Product Type: Nestlé Coffee
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Have I Made Friends With Coffeemate?
Nestlé Coffee Mate
Member Name: Coffeetiere
Nestlé Coffee Mate
Advantages: Cheap and you don't need a fridge
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!
Summary: Not my mate