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      10.01.2014 11:03
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      Worth paying extra for - a real instant treat.

      Nescafe Alta Rica - Freeze Dried Soluble Instant Coffee

      After months of drinking 25p cups of coffee from my work's vending machine, I decided that a more economical way of getting my coffee fix would be to bring a mug in and start buying jars of instant coffee. I'd previously put this off, because I didn't like the idea of buying a pint of milk only to have others in the office steal from it (you know who you are!) This meant I was looking for an instant coffee that tastes great black.

      With this in mind, I think I've hit the jackpot with Nescafe Alta Rica. The flavour is bold and intense, which is just what I was looking for. This is attributed to the fact that the coffee is made from 100% Arbaica beans. To intensify the flavour (not that you need to) I've started adding one-and-a-half teaspoons to my mug, and if i'm feeling really adventurous - less water! Needless to say it kicks like a mule when made like this!

      The granules are quite large, but dissolve quickly. They are quite dark in colour as well, which probably gives the first hint at how strong this coffee is. Also, they smell great!

      I do like my fresh coffees, but I won't turn my nose up at a good instant. This product is better than good. The rich, full flavour could easily be mistaken for a cup of the freshly brewed stuff.

      The only downside is that this coffee is not particularly cheap. I paid well over £3 for a 100g jar, but I only have one or two cups a day at work and view it as a treat.

      Overall, this coffee makes for a real treat when I'm at work and just want to boil the kettle and get a quick coffee fix.

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      01.07.2013 20:58
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      A very decent cup of coffee

      I love my coffee to be very strong, and I also hate cheap, budget brands. Over the course of a lifetime, I've tried countless types of instant coffee, with some being highly favoured and finding others that have disgusted me....but I now seem, at least for the time being, to have settled upon Nescafe Alta Rica.

      Currently, a 100g jar of Alta Rica can be purchased on special offer from my local Sainsbury's at £3.00. I'm not sure when the offer ends, but at full price and at the moment, this sized jar is £3.99.

      Nestle Alta Rica claims to be 'strength 4' on the scale (a scale which I've never seen for coffee....only cheese!), and made from Latin American 100% pure Arabica beans. After harvesting, the coffee is then freeze-dried into granules which are of an almost chocolate colour. I am unable to determine whether this particular coffee is responsibly farmed and marketed.

      Like most jars of coffee, underneath the screw-top lid is a sealed foil cover which has to be prised off. Once the seal is removed, a deliciously rich, powerful, slightly nutty aroma of coffee rises up from the jar, which almost smells like filter coffee. The granules are quite large compared to other instant coffee varieties, and despite the strong smell, look as if they would make a weak drink regardless of how much (within sensible reason) is used...however, the opposite is the case.

      I only ever have one mug of coffee per day - when I get up - so I like it to be a particularly good one. As soon as the caffeine starts to do its work, I feel ready to take on most of what life offers me. Without that daily 'hit' of coffee at breakfast time, I feel tired and sluggish all the time.

      When the boiling water is poured onto the coffee granules in the mug, a residue of them floats to the top and I find that I have to do some quite vigorous stirring to make them dissolve. However, they do break down and blend eventually. The complete serving of coffee always has a rich, tempting aroma which is very reminiscent of filter coffee, or of those lovely coffee houses which used to dot our High Streets (one that has always stuck in my mind is the much missed Planters). I wouldn't say that once the granules have completely dissolved that Alta Rica has a particularly attractive visual appearance, because it does go a rather murky shade of brown - but, the lovely smell makes up for that.

      Taste-wise, I find Alta Rica to be very rich and satisfying, with a very strong, full-bodied coffee flavour which has a definite bite to it, but also is somehow simultaneously smooth. I also find that the hotter I can bear to drink the coffee, the better it tastes.

