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      18.07.2014 00:13
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      Great taste

      I regularly drink coffee and this is the brand we always purchase. I have been drinking this for years and it never fails to disappoint. Nescafe is such a great and trusted brand so it is kind of expected that it is going to be good. It has a really lovely taste that is strong and does not taste mellow which some cheaper coffee brands tend to do. I also love the smell of coffee and this smells great, it is strong and rich and your house smells like a coffee shop! (I personally love that smell) The price of the coffee is quite expensive but it is definitely worth it because there is so much of it. This coffee will last you a long time so you will not be having to purchase it over and over again, unless you drink about 40 cups of coffee a day. I would definitely recommend this.

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      18.02.2014 17:59
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      A lot cheaper than using my Tassimo machine 6 times a day.

      I have to admit that I am a bit of a coffee monster. Nothing gets my day off to a good start like a couple of mugs of coffee. Until recently my main coffee of choice was Douwe Egberts butthat has changed recently and I have started buying whatever is on offer. A couple of weeks ago I came across Nescafe Gold Blend at a good price.

      The large 200g jar is made of chunky clear glass with paper labels on and a gold coloured plastic lid. The tiny coffee granules can be seen through the glass and to me they look appetising. Under the screw top lid there is a gold coloured paper/card seal which needs removing before access to the coffee is gained. I like to bash my way through the seal with a teaspoon.

      The coffee smells really nice and appetising, like walking into a coffee shop. The aroma is deep and rich with tones of good quality dark chocolate. I like my coffee strong and white so I use a good size teaspoon in my mug and add a good glug of semi skimmed milk I then top the cup up with freshly boiled, but not boiling, water and give the cup a good stir. The freeze dried granules dissolve quickly with a quick swirl of a teaspoon.

      The resulting coffee is a nice brown colour. I am not sure how to describe the colour and can only say it is not a muddy or pathetic looking coffee. The aroma from the mug is a watered down version of the aroma from the jar and is very comforting. The coffee tastes nice and smooth and goes down easily without leaving a nasty taste in the mouth.

      As a coffee lover I think Nescafe Gold Blend is a nice coffee. I would prefer to drink coffee from my Tassimo machine but as that would prove incredibly expensive as I drink, on average, six cups of coffee a day Nescafe God Blend is a good alternative. A 300g refill pouch costs a little under £9.00 and a 200g jar is around £6.50 which is quite good value as a jar will last me around a month.

      Thank you for reading.

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        05.11.2012 10:15
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        A favourite coffee in our house

        We go through a lot of coffee in our house. It's the only hot drink that we drink (apart from the odd hot chocolate or warm ribena in the winter months) and so we always tend to have quite a few varieties lurking in the cupboard at any one time. As coffee can be so expensive I usually buy whatever's on offer when we need some or stock up on one that I know we like if I see it on offer so that we never run out (I wouldn't be able to write my reviews each day without that first cup of coffee!) and Nescafe Gold Blend is one that is a constant in our coffee cupboard.

        I normally buy jars of coffee and then recycle the jars for pickling or lemon curd afterwards but recently I've started buying more of the refill style packets. not only are they usually slightly better value but I do like to do my bit regarding the environment wherever possible and this seems to be an easy way of cutting back on the amount of packaging we consume as a household. On a recent trip to Tesco I noticed that they had the Gold blend refill pouches on a special offer reduced from £4.48 to £2.24 for 150g and as this works out at around the same price as supermarket own brand coffee I quickly popped some into my basket. Consequently our coffee cupboard now has 4 packets of this refill in so that's us set until at least Christmas!

        The packaging of the refill pouch is quite simple and it comes in a dark brown plastic bag type thing with a lime green top. On the front it just has the name and brand of the product, the fact that it contains 150g, a picture of a coffee bean with a nice shimmery steam wave coming off it and also the fact that it is golden roast. There is a scale on the bottom ranging from smooth to rich and this is about a third of the way along that scale, being closer to the smooth than the rich end.

