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I started drinking coffee at the many years ago when my parents brought me my first Filter machine. It was my uncle who started me on this road of addiction and even had me invest in a coffee grinder and actual beans as he was a coffee purist.
Now, years later I still own the same grinder and aways have coffee beans to make a delicious cup when I have time and kind of a treat. But I was having the problem of filling my need for caffeine with the long procress of grinding beans. My partner returned home from the weekly shop with packets of the medium strength Douwe Egberts.
After hastily making a pot using the recommended amounts on the packet, which states that 1 tablespoon per cup which allows you put in slightly more or less depending on your personal tastes, I was soon sitting with a fresh coffee. My coffee is made with minimal milk and I was surprised to find that it was a very good cup. The strength rating is 3 out of a maximum 5, which according to the packet is a mild & mellow taste which I would tend to agree with.
I can easily go through 2 packets of the 250g packets in a week but for the amount of coffee that makes, it works out a very reasonable price per cup for a coffee taste that is far superior to any Instant Coffee I have tried to date.
The taste and texture is very good, without leaving any bitterness in your mouth and because it's such a mild coffee it really can be enjoyed at any time. I find myself using more than the recommended amount for my morning coffee to give me the kick I need and this seems to work.
I would recommend this coffee to anyone who is looking for a good all round taste. Douwe Egberts isn't going to amaze you with it's taste or quality but will be enjoyed thoroughly nonetheless. I will continue to use a coffee grinder for those special cups now and then but the times inbetween my mug will be full with a very tasty coffee that is also more convenient.
You can locate the Douwe Egberts range in the majority of supermarkets, I have a local poundshop that stocks these so may be worth a look around for the best bargain.
I am a self confessed coffee freak. I was a latecomer to hot drinks, only trying coffee for the first time at the grand old age of 26 and so far, still not drinking tea! I swear, I just like adding vices to my life. Since I started I can't get enough of it. When we moved into our current house, we unearthed an old filter coffee machine and were rather delighted to find it still worked, so 'posh coffee' as we call it is usually in our shopping trolley each week. Now, we are pretty loyal to Lavazza, but my other half picked up a twin pack (2x 250g) of this Douwe Egberts medium roast filter blend for £5.01 in Tesco, so we've been drinking that this week.
The first thing I noticed when I was unpacking it to put the first pouch in our storage tin, was that there seems to be a lot of packaging! You have an outer layer of glossy paper, then when you get through that each pouch is wrapped in another paper layer (which was quite difficult to get off!) and then underneath that is the silver foil containing the ground coffee. To be honest this annoyed me a bit, all the extra paper was unnecessary as it didn't even display different product info - the paper inside has exactly the same details/logo on as the outer paper. Now, paper is recyclable but I don't think our door to door recycling takes this type of paper so it means either putting in the general waste or keeping it until we go to the county recycling centre (we actually have electricals at the moment that need to go there, but that's besides the point!). The foil inners are very easy to open though, which sets this aside from others I've tried. They pull apart simply like a crisp packet meaning you don't spill grounds on the worktop at all while wrestling to get the foil open!
So anyway, apart from that, the packaging is attractive enough in brown, gold and a deep red. I think it heavily suggests warmth and comforting coffee and it looks quite classic. We are told this coffee is imbued with "more than 250 years of coffee passion", going back to 1753. There is also a bit of info stating that Douwe Egberts support the farmers that grow coffee and preserve the environment. This coffee is medium roast (right in the middle of the strength 1-5 scale) and promises to have a "rich and smooth aromatic taste to savour"
I can say that this promise is certainly kept. When brewing the coffee, you can clearly smell it and it's very pleasant. It's not too strong and and it hints at the smooth taste that does indeed come. I take my coffee with a generous splash of milk and no sugar, and this coffee is perfect for that. There is no bitterness and it doesn't leave your mouth feeling coated and horrible, as some can. This is definitely a coffee that can be (and is!) enjoyed at any time of, and all throughout, the day and indeed it is marketed as such due to it's mellow taste and medium strength.