      I have sampled many reputable filter coffees which don't taste anywhere near as good as Nescafe's Alta Rica blend, so that for me is a bonus as it is much easier to bung a couple of spoonfuls of instant coffee into a mug with a drizzle of milk, then top up with boiling water - give it a good stir, then sit back and luxuriate in the wonderful taste of this decent, high quality coffee, without having to mess around with filter papers, and the horrid job of washing the coffee maker afterwards.

      Due to the strength and punch Alta Rica has, it is also very good when cooking, and makes an excellent coffee-flavoured icing. As it does have a powerful and very pronounced flavour, only a tiny little bit is needed to make a very tasty icing.

      Overall, Alta Rica may be too strong and punchy for those who prefer a mild blend, but for me it is ideal as I really feel I've actually had a cup of coffee, rather than a bland preparation which tastes like no more than boiling water mixed with milk. There is a decaffeinated version available, but I've not tried it as for me caffeine is one of the essentials of drinking coffee, equal to the aroma and flavour. It would be nice if it were a little cheaper, as it is quite expensive even when on special offer, but at the same time it is worth paying a bit more for if you only have one mug of coffee per day - mind you, I always make up my coffee using two heaped teaspoonfuls, so a 100g jar would last me half as long as anybody who prefers a weaker flavoured drink.

      At the end of the day, I strongly recommend Nescafe Alta Rica coffee to those who like a good 'hit' first thing in the morning, or at any other time. It is high on flavour, has a lovely aroma and although some of the granules go a bit gunky at first, a thorough stirring does break them down. It is probably the best non-filter coffee I've ever tasted, it even knocking a lot of those into cocked hats.

      Thanks for reading!

      ~~ Also published on Ciao under my CelticSoulSister user name ~~

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        22.03.2011 15:39
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        Five out of five stars go to Nescafe Alta Rica; how coffee should be!

        Ever since returning from a long stay in Egypt a few years ago I had craved strong rich black coffee that really hits you and gives you that buzz. Herein Nescafé Alta Rica I have found my match. A year or so age Nescafe released a number of what they call their Super Premium 'Selection', freeze dried coffee varieties which included Alta Rica. I tried this for the first time during its introductory period price of about £2 for a 100g jar.

        The packaging is very pleasing to the eye for a coffee jar; it has the classic Nescafe 'torso-like' shaped body, a plastic black lid and a label on the front and back. The colours chosen for this coffee are superb and suit the coffees intensity, being a dramatic neon purple colour at the bottom right merging into a jet black at the middle and top. There is a small picture of a temple or monument from an exotic location under the name of the coffee along with Intense and '100% Pure Arabica from Latin America' stated.

        The coffee itself is made from, as mentioned above, 100% Arabica beans, which are thought to be the first species of coffee to ever be cultivated and of a very high quality. It is native to Yemen, Ethiopia and Sudan and grows in mountainous regions. To quote Nescafe they "fully roast them to achieve the intensity of flavour". This is exactly what a cup of Alta Rica coffee is - intense. You can smell the quality and strength as soon as you open the lid, it is a fabulous fragrance! Very strong and rich, the bold flavours immediately attract you to the coffee.

        The flavour is not for the fainthearted; this coffee is very strong I would rate it as 5/5 for strength and intensity, which to me is a very good quality. I generally drink 3-4 cups of coffee a day at work, a normal every day one such as Nescafe Original, but I could not handle four of these a day. I would say this is more a coffee to savour, after dinner or first thing in the morning. Anymore and you may find yourself bouncing off the walls. One teaspoon of this blend is more than enough to get the rich flavours and intensity of the coffee with a small dash of milk. This could pass as a fresh filter coffee it tastes that good. It is my favourite freeze dried soluble coffee thus far.

        Other premium coffees in Nescafé's range include:
        Cap Colombie
        Espresso
        Suraya
        Café Parisien
        Partners' Blend

        This sells in all the major supermarkets at about £3 - £4 per 100g jar, but is often on two for £5 offers etc. This is my treat coffee rather than everyday due to the price, but every cup is flavoursome and hits the spot. I recommend to those who crave a rich, bold and intense cup of coffee.

