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This is my standard coffee. Truth all told, I'm not exactly fussy when it comes to my coffee. As long as it has enough milk in it, and about half a spoon of sugar, I'm fine with it. That means that generally, I let my fickle, brand hopping, self, choose coffee jars on the basis of what's on the shelf, what's on offer, and what amount of money is in my pocket.
Generally speaking, the larger jars of Nescafe are more economic to buy, and last longer. They do, unfortunately, last for a shorter amount of time if my brother comes over to visit (I really don't know what he does with it; if I didn't know better, I'd think he was sitting there and eating the granules.) The coffee generally loses a little bit of its strength the longer it's been open, so you don't have to put as much in when it's a fresh jar.
These are instant granules. You pop them in the bottom of the cup, pour on boiled water from the kettle, and hey presto, coffee. This is handy when you can't think of anything before your morning cup of coffee (guilty as charged,) and you can't be bothered to faff about grinding beans etc. Just bung it in a cup or mug and get it down your throat. If you're anything like me, your family will thank you for it.
This is not the strongest coffee I've ever tasted, but then, neither is it the weakest. It's a middle-strength, meaning you can accommodate a bunch of tastes by just using more or less granules, or more or less milk/sugar.
I am not someone who is an addicted coffee drinker. I do enjoy a coffee from Starbucks and Costa's and the likes when I'm out and about on my travels but at home I mainly consume tea however I do always buy coffee in for my guests and do occasionally fancy one myself, usually of a morning to wake me up a little.
Due to being on an economy drive at the moment to save up for going on holiday with friends later in the year I have been making small cut backs on my shopping. I buy and spend far too much in this area for just me, my cat and hammies so now I stick to budget items and what I need and even write out a shopping list!
I bought some very cheap coffee from Asda and I thinks its rather good to be fair however I think one of my friends (who only drinks coffee) really must not of liked it cos one day last week she bought round her own jar and it happened to be a small jar of this and the price on it was £2.95 which I found surprising as I thought this would be cheaper however she did inform me she got it from a local convenience store. So now my friend Ellen has her own jar of coffee sat in my kitchen and now I'm waiting on other things to start arriving....like slippers lol. What she doesn't realise is that I've been drinking this lol.
Nescafe Original is available in different sized jars and of course in great big catering tins. The jar I have in front of me is made of glass and is see through with a chocolate brown coloured plastic lid that is twist on/off and on the front of the jar the price is displayed and we are told that it is indeed Nescafe Original 'Rich & Full Of Flavour' and there is a picture shown of a mug of steaming coffee sitting on some coffee beans and then on the back label other information listed includes being told a bit about Nescafe's commitment to manage all their waste, the best before date is displayed along with the size of the jar being stated (which in this case is 100g) and contact details for Nescafe are given. Nice enough jar this is and the first time you open up the jar you have have a piece of foil that needs removing as standard.
Well of course I don't need to tell you how to make a cup of coffee I hope! There are no instructions on the jar on how to make this up so I usually use 1 largish teaspoon of coffee per medium sized mug however of course you can use less that that for a weak coffee (or if your using a small cup or mug or whatever!) or more coffee if you are having a big mug of the stuff or prefer your coffee strong and of course you can add milk and or/sugar or whatever you want too as well.
Me, well I only drink black coffee with no sugar. It easy to make up and the dark brown rather thick granules dissolve quickly and easily with no fuss and as soon as I pour on hot (not boiling water) onto my coffee granules the lovely fragrance of coffee wafts under my nose.
My Opinion Of The Coffee:
This for me is a simple everyday and decent quality coffee. There's nothing special about it really and I prefer a more richer, intense flavour of say a Colombian coffee however like I say there is nothing wrong with this. I have learnt to use a bit more coffee than I would with my preferred brands to get a stronger flavour so this is running down in the jar rather quickly. It is slightly bitter to my taste and does leave a lingering and not so nice flavour way after I have consumed it. It just isn't as smooth and full bodied as I'm personally used to but like I say its ok for the odd cup of coffee of and it doesn't taste cheap and/or nasty but me, for the amount of coffee's I have in a day I simply want more than this offers to me!
