* Prices may differ from that shownMore Offers
After a recent visit to Ear, Nose and Throat I was diagnosed with chronic laryngitis and was advised to stuff drinking caffeinated drinks. Given I was drinking at least 8 mugs of regular black coffee per day, this was a little hard but I found that the "Decaff" version of Kenco tastes just as good without the effect of drying up my vocal chords.
This coffee contains just freeze dried decaffeinated instant coffee and nothing else, and states a Best Before Date of August 2016. Given I purchased it in February 2015, that is sufficient time to drink it, given that it has about a quarter of the jar left in a month.
The jar is clear with a green hard plastic screw-top lid, with a silver paper seal underneath; and this particular bottle has average contents (that's what the wee E means) of 100g.
Stated on the front is the suggested retail price of £3.79, but I bought this in B&M so it only cost around £2 if I remember correctly. It also suggest that this coffee is a "premium blend for exceptional taste". I don't think that is far away from the truth, at least in terms of instant coffee.
A benefit of buying Kenco coffee is that you can join the Kenco Rewards Club, and this jar gives you 10 points. I have no idea what this is, but out of curiosity I'm going to sign up this afternoon.
==Would I recommend this product?==
Certainly, it's refreshing and tastes great. Certainly far tastier than Nescafé or any supermarket own brand that I have tried, although Sainsbury's freeze dried stuff is quite nice as well.
I have been making a big effort to significantly reduce the amount of caffeine in my diet recently, which has proven to be rather difficult to achieve, mainly because I adore coffee, and enjoy indulging in several cups throughout the course of the day. I was concerned about my large caffeine intake having a bit of an adverse reaction to several aspects of my well-being, so made the decision to 'switch' around half the cups of deliciously rich coffee in my daily routine to those that are usually dreaded by most coffee lovers..... The decaffeinated kind.
This 'switch' has seen me purchasing several brands of decaffeinated coffee to try out, as I wanted to try and find a good quality coffee that tasted as similar to the 'real thing' as possible. This review will outline my experiences of trying out my most recent purchase, namely the "Kenco Decaff."
**(It may be worth noting that both the product's name and its packaging have had a bit of a 'facelift' in recent times, and the jar now looks rather different from that shown on the Dooyoo page here. Also, the name has been rebranded, with the product being called, quite simply "Kenco Decaff.")**
I believe I paid around £4 for the jar of Kenco Decaff Coffee, which is 100g in size. This is slightly more expensive than its caffeine-infused 'sisters' from elsewhere in the Kenco range. This seems to be the norm where decaffeinated coffees are concerned, and I have noticed that several decaf brands that I have purchased have been more expensive than other, 'regular' coffees from within the same brand. This surprised me at first, as I had presumed the caffeine-free options would be cheaper, rather than more expensive.
The packaging for the Kenco Decaff is on a par with most other offerings in the Kenco range, being provided in the same, sturdy-looking glass jar with a screw off top made of thick plastic on top. The colouring used in the Decaff option is a bold green, with both the jar's plastic lid and attractive label being presented in co-ordinating shades. The jar is made of clear glass, so I am able to see the granules of coffee inside quite clearly. I find that I am able to screw off and replace the plastic lid on top of the jar quite easily, even though I suffer with limited strength in my hands, as a result of reduced mobility. There is no aspect of the product's packaging that looks cheap or tacky, nor does it pose any issue in terms of me being able to use it by myself, without help.
The coffee granules look very 'regular' in their appearance, and I do think I would have been hard pushed to identify this coffee as being decaf, based on its appearance at least. Being a pale sort of 'golden' brown in colour, the granules are a good shape and size, and look exactly like those in my 'regular' coffee jar. I find this result to be consistent with how the coffee looks when it is mixed with boiling or hot water; the granules simply disperse into the water and produce a cup of black-looking coffee. There is nothing about the coffee's appearance that would indicate that it was actually a caffeine-free beverage that I can notice, with the coffee looking as rich and full-bodied as I am used to.
