Nescafe has been around since 1938, and is a huge name in the instant coffee market, among other top brand names such as Kenco and Carte dor. Max Morgenthaler developed the Nescafe coffee for several years before perfected the recipe, and releasing it for sale in Switzerland. Since then it had grown in massive size, and is available all over the world.
I love Nescafe, I think it has a brilliant taste to. It is strong yet not strong enough to make it unenjoyable. Now, we all enjoy a real barista style coffee, which is where the Nescafe Azera comes into play. I first saw the product in our local shop, where it was on offer for just £2 for a small 100 gram tin. It comes in a silver tin with an orange lid, which i think is a really good touch!
The coffee is very easy to make. all you have to do is add a heaped teaspoon in a cup, ass boiling water, and milk and sugar too taste. The coffee is fairly strong, so i would not suggest it to anyone who enjoys a mild coffee, but it has a very unique taste to it. It does taste just as good as a coffee straight from the bean, but it is instant which makes life very simple.
I love this coffee and will continue to buy it. It is cheap at £2 for a small tub, however that was on offer and may go up to its original price of £4.29, but even at that price it is a great coffee that goes down a treat! I find it to be best when made with a heaped teaspoon of coffee, caramel syrup and milk, it really is lovely with the syrup!
When I roll out of bed in the morning bleary eyed and yawning, one of the first tasks of the day is to shuffle to the kitchen in my zombie-like state and stick the kettle on to make a nice cup of coffee. I usually drink instant coffee because it is a cheaper option, and it is also quick and easy to make. Besides, I could not stand listening to coffee beans grinding in a machine argh!! The downfall is that soluble coffee does not have the superior taste of those made from ground roast coffee beans, so I occasionally treated myself to a (rather expensive) posh coffee from Starbucks.
...But then I found Nescafe Azera! There it was, sitting on the shelf in Tesco. The light seemed to bounce off the super shiny silver sleek looking tins, dazzling my eyes. I had to take a closer look. The information on the packaging told me that Azera is a blend of instant coffee and finely ground roast coffee beans. There was also a special offer on at the time, but the usual price for a 60g tub is around the £3 mark.
The sunny orange coloured lid is a flexible plastic material and very easy to grip hold of and remove from the tin. Once the seal underneath the lid is broken, the most amazing aroma escapes from the tin. One serving is one heaped teaspoon of the finely ground coffee, and this little 60g tub contains approximately 33 servings of absolute deliciousness. Although I haven't kept count of exactly how many cups I get out of a tin, I think that estimate seems about right. This coffee is also available in 100g tins.
I am very impressed with the taste of this barista style coffee. It has a full bodied flavour which is smooth and luxuriously creamy. The warm rich dark brown liquid with tiny little bubbles on top is very enticing. The intense flavour of this coffee is lovely. I add a little splash of milk and one sweetener to mine, but that is my personal preference. I have now given my usual instant coffee the elbow, and it has been replaced with Nescafe Azera barista style coffee, because quite frankly, my usual tastes quite rubbish in comparison. Now I can enjoy barista style coffee in the comfort of my own home... Who needs posh coffee shops eh?!
I received a full sized retail version of this Nescafe Azera product to try for free because I am a member of BzzAgent. They are an online group who send out various types of product to members in return for product reviews and word of mouth promotion. In my free sample pack I also received a box of Nescafe Azera Cappuccino which I now absolutely love! I actually tried the Cappuccino pack before trying this one as that's the type of coffee I tend to drink. After liking the Cappuccino so much I did not think this Azera Barista Style Instant Coffee would be as good but I was pleasantly surprised.
The product comes in a small 60g sized metal tin which has an inner foil seal and a plastic resealable lid. I really like the look and style of the packaging for this product as it looks very sophisticated and different from other brands. The tin says this will provide 33 servings. At first I looked at the amount of coffee in the tin and thought that this serving amount had been exaggerated. However, after tasting the coffee I realised that where I might have used more coffee to achieve a stronger flavour with other brands it is not necessary to do so with this Azera as you get a lot of flavour and intensity from a smaller amount of coffee.