        On the back of the packet is the company contact details (Nestle being the home company for all things Nescafe), a use by date (October 2014 so it should last a while if we don't get round to drinking it) and the fact that the packaging is recycled. There is also the following statement "The Nescafe plan brings together all our commitments which support responsible farming, production and consumption. Find out how we're reducing our environmental impact at (website name)". It's nice to know that companies are now making more of an effort to be environmentally and socially responsible but the little cynic I carry around on my shoulder is always sceptical of such claims as I'm well aware that many companies just want to be seen to ethical rather than actually wanting to BE ethical.

        The coffee itself is a regular granular instant coffee which you simply add a teaspoon of to a mug before topping up with hot water just off the boil. I always add a splash of milk to my coffee and a few extra grains as I like it on the stronger side, but not by much. I find that adding the milk before the hot water can also prevent your coffee from having that slightly scorched taste that you can often get if you pour boiling water straight onto the coffee granules.

        This is one of my favourite coffees because it really is just as it says on the packet and is a really smooth blend. It makes a lovely cup of coffee that's the perfect strength for me without needing to add double the amount of granules that you sometimes have to do when using a weaker coffee. I don't like my coffee to be too rich as I find these blends can err on the side of bitterness sometimes and so for me, the strength and flavour of this one are just right. Perfect for settling on the sofa with a few biccies and a good book on a rainy afternoon.

        Whilst I don't like to drink too much coffee and try to limit myself to 3 cups a day I'm always tempted to break my self-imposed limit whenever this is in the cupboard and I can almost hear it calling to me as I enjoy it so much more than most of the other coffees we use. Lucky for me that I found it on such a good offer and so have been able to stock up on it enough that it should see us through to when it comes back on offer again!

        I would definitely recommend Nescafe Gold Blend if, like me, you prefer your coffee instant, flavourful, smooth and on the stronger rather than weaker side of medium. This one is strong without being overpoweringly strong like "proper" coffee can be and doesn't have any bitterness to it at all. It goes down very well at any time of the day for me and is also available in decaf if that's what you prefer. And if you've already been converted to this and drink it anyway, then get yourself down to Tesco and stock up on the refill pouches while they're on such a good offer!

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          04.11.2012 10:34
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          fabulous coffee, highly recomend, just wish it was a little cheaper

          I never used to drink coffee, but after an operation 3 years ago, I couldnt eat, and discovered that if I made coffee with milk, I was getting a "food" supplement with the milk.
          I started off with Nescafe original, but after a friend's recommendation I tried Nescafe Gold Blend. Nescafe which is a brand made by Nestle,can be traced back as far as the 1930's, so it is a well known household name. What a beautiful premium coffee, it has a smooth taste, but the later additions are an even richer taste. Its made from golden roasted coffee beans, is freeze dried and it took 9 years to come up with this perfect result.
          Between the 80's and 90's, there was a television series made to promote this coffee called "Love over Gold" staring Anthony Head, and Sharon Maughan. It was a good little collection for advertisements.
          Back to the Gold now, it comes in different size jars, you can usually pick up a 100g jar from most shops, from around £3 to £3.50p. I find you can get a 200g jar from places like Aldi, Lidl, and sometimes Asda for around £5 on offer, which isn't very often, but worth stocking up on if you are a dedicated coffee drinker which I am now. It comes in cafe size tins also, which are cheaper in places like Costco, and there are also the small handbag size (hotel) satchets, which come in packs of 12 for approximately £1.50p. These are really handy as I keep a couple in my bag, if I go somewhere visiting and I know they are not coffee drinkers, or maybe they use a cheaper coffee, or if I just feel like a tasty cup of coffee these come in very handy.
          There is also a Freephone number on the back of the jars to help with any queries you may have which is 0800 58 57 59 (UK) or 00800 6378 5385 (ROI) and also an email address www.nescafe.co.uk.
          Nescafe are also providing 4 million coffee trees, and training Colombian farmers with the Nescafeplan.
          I make mine with milk instead of water, and add squirty cream to the top, sprinkled with a few chocolate sprinkles, mmmmmmmmmm yummy, or you can have it the reserved way, the Gold Blend made with water, topped up with milk, to wake you up of a morning, or perk you up in the afternoon.
          The jars for this product have vastly improved too, they now do it in stylish jars with a sort of "waistline" pinch to it,and have a lovely coloured golden lid. I put these jars to great use, as I do little sweet displays for my children and grand children, after washing them out a couple of times, I fill them with colourful sweets, and do a little arrangement on top, so it also helps with the re-cycling which I am strongly into.
          Great coffee, great taste. Great use for the jars too.

