“ Manufacturer: Néscafe / Type: Cappuccino „
I recently got the chance to try this coffee for free thanks to being a member of BzzAgent. They allow consumers to test products for free in exchange for their honest opinion about the product. Although I do have a coffee machine at home I wouldn't call myself a huge coffee drinker but when I do have a cuppa I am partial to the more unusual blends. I was therefore quite excited about trying this Nescafe Azera Barista Style Instant Coffee Cappuccino.
The product comes in a rather fancy (and slightly oversized) pack which contains six 16g sized individual sachets (96g total weight). The cardboard pack is oval shaped with a lid that has a tear off strip. Once you open this the lid can slide on and off with ease. The packet is printed with all the information you need to know about this product. I had actually never heard of this particular product by Nescafe before although I am a regular consumer of their Nescafe instant Latte. The brand state that this product aims to give the quality and indulgence of a barista style coffee. They state that this product provides "intense aroma", "velvety froth" and "roasted coffee taste".
There is an easy read nutritional guide on the front of the pack as well as a more detailed one on the pack which shows calorie and fat content as per sachet made up with 200ml water. There is also a detailed ingredients list. The cappuccino contains skimmed milk powder, glucose syrup, instant coffee (roast and ground coffee), sugar, vegetable oil, lactose, natural flavouring, milk proteins, stabilisers, salt and thickener. It is marked as being a "low fat" product. Typical values are 62 calories per mug and 1.7g of fat.
Each sachet is quite large (again slightly oversized) and it's easy to rip the top off the sachet. Then it's a very simple process to prepare the coffee. You simply pour into a mug and add hot water. You can also add milk to make a more indulgent, even creamier drink. I find that not a great deal of stirring is needed. The coffee mix melts quickly and without going into lumps like some other brands do.
I was really surprised when I made my first cup of this Nescafe Azera Cappucino. It looked insanely frothy and the cream and rich chocolate brown colours of the coffee was very appealing. The fluffy froth is dense and deep and despite aiming to make an authentic cappuccino like this with my trusty coffee machine I've never managed to achieve it as good as this Azera Cappuccino! In fact the appearance of the drink mimics that of the high quality blends you are served in chic coffee houses. The smell of the coffee is also mesmerizingly good, strong but not overpowering.
The flavour of the coffee is very, very good. I actually feel like I'm transported to an Italian coffee house when I sip on this! It really tastes like the best quality coffee beans you can get. I also think the quantity of the milk and sugar ingredients are just right. The froth has a deliciously sweet flavour. The blend also has a smooth and silky texture that makes drinking a pleasure.
I'm very pleased to have been given the chance to try this coffee as I really like it and it makes me feel special and relaxed when I drink it. As there are only six sachets in the pack I am feeling like I want to leave a bit of time between drinks and perhaps just go for this one when I want a more special drink. The packs aren't particularly cheap either at around £3 a box at supermarkets. I would definitely buy this in the future though as it really is quite a stunning cappuccino!
= I am a Buzz Agent, and being a Buzzagent, you get to try new products, discuss the products with friends, family, and then report back to Buzz with your views.
I am a Buzz agent, and with this you recieve products to try and you share them with friends, and tell people what you think about the products. In my kit I had 10 sachets of the Original Coffee sachets, and 10 sachets of the Cappuccino instant sachets, but this review is based on the Cappuccino sachets of the product.
= A treat for me=
I like coffee, lattes, and Cappuccinos, and if I am town then I always pop via a coffee shop for a treat, but Nescafe who produce the Azera product are bringing the coffee shop to you, via the sachets of Cappuccino. Although other companies have Cappuccino sachets, this is a new venture for Nescafe with the Azera branding.
The recommended price for a tub which contains 6 sachets is £2.99, although I did see in my local Tesco they were on an introduction of £1.99. This is dearer than other brands, which could be in my opinion a problem espically with the economy being what it is.
The cappuccino sticks are made from skimmed milk powder, ground roast coffee beans and sugar, I will say that when I have a Cappuccino when I out I have two teaspoons sugar, and for me at home I only need to add one teaspoon of sugar, so this is something that you may need to consider.
The sticks are sold in a tall oval box, where the lid comes off, and their are 6 sachets in the container. They are ready to use, just add hot water .
