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I have always been a great tea drinker, I find it refreshing in the summertime and warming and comforting in the winter. That's not to say I don't like coffee but it has to be exceptional to compete with my favourite cup of "Rosy Lee" I do like the smell though, probably more than the taste! There is something about that fresh ground coffee aroma that is like nothing else.Then, about a year ago I started drinking coffee again for the sake of my skin. Yes that's right my skin.
Now I have to point out that I live in Spain and have spent nearly all of my working life outside in the sun as crew on various boats. This has played havoc with my pale Scottish skin resulting in annual visits to the dermatologist to get any grotty sun damaged bits blasted off with liquid hydrogen. This sounds worse than it actually is you just look a bit blotchy for a while, this has to be done to prevent any actual cancers developing so I don't mind it at all.
Then one day I was reading a magazine article which said that coffee could help prevent skin cancer and that is why I now try to drink at least one coffee a day. Normally at home I drink Morrisons instant but at work I drink Nescafe Cap Colombie as this is the boss's favourite and if he is around the first thing he does when I arrive is to put the kettle on, what a nice man!
Nescafe Cap Colonmbie comes in an attractive flat sided jar with a slightly nipped in waist and rounded edges. This makes the jar very easy to hold even with wet hands and compliments the square dark brown plastic top which comes off with a twist of the wrist. On the front label is a dark brown steaming cup of coffee on a back ground of toning red and brown. My jar is the Spanish version and it says that it is an aromatic coffee and is two coffee beans in strength on a scale of 1-4. it also says that it is made with pure Arabica beans from Colombia and interestingly for me that it is a source of natural antioxidants.
This is reinforced on the label on the reverse which encourages you to eat a balanced diet and that one cup of coffee a day gives you a significant amount of profiteroles, no, just changed my glasses, poliferoles, shame.
Anyway off with the top. Someone has already removed the foil top which is the best bit but the smooth coffee smell is still nice and strong. The granules are like little light brown chippings and it is easy to spoon in to your cup or mug, my jar recommends two spoonfuls but Spanish tea spoons are teeny weeeny. Then pour in the boiling water. The granules dissolve easily to give a clear, golden brown liquid to which you can add sugar or milk as you wish.
The taste is smooth, with a hint of chocolate and very pleasant. It is not a "You will wake up!' taste but more a comforting need a little boost taste. It is easy on the taste buds and easy on the tum but for me the best is still the aroma! I find that as with other coffees one cup is fine but two starts to give me the jitters so I will have a large gap of time between coffees. This coffee also take two big mugs to make me behave like a hanmpster on a wheel.
My thoughts on The Colombian.
It is very pleasant, tasty and a gentle coffee but I do have a problem with the price which is normally around the 4.99pounds mark. There are other coffees which I think are better value but if this gentle Colombian appeals to you dash down to Morrisons where it is on special offer at half price.
4 stars form me one deducted because of the price.
Thank you for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao under splishsplash
I do love my coffee. I do tend to be a bit lazy in preparing it, but I do still demand great taste and aroma from the contents of my mug. I also have incredibly happy memories of visiting Colombia and riding a horse around some amazing Pre-Colombian sites up in the Andes and stopping off on the way back to the campsite at some homes where the finest product in Colombia - Coffee! - was drying in the sunshine.
This glass jar cannot bring the warmth of that sunshine or the clear air of the high Andes to Central London. It contains instant coffee granules rather than the bright beans laid out to dry before roasting and starting their long trip from those stunning mountains to darkest Londinium.
But it is that same top quality coffee, just the end result of a long journey and quite a lot of processing to produce a jar which does take me back to that wonderful afternoon with the help of one heaped teaspoon, a fast kettle and a drop of cow juice. It is made from that same pure Arabica coffee that Colombia grows so well and this is proved by both the taste and scent you get from the brew in your mug.
Because it is a single country blend and because Colombian coffee tends to be quite bright and not bitter, this is not a coffee for those looking for a coal dark or teeth stripping brew. But the beans are fully roasted to get the maximum flavour out of the beans and so this is not a feeble coffee. It is a very tasty blend. As I like my coffee not bitter but still full of flavour and also have a delicate stomach, this coffee fills my requirements beautifully.
