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Nescafe Gold Blend
Member Name: sue.51
Nescafe Gold Blend
Date: 16/06/02, updated on 16/06/02 (1929 review reads)
Advantages: The gorgeous taste
Disadvantages: If I drink too much it makes me ill
Without question, I am the UK's No 1 Nescafe Gold Blend Fan. I started drinking Coffee when I was around 12, after discovering that black and sugarless it had no calories, needless to say, my tender taste-buds couldn't quite handle the experience and I used to pump it full of sugar and milk, then as I grew upwards and outwards, sweeteners. I religiously used to boil milk every evening, spoon in the coffee and away I went.
During my teens I managed to lose around half my body weight, with coffee being my crutch as I downed cup after cup of strong Nescafe original with skimmed milk and sweeteners, until the day I travelled to Germany and my mum stopped me taking the sweeteners in case the Customs Officers thought they were drugs and had me arrested, thus started the experience of drinking it with no sugar.
Of course, it was still Nescafe Original in those days, and then a friend introduced me to Gold Blend as he refused to drink anything else.
A few occasional experiences with what was then, a highly premium priced coffee (this is a product whose price has fallen considerably over the years) left me wanting more, but then as an impoverished student nurse, unable to afford it.
As I continued to mature and my tastes became more sophisticated, I discovered that regular intake of dairy produce (including milk) aggravated my eczema, hence I came to drinking my coffee strong, black and sugarless (like my men - well we all have to have a dream) and the love affair with Gold Blend began and has remained ever since.
I don't know if anyone has heard the advert on local-radio where a lady is offered a cup of coffee during a variety of meetings, she quotes
"I would love a Gold Blend"
and when her host confesses he doesn't have any and offers her an alternative, she declines and trys to make her apologies, threatening to sue the company for breach of contract in the process.
Similarly the women who leaves her husband to stay with a friend and then decides she wants to go back to the husband she hates rather than stay with the friend without Gold Blend - well all those ladies are me - I cannot abide any lesser coffee, although I can generously stomach some of the more up-market Nescafe products if someone were to offer, and I do enjoy strong, quality ground coffee, but in their absence, I am afraid it has to be Gold Blend.
I have lost count of the amount of drinks I have left untouched in peoples' houses, and now when I travel to any hotel or country, I have a jar of this in my bag, when I had my bag stolen in Lanzarote I was more upset about the coffee than the medication I lost, well have you seen the price of it out there? It was around £2.50 for a miniature jar!!!!!! And I went through three in a week.
SO WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT IT OTHER THAN I LOVE IT?
Nescafe was founded in 1938 by Nestle after an approach from the Brazilian Government to find a way that coffee could be made by simply adding water, the process took seven years of research and the product became Nescafe, a combination of Nestle (the founder) and café, where coffee is typically drunk. Today, according to the web-site, 3,000 cups of Nescafe are drunk around the world EVERY second, no mean feat, but I can well believe it.
The website describes the process of delivering Gold Blend as being
"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. The result is a doubling in aroma and a dramatic increase in fresh-coffee flavour"
Well, Nescafe, I couldn't agree more, the taste is awesome and fit for any time of the day. As far as I am concerned you can stick your caffeine free coffee (There is a Gold Blend version, depicted by a redish ting
ed label and to be fair it doesn't taste too bad), although for me it detracts from the very purpose of drinking it in the first place, to get a lift.
I cannot function in the mornings without a cup, and if for any reason I don't have at least 5/6 cups a day, I develop severe headaches and feel really washed out, although if I go over this limit, I can be prone to sleeplessness and severe palpitations and therefore have learned my limits. A cup of instant Nescafe apparently contains around 60mg of Caffeine, a can of Coke 40mg, although I guess much depends on how strong you make it.
As you probably already know, Gold Blend (a freeze dried product) it is classified as Nescafe's premium brand coffee and retails in supermarkets at:
* c69p for a baby-jar, ideal for sticking in the hand-bag or overnight bag for those emergencies.
* £1.39 for a 50g jar
* £2.14 for a 100g jar
* £3.89 for a 200g jar
* £4.89 for a 400g jar
You can also obtain catering packs of it from most good supermarkets and wholesalers.
In my experience, if you are not going to be around much to drink this, buy a smaller container, as once open, there is no doubt it loses its aroma and taste - and if you work in an office full of people who laugh at your obsession, rest assured that by the time you get back, they will have drunk it regardless and their coffee will remain untouched.
My boss was horrified a few weeks ago when I appeared for a meeting, complete with a cup containing merely a teaspoonful of Gold Blend, I don't think he could quite believe what he was seeing.
It is indescribable, slightly bitter, rich, full flavour, fresh and as close to quality ground coffee as you will get.
The smell when you first open that jar is as good as my local Kardomah any day, and because I drink it black, strong and sugarless, is absolutely gorgeous served with a fresh crea
m cake containing jam.
OTHER PRODUCTS IN THE RANGE WORTH A TRY
* If you are not after the strong taste, then possibly NESCAFE ORIGINAL might be for you;
* BLEND 37 - I have never actually tried so can't comment, again a freeze dried product.
* ALTA RICA - strong and absolutely gorgeous, although proceed with caution, can cause severe stomach griping in those not accustomed to it - more expensive than the Gold Blend, more a coffee for special occasions, small carry pot jars available for travelling or just storing in the house.
DID YOU KNOW?
Nescafe now have their own chain of coffee shops and dedicated Nescafe machines springing up, not only in the UK but around the world, often seen at Motorway Service Stations and Airport departure Lounges - sounds good to me.
WHAT MORE CAN I SAY? FOR ME, NOTHING ELSE WILL DO.