“ Brand: Options / Type: Cappuccino / Espresso „
Having recent tried one of the Options hot chocolate drinks (the Mint Madness flavour) I've decided to try coffee drinks from the same brand. The one I picked up was the "Luscious Latte" one which seems to be the most prevalent in the cheaper stores in the UK (think B & M and Home Bargains) and often for as little as 5p (though usually much higher admittedly). The drink can comes in various packaging though the one I have with me (which was bought for 5p) is the single serving sachet that holds 14g of powder. Like every drink in the Options range you empty the contents of the sachet into a cup or mug then add 200ml of hot (not boiling) water then stir to mix the two (like you would typically do when making coffee). Though of course it seems like your missing a step out from normal coffee, the milk. The milk is already in contents of the sachet as a dried ingredient, and when the drink is made it re-hydrates and helps to make the drink. Clever right?
When the drink is made it has a thick creamy colour to it which appears to be more sickly than coffee usually, it appears thick and heavy in texture but visually off putting. The smell is a strong one, similar to instant coffee though much heavier scented and harder hitting, one that seems ideally aimed at strong coffee drinkers rather than those that just "prefer coffee to tea". The drink has a thick milky texture to it with a creamy feeling top to it, which is rather nice, in fact it's about the only nice thing you will experience whilst drinking it. Sadly. The taste of the drink seems more like that of molten rubber than a good highly quality coffee drink, in fact at times it's hard to remember that this is the contents of the sachet your drinking and not the actual sachet (at times it's genuinely difficult to differentiate).
Overall the drink is a terrible product with a disgustingly poor taste, a texture that doesn't make you want another and it has absolutely no redeeming features at all. Other than the price of the product there is nothing about it that's even slightly tempting to bring me back in the future. Although having had Options in the past in the milkshake they've always had at least a decent initial taste, sadly this falls flat on it's face.
I do enjoy a nice cup of coffee, so when I spotted an individual sachet of Options coffe drinks for just 17 pence in Sainsburys I popped one into my trolley. I'd not seen these before so I think they might be part of a new range, there were Cappucino, Latte and Mocha varieties available, I'm a fan of latte so this was the one I chose to try. It's full Options name is Luscious Latte. The packet is a pale blue with a darker blue band around it. Lucious Latte is written on the darker area in cream, there is a cartoon picture of a lady on it and a picture of the drink as well.
When I'd got home after my shopping trip, I felt a a cuppa and some biscuits were in order. What better oppurtunity to try out my new drink.
To make it was quite simple, I had to open the sachet and pour the contents into my mug, add water and my chosen sweetener and stir.
I found the sachet didn't tear that easily and I would have been better off if I'd cut it open with a pair of scissors.
Before I added the water I had a quick sniff of the powder, it had a faint whiff of coffee but it wasn't over strong.
On the instructions it says that the water should be recently boiled but not boiling, so I left the kettle a couple of minutes before adding water to the mug. The powder dissolved well and with a good stir there were no visible lumps of undissolved powder left.
There was a bit of froth on top of the latte but it didn't seem to last too long.
The latte was darker that I was expecting, and not the pale coffee colour I had thought I would see.
When I tasted it, I thought it was stronger too and not as milky as lattes I have had before. For me I would definitely have preferred it to be milkier, but I do tend to have my coffee milky anyway.
I wouldn't buy this again so I'm pleased I only bought the individual serving rather than the jars which are also available.
A 200ml serving contains 62 kcal and 1.8g of saturated fat.
Also available are Dreamy Cappucino and Melting Mocha.
Still on my quest to find a quick and tasty alternative to my usual espresso based lattes, today is the turn of a latte from the Options brand.
Anyone who hovvers around the instant hot drinks shelves in their supermarket to see what's new, as I do, will probably have noticed the glut of instant Lattes and Cappuccinos mixes on sale.
Quite recently, Options have launched their own versions with Luscious Latte, Dreamy Cappuccino and Melting Mocha instant coffees. Being an enormous fan of the Options hot chocolate low calorie hot drinks, I decided to try out the Options Luscious Latte first.
Options helpfully sell their instant coffees in individual 14g sachets or a 140g jar. This is particularly useful if you don't want to buy a whole jar of a product you may or may not like. By having the option, excuse the pun, of purchasing an individual sachet, you get to taste test the product first to see what you think.
Although slightly higher in calories than their chocolate drinks, with 62 calories per sachet, they are still a reasonably low calorie choice. None of their coffees contain hydrogenated fats. The coffee content for the latte is 12%, which is quite good in terms of these instant lattes. It also contains whole milk powder as it's a latte.
They're simple to make. Just tear open the sachet and empty the contents into your cup or mug. Pour in about 200ml of just boiled water, add sweetener to taste and stir well.
When pouring out the coffee powder into my mug, I did detect a rather delicious smell coming from the powder which was a nice even mixture of coffee and milk powder mix. After stirring well, a small amount of foam formed on top, probably about 2cm and the coffee was a nice medium coffee colour.
When I started drinking the foam, I noticed a few very small lumps of unmixed powder, which were quite tasty in themselves. The foam tasted nice, but I was very pleased at the taste of the latte. Obviously, I'm not expecting any similarity to a proper espresso based latte made with fresh milk, but this instant version has a very smooth taste, not at all bitter. It also had a certain richness to its texture, not thin and watery as some of the latte drinks I've tested have had. It was also nice and creamy tasting, made even better with a splash of milk.
Of course, everyone has their own preferences with coffee taste, but as far as the instant latte mixes go, for me, this one is the best so far in both taste, creaminess and coffee flavour.
Brand: Options / Type: Cappuccino / Espresso