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I don't normally drink instant coffee very often as I have a Nespresso machine, and I much prefer to make an espresso using a Nespresso coffee capsule and then turn this into a latte, a cappuccino, or an iced latte. However I always like to have a jar of instant coffee in the cupboard in case of emergencies; for example if I've ran out of coffee capsules, or if I'm running late in the morning and I need my morning caffeine fix as quickly as possible.
My instant coffee of choice is always Mellow Bird's, I do normally prefer a milder and much more mellow tasting coffee, and so we always have a jar of Mellow Bird's in the cupboard. More often than not we also have a jar of a stronger instant coffee in the cupboard as well, as although my husband will drink Mellow Bird's he does think that it's too mild and he does prefer a stronger tasting coffee. He normally picks up the jar of 'stronger' instant coffee himself if he's in the supermarket, and the coffee he picked up recently was the Douwe Egberts Pure Indulgence Dark Roast coffee (previously just called Continental Dark). We've had this a number of times previously, and it's one that he chooses fairly often, I guess it's one of his favourites. This normally retails for around £3.50 for a 95g jar if not on offer, ours came from Tesco where it's currently on offer at £3.00.
Douwe Egberts Pure Indulgence Dark Roast is as the name would suggest a dark roast coffee, and according to the jar has a flavour strength of 4 out of 5, with 5 being the strongest and darkest roast. Although it is quite a strong and full bodied tasting coffee, especially compared to my favourite Mellow Bird's! it isn't too strong and overpowering. It isn't a bitter coffee either, it has quite a smooth and rich coffee taste to it, and it leaves no unpleasant aftertaste at all either. This also has quite a lovely rich and smooth coffee aroma to it too.
Although this states that it's suitable for drinking at any time of the day, I personally think that for me it's more of a morning, lunchtime, or afternoon coffee. I find that it's too strong to drink in the evenings as it will just keep me awake that night. My husband doesn't drink it in the evenings either, but that's purely because he prefers a glass of red wine in the evenings! The exception to this is if we have friends over in the evening then I would give them a mug of this rather than a mug of Mellow Bird's as I know that most people are not Mellow Bird's fans. We have had a few people comment and ask which instant coffee we use as it's so nice when I've served them this coffee, so I guess that it's a good choice of instant coffee to have in. Although I do like this coffee and I will drink it, I have to say that I do prefer the milder and creamier taste of Mellow Bird's.
Douwe Eggberts continental dark is a premium standard dark roast coffee; it has high quantities of Arabica beans and is the perfect accompaniment to chocolate. Douwe eggberts is my favourite supermarket available instant coffee, the high quality roasts and taste of coffee rather than burnt cinders is one which wakes me up most mornings. Obviously the instant hit does affect the quality slightly when compared with percolated coffee but time is the essence and who can wait those 10-15 minutes for the coffee to filter?
The continental dark version is one in which the beans have been roasted slightly longer for a smokier, more intense flavour but comes with a slightly bitter taste compared with the usual Douwe Eggberts. Coffee is a roasted bean so any coffee has a slight bitter aftertaste, the better the coffee the less bitter and the more aromatic. I've often thought that coffee is a superior drink to tea because it engages the nose as well as the taste buds in ways tea simply can't compete with.
The continental dark comes in the classic Douwe Eggberts glass jar with the sealed glass lid; it has a dark label and a sense of luxury and refinement. The beans are slightly darker and opening the jar reveals a delightful strong coffee with a hint of caramel characteristic of strong coffee, a spoonful is enough for most coffee drinkers in a mug but more can be added if desired. The drink does require a little bit of taming so a drop of milk or cream is essential just to take the edge off the bitterness but in my opinion coffee never requires sugar. This coffee is the perfect coffee in terms of making it a bit boozy with a shot of rum, whiskey or Baileys but only for those cold mornings or long days.
Douwe Egberts Continental Dark Instant Coffee is now known as Douwe Egberts Pure Indulgence Instant Coffee - it's exactly the same coffee but with a different name. I think the "Pure Indulgence" name works better from a marketing point of view because it is something that makes me feel that I'm buying something that is more special and decadent - and, after all, that's what I'm worth! I am one of those rare and weird people that prefer instant coffee to filter coffee - just because I find the taste less strong and bitter - but I know that's just a matter of personal taste!