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===Black coffee in bed===
Coffee is so cool isn't it? It's a distinctly adult thing to love. Kids may love the smell but most of the time they hate the taste. They tend not to be allowed it anyway due to the total buzz they would get from it. Can you imagine a five year old with a taste for Espresso? My brain just exploded. Being that I'm ever so childish, however, my love of coffee comes with a few provisos. It needs to be as mild and smooth as possible, made with only milk (water just makes it taste horrible; coffee should have a creamy taste to it at all times) and a tonne of sugar or flavoured syrup to go with it, preferably gingerbread. Even then I can only have a small cup or two before I start twitching and feeling hungover. Caffeine and me no longer get on well together after a year of drinking three cans of Relentless energy juice a day while popping pro-plus. Allan on the other hand, prefers blacker, stronger coffees and would happily drink it all day (but doesn't). As such we always have some coffee in our cupboard. I'm not sure where the Nescafe came from, but it's there!
Nescafe is part of the Nestlé company that we all know and ...er... well... we all know them. They aren't the nicest company on the planet at the best of times, but, golly darn it, they make chocolate and other yummy things so we'll just ignore that. The Nescafe part of the company has been kicking about since the 1930's with powdered coffee being their main product.
For my entire life I've grown up with the sexy Nescafe adverts making me think that coffee was just a bit naff. I mean, what's naffer than grown ups being sexy at each other while drinking that horrible drink? Obviously I didn't realise that one day, I'd be inviting men up for a "coffee" which they sometimes got and sometimes didn't. Who knew it was all code for "Hey, wanna come play with me?" Adults, apparently. Coffee itself is grown in many a place (over 70 countries grow it; I bumped into it in Sri Lanka when I was there) but Nescafe's original blend uses beans that originally come from Yemen and South Africa but are mostly grown in Vietnam now. It's a blend of Arabica and Robusta coffee beans. The former apparently taste better while the latter produces and easier to care for crop (hence the name) but with a more bitter taste to it.
If you want to contact Nescafe they have a website that tries a little too hard to convince you that coffee is incredibly good for you (despite plenty of compelling scientific research to the contrary in regards to caffeine) and it feels all a little bit like they doth protest too much. The web address is www.nescafe.co.uk and there's a little "contact us" link down in the bottom left hand corner where you can get phone numbers or send them a little e-form. The phone number is quite a long one;
00800 6378 5385
And the address is
Nestlé Consumer Services
P.O. Box 207
YO 91 1XY
This stuff seems like it's really expensive any time I have to pick it up. It's £7.48 for a 300g jar. Then I remember that 300g of coffee is actually a tonne. It lasts forever and ever in our cupboard. If you are a heavy coffee drinker then the largest pack is definitely the best value version as the more you buy the cheaper it is per gram. If you're a light coffee drinker then worry not. It's roasted and dried out meaning if you keep the lid on the jar it lasts for a very long time. It's not as cheap as other brands out there, but it's also not terrible when you realise it'll fuel your dirty coffee habit for a long time. A teaspoon of the stuff weighs 1g and you only need a little over half for a normal strength cup of coffee meaning you could easily get 600 cups out of this jar. Just be careful with the lid, I've found it a bit fiddly to make it sit right. It doesn't really feel like it's on properly even when it is, which is a bit annoying.
The jar is not the prettiest. In fact, it's quite ugly. It's got a brown plastic screw top and the front has a brown coloured sticker on it. It's thicker at the bottom and pinched in a little before it gets to the lid. It only fits on one of our shelves in the cupboard so be careful about buying the big one if you have small shelves. Next to our other jars of coffee it looks a bit cheap and a bit dirty which is a shame. The granules inside the jar are mostly what you would expect from instant coffee; some are a bit crumbly, others are nice big chunks of coffee. They are quite dark in colour too. When compared to the other coffee I use though, it does look a lot darker, crumblier and just not as nice. Hmm.
===In an instant===
The coffee is instant coffee so you don't need to faff around with a machine if you don't want to. You basically just put as much as you want into your mug and fill it with hot water, adding milk and sugar to taste. Give it a good still and you are good to go. Personally, I prefer to microwave a cup of milk for 2 minutes, add the coffee and sugar and then nuke it for another minute. It gives you a lovely creamy cup of coffee and for some reason the second nuke makes everything mix in better.
