Product Type: Kenco Coffee
Newest Review: ... difference which makes for a nicer drink. In direct comparison to the red Kenco coffee jar, this one tastes smoother and slightly rich... more
Member Name: xxBeccaxx
Advantages: Long lasting, easy to make, nice taste, looks good.
Disadvantages: Gritty if you use too many beans, quite expensive.
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.
Summary: A good instant but not one I would pay full price for.