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We have used coffee mate for a number of years now, and have always enjoyed its creamy taste as an alternative to milk.
Coffee mate is quite cheap, we buy the smaller tubs as we tend to only drink this on the odd occasion. The tubs we buy are only £1.40, but the price does tend to vary from shop to shop. The more you buy the cheaper it tends to be.
Coffee mate is very creamy, which, for me that is very good. It brings out the flavor of the coffee which is why i think it works so well. Unlike most instant milk powders, coffee mate does not ruin the taste of your drink.
Coffee mate should be stored in a cool dark place. The powder is long lasting, so this is perfect if you only use milk for drinks, as it saves buying more milk every other day.
I find that coffee mate is great to take with you when you travel. No one really wants to take milk with them when they are going away for awhile, so to take a small tub of coffee mate really does do the trick. We take this with us when we stay at hotels, simply because it is easy to pack.
For those of you who enjoy a creamy coffee, you really are going to enjoy this product. In my opinion this is better than having milk in your drink, it tastes so much better and the drink is hotter!
PRICE: Currently £2.49 for 500g at my local Sainsbury's
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per single serving):-
- of which sugars: 0.6g
- of which saturates: 1.7g
Salt equivalent: 0.07g
Glucose syrup, vegetable oil, dipotassium phosphate, trisodium citrate, sodium hexametaphosphate, milk proteins, emulsifiers, mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids, mono- and diacetyl tartaric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids, silicon dioxide, riboflavin
DIETARY/ALLERGY ADVICE: No info on packaging
Being a coffee addict and sometimes running out of milk, I like to have something I can quickly turn to when in need of a fix, as I don't really like drinking it black or using ordinary powdered milk.
Coffee Mate is a product which is used as an addition to coffee, it claiming to add a richer, creamier flavour.
The packaging of the product I am reviewing here is a large tub with a plastic lid that levers off easily. Inside, is a foil sealed covering which peels back to reveal the powder inside. The front of the tub shows the standard Coffee Mate logo, with the rear giving nutritional information, a list of ingredients, the manufacturer's (Nestle) contact details and instructions for use.
I can remember when Coffee Mate first appeared on our supermarket shelves, and if my memory serves me correctly, it was in the early 1970s. Much talked about and tried at the time, Coffee Mate became a popular product amongst the circle of people I mixed with, and I too loved it.
Over the years and for me, Coffee Mate doesn't appear to have changed flavour-wise, but my own preferences have.
On unsealing the foil once the lid of the carton is opened, the cream-coloured powder inside gives off a quite strong, partly creamy, partly almost toffee-like aroma which is reasonably pleasant. The powder is formed of fine granules, a teaspoon or two of which is then stirred vigorously into a cup of hot coffee in order to give it a rich, creamy flavour.
Sometimes when adding the product to hot coffee, it can go a bit lumpy, but I've found a way around this in that if it is mixed in the mug with a little cold water first to form a smooth paste, the likelihood of lumping is much reduced.
Coffee Mate is something I really used to enjoy, especially when it was a new product, but although it tastes the same as it always has, I now find that I don't enjoy it anywhere near as much. The flavour is very creamy, but on sampling, I can detect a distinctive chemical under-taste that isn't very pleasant. However, I will still use Coffee Mate in an emergency, say if I have run out of ordinary milk.
For myself, Coffee Mate is only suitable for adding to instant coffee, as if used in filter coffee, it totally ruins one of life's pleasures for me.
Coffee Mate does contain rather a lot of additives, which I'm sure go a long way towards giving it that not too nice after-taste. As far as the fat, sugar and calorie content is concerned, it is more innocent than adding real cream or full-fat milk and sugar, but I'm not sure that the advantages thus gained are worth it. I prefer something to taste as close to perfection as possible, even if it is more calorific and contains more fat.
One advantage of Coffee Mate if added to a mug of boiling coffee rather than mixing with a little water first (as I suggest above in order to reduce the formation of lumps) is that it doesn't cool the drink down too much, so it can be enjoyed as hot as possible.
