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      05.04.2013 15:43
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      recommended!

      Looking for some coffee to keep us going on moving flats day, we found Kenco Millican wholebean instant on special offer in Tesco.

      As a seasoned coffee lover, I can identify a good instant coffee from the bad. I personally really like the flavour of this one. Branded a slightly more premium design than the standard Kenco, there is a subtle taste difference which makes for a nicer drink.

      In direct comparison to the red Kenco coffee jar, this one tastes smoother and slightly richer.

      The rich flavour and lovely aroma when you add hot water makes it the perfect choice in the morning to wake up if you want to treat yourself to a little something nice. It comes in a resealable packet to keep the granules fresh though some idiot in my house has ripped the packet open. Regardless, the coffee tastes great and the size of the packet is quite nice as when you fancy a change, it's not a very large packet.

      It was well priced on offer, but I'm not sure I'd buy it every time if it wasn't on offer, being a bargain hunter!

      In summary, a lovely, rich, flavoursome coffee, one up from your standard instant coffee for those without alternative coffee facilities. Something to have as a treat, this isn't a budget product but is worth the spend. Good sized packet.

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      07.11.2012 12:20
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      Five out of five stars

      Kenco Millicano

      Who can resist a nice mug of hot strong coffee? I certainly can't! In fact I would go as far to say that I am a huge fan of a good mug of coffee, not so much the buzz but the taste and flavour of coffee. And usually that would mean some real brewed coffee but I don't always have the time and I still want great taste just all in an instant...but is that possible.

      Well yes. Let me tell you how.

      I personally think that Kenco have made a great compromise between great taste and instant availability in their Millicano whole bean instant coffee.


      In my opinion, the coffee tastes a lot like it would from a coffee shop and not like the typical instant coffee usually does. I like to take my coffee black, with the odd exception for a lovely soya extra hot hazelnut wet latte (I know a complete mouthful to order but oh so yummy), so I really can taste the difference between varieties of coffees. And Kenco Millicano have a lovely rich taste and a strong yummy coffee fragrance, and makes a nice dark mug of coffee. Overall the whole product in my opinion resembles fresh coffee rather than instant.

      When you tip the heaped spoonful into a mug it does look different from what you might expect from other instant coffees. It is much more finely ground and a little darker in colour. I find that you don't need to use as much of the coffee as you might expect, but it does brew into a lovely strong taste.

      I have tried some of the other brands that are bringing out a similar whole bean instant coffee and so far the Kenco Millicano whole bean instant is my favourite.

      Probably the only major downside to the instant Millicano coffee is the price tag, it is quite expensive (£3 - £4 for a tin depending upon where you buy it from, I tend to get my fix from Tesco). Despite it being expensive the taste and convenience is why I keep going back for more and paying the expensive price tag. You can also buy refill packets for a cheaper price.

      Even despite the slightly hefty price tag for a cup of instant coffee I still want to give Kenco Millicano FIVE out of FIVE stars.

      I highly recommended it, if you haven't tried it yet and you enjoy a nice cup of coffee but don't want the bother of brewing something from scratch then I do suggest picking up a packet to try at some point as I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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      06.11.2012 02:04
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      Weak flavourless coffee

      Kenco tell us that their Millicano Wholebean 'is the closest thing to proper coffee in an instant'. I'm always keen to try out new food and drink so when I was handed a sample of this I was eager to give it a try.

      The idea behind this drink is that it tastes like ground coffee but can be made up easily just by adding boiled water. In appearance Millicano looks a lot like ground coffee. It has quite fine brown grains, whereas many brands of instant coffee have large almost clumpy granules. As I generally like my coffee on the weak side I thought I would use half the sachet, which was about half a heaped spoon full - I would normally use less than that if I was making up a cup of Nescafe or Douwe Egberts. I poured on the hot water and it had an earthy smell, more like ground coffee than instant, but not as deep or intense . I like my coffee black with no sugar so there were no other tastes or smells to detect.