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          30.09.2010 19:00
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          A thoroughly recommendable instant coffee.

          I am a serious coffee drinker who indulges in a few cups of tiny, strong espresso daily, with just a couple cups of slightly less intense filter coffee first thing in the morning. In the past I would not entertain the idea of instant coffee, as I don't think it resembles fresh coffee in any way whatsoever. However having discovered Alta Rica several years ago, I always keep a jar in the cupboard for those situations when I don't have time for the coffee machine to brew, or if a single cup is required. This is the only instant coffee which has any of the taste of fresh coffee, and I have to admit this is actually a really delicious taste. With Alta Rica you get a full rich coffee flavour without any of the bitterness associated with many stronger blends of instant coffee, which suits me perfectly as I always drink my coffee black. When I do make coffee for friends who take milk and sugar however, the opinions are always good.
          Nowadays I find more people ask for a strong coffee with just a little milk, as opposed to in the past most would ask for weak coffee made with plenty of milk. These growing tastes for richer, more fresh tasting coffee are easily satisfied with a jar of Alta Rica; made from 100% arabica beans.

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          25.09.2010 18:16
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          Strong, smooth coffee

          When it comes to drinks I do appreciate a good cup of coffee. I do have a coffee maker though I am lazy to be honest with you and prefer to use instant whenever possible but I do like top quality brands and coffees that sound interesting and/or from around the world.

          I spotted this one my local Asda store on offer costing £2.00 a jar for a 100g and thought that for such a nice looking appearance wise jar of a coffee jar and for a Latin American coffee that was a reasonable price to pay (usual price in all good supermarkets is about £3.38 a jar).

          The Packaging:

          Like I have previously mentioned the jar of this coffee holds 100g of this coffee. The jar is see-through glass on the inside and to the bottom of it and is covered in a black and purple label with a squarish styled lid to the top of it which when you first open it is covered with a foil. On the front of the jar I am told that it is Nescafe Collection Alta Rica 'Intense' '100% Pure Arabica From Latin America' and there is a small photograph of what to me looks like steps on there too. On the back of the jar other information listed includes a nutritional information chart being shown, the weight of the product and the best before date are listed and contact details for Nescafe are given. It is a nice quality and stylish jar that is informative enough but not too bogged down with too much information.

          The Coffee Itself:

          Very dark brown and rather large granules as soon as you open this jar up you get a really whiff of strong and rich coffee Add a teaspoon to hot water (not boiling of course cos coffee burns) and with a quick stir it melts into the water and that's it job done you get a very dark brown coffee with a slightly sort of woody aroma to it and your free to add whatever you like (of course) to your drink.

          This is a really rich coffee and very strong indeed. If you were to give it a score from one to five with five being the most you could give a coffee for strength this to me would score 5. I do like my coffee strong mind you and will usually opt for a couple of teaspoons of regular coffee in a cup/mug but with this coffee I have no need to believe me.

          This has a rather bitter taste to it and like I say is a rich coffee. The quality of this is simply superb but before you purchase it just make sure you want a really rich coffee first but I do recommend it for devotees of coffee!

          Nutritional Information Per 1.8g Serving (The Important Bits!):

          Energy: 1 Kcal
          Fat: Trace
          Of which saturates: Trace
          Antioxidants: 0.4g

          Available in all good supermarkets etc priced at about £3.38 a jar (if not on offer) and it is also available in a decaf option.

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            07.04.2010 10:35
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            A beautiful, smooth coffee, gives me the kick I need to get through the day

            I need coffee. Lots of it. Without it I can be, let's just say ever so slightly sarky.
            I like trying new coffee, so far my favourite has been Café Noir - if we are talking instant, which is what I use in the office.

