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I must admit that I am a Nescafe drinker (and Decaff at that) so I don't buy Maxwell House very often at all. In fact the first time I bought it I didn't have any coffee in whatsoever, I had a guest coming around, and the only shop I could get to was Poundland. So I bought a 100g jar of Maxwell House Original for £1, which if anything for a brand name was a bargain.
The jar is a round jar with a mid blue lid and is clear glass. The instant coffee inside is a reasonable sized grain of freeze dried coffee, it is a milder looking brown and lighter in colour than Nescafe Original which is a much darker brown.
To make the coffee I used my usual measure of two teaspoons of coffee to one of sugar with boiled water and milk. It looks quite pale really and the first thing that hit me was how sweet the coffee smelled - Nescafe is a mild coffee really but Maxwell House is a mild, sweet coffee. Even when I drink it without sugar it tastes like it has a sugar in it - meaning that on the first time when I added a sugar I found the taste far too sweet and quite synthetic.
My husband who is also a coffee drinker absolutely hated it and asked me not to buy it again. He found it tasted of sweetener which is odd, but it's something quite a few people have commented on. I must say, sweetness aside, I didn't find it undrinkable, so I bought my husband some of our regular Nescafe and I made my way through the rest of the Maxwell House slowly. When I finished the jar I did think 'well, that's that done' and I have no plans to buy any more.
The sweet taste might appeal to some as might the mellow flavour but for me it's so mellow as to almost lose it's appeal as coffee. The price is right, so for anyone who likes Maxwell House I don't think you can argue with £1 for a jar, this is as cheap as an own brand. It's not a coffee for me which is a shame as I would have liked to make the switch for the saving but as my husband hated it too (as does my Dad) then there's not much point recommending it to DooYoo either as everyone I have spoken to and everyone I have offered a try to haven't liked it at all, or like me have found it just about drinkable but not their primary coffee of choice.
I can only give this two stars out of five - if you like a very very mild and mellow coffee which is very very sweet then this might be for you and for a quid give it a go, but overall it just does not compare with my Nescafe Original and that's what I'll be sticking to.
Now Poundland isn't a place which I would necessarily visit to buy coffee. For me, it's a place to mooch around whilst my wife is deciding whether she wants that 235th pair of shoes for her wardrobe or trying to decide whether her bum looks big in this, that or the other.
So whilst mooching the other day, I visited the food aisle. I specifically wanted 2 x Toast Toppers for a pound, but noticed that they had this Maxwell House Classic Roast coffee - a 100g jar for... yes, you've guessed it! (Now there's a good job I think I could do - Pricing Adviser at Poundland)
Maxwell House isn't a brand that I would normally consider, but since stocks of instant coffee were worryingly low, I thought I would invest - more of a reaction to the fact that there aren't any decent offers on at the moment on the brands I normally buy.
On making my first cup, my expectations were low. I expected a coffee that would be too mild or too bitter. I like Mild and Bitter but only as regards beer, not coffee. I was surprised to find that although Maxwell House Classic Roast hasn't got the WOW factor, it was definitely drinkable. It wasn't that mild but it wasn't bitter either. I would classify it alongside some of the supermarket own brands in terms of quality and taste and, of course, when times are hard, it's a very decent buy indeed at such an affordable price.
The product comes in a standard no-frills glass jar (well a frilly glass jar would just look stupid) with a brown screw-on top, which neatly doubles as a screw-off top. The label features a cup of black coffee in a white cup with a couple of coffee beans on the saucer (Does anybody out there serve their coffee with two beans on the side?). Also, there are instructions on how to make coffee. Everything in English is also reproduced in Polish.
When you open the jar, you don't get that lovely rush of fresh coffee smell from the granules within and the taste is just OK rather than great. Not weak or insipid - just boring and bland. For me, it's the sort of coffee you'd have in the cupboard in case you ran out of your normal brand, so on that basis, I would and probably will buy it again. I really don't know how they can do this for a pound.
Currently on my year abroad I went out one day to my local supermarket to try find a coffee to wake me up in the morning! Normally in England I swear by Nescafé but being a student I decided to save some money this time and try a different brand.
