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Nescafe Cafe Menu Latte Macchiato
Member Name: julwhite
Nescafe Cafe Menu Latte Macchiato
Advantages: Decent taste - and froth!
Disadvantages: More expensive than other instant coffees
This review is of the box of Nescafe Cafe Menu Latte sachets, which come in a box of 8.
The box I have differs slightly from the one in the picture, as it just states that the sachets are "latte", but the sachets themselves have "latte macchiato" on them, as the picture suggests. I looked up what this phrase means on the ever useful Wikipedia, and noted that it means "stained milk", which is slightly less appealing than what I was hoping to find.
The sachets don't require any complex coffee machine to make, simpy empty the sachet into the required mug and then pour in very hot water before stirring. I mention very hot water as I used boiling water, but I later noted that the instructions say not to do this, but I personally couldn't taste any difference anyway.
After completing these simple operations, the coffee should look brown with a white (well, whiteish) froth at the top. I liked this texture, and although I'm sure that this froth isn't obtained in the same genuine way as expensive coffee machines, it at least looks a little similar and may fool any guests you have into thinking you have some coffee making equipment other than a kettle.
I won't give all the ingredients, but effectively it's just instant coffee with skimmed milk powder and sugar. I usually add milk and sugar to coffee, but I found that the amount already supplied in these sachets was enough, which might mean it's a little too milky or sweet for some. So taste wise, I felt that these exceeded my - limited - expectations of the product, and although I'm clearly not a connoisseur, I didn't feel that the taste varied much from that of a properly made latte.
For those who follow such details, each sachet has 96 calories, just under 7g of sugar, just under 4g of fat, just over 3g of sturates and 0.2g of salt. So although they may not be especially healthy, they're not laden with very high levels of sugar which use up your daily allowance (each sachet contains around 7% of your daily allowance).
I noticed that the back of the packaging notes that coffee is an ideal time for a giggle with the girls and a perfect way to catch up with the gossip. I'm not entirely sure why they seem to be targeting women, perhaps latte isn't seen as a manly drink.
I purchased these at Tesco Express for 2 pounds, but they seem to stock them on a slightly erratic basis, so it may be best to get them from a larger store. This works out at 25p a cup, which is more expensive than normal instant coffee, but not a great deal more, and certainly cheaper (although lacking a little in the authenticity and atmosphere) than a coffee shop.
Overall, I feel that these latte sachets offer fair value for money, taste as I would expect and the bonus of the coffee actually being a bit frothy is just a bonus!
Summary: Recommended, reasonable value and taste good
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