When prepared the way I like it the flavour of this stuff is, rather unfortunately, horrible. It smells much the way you would want a cup of coffee to smell but when put to the test it really tastes nasty. It's incredibly earthy, very sharp, bitter and over-roasted. Basically, it tasted not dissimilar to burnt dirt. Even Allan who prefers strong black coffee didn't enjoy the flavour of it. The first cup I made went right down the sink after a few sips and I went back to using the other jar of coffee we had in the cupboard, pushing this one firmly to the back, never to see the light of day again. They really need to use less of the cheap Robusta bean and more of the nice tasting Arabica!
I'm not even sure I would serve this stuff to guests if I were one of those people who keep the good stuff for ourselves and cart out the slightly cheaper stuff for guests. I'm actually the exact opposite; I keep the cheaper stuff for myself and give the guests the better stuff. I will not be finishing this stuff at all. Its flavour is horrible, sharp, burnt, and dirty. The jar is ugly and the lid is annoying leaving me awarding this one a dismal one star out of five, purely for the fact that if you DID like the taste you'd get a whole lot of coffee out of this jar. As it stands though, I'd not recommend it at all.
We are a family of coffee lovers, so if we are ever to run out of any then I would be sure to hear it! So I always make sure we have a jar of coffee granules in the cupboard at all times. Occasionally I buy the cheaper branded versions to save some money, however I try my best to buy the Nescafe Original coffee granules when I can, as there is nothing that quite matches the Nescafe brand when it comes to home coffee.
== Price ==
I tend to buy Nescafe coffee from my local Asda supermarket which is usually priced at £2.78 for the 100g sized jar. I tend to go for the smaller jars as they are the cheapest and I need to save as much money as I can, unless they are on offer of course. They also come in 200g jars for £5.00 and 300g jars for slightly more, however I just looked on the Asda website and it states the 300g jar is actually cheaper than the 200g version! Not sure if that is an error or a special offer.
The coffee also comes in decaff version which is priced at £5.48 for in a 200g sized jar, but I tend to stick with the original version more often than the decaff.
Nescafe Original is available at all leading supermarkets with prices at a similar range to that stated above.
== MY Experience ==
Nescafe coffee comes enclosed in a glass jar that is closed shut by an unscrew able lid. Once the Lid is removed the coffee freshness is guaranteed thanks to film sealing, and as soon as I remove the seal I am instantly greeted by the beautiful rich coffee aroma, as I can almost taste the flavours of the coffee just by smelling it and sometimes it can actually smell nicer than it tastes!
Saying that it can smell nicer than it tastes does not mean it tastes bad, in fact I love the taste of Nescafe coffee, its fresh tasting and full of real coffee flavour.
I like my coffee a bit milky so as soon as the kettle has boiled and I have added the boiling water, I then add some sweetener and then some semi-skimmed milk. The amount of coffee does depend on how strong you prefer your coffee, I prefer the normal 1 teaspoon measurements as adding more than that can make it slightly over powering for me personally.
I add two tea spoons of sweetener because I have a sweet tooth! And a few pours of milk. Once the milk is added all I have to do is mix it with a tea spoon and give it a few minutes too cool down as it can be a bit too hot at first.
I personally love Nescafe coffee, it has its own distinctive coffee taste that oozes quality and tingles the taste buds in all the right places. It uses the right strength coffee beans, therefore giving a perfect balance of strength and at the same time allowing the different coffee elements to seep through. The bitterness is there, but is not overpowering like in most cheap branded versions, instead in my opinion it makes for a great cup of coffee.
== Verdict ==
Overall I cant really fault Nescafe Original, apart from the price being slightly higher than I would like, its not that far off the supermarket branded versions so it can be worth paying that little extra just to have that quality tasting coffee that is hard to find in the cheaper version. That being said I have experienced coffee from some cheaper brands that are still very much palatable.
All in all Nescafe Original is in my opinion makes the best tasting home made cups of coffee, so therefore I would recommend this to everyone.
Who hasn't drunk a cup of Nescafe Original coffee, I wonder? I hate this coffee as it tastes bitter and has a very nasty after taste. I know a lot of people really like the taste but I prefer Nescafe Gold Blend in preference to the Original Nescafe.
At work, we buy it in those huge catering drums for the office and I have no clue as to how much a container of this size costs. The granules are fairly large, I always think. They are dark brown in colour, they do dissolve quite well in hot water and it makes a cup of hot brown liquid, which doesn't really resemble what I term a pure coffee taste.