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            29.10.2012 17:48
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            Tasty but bright instant coffee which is easily found.

            I am a coffee addict. I am also a complete coffee floozy, who is willing to try whatever instant is on offer at my local supermarket. My local supermarket is also a not inexpensive Sainsbury's Local with Waitrose and Marks and Spencers as the other two within grocery carrying distance. So when Gold Blend goes on offer at £5.00 for the 200g jar rather than the usual £6.38, I grab it.

            A 200g jar is bit large for the small kitchen cupboard where my hot drinks live but does make refilling it with the 150g refill pack - available at £2.99 for a 150g pouch - a doddle. It is definitely easier than trying to cram it into the £3.34 100g usual size without spilling coffee granules all over the kitchen table.

            The glass jar is both recyclable and refillable and the newer sleeker jars than the one shown here are also modern and attractive, if perhaps a little less easily gripped than the old style for those with hand problems.

            The coffee itself is the gold standard of standard instant coffees. It is a rich but bright blend that gives plenty of coffee taste and a great aroma. The granules do not mix as well with with either the steaming water or milk as some other quality instants and I find that the resulting does need stirring with a teaspoon when others do not, which is annoying as it adds to the washing up.

            I also find this instant's granules do tend to powder more than competing blends. This is not a massive factor, as most of the granules do go intact into the mug, but it does tend to leave my coffee mugs with irritating rings at the coffee-line which distorts the taste and adds to the need to scrub them to get them properly clean.

            Because of this, I think this is a great coffee to use in making coffee cake, as the blending process removes the powdering problem and the aroma and taste will make a really great cake.

            It is a tasty instant for those not looking for stronger or darker brews. This is very much a mass market quality instant and is blended to provide a tasty, consistent middle of the road not bitter brew which will appeal to the bulk of coffee drinkers - something it does achieve very well.

            Because it is so widely available at even smaller local supermarkets let alone the big ones and online, it is an easy to find choice for the shopping basket and the resulting mug. It will make you and yours a tasty caffeine and coffee fix at a not unreasonable price.

            But there are better instants available from both Nescafe and the other coffee brands and some cost less and also give better quality and taste.

            May be cross-posted to Ciao.

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              25.10.2012 22:14
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              Worth its weight in gold!

              What better excuse is there to sit savouring a steaming cup of coffee than that of writing a review about it.

              I love coffee, particularly the first cup of the day - and none so much as Nescafe's Gold Blend. I have tried many different brands of coffee, for many different reasons : to find a cheaper brand, I liked as much, in desperation when Gold Blend wasn't available, curiosity as to whether or not the supermarket's own version could compete (it couldn't), and simply a desire to try a different brand. No such factors were due to dissatisfaction with my Gold Blend, and to be honest, for me, none have ever compared.

              Gold Blend is available in several different sizes including re-fill packets and small, convenient single serving packets. They also offer a de-caffeinated version of the drink which does taste similar. However, I personally like the caffeinated version better.

              I know it sounds terribly sad, perhaps I should get a life, but my groan of pleasure is audible when I pierce the aluminium seal on a new jar of Gold Blend and absorb the aroma. The smell emitted from a brand new jar is amazing; it has to be up there along with freshly baked bread and just cut flowers - I'm in heaven before I've even added a spoonful to my cup!

              On adding the water and milk I find that the granules do always dissolve completely. Even if adding milk first I'm not left with 'floaters' as I've often found with other brands! Obviously, how much milk is added is personal preference, but I find that a nice golden colour is achieved without skimping on coffee or making it cold with milk.

              Tastewise, I find this product has the perfect balance between richness and smoothness. It satisfies those coffee cravings brilliantly and leavews you wanting more after the first sip.

