Product Type: Kenco Coffee
Newest Review: ... a large brand as Kenco taking the decision to be environmentally aware. There are several types of Kenco Eco Refill bag available, whic... more
Kenco Eco Refill
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Kenco Eco Refill
Advantages: Convenient packaging - Lovely coffee..
Disadvantages: None for me!
I am a huge coffee drinker and have a couple of cups each day. Whilst I buy many assorted brands of coffee, I do favour those from the Kenco range which I find are of a really good quality and offer a delicious cup of coffee with each spoonful.
It was whilst I was shopping in a local branch of Tesco recently that my eye happened upon a bag of Kenco coffee situated among the jars and boxes on the supermarket shelves. The product stood out to me as it is quite unusual to see an instant coffee product packaged in this way and I decided to purchase the bag for myself.
The bag of Kenco coffee is actually called the "Eco Refill" and it is designed to be rather more environmentally friendly than purchasing a jar of coffee, mainly as the packaging consists of "97% less packaging weight" when compared to the jars from the brand. This seems like an excellent idea to me, particularly when you consider that glass is currently not recycled in many areas within the UK, one of which is my own. True, some consumers could perhaps take their glass to a recycling plant or depot of sorts, but this is not possible for myself unfortunately, as I have a disability and mobility problems.
Thus, the Eco Refill seems like a sort of compromise and I am pleased to see such a large brand as Kenco taking the decision to be environmentally aware.
There are several types of Kenco Eco Refill bag available, which range from a decaffeinated option to the 'Kenco Smooth' option that I purchased and am reviewing here. The Kenco Smooth option is availlable to buy in a choice of two sizes which are 150g and 275g. I paid £3 for the 150g of Kenco Smooth refill in Tesco, where this price was dropped from £4.39. I believe this offer will run until mid November 2012. (Info correct as @ October 2012).
The coffee can be decanted of course, and I chose to refill the existing jar of Kenco that I had in my home. The Eco bag is rather difficult to handle when pouring the coffee into a jar, but it becomes easier with a little practice. The Eco bag can then be closed over easily, thanks to the practical packaging and kept in the cupboard until your coffee jar is looking a little empty again.
The coffee itself is a lovely colour and it has a much more attractive appearance than many brands of instant coffee that I have been purchasing recently, mainly because it has a lighter, slightly more golden colour than some other brands that are a very dark brown. There is a gorgeous aroma present from the coffee which smells very rich.
Making the coffee is as easy with the coffee from the Eco refill bag than with any other brand, in my opinion. I simply need to place a spoonful of the coffee into a mug and pour over hot water from the kettle. Stirring the mixture for a moment afterwards allows any stray granules at the bottom of the mug to be completely dissolved. I can then add milk or sugar - or in my case, both - to the mug to taste.
I have found that this one single spoonful of coffee is absolutely ample for my own tastes, thanks to the rich flavour of the Kenco coffee. It is true to say that some supermarket-own branded coffees can feel slightly weak and I find myself adding another half spoonful to the mug to allow the coffee to reach a fuller flavour. This practice is not required with the Kenco Smooth coffee at all, and I find its flavour to be completely flavoursome and quite rich.
There is no unpleasant bitterness to be found in the Kenco's flavour, so the brand name of Kenco Smooth feels absolutely spot on, in my opinion. Some coffees can feel harsh on the palate or can feel quite bitter either in the after-taste or their flavour, but neither of these annoying traits is present with the Kenco Smooth coffee. Instead, the taste is entirely rich and quite full-bodied, without feeling overpowering or harsh. A perfect balance, in my opinion.
There is no annoying residue to be found in the sides of my mug, or floating around the bottom of my coffee, and there are no stray granules to be found at the bottom of my mug when I drain it. This would not be the end of the world, granted, but it is a rather annoying trait of some cheaper-branded coffees that I have purchased before.
The main selling point of this coffee for many consumers is no doubt the convenient packaging it is presented in, and I would consider repurchasing the Kenco Eco Refill again in the future, purely on the basis of this excellent packaging. I found it easy to use and convenient for many reasons, not least because I feel it is less harsh on the environment than buying glass jar after glass jar for my household's coffee requirements.
In addition, I found the Eco refill took up a lot less space in my kitchen cupboards than storing bulky, cumbersome jars and of course it was much lighter to transport home in my shopping bags too.
Overall, I highly recommend this product from the well known Kenco brand and I will be buying it again - full marks from me!
Summary: I recommend it and will buy it again!