This coffee is available to buy just about everywhere and it seems to be a very popular choice. It's been around for many years and though there is far worse coffee out there on the market (such as Mellow Birds) I wouldn't personally choose to buy this coffee for myself. I personally feel that it lacks any depth or proper coffee flavour. It seems a poor imitation for coffee and I may find that readers will disagree with my views but this isn't a coffee which is in my top ten choice list.
It's medium strength, I would say, neither too strong nor to weak in flavour. I really don't like the bitter after taste this coffee has and though I accept it's a coffee a lot of people like, this one isn't my own personal choice.
I have never been a big drinker of coffee. If I ever wanted a hot drink I would turn to the herbal variety, such as peppermint tea, or if I wanted a caffeine fix I would run straight into the direction of an energy drink.But the last few years have been different. Now being a mummy of two meant during and after pregnancy there were certain food/drinks I had to avoid or intake very small amounts, caffeine being one.But being tired with small children and having a million and one things to do meant I needed to get some energy from somewhere and this is where coffee came into it. I introduced it into my ' diet ' when my son started drinking cows milk, and its been my best friend every since!
What is Nescafe Original?
Nescafe Original is a blend of Arabica and Robusta beans. Its a medium dark roasted coffee that is full in flavour.Its quite a classic coffee in the sense of it can be drunk everyday and suits the taste of many people. The clever thing that the company has done though over the years, is they have introduced many different textures, strengths and flavours of coffee that can fit into everyones lifestyle but more importantly satisify every tastebud. For example:
Nescafe Fine Blend
Nescafe Gold Crema
Nescafe Black Gold
Nescafe Green Blend
Nescafe Alta Rica
Nescafe Cap Colombie
Nescafe Cafe Parisien
Not to mention different Lattes, Mochas, Capuccinos. And also having decaffeinated versions of their products ( definitely not for me that one! )
Very much keeping up to date with the modern coffee shop trend but within the home.
The Original comes in different sized packaging ( I currently have 200g ), from 100g, 200g, 300g and even little single measured portions in plastic wrappers with added milk and sugar! I like the fact if you buy the version in one of the jars, its glass, so quite weighty.The lid is plastic and easy to twist on and off and the labelling tells you everything you need to know.
How do you make up this coffee?
Everyone has their own way of making it. I use way to much, as I like the coffee strong, but at the same time very milky ( I know, contradiction ). Its usually a case of popping in a teaspoon of granules into a mug.Pour in hot water and add milk.Again, everyones tastes are different.
So what do I think of this product?
I enjoy this coffee.I feel the granules themselves disolve well and very thoroughly ( a massive thing for me ). The coffee has lots of flavour, and for me its no hardship to drink at all.Obviously, the taste of coffee tends to linger in the mouth after awhile, but no weird after taste.
My issue I have with coffee is how expensive it can be if you go into your local supermarket, and want to pick up a decent brand.But to be fair I never buy it from Sainsburys, Tesco etc but from stores such as B & M, Home bargains. I can pick up a 200g jar for £3.00, where the same jar ( unless on offer ) in a supermarket is going to cost £5.18 ( todays price 15.04.13 in Asda ).
Anyone who loves this coffee, make sure you shop around.Good kitchen cupboard addition.
I am very lucky to be staying in a serviced apartment at the moment and this means among other luxuries that I get complementary hot drinks left out for me, much like a hotel. There is a selection of coffees and a large number of sachets of Nescafe Original.
This coffee is available in lots of shapes and sizes of packaging, including glass jars, recyclable packs, huge tubs and of course sachets. The Nescafe branding is very recognisable with a rich velvety brown background and bold white writing. There is a lovely full bodied coffee cup picture surrounded by cocoa beans.
The coffee when out of the packaging is not the most appealing looking dry coffee, it is quite edgy looking granules that are rather large and clogged. The coffee smells nice and strong and quite bitter on the nose, I like strong coffees but prefer a rich and smooth smell and taste if I am being honest, but will infact drink most hot drinks!
I make my dried coffees by putting a generously heaped teaspoon of the stuff into a mug, add a dash of skimmed milk and then fill the mug with just off the boil water to the top. The Nescafe coffee is really dark both when dried and when the milk and water is added to it, which obviously shows its strength. The coffee dissolves well into the water and milk and you don't get dregs left in the bottom of your cup.