For what it is, that being not quite the luxury experience it promises, I find Coffee Mate rather expensive and overall, not entirely worth the money. However, it is good to keep a jar handy in cases of emergency, as it is an adequate rather than a delicious cream/milk substitute. I'd enjoy it better if it tasted more natural rather than of chemicals.
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I was never a big coffee drinker until about 5 years ago. I used to think that the drink smelled delicious but the taste was relatively disappointing. I then started a job where I worked with dedicated coffee sippers and they persuaded me to give it another go. I love it now, but unfortunately I like it with plenty of sugar and cream which is probably not the healthiest way to drink it! My office colleagues buy cream just for me, and it nearly always gets thrown away before I have finished it as I only work there part time. I don't like UHT cream substitutes, so I decided to try "Coffee Mate", a coffee whitener and milk/cream substitute. I bought a 180g tub for £1.25 in my local corner shop which was a promotional pack price, but the same size tub can also be bought in Poundworld for £1.
Nestle describe Coffee Mate as a product to "enhance your everyday coffee" with each sip becoming "smoother and silkier", as well as creamy tasting. I have the original blend, but I have seen a reduced fat version listed on price comparison websites which I will try when I spot it in the shops. There are also flavoured versions available through Amazon and other online suppliers as they are seemingly only generally sold in the U.S and a few other countries. It is made from glucose syrup and vegetable oil, amongst other things but thankfully tastes nicer than that combination may sound!
Coffee Mate comes in a strong card tub with a metal bottom and a plastic top. Under the lid is foil seal that keeps the product fresh until you want to use it. It doesn't need too be kept in the fridge which made me think it will be a handy thing to take camping with me later in the year. It is always a blessing to find something that doesn't need to be kept cool and that is also light to carry! You can buy much bigger tubs too which no doubt work out cheaper but I like the size that I have as it is easy to store, and I think the contents will keep fresh until I finish the tub entirely. According to the pack, it will give me 27 servings if you use the recommended two heaped teaspoons per mug. I am on my second tub now, and I can't say that I have counted the number of coffees the first made me but that number sounds about right.
The "Mate" is a white powder that doesn't really have a smell to me. It has a fine texture which means it melts perfectly as soon as it is added to coffee. I have to be careful when I make make coffee with cream to have the liquid at just the right temperature so it doesn't seperate. I don't have to worry about that with Coffee Mate. Providing the water is hot, it does it's job and who wants to make coffee with cold water?! I find the recommended 2 teaspoons are perfect for my tastes but of course you can adjust it easily enough to suit yourself. It makes the coffee look white as if milk has been added. The picture on the front of the tub also makes the drink look as if it has a slight frothiness but the whitener doesn't have that effect on my drinks. I am happy with the smooth texture and definite creaminess though. It really does taste as if I have added cream to the drink which makes the coffee far more indulgent tasting than plain milk to me. I normally add sugar but I find that I don't need to use quite so much if I use Coffee Mate. It isn't very sweet but it does contain glucose syrup which I presume provides some of the sugar taste for me. I don't think it would be enough to put off a sugar hater but I may be wrong, as I can't imagine unsweetened coffee! It contains less that 1% of your recommended daily amount of sugar per serving which means I consume less if I have a cup made with the Coffee Mate.
The whitener is suitable for vegetarians but it does contain milk proteins on the ingredients list so it isn't vegan. I have noticed that it is often described as a "non dairy creamer" including on the brand's U.S website and that of some U.K online suppliers, although to be fair it is not labelled as such on the U.K packaging. This is seemed confusing considering the presence of the milk proteins so I did a bit of web searching and it seems that the laws in some countries allow for a product to be described as non-dairy if it does not contain lactose even if it does contain other milk proteins. So be warned if you are following a completely dairy free diet.