It is recommended you use one tablespoon of coffee per cup, using a little less or more depending on your taste. I use a deep plastic scoop to put this in our machine, and I put a very heaped scoop in for brewing around 10 mugs-worth. One pouch will last us about a week, and that's with me using it every day. Sometimes I will put another smaller scoop into the used filter paper and run through more water, if we have managed to empty the pot before we're finished wanting coffee. The resulting brew is just as good, even though it has been partly made with previously used grounds. The coffee in it's raw state is a deep dark brown and as is usual when I try a new coffee, I take some black to taste it 'pure'. This particular coffee didn't disappoint me, although I think I still prefer our usual Lavazza. I would buy this again though and as such would certainly recommend it.
I am very fond of the odd filtered coffee, and over the years I have found some really nice coffee's to ware away a peaceful night. I have a Cookworks coffee maker, which froths the milk so a cappuccino is easy to make. Filtered coffee is rated from one to five with five being the strongest roast and richer coffee, this however is for serious coffee lovers and is a bit to rich for me on the frequency we have our filtered, once in a while is OK.
Douwe Egberts Medium Roast
The Douwe Egberts medium roast is rated at 3, which I find, is the most suitable for my wife and I since she likes hers weaker than I do. The bright red and sunshine packet which holds the 250g of the rich smelling blend kind of sets the tone for a very nice and relaxing coffee. It conjures up images of sitting looking out at a sunset red and beautiful, with the scarlet light fading in the distance, and you all relaxed and sipping your Douwe Egberts.
On opening the bright packet you get a very distinct smell of rich ground coffee, which I think along with frying onions is one of those smells which often tends not to taste as good as it smells. I love fried onions, but they never quite taste as good as the smell. However I cannot say the same of this very dark and seductive blend of coffee, it makes an excellent cappuccino, latte or a simple filtered coffee with cream, and it definitely tastes as good as it smells.
When filtering through the coffee maker you get a very strong indication of just how good it is going to be from the magnificent aroma, which seems to penetrate everywhere and get the old taste buds ready in anticipation. When filtered and made into a cappuccino it is simply one of the better-branded coffees I have tasted, and goes well with a lovely thick slice of Madeira cake.
The 250g packet of this wonderful coffee retails at around £2.49, which I believe to be great value for money. The best part though is sitting of an evening with a rich dark ground coffee and imagining being close to that fantastic sunset and just chilling for a while.
When it comes to coffee consumption nothing beats real coffee. I used to own a coffee machine but got rid of it a few years back as it took to much space and wasn't used enough. After missing proper coffee at home I decided to invest in a cafetiere.
Initially I tried standard supermarket brand coffee but I wasn't initially impressed with this so I increased my budget and moved on to the Douwe-Egberts brand which was a real improvement in regards to the smell and the taste. Douwe- Egberts is a brand that I had previously experienced and found to be of good quality so I wasn't really surprised by this.
Douwe-Egberts Real Coffee is a blend of the finest quality beans from around the world, dark roasted to heighten the flavour. Offering an exquisite, rich aroma and a taste which is full bodied, this coffee is the perfect end to any meal.
I believe that one of the most enticing things from a pot of coffee is the smell, particularly first thing in the morning. The coffee gave out a rich and well roasted aroma and is a very good enticer to try the coffee.
The first product that I tried was Douwe-Egberts real strong coffee with a coffee strength of 5. Douwe-Egberts rate their coffee strength out of 5 with 5 being the strongest. I did find strength 5 to be a little too rich and bitter tasting for my liking. After a little investigating, I found that strength 5 is indeed an after dinner coffee yet I was looking for a product that I could use on a regular basis so I decided to try blend 3 which was said to be for any time of the day.
I headed off to the supermarket to purchase blend 3, medium roast and when I got there I was delighted to find that blend 3 was actually available in two varieties, one for coffee machines and one for cafetieres. I purchased the 250g vacuum pack for £2.85 and headed home to give it a try. I followed the instructions on the packet and measured a round desert spoonful of coffee into my pre warm cafetiere and poured enough water on for my cup. I then left the coffee to settle for 3 minutes before pressing down the plunger.
I certainly wasn't let down at all. The taste was smooth and much milder than the previous product, yet not mild enough to lose its taste. The coffee was easy and pleasant to drink and due to purchasing the cafetiere coffee, I noticed that there were less bits left in the coffee towards he end due to the finer ground beans.