              If I had to pick a fault with the coffee, it wouldn't be with the drink itself but with the price. I do find it quite expensive; as mentioned it comes in various sizes with differing prices accordingly. To give an example, inmy local supermarket the pricing is:

              £4.49...100gram jar
              £6.48...200gram jar
              £8.98...300gram re-fill packet

              Obviously, it works out better value in the long run to get the larger re-fills, though I don't get my exciting moment of opening a new jar as often then!! I don't often find this brand to be on special offer which makes me think it doesn't need to be reduced in price in order to sell it.

              The phrase 'you get what you pay for' is true in this case, and I will pay more for a cup of Nescafe Gold Blend.

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                13.10.2012 18:27
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                My treat, I just couldnt downgrade brands!

                I really enjoy my coffee, ideally I like real ground fresh coffee in my Italian stove pot. However in the mornings I am always in such a rush and there is only time to use my quick boil kettle and make a cup of instant coffee.

                This coffee is quite expensive to start with, at least £6 for the largest jar, although sometimes its on offer. I have recently discovered the refil packs, which are half the price, come in a plastic packet and you just keep the jar from before and empty the pack into it. A 150g packet fills nearly the largest size jar of 500!

                The actual coffee itself is very smooth tasting and not too strong. I use one heaped teaspoon of coffee with one sugar and milk and it tastes really creamy and expensive.

                It is made from Arabica and Robusta beans and almost has that roasted coffee taste. If you froth the milk up and make a latte it could even rival costa. It can also be drunk without milk although I find it too strong without sugar.

                The jar lid is gold, and the rest see through glass apart from the label which also has the black and gold logo with the name sideways. It contains caffeine and I find if I drink it after around 3pm then I cannot sleep properly later on. On the label it also states that it contains antioxidents which must be good for you!

                I tried to put coffee into the downgrade challenge but this versus tescos own brand there really is no comparison and this tastes so much better.

                This coffee also tastes nice when pre mixed to make a coffee shot and put into tiramisu and coffee cake mixture. It says on the packet that it has a floral taste but I cannot taste that at all.

                If you love good coffee and need a quality alternative to fresh then do try this as it may surprise you.

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                  13.10.2012 10:16
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                  a pretty good choice

                  ==Nescafe Gold Blend==


                  Having only recently discovered a love for coffee I am having to work my way through all the various brands and types in order to find one that I really enjoy. So far I have not done too bad and I have discovered that you really can't get a lovely tasting very cheap coffee. I have bought several different types from Lidl and none of them were at all to my liking. The cheap instant coffee at work is not something I enjoy either so I quite clearly know what I like.

                  I had yet to try the Nescafe Gold Blend but I saw it in my local Co-operative store on a special offer for £5 for massive jar which has 200 grams in. I think its on special offer in quite a few places for around this same price and I think it is around a £2 saving but I did wonder if I was risking it as of course I wasn't sure if I was going to like the coffee or not.

                  As it turns out the coffee itself is not too bad. I wouldn't say it is my favourite tasting coffee that I have tried to date but it is certainly up their in the top five. I do however really like the design of the jar that the coffee comes in although it is very simple it still has a really nice feel to it. The gold coloured plastic lid which is square in shape and of course matches the cube like clear glass jar. It has a slight hour glass shape to the jar too which will ensure that it is not easily knocked over and the relatively small and simple sticky label on the front of the jar gives little information about the Gold Blend but really this is all you need to instantly know. The back label of course says a little bit more about the product.

                  The jar boasts that the Gold Blend now has an "Even Richer Taste" and it is described merely as a smooth and slightly rich golden roast. The back label really doesn't give too much more away either and will only inform us that the coffee is freeze dried and soluble. Nescafe is a Nestle company (which I didn't know) and apparently Nescafe is providing 4 million coffee tree and training to Colombian farmers!

                  The coffee granules themselves actually look quite light when compared to other instant coffees I have tried recently and literally have a golden tinge to them. The coffee aroma is strong as soon as you remove the lid of the jar and it really is something that has always appealed to me, the smell of coffee, even if I haven't always liked to drink it.