To taste again as with the look of the coffee it tastes quite strong, it is very awakening and hits you like a tonne of bricks, which is one of the reasons I drink coffee for that wake up moment. The taste is quite rich but I find it very harsh on my throat and perhaps too bitter and strong for me to enjoy and go back to too often. Even if I add more milk than I would normally, I can't get over the bitterness of this and tend to have it when there are no other options.
Overall this is an average coffee for me, it does its job and gives me a buzz, but I can't drink more than one cup of it a day, which us too low for my average coffee intake!
A bonus with this brand and type of coffee is that it is good value for money, currently costing £4 for a 200 gram jar. However it is not one of my favourite instant coffees at all and as such can only give 2 stars.
There is something about having a jar of Nescafe in the cupboard that is so very reassuring.
I've tried cheaper instant coffees, more expensive instant coffee, supermarket own brands, filter, ground and even once (but never again!) that stuff out of a bottle that looks like, and tastes like gravy browning!.
Always end up coming back to Nescafe Original, the quality is always consistent, and, as I like my coffee quite strong, works out reasonably economic.
Cheaper coffees often need two or three spoons to get a bit of taste out of them and dearer coffees can be stronger but somewhat bitter to my palette.
Must be granules though, not powder, and, if you don't mind I'll make it myself just to get the right mix of strength and exactly the correct amount of milk.
Another plus point is Nescafes ability to remain drinkable from a vacuum flask, unlike many other coffees which become bitter if left hot for any period of time.
Having worked in catering for many years I cannot emphasis the importance of using a quality coffee like Nescafe Original. Whether for a morning pick-me-up before breakfast, or a relaxing after dinner treat the brand is the only one to consistently hit the spot.
Unlike other brands, it never scums up, never tastes 'burnt' through overproccessing, always dissolves correctly and has a constant rich consistency.
Perhaps my only gripe is seeing the 50% extra free jars in another supermarket just after buying a months supply.
The coffee bean is red originally and then roasted to give it its flavour, apparently Kaldi the goat herder saw his goats eat these red berries and this gave them more energy. He quickly gathered them up and took them to a holy man who threw them in the fire. The smell of the roasting beans was so great that they gathered up the beans ground them and hay presto! Coffee in a cup. (www.nescafe.co.uk).
Did it happen? Who really cares it's a nice story and no one got hurt and we do now have coffee so all is good. Nescafe original is like a worn out T shirt that you like putting on or a pair of jogging trousers that really need to bypass the charity shop and go straight in the bin. Nescafe is the fall back, the place I go when all else fails to get my caffeine hit. This is especially true when out and about in hotels as the complimentary coffee that you get can be a bit on the rough side.
I still enjoy popping the gold and paper foil that keeps the smell of the coffee in the jar. There is something rather satisfying when you smell the contents for the first time. The smell is rich and lingering on the nose. The small granules are dark brown and a personally I take one and a half tea spoons of it in a mug size brew.
Of course the choice of milk and sugar is yours alone and this will of course change your tasting experience to mine. However I have about an inch of milk and no sugar. This retains the rich bitter taste of the coffee which is mellowed slightly by the milk. The kettle should be boiled to boiling point otherwise no amount of stirring will get rid of those brown globules that spin around on the surface of your drink. Along with a white froth if you haven't got the temperature right for the water.
I do like my coffee hot however you can also have it cold, a frappe in Greece and this can also have sugar and or milk dependent on your taste requirements. Personally a frappe is best served ice cold with ice and no milk but a small (quarter teaspoon) of sugar. This can be refreshing on a hot day but also give you that little lift that you gain from the caffeine.
All in all this product has been a market leader for a very good reason and when you open the jar or a refill packet, you know what you are getting. There are many other derivatives of instant coffee out there that taste stronger and are more expensive but at this end of the shopping Nescafe have it in the bag as far as I'm concerned.
There's better out there but the comfort you get out of the old worn out T shirt is second to none.
I finally got around to trying this Nescafe original as it was one coffee that I had yet to try in my new found love of the rich drink. I have been getting through quite a lot of the stuff lately and to be honest I don't find that coffee is that cheaper drink especially for the nicer tasting ones.