To summarise, I would most certainly invest in this product again, thank you Douwe-Egberts.
Douwe Egberts are well known in the coffee business. The front of the packet shows that they have been making coffee since 1753. They are experts in blending, roasting and grinding coffee. Every now and again it makes a nice change to have a nice 'proper' cup of coffee. It also makes the house smell great.
We do not have a coffee making machine and just use the simple option of using a cafetiere. They also do the same coffee for use in a coffee machine. The packets are easily distinguished by the colour of the packet. Green is for use in Cafetieres and the red packet for coffee machines.
The packets come fully vacuum sealed this keeps the coffee very fresh until you open it. Once you have opened real coffee it is best to be kept in a sealed container and then placed in the fridge. It must be used in under three weeks.
When you first open a packet of this coffee there is a lovely aroma. The instructions say one dessert spoon per person. We always add on for the pot as well.
This real coffee is a medium roast and is strength 3 on the stregth guide. (They do make other strengths and blends) This coffee makes a lovely cup of coffee. It is medium in strength and therefore can be drunk any time of day. It has a lovely roasted taste and full flavour. It is very smooth to drink.
The packet I chose contains 250 gram of coffee. It cost £1.39
(It was on offer when i got it and I think the full price is nearer £1.89)
It is available from supermarkets.
I had an unexpected gift yesterday, well actually I had two gifts and it wasn't even my birthday or anything. Aren't I a lucky so-and-so! Anyway the first gift was a Delonghi coffee machine, which I shall be reviewing later on in the month, once I've tried it out a lot more and used all the features on it. Back to the coffee in question. As the machine was an unexpected gift, I didn't have any filter coffees in the house so I dashed off to the shop to get some. Being a small shop in a very small village the choice was very limited - to Douwe Egberts or Douwe Egberts! That's okay for me as I've tried this many times before in pubs and restaurants and liked very much, so I snatched it off the shelf along with a big pack of Kit Kats,(Well you just have to don't you?) paid for them and skipped all the way back home to make it. Douwe Egberts have apparently 240 years experience in blending roasting and grinding coffeee, being established in 1753,and the result is absolutely fantastic Imust say. This one is a medium roast variety especially for filter coffee machine, it comes in a red packet, but you can buy another one for use in cafetieres that comes in a green pack. You can also buy it in three different strengths which are as follows: - 1. Mild: Ideal for breakfast and all day drinking 3:Medium: Suitable for any occasion, any time of the day. 5: Strong: The perfect end to any meal. The pack is vacuum-sealed to keep in the freshness and it is recommended that once opened, you should put it in an airtight container and keeps it in the fridge, this will preserve the flavour and freshness. You should also use it within 3 weeks of opening, not a problem with this one I can assure you. When you open the pack the lovely coffee aroma hits you straight away, but it's not too overpowering. It sounds a little strange to describe it in this way but it does h
ave a smooth gentle smell, slightly sweet even. Some filter coffees have a very distinct burnt smell to them that I find very off ?putting. So it tastes great as an ordinary cup of filter coffee, as an espresso, or as a base for your cappuccino when you add frothed milk to it. The pack recommends one rounded dessertspoon of coffee for each cup,but use that as a guide only and adjust the amount to suit your personal preference and your machine. The taste is very smooth, without leaving a nasty bitter after taste. Hamish and I drank loads of it yesterday and still managed to get a good nights sleep even though its not decaffeinated. I'll definitely be buying this one again even though I'm going to try a few others as well.So five out of five from me for this superb coffee which I bought at the village shop for £2.29 for 250g. Douwe Egberts have a website if you would like to find out a bit more about them and their products its www.douwe-egberts.co.uk Enjoy!
Douwe Egberts Real Coffee medium roast has a strength guide of 3 and has a full rich flavour with a smooth taste. It is made from a blend of the finest coffee beans from Central and South America and has been medium roasted to give an aromatic everyday drinking coffee of exceptional quality. It is available in two grinds, one suitable for filter machines and the other for cafetieres. The filter machine variant comes in a red pack and the cafetiere variant in a green pack.