One two teaspoon serving gives me 9% of my RDA of saturated fat intake so sadly I have decided to limit my coffee to a mug a day but I certainly enjoy that mug a lot! I would recommended it as well worth a try if you want the occasional coffee with a delicious creamy taste but the fat content means it is probably not a good idea for those who would drink a lot of mugs an add it to every one! Perhaps the reduced fat version would be the one for you. The good thing about the Coffee Mate is it can sit in your cupboard until you want a special coffee and there is no waste involved if you don't fancy another for a long while. The last tub I bought had a use by date 9 months after my purchase, and no recommendation that it should be used within a certain time of opening. You can buy it in most supermarkets and some of the discount shops like Poundland too.
==Nestle Coffee Mate==
Being a relatively new drinker of coffee and still wanting to find that perfect brand and type of coffee to make up the best drink possible, I am also keen to try out all the products that go along with the coffee such as brown sugar and of course this Nestle Coffee Mate.
I picked up a jar of this product in my local Morrison's on my weekly shop and paid a not too cheap but still reasonable £2.49 pence for the 500 gram sized product. It was a little more than I did want to pay for a product such as this but on the other hand I was keen to try it out and couldn't help myself popping it into the shopping trolley.
The nestle Coffee Mate product itself is basically a cream substitute which is in a freeze dried form. This is not only a good product to have because of the added taste but also for those moment when you run out of milk in the fridge it is always nice to know you can still have a coffee before going out to the shop to replace the fresh milk!
The packaging is not bad and does its job well. There is an easy to remove and replace red plastic screw topped cap on the jar and the plastic covering wrapper gives you information on how to use the product. It states that a good two teaspoons full of the Coffee Mate will be enough to add to each mug to give an adequate taste.
These should be added to the coffee and water once made up. The fluffy grains of Coffee Mate were quick to dissolve in the hot water and gave a rather frothy appearance to my mug of coffee drink.
The coffee mate stirred in nicely and made the drink become a rich and creamy colour which looked ever so much more appealing than the using the regular milk from the fridge. I also noticed that my coffee was a lot hotter than it usually is because I haven't added a cold milk to it but rather these dried teaspoons of this product. I was very impressed with this factor of using the Coffee Mate.
So as far as the taste of my coffee goes when using this Nestle Coffee mate as opposed to using regular fresh semi skimmed milk I would say that it is so much nicer and it is now a product I am really quite hooked on. The taste of the coffee becomes creamier and smoother with a hotter and generally more luxurious taste than I have been used to. This is certainly a product that I will be buying again and again.
I find that this Nestle Coffee Mate is easy to get hold of as I have seen it in most supermarkets and even smaller local shops (although the price does go up in these small shops) and not only that but is it often on some sort of special offer too.
It is easy to use and a godsend to have in the cupboard in case regular milk has been used up. The only draw back I can find is the fact that a tub of this product is a little expensive as it doesn't really seem to last that long (especially considering how much coffee we have been drinking in this house lately).
However all in all I really don't feel I can mark it down a single star at all. It is a really great product which is worthy of the top score of 5 out of 5 star rating and I would certainly recommend it to any coffee drinker wanting to make their coffee that little bit more special.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read
My memories of Coffeemate go back to when I was a child. We would go to my Nan's house who used Coffeemate whenever she had coffee and to me, who wasn't even allowed sugar in tea or coffee this was a shear luxury. It was such as treat that one or two or three scoops was not enough, and when my mother wasn't looking, often being egged on by my father I would add absolutely loads.
~What is Coffeemate?~
Milk substitute? Well it substitutes milk but I wouldn't call it a milk substitute, to me it tastes nothing like milk. It's commonly bought as being a powder, although it is available in liquid form but this is more rare. The powder is a dark cream colour and has a sort of sweetish creamy smell. It's made out of: corn syrup solids, vegetable oils - mainly coconut, soybeans and palm kernels, sodium caseinate, dipotassioum sulphate, mono- and diglycerides, sodium aluminosilcate, artificial flavour and annatto colour. Yuck, it all sounds rather grim!