      I usually find that proper coffee, made in a cafetiere or percolator, is very strong with a rich, roasted flavour. However I could hardly taste the coffee in this cup, even though I used more granules than I normally would. I carried on drinking in the hope that the flavour would kick in, but it didn't. As I got to the end of the drink there was the normal black grainy sludge that you sometimes get in a cup of ground coffee. The final insult, in my opinion, was a rather nasty ash-like after taste in my mouth long after I'd drunk my last drop.

      I decided to give Kenco Millicano the benefit of the doubt and to try the last half of the sachet. This time I made it up with half a mug of hot water so that it was the intended strength. I hoped that this would make a difference, but it didn't. I don't think I would have minded if it had tasted just like instant coffee or solely like ground coffee but there was still hardly any coffee flavour, of either variety. Maybe it would have tasted better with cream and sugar.

      I was also given a sachet of the caffeine free Millicano and a voucher for 75p off my next purchase - neither have been used yet. If you want to take a risk it can be purchased from most supermarkets - Asda are currently selling a 100g tin for £3.00 but it is retailing for £3.99 at Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose. You can also buy a 85g refill pack for £3.29 a(£2.50 at Asda and £3.00 at Tesco). It is also possible to buy Kenco Millicano on line at a variety of outlets, including Amazon.

      I personally didn't like this coffee and wont be buying any in the future, but maybe if you prefer ground coffee and make it stronger than directed it might not seem so bad.

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        30.10.2012 10:04
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        A good alternative to ground coffee for when you're in a rush

        Our household is a coffee drinking household. Neither my husband or I ever drink tea (I'm pretty sure my mother feeding me tea laced with whiskey when I was a baby to help me sleep is the reason I now like neither tea nor whiskey!) and so we usually have 3 or 4 different jars of coffee lurking around in our cupboard. Whilst I do love coffee I'm what I like to call a "coffee commoner" and just like the straight forward instant type - the "proper coffee" is way too strong for me and, as I do the shopping in our house, I always buy a general instant coffee - usually whichever happens to be on offer at the time.

        Hubby on the other hand, whilst he's happy enough with normal coffee on a day to day basis, if we're ever at someone elses and he gets offered the proper, stronger stuff, will always accept. But as there's no point brewing a caffetiere full just for him (and he would never get up in time to do the whole process properly anyway!) we tend to just have whatever's in the cupboard as our daily brew. Until, that is, we stayed with my parents one weekend and my mum had a tin of this Kenco Millicano. I get my taste in coffee from my parents so they usually just have the normal instant coffee too but my brother has lives in the States for 10 years now and has got used to their stronger brews and mum had bought a tin of this for when he came home.

        WHAT IS IT AND WHERE CAN I BUY IT?

        If you haven't heard of Millicano - or seen the advert on tv...you know, the one where the husband comes down with the baby monitor in his hand and the couple start getting jiggy with it on the kithen table until they knock the coffee all over the place and then panic ensues? - it's an instant coffee but that is meant to taste the same as a ground coffee. The front of the packaging states that it is "instant and roast and ground arabica coffee" and the back of it tells us that it is the first wholebean instant coffee from Kenco and that it contains finely-milled wholebeans. So effectively, you get the taste of a ground coffee without having to grind the beans yourself or spend the time preparing the coffee pot.

        It now seems to be widely available in all the supermarkets and I've even seen it in my little local Spar shop so you should be able to find it on all good coffee aisles. Having said that it pays to be choosy about where you buy it as the price can vary widely. It's usually £3.99 for a 100g tin in Tesco and £3.29 for the 85g refill, although that is actually on offer at the moment for £3. In Asda, however, the tin costs £3 and the refill £2.50 which is a big difference in price.

        PACKAGING

        The standard packaging for this Millicano is a tin rather than a jar like most coffees. It's about the size of a tin of beans but rather than having a metal lid it has a plastic cap type thing which you just have to prise off (the word prise makes it sound like a difficult process but it isn't, it comes off easily, I just couldn't think of a better word!). The first time of opening the tin it is sealed undearneath the lid so you just have to pull the seal off. I really like this style of packaging for coffee as it's a lot less bulky than the big glass jars you get.