This is a good all purpose quality instant coffee. It makes as good a breakfast mug to wake you up without upsetting the stomach as it does for elevensies. I drink it throughout the evening and still sleep, but I am a caffeine addict with a ridiculously high tolerance and though I drink a lot of mugs of coffee, I do tend to drink fairly weak individual servings. Others who are more sensitive to caffeine should take care. This product is not a particularly strong blend, but it is still packing caffeine in its tasty depths.
The jar is glass and so can be recycled. The packaging has changed from the one pictured here and the jar is now longer and sleeker. A big improvement on the old rather squat jar. The jar does keep the granules dry and they do not tend towards powdering so they do blend well in the cup or mug.
A 100g jar costs £3.98 at Sainsbury's. However, it is one of the instant coffees which can often be found on offer at the supermarkets and it can be found at £2.99 at Waitrose, which was a lovely surprise when I popped in there this afternoon on a (failed) Christmas Pud Mission for Mum and explains the jar sitting by the kettle.
And gave me a great excuse to take a lovely trip down memory lane via the mug in front of me and so share it with you guys. The memories are a personal bonus but the delicious taste and wonderful aroma can be shared by all coffee lovers.
May be cross-posted to Ciao.
It is not that long ago that I didn't really care what coffee I was drinking, as long as it had milk and one sugar in it. I'm not really sure when it changed, although possibly it was after the birth of my daughter and the need for a caffeine hit!
However lately, I have become more and more picky about the taste of my coffee. I'm no longer happy with the brown, bland tasting liquid provided by some basic coffees, and have been trying various different brands to try and find something that satisfies that caffeine craving.
I have after some time found it in this jar of Nescafe Cap Colombie. After years of thinking that Nescafe made an "average" at best cup of coffee they have really surpassed themselves with the richness and flavour of this particular brand.
The coffee itself is not overly strong and certainly one heaped teaspoon gives the strength I require. It does however have a lovely richness to it and the coffee tastes smooth rather than having a bitter taste on your tongue or leaving a bitter taste after each mouthful.
This coffee however is quite expensive. When it is not on offer, I have seen it be as much as £3.50 for 100g, which is probably a £1 dearer than most other brands. However a lot of the time the larger supermarkets do put in on a "2 for £5.00" offer and I feel that this is relatively good value for money.
We got this coffee at the weekend in a bid to save a bit of money, we usually buy pods for our dolce gusto machine, which cost about £3.60 for a box of 8 coffees, so they don't even last the two of us a week.
This was on offer last week, and I think it was reduced to about £2.00 but usually retails for about £3.38. The jar itself is 100g, and it now looks different to the one pictured, the jar is more of a rectangular shape, and the label is a bit more up to date.
I am no coffee connoisseur, but I do like a coffee in the morning to wake me up for the day. My husband drinks a lot more coffee than me, and he really likes this so it must be pretty good.
When you open the plastic lid there is the usual foil seal to keep it fresh, but once you open this you can smell this coffee immediately and it smells beautiful.
I made this coffee with 2 teaspoons full, hot water and milk, and it has a very rich, strong flavour, that I didn't think you could get with instant coffee. It's hard to describe the taste, but it was very smooth and really rich and tasty. Me and my husband both really enjoyed it. I also gave it to a couple of guests and they seemed to really enjoy it too.
It says on the jar that it is 100% pure Arabica from South America. I'm not entirely sure what this means, but I think it is something to do with the beans they use, but whatever they use it tastes great.
I would definitely recommend this as an instant coffee. It has all the taste and richness you would expect from a percolated coffee, and for us it's a lot cheaper than the pods we regularly buy, but I think compared to other instant coffees it's a bit on the expensive side, but really worth it.
When it comes to coffee it really is one of my biggest guilty pleasures. I can usually be found consuming a cup and drink it the most out of anything!