                  The coffee is easy to make and I take mine with two sugars and a good splash of milk. I will add 1 ½ tea spoons full of this Gold Blend coffee as I find that is how much I like to give it the strength I need. Most other coffees that I have come to like I will generally only opt for the 1 teaspoon full. However this Gold Blend will dissolve really quickly and well once the boiling water has been poured into the mug without much need for excessive stirring.

                  Of course the aroma is again fairly strong especially as the boiling water is sending up coffee filled steam into the room. It has a slightly nutty rich smell which is very delicious. The coffee I make can be drunk a lot quicker than my cups of tea because of the amount of milk I use which seems to make it just about perfect temperature to drink more or less straight away when its piping hot.

                  The flavour of the coffee is not too strong and not too rich but it tastes rather "clean" and fresh and unlike some of the cheaper coffees I have tried doesn't have a dirty after taste. The smoothness of this Gold Blend is really enjoyable and it is not at all bitter (the two sugars help I guess).

                  Overall I think this is a really nice choice of coffee and I will certainly be buying it again. I do have ones I prefer moer and I also much prefer having the filtered coffee in my new machine but as a quick fix it is a good choice and it will probably take me a good while to get through this rather large jar anyway so its a good job I do like it! I think a good score of 4 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation is well deserved!


                  I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

                  Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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                  28.12.2011 19:49

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                  The best it simply is

                  I always tend to go for the same coffee every time we run out. I like to buy the very largest jar I can find, which is usually about £7 but it lasts for ages. I like nothing better than taking the lid off for the first time and jamming my spoon into the golden coloured foil that covers the glass lid. The first smell of the coffee is SO good. I then transfer it to our coffee container.

                  The granule size of these coffee grains is not too big or small, they are just the right size. The coffee dissolves very well every time I make a cup of coffee and I am never left with those awful brown muddy floaty bit on the top of the cup which never seem to dissolve with other brands of coffee I have used.

                  This coffee tastes smooth and mellow and never bitter. I don't like Nescafe Original for the reason that it is always a bitter taste in my personal opinion. Gold Blend is the top of the range in instant coffees and I have honestly never tasted one which has managed to surpass this.

                  Occasionally I am lucky and I manage to locate a jar which is on special offer in my local supermarket. However, even if I cannot manage to do this, I will always buy Gold Blend. It has been around for donkey's years but this is the preferred coffee for me and I really recommend it.

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                  18.07.2011 19:56
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                  One of the best coffees

                  I am not a lover of coffee, more a tea person. However when filling a flask of hot drink for a hike with my boyfriend coffee is always easier. He prefers coffee so two reasons there!

                  I have tried a lot of coffees to find one I like, from the cheapest to the most expensive (only bought the most expensive once mind!) this is not too bad!

                  The main reason I keep away from coffee is for the bitter taste it sometimes has. I like a nice creamy taste and even with lots of milk some can still be bitter.

                  Nescafe Gold blend is an age old brand, I remember the adverts for it when I was younger!

                  The very best bit has to be breaking the seal for the first time and smelling that lovely coffee smell. I prefer the smell of coffe to the taste, unless it is in a coffee cake, then nothing beats it!!

                  This instant coffee is very smooth and doesnt need much milk to keep it smooth. I always make it with the milk on the granules first so as not to scorch the coffee, not sure if that is true but it always seems that way when making coffee!! Anyone know?

                  For a non-coffee fan to rate this coffee it must be good!!! Foir a sooth coffee then go for this one but remember , milk first then boiling water!! But if it is for coffee cake, well any off will do as coffee cake is devine!!

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                  10.05.2011 16:03
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                  The Gold Standard in Coffee

                  I do enjoy my daily caffeine fix and especially when I am in work, our employers tend to pick a cheap bulk buy option so I often bring in my own for a treat or substitute. I have recently been buying this Nescafe Gold Blend coffee jar to take in with me to get me though the day.


                  Nescafe is a classic instant coffee brand that goes back to the 1930s and is made by Nestle. The Nescafe Gold Blend is one of the older generations of coffee that has been popular for many years. The product comes in many sizes such as 50g, 100g and 200g glass jars and more recently a recyclable refill pack in 150g packaging. The jar version is the 'hour-glass' Nescafe shape made of clear, thick glass with a gold coloured lid to match the flavouring and name. The label has Nescafe written on the top, with Gold Blend in large font and a huge, golden coffee bean picture.


