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Kenco Rich roast
I always tend to buy the smooth roast version of instant coffee in general and I have drunk and enjoyed Kenco's smooth roast quite a few times in the past. However, when I did a Tesco shop online they didn't have any smooth roast and they substituted this rich roast in its place, I decided to give it a go as there was no other coffee in the house.
Personally, I can be quite picky about coffee preferring real filtered fresh coffee every time, but there just isn't always the time or the inclination to make this so I like to have a nice instant coffee in the house as well. There are a few instant coffees that I really like but I am not particularly loyal to any brand and I tend to try different ones or go for whatever might be on special that week.
When I had made my coffee as I usually always do (one heaped teaspoon, boiling water and a splash of milk) I sat down to enjoy my first taste of Kenco rich roast. However, my first thought was that it was a bit weak, I was expecting something stronger, something richer and sadly it just wasn't as nice as I wanted. It does have a nice aroma about it and it is quite similar to the Kenco smooth roast instant coffee but with a bit more of a bitter aftertaste and really not as strong tasting.
I am lactose intolerant so I often end up drinking coffee black when I can't get any of my harder to find lactofree milk. I always think the true test of a nice cup of instant coffee is whether you would drink another cup of it black. Sadly, when I had this with nothing else in it I found it had a bit of a bitter taste and really wasn't that appetising, I would drink this again black but only as a last option.
I bought this from Tesco and I paid £1.75 for a 150 gram eco refill pack. I love the eco packs and they are probably the reason that I tend to buy Kenco on a regular basis, I have an old Nescafe jar that I have been refilling for quite a while now. The eco refill pack contains 97 percent less packaging and really is very easy to open and fill up any old sealable container or you can use the eco refill pack itself as it does have a seal. However, I don't really like to use the eco refill pack but always transfer the coffee into an old jar or other suitable container.
This coffee gets a pretty average three out of five stars from me, it is nice enough to drink but I will be going back to Kenco smooth roast as I just think that it makes a nicer cup of coffee. This is one that I wouldn't really recommend as there are much nicer coffees for very similar prices.
When your coffee machine or cafetiere has broken down, Kenco Rich Roast serves happily as a great instant substitute. It is, in terms of quality, far better than a lot of the instant coffees in its price range (which is fairly modest.) It tastes better, it smells better, and you get some great value for money that definitely isn't to be sniffed at.
The label and jar itself are pretty much flawless, and the extra large, extra tight plastic top helps keep the coffee granules fresh and tasty for a really, really long time. Definitely can't fault this one in terms of packaging. It also has a very classy, almost posh look that complements any kitchen cupboard perfectly.
It's rich, fairly thick, and impressively strong for such small granules of such light colour, aesthetically pleasing as they may be. Often it is quite indistinguishable from coffee machine made coffee, and the roasted coffee beans always give off an almost intoxicating aroma.
So we've got great value, aesthetically pleasing, delicious, pleasant smelling, great value and generally all round perfect. As a coffee product I am genuinely unable to fault Kenco Rich Roast, since it is by far my favourite instant coffee and smashes the competition in every single capacity. This is definitely the best economic coffee product to buy, and it lasts a long time, given its strength, and even marginally greater 'best before' longevity. It is always good to have a jar of this stuff knocking around the kitchen. Strongly recommended.
I had a cafetierre for Xmas so have been using the coffee up that come with it but sometimes there isn't time so then I always have a jar of Kenco in as well. This Rich Roast one that comes in a blue jar is the best because you get a nice strong cup of coffee that doesn't blatently taste like instant coffee.
The smell is dead rich when you open the jar and it smells proper fresh, the granules look quite big but they dissolve quick and easily into the boiling water and as long as you stir it properly you don't get any bits of black stuff floating on the top of your drink.
The coffee smells nice and strong and it tastes delish. My fave way to drink it is with cream and 2 sugars but this Kenco Rich Roast tastes just as good black or white and with or without sugar.
It's got a proper rich flavour that is dead satisfying to drink, even though it's quite a strong cup of coffee it's smooth to drink and like I said even if you have it black you don't get a bitter taste like with some coffees. It's deffo a rich coffee and you can taste that it's mega good quality compared to Nescafe and stuff like that.