I spotted this costing £2.00 in Asda and decided to get it purely cos I liked the name of it and it sounded rather interesting and less mundane from other coffees on the shelf!
Black oblongish glass jar with a twist on/off lid/cap in plastic to the top of it. On the front of the jar I am told that it is Nescafe Collection Cap Colombie 'Rich, 100% Pure Arabica From South America'. On the back of the jar other information given includes being told a little bit about the product, nutritional information is listed, the size is stated (which in this case is 100g and other sizes are available to purchase this in) and contact details for Nescafe are listed. Nice enough jar this is and of course it is informative enough and easy to open etc it is too!
The Coffee Itself:
Small dark brown granules that have a very rich coffee aroma to them. I personally find this a rather weak coffee but do remember that as I am addicted to the stuff I do like mine rather strong. However both me and my mate who consumed this needed 2 teaspoons per mug to get enough flavour from it to satisfy our taste-buds!
It melts into hot water with ease and has a richer smell than taste to me sadly. It does have a velvet like texture to it though and looks deep and dark though for me it is an every day type of coffee in a posh jar and really nothing special or rich on the taste front at all! 100% coffee it is however if you like a rich tasting one I wouldn't opt for this offering otherwise you need a fair bit of coffee per drink so it doesn't work out all that economical in the long run in my humble opinion.
Nutritional Information Per 1.8g Serving:
Energy: 1 Kcal
of which sugars: 0.2g
of which saturates: Trace
salt equivalent: Trace
Not awful but not fantastic and me, I won't be buying it again any time near in the future!
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about 33.00 a jar unless you find it on offer like I did!
Nescafe product a large range of coffee and hot drinks but this is one of my favourite. I have this coffee once a day in a lovely large mug and it's really great and warming, even on a hot summer's day. It has a lovely taste and also helps to wake you up and even quenches your thirst.
The coffee comes in a glass container with a dark brown lid. There is a two tone label round most the container, which is red and black. At the top, it says 'Nescafe Collection' and below this is the name - 'Cap Colombie'. Below is a picture, which sets the scene for the Arabica coffee beans.
This coffee is instant, so you simply add hot water to some in a mug and you can drink it as the granules dissolve. Firstly, you can easily screw off the lid by giving it a twist and lifting it up. There is a seal underneath to keep the coffee fresh, which can be easily peeled away.
You should put about 1 teaspoon of the coffee into a mug, but you may want a bit more if you have a large mug or love the coffee! However, too much can be damaging for you and has high levels of caffeine. Once you're done, you may want to add sugar or sweeteners. I usually add 2 sweeteners but I don't have a really sweet tooth.
Before I boil the kettle and pour boiling water in, I like to add some spray cream, which gives it a nicer flavour and texture. I then pour in the boiling water, stir it well and add some milk. I like to add a bit more cream on the surface, as you can sip the coffee through this and it tastes lovely!
The coffee tastes really nice, and the flavours are more dominant if you have it as a black coffee without any milk or cream. You can currently get the coffee on offer for £2.38 at Tesco, but it is usually around £1.00 more. It tastes fantastic and will wake you up every morning.
Thanks for reading,
I wouldn't describe myself as a connoisseur of coffee but I do like a good instant. In the past, I have tried coffees ranging from Douwe Egberts and Kenco through to Percol and Nescafé. However, it is the Nescafé brand to which I have remained most loyal. Having tried Nescafé Alta Rica and Nescafé Kenjara, both premium freeze dried soluble coffees, I thought I may as well try Nescafé Cap Colombie, which is the other main variety in the Nescafé premium range.
I paid £2.98 for a 100g jar at my local Morrisons store, which isn't bad because it had previous been priced at well over £3. However, this is still a lot more expensive than some of the other Nescafé names, like Gold Blend and Blend 37. Fortunately, however, I'm not a regular coffee drinker, so a jar of this lasts quite a few months. As far as I know, Cap Colombie is only available in a 100g jar, but you may be able to get larger sizes in wholesalers, like Makro.
