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I must be honest, one of my guilty pleasures is treating myself to a Costa latte from time to time. I always go for a vanilla latte which is basically just a very milky coffee with a shot of vanilla in. You can look to pay about £2.50 for one of these so I do not make it a daily treat (wish I could afford to!) but more a real occasional thing.
When I am meeting a friend for a coffee and I buy one of these as a treat and we sit in a costa shop and have a good old natter for an hour, I don't think paying out £2.50 is too bad. But when I end up buying one as a take away, I do realise it is perhaps a little frivolous. And when I end up getting a take away, getting home quicker than I anticipated and drinking the Costa coffee while I am in my own home.... well I feel very bad!
So with that in mind, when I saw these Nescafe vanilla latte sachets for sale in Tesco, I decided I had to give them a go.
A box of 8 sachets retails at £2.99 but at the moment they are on a 3 for 2 offer so that works out at (it's like a maths problem.....) 25p a cup.
Now I haven't tried these make at home latte sachets for about 10 years, when they first came out. My experience back in those days were not particularly great, and I remember having to stir the things A LOT, and still ending up with little bubbles of powder in the drink that didn't half make you cough when you swallowed them! I did think though that things might have changed in a decade so gave them another go.
The cardboard box contains 8 sachets and I snip the top off with a pair of scissors so I do not make a mess. I pour the powder into a mug - it is a little speckly looking and there is a lot in there - I guess because the powder is mainly powdered milk to make the coffee so creamy.
I add just boiled water and stir.
I am very pleased to notice that the coffee stirs well and none of the old "powder bubbles" appear to form like they used to. I probably only had to stir the drink 10 times and it all seems well stirred and not lumpy!
The taste is lovely! Milky and vanilla-y and not at all unlike the Costa version.
I am more than happy with my purchase and this really is a great substitute for Costa in my opinion. In fact, I am going to buy myself one of those metal cups that you see people with on the train so I can take one of these on my way to work from time to time rather than getting a Costa on the way in.
I am not a coffee snob but a million miles but in recent years I have come quite partial to a flavoured warming milky latte, usually from starbucks. When I first nescafes range of flavoured instant lattes I was slightly debious as to how they would taste. Im not a fan of bitter or strong coffee and I didn't think these would live up to my starbucks fix by a long mile....I was wrong.
Nescafe do a wide range of instant coffee drinks including cappuccinos, lattes and mochas. They are widely available in both supermarkets and online. For a box of 8 sachets of the vanilla latte I paid around £2.50 which is a reasonable price considering what you pay for one in a coffee shop. They come in a yellowy coloured card box with the nescafe logo on and all nutritional information and ingredients on the side. Inside the box are 8 individual sachets of the latte mix therefore making 8 mugs off coffee.
its so easy to make them you just tip the contents of a sachet into a mug ( I do recommend a largish mug or you'll end up with excess powder left) then pour over near boiled water and stir until all the powder has dissolved. You get a lovely milk froth on the top which is nice a creamy and the drink itself is lovely and smooth not bitter and has just enough sweetness from the vanilla which you can both taste and smell. I usually take 2 sugars in coffee but don't need to add any to this. All I do add is a little milk although thats not necessary I just like it a little creamier.
I have to say I've been really impressed with nescafe. I've tried a few of the drinks in the instant range and loved them all. Its definitely a great way to save money if you usually buy take out coffee and you don't have to compromise on the taste. A hit in my book!
Well we must be very spoilt in Australia especially after reading these reviews because our coffees come in a 10 pack. My grandaughters boyfriend made me a cup of the nescafe vanilla latte 2 years ago & from that day I've been hooked. I holidayed in the u.s. last year for 4 weeks & because I didnt know if they were stocked over there I had to take a few boxes with me. The flavour of the vanilla lattes are so creamy & I think are far better than any you buy at a cafe. I really dont like a strong coffee so this one is ideal. I always add a little milk to make it creamier & it is yummy. 5 big stars for this product!
When it comes to Coffee I would not be very well up on the different blends and beans. I just know what I like, and what I like is a tasty latte in the middle of the morning. My Sister-in-law introduced me to Nescafe lattes, as before that I really only knew about instant coffee granules, but she invited me to try one of these at her house and I was hooked.