        Another major bonus for me with regards to the packaging is that it is made from metal which contains "at least 50% recycled material and can be recycled again after use" and in addition to that, once your tin is empty, rather than buying another one, you can buy a refill pouch so you just empty that into your tin. Thumbs up to Kenco from me on that score.

        As far as the appearance goes, the tin is fairly attractive I suppose. It's a silver colour with red and brown accent colours although I think the fact that it's a tin rather than a jar is what will make it stand out on the supermarket shelf. According to the back of the packet 100g will make 55 cups and all you have to do is add a teaspoon of the coffee to your mug then fill with hot water just off the boil. It also tells us that you'll get a smooth full-bodied taste and rich aroma. The usual company contact details are also provided.

        OUR EXPERIENCE

        After hubby had tried this at my mums he decided he really liked it and so now we have a tin in our cupboard (courtesy of mum!) which he drinks from on weekends. As, compared to other coffees, it is quite expensive, it's a "treat" coffee for him rather than an every day one.

        This coffee really is as easy to prepare as a cup of regular instant coffee and so it takes away any of the fussiness of the preparation of brewed coffee. The actually coffee itself is sort of a cross between a powder and usual coffee granules. The pieces are much much smaller than normal instant coffee but not quite a powder form, hence why it's such a light weight coffee I suppose.

        As soon as you take the lid off the tin you can smell that it's much stronger than your average instant coffee and immediately brings about the atmosphere of a coffee shop rather than a bog standard cuppa in your kitchen! Once you've added hot water to the coffee the fragrance remains really strong and I can always tell when my husband's made himself a cup of this rather than the normal stuff.

        Whilst we both tried this coffee I have to admit I still prefer my bog standard instant! The blend of instant and ground coffee does give a really nice smooth cup of coffee and Kenco are completely right with their claims of a smooth, full-bodied taste and rich aroma, as that is exactly what you get but for me personally it is still too strong. It would probably be a good one to make if you're selling your house and have a viewing as it really does give off that coffee shop vibe.

        CONCLUSION

        For me personally this coffee is way too strong for me to drink, but my husband loves it. Having said that, it does get some thumbs up from me - I like the tin it comes in and feel that it does a good job of keeping it fresh when stored in the cupboard, I like that Kenco do a refill for it rather than having to buy a whole other tin every time you run out and the environmental credentials of the packaging are a big bonus for me.

        So, if you like your brewed coffee but don't always have the time to make it properly on a morning then I would highly recommend this option. It gives you the taste and smell of a ground coffee with the ease and speed of an instant and whilst I think it's slightly expensive for a coffee and more than I would normally pay, as my husband is the only one to drink it and then only on weekends, a tin does last us quite a while so it doesn't work out too bad. If I were just going on my own personal coffee tastes this would only get 2 stars from me, but as I know I'm in the minority when it comes to coffee and my husband loves it, I'm going to give it 4 stars.

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          28.10.2012 14:30
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          A good instant but not one I would pay full price for.

          I'm not loyal to any particular brand of coffee and I tend to pick up whatever is on offer. Of course I do have my favourites such as Douwe Egberts or Nescafe Gold Blend but I am not adverse to picking up anything else, as long as it's hot and has caffeine I am perfectly happy. I do love coffee and I enjoy both instant and real so ideally I like my coffee to be strong and smooth yet affordable and a pleasure to drink although with a 4 year old around getting a hot coffee isn't always possible!!

          I first came across Kenco Millicano after I received a sample from them and subsequently the next time I needed coffee this was the brand that was on offer. There are 2 types of packaging, a cylindrical tub or an eco pack. I purchased the eco pack as it was on offer for £2.50 a pack which is pretty good value. The pouch has the same silver colouring with the Kenco red branding and a few coffee beans. The pack is simple yet modern and I really like it although for me packaging isn't really important especially as it sits in the cupboard and only comes out when I am making a cup.