* Background *
As I mentioned at the beginning, Nescafé Alta Rica, Kenjara and Cap Colombie are all part of the same family of Arabica based coffees. Alta Rica (literally 'very rich') is described as an 'intense' coffee, Kenjara is described as 'delicate' and Cap Colombie as 'aromatic'. Now you may be wondering how such diverse labels can be attributed to these coffees...After all, coffee is coffee, right? Well not quite...Each of these varieties is blended using a different type of arabica coffee bean and it is these that give the coffee its true character. Alta Rica is made from exclusive Latin American arabica beans, Kenjara from Kenjan and Costa Rican beans, and Cap Colombie from the finest Colombian arabica beans.
* What is special about Cap Colombie? *
Cap Colombie is made from 100% Colombian arabica beans. Colombian arabica beans are specifically chosen for their aromatic qualities, and are light roasted to retain this aroma and to develop a smooth coffee flavour. It may be milder than the likes of Alta Rica, but its wonderful aroma more than makes up for this.
* The Aroma *
On opening the jar, you are greeted with a pleasantly rich smell of arabica beans. There is quite an intensity to the smell - a kind of roasted, nutty tang which immediately hits your senses.
Unfortunately, by the time you make yourself a cup of the coffee, the roasted smell of arabica beans all but disappears. There is a slight coffee smell, but it is very weak.
* The Taste *
The flavour is quite nice but nothing special. I would even go as far to describe it as being a bit flat. It has a smooth coffee flavour, but lacks the intensity possessed by other coffees, like Alta Rica and Blend 37. If you like your coffee quite weak, then you'll probably like this, but if you prefer a contrast of flavours and a nice aftertaste, then you will probably find Cap Colombie a bit disappointing. The best way to savour the aroma of this coffee is probably to drink it black, but personally I prefer coffee with either milk or cream.
* The Jar *
As with the other two aforementioned varieties, Cap Colombie comes in a matt-black, 'hour-glass' shaped jar. Its attractive design oozes quality and the colourful product label makes this coffee stand out from others.
* A Final Word...*
Overall, I don't mind this coffee and would probably buy it again, but it wouldn't be my number one choice. Even though the initial aroma is rich and quite intense, the taste is not as nice as I would have expected. Because of this, I considered giving the coffee a three star rating. But I am feeling generous, so opted for four stars!
Thanks for reading.
~ ~ The mad cabbie is a self-confessed caffeine addict! Those of you who’ve been around dooyoo for a while will doubtless recall his many opinions in the past in his relentless quest for the perfect “brew”. That is, until he discovered Kenco Purely Colombian, and discovered that cocaine is not the only thing to come out of South America that has a high addiction factor. (heh, heh) ~ ~ The very first thing I do (well, almost) when I get out of bed in the morning is get the kettle on for my first strong brew of the day, to get the old eyes open and the juices flowing. A large mug, two and a half spoons of coffee, three and a half spoons of sugar, and a dash of milk. So it was with some trepidation that I discovered this morning that the old coffee jar was running on nearly empty. Enough for my first mug only! So I resolved to stop into the local shop on the way home from dropping the wee lass to school and replenish supplies. ~ ~ Horrors of horrors!! No Kenco Colombian on the shelf. But what’s this? ‘Nescafe Cap Colombie’. Hang on a mo though. I don’t like Nescafe. Ah sod it. It’s Colombian, isn’t it, so it can’t be that bad. I’ll give it a try. And so it was that the mad cabbie ended up purchasing a 100g jar of the Nescafe