- Appearance -
The appearance of the coffee is fine and the coffee smells as normal instant coffee should smell. The jar is also a great size for the price you pay.
- Taste -
Now this is where we find the problem with this coffee! People may have different opinions so please don't write it off completely because of what I say.
This coffee is OK and has the desired wake-up effect but is that all you want from a mug of coffee in the morning?
The taste is quite bitter and tastes quite cheap in comparison with the Nescafé that I normally drink. I would seriously recommend trying the product beforehand if you know someone that has some, before forking out the small amount of money for the jar!
I wonder how many jars of this product are thrown in the bin every year?!?
- Verdict -
Try it before you buy it! It's certainly not my cup of tea... I mean coffee!
Coffee is a product worth investing in no matter how much money you have to spend. My advice - Set some aside for a better coffee!
Loving coffee and tea the way that me and my flatmate do can be a costly buisness for us. We are always running out of the stuff and so we are always on the look out for bargains in this area from brands we can trust.
I spotted this the other day whilst nosying about in Poundland and as it was only a pound for a a large enough jar I decided we should try it! What a mistake I made with penny pinching in this area lol!
The coffee comes in a clear glass jar with a brown screw on/off lid to the top of it and then around it you get a browny coloured label with a photograph of a cup of the coffee on it and we are told that it is Maxwell House Classic Roast 'Roasted to the heart'. Other information on the jar includes tells us how to make a cup of coffee n(erm lol), the best before date and the size are clearly stated (in this case 100g) and contact details for the manufacturer are given (Kraft). Nice enough looking informative jar this is to be fair to it.
The Coffee Itself:
Absolutely vile! Open up the jar, sniff it and you get this whiff of really cheap and nasty smelling coffee. It looks ok, not too lumpy but granulated and a rich, dark brown colour but a bit powedry in consitency to what I'm usually used to (but then I usually pay alot more for coffee!).
This makes not only a horrible smelling coffee but its bitter and weak all at the same time. Its just so harsh and leaves a horrid tinny after taste in the mouth after drinking it. It may melt in water ok but my throat and belly don't like it at all and it makes me feel so sick after justa few sips!
Economy coffee at its worst and I will never, ever drink this again. I had a couple of cups and that was me done. Quite frankly it isn't worth a penny and I don't recommmend this inferior, nasty tasting coffee to anyone at all (apart from my worst enemy lol).
Available in all good supermarkets etc and expect to pay about £1.50 a jar for the size I got if not on offer (but do not buy it as you are sure to regret it peeps lol).
When I was in the pound shop yesterday I remembered I'd run out of coffee at home, as I'm the only one who really drinks it I knew mum or dad wouldn't think to buy a jar and because I had very limited cash on me I looked on the pound shop shelves to see what they had.
There was quite a few different coffees there, most of them I hadn't heard of though so I picked up a jar of Maxwell House because at least I know the name and also know it's not a mega cheap brand in the supermarket so it might be ok.
It's not. Maxwell House is one of the most horrible cups of coffee I've ever had. It comes in a brown jar like Nescafe now and even when I took the lid off I knew I wasn't going to like it much because the coffee has got that weird burned smell that normally comes from dead cheap coffee.
The granules mixed into the boiling water easily and I didn't end up with little black blobs in my coffee, the smell as I was stirring the coffee wasn't too bad so I sat down with my coffee and a biscuit. And then I got straight back up, poured the coffee down the sink and threw the almost full jar in the bin.
It's disgusting. The coffee has got an awful stale flavour and doesn't taste rich at all, I could taste the milk through the coffee even though I only added a few drops of milk because I like my coffee as strong as possible. I couldn't drink it, the flavour is so muddy that right from the first sip it made me feel a bit sick and there was zero enjoyment to be had from drinking a cup of this coffee and that's why I threw it away so quickly and had a cup of tea instead.
I reckon the pound shop is where it belongs, together with the cheap Polish and Arabic coffee's that are equally disgusting to drink!