The Nescafe Vanilla Latte (Latte Macchiato) comes in a box of 8 mug sized servings. These are all individually packaged in their own little sachet. The box is navy and has the most delicious frothy latte on the front of it, it looks very slick and I always wonder why my own lattes never looks as inviting, but looks aren't everything. Despite mine not being as frothy as the one of the Nescafe box, they certainly are lovely to drink.
To prepare your latte, you open a sachet, tip in the powder, which for the record smells delicious. Then you add some hot water (hot not boiling). The box states to give it a good stir. I would certainly echo this, and go so far to say that a good stir is not enough... you need a massively thorough stir. If you do not stir it well enough you will end up with lots of powdery clumps which are really horrible.
I have a good sense of smell, and from the moment I open a sachet I am aware of the sweet vanilla aroma. This is even more apparent as you mix the latte up in the mug. It smells delicious and it tastes delicious too. Now, this is a sweet mixture. If you don't like latte too sweet then Nescafe make an Original mixture which is not Vanilla flavoured.
If you give the mixture a vigourous frothing you will get a good amount of foam, not as much as they show on the box, but enough to make the experience of the drink very pleasant. There certainly is enough for a foam moustache!
You can drink the latte as it is, but personally I am a sugar fiend and I pop in a further spoonful of the white stuff and mix it up before I start mine. I know others add milk too, but I think that as it is a blend of skimmed milk and coffee essentially, there is lots of milk already in it and it is creamy enough for me.
Ingredients-wise you are looking at Skimmed Milk Powder, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Lactose, Instant Coffee, Dried Glucose Syrup, Lactose - Whey Permate, Sugar, E340, E452I, E331, Milk Proteins an Flavouring. This would make it unsuitable for diabetics and also those who are lactose intolerant.
In mysupermarket.com the price currently ranges from £1 in Asda to £2.41 in Sainsburys so if you are thinking about buying a packet then it is worth shopping around. As for us, well I always have a box in the store cupboard. They are my personal daily treat.
Im a big coffee lover. That is a well known fact in my house and god help you if you drink one of my cappucinos lol. Anyway my mom knowing this is always bringing me back these coffee sachets now usually its just an ordinary cappucino flavour but she bought this Vanilla Latte home for earlier this week and to be honest I couldnt wait to drink it. Ive loved all the other Nescafe flavours because they just taste so yummy & strong, which is just the way I like my coffee so I was hoping this would be just as tasty as the rest of the range.
To make this you simply pour one sachet into a mug and add boiling water. Most people like to add milk and sugar to this drink at that point but to be honest I dont think you need to at all. This drink is creamy & sweet enough (in my opinion) already. Oh and make sure you stir this VERY well because otheriwse you'll end up with those horrible powdery lumps floating in your drink which will just ruin it!
The smell of this hits your nose as soon as you pour the water in and it smells SOOO nice. The vanilla scent is only very subtle at this point and I couldnt help wondering whether or not the taste would be just as weak but I needn't have worried. Overall the smell of this is really nice it actually smells like a proper Starbucks latte and it looks really rich & creamy as well basically the scent and the appearance is enough to make your mouth water.
The froth on this coffee is definately the best thing about the whole drink and the part that I reckon tastes the best. It actually tastes like real vanilla pods and it is SOOOO creamy I didnt seem to care that Id been left with a froth moustache after drinking this lol. The latte itself tastes just as good like proper rich coffee with a slight aftertaste of vanilla which I reckon was just the right amount because any more than that and I reckon it would have just been to overwhelming. As I mentioned earlier this drink is proper creamy & really sweet on its own (porbably down to the vanilla) so I dont think adding extra milk and sugar would make it any nicer. If anything I reckon it would ruin the taste because its just so damn nice already. As soon as Ive finished this review Im going downstairs to make myself a mug of this!
Now even though I dont add any milk or sugar to this drink there is a cheeky extra ingredient that I sometimes add. Amaretto Disaranno. The taste of the Amaretto works so well with the flavours of this coffee and I think it could be my favourite hot drink ever. So if you fancy making your coffee irish I fully recommend adding my extra tot.
I highly recommend this drink to any coffee lovers and even people who dont normally like it because this is a really nice twits on the original latte.
Ill be going back to stock up on this again once Ive ran out because it quickly become a firm favourite of mine and I guarantee if you try it you will love it. Highly recommended from me :)
Contains: Lactose & Milk
Per Packet: 8 Sachets
Calories(Per Mug): 33 (Not Bad!!)