equivalent of his favourite beverage. ~ ~ Back to the house I go, and it’s on with the old kettle straight away. While it’s heating up, I remove the top from the rather attractive black jar with contrasting red label, and am immediately struck by the colour of the coffee granules. They’re far darker in colour than the Kenco blend I know and love. I sniff the coffee. Hmmm, smells OK, if not quite so aromatic as Kenco. Then I read the bumph on the back of the jar. “Made from 100% arabica beans” That’s fine so, as aribica coffee beans from Colombia are the best in the world, (
or so it’s said) due to Colombia having the almost perfect climate for the cultivation of coffee. “Medium roasted to release the best aromatics and smooth character.” Aha. That explains why it’s darker than Kenco, as Kenco Colombian is freeze dried rather than roasted. “Best enjoyed black to fully appreciate the aromatics (there’s that word again!) of this coffee.” Nah. Sod that for a game of soldiers. I only take black coffee at a pinch when we have run out of milk. ~ ~ OK. Now comes the acid test. The coffee is added to the mug, and sugar and milk added, and I take my first taste. WHAT TASTE?? This stuff is so blooming mild that I think I’d have to tip in half the jar to get any sort of hit off it! (A slight exaggeration!) So in went another spoon of coffee, and at that it was just about drinkable. In fairness, I suppose I have to say that if you’re a person who likes their coffee mellow and mild, then the chances are you’ll quite enjoy this. But in all honesty, it’s not a taste I would even want to try to get used to. Compared to my usual Kenco Colombian, it tasted like old dishwater. Which in all honesty surprised me a little, because at the end of the day, it IS still a Colombian blend. This coffee is made by Nestle, and a 100g jar of cost me €5.67, but I bought it in a little local supermarket. (more expensive) When I later investigated the Tesco Ireland website I discovered that it sells at €4.65, the exact same price as my usual Kenco Purely Colombian blend. ~ ~ So I’m afraid that Nescafe Cap Colombie doesn’t get the mad cabbie’s seal of approval. It’s now been relegated to the back of the cupboard, along with some old jars of Maxwell House (spit, spit!”) and Nescafe Original for use only in dire emergencies or when I get visitors that I don’t particularly like. (heh, heh)
~~~~~~~~~~~~ Copyright KenJ October 2003 ~~~~~~~~~~~~
I hate 'real' coffee, but consider myself a connoisseur of instant. I can't get enough of the stuff (I'm a 12 mugs a day woman), and must have tried every brand going. For me, Nescafe Cap Colombie is the ultimate instant for those who like their coffee smooth and mild. Cap Colombie is made from mild Arabica beans from Colombia (as its name suggests). It is medium roasted and then freeze dried to seal in the flavour. It comes in a terrific looking matt black jar that is velvety to the touch. Not that I spend much of my time fondling coffee jars you understand, but the look and feel of this one is worth a mention. I like my coffee medium strength, so use a heaped teaspoon in a mug. The resultant cuppa is tasty but mild. It does not have the bitterness of most other coffees, nor the rough edge of many cheaper instants. Even if you make it stronger, the taste is still mild. Fresh coffee lovers probably would find this one a little bland because of the reasons above. Espresso lovers would hate it. However, if, like me, you always go for a latte in a coffee house because you like a mild taste, then Cap Colmbie is the instant for you. It's more expensive than other instant coffees - I paid 3.29 for my last jar - but the quality makes it worth the extra. You can also buy little tester jars at most supermarkets (which are also useful for taking with you if you're staying in hotels). An instant coffee lovers dream.