                  To make the perfect cup of Nescafe Gold Blend you must add a heaped teaspoonful of the instant freeze-dried coffee into a cup, add a splash of milk and just off the boil hot water, stir and relax. The coffee has a rich aroma from jar to brew, you can tell straight from opening the jar lid that this is not a weak or plain coffee drink. I really dislike Nescafe Original coffee for its unpleasant aftertaste and sharpness. This drink is the total opposite; it is almost creamy and has very smooth flavours that just flow down your throat.


                  This coffee blend uses both Arabica and a number of Robusta beans in the formula to create the richness of the coffee drink. They then roast the beans to bring out flavours such as caramel which you can actually get hints of whilst drinking this coffee. The intensity is great, not too strong but definitely there, Nescafe rate this drink as a 6 out of 10 for strength which I would agree with. I think this Gold Blend is a very sociable coffee that any guests could sit down and enjoy at your house without having to tip it into the nearest plant pot.


                  Typical Values per 100g Serving

                  Energy 269 kJ; 63 kcal; Protein 7.0 g; Carbohydrate 36.0 g; of which: sugars 9.0 g; Fat 0.2 g; of which: saturates 0.1 g; Fibre 27.0 g; Sodium 0.1 g; Salt Equivalent 0.3 g; Antioxidants 21.0 g


                  Nescafe Gold Blend is available at all major supermarkets and usually costs £2.50 - £3.00 per 100g depending on what size jar you buy. This is an average price for a good tasting coffee and it is often on special offers, I have my treat coffee and then I have this, a great, easy drinking, everyday coffee.

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                    The best instant coffee I've found to date

                    I am an avid coffee drinker and while my preference is always to use ground coffee (with Taylors of Harrogate my first choice), sometimes theres just not enough time to go through the palava of using the coffee machine, and I therefore always have Gold Blend in my cupboard for such emergencies! I was initially sceptical of instant coffee as my prior experience with instant is that they are terribly bitter, leaving a horrible aftertaste in your mouth, and have a remarkable ability of absorbing any saliva I once had in my mouth so I'm left gasping for a soft drink.

                    Nescafe Gold Blend has however proven to be an exception however - it has a very mild but distinctive flavour, and it is also a very smooth coffee - I don't feel with Gold Blend that its dehydrating me as I drink, nor do I wish I had access to chewing gum or water immediately after drinking it (a sensation often experienced if i'm stuck in a hotel and have only Nescafe original sachets to hand). When treating myself I often put two teaspoons of the powder in a mug of milk, heat up the milk in the microwave and have my own latte - its incredible!

                    With regards to price, at around £5.00 I think its pretty good value, and the packaging makes it a distinctive addition to the other coffee brands on the shelves. As a personal opinion I do wish Nescafe would try and source more of their products through fairtrade, though there is the Nescafe Partners Blend coffee that is so certified, though I have not tried this blend as yet.

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                    Smooth tasting coffee thats just solid all round and good for everyday use.

                    Being a raving coffee addict I have tried many different types of coffee and to me Nescafe Gold Blend is one of my everyday favourites for use at home. It's a really nice smooth tasting coffee that doesn't taste overly bitter or strong. I do like a fairly strong coffee so I normally have about 1 and a half tea spoons of coffee in my drink. The secret to a decent smooth coffee is also not to over milk it otherwise in my opinion it doesn't taste that great. I normally put the coffee in first, followed by the hot water. I then leave it for a few minutes to dissolve, stir it then apply the milk and finish it off with more stirring.

                    The packaging for this product is also pretty solid and I have no problems with it. It has a layer of foil under the lid to keep the fresness in which needs penentrating before use. This blend of coffee is also fairly priced. If you shop around, some shops will have it on offer but for a normal sized jar you can expect to pay around £2 - £3 which is money well spent! It can be purchased from most retailers or supermarkets.

                    I would recommend this coffee to family and friends and consider it to be my favourite standard everyday use coffee.

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                    Great taste and quality... worth the extra quid or two...

