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I hated this coffee and it's been a struggle to drink these three cups, I haven't drunk any of them all the way down to the bottom of the cup because it's a horrible drink even even it's hot but when it goes cool it has got a sickening flavour.
The coffee is very bitter even when you have it as weak as I do. Two of my cups of coffee I made using the whole stick of granules because that's the recommended amount so it was the fairest way to test the coffee, the third cup I used only a portion of the granules to see if that made any difference to how bitter the coffee is. There's isn't even a very obvious coffee flavour to it and I think when they took the caffeine out they accidentally removed the flavour too!! It's just horrible and I can't find words to describe the taste, it's bitter and that's it because it doesn't have a taste that I'd call coffee at all. My boyfriend tried it and said it's like tea mixed with coffee, he can drink any brand of coffee right down to very cheap no frills jars but because I don't drink it very often I can only enjoy a coffee if it's good quality. This isn't very good quality and I'm surprised how bad it is because even though Nescafe isn't the best coffee I always think their coffee is usually something I can drink if I've got to and I know it's a brand that is usually ok.
The decaffeinated Nescafe has got a bit of a chocolate taste that I find horrible, it doesn't taste of chocolate but the further you go down the cup the thicker the coffee feels and that's when it starts to feel like drinking chocolate. I don't think it's pleasant and don't know why anyone would drink it because there are lots of other decaffeinated brands that you could try and even if I was a coffee addict I wouldn't drink this if I was forced to switch to a hot drink with less caffeine.
The quality is extremely poor and I would go far enough to say it's actually a bad drink, it feels like Nescafe have realised they need a decaffeinated version and produced a coffee that they don't care about just to satisfy people who don't want to drink caffeine. I'm sure that that isn't what happened but it's like no care has gone into this coffee: it looks bad, smells ok but not great and tastes disgusting most of the time with only the occasional sip being tolerable. I didn't like it at all, it's too bitter and I don't see the point in drinking something I don't like the taste of
Nescafe I have to say isn't my first choice when it comes to coffee, but if late at night and watching a bit of a coffee fix unless doing a night shift I will have a decaff.
Nescafe Original - Decaff
'The Arabica coffee bean contains about half of the caffeine content of the Robusta bean and is thus more suitable for making high quality decaf coffee. There are rare types of Arabica that naturally have very low caffeine levels as well'
Like I said Nescafe isn't a first choice but to a seasonal coffee drinker on the hold it isn't a bad coffee. It is weaker to a lot of coffees but still you have a nice mild coffee taste. It is freeze dried instant granules, so no messing around just pour on hot water and jobs done.
For coffee I do like to add two sweeteners and if it's my first cup on the morning I have it with two cheeky sugars! This is by no means a morning coffee as it will do nothing for you it is on the hold somewhat a dull cup of coffee.
The sticks contain one cup all measured ready for you, they are very handy for popping in your bag and taking to work. You just rip the top open which is very easy done, pour into the cup and then however you like your coffee.
Some coffee have a somewhat bitter aftertaste, this doesn't have none. Just a mild hint of coffee and for a strong coffee drink this would really be like water for them. If you are making chocolate cake for children adding coffee with intensify the flavour so this is good to use.
Price and Availability:
You can get these in a box of 200 for around £18.00 so 200 cups of coffee for £18.00 that isn't all that bad! Or if you want to purchase in a jar will cost around £4.00 for the 200g jar.
Personally I can not see these high on anyone's shopping list, far better decaf's out there and well if you want coffee you want the caffeine! So I don't recommend them on the hold, but if that is what you like go ahead.
Two out of five stars from me.
Thank you for reading.
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This review is on the packet of sticks which is just the same.
A while back I used to go to a place called Covance. This is a medical research place, and I used to get paid quite well to do studies. But the only thing was, I was not allowed to drink coffee, something about the amount of caffeine in it. So on one visit, with it been a longer study than I am used to, and I do drink a lot of coffee. I started to suffer headaches from my lack of coffee's.
After speaking to the nurses at the centre they decided that we could have some decaffeinated coffee. So as they do not hold coffee there, with it not been allowed, I rang home and asked my other half to buy me some Nescafe Decaffeinated I have always like Nescafe so it had to be that brand. When I arrived home, for a couple of days before I went back. I found 8 sachets in the cupboard. There was in no box, so as I did not buy them I am not sure if he bought these in the box, or loose, which my old corner shop used to do with sachets. I have since tried to look for them but it does appear that you can only get them in bulk buy. From Amazon for £17 for 200 sticks.
