The recent 'improved' product is anything but!! It's lost all that 'Frenchness' and now tastes bitter and cheap - really really horrible. We completely loved it before and agreed with these reviews - what a shame that they've ruined a fab product - and there's not many of them in the instant coffee market.Does anyone else agree?
I love coffee and I'm a wee bit addicted if I'm honest! I do love a good quality coffee however for me Nescafe has never been and never will be a premium brand and I prefer to buy Carte Noir if splashing the cash about as I adore it. However I spotted this reduced in Asda and liked the look of the simple jar and the name of it so opted to give it a try with an open mind.
100g see-through glass jar that has a slight dent to the middle of its body for ease of handling and it has a brown screw on/off cap to the top of it. On the front of the jar there is brown label with a cup of coffee on the front and I'm told it is Nescafe Café Parisien 'L' Experience Des Cafes Francais' and that it is naturally rich in antioxidants. On the back of the jar other information listed includes nutritional information, the best before date is clearly stated as it the weight (as I've listed already), I'm told that it is made in Europe and contact details for Nescafe are given;
The Coffee itself:
Well this coffee has dark brown and thick granules. It has a rich smell of smooth if not somewhat fresh coffee aroma to it and is made from fine Arabica and Robusta beans which give off a slight woody sort of aroma to it. What this has is a really rich and strong taste of coffee to it, and me I love strong coffee. It dissolves quickly in just boiled water and makes a very deep and rich velvety brown coffee and of course you can add what you want to it.
Not only is this rich smelling and tasting and velvety looking it tastes it too and I love the intense flavour of this one and I feel this is mighty fine quality coffee that I wouldn't hesitate in purchasing again. Its quite simply lovely coffee!
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
Of which sugars: 3.1g
Of which saturates: 0.3g
Salt equivalent: 0.3g
Available in all good supermarkets etc priced at about £3.20 a jar.
With few exceptions an instant coffee is easy to spot - the aroma and taste cry out that the cup in your hand is not full of freshly roasted and brewed coffee. There are, however, a few exceptions and in my opinion Nescafe's Cafe Parisien is one such.
Marketed as a product that will provide a French Cafe experience this instant from the Nestle stable is really rather good. The Arabica and Robusta beans produce a wonderfully rich, smooth and rounded coffee which, although in my opinion is a step too far from a cup of authentic French coffee, does at least taste like a freshly brewed coffee.
On making the aroma is rich and full and from the first cup reminded me of a decent filter coffee from the likes of Rombouts or Dowe Egberts. There are woody notes to the aroma. The taste is similarly rounded with a single teaspoon of coffee being more than adequate to make a decent sized mug of coffee. The taste is not thin like many instants and the finish is satisfyingly long, just as a decent filter coffee would be. The finish is slightly dry - again not unexpected.
You can undoubtedly taste the Arabica beans and the Robusta add a depth that will be apparent to those who know about these things - to most they will just provide a wonderfully authentic taste.
The granules dissolve on contact with hot water and I've had no issues with grounds being left to stir in.
There are, of course, issues with the coffee. Being produced by giant Nestle is enough to ensure that for some people. My issue with the coffee in particular is that it's not a sustainable coffee produced in a fair trade way. Nestle do offer a fair trade coffee (Partner Blend) and so, if that is an issue for you (and Nestle itself is not) then maybe look there.
The coffee is priced as a premium instant so expect to pay around £3 for 100g jar. I do actually think this offers value for money as, compared to other instants (including some of the more popular Nescafe blends such as Gold) this is good coffee.
If you like Dowe Egberts "Pure Gold" blend or filter blends such as Taylors "Lazy Sunday" then this might just be worth a try for you. It's not got the strength of an Illy coffee but then what instant has?!
What could be nicer after a long lie in on a lazy Sunday morning than two croissants, some Seville orange conserve, served warm with creamy English butter and a cup of Nescafe Parisien!
While walking round my local Somerfield I spotted this coffee the other day and was delighted to purchase it as I love France and have spent many happy hours sitting in French café's watching the world go by. Well actually I haven't recently because with the credit crunch I haven't crossed the channel for over a year so anything that reminds me of France has to be good!
I'm putting that right next week thanks to a competition I entered to win a weekend looking round vineyards in south west France- courtesy of Tesco so I'll be writing about that soon. In the meantime it's Sunday morning and I have a wonderful mug of Café Parisien in front of me.
The jar looks attractive and it tells me the beans which make the ground coffee are a blend of Arabica and Robusta.
I paid £3.18 for the 100g jar so it is at the premium end of the market.
The taste is delicious. It is a very smooth almost woody aroma and it complements a French breakfast really well. Next time I think I will buy some brioche to have with it as this is a delicious bread which is rich and goes well with preserves.
Nescafe themselves are a company dating back to the 1930s when the Brazilian government challenged the company Nestle to make an instant coffee by adding water to coffee powder. This took many years and it was finally born in 1938.
The production of coffee starts on a small evergreen tree that grows in South and Central America, Africa, and Asia. There are actually 60 species of coffee but Arabica and Robusta which make up Nescafe Parisien are the most common to be grown for the commercial market. Robusta has a strong flavour and is mainly grown in Vietnam, Brazil, and Indonesia, whereas Arabica beans have a more delicate flavour and are grown in Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Central America, Mexico, India and Eastern Africa.
The coffee beans are inside the cherries which grow on the small trees. These are picked, sorted and then roasted for 3 to 12 minutes before being ground.
Nescafe as a company are very aware that the growing of coffee in countries around the world is a difficult one. Prices often fall meaning that the producers are faced with being paid a very small amount for their crops. This is a disaster in terms of human living standards and is one of the most important issues in the agricultural world today. This particular blend of coffee does not claim to be sustainable so I will not be purchasing it to drink daily as I tend to choose brands which are produced in a fair- trade way. Nescafe have produced a coffee called Partner's Blend which I know for sure is their first fair-trade coffee and is helping workers in El Salvador and Ethiopia. If you would like to read more about this:
However that aspect aside I think Nescafe Parisien is a lovely coffee to serve on a Sunday. I think you can imagine yourself in a quiet café reading and watching the world go by with a pastry and a fresh orange.
For now I will settle for a cup at home but it's a great one. Did you know the French often serve a large square of dark chocolate with their coffee as it complements the flavours? I use this coffee in chocolate cakes as it really brings out the flavour of the chocolate. Just add about 2 desert spoons in with your normal cake mix and it will taste beautiful.
Nescafe Parisien - Je l'adore!
Brand: Nestlé / Instant Coffee