Product Type: Kenco Coffee
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Nice Tin Shame About The Taste
Member Name: Foodiegirly
Advantages: Smells like ground 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.
Summary: Weak flavourless coffee
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