However I was able to pick up a small jar of this Nescafe Original in my local Pound Stretcher shop for a mere 99 pence and thought that I would give it a try as I was running short on other instant coffees in my cupboard and for a 150 gram glass jar this was a really good price for that amount of coffee from a brand such as Nescafe.
The packaging is really nothing special although it is such an iconic product that even if there were no label on the jar just the brown plastic screw cap lid and the shape of the clear glass jar would be recognised as the product that it is. The label doesn't really give too much away but there is a picture of the Nescafe red mug and the coffee beans on the front (I remember my mum and dad used to have these red cups at home when growing up so I am guessing there used to be a promotion to get free ones at some point!).
The Nescafe original coffee is described as "rich and full flavoured" on the back label of the coffee jar and other than this I feel that there is really no other useful information at all. The fact that you can see the Nescafe coffee granules inside the clear glass jar is good as you can tell how much you have left and unlike other brands I have seen makes for easier purchasing of your next coffee when it is needed.
The granules however do not not especially appealing and to me I feel that it looks like a cheaper type of coffee. I have been having a lot of more expensive and nicer coffees recently and they have a finer type of granule where as this Nescafe original is rather large although somewhat fluffy and light weight looking.
The coffee is easy to make up and on first try I used just the one single heaped teaspoon of the Nescafe Original granules to make a mug of coffee. I of course added my usual two teaspoons of sugar and a generous serving of milk to the drink and then filled the mug with just boiled fresh water. The smell of the coffee was indeed nice and very "coffee" like. It wasn't as rich and full as some of the other coffees I have been drinking and it was no where near as appealing as the filtered coffee I have been drinking out of my machine but it still smelt pretty good I have to admit.
The taste of the Nescafe Original Coffee was a little weak and for this reason I made sure I used two level teaspoons of the coffee every other time I made up a brew and this was much more to my liking, but of course this will be dependant on each persons taste.
The coffee was indeed full flavoured like the back of the jar stated and there was no bitter taste coming from the hot drink. I don't think it was as rich or full of flavour compared to the coffees I favour but it also wasn't as bad to drink as some cheaper non-branded coffee's that I have tried either. I think that for the price it is a reasonable tasting coffee although there is nothing overly special or luxurious about it. The taste is not as smooth as I would like and for that reason I don't think I would be rushing out to purchase it again but on the other hand I can't really fault it for the price and I think that anything less than a 4 out of 5 star rating wouldn't be fair.
It is a good priced coffee and the taste is good for the price I paid. I would recommend it to people looking for a decent drink at a decent price.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read
I've given up on the cheap instant coffee that I've been drinking over the last few months and treated myself to proper make coffee. I bought a jar of Nescafe and on seeing a Refill pack of Nescafe Original at half price in Tesco I bought that too. The jar was pricey at £2.68 for 100g but it only cost me £1.79 for 150g (until 13 nov 2012) for a refill- they're own brand coffee is £1.23 per 100g.
The jar is just a glass jar with a brown screw lid and a brown and red label. The refill is a foil pouch with 'Nescafe Original Rich and Full Flavoured' written on it and that's about it. I would agree with that- I didn't realise how horrible cheap coffee was until I made myself a mug. The top can be closed up with the bendy plastic wire thingy or the sticky tab.
It was easy to open. On opening it I see it's alot darker than the coffee I've been drinking and the granules look smaller. This sounds mad but to me it smells like burnt toast (although not once poured).
Very easy to make it's the usual instant coffee- put a teaspoonful in a mug, pour on boiling water and add milk/ sugar to taste, even better if you use cream instead of milk. The granules dissolve without leaving grainy bits.
The coffee is dark brown and rich looking. It's not particularly strong smelling but it does smell like coffee. I find it tastes stronger than it smells. It can be bitter if you use too much so I only use a small spoonful. I find it strong but smooth with a nice bitter flavour to it but without a horrid aftertaste. It tastes closer to the coffee bean coffee that I have when I'm out than the horrible value brands I've been trying lately (but that's not difficult).
I'm enjoying this coffee, it makes a change from the dish water I've been drinking.
5 Stars from me because I'm comparing it to the cheap brands I've had.
WHAT IS IT?
An instant coffee, the original one that most people will have tried from Nescafé.