          On opening the air tight packaging which keeps the beans fresh there is a strong aroma of coffee and it smells like real coffee rather than instant. The beans are smooth and small and not like the ones you get with Nescafe original but more like the ones you get with Necafe Gold Blend, they are small in size and on adding hot water they dissolve instantly. I add a regular heaped teaspoon as I do with all coffee but I did find with this one I needed a little less for it to have a smoother taste, the grains do still dissolve but there is almost a grittiness to it that isn't there if you use less grains which is a good thing really as it means the pack lasts longer. I have my coffee with a splash of milk as always and there were no grains floating in my cup which can sometimes be the case.

          I found this coffee to have a strong smell of coffee and the taste was stronger than other brands which doesn't bother me as I do like strong coffee but for those who enjoy a milder taste this is probably not a coffee for you. It also has a very rich colour to it which is further proof that this is a stronger coffee than a regular cup of instant. It has a very smooth flavour when using the right amount of beans and it has a lovely warming taste to it. It doesn't have the bitter after-taste that can sometimes be present.

          I do think there are flaws with this product, firstly if you use too many beans the coffee does have a grittiness to it as well as this it is also pretty expensive if you don't buy it on offer which is why I only tend to have it when it is reduced. It is more reminiscent of "real" coffee than other instants out there but I am not discriminative of instant and I will drink anything so i don't see the need to spend which I deem ridiculous amounts of money on coffee although if you are more refined than me then this is probably a good coffee to go for.

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            26.10.2012 14:48
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            Great for those who love coffee, but are constantly disappointed by instants.

            OK, I decided to give this a go because I'm the kind of person that loves coffee but am too lazy to make proper coffee whenever I want a cup. Instant is fine, but it's a poor substitute for the real thing. From what I gathered, this Millicano stuff is supposed to be better than regular instant. So I bought some.

            The first thing you'll notice is that the 'grains' are finer than regular instant coffee. It's not quite a powder, but looks fairly fine. The aroma you get off of it when you open the pot promises that this will taste better than your usual instant.

            It's of about the same strength as regular instant, so you just add your usual amount and pour over boiling water. You'll notice a sort of coffee 'residue' just above the waterline of your mug. Strange as it sounds, it makes it look like coffee made in a cafetiere. It has a deep colour, and a very rich aroma.

            As for the taste, it is superb. For an instant coffee to taste this good, Kenco have done themselves proud! It has a rich flavour. I wouldn't say it is an overly strong coffee, but it is sufficiently strong to appeal to all coffee drinkers. I never ruin coffee by adding milk, so I can only comment on the taste of it 'black'. It has a slightly bitter flavour, with a hint of dark chocolate hiding in there. It really is like 'proper' coffee.

            The only drawback in my view is the price. For a standard pot in Sainsbury's (100g), it costs £3.99. There are a number of instants that you can get cheaper, especially when purchasing the larger jars (Milicano is limited to 100g pots it seems). For someone who drinks coffee every day, Kenco have priced this too high. But I think this is put across as more of a 'premium' item. As such, it's worth having some in the cupboard for when you have visitor, or for the occasional cup for youself.

            Overall, I would say that Millicano is the best instant coffee out there when it comes to taste and flavour. On price, however, it loses a few marks. But for coffee lovers, it's a real winner in the dreaded 'instant' catagory.

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            21.10.2012 19:50
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            This is a nice change from my usual intent coffee

            WHAT IS IT?

            A whole bean instant coffee from Kenco. It contains 15% whole bean and the rest is a finely ground instant coffee.

            THE FLAVOUR

            This coffee has got a flavour that is very similar to fresh coffee and it is quite strong but is still more like instant coffee. It is rich and strong but not bitter at all unless you put too much coffee in when you are making it.

            WHAT I THINK

            I like the tin that this coffee comes in because it is air tight and keeps the coffee fresh and prevents any moisture interfering with it. When you need some more you can either buy another tin if it is on special promotion or but it in a refill packet and empty it into the tin.

            I like the rich flavour but do not think it is as special as Kenco make out. The smell is beautiful and when I make my husband and I a mug of Millicano our dining room is filled with a rich coffee aroma that does make it smell like I have used my coffee maker.

