Product Type: Kenco Coffee
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Kenco Eco Refill
Member Name: CrazyEgg
Kenco Eco Refill
Advantages: Good taste, lightweight packaging, fully recyclable
Disadvantages: None I can think of
For the second time in a week I am drinking coffee! This time it is Kenco Smooth, a freeze-dried instant coffee from an 150g eco-refill pack. It's rather nice- and certainly lives up to its name of 'smooth'. I am getting a full-bodied coffee flavour, but no bitter or harsh aftertaste. The granules are similar in colour to Nescafe's Gold Blend being a mid-brown colour. They dissolve easily with no floaty bits. It sems nicer than the Alcafe, though that was just fine.
By buying the eco-refill I made a financial saving, and the packaging is keen to point out other benefits. The coffee comes in a resealable plastic pouch which is much more lightweight (97% less packaging weight) than a glass jar. It is very strong and unlikely to puncture during transit. Although the product can be dispensed into a jar, you don't have to because of the reseal feature, and I faced no difficulties in spooning the coffee granules from the pouch.
The lightness means a reduction in transport costs. Interestingly it tells you on the packet that the pouch has "less than half the packaging weight of a 200g jar lid". The claim is that even if you recycle your glass jar, this is the better product to buy environmentally. You can also recycle the packaging through Terracycle. You download a free postage label and send the pack off to Terracycle. This makes most sense if you are sending a few packs I guess, but is a big improvement on the Johnsons baby wipes offer, where you had to be a Terracycle member to participate and recycle the packs and they had limited membership.
Summary: A regular coffee