Now to be honest I love my coffee so would not have bought this many Decaffeinated sachets, so I was glad I only had a few sticks. The Decaffeinated coffee goes through processes that strips it of 97% of its caffeine, so you will still get a small caffeine hit, which is what I really needed.
When I took the sachet out, it was just seemed enough for one cup. So I opened the sachet which is a thick sort of paper like sachet, I found this really easy to open, you just tear the top of the sachet up, and pour it into a cup. I would use a regular sized cup, as this did seem to be just the right taste. A smaller cup you would only need half a sachet.
I added the milk and sugar that was to my liking for my normal coffee, and then left it to cool down for a while. However I was in a real rush to get a taste for coffee as I had none for days. My first sip of this coffee tasted like heaven. But I could really tell the difference from normal coffee. But to me I was just really glad to have a little bit of caffeine in my system. The coffee even though I had put the same measures in as my normal coffee did not seem to be as strong.
You can not really tell that the caffeine is missing it the coffee, but I do find it had lost some of it's taste, as you may know Nescafe is quite a strong coffee. But this lacked in strongness. Unless you wanted to be caffeine free I would not really recommend this. As the Decaffeinated is quite a bit weaker than the normal coffee. I found the taste to be still good on this though. So I would actually recommend this if you want to be caffeine free, as it only takes a small bit of the taste away, and it was like heaven after I had not had a coffee for a while. This was a great substitute to have.
So This is one of a huge range by Nescafe. Im writing about the Decaf option on the regular original coffee. Now when they say decaf it can never really be 100% But by standards to be able to call it decaf it must be 97% free. For this coffee they use just ARABICA beans as it holds less caffine than the normal robusta bean.
Decaf coffee dates back to 1903, when benzene was used as a solvent to strip caffeine from the bean. Dont worry its no longer done like this! Today they soak the green beans in water to extract the caffine. However in 2004 they did find a caffine free bean tree, they are now working towards breeding and growing them instead as it would be better and less expensive.
The packaging is the same as the normal jar, exact same lables and jar. The main difference here is the lid. Its red (not blue like shown in this pic) Its avalible in all supermarkets and costs around £4 for a 200g jar.
So I only have this product as my other half accidently picked it up (duh!) but we thought we would keep it and try it anyway, as I like drinking coffee at night but can never get to sleep. To start of the packaging is the same and the directions of making it are the same, however big difference from the moment you open it. The granuals are the same in colour and texture but the smell is very very different. Its very faint and hardly smells of coffee at all. The first time I made this I followed the instructions on the back, use 1 level teaspoon and add water, sugar and milk as desired. Now I have 2 sugars(naughty I know!) and very little milk,so I made it as normal and i tasted the coffee..... sorry coffee? this is just sugar water isnt it? did I forget to put the coffee in? So I went back and put another spoonful in, and this time it started to taste like coffee, so I put one more teaspoon in and found it tasted faintly like coffee but very bitter and not like its caffinated friend. I have since had it a couple of times, I put 2 and a half teaspoons of coffee in and lots of sugar and no milk and it actually tastes ok.
I was very let down by this brand, iv had de-caf before and not been able to tell the difference, but this one is watery and doesnt have any taste to it really. It also doesnt have a very nice aromor. It might look like the real thing but its nothing like it! I'm never going to be buying this again, and I think for the price its a complete rip off. Stay clear if your a coffee lover.
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I love my coffee and when I say love I mean LOVE. You could even say I'm a teeny bit addicted to coffee but to me there is nothing on Earth like it. I adore the smell, taste and satisfied feeling you get from a good cup of coffee. So you can imagine my complete devastation when I found out that I would have to give up coffee. My world was ending, what was I going to do? I had to find a replacement! So began my quest to find the perfect decaf coffee.
Now I am by no means a coffee snob, I tend to treat each brand on merit rather than price though most of the time those two factors are intertwined. So my search started at the cheapest end of the scale. Let me tell you stagnant dish water would probably taste better. It confirmed my worst suspicion; that I was doomed to live without my vice, there was no such thing as a decent decaf coffee.