            I picked up Nescafé Alta Rica 'Intense' in Sainsbury's for a not-so-cheap £3.85 for 100g.
            The jar has changed from the picture above. It's more svelte (can coffee jars be svelte, or are they streamlined?), the jar being wider at the top and gradually getting thinner at the bottom. It has a twist cap.
            The colours are still the same, although you can buy this coffee in 'rich' and 'aromatic' flavours as well, which are coloured red and green respectively.

            The thing I like about the jar is on the side, there is a wiggly view panel where you can see the coffee. I compared it to the other two types in this range and I could really see the difference in colour and texture between the different flavours, so a good start.

            Upon opening the coffee (usual foil seal to be broken), you really are hit by the smell. It is intense and it smells very much like filter coffee does. This is not a jar you need to stick your nose in, to get the lovely coffee aroma. It smells rich and intense, so straight away you know you don't need as much coffee as you would say bog-standard Nescafé (I use about 3 spoons of that and it's still a bit bleugh)

            I'm not going to suggest how to make the coffee other than say it is instant soluble coffee so make it as you would normally (black, half a sugar for me incase you are interested)

            Again, once the water hits the coffee, the aroma in turn hits you. Taste wise, it's really like it smells, rich, warm, a little bitter aftertaste and very yummy.

            So, I did a little research to find out what is so special about Arabica coffee or Coffea Arabica.
            The trees for this coffee grow near the Equator, in Eastern & Western hemispheres, at high altitudes.
            Coffea Arabica is considered to be the first species of coffee grown in the world - it has been grown in southwest Arabia for over 1000 years and is said to produce a better standard of coffee other commercially grown ones.
            It naturally contains less caffeine than other species and can take a full seven years to mature.


            So there you have it, I know a little more about Coffea Arabica and you know how good this is. It's definitely worth the slightly high price tag, if you are as infatuated with coffee as I am.
            I probably will try the other types in this range to see if they are as good as the 'Intense' one I have.

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              07.01.2010 20:19
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              Great coffee, real character

              I don't usually like instant coffee, as I typically fing it quite weak and lacking in flavour. However, when I moved away to university I was persuaded for conveniences sake to try to switch to instant coffee for my morning brew. After trying a few different blends and being very dissapointed, I was on the verge on splurging on a cafetiere and some nice beans when I spied this on the supermarket shelf. I was drawn to it because of its distinctive packaging (the purple is quite a bit brighter than the picture lets on and it really stands out against the black and white). As it was on special offer I thought I'd give it a go.

              Now it is a regular feature on my shelf at home. It has everything you'd want from a coffee, it is strong, rich, very aromatic and above all it is INTERESTING - it has hints of fruit and chocolate and has a very dense and lasting flavour which does not seem to go stale like so much of the instant coffee you can buy. I use one to one and a half heaped tea spoons (admittedly in a large american style coffee mug) and it has the strong authentic coffee taste that you could be fooled into thinking came from filter coffee!

              Not one to try if you like more traditional offerings from nescafe, or weaker blends of coffee, but if you like 'em bold and strong, this is the one for you!

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              27.09.2009 16:20
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              Full bodied and flavorsome coffee with a rich aroma, only for the serious coffee drinker

              I drink coffee daily, unfortunately I'm only able to drink a single cup a day (issues with caffiene tolerance) so I'm of the opinion that it needs to be a good one! I've been through a number of the Nescafe coffee lines recently, and this is definately my favorite so far.

              It has a very deep flavor, and a really full bodied taste, although not unpleasantly so. I find it has quite a fruity aroma too, so if you prefer the bland 'coffee smell' you normally get with instant coffee, I'd steer clear.

              It's quite a 'strong' coffee, and with one level teaspoon in my mug I found that it was about perfect for me (your milage may vary). The smell tends to fade the longer you keep the jar, but unlike other instant coffees this one retains its strong flavor quite well.

              It might be a step to far for some of the coffee drinkers used to Nescafe original and the like, but once I'd adjusted to the stronger flavor I found it pleasant, warming, and a great way to start my day!

