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Nescafe Gold Blend
Member Name: newby2
Nescafe Gold Blend
Advantages: smooth and clean
Disadvantages: not my favoruite
==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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