Last summer when my local Tesco were doing the promotion for free tea or coffee when you spend over £30, I opted for a free jar of Maxwell House instant coffee granules. Just before the offer began, I had just opened a huge jar of my favourite Nescafe granules, so it has taken almost a year before I have gotten round to opening this freebie from Tesco, which usually costs £3.00 for the larger 200g, however Tesco were givving away the smaller 100g jar.
One of my little indulgences when I come home from work every day, is to have a warm, milky coffee, so after finishing the Nescafe jar, I opened this Maxwell house. On the reverse of the jar, it states that these are 'instant coffee granules', providing a 'rich and full' flavour, and that they are 'roasted to the heart'. It also claims that it is 'good to the last drop'.
After opening the jar, a nice strongish coffee aroma filled my nose, and it smelled great. I found adding these granules to my warmed milk was straightforward, and they mixed and dissolved very easily, however I did think they made the coffee even look slightly stronger than my usual nescafe granules.
I have to say however, that I have now got used to the richness and strength of the granules in my milky coffee and like them. The flavour is rich and full, as Maxwell House claim, and I find that you don't need to add too many granules to make it to the strength that I like, which should stop me from having to purchase another jar anytime soon.
Although I thought I would always stick to Nescafe for my coffee granules, I have to say that I think I have been converted to Maxwell House, and would gladly choose these granules again. that is not to say however, that if Nescafe were better value, that I wouldn't return to them, as I would, but I would also consider these Maxwell House instant coffee granules again. This therefore was a great freebie by Tesco, and certainly has made me think about which coffee I will buy in the future - they make a great tasting coffee.
This is the coffee my mum always used to buy - not sure why then, when i moved out, i bought nescafe or kenco depending on my budget for that week!
Last week, however, due to a little overspending at christmas, I had a decidedly megre budget and noticed that maxwell house was half price - a normal price is currently £3.99 for 200g of coffee granules - Therefore I decided to get it
Coming in a large glass jar with a blue label round it the words Maxwell House are in large white lettering above a picture of a cup of coffee.
Manufactured by Kraft who claim this to be GOOD TO THE LAST DROP and Roasted to the heart.
I can only wholeheartedly DISAGREE!!!!
I know I am a little picky with coffee - I dont want a bitter aftertaste for one thing - but this was as diabolical as Tescos' own branded coffee!
With the best will in the world I could not force myself to drink a cup of this bitter after tasting, vile coffee - goodness knows what type of beans they use now - I'm sure I used to like this coffee so I am either more picky or it's gone severely downhill.
Lacking in quality, not particularly cheap when at full price, I really cannot reccomend this at all.
I remember at time when Nescafe was the height of coffee sophistication and Maxwell house was the second choice. Times have changed, although we are not as sophisticated as our European neighbours when it comes to coffee choices we still have a massive choice of decent coffee available in the supermarket.
I wouldn't normally consider buying Maxwell House, I love Kenco coffee these days but Tesco were giving away free jars last week when you spent over £30. I had a feeling I wouldn't like it but never one to pass up a freebie I grabbed a jar and took it home.
I almost ran out of coffee last night. I had only a couple of spoonfuls left of my lovely Kenco coffee and I needed to make sure I had a decent coffee fix for the morning so I cracked open my jar or Maxwell House. It looks like any other jar of coffee except that this has a blue lid and label.
I had a look in Tesco when I was buying a jar of decent coffee today to see how much Maxwell House cost and they dont even sell it in my local Tesco which is a huge store.
I made my coffee in the usual way. This didnt smell like good coffee, its very hard to describe the smell but it had that distinct whiff of cheap coffee.
The taste is the most important part. It was vile, truly utterly horrible. It didn't have a thin bitter taste like Nescafe but a slightly more rounded flavour. It most certainly wasnt rich like they describe it on the jar but had that distinct taste of cheap, nasty coffee. I only managed half my cup before I tipped the rest down the sink. I remember for a year when I was utterly skint I bough ASDA smart price coffee and this was on a par to that in quality terms.
