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A cappuccino is a frothy milky coffee which retains a lot of its strength, even with the assortment of creams, sprinkles and marshmallows you decide to let loose upon the frothy summit. A treat such as this is best purchased at a coffee shop where it will have been created with fine ingredients to give it the sweet and strong taste I've come to love of cappuccinos. That isn't always an option so 'make it yourself' powdered cappuccinos with their enticing delicious looking cappuccino on the box catches you eye and wallet during the supermarket search. Kenco's cappuccino gives presents a wonderfully frothy and tasty looking cappuccino which is a huge step above the actual result. Coming in boxes of 8, the cappuccino can be purchased in regular and unsweetened varieties for those who just want a frothy coffee and nothing quite as tooth impairing. Each box boasts 8 sachets of the coffee and 1 sachet of chocolate topping. The sachets give you a little deja vu if you happen to have tried their latte flavour considering the packaging is exactly the same that I couldn't tell which I was consuming due to the sachets being thrown together in a box. They are easily opened with a tear to the top end of the sachet and the powder flows out with ease creating some powder dust clouds on its way so be sure not to breath heavily. The sachet of topping is very inconvenient unless you happen to have all the cappuccino in one go! It cannot be resealed so you end up with chocolate powder in the box before long. It is also difficult to take out a controlled amount so transferring into a sprinkle box or using a simple spoon is necessary.
The directions one the side of the box state that you should use warm but not boiling water, stir thoroughly then finish it off with a touch of topping. So what does that mean exactly? Once you boil the kettle, it doesn't stay at boiling point, so does that mean it is okay to instantly put the water in after the kettle has come to the boil? It is misleading but I've assumed the vague words mean that the water should cool down a little before cascading into the mug of powdered cappuccino. This can be quite tedious unless you have a kettle which can heat to a specific temperature. Mixing the water into the powder can take a good couple of minutes but releases quite a nice smell which makes the coffee seem promising. You mix and mix to no avail, for clusters of dry powder emerge which is both unsightly and not so tasty. Leaving the cappuccino to sit for a few seconds after the initial stir can help check for such pieces, or alternatively you could stir furiously in both direction as if you are one with a hand mixer. It has to be said that there is a little froth but really not what is presented on the box art. The froth is not white either, it is the colour of the cappuccino so possibly some spraying cream may do well for presentation. It can look quite bubbly, but this depends on the temperature of the water, the hotter it is the more bubbles. The chocolate topping is to be added to the top which makes it look less appealing since you cannot really make pretty patterns with the sachet and the topping just seems to sit, go darker and generally make you feel that you should have just gone with it. This is Kenco's method of preparation which I've strayed from to produce my own method. If it is as morning treat I personally hate waiting for the kettle water to cool, by that time I'm so awake that I no longer want the coffee. Instead, I start off with the powder in the mug and add a centimetre or so of shaked milk to the mug (amount is based on preference) and begin stirring the thick paste. Next, I add the water which has just been boiled and continue as normal. I feel this gives a tastier cappuccino which is slightly more frothy and is at a nice temperature straight away. Marshmallows do sit on top compared to the other coffees as you can test yourself by putting some sugar on top and seeing how long it take them to go under the frothy surface.
Taking a sip may lead to some disappointment. The coffee itself is pretty weak and although it is the sweetened variety, it still isn't all that sweet. I find a small dash of sugar is often necessary to enjoy this cappuccino. It does taste better than having a regular coffee, but is definitely no substitute for a well made bought coffee from the likes of costa or starbucks. In fact, cappuccinos from the Dolce Gusto machine (see my review) fair a lot better in taste and texture to this one. The price of a box of this cappuccino is around £2.30 containing the 8 sachets. For an extra £1 you could enjoy a much tastier Dolce Gusto machine equivalent providing you have one that is. A cappuccino is an occasional treat to be enjoyed so opting for the best is probably a good idea unless you happen to want a cappuccino daily.
~~~ Introduction ~~~
Firstly, before you start to read this review I would like to point out that I do not consider myself in any way to be a "coffee conisseur". I'm just an ordinary guy who loves coffee (especially Cappuccino) !!!
~~~ My love affair with Cappuccino begins ~~~
I first discovered Cappuccinno years ago whilst on holiday and instantly fell in love with it's delightful blend of bitter espresso coffee and creamy foam and, from that day onwards, it became my favourite drink. Spending much of my time commuting to and from work I also became a coffee shop addict. I even invested in a coffee machine for home ... a little indulgent luxury for the weekends !!!
~~~ Flirting with a dark stranger at the supermarket ~~~
Recently (whilst late night shopping at the local ASDA store) I noticed a product that I had never seen before ... "Kenco Cappio Cappuccino". It was an instant Cappuccino drink from a trusted coffee company and as I regularly drink (and enjoy) Kenco products I was intrigued enough to place a box (with eight sachets of instant Cappuccino) in my trolley. There were two varieties to choose from, sweetened and unsweetened so being a sweet tooth I opted for the sweetened version.