            I add half a teaspoon of sugar because I think that makes the coffee taste a bit smoother and I do this with all instant coffee. The coffee looks very dull because when you add milk it goes a bit of a muddy colour but when we have guests I always serve it in small coffee cups and that makes it look better than in plain mugs.

            4 Dooyoo Stars.

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            15.10.2012 09:55
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            There are better products on the market

            I am not a huge coffee drinker, but every now and then I will have a cup, my husband recently bought Kenco Millicano, he paid £3.99 for a 100g tin. The tin is 100% recyclable and is made using 50% recycled materials. The tin comes with a pop of lid and the first time you use open it, it has thick tin foil ring pull to detach.

            The coffee is marketed as Kencos first 'Wholebean Instant coffee, which contains 15% whole bean and the rest is made up of instant coffee. The coffee is not quiet a powder nor is it granules, it is basically a mixture of both. The coffee beans used are Arabica beans that have been 100% sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified TM farms - which means you are doing your little bit for the environment each time you have a cup.

            The coffee is quite strong smelling when you open the tin and I used a heaped teaspoon, added hot water and then milk. The coffee was smooth and quite velvety and is fairly full-bodied, I definitely felt the caffeine kick after I had finished. Overall I would say that it was nice tasting coffee, but the thing that put me off was it does not really dissolve that well and you are left with gritty residue at the bottom of your cup, which you do not tend to get with proper ground coffee. Overall I would say that I will finish the jar, or at least my husband will and I will stick to alternatives.

            Overall I would not recommend this product to others, as currently there are better products on the market in my opinion, if you are after a proper cup of coffee there really is no substitute to using freshly ground beans.

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            13.10.2012 12:41
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            a great coice of coffee

            ==Kenco Millicano Coffee==


            Being a relatively new coffee drinker I am unsure as to what I really like and for take reason I have been buying a few different brands and varieties of coffee. I am pretty much basing my purchases on what coffee is on special offer at the time I need it. My favourite coffee so far has got to be this Kenco Millicano.

            It was on special offer in Morrison's Supermarket a few weeks back and they had both the tub of the coffee and the refills at a slightly reduced price. I picked up just one of the cans initially which has 100 grams in but that did go fairly quickly because I liked it so much and took it to work as well as drunk it at home. While it was still on offer I decided to go back and get a second can and a refill bag. The refill bags have 85 grams in them and were on sale for £2 where the cans were £2.99p so not a bad price.

            The design of the cans is really good and I like the silver metallic type look. There is also a decaf version which is more brown and silver rather than just the solid silver colourings and it makes it quite easy to distinguish between the two.

            The Kenco Millicano coffee is described as a whole bean instant coffee which is a fine milled roast and arabica coffee. Compared to other coffee's I have recently drunk I can say that the granules in the tub are much smaller pieces and this makes it dissolve really well once boiling water is poured into the cup. I find that I need just one large heaped teaspoon full of the coffee to make a cup of coffee which is strong enough for my liking. I do however add two sugars and a good deal of milk as I like a sweet and milky coffee when making the instant stuff.

            The coffee itself has a really nice aroma to it which is very full in flavour and really rich smelling. To drink the Millicano it is nice and smooth and full of coffee bean flavour. It is a lot more like a filtered coffee taste than other instants I have been drinking recently and this matches the aroma which is coming off of the cup too. The coffee looks like the right colour in my cup and the taste is a clean smooth one and I really find that drinking it is a real pleasure and I have to limit myself what with being pregnant and all!

            I think this is a wonderful new coffee and it is my favourite instant one I have tried so far. I will continue to buy it even when it is not on special offer but I will try to stock up when it is. I think it has to be a top score for this Millicano of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation.