So, what area the advantages of drinking Coffeemate? Well, it is non-dairy so good for those with a lactose intolerance, but it seems to have no vitamins or minerals worth consuming - it is not a sufficient source of vitamins A or C, dietary fibre, calcium or iron, however one teaspoon of it does use up 10 of your daily calorie and 3% of your saturated fat allowance. In other words there is no point in using it for anything other than taste purposes.
Whilst it may have been fun to add as much as I could to my coffee when at my Nan's as a child Coffeemate is not something I like the taste of now. As someone who doesn't take sugar putting Coffeemate in makes my coffee tast sweeter to me, which I don't like. Coffeemate does make coffee creamy but not creamy in the same way as cream and it certainly doesn't taste like cream.
~Why I Bought It~
At work I have a kettle, cafetiere and fresh coffee but my newest office has no fridge to put my milk in. I therefore have to take my milk to work and in the summer it goes off very quickly, therefore, over the summer I bought some Coffeemate as a solution to my problem. This was the first time I had used Coffeemate in many years and soon realised it wasn't really a solution as I don't like it!
Coffeemate comes in sugar free and reduced fat versions but I only found out today, after checking out Coffeemate's website that it comes in flavoured version too. These include: Amaretto, French vanilla, hazelnut, cafe latte, cafe mocha, pecan praline, pumpkin spice, eggnog latte....and the list goes on. Some sound a bit revolting, however I would be interested to try the amaretto flavour and I am wondering if the extra flavour would make the coffee something else and cover up the Coffeemate taste. Coffeemate is made by Nestlé - I wonder if they do a milky bar flavour?
~Where to Buy Coffeemate?~
The original Coffeemate along with the reduced fat and sugar free versions are available in most supermarkets. I haven't however ever seen the flavoured versions, not that I have looked for them, but am wondering if they are only available in the US.
Coffeemate is not only lactose free, it is also gluten and nut free. Even the nut tasting versions are nut free! So it's everything free except chemicals - umm yummy!!! It is even Kosher according to the Jewish Orthodox Union.
~Size and Cost~
I bought a jar of Coffeemate which is in a 200g jar, however it is also available in a 500g tin with a plastic lid. The 200g jar was about £1.30, whilst the 500g tin costs about £2,30. It's long life so lasts a long time, lasting about a year once it has been opened. I will never finish my jar up in that time, but I guess people who like it would do! It does however work out a lot cheaper than buying fresh milk.
It's not my cup or tea (or in this case coffee) but some people may like it. I can however see that sometimes it may have its uses...if you are stuck in the middle of no where on a camping expedition with no access to cows or fresh milk!
I first tried Coffee Mate years ago in America and since then it has definitely become my mate when it comes to coffee.
Coffee Mate is a Nondairy creamers which are either liquid or granular substances intended to substitute for milk or cream as an additive to coffee or other beverages. They do not contain lactose and therefore are commonly described as not being dairy products (although many contain a milk-derived protein). Some parts of the world require the alternate term nondairy whiteners so as not to imply the presence of real cream.
I love my coffee I make at home to be nice and creamy and have that lovely soft creamy flavour rather than being too strong or dark. Adding milk to instant coffee really doesn't make it as creamy as I would like so coffee mate is a great alternative to milk. The trouble is in this country I can only find Coffee Mate in powder form and I really do not like powdered milk as I find it doesn't taste that great. Whenever I am in America I also use the liquid form of Coffee Mate and this is much nicer in my opinion, I find it's creamier, tastier and in my opinion more natural and it makes my coffee milky just how I like it. If anyone radio this review can tell me where I can find Coffee Mate in liquid form I would be eternally grateful as it would definitely improve my coffee breaks.
The liquid Coffee Mate is quite thick and has an off white colour to it. It has quite a silky look to the liquid and you can tell that it's a good quality product and one that makes coffee taste great. It's not sweet, it just makes the coffee nice and creamy and is not sickly in any way.
As I do not have the liquid bottle in front of me I cannot comment on how long it lasts but from memory I do remember that a bottle will store longer than regular milk so it definitely a good investment. Obviously the powder will last a lot longer too.