This is a freeze dried instant coffee that comes in a glass jar with a resealable lid that you can pull off and push back on again. A 200g jar of this coffee costs £4.50 from Tescos which is not a bad price at all and seems about average for instant coffee (except for the Tescos own brands which are obviously a little cheaper). It does also come in an 100g jar - but I have never seen a bigger size of jar for those who prefer to bulk buy.
Douwe Egberts is a name that I know and have trusted to provide me with coffee for several years. I used to buy Nescafe, but I just found that the Douwe Egberts range generally provides coffee which is richer and smoother than Nescafe - and so I made the switch. Price wise and accessibility wise, its very similar. They have been manufacturing coffee for 250 years and so, in that time, I would hope they would have learnt a thing or two.....which I think they have.
As the original name attests, this is a dark roast coffee which will appeal to those who prefer strong coffee but without the bitterness that often comes from drinking dark coffee. The taste is strong and defined - but yet it's not so strong that it is overpowering or unpleasant. If you prefer that bitter acrid taste that is synomonous with expresso then this coffee may not be for you - but for those of you that like strong but not bitter then this may be the coffee for you. Douwe Egberts and Tesco rate the strength of this coffee as a 4/5 but I would probably rate it as a 3/5 - but that's not a bad thing at all. The coffee is smooth and velvety, especially with a little bit of cream added. My personal favourite is to add some caramel splash to the coffee to sweeten it and then stir in a little cream also.....yes, not so good on the waist, but really good for the palate.
To make this coffee, I choose to put a level teaspoon in with half a mug of boiling water. Once the coffee has been stirred and the flavours starting to "brew" (I'm sure that isn't the right name but I can't think of what is!), I then add about half a mug of milk with a splash of cream. The caramel splash is then dripped into the whole drink and then stirred (just about 5 drops off of a teaspoon). And the result is delicious!
I would recommend this coffee to anyone who likes coffee that is strong (but not too strong) and not bitter. It's quick, it's easy and it's tasty.
Douwe Egberts Pure Indulgence (name changed from Continental Dark to Pure Indulgence)
There has to be coffee at home, at all times otherwise I will have a really grumpy morning. I need my morning caffeine fix. I drink instant coffee because it is quick and in the morning I am never running on time. I cannot however drink bad coffee and I am very particular about the coffee I buy. This generally means branded coffee like Nescafe and Kenco.
As the weather is now freezing I am drinking a lot more hot drinks as I tend to feel the cold more than most people. I also am a bit of a coffee addict (I am however trying to cut back). I buy coffee when it is on offer most of the time as I don't have brand loyalty. As there is nearly always one of the brands of coffee I drink on offer its not a problem. This time Douwe Egberts Pure Indulgence coffee was on offer.
I have tried the Pure gold coffee by Douwe Egberts but I wasn't blown away by the taste. It was rather weak and bland. It is similar to Nescafe gold. The Pure Indulgence has a 4 rating for strength (out of 5, 5 being the strongest) so I was expecting the taste to be strong and dominant.
The coffee is packaged in a glass container that has a pop up lid. I find the lid really hard to open each time as it is very stiff and I have managed to drop a lot of coffee in the process of opening the lid. It may be a good idea to empty the coffee into another container as this will get rid of the problem. The packaging is really annoying and I do find it is unnecessary. They could easily have a normal packaging with a twist lid instead.
This is quite a strong coffee compared to other instant coffees like Nescafe and Kenco. It is also really smooth and very aromatic. The smell of the coffee is enough to wake me up in the morning. The granules look like Nescafe gold but they are darker in colour. This had now become my favourite coffee because it is stronger than the others I have tried.
There is a big difference in price from compared to other brands like Nescafe. 100g costs £3.29 whereas Nescafe Gold costs £2.09. I do think though it is worth the price because this has more flavour and is stronger.
4/5 stars because the packaging is horrible.
Recommended for those who prefer stronger coffee.
Douwe Egberts Continental Dark is made from the finest quality Arabica beans. These beans are dark roasted using Douwe Egberts expertise to give a full bodied taste suitable for drinking on its own or after a meal.