            I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you


            Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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              23.01.2012 17:11

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              A great full bodied coffee

              I was pleasantly surprised about this coffee and also it was instant. I normally have the fresh ground coffee but this option was and is much easier if you only just want one cup or you are in a hurry.They used the wholebean making a strong full flavoured cup of coffee.When you first open the tin of coffee or the refill there welcome smell of coffee just like you get with the fresh ground coffee.I like the round cyclinder container which is a good size and then there is the handy size refill packet which just is the right size to pour in the cyclinder . Its 85g in size enough to make 47 cups which I think is good value. Kenco has managed to produce a instant coffee which gives a lovely full flavoured taste of roasted coffee in an instant.
              The coffee beans are from Rain Forest Alliance farms which have been certified that every purchase helps the coffee growing communties and the environment is protected They used recyclable materials for the tin.The cost of the tin is around £3.99 which is in a 100g tin and the refil is £3.29 85g . It is in a silver foil reseable packet.


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              A good instant coffee, which would be my favourite if not for the price.

              We aren't fussy coffee drinkers in our house, none of particularly like 'proper' coffee and if we are going to drink it we prefer something smooth and instant. We do drink value brands from time to time but we do prefer the 'better' end of the spectrum suck as Kenco, but Nescafe etc will do too.

              A strange way to start a review on an instant coffee which prides itself on being real coffee in instant form perhaps, but we do know what we like as far as instant coffee's go so here goes.

              Millicano is marketed to those that enjoy their coffee fresh from beans, but perhaps don't always have the time to create their perfect cup from scratch. Offering to give them something approximating the freshly ground taste by combining instant coffee and finely milled beans, if you'd like to know more about this the web site here http://www.kenco.co.uk/range/kenco-millicano/684 will tell you. The website advertising does say that the taste of Millicano is 'reminiscent' of real coffee not that it is exactly the same, so I wouldn't go expecting the taste of pure ground coffee.

              This coffee is 'reassuringly expensive' (as Stella Artois uses as its claim to fame) at the moment Tesco's is the cheapest out of the bigger supermarkets where 100g tin costs £3.00 (a temporary reduction from £3.99 until January. 2. 2012), because of this reduction the refill currently costs more than the tin at £3.25 for only 85gms. Personally I don't think there's anything reassuring about the price, expensive is just expensive.

              On opening the pack there is a very pleasant rich coffee smell which isn't overpowering and is milder than I expected.

              The granules are a lightish brown and quite small, they appear quite evenly sized and have a sort of velvety look to them.

              I was a little nervous about using a full teaspoon the first time I used this as I'd read that some think the coffee is a bit strong, and I don't like mine that way. So the first time I used just over half a teaspoon in a fairly big mug and made it up to my usual taste. I was quite disappointed with the flavour at this concentration as it tasted a bit weak and ordinary, and did not display the intensity of coffee flavour I'd expected. I added some more coffee and that tasted better.

              The coffee seems to have a decent 'body' too it, with some instants no matter what I add it tastes 'thin' and watery, Millicano seems to make a nice creamy textured coffee. The aroma coming from the mug is appetising, but to me it smells no better than some of the more expensive instants already on the market. Having drunk cafetiere coffee and coffees made by other people using a 'coffee maker' (it's not a machine that's high up on my to buy list...or even on it) in my opinion Millicano isn't any more reminiscent of ground coffee than most other decent quality instants.

              What I really did like about Millicano was that there wasn't a strong bitter taste to it which is what I particularly dislike about some coffees and was very pleasant to drink. When made up black for the husband there was a visible crema on top of the coffee. I can't say that I've noticed this with any other instant coffees so would say this in part shows the quality you are getting with this brew.

              I did enjoy Millicano very much and despite there not being much in it regarding taste, between this and other higher end instants there is 'something about it', which for me does put it at the top of the instant coffees I've tried. I won't buy it regularly as it's just too expensive for what in our family is a low priority beverage. However I probably will buy it over Christmas to offer visitors and to enjoy ourselves over the festivities.

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                06.11.2011 22:21

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                However you like your coffee, you'll be spoilt for choice with Kenco

                In our house we love coffee, the kettle is always boiling!

                Simplicity of the product (Kenco Millicano Wholebean Instant)

                The first thing that made me smile about this coffee when I seen it was the eco refill pack it came in, very handy indeed!
                We was off on holiday so was pleased the coffee arrived in time to pack in the suitcase. If it was a jar there would of been ifs and but's with it being in the suitcase, but no, it was a packet! No problems at all.