The brand, Nescafe, call this a "barista style" drink which is comprised of a "tasteful blend of instant coffee and finely ground roast coffee beans". They describe the flavour as "full-bodied", "irresistible" with a "velvety" texture and they also say the drink has an "enticing aroma". The ingredients stated on the side of the tin say that this product comprises of soluble coffee with 5% of finely ground roasted coffee.
There is a nutritional values chart on the back of the tin. It states there is 1 calorie per 100mls of coffee made up with water only. There is nil amount of fat for the same amount.
Although the tin is very nice looking be careful not to shake it around too much once the inner foil is removed. There is a inner lip which tends to catch any of the coffee that is shaken up and when you open the soft plastic lid it can spill a little bit. The coffee is a very fine and light chocolate brown powder which has a very strong aroma.
To use you are advised to put one heaped teaspoon into a mug and add 200ml of just boiled water. I would say that the amount advised is just right although you don't need to heap your spoon all that much since this is a flavoursome coffee. I personally like to add milk (a non dairy variety) to my coffee so this can change the flavour, texture and calorific values depending on what you add.
I find that the coffee blend is really smooth and silky in texture. It feels like a soft coffee bean blended liquid rather than a watery drink with dissolvable grains thrown into it! The coffee has an amber coloured swirl of creamy froth which swirls around the surface of the drink. The coffee itself is dark and rich and I personally find it quite strong and intense, although I'm less of a coffee drinker than most people I know so my opinion might be influenced by naivety! The drink is easy to mix up and the powder melts quickly and instantly without much stirring needed. At the end of the drink a few non dissolvable granules tend to be left at the bottom of the cup but very few and they remain at the bottom of the mug rather than swirling around in the water.
One thing I particularly love about this coffee is the aroma. It's absolutely dreamy and it perks me up before I've even had one sip! It's a dark, dramatic aroma that really makes you want to drink the coffee. I've been in coffee shops a lot of times when the smell puts me off wanting any but this Azera is quite the opposite. This smells like a premium blend of coffee, like the best you can get.
Although I really enjoy this coffee I have to say I am still a bigger fan of the Azera Cappuccino. I think it just depends on what kind of coffee you prefer. I still think this Azera Instant Coffee is a high quality and impressive product that is worth it's price tag (it's currently around £3.29 a jar at supermarkets although I've seen it cheaper). I would definitely buy this again. It's the kind of coffee I'd give to visitors to my house as I could be sure they'd enjoy the drink!
Would you say that the UK has turned into a nation of coffee "douchebags"? When you walk around a town centre and see the number of people toting reinforced paper or plastic cups with a lid and a straw on and the familiar logo of one or other of the growing number of coffee chains, does it make your heart sink? You see, I'd probably have answered "Yes" to both of these questions a year or two ago, but then you taste the coffee and are forced to admit that it's really quite nice. And where do you go from there?
I'll tell you where. You start to crave a cup of smooth, continental coffee that doesn't taste like it was squeezed from a car battery. Your nearest barista-based coffee shop is 20 minutes' drive away and you know that £3 is an insane price to pay for even the really nice coffees; even the ones with syrup in that are topped with whipped cream and everything. But like a junkie craving that fix, you're in a car and handing over an exorbitant amount of cash for something brown and addictive before you can say "Pete Doherty".
What I tend to do when this becomes a problem is use my single transferable skill. You see, I'm fairly nifty in the kitchen. I eat a meal from a restaurant or a sandwich from a deli, and my mind sets to work on how easy or otherwise it will be to home make it. And usually I can manage it, although my home made burgers still fall well short of muster for some reason. So when I saw a 60g jar of this "Barista Style Instant Coffee" at a local budget shopping emporium for £1.50 (usual price £4.49), I swooped. I can't resist a saving, I'm afraid.
(Sidebar: How horrendous a word is "barista"? Every time I type it I want to hit myself, and I didn't even come up with it.)