=How to make=
Once you have the sachet get your mug ready and your kettle ready, (plus spoon to share). This is literally a one step drink, pop the contents of the sachet into a mug, then when your kettle is boiled, pour the water into your mug and stir away quickly, as this will ensure that the granules are all mixed in and you are not going to get a big lump of unmixed powder at the bottom.
Once you open the sachet you get a smell of the coffee, followed by the sweetness of the sugar and milk, when the water has been added you will notice that froth us really thick and goes down about a quarter of the way in my mug. The frothy element is sticky, as when I pulled the spoon out and licked it, (I call it quality control) and the frothy element was thick which I was impressed with.
The main thing that I noticed was the built in sweetness, I only had to add one spoon of sugar, then followed by the aroma, I had strong element of the coffee, which I found a comforting factor, as I could tell it was a good quality coffee bean that had been used.
The drink had a good base mix of the flavours, I found that the froth lasted while I was drinking it, after the first couple of sips, to see whether I liked it or didn't, and also to gauge the level of heat in the drink. This gave me the time to feel the drink and see which elements had changed from the initial smell to the drink, the biggest difference was the coffee, as this was less over powering, when made.
I have to say I was impressed with the froth, as even drinking and getting about three quarters of the way down the cup, the froth element of the drink was still intact, not as much as there was at the start, but some, I found with every mouth full that I got a good mix of the froth and the Cappuccino.
There was a good mix of the coffee and the milk, as the milk soaked up some of the strength of the coffee,
and the sweetness came through.
The one thing that I did find was that the drink went cold quite quickly, on another occasion I made the drink, put it on the side and forget about it, when I went back to it 15 minutes later the drink was almost cold, it was not far off being a "cold Cappuccino", but then that does happen in coffee shops as if I with Mr Thrifty and he has had a mug of tea, I have finished before he is even half way down his tea.
This is based on 1 sachet of 16grams, and 200ml of water, although I am sure the mug holds more than that, all it will do is water the drink not the calories, (the thought was there).
Kcal - 62
protein - 2.0g
Carbohydrate of which sugars - 5.7g
Fat of which saturates - 1.6g
Fibre - 0.9g
Sodium - 0.07g
Salt Equivalent - 0.18g
=Would I recommend=
I would really recommend these, they have a lovely taste, a touch of luxury at your own place and a time to suit you.
Although I really do like the drink, the one thing that niggles me is the price, £2.99. I know you pay for quality, but when your only getting 6 in a box, where other brands do 10 sachets, but these are luxury, and if you want the luxury then go for these. Compared to paying £2 to £3 in coffee shops and these work out 50p and taste as nice, then it is not enough of a niggle to knock a star off, but just to consider,
=Would I buy again=
Yes, I would buy again, but they would be a treat rather than an every day item in the shopping basket .
As a Bzz Agent I get sent all sorts of things to try, as the majority of the members on here would know, and when I got approached to try the new Azera range, I ended up with two different products in my Bzz kit. I got the original ground coffee in 10 sachets to try and I also ended up with some of these Cappuccino instant coffee sticks, having never been a massive fan of a cappuccino, being more of a latte girl I wasn't overly enthused by trying it but thought I'll give it a go anyway I might be surprised.
~*~ 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?
~*~ Cappuccino Sticks ~*~
This is another one of Nescafe's products that is designed to beat our addiction to high street coffee shops, this time round though they've produced Cappuccino sticks so we can get a frothy coffee hit at home. This one is made from finely ground roasted coffee beans, skimmed milk powder and sugar - so it's an item that if you're not one that likes a bit of sugar in their drinks - you might find this drink isn't one for you. These sticks come in a tall oval box, which the lid separates off and inside you will find 6 sticks of cappuccino ready to pour into a mug, whack the kettle on and there we go, coffee on its way.
~*~ How To Make the Cappuccino ~*~
To make this Cappunccino is probably even easier than the normal Azera coffees, because this comes with the milk and sugar already in it - all you need to do is put this sachet into a mug, flick the kettle on and wait for it to boil. Once the kettle is boiled all you really need to do is pour it onto the powder, you will need to give it a quick stir once you have though other wise you'll end up with a bit of powder bundled together in the froth at the top which isn't nice to try and swallow as powder, even though it's sweet the texture is still hard to swallow. So give it a quick stir as soon as you've poured your water in, get everything mixed in and you'll have a really sweet but nice tasting froth that will last you the entirety of your drink and long after you've finished - but it does get cold quite quickly, which provides a weird contrast to your drink.
