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I have to admit that I am a bit of an instant coffee fiend. I have tied lots of different brands of coffee and am quite often disappointed with what I have in my cup I usual persevere and work my way to the end of the jar as I don't like to waste my money.
My favourite coffee is Douwe Egberts Continental gold. I do feel that Douwe Egberts is quite pricey and I try to get it when it's on offer. At the moment it is on offer in Morrsisons on a buy one get one free offer (£5.59 for two 200gram jars).
What I like about the packaging is that it is in a nice shaped glass jar with a glass lid that has an air tight rubber seal. When I've finished with the coffee I do save these jars and reuse them to store rice, pasta, screws and other little bits. I have also used them for putting my home made jam in. The lable can be quite difficult to remove completley but a bit of hot water and rubbing with a scourer soon removes it. If you don't want to re-use these jars you can recycle them.
Upon opening the jar you get a nice mild coffee smell, it does smell a bit powdery and my nose thinks it can smell a hint of dark chocolate, but maybe that's just me processing the smell wrong. The coffee itself is in the form of little freeze dried flakes about 3mm in size (did not measure them just an estimate) and of a light golden brown colour, and is quite attractive to look at.
To make a cup of coffee fill the kettle with the amount of fresh cold water that you require (save energy by boiling only what you will use) while the kettle is coming to the boil put a spoon of the coffee granules into your favourite cup and then pour on the hot water, not on the boil but just after as boiling water makes the coffee taste funny. Stir the beverage and then add milk, cream or sugar to taste. Then sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the caffeine.
The coffee has a lovely smooth taste that I feel can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day. There is a bit of a bitter after taste, but that is part and parcel of drinking coffee. I prefer instant coffee to freshly ground coffee as I just can't be bothered with all the messing about that fresh coffee entails.
Coffee beans are full of anti-oxidants, drinking a couple of cups each day can contribute to your daily intake of anti-oxidants when enjoyed along side a healthy diet. Anti-oxidants protect your cells from free radicals that build up in your body as a result of tobacco smoke, pollution etc. Coffee drank without milk and sugar is extremely low in calories and can be counted as part of your 1 and ½ litres of fluid that you are recommended to drink each day. Coffee can help you feel more alert but despite lots of wishful thinking coffee does not sober you up, and reassuringly coffee or caffeine is not addictive.
As with most caffeinated beverages I try not to drink them after eight at night as I spend all night staring at the clock projected on my bedroom ceiling.
I can't really say much more about the coffee as I think what you enjoy in a coffee is an individual preference, some people enjoy really strong coffee I personally enjoy my coffee quite weak and milky. So if you're after a strong coffee taste this may not be for you as the taste is quite mild.
As a company Douwe Egberts is committed to being sustainable and tries to buy its coffee beans from certified plantations that respect the environment and the conditions of the workers.
For more coffee related information log on to www.douwe-egberts.co.uk
Thank you for reading x
Coffee for me is a staple rather than a luxury, as a father of two under 18 month-old little men I find that lack of sleep is a constant rather than an occassional occurence, hence the need for coffee in the morning.
Douwe Egberts is a firm which can trace its roots back to a coffee shop owner called Douwe living in The Netherlands in 1753. The company is still based in Utrecht, near Amsterdam. They make coffee from arabica beans, the blend they use is a company secret.
The coffee comes ina large jars which are unique, rather than the normal screw cap lid with foil beneath Douwe Egberts jars have a large glass lid which has a suction cap on the underneath. The lid has to be twisted upwards slightly to pop the lid and allow the user to get a handle on the coffee, as far as I'm aware Douwe is the only company which uses this type of jar.
Douwe Egberts coffee is made from Arabica beans and has an intense aroma once the jar is opened, the bean is roasted and mixed to give a strong but not overpowering coffee taste. The coffee is high quality and doesn't have the inherent bitterness associated with other coffee companies. I should know, I drink my coffee black without sugar just like the bean should be.
There is a lovely strong coffee hit on the palate, with a hint of bitterness but only a hint just enough to touch the tongue without overpowering the drink. The coffee has a lovely black colour and doesn't seem to give the same kind of headaches which you can get with drinking some of the other coffees.
Douwe Egberts is the best of the commercial mass produced instant coffees in my opinion, it doesn't have a bitter after taste and has a lovely aroma of coffee to give the senses a kick in the morning. The large jars are a bit pricey when compared with others but they do last, one of them usually lasts us about 6 months.
They are well worth the slight expense to get a decent and stimulating cup of coffee.
This is may favourite instant coffee> the only problem I have is that it is a bit more expensive than some of the stadard Nescafe or Rapport Coffee's.
However having said that it is often on offer at £4 a jar.
Lets's start with the jar - this isn't your standard screw top lid oh no! This is a push on glass lid that always reminds me of a sweet jar. These jar once finished make great storage containers - sorry that's the Blue Peter brain washing in me - as they are air tight.
The coffee granules themselves are pale brown in colour and fairly large. There is very little dust in the coffee until you get right down to the very bottom of the jar.
The coffee has a very creamy, smooth and well balanced taste with not even a hint of bitterness - as I like my coffee quite weak this coffee may not appeal to those coffee drinkers who like that very strong almost harsh taste.
The aroma is very like fresh brewed coffee - so it will make you kitchen smell nice as well
Douwe Egberts Continental Gold is made from an exclusive selection of Arabica beans. These beans are roasted using Douwe Egberts expertise to give a medium roasted smooth flavour suitable for drinking any time of the day.