ADD THE AMARETTO YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED!
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x0 Salz 0x
I went through a stage of spending far too much in Starbucks, I used to pass one as I changed bus on the way to work and the temptation was too great. Not because I needed a drink but beacause I just couldn't replicate the drinks at home and they were just so yummy. My friend then let me try one of these Nescafe sachets at work and with a few adjustments of my own I can now have a yummy drink well worth the two or three pounds I was paying but far cheaper.
The directions say to add this sachet to 200mls of hot, but not boiling water and stir. You need to stir it loads, the lumps you get if you don't really do taste vile! Now making the drink up this way is lovely don't get me wrong but it isn't heaven! It tastes quite watery and not as sweet as I like it. You can smell the vanilla but not really the coffee, which is no big deal. I now make mine with a splash of milk and a spoonful of sugar (and occasionally chocolate sprinkles if I'm feeling really naughty). I know this makes this far more unhealthy but its divine! A good stir gives you lots of yummy froth on the top which you have to lick off first (its the rules!) I also add a wee bit more water then directed and get a nice big cup, this really doesn't change the flavour so why not?!
If you are a big coffee drinker I don't expect these will taste strong enough for you. The taste is very mild and creamy, and the colour quite pale. I only ever add half a spoon of coffee if I make myself one so I'm not really a strong coffee drinker so this one suits me fine.
Without the milk and sugar one cup contains 78 calories and 2.4g of fat, as a treat though I'm not too fussed.
Each box contains 8 sachets and costs about £2 so for 25p this is an absolute bargain compared to a starbucks but I guess a fortune compared to a cup of tea. These boxes are sometimes on offer in Tesco, for example 2 for £3 and can be found in the smaller Tesco express stores. The range also contains latte, mocha, double choc mocha, caramel, cappuccino and latte macchiato to name a few. All very yummy too.
I tend to only have one of these a day and I see it as 'me' time. I don't treat myself to many things but these are my guilty pleasure, lets be honest I could be having far worse! You just need a little biscuit on the side and you are away. Enjoy!
This specialist range of coffees from Nescafe includes an Original Latte, Double Chocolate Mocha and Cappuccino but this Vanilla Latte is the tastiest and most satisfying of all of the flavours. The instant coffee is a tempting treat to have at home or to take to work and is great for Starbucks and Costa Coffee addicts! With this product, Nescafe really have all guns out in an attempt to compete with their trendy, highstreet cafe chain rivals.
The coffee comes in a large yellow box which has 8 single serving 18.5g sachets inside. There is a lot of product inside the sachet and it can fill up to a quarter of a mug when emptied out. It does look like it might be too much and not very easy to dissolve or mix.
The instant coffee mix includes a big proportion of skimmed milk powder and sugar. The powder is mostly white with a spattering of brown coffee grains.
The instructions for use say to add 200mls of hot (but not boiling) water and stir. I do find I still like to add milk to cool the product and becuase I do not find the final result creamy or smooth enough. As there is a lot of powder it takes a lot of hard stirring (almost whisking!) to ensure it is fully dissolved. The instructions suggest stirring back and forth then side to side but this is not very successful. During the mixing process a mellow, fawn coloured frothy foam forms on the surface of the drink. The smell of vanilla is very overpowering and is very sweet. It reminds me of the vanilla perfume range from the Body Shop!
The coffee tastes delightfully sugary and nectar-like and is great for people like me who dislike the bitter tinge of coffee beans. It is quite a feminine coffee, I think, as the aroma is so girly and the taste is so sweet! There is no residue left at the end of the drink nor does the drink become more chalky as you drink further down the liquid in the mug. The granules are not heavy and seem to fully dissolve and are dispersed throughout the water.
Sugar is listed as the main ingredient follwed by 19% skimmed milk powder and hydrogenated vegeable oil. There is 9.7% instant coffee, which doesn't sound a lot but the taste of coffee is strong enough to satisfy me. The ingredients also include E numbers: E340, E452i, E331 and E446. There are 79 calories and 2.7 g of fat per mug with water.
I can often get this at my local Asda 2 boxes for £3 which I think is a little expensive but worth it.
A tasty, moreish luxury drink that is as high quality as any coffee from the big bucks high street chains.
A creamy tasting blend of full-bodied coffee with vanilla flavour.