Then one day as I was buying my husbands Nescafe Classic with much disgruntlement a flash of red caught my eye. Investigating further I discovered it to be Nescafe Original Decaffeinated, could this be the solution? It looked just like any other instant coffee with lovely granules instead of that awful fine powder which is a trait of a lot of Decaf coffees. Eagerly paying for my purchase I rushed home to find out more.
Opening the jar the first thing that hit me was the smell, oh that lovely dark aroma which I had so missed was present. The richness of it tantalized my senses making my mouth water in anticipation. That first sip was a revelation it tasted just like real coffee, I had a second to ensure that I wasn't being deceived but no I wasn't in fact it tasted even better. By the end of my cup I was glowing, that satisfied feeling had returned, praise Nescafe.
The best bit was it wasn't exorbitantly expensive, in fact the price was middle of the range. I could resume my little problem without a second thought.
Nescafe's website www.nescafe.com advertises Nescafe Classic Decaff as "All the qualities of the coffee you love, without the caffeine. We safely remove the caffeine while retaining the full flavor and wonderfully refreshing taste that are unique to NESCAFE."
I can assure you that Nescafe definitely live up to that promise, in fact I'd like to offer them a round of applause for successfully recreating a perfect imitation of the real thing. I really can't recommend Nescafe Original Decaffeinated enough.
Thank you Nescafe, you've given this former coffee addict hope.
Nescafe Original Decaffinated instant coffee is probably the most popular instant coffee though others are catching up. It's the coffee we have at work and it's the coffee we drink at home, and it's been that way for as long as I can remember - we've certainly been Nescafe drinkers for a good 15 or more years.
In that time it hasn't really changed, and the flavour is just as good now for an instant coffee as it always was. I buy my Nescafe in Home Bargains - a 200g glass jar of Original blend Decaff (with the blue label) is only £2 in there, a great saving on the £3.75 my local supermarket is currently charging. In fact it sells out quick at Home Bargains so I stock up!
As it's a freeze dried instant coffee it stores well in my canister and it never loses taste or smell. The colour of the granules are a very rich dark brown and the smell a strong bold coffee aroma.
It's easy to make, obviously, just add boiling water and milk and sugar to taste. Certainly when I get up in the morning it's easier to make than tea, though I prefer decaff because too much caffiene can make me feel ill. My husband has high blood pressure too so I like to avoid things like caffiene and salt in our every day diet.
In terms of flavour it can't be beaten for me and I am a huge coffee lover. It's not the coffee I serve to guests I'll admit because I see it as a day to day coffee but for your every day coffee it's spot on and nothing really compares for me, being a long term drinker of Nescafe. The taste to me is a nice creamy one, not bitter, which I don't mind in an after dinner coffee or a coffee to go, but at home I prefer a milder more mellow drink.
I find that the coffee lasts me well because I only add two teaspoons per mug, so a 200g jar will easily last a month. My dad who is a huge coffee drinker goes through maybe 400g a month but again he buys it from Home Bargains too so we save a bit of money there!
I really can't complain about Nescafe, it's my go-to coffee in the morning and whilst I do use other brands it's my staple coffee brand I always return to. It's well priced and easy to use, the smell and taste are just right for me and whilst it might not be a 'posh' coffee it's a lovely mellow coffee perfect for every day coffee lovers. Overall I highly recommend it and I do think you can taste the difference versus supermarket own brands which can taste a bit thin. I'll give this five stars out of five as I have no gripes with it and I think when you've been loyal to a brand as long as I have you have to be pretty happy with it!
My only tiny suggestion is that it would be great to have a loyalty scheme with Nescafe as they do with Andrex, to save up for mugs and so on - maybe I'll suggest that to them - after 15+ years I could get a porsche ;)
I've always had problems with poor sleep and drink far too much Nescafe coffee so can't imagine that was helping. I decided as part of my health and fitness and to improve my sleep I was going to cut out caffeine for one month. Well that was easily said then done because after a few days of not drinking coffee I started to go crazy. When I saw this product I realised I might not have to give up coffee altogether.
Now before I tucked into my first cup of decaf coffee I already prepared myself for it to taste a poor second to normal coffee but I was pleasantly surprised. I won't lie to you and say it doesn't taste a little different (weaker)but honestly the difference in taste is acceptable when you consider the benefits. It smells like coffee and it taste like coffee so I actually believe I'm still getting the morning kick you get from caffeine but obviously I'm not. It seems to be tricking my brain into thinking I'm still getting my coffee buzz.
