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I first tried this coffee many years ago before I found my coffee of choice and I recently had a cup and it was just awful, I am in no way a coffee snob, I will drink any instant but this has to be one of the worst tasting coffee's I have ever come across, hopefully my review will warn other potential drinkers out there.
Firstly the jar of this coffee is pretty regular to any other brand, it is in a slim, tallish jar that has a label with palish blue colouring , yellow coffee in a mug (what kind of coffee comes out yellow??) and a deeper blue mug with yellow writing. I am not bothered by the aesthetics of a product as long as it works or tastes good but this design isn't good, the colours clash and it just looks cheap and lacking quality. The screw top is also blue in colour and is made of thin plastic. It definitely wouldn't stand the test of being thrown on the ground. The glass is thin and lightweight as well as the cap which is just another way that shows this brand lacks quality.
On opening the screw cap lid there is a freshness seal which is something I suppose, this is easily removable by peeling it off, when you do so there is no strong aroma of coffee that is evident with many other brands. This was my first inkling that this is a very weak coffee and nothing like the middle grade that I am used to. The granules are like powder they are small and gritty. To make I add a heaped spoon to my cup and top up with boiling water, again the cup is lacking that warming aroma I am so used to. To be fair the powder does dissolve easily which is evident when I add a splash of milk. The colour that is left is nothing like a strong, rich brown but has a more very weak tea colouring to it, even stron tea has a better colour which doesn't bode well.
On tasting this coffee my fears were evident when there was absolutely no coffee flavour at all, it was a taste of lightly flavoured water with a sort of gravely taste to it. It was just terrible, I can't describe how awful it tasted. I have never tasted "coffee" with it, it's an insult to coffee by naming this as such. My mum is not a fan of strong coffee, she much prefers a mild, weaker taste and yet even she couldn't stand this, it's just far too weak. If you add extra powder you end up with floaters which I just didn't even consider drinking the cup and the rest ended up sat in a cupboard and eventually thrown out. I wouldn't serve this to my worst enemy. As I said I am no coffee snob and I will drink anything from Tesco's to Douwe Egberts or fancy "proper" coffee but to drink this is sinful, it is singularly the worst tasting beverage I have ever tried. I am giving this one star simply because I can't give it any lower but I urge anyone considering this to run and never look back because if there is anyone out there who enjoy's this, they are a rare breed few and far between!
I like my coffee hot strong and sweet ! Despite this I somehow found myself drinking a cup of mellow birds .(I was at my sisters house and it was the only coffee she had!)
Fair play to the coffee it does what it says on the label, that is produce a very mellow cup of coffee . And when I say mellow I mean weak! I was hopeful that Mellow Birds coffee would be rich and smooth but milder in taste than my ususal preference. This isn't the case, I found the coffee to have a nasty taste, not rich at all but very weak and with a strange taste almost like off coffee. As opposed to being smooth the coffee was watery. The other disapointing thing about this coffee was the lack of caffeine boost that it gave, no little pick me up from this cup!
On the positive side the coffee is easy to make(as with all instant coffee simply add hot water , milk and sugar and stir!).Mellow Birds is a very fine powder rather than granules and it dissolves almost immediately upon pouring on the hot water.
Packaging wise its a bit 1980s, a standard enough glass jar but with slightly tacky bright yellow
And blue label!
Price wise this coffee is a bit cheaper than some other brands, its under two pounds for a 100ml jar.On balance this might be a coffee for those who don't like strong coffees but are looking for a hot drink.
I don't normally drink instant coffee very often as I have a Nespresso machine, and I much prefer to make an espresso using a Nespresso coffee capsule and then turn this into a latte, a cappuccino, or an iced latte. However I always like to have a jar of instant coffee in the cupboard in case if emergencies; for example if I've ran out of coffee capsules, or if I'm running late in the morning and I need my morning caffeine fix as quickly as possible.
My instant coffee of choice is always Mellow Bird's, I think this stems from the fact that I grew up drinking Mellow Bird's as this as this was the instant coffee that my mum always bought, in fact it still is as she still buys it now. Most supermarkets seem to sell Mellow Bird's, however I have to admit that I very rarely see it on offer anywhere. It's normally just over £2 for a 100g jar.