~*~ Aroma ~*~
When you rip open the sachet straight away you're hit with a very strong scent of coffee, it's not as heavy as the original Azera, because it's got a bit of sugar in it, you can get a whiff of that more sugary scent. Don't stick your nose too far into the packaging though else you'll sneeze and waste the majority of your powder across the kitchen - wait until it's in your mug you can sniff it until your heart is content then. In the mug you will get the same kind of smell, a nice sweet coffee scent, but it's not overly potent in a larger area it's not until you put the water on the powder that you get the true smell of coffee and sugar hitting your nose. To start with it feels like a bit of a sickly scent that I thought that I didn't like, given that I'm not a Cappuccino fan I did expect to dislike the scent and taste right to start with, but after it's sat around for a little while the sickly sweet smell disappeared and just left behind a nice creamy coffee smell. Which for a girl that prefers Latte's I actually quite like the scent of, just need to leave it in the other room for the first 10 minutes after I've made it! Not that there's any worry about it going cold though, even when it does you'll still be able to smell it right up until it goes really cold - which means you'll probably make everyone else in your house who likes coffee fancy a mug. It really does smell nice, and if you like your Cappuccinos you'll enjoy the smell of this right from the offset!
~*~ Taste and Texture ~*~
The texture of this coffee is very smooth, even in my nice hard water area. The froth on the top that forms instantly as soon as you put any water on the powder, is really thick and spongy I made a point of sticking my finger in it to see what it was like - you do find it is quite sticky though and will sit on your finger if you happen to stick it into your froth, I don't mind too much though it means I can lick it off afterwards so nothing goes to waste. Depending on how much you stir it, you might have a ridiculously thick froth on the top, that means when you come to drink it you might end up with a bit of a pile of froth on your top lip or bunched up in the mug, but your coffee will eventually fight its way through and coat your tongue in all its sweet coffee glory. As it's a cappuccino it's not about to blow your mind with a depth of coffee that you've never tasted before, but it's got the right amount of coffee strength in it to give you enough of a taste, without detracting from the froth and sugary taste that makes a drink a Cappuccino. If you're not used to a drink with sugar in like I'm not, it is a bit of a shock to the system but it's such a nice tasting drink that you really will warm to it quite quickly. The first time you taste it, it's quite sweet and that overpowers the coffee taste to start with, but after a couple of sips you'll find the coffee taste takes over and you get to appreciate that more. To start with I wasn't keen on the sweet taste, but to someone who doesn't normally take sugar it feels worse than it actually is - they are a bit sweeter than a cappuccino from Costa or Nero but I think that's because it's in a smaller amount of water, dilute it further with more water you'll still get your coffee hit, and your froth but it won't be anywhere near as sweet - so not the 200ml as instructed I tend to go for 300ml+ or whichever mug I've got that's big enough!
Well recommended from a girl that doesn't really like Cappuccino drinks!
~*~ Nutritional Information ~*~
Typical values per mug (16g sachet + 200ml water)
Energy - 62 kcal
Protein - 2.0g
Carbohydrate of which sugars - 5.7g
Fat of which saturates - 1.6g
Fibre - 0.9g
Sodium - 0.07g
Salt Equivalent - 0.18g
To be honest given that it's got sugar in it already it's not got a massive amount of sugar in it - I'd expect buying one from Costa or Starbucks would have a lot more sugar in than that; either way it's a drink to be consumed in moderation - even though the calories are quite small!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
These are available in supermarkets, Asda and Tesco, at the moment they are both around the £3 mark for six sachets in a box - which is not overly cheap for only 6 drinks but at the end of the day a decent sized cappuccino in store would be about that cost of the box anyway and you're only getting one drink from that. Well and you'd have to get out of your jammies on a Sunday morning to get one, so that keeps me happy!
I have got to try out the new NESCAFÉ® AZERA® Cappuccino.
Product Description :- Each mug contains Calories 62 3%, Sugars 5.7g 6%, Fat 1.7g 2%, Saturates 1.6g 8%, Salt 0.18g 3%
The box is really sleek and glossy, you tear off a strip at the top of the box, and it is simple as that. Inside is 6 sachets of gorgeous cappuccino. It was really easy to make, just tear open the sachet then add the contents to a mug then pour on hot water (not boiling). I also added 2 sugars as that's my preference.