So what's the skinny latte on Nescafe Azera, then? Well, it is quite the smoothest cup of coffee I have made in my kitchen since forever. With the addition of some caramel syrup (you can pay a huge amount for a brand name on Amazon, or just buy some generic stuff from Morrisons like I did) and some milk, you can make a Caramel Latte that's just a free wi-fi signal and a crap compilation CD away from being just like you buy on the High Street. And the moment my blender's not broken, I'm going to go mad making frappes with it.
Although the jar is small, the coffee really goes a long way, and works out much cheaper than buying it at the coffee shop even if you pay the full price for it (but seriously, look for it at a shop like B&M, where it should be the same price as I paid for it). It comes vacuum sealed and with a plastic top that fits over the outer jar for freshness (no more chiselling the last few cups' worth out of there with a bread knife for me!). The taste is gentle but far from bland, and a cup of this first thing in the morning will pep you up without making you feel like you've injected a tonne of icing sugar.
In the end, you know, it's coffee. Just coffee, but nicer. I mean, I could go into what beans were used to make it, who picked them, and what I imagine those people look like, but you know the drill. If you're feeling indulgent and in the mood for a light, legal, socially acceptable stimulant, then this is a good way to go.
This has got to be the nicest instant coffee on the market! First impressions can be deceptive and it actually makes a lot more cups of coffee than you think. The small print states thirty-three cups and I think that sounds about right. The tin is smart and looks too good to be locked away in the cupboard.
Use a heaped teaspoon of powder, which might seem too much, but really it isn't. Pour on boiling water and you really do feel like you're in the coffee shop! It's frothy and it even sounds good when you stir! The smell is rich and strong and for all the world like freshly ground coffee. It looks and feels like velvet and tastes divine.
At the bottom of the cup is a residue of coffee grounds, which are not unpleasant in the slightest. They just make you believe you've had a cup of fresh coffee.
It can be a little on the expensive side, but catch it on offer and buy two! It is so delicious, however, it is worth every penny and there is no comparison to coffee shop prices.
I love this coffee and I'm feeling quite sad at the moment because I'm coming to the last of the tins I got when it was on offer at a much cheaper price. The moths coming out of my purse are whispering that I shouldn't really buy any more at the moment - but it is really nice.
Nescafe Azera instant comes in 60g attractive silver coloured tins which are currently (13/07/2013) £3.29 at Tesco and Sainsburys and 100g tins which are £4.98 at Sainsburys and £4.99 at Tesco.
Nescafe Azera is a barista style instant coffee which is made from blending instant coffee with 'microground roast coffee beans' according to the description on the tin. My 60 g tin has 33 servings in it - although since I don't like my coffee too strong I tend to get more out of it than that.
With Azera you just put a heaped teaspoon of the powder into a cup and pour on hot water. (The pack advises 200ml of water to one heaped teaspoon.) The powder is very fine and blends easily with the water - there is no endless stirring trying to get rid of lumps as with some products. The liquid is aromatic, dark and intriguing. The smell of coffee floods the kitchen when you are making this. The aroma is very pleasant and reminiscent of 'proper' ground coffee from a coffee machine. It has a creamy head on it similar to the crema you get on coffee shop coffee - but not quite as thick.
It tastes very much like freshly ground quality coffee - well, very nearly like. Not quite. I don't think the high street purveyors of coffee will worry unduly about this product.
Basically, it tastes really good - certainly much better than most other granulated coffees I 've tried - and gives you a thicker, more authentic coffee drink. Its only 1kcal per 100ml too so it won't break the diet. If you are looking for an instant coffee that feels like you are giving yourself and others a treat then Azera makes a good choice. There is something about the smell and taste of good coffee which gives me an enormous sense of well-being.
The downside is that it is a bit pricey for a tiny 60g tin, although it does go quite a long way if you don't have your coffee too strong. The coffee keeps fresh for ages in the sealable tin.
Mmn. Might ignore the moths and go and buy some more anyway. Would recommend.
As a Bzzagent I get the opportunity to try out products for free, in return I have to spread my opinion far and wide via internet and face to face contact. One of my latest trials was Nescafe Azera Barista Style Instant Coffee. As I am a giant coffee monster this was a trial that was truly up my street.