~~~ A match made in heaven ? ~~~
On arriving home I left the shopping in the car and ran into the house to make a cup (I did warn you I was a Cappuccino addict). On closer inspection the product itself was beautifully packaged with a hint of luxury about it and of course it was complete with an image of a damn near perfect looking Cappuccino on the box. I was also delighted to read that it came complete with Suchard chocolate topping. Kenco coffee and Suchard chocolate ??? This was surely a match made in heaven !!!
~~~ Things get steamy in the kitchen ! ~~~
I carefully read the instructions even though my instincts wanted to be eagerly tearing open one of the golden sachets. I clicked on the kettle and caressed the box while I waited. But, I couldn't wait any longer and my hand trembled as I emptied the contents into my favourite mug. By now it was getting pretty steamy in the kitchen (am sure my kettle knows exactly what I mean). Meanwhile, I noticed that my coffee machine was strangely silent ... clearly sulking having being so casually replaced by this cheap and cheerful Cappuccino that had flirted with me at the supermarket. But I didn't care ... I wanted Kenco Cappio Cappuccino more than I had ever wanted anything in my life !!!
~~~ Making Cappuccino ! ~~~
After what seemed like an hour, the kettle had boiled and the moment of truth had arrived. As my boiling water merged with Kenco's dusty powder things started to get a little foamy. The seductive aroma of Kenco's finest coffee beans drifted accross the work-top whilst the creamy foam bubbled away around the rim of my cup. I lovingly stirred this magical mixture and my hand trembled as I added a generous sprinkle of Suchard's finest chocolate to the top. Making Cappuccino had never felt so good ... I was head over heals in love !!!
~~~ Betrayal leaves a bitter taste ! ~~~
Despite it's wonderful aroma and beauty my cup of Cappuccino was a massive disppointment. It was full of lumps of gritty powder that resisted all attempts at being disolved. It also tasted grainy (like so many of those horrible lukewarm drinks you buy from vending machines). Despite smelling like a delicious cup of Kenco's finest blend of coffee beans it hardly had any distinctive taste at all. What it did have, however, was a nasty, bitter after-taste. And finally, despite being a sweet tooth myself ... it was far too sweet to be enjoyable. I was extremely disappointed, I had spent just under £2 on eight sachets and after my first cup was left with nothing more than a bitter taste in my mouth !!!
~~~ Please forgive me !!! ~~~
I had flirted with an instant Cappuccino drink and had had my fingers (and tongue) well and truly burnt. I felt ashamed that I had been so easily seduced by it's promise of being the perfect Cappuccino drink and I also felt guilty that I had so casually dismissed my own trusty Coffee Machine that had so loyally produced cup after cup of Cappuccino without ever letting me down !!!
Will my Coffeee Machine ever forgive me ... ???
~~~ The moral of the story ~~~
The promise of something new and exciting can do strange things to the mind. And similarly, expectation often leads to disappointment. This was certainly the case with Kenco Cappio Cappuccino !!! A wise man once said to me that "the grass isn't always greener on the other side" ... maybe I should have paid more attention ???
As a result of my own experience I have created an up to date version of this age old saying ...
"the Cappuccino isn't always tastier if it's out of a sachet"
I bought these sachets as i dont have a fridge at work but still want a coffee mid morning. I love cappuccino, well all coffee really. The pack i had is the sweetened version though you can get unsweetened which i would recomend as the pack i currently have are tooooo sweet.
The sackets are rather long and the box seems rather large for only eight sachets. Kenco could easily reduce the packaging size this may also help with cost!!
It cost £1.65 in my local morrisons which is a little expensive for only eight cappuccinos but compared to buying it at the local coffee shop its far cheaper.
So on to the product itself its quite pale and very sweet smelling when you pour it into the mug. Once you pour boiling water on it it fizzles and the froth of the cappunccino forms. It looks like it may over flow but keep filling with water as the froth soon dies down. But stir like mad to avoid dreaded lumps of powder. Yuck! A little froth remains for a good while and there is a sachet of topping to put on top. (although i havent used this yet as its doenst appear to reseal, not ideal in my office but i may try one at home to test)
Its actually very good for an instant, strong coffee but with the milky smoothness of a cappunccio. But as formentioned the sweetend version is, in my opinion, too sweet. I normally have one sugar in coffee but to me it tastes like two sugars, which if you have too sugars is great.
76 calories (doesnt state whether this is with or without the chocolate topping!!) (4%RDA)
8.6g sugar (10% RDA)
2.1g fat (3%) RDA
1.8g Saturates (9% RDA)
0.10g Salt (2%RDA)
Over all a very good product although i think the unsweetned version may prove better, taste and calorie wise!!!