So now I'm left with a dilemma, what do do with the rest of the jar. I hate wasting things so would feel too guilty if I threw it out. I can't think of anyone I dislike enough to palm it off on so it will need to stay at the back of the cupboard reminding me that I am too spoilt and self indulgent to drink cheap coffee while others are starving in the world. I can also feel crap about the fact that some poor coffee farmer worked his socks off for a pittance producing the coffee to go into my jar and then it was transported thousands of miles using up the earths resources only for me to waste it. Great, a guilt trip in a jar.
Some years ago I considered Maxwell House coffee granules to be a reasonable brand - not unacceptable, but not the best, either. Being a coffee drinker (I never touch tea) I'm a bit fussy about brands, and find that in general you get what you pay for with instant coffee. Supermarket own brands are generally not worth having; the branded ones cost more and taste better. But best of all used to be the 'gold' type of coffee, which cost the most. Such is life. Then we moved and I could no longer find the brand I liked best. Wondering what to try, my hand hovered over various types of coffee in the supermarket, and I happened to notice that Maxwell House was on special offer. Moreoever, it claimed to have a 'new' taste, which it called 'Filter quality'. I didn't quite believe this, but thought I might give it a trial. * Initial impressions * I was impressed. As I opened the jar, the aroma was almost that of freshly made ground coffee. I made my first cup: a slightly heaped teaspoonful of coffee in a mug, then hot (but not boiling) water, and a good dash of milk. It tasted excellent. There was no hint of the bitterness associated with the cheaper coffees, and the taste was somehow richer than I had expected. I'm the kind of person who has to start the day with coffee, and I quickly found that Maxwell House certainly had sufficient strength to wake me up in the morning when I had my first cup of the day! My husband still prefers ground coffee, but I now drink instant, made with these granules, by preference. It takes about 6 weeks for us to get through a 200g jar, but there does not seem to be any loss of flavour, even by the last teaspoonful. * Availability * Maxwell House granules are available in two main sizes: a 200g jar which generally costs between £2.50 and £3.00, and a 100g jar which costs between £1.50 and £1.80, depending where they're bought.
* Using the jars afterwards * An added bonus is that the jars have recently been redesigned: rather than the round jar with a blue lid, there's a squarish jar with a gold lid, (reflecting, I suppose, that Maxwell House is now competing with the 'gold' brands of coffee - as it well deserves). These make excellent storage containers! The labels can be removed easily after soaking in water, not leaving a trace of stickiness. I find that the jars look quite attractive filled with nuts or dried beans sitting in a row on the kitchen counter. * Frappé making * As well as normal instant coffee, Maxwell House is great for making frappés - Greek iced coffee, perfect for an after-lunch drink on a hot day. To make a frappé, simply put one teaspoonful of coffee granules and about half a teaspoonful of sugar (or more if you normally take coffee sweetened) in an empty, clean large jar - such as a 200g Maxwell House one! Add cold water from the fridge to a height of about 4-5cm, a few ice cubes, and then about 2-3cm of cold milk. You can also add a dash of cardamum if you like the flavour. Put on the lid, and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. This causes a froth to form on the top, and it can be poured gently into a tall glass, and sipped with a straw. Of course it can also be taken without any milk, or with non-dairy milk, for those who prefer. It can also be made double strength for those who like strong coffee and need an extra jolt of caffeine to keep them awake! * Conclusion * Since I won't buy Nescafé or any other product made by Nestlé, and we can't currently get Fairtrade coffee where we're living, Maxwell House 'filter quality' granules is my instant coffee of preference every time.
Maxwell House Instant Coffee is hugely popular not just in its home country of the USA, but in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and countless other countries. Why is it so popular ? Well I think because of the convenience factor rather than its taste. Frankly I am not much of a coffee lover but I work long hours and when I get home I just want a quick cup of coffee to refresh me, Maxwell House certainly meets that requirement because it really is so very easy to prepare. Taste wise I think it is no great shakes. In my view it is probably no better but equally no worse than its main competitors like Nescafe, Boncafe or Supermarket Own Brand Instant coffees. Normally I buy the 50 gr jar since I guess I probably only consume one or at most two cups of coffee a day. It also comes in 100 gr and 200 gr jars with the distinctive Maxwell house logo and these sizes are more suitable for families. My final verdict. Maxwell House Instant Coffee is OK,providing you do not expect too much. It is not a gourmet coffee, the aroma and taste are nothing much to write home about but it does offer the busy office worker real convenience for it is simplicity itself to make. Thanks so much for reading and rating !