What are the advantages?
Made from 100% pure natural coffee.
A serving (1.8g and 200 mil of water) gives 0.4g antitoxins as part of a healthy balance diet.
What are the disadvantages?
Obviously no caffeine buzz
Taste weaker than normal coffee
This product can be purchased from most of the large supermarkets and the average price is approximately £3.00 for a 200g jar with blue labeling.
***Nescafe Original Decaffeinated Coffee***
After recently having a bit of a health scare - it led me to research my diet completely and one of the things I found was just what an effect caffeine has on certain cancers, in particular breast cancer. So I vowed to cut down and went with this well known brand.
***What's it like***
This coffee comes in glass jars and has blue labelling (so don't look for one like the picture above). It smells like coffee - you get the same rich aroma and of course it is made in exactly the same way, just by pouring hot water on it.
At first it took some getting used to. The best way that I can describe it is that it tastes weakened compared to regular coffee; as if you might have put too much milk in. It had a nice aroma and still satisfied the need to have a coffee fix mid morning. I made it using semi-skimmed milk.
Taste wise the taste is obviously no where near as strong as filter coffee or other regular coffee's, but as a brand I do like it. There must be something about the combination of coffee beans that they use, but it works for me in comparison to Maxwell House, which I detest.
I have never felt like I *needed* the coffee fix to keep me awake or keep me going, so I have to say that I had no caffeine withdrawal effects. At week-end I do treat myself to the real stuff, but as a caffeine free subsitute then this is perfectly acceptable.
As there is such a small difference in taste, I would urge you to give it a try. The experts keep differing in their opinions as to how much of a difference caffeine make to breast cancers etc, but while that debate is going on I prefer to play on the safe side and so I will be sticking with this product.
It seems a small sacrifice to make, when I consider how anxious I was and gives me a bit more peace of mind.
This review isn't a big one, but I did want to point out the health issues for people who may not be aware of them.
It is available from all the big supermarkets and currently costs £3.00 for 200g, which is a reduction from the normal price of £4.44 - this offer is only until the 6/10/09.
Nescafe also operate a rewards system where you collect beans off the packaging to redeem against discounts/ goods. This scheme isn't the best, but I thought it was worth a mention, as I redeemed mine for a little photobook from PhotoBox.
I discovered a couple of months ago that I am becoming more and more sensitive to caffeine, especially in coffee. Coffee happens to be one of my favourite drinks and I tend to drink gallons of the stuff. Therefore I was understandably distressed at the thought of not being able to drink regular coffee. I was never really convinced by the thought of Decaf coffee and was resentful that now I would have no choice but to drink it.
Instead of spending a fortune on expensive decaf I thought I better attempt a less expensive version in case I didnt like it. So I chose the Nescafe Original Decaff.
Unlike the picture the product actually comes in a royal blue packaging in the UK. It stands out a lot better on the shelf as it contrasts to the brown granules inside the glass. Nescafe is made by Nestle and the Nestle logo appears on the top of the plastic lid. The packaging is recyclable.
The granules look the same as the original caffeinated granules. Small and brown and earthy. The smell of the granules isnt as strong as other coffees and it is quite nutty.
As usual with instant coffee. You put a teaspoon or so of the granules in the bottom of a cup and then fill with boiling water. Then add milk, cream or sugar to taste. Stir well until the granules dissolve. As long as the water is boiling then the granules will dissolve completely in seconds.
The smell of the coffee when dissolved is again not as strong as regular coffee and slightly nuttier and I find the taste is very similar but I need less milk otherwise it tastes too creamy. I was extremely pleased and relieved that I really couldnt find much different with the Decaff Coffee from regular coffee.
Whats great is that in the 100g of coffee there are 23g of Antioxidants! Which means whenever you drink a cup of coffee one fifth of it will be antioxidants. These are naturally found in coffee and so are not additives. The coffee has a long shelf life of two years but I have managed to get through around 3 jars in a couple of months.
The process of decaffeination can occur in several different ways and the method used by nescafe is water decaffeination according to their website. This is a 100% chemical free way to remove caffeine from the coffee beans. This means you can fully enjoy your cup of coffee knowing it has no harmful caffeine or chemicals in it.
The original Nescafé without coffeine