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                27.09.2009 09:17
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                You'll want to try this if you like a good strong coffee

                One word... Delicious!!!

                I am drinking this coffee right now with my breakfast and it has to be the nicest coffee i have ever drank.

                *About The Coffee*

                Alta Rica is a Latin American coffee in the Nescafe Collection brand range. Nescafe are obviously very proud of it and state this about it

                "Meet the darkest roast of NESCAFÉ Collections - Alta Rica. It's rich, bold and smouldering. We use 100% Arabica beans but fully roast them to achieve the intensity of flavour and deep, rounded taste. A bitter, roasty finish makes this a complex and enjoyable coffee.

                Occasions: After lunch or dinner."

                *My opinions*

                As stated at the beginning, this is the nicest coffee i have ever had. It is very intense and has a very powerful and demanding taste which leaves a taste in your mouth for quite a while afterwards. Because it is so nice i do not mind this at all. The flavour is very identifiable and of everyone i have ever met who has tasted it, each one of them would choose this instant coffee over any other one.

                In the Nescafe collections range i think i have had the experience of tasting one other but it did not match the superior power of this.

                I would recommend you try this. You won't be disappointed if you like a strong coffee.

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                  15.09.2009 19:00
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                  A lovely cup of coffee for people who like it a little stronger than average.

                  It's not often I drink coffee but when I do it has to be a fairly mellow blend as I simply cannot stomach a lot of the very intense instant coffees available at the moment. So when my friend dropped by with a jar of Nescafé Alta Rica I straight away thought I wouldn't like it as Nescafé tends to be a little too bitter for my tastes, plus the fact that this coffee actually has the word 'Intense' on the jar had me grimacing at the very thought of such a strong beverage.

                  Having drunk a couple of cups from the jar now I am unsure why this is marketed as particularly intense as it has a rather mild flavour in my opinion and is certainly not as strong as other coffees out there!

                  It's an extremely flavoursome coffee, made using Arabica beans which have been slow roasted to give them a richer flavour than most instant coffees. The coffee is beautifully blended and has a delightful richness that even me, as a non coffee drinker, could appreciate just how high this coffee is.

                  I'm not overly keen on the aroma of the coffee either straight from the jar or when the boiling water has been poured onto it. I'm not entirely sure why this is but I think it's because the granules smell far harsher than my usual Kenco coffee, this worried me slightly as I assumed that the coffee would also taste harsh but after the addition of the milk it rounded nicely and gave a slightly richer than usual coffee that was very palatable indeed.

                  I can detect a very slight nuttiness to this coffee which isn't apparent from other Nescafé coffee, this comes through as an aftertaste after each mouthful of coffee and is very pleasant. The overall flavour is smooth with absolutely no bitterness at all, granted it's stronger than my usual brand of coffee but it's so well rounded that this didn't cause a problem for me.

                  I used just one teaspoon of Alta Rica for my mug of coffee and this brewed to the perfect strength, as I have mentioned it is a stronger coffee than usual but the flavour is so pure and smooth that I am able to add a little extra milk which takes away a little of the strength.

                  I must add here that this coffee is easy to stir into the boiling water and unlike many other Nescafé coffees I didn't end up with lots of small black blobs on the top of my drink, something I find terribly unappealing when using instant coffee.

                  While I did enjoy this coffee I think once this jar is finished I'll revert back to Kenco Really Smooth. It's not that there's anything inherently wrong with Alta Rica, I just find it a little too strong for daily consumption simply because it gives me a tiny headache after drinking it - which I assume is the increased caffeine in this coffee, and my very low tolerance for it!

                  A 100g jar of Nescafé Alta Rica costs £3.39, while the 200g jar is a rather expensive £6.77. This is a premium instant coffee however and I'm sure fans will say it's worth every penny, personally I find this a very high price for instant coffee and the nicer (in my opinion) Kenco is quite a lot cheaper.

