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Often when holidaying abroad, I find there is no kettle or tea-making facilities available in our hotel room. Not a huge problem of course, but I do find that I like a hot cup of coffee in the morning to help me waken up and I do prefer to start my day with a hot cuppa in hand. This can be difficult to accomplish without a fridge or proper tea/coffee-making facilities, particularly as I take my coffee with creamer or milk, and without a fridge or cooler to store this in, the milk will often perish within a few hours of opening, succumbing to the warm climate.
Thankfully, the perfect solution to my caffeine-consuming ritual was found rather easily in a local branch of Poundland some 12 months ago. The apparent perfect companion to my miniature-sized (and much loved) travel kettle presented itself among other foodstuff items available in-store at the time.
Packaged in a brown plastic wrapper with the familiar "Nescafe" branding and logo, the "3-in-1" sachets appeared to be just what I needed! The package contained 7 individual 'pouches' of 'ready-mixed' powdered drink which is a combination of Coffee, sugar and creamer and thus, the 3-in-1 claim of the product and its name is easily fulfilled.
The package contains 7 individual pouches as I mentioned, and so, for my £1 in Poundland I have purchased enough coffee for seven individual cuppas, each pouch providing enough contents to make one cup of coffee. I tend to purchase a couple of the packages for each holiday or trip as my husband will often partake in a hot cuppa too, and these packages always last well for the duration of our holiday. I feel that £1 for 7 sachets of coffee is a reasonable price and offers good value for money, although I think it is worth noting that a similar "3 in 1" pre-mixed coffee drink was recently available from a rival brand (Namely, Maxwell House) alongside it's Nescafe alternative in a local (independent) Pound Shop recently, where TEN sachets were contained in the bag. We actually purchased both, and found very little difference between the two products.... Possibly worth bearing in mind.
The seven pouches each have a little cut in the side that allows the top of the pouch to be ripped off quite easily. I've never experienced any problem with doing this, even though I suffer from limited mobility and weakness in my hands at times. Additionally, I have never really noticed that the powdered contents from the small sachets escapes easily or causes any sort of spill which would no doubt have me complaining about the packaging for the product being inadequate and rather poor.
The powdered contents of each sachet is rather unremarkable in its appearance, I must admit. Comprising of a sort of grey powder with chocolate brown coloured 'flecks' throughout, the powder appears rather dull. A sweet smell is evident as the powder is decanted into a cup or mug, and the aroma of coffee is present too of course, as you would expect.
Adding hot water from the kettle allows the light powder to be completely absorbed very quickly, and stirring the powder into the water is quick and easy to undertake. I find it really only takes a few moments to complete the preparation process and there is nothing overly fussy about it either.. This makes the Nescafe 3-in-1 sachets absolutely ideal for use first thing in the morning when I am not at my brightest, it has to be said. I have found too that stirring the powder for a moment allows for it to be completely dissolved, and I don't recall ever finding clumped remnants of powder lingering at the bottom of my cup after consumption... Rather surprising, if my experience of drinking powdered hot chocolate products is to be compared.
The end result is a hot, steaming mug (or cup) of hot coffee, of course. The 'milk' or creamer added in the product is just enough to allow the Nescafe drink to meet my own requirements, in that it makes the coffee 'white' enough to remove the familiar bitterness that black coffee carries in its body. It has to be said that I do miss the 'cooling' effect achieved when cold milk or cream is added to boiling hot coffee because of course this is not present with the use of the Nescafe powder. I find that leaving my hot cuppa to 'rest' for a few minutes before drinking really goes a long way in terms of finding the drink most suited to my own tastes in terms of the drink's temperature.
The sugar or sweetener element of the product is quite strong in my opinion, and certainly I do not find it necessary to add any additional sugar or sweetener to my drink, even though I would normally add two teaspoons of sugar to a fresh cup of coffee. I do think that if you usually take one or less sugars in your coffee then the Nescafe 3-In-1 may prove to be overly sweet for your palate, but this is down to personal choice of course and it may just be a case of you needing to get used to the taste of the product.