Then all you got to do is stir it for a good 30 seconds just to make sure the cappuccino mixes together properly. It smelled delicious and was very frothy, especially for an instant cappuccino. I was very impressed! The taste was also beautiful. Really smooth and rich and yummy. I LOVE the Cappuccino, it is so gorgeous and yummy, it's perfect for taking to work or anywhere you fancy.
Thanks NESCAFÉ® AZERA®
I've recently signed up to become a BzzAgent (I know there's a few of us agents on here!) and my first assignment was to try out Nescafe's Azera range. Naturally I grabbed this opportunity with both hands because I love coffee, especially since having a child as we sometimes get reduced sleep over the night and it's a great invention to keep us wide awake through the day! In my kit from Bzz, I received 6 sachets of the Azera Cappuccino and 10 sachets of Azera coffee that could be made up however I wished. The cappuccino sachets are the ones I'll be reviewing here as these were a complete (and great) surprise to me. The box that they sent to me was the same as the ones that are on sale in the supermarkets today - Tesco sell a box of six for £2.99, containing 96g.
The sachets come in rather fancy packaging - an oval sturdy board box that slides open at the centre. Within it are six sachets. The sachets are designed to give a cup of cappuccino coffee similar to that available in the coffee shops - the coffee contents is included in the sachet, so no extras (eg milk) are required apart from the hot water to make the sachet into a drink. The sachet contains finely ground coffee beans, skimmed milk powder and sugar. It advises to add hot water (but not boiling) to the contents of the sachet - I definitely agree with this. I added boiling water not thinking one day and ended up with a burnt tongue within seconds! I usually make mine up in a large round coffee mug similar to those served in coffee shops, just because I find that the sachet contents combined with the water in these gives the most balanced drink and taste. I think if I used a much smaller cup, my opinion may have been slightly different - it would have been a lot stronger. Not sure if it matters, but I also always add the sachet to the cup first.
Once the water is added to the contents, it's a case of giving the drink a quick stir (for about 10 seconds) at quite a fast pace to mix it all together. Then voila, you end up with a big mug full of cappuccino, complete with it's iconic big froth on top. I have to say I was very impressed with the amount of froth that appears from these, it appears to be similar to those from coffee shops although before trying these, cappuccino wasn't ever my first choice so I am basing that on what I've seen from others ordering it. One of the best things about the drink is that the froth stays in tact for the most part until you wish to consume it! I find that by the time I begin to reach the end of my cup (around 3/4 of the way down), I still have some froth still in the cup which is great. I expected it to fall flat as fast as it was created.
Like I say, cappuccino isn't my number one choice of coffee, I'd usually order an Americano or a Latte, but these sachets have totally changed my view on the cappuccino. I'm not sure whether I just had a complete misconception of cappuccino beforehand or whether these are an exception but these were not as I expected them to be. I expected them to be very strong and overpowering but this haven't been the case. The sachet produces a drink that is very creamy, fairly rich but not half as strong as I expected - it's a delicious blend that works well. I half expected it to be something that might only be enjoyed by people who are 'hardcore' coffee drinkers that consume coffee machine drinks normally but I have thoroughly enjoyed them and I'm someone who usually drinks instant gold blend! What I would say though is that I've used them as a sort of 'treat' to myself, limiting myself to one a day. I don't think that they're the sort of drink that you'd drink all the time as they seem a bit more special than that, plus they are fairly expensive (although cheaper than coffee shops) to drink all of the time.
The drink produced from the sachets is one that could rival a coffee shops for certain. I would definitely recommend these to others because I've been very impressed with the results. They are tasty, creamy and not too strong so I feel that the majority of regular coffee drinkers like me who depend on instant coffee would enjoy these just as much as those who are used to coffee shop drinks. Azera also sell other sachet types (eg latte) and I'm looking forward to trying those in the future to see if those are as good. But I'm a convert to cappuccinos and wouldn't hesitate in staying home with my husband of a weekend and drinking one of these instead of nipping down to the local coffee shop. They're certainly something that I will be purchasing in the future.
Fat: 1.7g (Saturates 1.6g)
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