Coffee mate - a great addition to your coffee.
I love strong coffee but I like it to be sweet and I take milk to balance out the bitterness of the coffee. I can drink it black but it isn't as enjoyable or tasty for me so I always make sure that I have some coffee mate in the house just in case I can't get to the shop for milk.
It comes in an air tight container and inside is what looks like powdered milk. To use the coffee mate you just need to add a spoonful or two to your coffee and it will whiten it and take away some of the bitterness of the coffee.
What makes this different from milk is that is actually flavours coffee as well as lightening it. It is actually more of a creamer than anything else and it does taste of cream when you put it in your coffee. I find that I usually need the 2 spoonful's as I make my coffee strong and one spoonful doesn't really make enough of a difference to the colour of the coffee.
I actually do enjoy the taste of coffee mate even though it is something I choose not to dink on a daily basis. The reason that I only drink it occasionally is that it flavours coffee so much like you have cream in it which is tasty but it can and does get sickly after a couple of cups because it is so rich tasting.
I do find that it is one of those products that is really helpful to have in the house and I wouldn't be without it now even though fresh milk is so easy to come by. The reason is because you never know when you might not be able to leave the house and I wouldn't want to have to go without my coffee. It is also a great thing to have in for those people who might not take milk so don't want to buy some every time just in case they get guests. This will substitute the milk just fine and will save you a small fortune over time.
It also lasts for ages in the cupboard as long as you make sure and put the lid back on tightly so you don't need to open it and then make sure that you finish it within a few days.
It is also really reasonable priced to buy and you can pick up a large 500g tub for £2.30. If at all possible though try and get the lighter version as it tastes almost identically but is a lot lower in calories.
When I was in college doing a hair & beauty course part of this entailed customer care and it was expected of us to ask our clients if they would like a tea/coffee/etc.
This was the first experience I had of Coffee-Mate. We would ask clients if they would like fresh milk or Coffee-Mate and it surprised me how often they would choose Coffee-Mate, I wondered what the big deal was about this stuff so decided to try it and have been buying it ever since, which is about 8yrs now.
Coffee-Mate is a coffee whitener which is used in place of milk, it is a non dairy creamer although it somehow makes coffee taste creamier than it does with milk!
It comes in a round tub with a plastic lid that simply needs to be popped off, underneath the lid is a foil covering and this can be peeled back used the tab provided. Inside you will see a creamy coloured powder which has very little smell to it. It's a very fine powder and I was at first surprised at the difference it made to a cup of coffee.
I pop two tea spoons of Coffee-Mate into a cup of coffee and the taste is really nice, I find it tastes a lot more creamier than when I milk so I do use this at all times for coffee.
However I have found it not so good in tea, having run out of milk one night I tried this in tea and I really didn't like it, but my hubby thought it was fine.
You can find this in a small tub in Poundland .... Obviously priced at £1, but I have seen larger tubs in Iceland priced at around £1.50.
I would recommend this for a creamier cup of coffee.
I like a nice creamy coffee but real cream can work out quite expensive if you are watching the pennies. I have been using Coffee Mate now for more years than I care to remember. This stuff seems to have been around for ages. I buy the 500g plastic jar with a bright red twisty lid and this costs me £2.00 from the cheap shop near to where I work. I do go through quite a lot of this stuff as both me and my other half both enjoy it in our coffees.
Coffee Mate is easy to get hold of - it is in most shops and large supermarkets and the price varies quite a lot depending on where you shop. One jar lasts us around a week in our house so we buy the largest jars we can find as this is a lot more cost effective.
It is simple and very easy to use. I like a good three teaspoons in my coffee though my other half prefers hers with just the one spoon. Each to his own, I suppose.
The Coffee Mate itself smells really nice I think even before it is added to the coffee. As soon as you open the jar and twist off the lid you can detect the smell of sweet vanilla. It isn't too overpowering though, just a gentle aroma. It looks like very fine powder in the jar and when you add it to the hot coffee it always manages to dissolve easily. There is never a hint of a lump I always find it magically changes the taste and colour of the coffee and makes it taste so much nicer.