A jar in the shop by me costs £2.89 and that's not bad for such a nice cup of coffee. Sometimes you can get the special flashed packs where it costs £2.00 and that's brill value, it's a bit of a shame though because it's usually the red jars of Kenco that is £2.00 and even though I love this Rich Roast one I'm not mad keen on the red Kenco because it's a lot weaker.
One thing I love about this blue one is that you can adjust how much granules you put in to get a stronger or weaker cup of coffee, that sounds obvious but you can't always do it and if you try and put extra Nescafe in for a stronger cup it just gets majorly bitter.
Recommended.... a wicked cup of coffee!!!
Both me and my mate adore coffee and last week on holiday we ran out of money! We ended up buying cheap instant coffee and we were not impressed by it at all as it's something of a necessity to us! I usually only drink Carte Noir or filtered coffee and consider myself to be a slight coffee snob really! My mate, likes anything as long as it's branded and so as soon as she got paid she was out the house (we at her house now lol) whilst I slept and woke me to a cup of coffee in bed. Usually I don't like being woken up but as soon as I smelt the coffee I jumped up! She informed me she had got a big jar of this for £3.00 and that it usually cost alot more than that and felt it was real bargain!
In our case we have a 200g squarish jar with a dark blue plastic screw on/off lid to the top of it. Around the middle of the jar there is a yellow and dark blue label and on the front of the jar I'm told it is Kenco 'Rich' and that it is Atlantic Alliance Certified and there is a picture of a couple of coffee beans on there. Other information on the jar includes being told a bit about the product, the best before date is clearly stamped on the jar too and contact details for Kenco are given of course. Nice jar, simply laid out information and of course it's informative enough!
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Jar:
For over 80 years we've dedicated ourselves to creating coffee pleasure. The coffee you've chosen is carefully blended to give your a rich and indulgent coffee experience. Sit back and savour.
We only buy beans for out Kenco freeze dried range from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms: helping coffee farmers and protecting the planet.
The Coffee Itself:
Large dark brown granules that when you unscrew the lid really do smell really rich and very strong indeed. Of course you add the amount to a mug or whatever you want to, add hot water and add milk/cream and sugar whatever you like! The liquid turns into a very dark brown colour instantly and the granules melt completely of course and give off a lovely coffee aroma. Easy to make up coffee this is but then you'd expect to be really eh!
Well this is a fairly rich coffee to be fair to it. Easy to make up and it is of course a caffeine fix! Me and my mate like it well enough and couldn't say it tastes cheap and/or nasty or anything like that but for us it's a day to day instant coffee that is quality enough though if you think it's going to be something sublime and unusual your very wrong indeed sadly!
Ok for a day in day out coffee and it is of decent quality!
Expect to pay about £2.65 for a 100g jar and £4.90 for a 300g (Prices from Sainsbury's but at the time of writing this review like I said this cost £3.00 as it's on offer for 200g!).
I think I can see why I got 50% extra free - a 300gm jar of this stuff for the price of what 200gm would have allegedly been.
When you break the seal of this instant coffee you get that lovely appetising aroma. The next day you unscrew the lid and what a disappointment and then it dawns that you've got to plough your way through this jar of stuff.
On the second day it smells of almost a garden fertilizer, chemically, like dry dust from an old shed. A heaped teaspoon magically dissolves into a mug of almost boiling water and there you have this think of instant "coffee"
It smells of hot water, ie almost nothing and it's black so I suppose it passes the minimum trading standards requirements. Taste - well hot, drying on the tongue, a weird nothingness, not as bad as it smells and it's fairly thirst quenching though when it's gone, you're pretty glad. Don't let it get cool as then the chemical taste hits you and when you get to the end there is a hint of dregs, bitter and pretty vile and a black scum round the mug.
I'm a black coffee drinker with no sugar so I should be getting the true taste of whatever I drink - and this ain't good.
Kenco claim on the jar they have been passionate about coffee for 80 years, that's a bit of a worry, I think they've lost the passion and the plot with this one. Apparently buying this jar also gives coffee farming communities a better future - I bet they don't drink this themselves.
At present at Tesco it is £3.00 for the 200gm jar
Brand: Kenco / Beverages Type: Instant Coffee