The coffee's scent is the first indicator that things are different; whilst still bearing the unmistakeable aroma of coffee, the scent is considerably less 'rich' than that of its regular 'sister' with something distinctly lacking in the richness and 'depth' of the coffee aroma. Slightly disappointing, but not off-putting to any real degree. Adding sugar and milk to taste is easy to do, just as easy as with any other brand - or type - of coffee and takes just a moment. Lifting the cup to my mouth, I am aware again that the rich, full-bodied aroma that I am used to at this stage is rather less 'powerful' with the Kenco Decaff than that produced by a regular cup of coffee.
Sipping the coffee is very pleasant, with the familiar coffee taste feeling smooth and refined, sitting delicately on the palate without being harsh or bitter. This is a significant improvement when compared to some of the other brands of decaffeinated coffee that I have been sampling lately, some of which have felt very bitter in their flavour, almost as if the manufacturers were trying to over-compensate for the lack of caffeine with a double dose of coffee flavouring. This irksome trait is nowhere to be found within the Kenco Decaff's flavour, thankfully, with the coffee feeling much 'smoother' than this, proving to be much more palatable and pleasant to experience. The addition of milk and sugar to my cup allows the coffee flavour to feel balanced too, although this addition is a matter of personal choice, of course.
In terms of the coffee's strength, I find that this is where the real difference is noted. I have yet to sample a brand of decaffeinated coffee that contains the right amount of 'body', and the Kenco Decaff granules are no exception to these findings, with the coffee's flavour being rather more weaker than I would like. I do think this is the one main difference between decaffeinated coffees and regular brands, as decaffeinated coffees understandably do not have the familiar 'hit' within their body and flavouring that caffeine-infused offerings provide. This 'kick' or 'hit' in the coffee flavour/strength is presumably provided from the caffeine, so its omission is probably to be expected. I have tried to experiment a little with the Kenco Decaff, by adding more of the coffee granules mixed in with a little less sugar in varying degrees, but the result is usually always the same; a pleasant-tasting cup of coffee is produced, but the strength and 'body' of the coffee's flavour is just not as satisfying as I would like. This result means that the same enjoyment can not be experienced when replacing some of my 'regular' coffee drinks with the Kenco Decaff, which is what I had (perhaps naively) hoped for when I purchased the coffee.
In saying that, I will definitely repurchase the Kenco Decaff again. The reasons for my doing so are based on the fact that the actual flavour of the Kenco coffee is absolutely spot on in my opinion, there is a 'smoothness' to the flavour that I was able to notice quite easily, in addition to it feeling perfectly 'balanced' on the palate, with none of the horrible bitterness present that other decaffeinated coffees seem to insist on delivering with each mouthful. This result in itself is enough to warrant a repurchase from me, and I do have to admit that the Kenco Decaff is most definitely the most pleasant and 'genuine' tasting coffee that I have tried out....... So far.
My hunt for the perfect instant decaffeinated coffee does continue, but I am beginning to have serious doubts as to whether such a product exists, with me considering whether the vital ingredient in the perfect cup of instant coffee is, in fact..... the caffeine!
The Kenco Decaff is available to buy in most good supermarkets including Tesco, or you can purchase online at www.tesco.com. Current prices in store are £3.58 for 100g or £6.99 for 200g. There is also an 'eco refill' pack available which costs only £2.70 for 150g. (Info correct as @ May 2013).
The green label should have given it away, really. Our work coffee seemed to have run out not that long ago, but when I spotted this jar on the shelf near the kettle no one else seemed that interested. To be honest, I didn't really think much of the weird glances I got when I said I was knackered and needed a caffeine boost while putting two teaspoons of these coffee granules in the mug and filling it with boiling water.
As usual, I'd let the boiled water cool for a good few seconds, never liking the slightly burnt result boiling water can give coffee granules. The aroma came out and made me smile, a familiar quality smell that spoke of good coffee. A few sips later and I was content, having gotten rid of the initial panic of no coffee but still with a little niggle as to why everyone else abstained and looked at me weirdly. A few hours and a few mugs of coffee later I couldn't work out why I was flagging. I'd certainly had enough coffee. A short conversation with a colleague revealed to me my mistake and everything became clear - I'd been drinking decaf!