If you're looking for completist pants containing the history of coffee, expert pouring practices and an illustrated timeline of Maxwell House through the ages then look elsewhere, because I really have only one thing to say to a consumer and this is it: **Maxwell House's powdered instant coffee is bloody revolting** In fact, I would go so far as saying it's the worst coffee on the supermarket shelves. Not that I'm any kind of expert of course, in fact, until I tried this brand I thought all coffees were all pretty similar, some just a little stronger or weaker in flavour so I didn't pay much attention to what I was buying. If it's hot, tastes good and gives me a caffeine fix in the morning then it's fine by me and I stupily thought anything going by the name 'coffee' would fulfill that need. Well, a coffee bean is a coffee bean isn't it? A very reasonable assumption I'd say, but Maxwell House manage to do something to their coffee which makes it stand apart from the crowd...apart and at least 10 paces behind. I tend to buy Nescafe or Carte Noir most often, no idea why, force of habit I assume although I prefer Carte Noir of the two. Anyway, on one trip to my local Tesco store I noticed Maxwell House coffee was being offered in a 2 for 1 deal and thinking all coffee is virtually the same, give or take a degree or two of strength, I bought 4 jars. Well, coffee isn't cheap is it and 2 for 1 is a good deal. Or at least it would have been as now I'm stuck with 4 jars which will probably do nothing more than take up cupboard room for the next 10 years..or be offered around to unwelcome house guests... ;o) The first thing I noticed from this powdered coffee was that after pouring the water into the cup you're left with a cuppa which looks it may have been made by Baldrick's World War I recipe. Those who love Blackadder will know what I mean, those who don't...it looks like someone
spat heartily into a mug full of watery mud and added a little dandruff as a sugar substitute. Unfortunately, it TASTES like someone spat into some watery mud and dandruff too! It truly is foul. The flavour is incredibly weak, giving you a mug of what tastes distinctly like boiled water, with a little 'something' added to it...that 'something' being vaguely coffee-like in smell but just 'muddy' in flavour. It's exactly what I'd imagine a muddy puddle to taste like except the coffee powder lingers so your cuppa retains a powdery texture which leaves your mouth feeling dry and nasty and you feeling in need of something else to drink. Something NOT made by Maxwell House. Spinning around on the top, looking for all intents and purposes like Baldrick has added extra 'milk' is a nasty lot of froth. It's truly revolting. Needless to say, it's not a coffee I would ever find it within myself to recommend to anyone, not even to offload the 4 jars I now find myself lumbered with because it has absolutely no redeeming features at all. I like coffee to taste like coffee, foolishly I believed until I tried this one, that it all did so but I couldn't have been more wrong. I'll be sticking to the Nescafe and Carte Noir from now onwards and at around £3 for a 200g jar(although seemingly ALWAYS on offer in some shape or form) it amazes me that anyone at all buys this crap.