Overall, I find the Nescafe 3-In-1 coffee sachets offer a quick, easy and fuss-free solution to my coffee-drinking habits whilst holidaying abroad. It would not be true to say that the sachets produce the most delicious cup of coffee that I have ever tasted, but it would be unfair, I think, to expect this of such a small sachet of powder and they do their job extremely well in my opinion. The product's strongest selling point is no doubt its convenience and I really think the sachets would be ideal for camping trips as well as days away to the seaside (all you really need is a flask of hot water to make your hot cuppa, remember!) as well as, of course, holidays and trips where no tea or coffee making facilities are provided in your hotel room.
For the reasons outlined in this review, I feel the Nescafe 3-In-1 deserves full marks in the product rating score and they come with my full recommendation. They are a regular addition to my holiday shopping list, being the ideal companion for my trusty Travel Kettle.... Excellent!
Not often I drink coffee, but when I do I always enjoy drinking Nescafe original, and love it. While in Tesco, picking my usual coffee, Nescafe 3 in 1 caught my eye. I have not seen it advertised before but have decided to pick one pack, which contains 10 sachets, just to try it out.
When I got home I had to use scissors to open the main pack which is quite a big pack. So I was expecting the sachets to be big too. But they were not. They were small, long and quite thin sachets, which I really liked. There are 10 individual sachets, which contain coffee, sugar and whitener. It sounded and looked perfect.
I took one sachet and opened it quite easily (no scissors needed, this time), and poured it in the average size mug. The powder did look much lighter colour than a usual coffee powder, but was guessing it was because of the whitener that was added. I could not smell that nice strong smell of coffee either, but I didn't let that stop me trying it. So all I had to do is boil the kettle and just before it boils, to switch it off and pour in the mug. So that's what I did.
When I poured the water over the powder and stirred it, the first thing that hit me was the smell. It was a very unpleasant smell (actually it was an awful smell that does not resemble the fine smell of any coffee at all). The colour was not promising either. It was a very pale, watery colour, leaving me to wonder where the whitener is. And then, it was the taste. Well I don't drink coffee often, but certainly do know how lovely it tastes. Well this one did not taste like a coffee at all. It was a hot drink witch left an awful, strong taste at the back of my throat for a very long time. I had to look at the pack again just to make sure that it was the 3 in 1 coffee that I picked up.
Now I have to point out that I do drink my coffee with 2 teaspoons of sugar (not sweeteners) and full fat milk, so maybe that is why I could not find any similarity to my usual coffee, but I have drunk before Nescafe original in individual sachets, where you had to add your own milk and sugar, and that was perfectly ok. So I am sticking to it.
Seeing these advertised on the TV a couple of weeks ago I thought they sounded like a really good idea- although I don't often take sugar in my coffee, I do sometimes enjoy it sweet, as does my husband, and so I thought I would pick some up for picnics and the likes rather than trying to measure out a spoonful of coffee on a windy beach in the middle of spring. I was expecting these to be quite expensive, so was surprised when they were only £1 for a pack of 10 sachets in Tesco (though this was a special introductory offer, and their usual price was £2).
What are Nescafe 3 in 1's?
These are sachets of pre mixed coffee with milk and sugar, perfect for on the go, picnics and long car journeys, meaning no stewed coffee in your flask, just boil some water, pop it in ther flask and away you go, you can make a brew when you feel like, no waste-age if you end up not drinking any of the flask, only water is being poured away.
These little 3 in 1 Nescafe drinks come in a bag and within the bag there are 10 finger sized sachets, these are made of thin plastic with an easy open tear along line, making them easy to open on the go. The packaging is perfect, no silly box taking up loads of room in my cupboard, just a plastic type bag which can be easily manipulated into the already full cupboard space.
Each sachet is enough for one 250ml mug of coffee, and are the eqivilent to a mug of coffee with one sugar and a splash of milk.
