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This is the best instant coffee that I have ever tasted, and trust me I have tasted a lot. Kenco Really smooth tastes like a expensive filtered coffee.
It does not just smell great it has a smooth yet rich taste with a slight bitterness which I believe is what a good coffee is about. The coffee once made has a nice colour its not too dark nor does it look like weak. When making the coffee the milk needs adding before water to prevent a nasty bitterness.
The price is very reasonable for this coffee, and one of the good things is that you can buy a small jar to try first, but believe me you wont be disappointed in Kenco Really Smooth.
Kenco Really Smooth makes a stunning cup of coffee I would give it a 5 out of 5, if you like a weak coffee this may not be for you but still worth a try.
I would also like too add the coffee cake I made using this coffee went down really and I did not have to use as much coffee as normal as the taste was there with half the amount I normally use.
I now drink Kenco Really Smooth Coffee since my friend introduced me to it the other month. Before that I was using Morrison's own brand which is cheaper but this Kenco Coffee is much better as far as taste goes, so I don't mind paying a little bit more.
This coffee which is called really smooth comes in the large glass red jar. Kenco also make other types of coffee which I haven't sampled yet but so far I am impressed with this one. The jar is sealed when you take off the lid and you have to break into the film on the top. As soon as you do this you are hit with the strong but lovely smell of fresh coffee. It smells really good and immediately it makes you want to have a nice cup of coffee.
I use one and a half spoons of these grains to a good sized mug. I drink this both with or without milk and either way it tastes delicious. It has a smooth taste with a bit of a hit at the back of the throat after you have swallowed. It's mellow tasting and makes a great cup if you decide to make a 'milky coffee' as I do sometimes at night before bed.
I buy the 100g sized jar which only costs a couple of pounds so this compares well with the Morrison's one I was buying before. The jar lasts me for ages because I don't drink it that often, maybe only one cup per day. The glass jar can be recycled after it's finished with and so this is also great.
I like that the grains always seem to dissolve well and don't leave that scum on the top that you sometimes get with cheaper coffees. All the little brown bits dissolve totally and you are left with a brilliant tasting delicious cup of mellow and tasty coffee.
One I highly recommend to anyone.
Kenco Smooth instant coffee 100g
Available at most super markets: Asda £2.50 (on offer April 2013): Tesco £2.50: Sainsbury's £3.36.
About the brand:
Kenco is certified with the rainforest alliance, this green frog logo now features on the front of many of their products. It confirms the brands integrity to both the environment and fair working conditions for local people.
"The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior." (Rainforest alliance)
Performance and taste:
If you're looking for a fuss free instant coffee with a fresh ground taste then this might be what you've been waiting for. This is certainly a premium blend coffee and I found that the granules dissolved easily unlike some other cheaper brands that tend to require a lot of stirring. I don't normally drink milk so I was very pleased to see that this coffee combines extremely well with dairy free alternatives such as almond and soya milk. It has a wonderful strong coffee aroma and definitely a smooth texture with absolutely no bitter after taste, exactly what I look for in an instant coffee. I will continue to purchase this product as I feel it's great value and flavor. Eco refills are also available for the kenco freeze-dried coffee range as well as a decaffeinated option.
Kenco Really Smooth
I have to admit to being a bit of a coffee fiend. This is usually instant, as at home or work I just can't cope with the hassle of proper coffee, and as such I frequently but instant coffee.
I am usually a Dowe Egbert s buyer, but my local supermarket doesn't stock this, so I have been trying other brands to see which I find most palatable. (My next nearest supermarket would require two taxis, and even a decent cup of coffee just isn't worth that).
One that I have been drinking recently is the Kenco Smooth (red jar), although my recent jars have been a slightly different shape - but this may be due to the size available in my local shop. I've been paying £2.00 for a 100g jar of this, which seems to be a good price (one of my issues with Dowe Egbert's was that it was costing £6 for a large jar). The coffee comes foil sealed in a watertight jar, which does keep it nice and fresh (I also like the fact that this comes in a 'less packaging' option - meaning that if you buy the refills it is a little better for the environment).
