taste. At £2.79 a packet it is worth trying, as decafs go it is hard to beat. "For the ultimate coffee experience", be seduced by Carte Noire. Must go my coffee is at its peak. Ahhhh lovely. Want a sip?
Made from 100% Arabica beans, Carte Noire is available as Freeze-dried Instant coffee, Freeze Dried Decaffeinated Instant coffee and Roast & Ground coffee.