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                    30.06.2009 14:36
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                    Treat your taste buds to the greatest coffee experience available in a jar!

                    My need for good instant coffee comes from, believe it or not, owning a Tassimo coffee machine. Why, I hear you shout would I need such a thing? Is the Tassimo not producing delicious fresh coffee on tap? Well it is, but having a wife, two kids and a mortgage is one thing, running a Tassimo is another. So basically I use the Tassimo on weekends and for special treats. My everyday coffee not only needs to meet the budget but satisfy my taste buds.

                    Like a lot of things in my life, finding this coffee was a result of a mistake on my part. I actually thought I was buying the Colombian variant which my wife had bought a few weeks earlier. I thought the coffee was okay, nothing special, but in a rush and recognizing the branding I plumped for the same one again. It was not until later that I discovered to my pleasant surprise that this was actually the Alta Rica variety.

                    In hindsight I am amazed that I had picked up the wrong one as apart from the general shape of the jar and standard Nescafe collection logo etc, the colour is quite different being of a dark brown with an attractive purple colour merging into the lower section of the jar. The name Alta Rica appears in large writing with a picture of a pyramid below and the word Intense below that, conjuring up the image of far away adventure.

                    Sure enough when I removed the lid and performed that initial crack of the foil, I was rewarded with an incredibly potent and pleasing aroma that did take me to a different place. It was not long before I had a cup of steaming hot coffee in front of me. I tend to like my coffee medium to strong but quite milky also; basically a Latte. Some people like two or three teaspoons of instant coffee, but I went for my one standard heaped spoonful, no sugar.

                    The taste was excellent, verging on the strong side but not overpowering, and with a delightful flavour that hinted of the exotic land displayed on the jar. I can thoroughly recommend this coffee and I shall be going back for more when the jar runs out. My workplace is also full of this brand, after a general revolt against the 500 Kg dustbin full of wood shavings that offered no similarities to coffee other than in spelling on the label!

                    Nescafe have a website dedicated to the new Collection range at www.nescafe.co.uk/collection/, where you can register and claim vouchers, offers and win competitions, etc. There is also a free phone number in the UK; 0800 58 57 59 and ROI; 008006378 5385 or write to them at PO Box 207, York, YO91 1XY.

                    The Nescafe collection is available in four other variants; Columbian, Suraya, Alta Rica Decaff & Expresso. The jars are 100g in size and retail for around £3.39 each, from all the usual outlets although other sizes are available.

                    You will have to excuse me, as all this typing has brought on a terrible thirst.......now where is that coffee jar?

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                      22.10.2008 14:37
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                      Definately worth a try...

                      Every morning while my son's bottle of milk is warming up, i make myself a much needed cup of coffee. It sets me up for the day ahead.

                      Ive always drunk Nescafe original coffee as when i use to live at home with my parents, it was what i was use to, it was mild and i always had quite a few mugs throughout the day. However when i moved in with my partner, the only coffee he had was Nescafe Alta Rica.

                      Alta Rica is an instant coffee which was launched in 1986. It's made from a combination of beans from Latin America.

                      When i first tried Alta Rica the taste was overpowering. It has a bitterness taste to it as you start drinking but somehow it seems to fade. I didn't think this would be a coffee for me but i was surprised how much i liked the intense flavour. I have one heaped teaspoon of the granules in my coffee and its just right. You can always add more or less to get a different texture but its still a strong coffee.

                      The smell of the strong aroma hits you as soon as you open the jar, its overpowering but satisfying at the same time. The only thing i found was that over time the smell did fade even if you kept the granules in the jar.

                      Ive only ever tried a few brands of instant coffee but this is the best ive tasted. It is quite expensive compared to other coffee brands but since i first tried this, ive never brought anything else. The only time i dont drink it is when im at other people's houses and even then i now have to have two level teaspoons of the coffee they have as i find them quite mellow compared to alta rica. I also never drank this during my pregnancy with my son as i did think it was too strong.