                This coffees 'clever combination of instant coffee and finely milled coffee beans' ment the cups of coffee we were drinking were delicious, they weren't too strong in taste and were smooth as smooth can be!

                After a fun filled morning, we would come back to the caravan for a lovely cup of coffee, the smell of it was 'mmm'
                The beans made to make this coffee are 100% sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.

                Availability (Kenco Millicano Wholebean Instant)
                This coffee comes a refill packet 85g and also in a tin 100g.
                These can be purchased from a wide range of local shops, large supermarkets and also online stores!
                Amazon sell 6 refill packs for £17.94 and that includes free delivery within the UK.

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                06.09.2011 15:03
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                Only buy on special offer. Don't pay £3.99.

                I love the taste of ground coffee, but unfortunately, I don't own a coffee machine, as I really don't have room for one in my kitchen. I try and make do with the better quality instant brands (I like the Kenco Columbian variety) and grabbing a "proper" coffee from a coffee shop when I am out and about. For this reason, I was intrigued somewhat, when I saw an advert on TV for a new product from Kenco called Millicano, which claims to create an authentic ground coffee flavour in an instant coffee form. As Kenco is my favourite coffee brand, I decided to look out for the product in shops to see if it lived up to the hype.

                We were shopping in Tesco and I saw the tins on Millicano on the shelf, alongside the other instant coffee brands. It did seem a bit pricey, at £3.99, when most of the similar sized containers of instant coffee were a pound or so cheaper, but I reasoned that the high price must reflect the high quality of the product, which made me even more keen to try it. My husband was hugely sceptical, and threw a cheaper jar of Tesco own brand Gold coffee in the trolley as well and said that I should do a taste test to see whether the Millicano was really that much better . I was in no doubt that it would win hands down.

                When we got to the till, the cashier got really excited and started raving about how good the Milicano coffee was. She said that once we had tasted it we would never go back to normal coffee and that her husband was addicted to the stuff. Now I was really keen to taste it!

                The coffee is in a shiny metallic cardboard tube which is designed to look like metal tin. It looks very premium. The packaging also has a silver, lift-off lid and an inner lid, which seals in the freshness, which you tear off. The front of the tin has the logo and brand name and a picture of some coffee beans, with the tagline, "Wholebean Instant". I could see from the ingredient list that the coffee comprised mainly of roast instant granules, with 15% ground coffee added to create that rich, ground coffee flavour. A single, 100g tin claims to make 55 cups of coffee.

                When I peeled back the freshness seal inside the tin, I expected a delicious coffee smell to waft up from the tin. I was a little disappointed that the scent, although lovely, was not as strong as I would have hoped, as I love the smell of ground coffee. Out of interest, I also had a sniff at the Tesco jar, and to my annoyance, that jar had a much stronger aroma. Please don't say my husband was right!

                Anyway, it's all about the taste and I had high hopes for this coffee. I boiled up the kettle and added the recommended teaspoon of coffee to the cup. The grains were nice and fine and looked really premium quality. They dissolved quickly when the water was added. I was really impressed at the brown layer of crema which appeared on top of the coffee. You don't get that with instant coffee! I added the milk and took a sip. Hmmmm. Not quite what I hoped for. I took another sip. Nope, it definitely tasted like instant coffee to me. I took a cup to my husband for him to taste. He liked it, but agreed that it tasted no different to regular instant, and was certainly not as nice as the Kenco Columbian and Brazialian varieties which has a much richer flavour. I wondered whether adding more coffee would help, so I added another teaspoon to my cup. This did intensify the flavour somewhat, but it still just tasted like a strong instant coffee, not at all as full bodied as a proper cup of ground coffee.

                Don't get me wrong, this is a lovely tasting drink, it just can't really be compared to drinking the ground variety and I don't think that it should make such grand claims.

                The next day I had a cup of the cheaper Tesco stuff. Hubby was right. It was actually better in my opinion, but don't tell him that!