The thing is, I just hadn't noticed. Once I realised it was certainly obvious. The green label should have drawn my attention to something different, I concede, but the thing that grabbed was how I hadn't actually noticed the smell or taste being too different. Sure, it wasn't exactly the same as some of the brands we'd had more recently, but what was strange about that? Each brand has a slight difference to the next and this wasn't radical or weird in any way. I suppose it's testament to the quality and efforts by the brand in order to retain the smell and taste of caffeinated coffee. I've tried decaf coffees where it's plain that it's a different drink and is quite vile, a bit like drinking low calorie drinks where they shirk on the flavouring. This brand though was so different in terms of decaf, and aside from the lack of caffeine and energy it gave a perception of, I wouldn't have known a difference.
It speaks of quality, although once I knew what I was drinking I was able to spot a few differences in the taste. It's hard to describe completely but when I added milk there was clearly something not the same, although without milk it was very similar. Either way, it was kind of nice to have something that was somewhat different to the usual full caffeine drink.
The packaging itself is standard, with recyclable elements all over. This is pretty standard now and to be honest I'd be surprised to come across a container that wasn't recyclable. Price wise it appears that decaf coffee doesn't actually come in any cheaper than full caf in general. As I didn't buy this I can't really comment on where it may be available although a quick search reveals prices around the £2 to £2.50 mark for a 100g jar - you're paying for the brand here of course, but it does bring with it a good level of quality. While I wouldn't actually choose to buy decaf, the fact that it fooled me shows the makers have thought about the end smell and taste enough to give this a thumbs up if you're after a good decaf coffee.
This is a review of Kenco Decaffeinated which I have just come to the end of a 100g jar. When I first found out I was pregnant I immediately switched to caffeine free coffee, tea and diet coke to make sure that I was healthy in pregnancy and not passing on bad toxins to the baby.
The Kenco decaff comes in a clear glass jar with a green plastic lid and label, all recyclable which is good. Upon opening the jar the first time there is a gold seal to break which makes the coffee nice and fresh for drinking. The label promises a 'premium blend for exceptional taste and has a stamp from the Rainforest Alliance too (but I'm not sure what that's all about).
What's it like?
I find this coffee OK to drink. I do think that caffeine filled coffee is much nicer but it's a small sacrifice to make! I use a generous splash of milk with my coffee and find that it needs a good stir with the boiling water to get all the granules to dissolve. It tastes quite strong and pleasant and I always finish the drink (which is a good sign with me whether I like the coffee or not!).
The cheapest price for this coffee is Asda where a 100g jar is £2.50 - the same jar is £3.59 at Tesco. Obviously if you try it and like it then it's worth buying in a bigger sized jar if you have the room in your kitchen cupboard to store it. I only really drink 1-2 cups a day of this so a jar lasts me ages.
This is one of the nicer decaff coffees on the market that I have tried. Obviously Kenco is a well known name in the coffee industry and as such you would expect them to make a decent coffee, decaff or not. I think for the price paid, you get a decent cuppa and I have found friends and visitors will often choose a decaff (we keep both in as hubby drinks full caffeine coffee!) if given a choice, especially in the evening.
A recommended coffee that is good value for money and although it's hard at the start, you don't notice the decaff so much after a while.
I drink both Kenco decaf instant and also their ground coffee for my cafetiere which isn't decaf so its quite a good comparison for the review..
I do like strong coffee in the mornings, hence the ground option however I tend to drink the decaf just before I go to bed. With just hot water and milk it isn't that strong so you do need to put in a good heaped spoon to get a half decent taste of coffee. I've also made it all with milk and no water and its absolutely lovely!
The granules themselves dissolve fairly well in hot water, however I would suggest that you do give it a good stir if you are going to add milk as I have found that sometimes they don't all dissolve but to be fair, compared to some other cheaper coffees it doesn't take too much effort to get rid of them...
