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Having tried Nescafé Gold Blend (and deciding it tastes like dust) I wasn't expecting a lot from this coffee, but I got a free sample so gave it a try.
I limit myself to 2 cups of instant coffee a day as I'm a breastfeeding mum, so I like it to be a decent one. Black Gold is the best tasting instant I've ever had. It's deep and rich, and the closest to filter coffee I think you can find in a (budget) instant.
It was in offer in supermarkets when it first came out so I bought 4 jars of it. Unfortunately they've all been drunk and it is a little more pricey than I like to pay, but when it's back on offer I will be stocking up again!
Definitely a coffee for people who enjoy strong, dark, rich coffee. Would probably not recommend to someone who prefers a lighter coffee - horses for courses etc
Although from my last 4 reviews, you could be forgiven for thinking that we are on a diet of sweeties, we do buy other things too. At the weekend, whilst in Asda, I sauntered down the tea and coffee aisle and was pleased to note that there was a full range of Nescafe specialist coffees on sale.
I picked up the 200g Black Gold, which was only £4.00 rather than the standard £5.95 at which higher price I would never buy it. I also noted that they have a number of other specialist blends on offer @ £2.00 per 100g jar, but since the offer has only recently started and because we will be at Asda again this coming Saturday, I shall leave it until then before stocking up.
So.....Nescafe Black Gold - I hadn't had this before, although I had recently tried and enjoyed Carte Noire which I took to be a similar blend, albeit from a different manufacturer. I drink more coffee than I do tea and like my coffee quite strong. Although I buy Nescafe Gold Blend and Nescafe Original on quite a frequent basis for regular daytime drinking, I tend to only buy the speciality ones when they are on offer and like to try new blends, particularly as an after dinner drink.
After 4 days of drinking this coffee, I am already a quarter of the way down the jar and it's going down a treat. One of my favourite smells is fresh coffee. Normally with instant granules you get the best and strongest whiff when you first break the seal and open the jar, but with Nescafe Black Gold you do get quite a strong smell each time you open the jar.
Once you have made your coffee in the usual way, this smell is quickly accompanied by a strong full-bodied taste that lingers on the tongue and leaves a lovely rich after taste. You really know you've had a cup of coffee after drinking this. Some of the more popular regular brands seem bland in comparison.
Nescafe Black Gold is made from 100% coffee - nothing else. The jar is the familiar Nescafe shape as with all the others in the range. The label is in a sexy black colour and features a scale on the front which indicates that this particular blend is well towards the rich end of the scale rather than the smooth. It also states that it is a dark roast and naturally rich in antioxidants.
This stronger tasting coffee lends itself to after dinner drinking rather than necessarily daytime coffee, but since the novelty has yet to wear off for me on this one, I have been drinking it morning, noon and night.
I always thought Black Gold was a colloquial term for oil, but now I shall be looking out for it on offer and will definitely associate it with a rich dark very enjoyable instant coffee - one which I would certainly recommend - a full 5 stars from me.
No, this isn't a hard-hitting social commentary on the shameful history of the slave trade. Nor is it a whining moan about the revenue from the thick viscous stuff that flows from the North Sea down to London and vanishes quicker than WMD's in the Middle East.
No, rather less contentious...possibly, the subject matter of this review is a coffee called Black Gold from those wonderfully altruistic people at Nescafe.
Now I'm not going to get into an ethical debate about the merits (or lack of) concerning Nescafe's business practices. If you want to know more about that sort of thing, go and google!
Me? I like coffee. But I'm not a coffee snob - it's not as if it's beer, right? Anyway, as long as it's a decent coffee, I don't give a roasted bean who makes it, or where, or when, or how. Or even why. As long as it tastes good, I don't much care. Usually, this means that I buy a ginormous jar of anything that's on offer. Not Mrs P though. Oh no. She changes her brand of coffee more often than I change my underwear. Well, she would if'n I wore any...
The upshot is that she tends to buy a dinky little jar of whatever takes her fancy, raves about how much better it is than the Naffcafe or Haxwell Mouse that I'm drinking, then proceeds to buy another, different brand the following week.
But I'm rambling. Let's get the kettle on and half-inch a cup of java from the missus, shall we?
On opening the jar, I'm immediately confronted with a very strong coffee aroma (who'd have thunk it?). It's actually a very pleasant coffee aroma though - strong, dark and rich. Almost like 'real' coffee. It still has that 'powdery' smell though - sort of dusty.
The granules are a somewhat lighter shade than the ordinary Nescafe, but still have a colour more like coffee than weak tea. Um, there's not a lot more you can say about the appearance of coffee really - it's in granules and not powder and, well...it's a light brown colour.
Just add water, and...
And what? Well, in my case, a splash of milk - and due to having the shakes, a splash of milk is a very accurate description! Incidentally, the coffee granules melt almost instantly so there's no need for vigorous stirring, and consequently, there are no little black lumpy things floating on the surface - unless you haven't washed the cup/mug properly, in which case, you deserve all you get.
So what does it taste like?
Will I get away with just saying coffee?
Ok, it's actually quite mild. I tend to heap up a ridiculous amount onto the teaspoon (shouldn't it be coffee-spoon in this case?), and this might tell you that I like my coffee strong. I think you'd have to double up for this to have much of a strong coffee kick.
It's pleasant enough. It has all the right flavours in all the right places. But it just seems a little wishy-washy to me. That's maybe a little unkind, but I think they've taken the mildness too far. In it's favour, it doesn't have that harsh bitterness that some stronger coffees can have, and I'd imagine that adding sugar to this might actually make it rather cloying - but I didn't, so it's not.
I think adding cream instead of milk would add a bit of luxuriousness to the mouthfeel, but adding a drop of Tia Maria or whisky might add something more!