I definitely give the packaging a 10 out of 10, the sachets are strong enough not to rip or ruin if they get wet in a bag meaning that they are perfect for picnics as even if something spills on them, they won't be ruined, each one is perfectly sized for one mug of coffee. The packaging is well designed making it easy on the eye as well as useful. And it is easy to open, meaning there is no spilled contents when it goes flying everywhere when trying to open the sachet! Storage is no problem as like I said, there is no bulky box to hold the sachets.
Using the coffee mixture
This couldn't be easier, just empty the contents of the sachet into a mug and pour around 250ml of boiled water in. Stir and drink! These are simply perfect for on the go as there is no messing with storing milk, sugar and coffee seperately and messing with spoons for each one and spillages etc.
The coffees taste is relatively mild and quite sweet, for me it was a tiny bit too sweet...maybe there was not enough coffee to sugar ratio for my taste buds, but for my husband, it was perfect as he likes his coffee quite sweet! I think to please everyone on this ratio would be pretty much impossible to be honest, and on the whole, the coffee tastes just like normal Nescafe coffee which I would make at home in my kitchen only with a spoonful of sugar which I wouldn't always add.
The milk is obviously dehydrated milk (like you get in powdered capuccino and like the powdered milk you can buy in the shops), so it isn't creamy as you would get with usual milk, and for me reminds me of coffee made using skimmed milk- not a problem for me, but for people who like full fat milk, they would be able to taste the difference in the milky texture and taste.
The only problem with this coffee as far as I was concerned was because I add milk from the fridge to my own coffee at home, it cools it down so I can drink it right away, whereas with this, I found I was scalding myself the first few sips because I was so used to being able to drink it right away!
Worth the money?
Considering if I want to buy me and my husband a cup of coffee in a cafe whilst out, it would cost me between £1 and £3 for a cup (depending of course on where I went for it), I think that even at full price of £2 approx for 10 sachets is well worth it for my purpose of using them for camping/picnics/days out as it means I am saving myself money when we go out for the day at the weekend. It means I can have a coffee whenever I like and don't have to worry about finding a cafe where I am not going to have to remortgage my house to buy 2 cups of coffee and I know it is going to be reasonable, and not taste like dishwater as some cheap cafe coffee does!
I wouldn't buy these to use at home on a daily basis- nor would I buy them to take to work with me, but to grab two and pop them in my bag when we are going on a day trip or long journey along with the flask of boiled water, they are perfect, and well worth the money.
Maybe not to everybody's taste in that the coffee isn't particularly strong, but it definitely warms you up on a cold seaside front!!!!
It is amazing how petty and arsey grown-ups can be about the most trivial of things. In primary schools, you'll often find the staff quietly engaged in what I like to think of as 'Coffee Conflict' (I was going to call it Coffee Wars, but alliteration pleases me). Where the money is taken out of the school fund to buy the beverages, things generally aren't too bad. However, if all members of staff contribute to a kitty specifically for tea and coffee, resentment can build up to frightening levels. Teachers will glare at the individual who dares to take more than one cup at break or lunchtime. Classroom assistants will backstab the person who drinks out of a mega-big cup. Everyone will have a go at the poor soul who plaintively asks if it would be possible to have decaffeinated coffee bought in. Things reached a head when I worked in a school where the principal was asking 6 classroom assistants to contribute £2.50 and 7 teachers to contribute £5 for the coffee fund. Every month. That's a grand total of 50 quid for coffee. And, well, the coffee wasn't made out of gold or anything, so I opted out and brought in my own.
Now, though, I'm not in a fixed school. I'm in three different schools each week and lugging a jar of coffee, bag of sugar and carton of milk between them would be a pain. Finding these all-in-one sachets of coffee, milk and sugar in the pound shop was a bargainous solution to my problems.
The sachets are 14 cm long, 4 cm wide and about a centimetre deep. I can manage to fit at least 3 or 4 sachets into one of the pockets of my work handbag and thus far I've never had any issues with the packaging ripping and the contents spilling out. There's a section at the top which tears off easily to allow you to deposit it in a cup rather than all down your top (you may laugh, but if there's a spillage to be made, I'll make it).