                    There are certain things in life that you just cannot scrimp on. Meaning, to buy the cheaper value is to waste your time and money entirely. Toilet roll is one thing - you need thick rolls, let's face it! You have to wrap it around a hundred times to make it useful don't you? Anyway, another thing you just cannot scrimp on is coffee. Unless you are a coffee drinker, you will no doubt agree.

                    I hate being offered a cup of coffee in a home where they don't drink it. Out comes the five year old jar of Tesco Value...

                    No, it has to be quality, as quality counts!

                    In the morning, just as the sleep is slowly falling from your eyes and another day is ahead, what can be nicer than staring into nothingness with a good cup of coffee in your hands? It revitalises, it refreshes; it wakes you, it welcomes you to another morning. I am a Nescafe drinker and I use Nescafe Original, De-Caf and for that special cup Gold Blend.

                    Nescafe Gold Blend is quite pricey, at over £5 for a 200g jar, but if you look out for offers, you can get it for four quid sometimes. It is worth it for the taste, however. I usually have de-caf at home, and caffeinated at work - it helps me get through the day... I might have the odd Gold Blend a day, and perhaps a few at the weekend.

                    How do you make Gold Blend? As you make any other coffee. With boiling hot water! Then add milk and sugar if that is what you want. Gold Blend is made from 100% natural coffee and you can taste this instantly. It is a strong flavour and gets you right 'there.' Nescafe use recyclable glass jars, even the cap is recyclable where facilities exist. It is a rich flavoured coffee with nothing added.

                    Did you know that Nescafe do rewards scheme? There are 'beans' on any jar and you use them to get discounted offers. I have used this in the past, but the offers seem to have been depleted somewhat. I exchanged beans for weighing scales and also for an alarm clock, but they don't seem to do this anymore. It is more about getting discounts - more info here: http://www.nescafe.co.uk/reward-me/reward-me-all-rewards .

                    Nescafe is always my first choice. I have tried other, believe me, and you need quality.

                    Make mine with milk, one sugar please...

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                      18.11.2010 17:44
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                      Worth the slight premium payable

                      In our house, my wife sups tea and too much of it at that. I vary my drinks to include maybe two or three cups of instant coffee during the course of any given day.

                      I have a series of brands which I find acceptable. This includes Nescafe and Nescafe Gold Blend and it is the Gold Blend that is the subject of this review.

                      At full price this is over £5.00 per jar and I would struggle to fork out this much. However, when it's on offer you can benefit from significant reductions and I bought two of these 200g jars for £7.00 in Lidl the other day which is a decent price.

                      There's something wonderful about the smell of a freshly opened jar of coffee and Gold Blend does not disappoint in this area. It has a smooth mellow taste that stops short of being weak or bland.

                      The soluble granules are an attractive medium brown colour and are 100% pure and natural coffee which has been freeze dried. The coffee is made by pouring very hot but not boiling water onto a spoonful of the coffee granules in a cup or mug.

                      There are 200g of product in the clear glass jar with a coffee bean coloured label front and back. The glass in the jar is made from 40% recyclable glass and both the jar and the cap are recyclable which gives this product a good environmental credential.

                      They say a serving is 1.8g, assuming the addition of 200ml of water. Were that the case, you would get 111 cups per jar and at the £3.50 I paid for the jar, that's about 3p per cup - equivalent to about 3 times the cost of a cup of tea.

                      However, most of us I suspect will have coffee in a mug and that generally holds more than 200ml so the price per cup could end up being 5p or more - I like my coffee strong so for me it's more still.

                      Probably the best thing to do is to use a small teaspoon and a small mug and that way, you will limit your intake and reduce the cost. There are plenty who say that too much coffee is bad for you, but to me, it's everything in moderation.

                      Gold Blend is a coffee that produces a decent and consistent taste and that's the minimum requirement from me for any coffee.

                      I'm going to give it a full 5 stars.

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                  • Product Details

                    Nescafé has spent nine years developing a new system of coffee processing - a system that captures even more 'coffeeness' from the coffee beans. This secret process has been used first on our premium brand, Nescafé Gold Blend.