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Somewhere between smooth and rich
Nescafe Gold Blend
Member Name: redhead78
Nescafe Gold Blend
Advantages: Tastes lovely, strong but not too powerful, smooth and full of flavour
Disadvantages: None for me
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!
Summary: A favourite coffee in our house
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