Product Type: Kenco Coffee
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Kenco Really Smooth
Member Name: chrisandmark
Kenco Really Smooth
Advantages: Delicious rounded coffee flavour
Disadvantages: Not as strong as the Rich version, but that's not really a disadvantage!
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.
Summary: Delicious, but lacks the 'get up and go' for me!