When I have it with hot milk, this isn't as hot as the water and again I have a little whisk which I use and this ensures that all the coffee granules have dissolved..
So.... does the decaf stop you bouncing around the walls like normal coffee? I think it does yes... I have a milky coffee most nights just before I go to bed and I don't have any issues sleeping!
The packaging is very distinctive in its unusual shaped containers and what I do like is that the different types of coffee have different colours with the decaf being green....
The jars come in two sizes 100g and 200g. The 100g is around £2.50 and the 200g is around £5.00 which I think is in line with its competition, however there are cheaper varieties out there...
I love my coffee but am starting to think I'm drinking too many drinks that have got caffeine in them, it's not affecting me all that much but I know I'm not sleeping very good at the minute and if I don't have a couple of strong cups of coffee in the morning I don't feel ready to start the day. It's kind of like an addiction and even though I love the taste of coffee I started trying some decaff brands to try and wean myself off it.
I usually drink Kenco so it made sense for me to try their decaff first. It comes in the same jar but you'll know it because it's got a green lid and label, it's a bit more expensive but only a few pence and I'm not sure of the actual price.
I've drunk most of the jar now and even though it's quite nice I probably won't buy it again because it doesn't taste much like Kenco and I think it's got a bit of a cheap coffee flavour. The granules mix in fine with the boiling water and you don't get blobs of coffee floating on the top of your drink. I reckon the best way to drink it is with a bit of milk and no sugar because if you try and make this coffee sweeter you get a proper weird taste in it and the sugar takes a lot of the flavour of the coffee off.
I think the taste is a good bit weaker than the normal red jar Kenco coffee, it's not that the coffee tastes rank or anything just that it's lost loads of flavour when they took all the caffeine out. That's a good thing in a way because a lot of decaff coffees try to replace the caffeine with more flavour but that just makes them taste bitter, this Kenco one deffo isn't bitter it's just that the over all flavour isn't strong enough for me to enjoy properly.
I've not drunk it on it's own and have still being having the blue and red Kenco that we've got in the house so I can't tell you if it's going to make you sleep any better or anything like that. I reckon it being decaff would deffo mean it's better for you though so as long as you don't mind weaker coffee then this should be fine for you.
Recommended.... but only if you don't mind drinking weaker coffee than you're used to!
For health reasons I made the decision to switch to decaffeinated coffee several years ago (my heart always seemed to be pounding as soon as I tried to sleep!) The trouble was no matter which type of decaffeinated coffee it just never tasted nice. I was convinced that I would need to give up coffee altogether - until I tasted Kenco's decaffeinated coffee.
Offered in 100g, 200g and, occasionally, 300g jars, this "freeze dried decaffeinated soluble coffee" is a joy to drink. No aftertaste, no hint of it not being "proper coffee" - just that wonderful ooh moment when only a coffee will do.
Naturally you do not get the same "caffeine hit" that normal coffee gives you but Kenco's decaffeinated version is a real hit with me.
The brand is easily recognisable, with its green lid and square-ish jar, and can be found in most supermarkets. It can be on the expensive side but there is generally two or three times a year when a special offer makes the product affordable - so stock up.
The other benefit is that Kenco support the rainforest alliance - so your conscience is clean!
Kenco are one of the best instant coffees I think you can get. They produce Kenco smooth, rich and decaffeinated coffees. They also produce a variety of special coffees such as Colombian, Costa Rican and Rappor.
Kenco decaffeinated coffee is basically made with the same Kenco coffee beans as the other varieties but with the caffeine removed. Caffeine is the so called bad bit in coffee which experts say too much is not good for you. It is a central nervous system stimulant which perks and wakes the body up, making you feel more alert, hence the cup of coffee first thing to give you a kick start.
Packaging and cost:
In supermarkets Kenco decaffeinated coffee comes in two sized glass jars, 100g and 200g though in some of the trade supermarkets it also comes in 500g tins. The glass jars are clear, so you can see the actual coffee inside, with a label partially covering it. The decaffeinated coffee has a green lid capping the jar, I suppose to give you the feeling that green is good for you.