This coffee has a nice appearance, all of the bits are nice and smooth with a nice colour. I personally choose to use just under two spoonfuls of this coffee (compared to 1.5 spoons of Dowe Egbert's to give you an idea of strength), and add milk before water when making it, as I feel this gives the coffee a smoother taste. The sell when opening the jar is wonderful and rich, with just a hint of bitterness (I think all coffee has this though).
The coffee does make a 'good' cup - but I do think that I use it quicker than other brands, as it seems to be a bit weaker. It seems to be stocked by many shops and supermarkets so it is easy to get hold of.
I personally feel this coffee is a 4 star product as it just is a little weak for me, meaning I get through it quicker than I would with other brands. I would recommend it as long as you're a fan of weaker coffee.
I'm not a massive coffee drinker and I could live without it, if I'm honest, but sometimes I really fancy a nice cup of milky coffee - just not very often. The coffee we normally buy is Nescafe Gold Blend. I first bought Kenco Really Smooth Instant coffee when I received a money off coupon for 50p off the smaller 100g sized jar. As this particular coffee was already on special offer in my store and reduced anyway, I made the most of the offer and used the coupon at the same time. It worked out that I paid only about £2 for this jar so at the time, it was excellent value for money.
The packaging is nice. It has an eye catching bright red twist off lid and the coffee jar itself is made of glass and the coffee itself is nicely sealed along the top of the jar with a seal to keep it fresh. The seal is easily removed by just peeling it gently back.
Peeling back the lid is always the best bit, I think, when opening a brand new jar of coffee, and this coffee is no exception. As soon as the smallest part of seal is removed, you are immediately hit with the absolutely gorgeous deep coffee aroma. It smells really very intense. The coffee granules themselves look very similar in size to my normal Gold Blend but I do think the Kenco granules are slightly darker in colour, perhaps.
Making the coffee is simple, as it's instant. I use just slightly less than a heaped teaspoonful and then add milk to the cup before pouring on hot water. I immediately noticed that all of the granules dissolved very quickly, even without me having to stir the coffee at all , really. I was surprised at this, as usually when I make coffee I'm left with a bit of an unsightly scum floating around on the top of the cup, where the granules have failed to totally dissolve.
Taste-wise, it's very good and I do think it tastes just ever so slightly nicer than the Nescafe Gold Blend as it's a smoother rounder taste. It leaves no bitter after taste in the mouth and it tastes very mellow. I also like the fact that even after adding milk and water, the delicious coffee smell is still there to enjoy whilst drinking the whole cup.
My husband also likes this particular coffee and I've now taken to buying it out of the vending machine at work in preference to the Gold Blend I was drinking previously.
I'm so glad I took the time to try it. It's a delicious every day sort of coffee and I really do recommend it.
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I love coffee, it's a fact if I don't have a cup in the morning I'm usually grouchy and a pain in the neck for the rest of the day. So I tend to like smooth creamy coffees with a nice light flavour and no bitterness, my current coffee drink is Kenco rich smooth which comes in a large red topped jar. The coffee comes in a sealed jar and is a pale brown granular instant coffee, the granules are fairly large and one teaspoon is adequate for a decent mug of coffee.
As with all instant coffees, there is an instant hit of coffee once the hot water dissolves the coffee and the aromatic smell of the coffee fills the room. I've often wondered if coffee is the drink of choice in meetings due to the smell rather than the taste, does the smell make people more amenable to discussing the issues at hand? Certainly tea doesn't have the same impact, and of course not many people have black tea do they? Anyway I've digressed and this is a revew on an instant coffee, but this coffee does give a nice aroma, a decent black brew and once doctored with milk gives a very satisfying drink.
This coffee can be bought for around £4 at all good supermarkets and can often be found as an item on discount or with another item as a 2 for £6. I'd heartily recommend if you're a coffee drinker who enjoys a quality drink at a reasonable price, it is nice black or with plenty of cream or even as an Irish if so desired.
This coffee gives you a hug in the morning, a bit of a buss from the caffeine and a satisfying drink with your mid-morning chocolate biscuit what more do you need?
I generally buy whatever coffee is on offer and so when I was browsing for my next coffee fix I came across the Kenco brand. What originally attracted me too it was the jar, it was oddly shaped and I thought that it would interest my mum who collects jars for putting home-made jam into. I believe the 100g jar costs in the region of £3 but I bought it whilst on offer but I can't recall exactly how much I paid for it.