As soon as you take your first sip, you will immediately notice that the coffee actually tastes creamier and I personally find, also a little bit sweeter. I quite like this, even though I am not a fan of sweet coffee, I still like the taste.
It really does make a huge difference to the taste and I actually prefer Coffee Mate to cream.
Nice stuff and really recommended.
I used to use cream for my extra special coffees', but I fond that I was wasting quite a lot since I was only using a little per cup just to give my coffee an edge. The 89p tub of cream would have lasted ages if I were able to use it all, but a lot had to be thrown out, so I was on the look out for a substitute or a cheaper cream.
By pure chance I was in the local B&M store and spied something I thought had ceased production years ago. I had used it many a year since, and I had as I recall enjoyed it immensely. It is made by Nestle and it is called Coffeemate. The tub I purchased was reduced from the RRP of £2.39 to £1.39 so I jumped at the chance to re-kindle some old flames. The tub contained 500g of the finest white powder, which had a very creamy/vanilla type smell. It is used as an additive to coffee to give it a creamier taste, hence the name.
They say on the rather uninspiring packaging that 2 decent teaspoons should suffice for each cup of coffee, so I for a change decided to abide by the rule. As I added it to my cuppa I could see is quickly dissolve, well most of it..............a good stirring saw the rest follow suit. It did slightly alter the colour of my coffee by lightening it a little.
The taste test would I hope bring back some fond memories. It had indeed certainly changed the taste of my coffee, and for the most part it was most definitely more creamy. This said though it had also become a bit sweeter, which I was not so keen on. I put this down to the fact that I had rushed and might have inadvertently put a bit much sugar in, so after a while I decided to repeat the process.
I was a bit more meticulous this time ensuring everything was done correctly, and as you might have wisely already assumed, it had indeed been an error on my part, this time it had worked perfectly or almost so. Next few coffees' were spent determining the correct quantity of Coffeemate for my taste, and I have now concluded 2.5 decent teaspoons is my preferred amount.
The change in taste is quite remarkable considering that this is a very fine powder and there really doesn't seem to be a lot going into my cup. It is certainly creamy and the initial hint of vanilla I got from the smell was never evident in the tasting, don't think I'd care much for vanilla flavoured coffee, did try hazelnut once and it was none to pleasing.
Not sure I'd be happy paying the RRP of £2.39 for this, but the offer price was more than acceptable, and if the offer continues after I've used the 500g then I would probably take them up on it again. I don't have it in every coffee, but I do use it quite a bit just for a little change.
Coffee mate is something that I always try and have in my kitchen cupboard as it is one of those things that is just so handy to have in.
For those that have never heard of what coffee mate is, it is basically a form of powdered milk that you add to black coffee to whiten it and give it a creamy taste. I also happen to think that it is amazing value at only £2.19 from tesco for a huge 500 g tub of it.
To use you just add a couple of teaspoons of the powder to your black coffee. I find that I need the two spoonful's as I like my coffee quite strong but my sister only needs the one in her cups as she doesn't make her coffee as strong as mine.
The flavour of the coffee mate is really creamy and I genuinely think it just tastes like you have added a dash of cream to it. I don't feel it tastes artificial in the slightest but this is a matter of personal taste as my mum for instance doesn't really like it in her coffee.
The reason for it being a kitchen cupboard staple in my house is because we go through so much milk in our house with the kids cereal and with them just drinking glasses of the stuff that I like it there in case I go for my morning coffee and we have run out of milk as there is nothing worse and I just don't enjoy a black coffee the same as a white one.
I always try and buy the light version as it is quite calorific and even with the light I try to limit my intake as each teaspoon contains 26 calories so I dread to think what the normal one contains. 26 might not seem a lot but it soon adds up if you drink several cups during the day like I do. Besides when it comes to taste I really don't think there is any difference between the two of them.