For a 100g jar the coffee costs approximately £3.07 and the 200g jar costs approximately £5.17, though at times these are on offer and you can purchase them much cheaper. In the past Asda have had the 100g jars at £2 per jar but kept the 200g jars at over £5 and it still amazes me the number of people who just pick up the 200g jar without realising they can have two 100g jars for £4.
The coffee itself:
Kenco freeze dry their coffee beans as they claim this process keeps the coffee flavour locked into the bean. Loosen the lid and remove to find a foil seal covering the top of the jar. Once you break the foil seal, the instant gorgeous coffee aroma slips up your nostrils and stimulates your taste receptors. I think this is one of the best smelling instant coffees on the market. The first thing you also notice is the size of the 'ground' coffee beans. Most other instant coffees seem to be ground so fine that they are a powder. Maybe they believe this will help dissolve the coffee better. The Kenco beans are a small crystal like shaped ground coffee.
Put a spoon full in a cup and add boiling water. The size of the coffee grinds does not seem to matter and the coffee melts as with any other instant.As you sip the coffee (I take mine black what's the point in spoiling the taste with milk) you get a full flavoured coffee taste and yes it does not taste much different to its caffeine laden counterparts. The flavour is smooth and there is no bitter after taste as you get with some instant coffees.
Overall for a caffeine free brew, this is a very tasty and smooth coffee drink. It seems to be as affective in the morning as any normal caffeinated coffee. This is the only brand of coffee we have in the house, others don't seem to match it for taste. However it is a little more expensive than some of its rivals, so when it's on offer be sure to stock up.
TIP: Well not really a tip, let's say more of a confession, this is all I drink at home, however at work, hmmm I drink (if you count a drip as drinking - Only joking am not that bad yet...) strong filter coffee full of caffeine, so maybe having this in my system is what keeps me awake and fresh the next morning.
I am not a great coffee drinker, I used to be, and then for some reason best known to my taste buds- I seem to always prefer tea now- albeit many different teas.
But I have to have coffee in for the visitors and I will always opt for the best known brand that's on offer.
I have noticed that I get more compliments about my coffee using Kenco decaffeinated than any other brand and with the exception of one friend who reminded me I should be buying fairtrade, ( can't argue with him). Normally they just say thanks for the coffee and I hear no more about it- but now they seem to make a point of saying how much they have enjoyed their cuppa. I must admit that it always smells like coffee- now that may sound daft- but not all of them have that strong fresh coffee aroma.
Yesterday, and this is what prompted me to write a review, a friend said she had been out to dinner and had asked the host what the coffee she had served in a cafetiere was- as my friend was enjoying it so much she drank it black, something I have never known her to do. The hostess had to confess that it wasn't ground coffee but Kenco decaffeinated instant.
The recent add campaign for Kenco made a strong point of the fact that the same beans were used in it's instant coffee as it's ground. I guess my friend's experience supports that.
Kenco, mention on the label that their coffee is a good source of antioxidants, but it is in very small print, perhaps they do not want to be seen to be jumping on Tea's bandwagon.
Years ago when I was a major coffee consumer- I got caffeine poisoning, so even though the coffee I buy now isn't for my consumption, I like to do my bit to prevent others having a similar problem
I think people find the coffee that suits their own particular taste, but if you haven't tried Kenco decaff- next time it is on offer- it might be worth a go.
I have been a total coffee junkie since being about 14 years old, drinking around six cups of strong coffee before 10am most mornings, the kettle is always on the boil in my house.
Like many middle aged women with two grown children I started having problems in my ahem "plumbing department" *blush* I got so bad that I had to plan each trip out to where I could get to the loo at any given time. It became very depressing and frustrating, I couldn't go to cheaper supermarkets such as Aldi or Lidl as they have no loos! Other family members found it alternatively hilarious or annoying as in "what you need to go again????"