The powder itself is an ashy grey-brown colour. It's not particularly appetising to look at it but the finished brew does look a lot more drinkable. It doesn't have a strong coffee smell, certainly nowhere near as intense as coffee grounds or even coffee granules. When mixed with boiling water it makes a cup of average looking coffee; not as dark as I'd normally make it, but not anaemically milky either.
The taste is one that I've grown to like but I appreciate that true coffee aficionados will probably find it absolutely vile. It's very creamy which is less down to dairy goodness and more because of the addition of artificial creamers and whiteners (mmm, lovely). It's quite sweet and this is something that will linger after you've finished drinking it. I'd normally take my coffee with 1 ½ or 2 sugars and this tastes quite a bit sweeter than that to my palate. In fact, when I first started drinking this I did suspect that there was some hot chocolate powder mixed into the granules although now I note that sugar is the principal ingredient, which may explain a lot. Nescafe make a 2-in-1 sachet which is just coffee with whitener which may be less likely to make your dentist weep. The coffee flavour is really quite subtle; it's definitely there but in a whimpering kind of way. Put it like this, the average cappuccino will taste much more of 'proper' coffee than this. There's little point in discussing how full bodied, rich, etc. this is because it simply isn't there.
I don't normally do discussion of ingredients, but there are a few things which may cause interest/alarm. Firstly, there are 7 E numbers, although these are listed as acidity regulators, emulsifiers and stabilisers. I don't know enough about food production to know whether these are the ones that send children mad, but if you're giving coffee to under-10s I suspect the E numbers may not solely be to blame for their hyperactivity. Also listed is hydrogenated vegetable fat, which I assume accounts for the creamy unctuousness of the drink. Lastly, one cup made using this will weigh in at 73 calories; not horrifying, but still higher than a regular cup of coffee made with instant granules, milk and two sugars.
Overall, I'd say that it's better than vending machine coffee, but not as good as coffee made yourself with good-quality instant granules, milk and sugar. What it lacks in taste, though, it makes up for in portability.
When it comes to coffee its something I really do occasionally enjoy. I usually buy Carte Noir and have done with it when it comes to instant coffees and am not a fan of anything Nescafe as I find it weak and really cheap tasting like an economy offering asnd like it rich!
Hoiwever I was in Tesco last night and I spotted these sachets of Nescafe 3 in 1's. Simply pop this in a cup/mug without measuring...I was intrigued cos I am a lazy so and so.
The sachets are all individually wrapped and come in packs of 10 etc however I bought mine as a single to simply try it out and it cost me a mere 35p which I thought was a bit of a bargain really!
The sachet is long and oblong in shape and brown and a dark red in colour made from foil. On the front of it we are told that it is Nescafe 'Original' 3 in 1 and that it contains 75 kcal a serving and there is a photograph of a cup of coffee shown. On the back of the sachet we are shown via diasgramns how to prepare the drink, ingredients and a full nutritiionalchart are shown, the weight is stated (which is 18g per sachet) and contact details for Nescafe are given. Nice enough packaging this is, I like the fact that all I have to do is add water and I simply have to cut the end of the packet off to get into it and it is as simple as that lol!
What this is, is a fine dark brown and white powder that has a nice aroma of 'real' coffee to it. Simply pop it into a cup/mug, add hot water (not boiling of course to coffee) and give it a quick stir and this makes a rather dark and strong looking coffee and couldn't be described as milky as such at all. It smells good, the powder creates no lumps and that is that....fuss free coffee made in a couple of seconds flat!
Taste wise I really do like this. It is a strong coffee with a tad of a milk flavouring to it which of course is powdered milk (skimmed). The instant coffee is well rounded in flavour and like I say rather strong and to me these taste like they have a teaspoon of sugar within them, which is what I usually have in a coffee and that is real tasting sugar and not a nasty artificial sweetener.
These are great individual coffees, great for taking to work and things like that and easy to make up. If you don't like your coffee sweetened though these really may not be for you sadly but me, I will certainly buy these time and time again for quick and tasty coffee in the future!
Available in all good supermarkets etc.