I am normally a Nescafe Cappucino kind of a girl, but recently got turned off them by having a packet that just refused to blend, and if there's one thing I cant stand its having the feeling of bits in my mouth when its supposed to be a drink! (i have the same problem with orange juice with juicy bits!) Anyway, I like an instant cappucino in a morning, I like to make it, have my shower and have it ready to drink before I leave for work. (i know I could have ordinary coffee...but I deserve better...I am after all going to work!!!) Anyway after the last Nescafe experience I decided to switch brands and opted for the Kenco Cappio. It cost £1.87 for 8 sachets and is 84 cals per sachet. Included in the box is a sachet of Suchard chocolate topping. I boiled the kettle in a fever of excitement (this maybe a slight exaggeration) emptied the sachet into my favourite mug and added the water, a little bit first to mix into a paste, then the rest, stirring all the time to avoid lumpage! The powder mixed together really well and frothed up nicely. I went to have my shower and then began to drink my coffee. One thing I noticed straight away was that there was still the same amount in my cup as when I went upstairs, other brands tend to decrease as the bubbles pop. The coffee smell had permeated the kitchen and was tantalising my taste buds (or my caffeine addiction). I don't add the chocolate topping by the way.
I took a good slug of the coffee and found it really smooth and creamy. It isn't the strongest tasting coffee I have ever had, but was really pleasant. The froth was really creamy and lasted right until the end of the drink. Most importantly, the contents had mixed together really well and I was able to drink the whole lot! If it's a hard core caffeine kick you need, this may not be for you, but if you want a smooth, creamy, non-lumpy pleasant cup of coffee, this could be the one for you!
I love coffee, always have and always will. First thing in the morning I always opt for a shot of expresso and that gets me going for the day, and certainly wakes me up. Over the years I have tasted many varieties of coffee, and my theory is you have to pay for a good tasting coffee. If I had no money I would still never ever buy Tesco's own brand coffee and even some of the branded ones to be honest because they just do not taste nice.
I tend to use bean's most of the time, grind them myself and make a decent pot in my coffee machine, however sometimes that is too much trouble and I always some instant hidden away in my cupboards for when I just want to add boiling water. Kenco Cappio Cappuccino's are also something else that I had hidden in my cupboard too, I actually remember buying them on a buy one get one free and putting them in the cupboard, however forgot about them.
Kenco, I would consider to be a good brand. I occasionally buy the Really Rich coffee and also the Colombian and Costa Rican blends are also very tasty too and one of those instants that has a place in my cupboard, amongst other variants that I have purchased.
The Kenco Cappio Cappuccino's come in a box of 8 foil sachets, quite longs sachets to be honest with quite a lot of powder in them. On the front of the box, it displays a picture of a cappuccino and also their claim "Our creamiest ever cappuccino" Lush. Inside the box you also have one sachet of Suchards Chocolate Powder. Yes one big sachet, obviously they are trying to economise by providing you with one, however my cappuccino sachets have an expiry on them of May 2009, surely one opened sachet of chocolate sprinkles will not keep till 2009, I'm not even going to try. In other brands I have tried before they have included several singles sachets so they are fresh when you use them, I think this would have been the better option for them.
To make the beverage, you pour the contents of the sachet into a mug and add hot water, not boiing water as this burns the contents and you can hear it do so, however even hot water makes the same hissing noise as you pout it over. I have also found that you need to gage you mug size quite accurately too, a standard sized mug to be honest I find is too small for the contenst of the sachet and leave lumps of the product at the top even when stirring so I opt for an oversized mug which prevents this from happening. You can also prevent this by how fast you also pour the water into the mug, slowly makes a better brew.
Looking at it it does look like the perfect cappuccino, the ones I have are unsweetened so if you have a sweet tooth better to add a sweetener or a teaspoon of sugar to sweeten it up a little. On the top of the cappuccino are mounds of froth, which is what we like to see, as I love spooned the chocolatey froth from the top until there is minimal left and then give it another good stir.
The taste of the product is disappointing, that is my opinion anyway because I can appreciate a great tasting coffee when I have one, and this by far no where near that scale, in fact I think it may have reversed off the scale. It does taste very bitter in a strange way, you cannot actually taste coffee as such and you cannot taste milk either, it tastes like dish water to be honest and I struggle to actually finish one as with a decent cappuccino you can at least taste the coffee content in it. To be frankly honest it doesn't taste any more than a slighlty nasty flavoured hot water.
The smell is also disappointing. I love the aroma of coffee and instant coffee doesn't give off that aroma nowhere near as much as beans do however you can smell the contents and know what it is. If someone blindfolded me and put a Kenco Cappio Cappuccino underneath my nose, I would not believe that their was any coffee in it. All you can smell is the chocolate sprinkles and even when they disappeared into the drink, that is the only particular smell that remains.
Creamiest ever?? I cannot comment on this as I have not tasted any of the other, however on my experience with what is meant to be the most creamiest ever, then it fails. The only justice that it has when it comes to cream is the amount of froth that it creates. It doesn't taste like cream, it tastes like coffee mate which is a substitute for cream however does not give that flavour, texture and consistency of the product that cream actually does. So I would say that this claim is misleading and inaccurate.
I'm not a coffee conisseur at all but I would when I taste a god quality coffee and can appreciate it. My advice on this is to stick with the instant, whip up a bit cream and add that and you would get a much better, great tasting beverage.
Thanks for reading.
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