This coffee is quite strong but it is not very smooth so even though it has been the popular choice for a long time a lot of people are turning away from it now. It has got a harsh flavour that doesn't even taste mellower if you add lots of milk to your drink. You need to add sugar if you drink Nescafé and I don't like it black because it is so harsh that there is hardly any flavour to the coffee until you add your milk. I always think Nescafé tastes burnt but I think that is because it has got such a dull flavour.
WHAT I THINK
I think Nescafé Original is very overrated and that people only still buy it through force of habit because there are many better coffees available now. It is still quite expensive but tastes like cheap coffee compared to drinks like Douwe Egberts and Carte Noire.
The granules are very dark and large but they stir into the coffee well when I add the boiling water. I like the smell of Nescafé Original because it is very rich but that's a shame because it makes me expect a nicer cup of coffee than I actually get. I use Nescafé Original when I am making Tiramisu or coffee cake because the strong flavour and aroma goes nice in cooking and doesn't go weak when you add things like cream or cake ingredients.
My husband likes Nescafé but he prefers Gold Blend because it has got a smoother flavour but he is going off that as well now and likes other instant coffee better. I keep a small 100g jar in my cupboard for when my father in law visits because this is the only coffee he will drink.
2 Dooyoo Stars.
Nescafe have a great range of instant coffee - Nescafe Original is their signature classic. Its great tasting coffee - rich and smooth with good body and that lovely coffee smell! The best thing about it is how easy it is to make - its literally is coffee in an instant! To make one cup of coffee you simply take one teaspoon of Nescafe granules, add boiling water (milk and sugar if you like) and stir. The granules dissolve easily and mix consistency across the water and hey presto in a matter of seconds you have lovely smooth coffee!
In terms of blend Nescafe use a medium roasted bean and their product is 100% coffee - so no addictives or nasty chemicals! If you like strong or weak coffee you can simply add more or less beans per cup to manage the flavour. Calorie wise the coffee is very light - per mug of dark coffee its only 2 calories!! (obviously slightly more when you add milk or sugar).
I love a cup of Nescafe Original on a cold morning - not only does it warm me up, it fills me up and stops me craving snacks but it also gives me a great caffeine pick me up! (Its actually just about the right level of caffeine for me per cup - it does help wake me up without giving me a caffeine induced headache!).
I always keep Nescafe in my house - its a cupboard essential!
Due to being one of those people constantly on the go and having too little time in the day to do everything I sometime needs a bit of a pick up. When I get in the office for around 8am I am normally one of the first people in my department to arrive. Being early does mean I am up early to not only get myself ready but to leave the house in a tidy state. The first thing when I arrive is making myself a big mug of coffee to help kick start my day as without this I'm pretty useless.
In the kitchen in my office we are supplied with all the essentials coffee, tea, sugar etc and the coffee that has been bought since I can remember is Nescafé Original. An easy to choice to make when ordering from a large stationary stockist as it is one of the few available in the larger round tin sizes. We have all heard of Nescafé being known for its variety of coffees made for the everyday consumer and are probably one of the leading brands in the coffee industry.
Nescafé Original is Nescafé's signature coffee and is probably the most recognised soluble coffee that Nescafé produce simply due to the fact that not only has been around the longest its distinctive packaging is probably recognised by everyone. Nescafé Original is a soluble coffee as mentioned above so it literally needs spooning into a cup/mug and then filling with freshly hot boiled water where it dissolved instantly.
Now although my office coffee generally comes in the large round tin but we currently have a large glass jar (due to it not being re-ordered in time) and the office assistant had to make a trip to Sainsbury's. Nescafé Original comes in a variety of sizes and the larger (300g) glass jar is shaped like all the others and very distinctive with its brown plastic screw on top and the large image of a red coffee mug with freshly made coffee surrounded by coffee beans as well as the red Nescafé logo.
Nescafé Original is made up of both Arabica and robusta coffee beans both of which give the coffee it's medium dark roast with (according to Nescafé) a "comforting and intense flavour". Both coffee beans are quite different. Arabica coffee beans are quite mild and give a less bitter flavour but are generally quite costly whereas Robusta coffee beans are easier to source and are known for its strong flavour and low levels of acidity. A key difference is Robusta coffee beans have twice the amount of caffeine than the Arabica coffee beans. Nescafé use both beans in a variety of their products due to the deep flavours they give.