As stated above the shape of the jar caught my eye first, it has a sort of stretched octagon shape with the body being the biggest part. This houses the label which is a deep red colour with some gold colouring on it. It is quite nice but to me it looks rather festive. The jar is heavy and feels very sturdy although I can't say I have ever tried smashing it before. The lid is the same reddish colour and is made of plastic. I have found this has become cracked a couple of times when I have been transporting it from the shop to my house. Underneath the red plastic lid there is a fresh seal which is easily enough removed but there isn't a flap so you're forced to poke a hole in the middle and tear it off.
When you tear off the seal you immediately get the scent of rich coffee beans which is rich and inviting. The beans themselves are like smooth pebbles that are all pretty even in size. They are very smooth in texture and they look much better than say Nescafe beans that have a bobbly texture to them. To make I simply add a heaped teaspoon of the granules to my mug and pour over boiling water. Instantly the beans start to dissolve and I can simply add a splash of milk. As the milk is added to my cup I can tell that all the granules have dissolved and there are no stray hardy beans floating around as I sometimes find. The coffee has a rich and warming scent to it and taking a sip I can feel the heat warming me up. The taste of this coffee is pretty similar to offerings from other companies, I don't think there is anything in particular that sets it apart from any other instant. It's hot, it has a lovely smooth taste to it and there is no bitter after-taste. Really it's just an average coffee. Nothing spectacular and yet nothing horrible and off-putting either, it is simply put a good every day coffee.
In conclusion I think this is a great daily coffee that satisfies my caffeine craving and my need for a hot beverage but apart from that I wouldn't say it was special or provides me with anything I cannot get from any other instant coffee. I would give this product 3 stars as it is *average* there is no other word I can use to really describe it.
I absolutely love coffee, but I have 'coffee moods' where depending on what mood I'm in or what time it is I only want a particular type of coffee. For example for after dinner I like a strong coffee, for coffee breaks during outings I prefer something comforting like a latte and so on.
When I first get up in the morning I also reach for coffee but I can't handle anything too strong or rich unless I've been up a while. I need the boost but am not awake enough to put too much effort into it. For this time of day Kenco Really Smooth is absolutely perfect.
Kenco instant coffees are, in my opinion, always superior to other instant coffees and this is no exception. It is smooth and just the right strength, as well as mixing well with milk and hot water so you don't have to stir for ages. It mixes in a balanced way so the coffee remains as smooth the whole way down the cup and you don't get that bitter mouthful at the bottom you can get with some instant coffees.
This instant coffee also works well with some of the friends I have over - if someone likes a milky coffee or something not as strong this is ideal, but I can also add a bit more to a cup and make a decent coffee for someone who likes something a bit stronger.
Premium blend for superior smoothness!
I love nice smooth fairly weak creamy coffee and Kenco smooth is a perfect example of that.
Kenco really smooth comes in a jar and is instant coffee, meaning that it has already been ground and it is ready to drink when you pour over hot water. The colour of the beans is really interesting because if you compare them to say Nescafe original you can see that they are much lighter than these beans and you can already tell that it is going to me a much milder coffee and one that does not need much milk in order to make it go really nice and light. When you open up the jar you are meet with this lovely aroma of coffee but its a much lighter and bolder smell than again Nescafe original and it is not as harsh and as bitter as this smell. I like it because as soon as you open the jar you are meet with a lovely inviting aroma and one that makes you want to make a coffee right then and there.
Thats not saying that you don't get a nice bold taste from these coffee beans, no you get a really well rounded flavour and one that I definitely enjoy tasting. Kenco say that Kenco Smooth is an all-time favourite and say that it is made with well-balanced and a rounded blend of coffee beans. I like that I don't have to add much milk and that makes it really quite creamy. The colour of the coffee then turns a lovely caramel colour and I can drink cups of this a day and still not find it bitter at all.
Kenco say that it has a hint of a fruity flavour but try as I might I cannot really detect a fruity flavour in this coffee, maybe its in the smell but all I can smell is a nice coffee bean. The coffee comes in a jar with an iconic red lid, the same packaging that they have used for years so its very easy to spot on the shelf. What I really like about Kenco now though is that it comes in a re-fill pack so once you have one jar all you have to to is buy the re-fill packs. These are freeze dried bags that open at the top and then you just throw them away. This saves on 97% of packaging weight so if you want to do your bit for the environment too I would recommend Kenco really smooth!