As mentioned for £2.19 you get a really big tub and it lasts for ages in the cupboard without going off so for me it is great value. You do have to be careful with making sure that you don't use a wet spoon in the tub as if the powder gets even just a little damp it starts to clump together and it begins to taste funny.
The only problem with the coffee mate is that it doesn't taste very good in tea. I have used it in tea when I have had no milk before but unlike in coffee where the creamy flavour compliments the taste of the coffee in tea it overpowers it and makes the tea taste a little sickly. I know it is designed for coffee but it would be nice to have one that could be used in both.
I think coffee mate is a brilliant invention and one that I would never dream of not having in as at least I know if I get an unexpected visitor I can always offer them a coffee even if the kids have demolished all the milk.
My partner recently bought a jar of Coffee Mate with the reasoning that we mostly use milk in our house for tea and coffee and so we end up throwing quite a lot of milk away because it just doesn't get drunk. He seemed to forget that we use milk for the kids cereals and milkshakes(!) and so his plan was immediately flawed - but as he's bought it we did start using it because it would have been a waste not to.
The Coffee Mate came in a jar with 500g of the Coffee Mate granules inside (I think there are different sizes). This jar cost £2.19 from Tesco and as it contains enough granules for about 40 cups of coffee, it makes it significantly cheaper than using milk as each cup uses just about 5p worth of the Coffee Mate. The other advantage of it is that it's obviously dried and so you're able to keep it for long periods in the cupboard and lasts infinitely longer than milk. Because of this reason, although I didn't particularly get on with the Coffee Mate, I would consider keeping a jar of it in the cupboard for coffee emergencies when there is no milk in the fridge!
Using it is easy. You add the granules to a cup of coffee - and then stir the granules into the hot solution. How much you use is a matter of personal choice, but I tend to add a couple of teaspoons, whereas my partner adds three teaspoons to get it a little milkier. So far so good.
But my issue with it is that I didn't find the Coffee Mate completely dissolves. It does mostly dissolve, but there are still little bits floating on the top of the coffee (you know like when milk is starting to turn). The "bits" don't taste bad or anything.....but they are still there and it turns me off because it reminds me of gone off milk! I have fished these bits out at times which only takes a few seconds - but I just don't like the look of it. There are never clumps in the bottom of the mug, it is simply these little bits that float on top.
The taste is creamy and not unlike semi-skimmed milk really. Infact, if someone gave me a cup with Coffee Mate in and one with regular milk in, I'm not 100% sure I'd be able to tell the difference - and so I guess this is a really great selling point. I have heard some people say that they feel Coffee Mate tastes a little sweet, but this isn't something I have personally found and so I still add the same amount of sugar.
Overall, I think that Coffee Mate is something that I'll keep in the cupboard for times when we don't have any milk - but I don't think I'm a complete convert!
I used to use this as a student when pennies were few and milk all too often went off in my flat. It's a handy means of creaming your coffee when milk is not available.
It is termed a non-dairy creamer and looking at the list of ingredients, there's nothing very natural about it. Glucose syrup, Hydrogenated vegetable fat, Acidity regulators, Milk Proteins, Emulsifiers, Colours. A veritable cornucopia of E numbers!
To me this does alter the taste of instant coffee a little but I can tolerate it. Sometimes, if the coffee is nice and strong, I'd rather have it black and retain the full flavour of the coffee. My wife doesn't drink coffee; she's a tea wife and she will not use Coffee Mate in her tea. I do agree with her that it makes it taste awful.
We don't normally use this, but I bought some a fortnight or so ago, having run out of milk one Sunday. We normally buy 2 x 2ltr containers of supermarket milk every week and this keeps us both going for the week. However, running out when you live over 3 miles from the nearest shop will either require you to do without or face a significant cost with a special journey in the car.