The coffee to look at looks of course pretty unimpressive as it is a jar full of small brown freeze dried granules which are all very similar in shape and of course the same colour. Once you've opened the gold foil seal which covers the top of the jar you can instantly smell that rich, coffee flavour which is actually quite fragrant. To use the coffee you simply need to spoon out how much coffee you require into a cup or mug and then complete with hot boiling water there really is nothing else to do apart from then giving it a quick stir and completing with milk or sugar!
Now I am no coffee connoisseur by any means but I know what I like and what I don't like. I do like to take an interest in the coffee I drink and like tasting new coffees as it is something I find enjoyable. Soluble coffee happens to be something I drink mostly at work and the fact that my office purchases Nescafé Original is absolutely fine by me. I can find that if you put a little too much coffee in that taste can be a tad strong and I do like strong coffee but for something I am drinking throughout the day I don't want that bitter taste and I can sometimes find that the Nescafé Original can be a bit bitter if you use too much.
However, once you know how much soluble coffee you want in your mug (as it does depend on how you like your coffee and how big or small your mug is) I find that the taste is mild but incredibly warming and I'm not just saying that because it's a hot drink. I find that it is a lovely rich taste without being strong, it has enough depth for me to easily drink whilst at work but I can find you don't use enough you end up with a very mild tasting coffee which tastes like a very basic range coffee with no flavour at all so I do think you need to get your measurements right to get a decent cup of coffee.
Nescafé Original is not my favourite coffee to drink and I don't buy it for home as I prefer others although from the Nescafé range I find the Original variety ideal for work, it provides a good, decent flavour which I do find enjoyable. Being a soluble coffee it is easy and quick to make a drink so I have no complaints there at all the key thing is getting the amount right to get a decent flavour. Overall, definitely an easy to drink coffee and one that I am happy to continue drinking. 4 stars from me.
~ Useful Information ~
Price: For a 300g jar around the £7 mark
Sizes: Various from packets to tins to jars
Availability: Supermarkets, discount stores etc.
I am not the biggest coffee drinker, I do not drink coffee every day but I like to have it as a treat now and then. This is the brand that I associate with every day coffee drinking and I think that by far it is the best of its type. Nescafe can be found in all supermarkets and convenience stores across the UK. If I have my coffee warm as many do I like to have it milky (semi-skimmed milk) with one sugar, obviously people's taste are individual so the way they take their coffee will be different to my preference, for my specific coffee drinking habit it is a relatively low calorie drink so I don't feel guilty when I do indulge. I like to have a coffee on a winter morning to warm and wake me up but in the summer as I live in Cyprus I tend to make Frappes with this particular brand of coffee granules, in Cyprus this is the only brand they use in the restaurants to create their favourite cold caffeinated beverage. The coffee is definitely rich and full in flavour I find the best way to make this in a hot drink is to add a level teaspoon of coffee, sugar and milk first to the cup and then add the water, it stops the coffee granules from scolding and you do not lose any flavour. Honestly, the taste is completely different depending on when you add the milk.
==Cyprus Nescafe Frappe==
1 tablespoon of Nescafe
1 teaspoon of sugar (or to taste)
In the tall glass add 1 Tbs of Nescafe and sugar.
Pour about 1/2 inch of cold water.
Using the electrical hand mixer mix well to get nice foam.
Add milk and water in ratio 3:1. It depends on your taste. If you like strong coffee add more water.
Add few ice cubes, ice cream or whipped cream, whatever you prefer.
Stir it a little bit.
Put in a straw and enjoy!
Nescafe original comes in 3 different types of packaging, the silver tins, glass jars and the new paper refill packets. The sizes also vary 100g, 150g, 200g, 300g and 500g; you can purchase large amounts for catering purposes. All of the packaging features the same product branding, they all feature the icon Nescafe logo alongside the picture of the iconic red coffee cup filled with a lovely milky coffee. These can be found in all supermarkets and local stores nationwide, Nescafe is also available throughout the world.
Nescafe 100g jar:
Tesco, Waitrose, Ocado, Sainsbury's: £2.68
Nescafe 200g jar:
Tesco: £4.00 Valid until 23/10/2012
Waitrose, Ocado, Sainsbury's: £4.79
Nescafe 300g jar:
Sainsbury's: £4.66 Valid until: 16/10/2012
Tesco: £5.00 Valid until: 23/10/2012
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