                      Overall if you like your coffee strong then this is definately a coffee that i would recommend. If you are use to a milder coffee like Nescafe original then this coffee would still be a coffee that i would personally say is worth trying but in small quanities.

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                        11.09.2008 12:13
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                        A brand that aims to give us a little luxury - but does it deliver?

                        Alta Rica is a super premium brand of instant coffee made by Nescafe.

                        This brand must be aimed at people like me who enjoy their coffee but are too lazy to make fresh coffee from ground coffee beans. At least this brand proves I am not the only lazy person in the world - if I was Nescafe wouldn't make it!

                        It is expensive compared to other brands of instant coffee - much more expensive than Nescafe Original and more expensive than a regular premium brand like Nescafe Gold Blend even.

                        For example at Asda 100g of Nescafe Original costs £2.14, 100g of Nescafe Gold Blend costs £2.67 and 100g of Nescafe Alta Rica costs £3.37.

                        In fact Nescafe Alta Rica is generally too expensive for me and I normally buy a cheaper brand. However at the moment it is on special offer at Tesco at £5.00 for 2 100g jars - and as this makes it cheaper than Gold Blend for 2 jars I was swayed by good deal and bought some.

                        So what do you get for the extra money?

                        When you first open a jar you notice that the aroma is much richer than that of cheaper brands. The smell of the granules really does remind me of coffee beans. However, once you have opened the jar, this great smell gradually gets less pronounced and after a few days it is barely noticeable.

                        But I buy instant coffee to make a hot drink and not so that I can sniff the granules - and I'm sure you do too - so what does the actual drink taste like? Well it has a richer flavour than cheaper brands, and that slightly metallic taste that is characteristic of instant coffee is less pronounced. However no instant coffee comes close to the taste and texture of real fresh coffee - and unfortunately this brand is no exception.

                        In summary what's good about this brand is that it tastes and smells better than cheaper brands of instant coffee - and is as easy to make as any other brand of instant coffee.

                        What's not so good is that is very expensive and doesn't compare with real fresh coffee.

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                          09.02.2008 10:11
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                          A good tasty coffee for those who like their coffee strong

                          I'm a slow starter in the morning time. I'm always up early enough, (early riser) but in order to get the old brain cells functioning in some sort of logical and coherent fashion, I immediately require a fast infusion of some liquid caffeine.

                          One morning recently I discovered I was out of my favourite 'Kenco Purely Colombian' brew, as it hadn't been available when the local supermarket had delivered our online order the day before. Instead they had substituted it with a brand from Nestle, 'Nescafe Alta Rica'.

                          Ah well, needs must, and as I was busy on the computer that morning I badly needed my fix of caffeine. Having had some bad experiences in the past with Nescafe Colombian coffee, it was therefore with some trepidation that I broke the seal on the jar of Alta Rica. My senses were immediately assaulted (well, my sense of smell anyways) by the almost overpowering aroma of strong coffee. So strong was the smell that my wife actually commented on it some hours later when she herself got out of bed. (It was still hanging about the kitchen!!)

                          Alta Rica is yet another Latin American aribica blend from Nestle, the makers of Nescafe. Seemingly, they "dark roast" the coffee beans, (whatever that means) which supposedly increases both the aroma and intensity of the coffee. They even have the word "Intense" on the label on front of the black jar that they package the coffee in, just so we all know for sure that it's strong.

                          And believe me, this coffee is *STRONG*. In the same way that the aroma assaulted my sense of smell when I first cracked open the jar, the taste jumped up and literally hammered my taste buds as soon as it touched my lips. I'd brewed my mug in my usual fashion, with two and a half teaspoons of coffee, and three and a half spoons of sugar. With my customary blend, Kenco Colombian, this makes a perfect mug of coffee. Strong and sweet, just the way I like it. With Nescafe Alta Rica the same mixture makes a brew so strong that you run the risk of caffeine poisoning!