If you are one of those unsavoury characters like me, that gets up in the morning and can't really be classed as a life form unless you have had your caffeine injection, then there is no doubt that you will be able to associate with this opinion. Here is my usual morning ritual: Open my eyes half dead and mumble some unpronounceable mumbo jumbo. Throw one of my trainers at the bedroom window to scare off that annoying sparrow that can chirp for England. Drag my sorry carcass to the bathroom where I proceed to the wash, splash and scrub various parts of my head and body. Shuffle into the kitchen and switch on the kettle. Sit on the sofa with one eye closed still unsure of what planet I am on. Return to the kitchen and finish making my hot cup of strong caffeine. Now, I usually will only drink one brand of coffee which is the most popular, Nescafe. But last week at Morrisons, there was a buy one get one free offer on Maxwell house. OOH! I thought, two large jars for the price of one, and into my trolley they went. Now I didn't realise until I got back home that my new coffee was ground in powder form and not at all like Nescafe's granuals. Oh well, Maxwell house is a well known brand name so it must still be a quality cuppa. How wrong I was, I made myself a cup to try it out and the first thing I noticed was the unsightly froth which floated on the top of my cup. UGH! It seriously looked like someone had intentionally gobbed into my cuppa. Nevertheless, I took it into the living room and waited for it to cool. Then I put it to my mouth and sipped it generously. The taste? Well, to put it mildly I have swallowed tastier bath water. This stuff is the blandest coffee that I have ever had the displeasure of tasting, I'm sorry Mr Maxwell House but to put it in the nicest possible way, your coffee sucks. On the brightly colour
ed quite attractive light blue jar, the words Indulgently smooth are proudly inscribed. What an insult, it should read something like Repugnantly S**TE. This stuff would normally rob you of a few pennies short of £3 for a large 300g jar. I'm not surprised it was on special offer, as, having tasted the stuff, I wouldn't have a jar given. I am so cheesed off with this, as I now own two large jars of Maxwell grouse which I will never use. Apparently, It comes in a wide range of flavours like, SLOW ROAST FRENCH ROAST and MASTER BLEND. I for one, won't be trying them out. If you like your coffee to be full of flavour with a decent caffeine kick then stick to Nescafe, if however, you enjoy the taste which would probably resemble sucking on the groinal area of a homeless man's dirty boxer shorts, then by all means try Maxwell House. (Quick message to whom it may concern, No, I haven't sucked on a homeless mans boxer shorts before, my description is meant only as a metaphor) Thanx for the read. DEANO!
I'm more of a tea drinker than a coffee drinker, but do like to drink coffee at the end of the day, and always have a jar of Maxwell House in the cupboard. On the front of the jar is states it has a rich full flavour. And that it does have! It's coffee at it's best! It's smooth on your pallet, and soothing when it trickles down your throat and into your stomach. I don't take sugar in either tea or coffee. Personally, sugar for me spoils the taste of coffee! But, I know there are people who will disagree with me on that matter! I prefer drinking the coffee granules to the powder, as I find this is richer and stronger in taste. Simply add a spoonful of coffee into your mug, add boiling water, and a somewhat generous helping of milk added, makes the perfect cup of coffee! Ther coffee beans are blended together to make the ruch, full flavour of Maxwell House. I bought a 100g of this cofffee for £1.58. Do I like Maxwell House? The answer is quite obviously - yes, I do! The aroma of the coffee is lovely, and it's pleasant to sit down at the end of the day with a mug of this coffee to relax. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Kraft Jacobs Surchard UK: Cheltenham GL50 3AE Ireland: 47 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
This coffee is among the worst coffees I have ever had. It tastes and smells like stale instant coffee even when you open a new package. I have no idea why it tastes so bad but it does. I have bought alot of instant coffee and I found that this one is worse that the cheapest brands in the store. I would rather drink tap water than this and have been to friends houses who only have this brand in the house and I chose something else to drink (and this is coming from a person who NEEDS THEIR COFFEE). I have even tried extra sugar, extra milk, flavoured whitener to disguse the taste. It doesn't help. I just can't drink it. I could understand if this coffee was cheap, but it is not. It is just horrible.
Coffee is something to be savoured, enjoyed and can be such a pleasure to drink. However, Maxwell House coffee is something else. The advert describes it as "full roast". What a lie! Both myself and my husband are coffee-holics. We don't drink tea and personally buy decaffinated coffee. However, my parents who are not great coffe drinkers buy Maxwell House. When asked if you would like a cup of coffee, you think, yes that would be nice. Then you rememeber, its Maxwell House. My husband describes it as drinking hot water with the coffee spoon dipped in. "Did they show it the coffee", I don't think so. I've tried making it myself, perhaps my mum doesn't put enough coffee in to bring out the "full roast" flavour. But no, nothing improves it, the safest bet is to change to a different brand, but they won't, I certianly would, wouldn't you.
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