Mellow Bird's is as the name would suggest a very mellow and mild tasting coffee, so if you are after something tar like which you can stand your spoon up then then this ain't for you. My father in law drinks absolutely industrial strength coffee (which is definitely tar like, and it wouldn't surprise me if you could actually stand your spoon up in it) and he won't touch a mug of Mellow Bird's at our house, in fact he brings his own supply of coffee in a small food bag and drinks this instead!
I absolutely love the taste of Mellow Bird's, yes it is a bit wimpy and mild, but it has a really delicious and mellow (haha) taste, and I think a slightly rich and creamy taste. It doesn't have a bitter coffee taste at all, and it leaves no unpleasant aftertaste at all either.
I always used a heaped teaspoon of the coffee powder in a large coffee mug, which I then fill to around three quarters full with boiling water, and then I fill the remaining quarter of the mug with skimmed milk. I like milky or creamy coffee, rather than strong espresso type coffee, and I think that's probably why I like Mellow Bird's so much as the coffee itself has that slightly rich and creamy taste which lends itself really well to milky drinks.
My husband isn't as keen on Mellow Bird's as I am, he thinks that it's too mild and he would normally prefer a stronger coffee. He does drink it though, although occasionally he will pick up a jar of a stronger instant coffee for a change.
I am not a big coffee drinker, definitely more of a tea type of gal but Mellow Birds is the one coffee I've drank on and off since childhood. Mainly because it was the one my Mum used to buy and I've continued to do the same. Be aware if you are a serious coffee fan and like your coffee strong and percolated, this one isn't for you. The flavours in it are very subtle and they are sooo right about the "mellow" part of the name (less so about the birds...there are no birds in this coffee). 100g of the coffee is about £2.20 in most supermarkets but I'm sure you can get it cheaper on offer. The 100g tends to last us a good few months as neither of us are major coffee drinkers.
I love the smell of coffee and Mellow Birds doesn't disappoint. It hasn't got that overwhelming smell of coffee as some of the hardcore stuff has but it does smell quite delicious. I put about a spoonful of the coffee into a cup (it is instant - just add water) and pour the milk in before the water, not sure why it just seems to make it taste creamier and frothier. I'm certain that is all in the mind though! The coffee doesn't have that "hit the back of your throat" nor the "leave a sour taste in your mouth" nor the "leave you with terrible breath" that many of the other hardcore type of coffees have and for these reasons and the mild flavour of the coffee, that is what makes it my favourite. Sometimes of course it just isn't enough and for a real coffee flavour I'll use Carte Noire granules but majority of the time, the Mellow Birds is just what the doctor ordered. The coffee isn't in beans or granules but a fine powder in between the grain size of gravy granules and sugar.
For the mild flavour and the ease that I can make this into a nice coffee, I really like Mellow Birds. It also isn't too expensive for the length of time it lasts us. It makes a nice milky and mellow coffee but I make sure I have some stronger stuff in just in case it is needed, particularly for guests who I know like stronger coffee. For coffee connoisseurs, this probably isn't one for you but for people who like the smell and taste of coffee without the full-on hit of the caffeine fuelled ground beans then perhaps this would be one to try?
There have been a lot of good offers on my favourite coffees lately and the beverages store in our kitchen is well-stocked indeed - not least as a consequence of my burgeoning interest in trying out flavoured teas.
Before opening a new jar of Gold Blend yesterday, I decided I should finish up a couple of part jars of instant coffee that have been kicking around the back of the cupboard for too long. In so doing, I would reacquaint myself with the coffee and also free up some more space in the cupboard.
So it was than that I came upon a jar of Mellow Birds that had been bought in especially for a guest whose favourite brand we knew this to be. I had decided long ago that this coffee was far too mild and inconsequential for me and I haven't drunk any for ages.
The sell by date is this month so there being little time to lose, I brewed myself a cup and set about the taste test.
Firstly, however, it felt a bit strange to be drinking powdered coffee (which used to be the norm in the olden days before these new fangled granules were introduced) but it looked good and in introducing a full spoonful of the powder into the mug, I felt as if I would be getting a good full taste. After topping up the mug with water which was just off the boil and adding a dash of milk, I took a sip and was pleasantly surprised at the fact that it actually tasted quite good.