                          When I'm busy writing at the old computer, I drink copious amounts of coffee. Between the hours of 5 AM and 8.30 AM, I suppose I had somewhere in the region of about 5 mugs of Alta Rica. At about that time a friend of my wife arrived to run her into town for some retail therapy. I hadn't actually realised the effect that the coffee had had on me until I went into the kitchen to make her a wee cuppa. This stuff is rocket fuel! I was so high on the caffeine that my head was buzzing like a nest of angry wasps! Not exactly unpleasant as such, but certainly not a feeling that you'd want to be walking around with all day.

                          So the million dollar question. Did I actually like Alta Rica?
                          Well, yeah, it was tasty right enough. Strong without being bitter, and it slipped down the old throat with ease. Maybe not quite as pleasant as my favourite Kenco Colombian, but certainly a blend that I would buy again as an acceptable substitute. Mind you, I think I would be toning down the quantity of coffee I put in my mug just a tad!

                          A look at my receipt from the supermarket reveals that I was charged Euro5.25 for a 100g jar, which is on a par with the price of Kenco.

                          A good tasty coffee (if not quite five stars) but certainly not for anyone who likes their coffee mild and mellow.

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                          Copyright KenJ

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                          Originally posted at Ciao under my Ciao username "the mad cabbie". Edited and updated for posting here at dooyoo.

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                            02.04.2007 20:27
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                            don't buy this if you like your coffee weak to middling!

                            NAME OF DRINK
                            Nescafe Collection Alta Rica Decaffeinated coffee.

                            TASTE
                            This coffee reminded me of ground coffee not instant – almost espresso style.
                            Regardless of how much milk was used, this coffee seemed to be very strong, unlike most decaffeinated instant coffees, and seemed very strong, bitter, or acrid tasting. It left an aftertaste in my mouth if a colleague made me my usual strong coffee.

                            Despite it being a decaffeinated coffee I got more frequent headaches when using this brand, which I attributed to this coffee, particularly as the week I had on leave when I was using a different brand at home, I had no headaches.

                            INGREDIENTS (MAIN ONLY)
                            I purchased the 100g bottle, which states that it is decaffeinated using pure water and contains premium freeze dried decaffeinated soluble coffee only. Price not known - I can'f find the receipt and don't intend to buy anymore of this coffee.

                            GOOD POINTS
                            I am unable to think of any really – apart from the fact that now I know I don’t like this brand and won’t buy it again.

                            BAD POINTS
                            This is a very strong coffee, which gave me headaches and was an impulse buy as I couldn’t find a decaffeinated coffee in Sainsburys as they were not immediately obvious. I was used to decaffeinated coffee having red lids but now they’ve changed to blue, which has totally confused me. It was also more expensive than my usual brand from Tesco.

                            PACKAGING
                            As this was a decaffeinated drink it has a blue (almost cornflower blue) lid with various shades of blue on the label. However, the bottom of the bottle was see through, so you can see when you are running low. On the label at the front is a purple section with a greek or roman style urn.

                            This coffee is described on the back of the bottle as “a bold and intensely dark roast of premium quality Arabica beans smouldering with exhilaratingly rich flavour.”

                            On the front in purple and white writing it states “a bold and intense coffee”, which if I had read may have dissuaded me from buying it in the first place.

                            PRODUCED BY/MORE INFORMATION FROM
                            This is produced by Nestle and you can contact them for free (according to the bottle) on 0800 58 57 59 (UK) or 00800 6378 5385 (ROI) or www.nestle.co.uk or by post PO Box 207 York, YO91 1XY, UK.

                            I noticed that the postal address is not a freepost address so their claim to contact them for free may not run to this method.


                            WEREWOLF2

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                          • Product Details

                            Exclusive Latin American arabicas chosen for their full flavour, and dark roasted to develop the bold, full-bodied taste.