Two years ago I went on the Atkins diet and after the horrible 10 days of induction flu brought on by such a rapid detox and cold turkey from everything yummy in life my constant, every twenty minutes" urge just went away.
At first I didn't connect the dots to caffeine but just vaguely thought that it was something to do with the diet but a few weeks in I ran out of decaf and had several cups of normal coffee, later that day I was crossing my legs every 10 minutes and the penny dropped that it was caffeine that was doing this to me!
After trying several different brands of instant decaf, I have settles on Kenco, it is rich and smooth and still tastes like "proper" coffee whilst not being too bad a price.
When you first open the jar the coffee aroma is just gorgeous, however I find that I have to drink it with full fat milk as skimmed or semi skimmed just doesn't taste right with this brand, for a treat double cream is yummy!
The only decaf coffee that I like better than Kenco is Nescafe Gold Blend Decaf, which has a more full bodies taste but is quite a bit more money so I stick to the Kenco!
Unlike their regular variety which comes in a red-topped container, 'Kenco Decaffeinated' is packaged in a green-lidded jar.
The blurb on the label tells us that the same beans are used in this variety as in their other 'Roast' and 'Ground' coffees.
The label also points out that during the decaffeination process, only natural resources and no artificiacial additives are used.
An impressive start then. But how does it taste?
I generally find 'de-caff's' to have a weaker taste than regular coffee, and this variety is no exception.
The taste is quite smooth and there is only a hint of bitterness - but you have to search for it.
Overall, it's pleasant but I prefer Kenco's regular version.
Anyway, for those who are interested, below is my coffee recipe - actually it's not a recipe - more like a set of instructions, but it my standard preparation method.
-Take one heaped (and I mean heaped) teaspoon of instant coffee and add to cup.
-Add one level teaspoon of dark brown sugar (brown is essential).
-Now add two heaped teaspoons of Tesco (or any other supermarket's for that matter) coffee whitener.
-Fill up the cup with freshly boiled water - but only 2/3rd's full. Stir well.
-Finally fill up remaining space in cup / mug with milk.
No, it's not that exciting, but it's the way I like it. If you're a real thrill seeker you can add a splash of Baileys to taste.
My name is matt, and I've been addicted to caffeine for a long time, but I'm trying to quit. (At this point I should sit down to rounds of applause from the other members of caffeine junkies anonymous.) Coffee normally has a lot of caffeine in it. Caffeine is addictive, it contributes to insomnia and high blood pressure, and has health implications for children and pregnant women. The trouble is that I love the taste, and I am an addict. I mostly gave up caffeine a couple of years ago, managing to become a social drinker only, having the odd cup at weekends or with meals out. I had always avoided decaff, on the grounds that its obviously going to be about as much use as alcohol free beer, sugar free chocolate or any of those other really dire things that are supposed to be good for us. In the end it was sheer desperation that drove me to try it, on an occasion when there just wasn't anything else to drink. I found out that it does in fact taste just as good as the real thing. Going on taste alone, I don't think I could tell the difference between the caffenated and decaff versions of Kenco, which is convincing in itself. Now, the big thing with coffe after the taste, is that buzz you get, that lift. Oddly enough, if you have been a coffee drinker, your body responds in much the same way to decaf - the affects seem to be at least partly psychological. Repeated use, so that the body learns that coffee taste cannot be associated with the imminent arrival of a stimulant, will decrease this effect, but to help you over those initial cravings, it works well. Kenco decaff is much the same price as 'proper' coffee: It has the same rich taste, it disolves as well, to be honest, I can find few real differences other than the fact that the packaging is green instead of red. I'm not going to make a habit of buying this, but I find that when I'm out, it gives me a nice alternative to the caffeine. For people trying t
o cut their cffeine intake, it is well worth trying, as you get all the flavour and the psychological prop, without the actual stimulants. I must add that coffee also has tannin in, which probably isn't all that healthy either, but I figure that lief is too short to be worrying about this one as well.