Yes, there is no doubt that it is a very mild coffee, but that of course is a major part of the appeal and I know of several people who have been put off coffee when it is served very strong and for them this is a good option.
To a coffee nut, however, drinking this Mellow Birds could be likened to going into a pub and ordering a pint of lemonade shandy when you're not the nominated driver. Although it is perfectly palatable and good enough o polish off the remainder in the jar, I won't be rushing out to buy a replacement. (David - if you happen to be reading this, then bring your own coffee next time you come to stay!)
The instant coffee powder is light brown in colour and comes in a plain glass recyclable jar - mine's a 200g jar but 100g is also widely available - with the trademark blue screw lid. The paper jar-wrap shows a steaming hot cup of milky looking coffee in a blue mug. The coffee is described as being Deliciously Mild. There is no further detail on the jar as to instructions for making (I used one heaped teaspoonful) or even an ingredients list - which I thought was quite unusual. Mellow Birds is a Kraft brand so more information will be available via their website.
Most of the major supermarkets will stock this brand but because it doesn't sell in high volumes, you will seldom get more than one or two facings on the shelf.
I have also tried this coffee made with milk and with a dash of Baileys and a bit of cream on top. Drunk this way, the mellow taste of the coffee is suitably masked by the Baileys and that's how I shall probably choose to finish the bottle as a bit of a nightcap.
100g Clear jar, blue plastic lid, which you tune to open or close. A mixture if light blue and dark blue label, which has a picture of a blue mug filled with coffee and the words 'deliciously mild'.
The Brand -
The makers of this instant coffee powder is Kraft. I was surprised at this as I never related them to hot drinks.
The Product -
The coffee powder is very tiny powdery granules.
Direct of use -
For a light, just right coffee I would recommend only half a tea sppon. For quite a strong coffee I would recommend one or one and a half tea spoons. Add boiling water and stor. The coffee is very light and has a nice 'coffee' aromour which isn't over powering like some coffees can be. After adding milk the coffee is quite frothy.
The Price -
When I first bought this it was on offer at my local supermarket for £1.00, it is now priced at £2.10.
If you like a coffee that us light and not too strong I would definately recommend Mellow Birds.
Mellow Birds was always my favourite coffee, nowadays I stiil drink quite a lot of coffee, but seem to have moved to stronger granulated instant coffees, I thought Mellow Birds would probably now seem too weak and mild. Last week having run out of coffee I drove down to my local Murco garage which houses a Cost Cutter Supermarket, all the coffee seemed a bit pricey, at £1.99 for a 100g jar, Mellow Birds was the cheapest, so I bought a jar and am pleased I did. Coffee must be like an old friend meeting one again after a gap of a few years, and you soon see what you probably have forgotten : why you liked them in the first place.
A mug of Mellow Birds is a very nice coffee experience.Break through the gold seal of the jar and you find a lightish coloured coffee powder. It doesn't have a very powerful aroma, so doesn't seem very special so far. Personally I then add about double the ammount I would normally use, ie at least 2 teaspoonfuls, add just boiled water top up with whatever milk you fancy, check the colour is a nice rich brown, then drink, and enjoy." Mellow Birds will make you smile"
I am not usually a fan of milky coffee, but it probably would be as good made with milk. The fact I really prefer instant to most other coffees may indicate a lack of good taste on my part, I remember not long ago watching Janet Street-Porter on TV refusing to drink coffee on the grounds that it was instant muck or some such description,, I don't care I like it.
Its easy to spot on the Supermarket shelf, its a plain glass jar, probably the only coffee on sale with a cheery blue and yellow label.Produced by Kraft foods, its a very distinctive warming coffee when made as suggested.I don't plan to forget it again, in fact I'll go and make a cup now.
I have never really been a massive coffee drinker, until I started my latest job and now I cant seem to get enough of the stuff. I do however like it quite strong and can't have it with milk. I came across this product while I was shopping in Iceland and seen that it was on a special deal so picked it up. When I got it home, I realised I should have read the label properly and was a bit disappointed when I read 'deliciously mild'.