Coffee mate is made by Nestle and costs around £2 for a 500g container. It's a very fine shabby-chic colour creamy powder and you add it to your drink according to taste. One teaspoonful does me and is more acceptable than 2 which to me taints the taste too much. There used to be an issue with this product in that it would sometimes go lumpy and be difficult to stir in. It was horrible to get some of the powder in your drink/mouth and this tended to put me off. I haven't noticed this problem in the 8 or 10 cups I have made with this powdered creamer so either they have done something with it to alleviate the problem or I am going stir crazy and making my coffee go dizzy with frantic stirrings. Old habits die hard.
I haven't used any other proprietary brand of whitener to make any comparisons and the only other ones I have used have been those little sachets in hotel rooms. I couldn't tell the difference in any taste test.
All in all, it's an OK product but I could easily do without it and I wouldn't be at all surprised if this hangs around in the cupboard now for over a year, little used.
A couple of weeks ago I received some sachets of coffee mate in the post, 7 to be exact. I've never used Coffee Mate but I am aware of it. The information leaflet that came in the box with them stated that if I used the coffee mate once a day for a week I would be "sure to fall in love with its velvety texture", it promises richer creamier coffee.
Coffee mate is a white powder that is designed to be used in place of milk. It whitens your coffee and improves the taste, well that's the claims anyway. I got my sachets as a freebie but it can be bought in most supermarkets and in Tesco it costs £1.94 for a 500g tub. This is a brown colour with a plastic lid. It has Nestle Coffee Mate written in a heart and shows a steaming cup of coffee and the GDA's which are:-
These are given per serving which is 2 heaped teaspoonfuls.
Coffee mate is a white fine powder that smells nothing like a creamy substance you would put in coffee. I had a little taste of the powder and it actually tastes like the milk bottle penny sweets I used to buy when I was little, and looking at the list of ingredients in this I am not surprised.
Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil ,Stabilisers (Dipotassium Phosphate, Trisodium Citrate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate) ,Milk Proteins ,Emulisifers (Mono- and Diacetyl Tartaric Acids Esters of Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids ,Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids) ,Anti-Caking Agent: Silicon Dioxide ,Colour: Riboflavin.
To use the coffee mate it should be added to hot black coffee. I added my 2 heaped teaspoons of the powder and stirred. I had no problem with it dissolving. there were no lumps left floating or in the bottom of the cup after the coffee had been drunk.
I must admit the coffee did have a creamier smell to it but as the coffee mate doesn't cool the drink I had to wait until it had cooled enough to drink. This is ok if you have time to wait but if not you can always add a little cold water to the black coffee before the coffee mate.
The coffee definitely tastes smooth and creamy with the coffee mate, it seemed to add a bit of sweetness to it as well. I cant say I was keen on the taste it seems a bit too creamy for me and it doesn't taste natural in any way. It has a nasty after taste which I found artificial and very unpleasant. Rather than enhancing the coffee the creamy taste is too overpowering.
I used 3 of my sachets to give the coffee mate a good try but I have to conclude I'm not keen. I gave the remaining 4 to my friend who thought it was lovely. Although I didn't personally like this I can see that it would be a useful stand by in case you had unexpected visitors or ran out of milk but personally if I run out of milk I would rather drink my coffee black.
My daughter has come back home to stay and bought some coffee mate with her, I am now hooked so thought I would share my review with you.
You can buy a smaller pack but I now buy a 500g pack for around £2 and this will last me approx 3 or 4 weeks (75 servings) depending on how much coffee we both drink. I add 2 teaspoons to a mug of coffee as directed on the pack and it gives my coffee a smooth creamy taste. I find it very useful as the milk in our house also lasts that little bit longer. It does leave your mouth slightly dry and I am not sure if that is because you are drinking the coffee hotter than usual.
The technical bit
It is a blend of Glucose Syrup and Vegetable oil which sound horrible to me so I wont share the rest of the ingredients but for those dieters each serving contains 35Kcal and 1.7g saturated fats, not great but we are going for taste.
For more info you can visit their website at www.nescafe.co.uk or contact them at www.nestle.co.uk
Overall a great taste at a reasonable price.