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Member Name: GentleGenius
Advantages: Tasty, creamy, lovely foam, generous supply of chocolate, easy to make, good coffee flavour
Disadvantages: A bit expensive when full-price
PRICE: Normally £2.99 for a 10 x sachet box at my local Sainsbury's, currently on special offer at £1.49
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATON (per sachet, made up with 200ml of water):-
- of which sugars: 9.7g
- of which saturates: 1.1g
Salt equivalent: 0.15g
Sugar, skimmed milk powder, instant coffee (11%), glucose syrup, dried glucose syrup, vegetable oil, lactose, milk proteins, E340ii, E452i, E331ii - all of which are stabilisers, salt
Suitable for vegetarians
Nescafe Cappuccino is an instant drink which I have been using off and on for some years. Being a lover of cappuccino yet am both too busy and too lazy to make the real thing, Nestle has made life much easier for me.
The product comes in a dark and lighter coloured brown cardboard box, with an image on the front of a serving of the product, together with the Nescafe standard trading logo. The rear of the pack shows nutritional content, ingredients, dietary information, the manufacturer's contact details and instructions for use.
On opening the packet, it contains 10 sealed sachets of instant cappuccino powder, which is a pale coffee brown colour with little darker brown specks. Additionally, there is a small brown plastic flip-top sprinkler which contains chocolate powder for adding to the surface of the made-up drink.
Nescafe Cappuccino claims to be low in fat, made with no hydrogenated vegetable oil and to contain 100% Arabica coffee.
The instructions for use are simple, as all you need to do is empty one of the sachets into a cup or mug, then pour on boiling water, stir well, and sprinkle some of the chocolate powder on the top.
On opening one of the sachets, I rarely, if ever, detect too much of a coffee aroma. The powder smells more milky to me than anything, and if it is the first time of using the product, such may give the impression that the drink won't have a definite or even a good coffee flavour. On pouring boiling water over the powder once it is in the cup or mug, it does need stirring quite vigorously so as to dissolve all the little granules. Whilst stirring, a thick, creamy foam appears, and as you continue to fill the cup or mug, the foam rises to the top. When adding the chocolate powder, that nicely settles onto the surface of the foam which you drink the coffee through.
I really like the flavour of Nescafe Cappuccino, and the addition of the chocolate powder is a little touch of luxury. The coffee taste is surprisingly prominent, smooth yet strong, slightly creamy, being exceedingly flavoursome and tastes of high quality. The chocolate powder isn't all that noticeable to me, probably due to the very definite flavour of the coffee. The foam is thick, having a lovely velvety feel, and I like to scoop some of it out with a spoon, which goes straight into my mouth. The coffee underneath is just at the right level of sweetness for me, as if it has had one flat teaspoonful of sugar added, although if you like your hot drinks sweeter, you may have to top up with a little of your own sugar.
I have tried a few other brands of instant cappuccino, and Nescafe for me comes out on top, by far. I find some of those other brands to either not have a strong enough coffee flavour, or they are too sweet, or have a not too nice under-taste. If I could liken Nescafe Cappuccino to anything, I'd say the closest to its taste is perhaps Pret A Mange cappuccino.
The first time I bought Nescafe Cappuccino and found the little plastic container of chocolate powder, I wondered how on earth I could make what seemed such a stingy amount eke through a total of ten mugs of coffee, but I was ultimately surprised in that when I'd finished the last sachet in the packet, there was still enough chocolate left over for about three more servings of the drink, and I was sprinkling a lot of it onto each coffee I had, so I can definitely say that the little brown plastic container houses an extremely generous chocolate powder supply.
One thing which I tried as an experiment, was to mix the coffee/milk powder in the bottom of the mug with a little ordinary milk before adding the boiling water, and this made the drink even richer, creamier and tastier. I have since continued to use that method, whenever I remember. I would also recommend pouring the boiling water on very gradually, so as to slow down the process of the thick foam rising too quickly to the top of the cup or mug, otherwise you will get a mugful of foam with hardly any coffee drink underneath. It behaves rather like the foam on top of a glass of beer, in that if you want more beer rather than a glass which is three-quarters foam and very little beer, the pouring process has to be carried out much more slowly so as to get a good balance.
It is lovely to sip this hot, very tasty coffee through the creamy foam and chocolate, but there wasn't a little plastic container of chocolate inside of the latest pack I bought a couple of weeks ago. I'm not sure if this was a manufacturing omission, or whether Nescafe have recently started to include the chocolate inside of the coffee sachets instead of providing it separately - such may account for the little dark flecks in the pale brown powder.
All in all, Nescafe Cappuccino for me is a very delicious, velvety, luxurious drink which although only (according to the ingredients list) has a 12% coffee content, nonetheless has a pronounced and excellent coffee flavour, perfectly complimented by the rich, smooth head of foam that forms on the surface. I love to drink the product as hot as I can stand it, because that way I find the delicious flavour comes through much better, and I'd definitely recommend this brand above all others.
I bought my latest pack of Nescafe Cappuccino at the very welcome price of £1.49 on special offer (Sainsbury's), but I'm not sure how long it will be before it returns to its full price of £2.49. There is a sugar-free version available, but I'm unable to comment on how good it is or otherwise, as I've yet to try it.
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Summary: My favourite instant cappuccino