Just over eight months ago I wouldn't touch coffee with a barge poll but then at a Christmas dinner I decided to try some, it just so happened that our table ran out of milk before it got to me, so rather than getting some more I decided to omit milk and replace it with sugar. Anyhow needless to say I liked but was not overly in love with the taste. A couple of months later I thought it was about time I got some coffee to drink at home after having tried the undrinkable Nescafe Original which was in the house, shortly after I started taking my own coffee to the office as my love for the stuff grew so did the vending machine bill. Anyhow when I went to select a coffee for home use, not having a clue which kind I'd like, I spied the little diddy jars of Nescafes "luxury" coffees. Well those small sleek black jars instantly lured me into buying them, with the three of them side by side on the supermarket shelf I thought I'd go for the middle of the three, the Cap Columbie. This was a decision I wasn't destined to regret. I should point out a couple of things about me and coffee. Firstly, I always drink it black with sugar – I feel that milk ruins coffee so badly that I'll usually not be able to finish it. Secondly, my experience of various coffees is somewhat limited but I know what I like and don't like. Thirdly, I can't stand weak coffee – if I can see the bottom of the mug there's something wrong. Cap Columbie is an incredibly smooth coffee, whilst like all coffees it has a bitter edge, this is usually only noticeable on the first sip, soon after that smooth, flavoursome but not overly strong taste, takes over and your in coffee heaven. Depending on how you make this coffee the sensations change somewhat, with the one spoonful whilst the above is an accurate description for those used to a stronger coffee may find it somewhat watery and unsatisfying, for me (since moving onto Alta Rica
as well) this whilst enjoyable at times often leads to me instantly wanting another mug as soon as I've finished the first. With two spoonfuls though the flavour is a lot stronger and assaults your tastebuds in a most enjoyable way, whilst you've still got all that smoothness its almost like a different coffee. A couple of other things is that the aroma is delectable and it tends to dissolve very well. And finally before I have drunk this with forgetting to stir the sugar in, it was still drinkable although perhaps not so much a pleasure - esp. the coffee made with sugar syrup at the bottom. Now you may be wondering what that title was about; well I've just been refilling my small office jars with coffee, this finished the big jar of Cap Columbie. Since we have a household rat – to be accurate she's really my housemates (thera_42) rat – and like all small animals she needs objects in her cage, unfortunately 100g Cap Columbie jar is likely to end with rat stuck in jar. So we have an old partially full jar of Gold Blend (previous tenants) which isn't being drunk, so I poured rest of the Gold Blend into the empty Cap Columbie jar, so the rat can play in the 200g Gold Blend jar. I now feel that I've dirtied the Cap Columbie jar in an almost sinful way. I feel that tells you about how much I love this coffee – so just go buy yourself a jar now, get a small one if you like but this really is quality instant coffee. Oh and whilst this coffee is a bit more expensive than standard fare the 100g jars carry on coming up on offers in supermarkets, so if your like me you'll just stock up on two or three jars whilst they're cheap.
I've been on the quest for the instant coffee for some time now, and with Nescafe's Cap Columbie, I think I've found the perfect cup. I've been looking for a coffee that smells like coffee, and is low-maintenance. By that, I mean a coffee that is difficult to make badly, and still tastes great when it's bordering on cold. Cap Columbie is not the cheapest coffee out there, it's probably the most expensive out there - at over £3 for a 100g jar. I like coffee on the slightly stronger side, without too much 'bite', yet still smooth, and this fits the bill. I'm trying to convince myself that I'm not addicted to coffee (and this one in particular). I've got my own jar of Cap Columbie at work (Can't stand the cheap Nescafe tins that this company buy!), and there's no doubt that my consumption of coffee drops when my jar runs out. It doesn't help that my colleagues like the flavour too, and are happy to help themselves. As pointed out in positronics review, milk matters with this coffee, and full-fat milk makes a difference, although I have to slum it with semi-skimmed at work. Try, and enjoy!
Although I prefer tea to coffee, one of the most pleasant coffee's I've drunk is Nescafe's "Cap Columbie", described on the jar as "a smooth and aromatic coffee mad from pure medium roasted Columbian Arabicas". The coffee is indeed smooth and I've drunk the stuff cup after cup after cup, most enjoyable as I'm not normally one for coffee. It also does have that pleasant coffee aroma as well (except for the aroma the drinker gives off after a few cups but we'll leave that one where it is). You know that saying that some people can't make a decent cup of coffee for whatever reason? Well, where this coffee lets itself down is that it doesn't disolve properly and has quite a lot of those dark floaties on the top which spoils it a little bit. They also say that with food "the first bite is with the eye". The first sip is with the eye in this case and it does let it down. Petty? Perhaps. But it does taste great - use cream of full fat milk and brown sugar for an even better drink.
Derived from exclusive Colombian arabica beans, chosen for their aromatic tones and light roasted to retain their aroma while developing the smooth flavour. Rich, velvety and subtle, Cap Colombie is made exclusively from fine Colombian Arabicas grown near the equator at high altitude.