~Kenco makes a really smooth coffee drink~
Kenco Really Smooth Instant Coffee is a nicely flavoured freeze dried instant coffee drink that I have bought from time to time and found to be reliable in terms of quality and taste. This coffee blend is not as strong and dark as Nescafe, so may not appeal quite as much to those who like a really strong cup of coffee, however for those who enjoys a lighter, yet still flavoursome coffee drink I feel this product works well.
The simple glass jar that the coffee comes in has an unusual shape to it that along with the red coloured product label helps makes the brand stand out on supermarket shelves in my opinion. The twist off red plastic lid provides a good seal when in the closed position and helps to keep the coffee inside the jar fresh and moisture free, ready for future use.
The jars are not too large and bulky when buying the 100gm sized product and can be easily stored away in a cupboard or on a shelf as they don't take up too much room. This coffee can be bought in large sized tins if wanted, which does make sense in terms of value for money as you get more coffee for less money, although storing the coffee tins can be an issue as they are much bulkier.
~Using the product~
I find it quick and easy to make a coffee using this product with a little freshly boiled water. I tend to use a slightly heaped single teaspoon full of coffee to make a mug of coffee and slightly less if using a cup. The resulting coffee drink is smooth and flavoursome, without being overpowering and strong in my opinion. I find that this particular coffee blend still works well when drunk without milk and sugar if wanted, even though it is that little bit lighter it still tastes good and holds its own in my opinion.
If made in to a milky frothy type coffee drink with a little sugar or sweetener the coffee taste is still strong enough to stand out and makes for a satisfying drink on colder days. I feel that this coffee is a good mid strength coffee that can be enjoyed by most coffee drinkers as it has a good depth of flavour that will appeal. As this is a freeze dried product it feels light and airy when measured out for use on a teaspoon and is easily mixed with water to make a smooth drink with no grittiness to it.
~Price/ product rating~
My rating for Kenco Really Smooth is 4 stars as I feel it has a nice taste, is easy to use and is reliable in terms of quality. The price of a 100gm jar tends to be £2.65 to £2.95, although prices do vary depending on where you shop. I feel the cost per jar compares well with many other branded instant coffee products I have bought
I love coffee, and as someone who always seems to be on the go, and has to get up early and go to bed late to fit everything in, coffee to me is not only a drink but a saving grace!
In my time i have tried almost all the coffee's available (my husband even had camp coffee recently, though he was tricked into it!), and due to just how expensive the stuff has become, have had to start buying whatever is on offer when doing my weekly shop!
There are a few coffees like i personally really like, and a few that i are to me just drinkable, and the stregnth of the coffee has an awful lot to do with it.
When shopping in Farm foods recently i found what i thought was a really good deal, with that being two refill pouches of Kenco really smooth coffee granules for £5.00, they are normally around the £3.50 - £4.00 mark at Asda, so purchased a couple of pouches.
These are ideal to decant back into an empty coffee jar, or if using straight from the pouch has a resealable strip across the top to keep the coffee fresh once opened.
The coffee granules are just as you would expect, nice sized granules, not powdered like some of the cheaper brands around, and has a lovely distinct bitter scent to it.
There are no floating grounds on the top of the drink once made up, and after a good stir does dissolve nicely into the drink.
Once made up, i think this is due to the fact it is the smooth variety rather than the rich variety, i did add a fair bit more coffee to the cup to get it to the stregnth that i enjoy (very dark and strong), so even though this was a drinkable enough coffee, i think if i find the rich or dark varieties of coffee on offer in the future i shall have to start bulk buying it!
This for my husband is an ideal coffee, a nice flavour, cheap to get (when on offer), with him having no qualms about the stregnth of it, but more the ability to make large quantities from the pouch, for me probably not quite strong enough!
Thanks for reading x
==Kenco Really Smooth Coffee==
I first came across this Kenco Really Smooth when we went to Lego land and stayed for the night in a Travel lodge. They had these sachets in the room and because I had run out of the tea bags I decided on trying a coffee. This is when I realised that I did actually like coffee and so my obsession began!