I put it in the back of the cupboard thinking it wasnt the product for me until the time came when i had exhausted my supplies of Nescafe. I made a mellow birds, expecting it to taste like flavoured water but I have to say I was surprised. Yes, it is mellow (as the name would suggest) but still a very rich and tasty coffee without being overpowering, it has a somewhat creamy texture and leaves a very nice froth on top which is not something that you often get with instant coffees. This product, in my opinion, also has a somewhat 'creamy' taste to it. It is also very easy to drink - ie, it serves the caffine craving without sending you jittery if you drink more than three cups. It is intersting to note that this product is in the form of a powder, rather than a coffee granuale, which may be the reason for is smoothness.
A friend of mine, who informed me that she loves this brand tells me that it works amazingly as a milky coffee (ie, made with hot milk instead of water) but being a non milk drinker, I cant comment on that.
I have always been a big coffee drinker. Instant, ground, cappuccino, I'm not fussy really. The only stipulation I have when it does come to coffee is that it mustn't be too strong, and must be quite milky. This is because I find overly-strongly tasting coffee is a bit over-powering for my own particular tastes.
This fact alone brings me to tell you about Mellow Bird's. This brand of coffee has been available for as long as I can remember really. Widely available in all good grocery stores and supermarkets, the brand is instantly recognisable with its bright blue coloured lid and labelling to the front of the jar.
The coffee is quite commonly sold in 100g jars, although I am pretty sure there used to be a larger jar available too. I have not seen said larger jar on my supermarket shelf for quite some time though, so please don't quote me on this!
Anyway, Mellow Bird's main marketing 'angle' is that the coffee is MILD. Much, much milder than say fresh, ground coffee and in my opinion Mellow Bird's is also much milder than other brands of instant coffee too.
The coffee itself is different in appearance to other brands because it is much more fine in texture than say a coffee with 'granules'. I do regularly buy a brand of 'granule' type coffee too, but the Mellow Bird's coffee on the other hand is more like a fine powder.
The little bit of 'blurb' on the reverse of the packaging sums it up quite nicely when stating "Your Mellow Bird's coffee beans have been carefully selected and mellow roasted for a delicious mild taste".
The Mellow Bird's company is manufactured by Kraft, the same company that makes cheeses and other foodstuffs. There is no nutritional information on the packaging, label or jar itself.
What I find with Mellow Bird's is that there is no chance at all that I have accidentally made the coffee too over-powering or strong when I have prepared it. I do find that this is just not possible with this brand. That said though, I do find that the taste is quite delicious and just as satisfying as any other brand that I buy on a regular basis.
My partner - who likes his coffee much stronger than I like mine - does drink Mellow Bird's on occasion and he has actually commented that the taste of the Mellow Bird's coffee is much more pleasant than our other usual brand. I would have to wholeheartedly agree with him on that point, although I do really enjoy the milder- tasting aspect from Mellow Bird's too.
The coffee is quite 'light' although it is not tasteless. I do find that the taste is very satisfying and that it is just the right blend for my own taste buds. I do find every cup of the stuff makes me want another! I particularly like drinking the coffee in the winter time as I do find there is something soothing and almost comfortable about the brand and the coffee.
Another important point to note is that there is no residue from the actual coffee powder when drinking Mellow Bird's. I have found that this is a problem in the past with other brands of powdered instant coffee but I have never found this to be evident with Mellow Bird's.
All in all I would highly recommend this coffee, particularly if you are like me, and don't particularly enjoy having your socks blown off by a huge burst of dark, strong coffee every morning. I like my coffee to 'compliment' my morning, not scream in its ear, after all!
I bought my 100g jar of Mellow Bird's coffee this week in my local Asda supermarket, who was actually running a promotion on the coffee at the time. I managed to buy two of these 100g jars for £3. The individual price of the jars is £1.88.
I am going to award the Mellow Bird's coffee full marks because I would really recommend giving it a try and I really enjoy it thoroughly. I cannot fault anything about it and will continue to buy it for years to come!
Your Mellow Bird's coffee beans have been carefully selected and mellow roasted for a delicious mild taste.