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Not quite a crappuccino, but not a patch on a proper one!
Member Name: pmcds
Advantages: Nescafe quality in the coffee, easy to make, inexpensive
Disadvantages: Not a patch on a real cappa
I always have a huge amount of hesitation when it comes to brands that try to emulate a hot drink where you require a certain amount of artistry - cappuccinos being the prime example. I have tried and tested a wide range of machines and barristas that are designed for this very purpose, and the ones that always win in my eyes are those with the individual milk frothers - you just can't beat it.
So, when it comes to powder in a sachet, I hold out very little hope for a sufficient recreation of what is essentially a tasty piece of art. nescafe in theory should have a better chance than most - they are coffee's leading brand in many ways and are synonymous with quality. This particular product is presented in a small cardboard box, with 10 sachets inside. You simply add boiling water to the contents. When this is done, the result is a slightly frothy white coffee, but to start with I wouldn't necessarily say what you're getting is a cappuccino. It tastes okay, aand the quality of the Nescafe element is evident, but a cappa it is not...really.
Giving it as slight stir with a spoon does tend to froth it up a little, and it seems as if there's an agent in there to help with the frothing up. Recreating this when it's usually down to forcing steam through the milk to get the froth must be tricky, and seems to be something that doesn't quite work, because although you end up with a creamy, slightly frothy coffee with a little help, I can't honestly say I've been able to quite recreate even the image that's on the packaging, which does look like a cappuccino. Either I'm adding boiling water to the powder contents of a sachet in the wrong way, or the product just doesn't quite make it as a cappa.
I have tried letting the water cool for a minute or so after boiling to avoid getting that burnt taste you usually get with adding immediately boiled water to granules, and this does seem to promote slightly more froth without stirring, but then nothing more is forthcoming. Perhaps I'm just too picky, and should expect nothing more than a decent frothy white coffee that semi-resembles a cappuccino from this product.
Price-wise, you're looking at about 15p a cup, depending on how much each place stocks this for. I got it for £1.50, although I've seen it cheaper and more expensive, and also on a multi-purchase offer. It makes it decent value if you're after something a bit more exciting and adventurous than your standard instant coffee, but don't expect miracles or the perfect cappuccino. I can't rate this particularly highly for what it professes to be as it doesn't really come close in presentation and the resultant taste, but it's decent enough and not too expensive.
Summary: Disappointing attempt at powdered cappuccino
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