As soon as my kit arrived I popped the kettle on and tipped one of the pre measured sachets into my favourite coffee mug/cup. Unlike my usual coffee (Douwe Egberts) Nescafe Azera is a finely ground coffee powder, this put me in the frame of mind of Mellow Birds but luckily for my taste buds Nescafe Azera is miles away from Mellow Birds.
The first thing I noticed was that the coffee has a distinct smell, it smells like freshly brewed coffee and maybe its just my sense of smell but I thought that it also smelt a little like burnt toast with a hint of dark chocolate.
Once the kettle had boiled I filled my cup up and added a good old glug of the semi skimmed. On the top of the drink there was a pleasant looking fine foam that the packaging describes as 'an irresistible layer of coffee crema'. The level of foam is not cappuccino style and it soon disperses around the cup so as to be unnoticeable.
The coffee itself tastes stronger that what I usually drink, it is smooth but strong and pleasant enough but not something I would go out of my way to drink as I find it quite bitter. I try to temper the bitterness with a nice sweet biscuit (or 5) or a nice piece (slab) of cake as I don't take sugar.
While I do appreciate the opportunity to try Nescafe Azera for free it is not a brand of coffee I would go out of my way to try again, I much prefer the taste of Kenco Millicano.
I find the smell off the coffee to be incredibly appetising but the taste to be slightly to strong and bitter.
Thank you as always for reading xx
It used to be said that Britain is a nation of tea drinkers. That's still true of course but to nowhere near the extent that it was a generation or two ago. Millions of Britons now reach for the coffee mug to give their systems a kick-start and I'm no different. I like my coffee hot, strong and black and sadly find that most instants just don't deliver the punch that I need to get me going in the morning.
Nescafe Original is one of my least favourite instant coffees so I didn't hold out much hope for their new 'Azera Barista Style Instant Coffee' range. Even though it comes in a shiny metal tin instead of the traditional glass jar and has a very modern look to the overall package design I figured that it would be just the same old Nescafe given a makeover, but I'm not ashamed to admit that I was very wrong.
I tried the 'Intenso' blend. Although other varieties are available (standard, latte and cappuccino), I figured that if any of them was going to perk me up it would be that one. And I was right. This is not your grandmother's Nescafe. It delivered my caffeine kick and had a pretty decent taste too. There's none of that chemical harshness that you sometimes get with cheap instant coffees. It's a big, bold drink that smells like it's been freshly made and with it coming in a tin (although single serving sachets are available) you can experiment with spoon size until you get it just the right strength for your taste.
If I'm being honest then I'd have to say that it's not in the same league as Starbucks' VIA range of instants, but then again it's much cheaper than the Starbucks one. If you want a good, strong coffee at home but price is a consideration then I'd definitely recommend the Azera Intenso.
I love coffee always have done, and I think I always will do - it's one of those things that as most people do - I have a cup of in the morning so I can actually get myself started and out the door. Some days I get up that early I can barely make sense of the kettle so like to make things as easy as possible to get some caffeine down my neck. Admittedly it's not just coffee that has caffeine in, tea does as well, but there is just something about the smell of coffee first thing in the morning that makes me happy.
~*~ Nescafe Azera ~*~
As we all know buying coffee in coffee shops is expensive, and the majority of the time really not appropriate first thing in the morning - I know it's not for me getting up at 5.30 to nip down to Costa to pick up a cup of something with a nice aroma. So sometimes it's a necessary evil to get some instant coffee in and well Nescafe have always been quite a big company when it comes to bringing us coffee solutions in the morning. They're been bringing us instant coffee for a long time now, and as a part of Nestle I can see them being around for a long time yet. Azera is a brand of Nescafe that is relatively new to the world of instant coffee that is out there to rival Barista style coffee you can buy in places like Costa Coffee and Starbucks - but is it enough to rival a freshly steamed cup of coffee from a shop?