I feel I have to give an opinion on Kenco Decaf to get the balance straight. I too (as nikkisly) was a big black coffee drinker - until I realised that after a weekend away with no access to coffee, i was shaking! I then began a process of cutting down my caffeine intake. Eventually i realised that whilst I no longer wanted the caffeine, I still liked the taste of coffee. I purchased a number of different decaf brands, but found them all to have a bitter after taste. then i discovered kenco Decaf. the only thing that I can think from Nikkisly's review is that her corner shop may have sold her an out of date jar?? I love to open a new jar - the smell is fantastic - just like a coffee house. My friends all drink 'normal' coffe, but i still serve them with decaf when they come here - and not one of them has noticed - believe you me they would tell me in no uncertain terms if they did not like it! I now drink upteen pints of the stuff everyday - on the odd occasion I have tried a new brand, i have always been dissappointed and gone back to good old kenco
I used to be a big coffee drinker, at least until a few years ago when I went a bit 'perculiar'! (No rude comments, please!) After having all sorts of medical tests, (since it was thought that I may possibly have a brain tumour), my unexplained symptoms turned out to be nothing more sinister than an allergy to coffee. I stopped drinking it, and my symptoms disappeared.Sorted. Nowadays, I can get away with the occasional cup without too many problems, but I nearly always stick to tea. However, I missed my regular cups of coffee - there were times, such as after dinner, when only coffee would do.Decaffeinated coffee is allegedly better for health,since the caffeine in regular coffee can cause headaches, jitters and sleeplessness. Regular drinkers can also suffer from withdrawal symptoms if deprived of their 'fix'. Hence, I decided to give decaffeinated coffee a try and I found that it tasted just as good as normal coffee.In fact, I couldn't detect any difference between decaffeinated and regular coffees of the same brands. I liked it - a lot. That is, until I tried Kenco. My husband bought it after I'd asked him to pick up a jar of decaff.on his way home from work. We normally drink Nescafe (if finances permit) or Safeway's Own Brand (when they don't).However, rather than risking my wrath by not bringing any at all, he grabbed the only jar he could find in our small, local shop. Considering that much is made of the 'aroma' in the Kenco television advertisements, I was surprised to find distinct 'bovrilly' undertones to the smell when I first opened the jar.In fact, the smell bears a very strong resemblance to gravy granules,although the jar label assures me that I am drinking "the finest Arabica beans, decaffeinated, then expertly roasted to capture the smooth coffee taste and rich aroma of Kenco". The granules are quite large in comparison with other brands, an
d are slow to dissolve, tending to float to the surface until you are at least halfway down the mug. In addition, no matter how vigourously you stir,there is always a thick, paste-like residue leftover, which makes the last few mouthfuls taste very unpleasant. There are no instructions on the label.Yes, I know that making a cup of coffee should be idiot proof, but check out other coffee labels. Some say add boiling water, some advise just boiled water, others even say hot water. Kenco give no indication as to how to get the most out of their product. Once made, the much-feted 'aroma' is not evident - luckily, neither is the Bovril smell. (It doesn't smell of anything, apart from sugar,if you happen to have added it.) Having smelled this coffee in the jar, I was anticipating a beefy taste. Yet somehow, the 'beefiness' disappears in the making, leaving behind a strange 'fishiness'. The coffee is bitter and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste in the mouth. If forced to drink it, I usually need a cup of tea to take the taste away. To add insult to injury, it is almost twice the price of supermarket own brand, which I find preferable in both taste and aroma. Kenco decaffeinated is, in short, foul! We have had the same 100g jar for several months now and, despite trying to palm it off on our friends, we notice that very few of them manage more than a few mouthfuls out of politeness. My father, who drinks nothing but decaff. coffee, commented that it tasted as though it had 'gone off'. I realise, of course, that reviews of food products are bound to be subjective, since we all have very individual likes and dislikes. Kenco is marketed as an 'upmarket' brand so maybe I'm just too common to appreciate it. However, in the interests of accuracy for this review, I did force myself to drink a mug before writing and have not changed my opinion of it. The things I doo for yoo...
Brand: Kenco / Instant Coffee