                In conclusion, Kenco Millicano is a lovely tasting cup of coffee but is hugely overpriced and does not live up to its claims. Don't pay full price for this. Wait until it is on special offer, as it is still worth trying.

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                  03.08.2011 11:47
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                  Not a bad cup of instant coffee

                  Left to my own devices I drink a lot of coffee. I enjoy freshly ground coffee brewed in a french press maker. Unfortunately I like my coffee strong so it soon proves expensive in coffee beans. Because of this I will usually drink instant coffee during the day.

                  I've heard of "real" instant coffee before; coffee made by micro-grinding beans so they're soluble rather than freeze drying but had never tried it. When I saw the Kinco Millicano on offer in the supermarket I thought I'd give it a try.

                  It comes packaged in a cardboard tube, similar to a Pringles tube only smaller, which is predominantly silver. It describes itself as "Wholebean instant" and contains a mixture of instant (85%) and ground arabica coffee (15%). It contains 100g of coffee which, according to the packaging, makes 55 cups, based on a teaspoon size of 1.8g.

                  The coffee looks like any other instant coffee, although perhaps with slightly smaller granules. I made my first cup using the recommended amount (1 teaspoon, I didn't weigh the 1.8g) and added hot water. Preparation is like any other instant coffee: add hot water and stir.

                  On first tasting I was disappointed. It tasted weak and similar to other instant coffee I tried. I like my coffee strong so on my next cup I used 2 teaspoons rather than just one. This produced a vast improvement. It made the coffee smoother and have greater body and didn't just taste watery. It made for a very pleasant drink.

                  No, it's not the same as a freshly brewed cup of real coffee and they won't be serving it in Starbucks any time soon but for a quick cup in the middle of the day it's perfect. It doesn't have the same chemical tang that some other brands do and tastes of actual coffee.

                  The packaging is recyclable and the product is available in plastic refill pouches. The tub could also be used to store household items if you'd rather reuse than recycle.

                  Overall I'm happy with this product. I bought it for on offer for £2.99, reduced from £3.99. I am happy to pay the reduced price, although I don't think I would pay full price. It's good coffee but not that good.

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                    27.06.2011 22:13
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                    Ideal instant coffee for those liking strong coffee

                    I'm not a huge coffee drinker, however when I come in from work I do like to indulge in a milky coffee that keeps me going until dinner time. Obviously for my milky coffee I need to use instant coffee granules, and recently I received a free sample of this Kenco Millicano wholebean instant coffee. A 100g packet of this whole instant coffee usually costs just under £4, so I was pleased to be able to try this for free, since to be honest, for that price, it is a little out of my price range when it comes to instant coffee.

                    Kenco Millicano is marketed as the first 'wholebean instant' which combines isntant coffee with finely milled Arabica wholebeans. This in turn allows you to enjoy the easiness of instant coffee but the taste you would expect to get from roast or ground cofee. They also market it as 'the closest thing to proper coffee in an instant'.

                    Kenco is a popular coffee brand claims to use only 100% sourced beans from Rainforest Alliance certified farms, which is reassuring to those interested in the sourcing of the product and trade.

                    I tried one of these free sample the other day, and actually only used half of the little sample sachet, as there was quite a lot in it. However, even with half of the sachet used, I couldn't quite believe just how strong the coffee was, in comparison to other instant coffee products from the likes of Maxwell House or Nescafe. The instant coffee granules mixed with the milk well, but even from the smell, I could sense that this was going to be very strong. Now there were will be those out there reading this, that adore strong coffee, the stronger the better maybe, and for them, this product will probably be ideal, and truly let them indulge in instant coffee that resembles the real ground coffee taste. If you are a bit like me, and like mlkder coffee, then this is probably not for you. As I said I only used half the sachet, which would equate to probably a teaspoon of granules which is what I usually use in terms of instant coffee, so there is definitely a marked difference in taste. In terms of the taste, I would say again that for those liking strong coffee it is probably a very rich taste resembling that of ground coffee, but I couldn't enjoy it as much given the strength.

                    All in all, if you like your coffee strong and instant this is probably worth a try. If you like it milder, probably pass on this one!

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