~*~ What kind of varieties does it come in? ~*~
Depending on what kind of taste you have for coffee will vary which one of these you might fancy purchasing. Now this is where I was a bit disappointed, because this coffee only comes in two different varieties, regular strength coffee and an Intenso coffee. I'd have liked a few more options available especially as not everyone likes a really strong coffee - some just like it to have a hint of coffee, and I think they might have missed a trick here with only two different varieties. I tried these as a BzzAgent and they sent me some of the regular instant coffee to try, I had 10 packs to try so I've had plenty of time to try this coffee and see if it's worth the money!
~*~ How do I make the coffee? ~*~
Depends what type you buy, I've got mine in individualised packets in a cardboard packaging - but in store I normally see the big tubs of this coffee. If you have yours in individualised sachets it's easy to just cut the top off the sachet and tip into a cup - now depending on how much coffee you like one sachet might not be enough so it might be better to have two. Or if you really do like a loaded spoon of coffee buy yourself a big tub and just load it in until you've got enough in your cup or mug. Personally I like to boil the kettle and while it's going adding a little bit of milk to the ground coffee in my mug and stirring it in to make a bit of coffee milk to start with. Then once the kettle has boiled, pouring it onto my coffee milk and making myself a nice steaming hot mug of coffee. If you like it black it's easy just to pour boiling water onto your ground coffee and you're ready to go with a sweetener or some sugar if that's how you like your coffee. It's a simple way to make a coffee nothing overly complicated, and needs nothing much more than a kettle really!
~*~ Aroma ~*~
When you first cut your packet open you will get a good whiff of coffee up your nose, don't get too close though else you will end up with coffee up your nose and you'll end up sneezing the powder all over the place because it is literally that a really fine coffee powder. Tipping it into your mug you'll smell a strong scent of coffee even in the regular batch, it's a little stunted for me because I dampened it down with a splash of milk but it doesn't take away from the fact that it really does smell like coffee. Admittedly once you pour the hot water on it, it smells really strongly of coffee and the scent really does travel well especially in my house. I can make a cup of this coffee in the kitchen downstairs and someone upstairs can smell it when there is water on it because the heat just makes the scent so much stronger. Depending on how much milk you put in there you might get a varying strength of coffee - I literally put a splash in to take the colour away from being pretty much black to a darker creamier looking black and it smells very strong but also has a creamy hint to it, so it doesn't just smell like a boring mug of coffee. However when it comes to rivalling the smell of a coffee from Costa, Nero or Starbucks I'm afraid it's just not got the same kind of depth to it, so I can't say in that sense it rivals Barista style coffee unfortunately. Admittedly it excels compared to the smell of a normal instant coffee but it won't beat anything I can buy from my local Costa or any of our coffee shops in town!
~*~ Taste and Texture ~*~
For a regular in the home instant coffee I am more than happy with the taste and texture of this coffee. It tastes quite strong which is exactly what I like in my coffee, but it does depend highly how much milk you put in it, if I don't put quite enough in the coffee can taste a little bit bitter, and now for me that's not a massive issue because I like strong coffee but at the same time that's probably not what a lot of people are going to like in a coffee to get them up in the morning. The first thing you sense when you take a mouthful of this coffee is that it's got quite a simple coffee taste to it, it's lacking a lot of depth. Since it wants to rival a coffee from a shop it's struggling really, because you get that kind of aftertaste that means you get almost a burnt taste in the back of your throat, now I thought this was because I was using boiling water on my coffee but even putting water on that hasn't just boiled doesn't make any difference - it still gets that burny taste in the back of my throat which is a shame because you'd hope it was going to be a nice coffee taste. When it's in your mouth if you savour it for a second I can't say I can taste much really, it feels like it's literally just as the liquid hits your tongue and after you've swallowed it that you get any kind of coffee taste. Which I find a bit of a waste really, as you've got no depth there. The only time I've found any kind of taste when I've been drinking and savoured a mouthful was when I've had sugar in it, and given that I don't often have sugar in drinks, normally when I don't have any milk to hand that it's wasted on me really. This is compared to drinks that I've had in coffee shops, which is what this coffee is trying to emulate, and unfortunately it doesn't. It doesn't have any of the smoothness that a coffee shop beverage boasts, and it just doesn't feel as much of a pleasure to drink. Where compared to a lot of instant coffees you can buy for home, this is probably one of the better ones out there, because water from the kettle just doesn't compare the way in which a Barista style coffee is made so I don't quite know what Azera were getting at really! I like drinking this in the home instead of our regular coffee, but given the choice and if money is no option I will go to Costa or somewhere similar to get something much creamier and stronger, with a long lasting taste.