In conclusion, it's a decent enough coffee, and if you prefer your java on the mild side, might be perfect. For me though, if I'm going to pay a premium price for a caffiene hit (it's around £2.50 for a 100g jar), I'd be looking for a more robust, roasted coffee bean experience. In my opinion, although it's tasty enough, it's certainly no better than any run-of-the-mill instant coffee.
I'm usually a Gold Blend girl when it comes to my coffee, it's how I like my coffee and my men - strong, dark and rich. But horrors! In Londis last night there was no Gold Blend and as the only alternatives were Nescafe Black Gold and a revolting looking jar of light brown coffee powder, I plumped for Black Gold with the reasoning that if it's made by Nescafe it must be good. To be honest, I thought I'd tried every variation on Nescafe on the market but I've never heard of Black Gold before. There's nothing on the label to suggest it's a new product so I either need my eyes testing or it's one of those things that isn't too widely available. And considering I went for an eye test on Tuesday, I think I can safely say that this coffee isn't on sale everywhere. Mind you, I do walk around with my eyes closed a lot... The jar is very similar to the Gold Blend jar, a curved square glass jar with a black octagon shaped lid. The label is very sophisticated and minimal, black with a gold scooper containing loads of golden coffee beans. It tells me this coffee is also going to be like my ideal man - 'Dark & Deep'. I really like this jar. I know it sounds strange but if I get a jar of coffee in a nice jar I don't empty the coffee into my coffee container, I stand the jar on top of the container so everyone who comes into the kitchen can see I buy top coffee. Just call me a coffee snob! Opening the jar a very strong aroma of good quality coffee wafts up my nostrils and I can tell it's not going to be a disappointment. Peering into the jar, the granules are lighter in colour than standard Nescafe granules but ever so slightly darker than the granules you find in a jar of Gold Blend. I always associate the depth of colour with the strength of the coffee so I'm hoping for a rich and strong flavour when I make my drink. Like the_mad_cabbie, I like two spoons of granules in an average cup
of coffee but I realise this is a little excessive for most people so I'll make myself a 'normal' cup for the purpose of this op... hang on a sec, the kettles boiling it's head off! oOoOo Chris returns with a fresh cup of coffee and commences with her op oOoOo I drink my coffee how it is supposed to be drunk. Either black with no sugar in order to get the full flavour of the coffee, or strong with cream and two sugars for that little taste of luxury. Everyone knows the secret to making a perfect cup of coffee is pouring the boiling water onto the coffee granules and then adding any extras after you've given it a good stir. I find with Gold Blend that you have to stir like mad to get all the granules to dissolve properly, but the granules in this Black Gold dissolved beautifully. In fact as soon as I added the water and dipped the spoon to the bottom of the mug to give it a stir, most of the granules were already gone. As I was making my cup of coffee the smell was gorgeous, very rich and not all that different to the aroma of 'proper' coffee. ~*~*~ The Taste Test ~*~*~ I'm not really knowing what to expect on my first sip because in the past 12 months I haven't drunk anything but Gold Blend with the odd jar of original Nescafe here and there. But my reasoning is all of them are made by Nescafe so will at the very worst be drinkable. The first cup I had out of the jar I added cream and sugar to and it was delicious. The coffee flavour is strong but mellow at the same time, there isn't the bitter taste as you swallow which is the reason I don't drink Kenco because it's a very bitter blend. The taste of the coffee isn't as rich as Gold Blend and if you drank it with stera milk (sacrilege!) it would be bland. But despite this there's loads of flavour in the coffee, you can taste the caffeine in each mouthful and the cream makes the coffee silky smooth and adds a rich, luxurious
sensation as you're drinking. I drank a second cup more or less straight away, this one black with no sugar but a wee drop of whisky. This is where the coffee comes into it's own. The coffee is so strong when undiluted with cream or milk, you get a small caffeine hit with each mouthful. Strangely the coffee tastes richer when drank black, I find Gold Blend has a really bitter aftertaste unless you add cream or milk but Black Gold has a delicious burned-coffee flavour. It tastes really fresh and is a brilliant alternative to getting the cafetierre and scooping Lava Java into it. It's not one of the cheaper brands and this is obvious however you drink it. I could happily serve it to anyone and know no-one could ever say I buy cheap coffee. It's quite heavy on caffeine and even being well accustomed to drinking jar fulls of coffee I still got a caffeine hit after my first couple of cups. So if you're a bad sleeper don't drink it at bedtime! lol I paid £2.49 in Londis for a 100g jar, which is slightly more expensive than Gold Blend which is £2.39 for 100g. These are both a more luxurious version of original Nescafe but I think I'll start being a Black Gold girl from now on. Thanks for reading.
Hi I am coffee mad im only 15 Im trying every single one of nescafe's coffees and ive tried all of the common ones eg-fine blend,original and blend 37.I was on my moped and i seen coffee world in empress so i ripped up the back brake spun round and drove into coffeeworld and got me a jar of blackgold.the first sip woke me up and i was livley.i beat my cats up and had a mog of coffee it is strong stuff dont buy it ! bleieve
Black Gold is my current favourite instant coffee. A good, strong, flavourful cup, ideal for drinking black. Less harsh than Alta Rica it's more suitable for all-day drinking. It *is* pricey, but Black Gold is a suitable replacement for "proper" coffee and I would not consider drinking any other instant coffee presently available. Luckily Black Gold is often available on a supermarket price promotion. Do what I do - and buy two LARGE jars when the price is good! If you haven't got time to brew up some real coffee - try Black Gold. It's tasty!
Made from a blend which includes aromatic Kenyan and Colombian coffee beans, yielding a rich and rewarding coffee to enjoy again and again. Launched in 1998, Black Gold has a deep, rich taste and aroma. A coffee with a touch of mystery!