These Kenco Really Smooth sachets only have a piddly amount of the granules in the packet and therefore I did feel the need to double up on them and when I returned home I decided on buying a regular sized jaw from the supermarket. Unfortunately it wasn't' on special offer or anything at the time and it wasn't especially cheap at a little over the £6 region for a 200 gram jar. There were others on offer which I could have tried but knowing I liked this one I really wanted to make sure I was going to be able to use up the whole pot.
The jars design is nothing really inspiring although the fact that the glass sides are clear mean that you are able to see how much you have left but the fact that it is made of glass means that it is really rather heavy and not something that can be taken about to work or the like. The red lid and front label don't scream luxury or anything and to me it looks like a relatively cheap coffee product.
The coffee itself is a freeze dried instant coffee and is made up using boiling water to which I always add a couple of sugars and a good amount of milk. The granules are not especially dark although when compared to the Gold Blend I have recently been buying, just by looking at the two you can see the difference as this really smooth is a lot browner although the grains are more or less the same size. The smell of the coffee is just as you would expect although quite a light aroma and nothing too overpowering.
I do like the taste of this coffee and given its name you will find it has a "Really Smooth" taste (hardly surprising). I still find it on the whole a little bit weak and do need a couple of teaspoons of the granules to get the coffee to the right strength for my own taste. This of course meant that the 200 gram glass jar didn't last me quite as long as I had anticipated and on the whole didn't work out quite as economical as buying a stronger tasting coffee but then you do learn from your mistakes. I can't say its one that I won't be buying again but I would probably only buy it were it on a special offer.
I think on the whole it is a nice coffee although I think I need a stronger one for my tastes. For that reason I feel that a score of 3 out 5 stars is more than adequate for this drink and I would give it a slight recommendation for those who perhaps like a smooth yet slightly weak coffee.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I'm one of those uncultured types who prefers instant coffee to the 'fresh stuff', with Kenco ranking as my favourite and Nescafe being looked upon as it's bitter little brother. I usually drink the Really Rich variant which comes in a blue jar, but recently my mum bought the wrong one (ha!) when she treated me to two large jars which were on promotion (and a very good one!) in Morrisons. The upshot is that I've been drinking the red labelled Kenco Really Smooth for two weeks now, and will be drinking it for at least another three!
The difference is quite apparent to someone like me who likes strong coffee; Really Smooth is noticeable smoother with an overall more mild flavour. It's still a rich coffee, they haven't turned it into dishwater, but rather have rounded it out quite a lot to make it more palatable for everyone - certainly you can strengthen the flavour by adding more of the coffee granules, although be careful not to overload your cup as that can give you a slightly bitter drink. Because of this smoothness I've found my recent goal of cutting the sugar from my numerous cups of coffee a day has been much easier than when I attempted it last month while drinking the richer version!
OBVIOUSLY it's nicer with sugar, all coffee is, but omitting this fattening little addition does help the flavour of the coffee come through - of course, adding cream makes it fattening all over again but this is a necessary evil if you like a 'special' tasting cup of coffee! My preferred method to drink it is a teaspoon and a half of coffee, two sugars and a small amount of cream - I add this extra half spoon for extra coffee taste and that really does make all the difference to ease me into drinking the Smooth rather than the Rich Kenco. When I'm feeling less extravagant I'll whiten it with semi-skimmed milk and it's equally tasty then, if not so rich tasting.
The granules themselves mix nicely with boiling water to produce a coffee that is free from 'bits' floating on the top - occasionally the Rich Kenco will be a bit stubborn during the mixing process and I'll end up with a couple of blobs of coffee after adding the milk, this is rare but hasn't happened at all with this Smooth one. I used some to make a coffee milkshake style drink last week and that wasn't a huge success due to the granules not mixing properly with the cold milk, it was drinkable but didn't look good enough to serve up for guests!
I find this doesn't wake me up as quickly in the mornings, although to be honest I drink so much coffee that I don't really get the caffeine buzz from a morning coffee these days anyway! My sixteen year old prefers the Smooth version over the Rich one simply because she's not a huge coffee drinker and she finds it easier to drink, which pretty much reinforces my idea of this coffee being a good one for those people who like a milder blend.