~*~ Overall ~*~
A good coffee for the home - wasn't going to beat anything you can buy on the high street, unless you're on a real budget!
Since I've been using sachets I'm not sure how long a pot would last but I'll say you'll get more than two drinks out of it which is about all you'd get for £5 in a coffee shop!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
A 60g pot of Nescafe Azera is currently £3.29 in Tesco and £3.28 in Asda, it's got 1p in it, I'd pick the nearest supermarket personally! The regular coffee is only available in the 60g jars, but if you're after the Intenso coffee you're looking at the 100g jars, which are £4.98 in Asda and £4.99 in Tesco, so there's very little in it to be honest 2p isn't the end of the world in my eyes! Admittedly mine were free so I can't complain too much!
***Why I wanted the product?***
As a BzzAgent I get to try new products every now and then for exchange for me to express my opinions on the product I am testing. This time I was able to try the brand new Nescafe Azera.
There is a whole range of coffees out on the market right now, it can be hit and miss on what you expect and most at a cost. Normally in my household we are a fan of Nescafe but their original coffee and do not often wonder from this so this was a nice opportunity to try something new.
***My BzzKit included***
6x Cappuccino Sachets
10x Instant Sachets
Money off vouchers
***What do Nescafe say?***
Nescafe say these coffees are made from a blend of instant coffee with finely grounded coffee beans that turns your kitchen into a barista without even trying.
I like how the packaging look stylish, modern and more expensive looking than it really is. You would not believe it was Nescafe if it did not say Nescafe on the box.
The circular silver cardboard box with a silver lid is easy to open and easily stored in the cupboard without taking up too much room. The design from the front is eye catching with an orange stripe down the middle and Nescafe logo in the middle and the style of coffee at the bottom.
As soon as the cup is made it gives off a strong aroma to me that personally I feel is too much, too strong. My husband loves the smell as he says it smells like real coffee.
On taste I found it was a little too strong for me at first and others who I gave the samples to said the same thing, adding a touch more milk sorted out this little problem. While others I gave the sachets to say it was too weak, however, I did not find any bitterness when drinking this but more of a smooth drink that goes down easily without any after taste. The grounded coffee gives a more smooth feel and taste than the usual graduals.
Cappucino I found to look as good as it tastes, you would think it came from a high brand coffee shop and not normally something you associate with picking up at a local store.
I was worried when stirring that it would not dissolve well and leave powdery bits inside the cup that taste disgusting or it will all sink to the bottom of the cup. Luckily I need not have worried because as soon as the water touches the powder it dissolved almost immediately and quicker when I started to stir. My cup is left instantly with a lovely frothy caramel looking top that looks so creamy and welcoming. The frothy top stays that way until it has all been drunk.
To me it is a lovely creamy, sweet and smooth tasting cappuccino that leaves no bitter after taste but instead leaves you wanting more.
It is time to get real luxury and add a bit of cocoa powder and cream for that ultimate coffee shop experience.
***Price and Availability***
Prices from Tesco.co.uk Azera 100g for £4.99 (55 servings)
Azera Latte 108g £2.99 (6 sachets)
Azera Cappuccino 9g6 £2.99 (6 sachets)
Azera Intenso 100g £4.99 (55 servings) and
Azera Coffee 60g £3.29 (33 servings)
***My overall opinion***
I found both the coffee and cappuccino are a real mood lifter that makes you want to smile, sink into your sofa, relax and watch TV. I find it is also a great coffee at a social setting with friends and or family and enjoyed by all.
Giving the coffee and cappuccino to friends and family they all decided they loved the cappuccino much more and went out that day to get some for themselves, with the money off voucher of course.