Kenco can be one of the pricier instant coffees, with a 100g jar costing almost £4 in most supermarkets when not on offer. Our local shops quite often have jars flashed at £2.49 or £3.19 so for a heavy coffee drinker like myself it's worth stocking up on a few jars when I see them priced like this.
Hello. My name is Tolteca and I am a caffeine addict.
Please meet one of my favourite addiction satisfaction methods - the instant coffee known as Kenco Really Smooth.
I do love my Bodum coffee press but sometimes what I really want is a hit of coffee right now and just one mug's worth rather than a full press-worth if I am going to get any sleep. I do sleep after drinking this coffee - though this may be because the caffeine level in my system is and always has been ridiculously high. Non-addicts with lower caffeine tolerances might find the effect of this coffee to be stronger on them than it is on me.
But for me, these coffee granules when mixed with a little semi-skimmed milk and steaming hot water from the trusty kettle deliver just the fix I need. The granules do mix easily with the milk and do so well with just water when I am brewing it for non-milky coffee drinking friends.
I do have a sensitive stomach - which is why I am very much not an expresso fan - so sometime what I really need is that coffee taste without the acid which can disagree with me. This coffee lives up to its name. It is smooth to the taste. It is not as full flavoured as its label mate, which I also love and drink when I want more coffee taste in my mug. What it does do is to deliver what it promises - a really smooth, tasty mug of coffee which makes a for a great choice for the last mug of the night.
This coffee can be bought in the traditional glass jar which can be recycled. It is a brand which is sometimes on offer at Sainsbury's. I have bought it as low as £1.54 and when I do see it this cheap, I do stock up. The price at Sainsbury's right now is £3.63 for 100g.
What makes this coffee great value at the normal price is the availability of the refill pack. 150g will cost £3.00 and I do try to buy these to refill my jars and so save the waste I send to landfill and the jars I need to recycle as well as my pennies.
All in all, this is a good reliable instant coffee which can work out as very reasonably priced when you take the refills into account.
I am not usually a big coffee drinker, tending to stick to my usual cup of tea, however, we recently had friends round one evening, and as a little gift, they bought us a couple of items including a jar of this Kenco Smooth coffee, which for a 200g jar costs over £6, so it certainly isn't a cheap coffee.
I work part time so I can spend as much time as possible with my baby daughter, so when I come home from work in the afternoon, I need something that is going to keep me going to dinner time, so rather than my usual cup of tea, I decided (after receiving this jar) to make myself a cup of milky coffee, using these Kenco beans. This coffee is obviously an instant coffee, from a premium brand. Kenco have recently changed their packaging (although not their product!) to reduce the amount of packaging in an attempt to be more eco friendly which is admirable, so the jar is much slender now than that in the picture above, in fact it is made of 7% less glass apparently!
As well as reducing their packaging, Kenco only buys beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified Farms. This coffee is made from freeze dried beans, and claims to be a well balanced and rounded coffee, with a hint of fruity flavour creating a smooth coffee experience. THese beans have also been medium roasted to give aromatic notes, according to the information with the jar.
I am no expert on coffee, and when I do drink it, I don't particulary like it too strong, which is why I have tended to always stick to the likes of Maxwell House etc. However as I said, once receiving this jar, I thought I would make myself a milky coffee using these beans, and I loved it. I didn't use a lot of beans in a cup to ensure it wasn't too strong, but there was definitely a richer taste than any other brands that I had used like Maxwell House etc . In terms of a fruity tone, I can't say that I notice that and maybe you need to be a very regular coffee drinker to pick up that, but it certainly produced a lovely, smooth rich cup of coffee, that has now lead me to having almost daily regular afternoon coffees on the days I am at work.
However, I would say that I think £6 is a very expensive jar of coffee and not something an ordinary irregular coffee drinker like me would pay but if it should be on offer at some stage, I would certainly buy it, as there is a difference between what I usually buy and this, and you can see the difference in the quality which is what you are paying for.
All in all, although this is an expensive jar of coffee, it certainly does create a rich smooth coffee and the taste is much superior to the cheaper brands of coffee that I usually buy.
Kenco Really Smooth Coffee. Freeze dried instant Coffee, superior blend of the finest Coffee beans expertly roasted ensuring a smooth, rich cup of Coffee. Supplied in a resealable tin.