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I am often amazed at the amount of different Coffee that is now available and am often confused as to what they are, and exactly what ingredients they contain. Here are some of my favourite and not so favourite coffee drinks with a description of what they are, and how they taste-
This is basically a creamy coffee slush. It is a cup full of crushed ice filled with milky/creamy coffee and is generally drank through a straw. My first taste of this was lovley, almost like a Baileys but by half way down the cup I felt almost sick, it was more like a cup of coffee that had been left to go cold.
Served at my local restarunt this is a glass filled with a creamy latte (milk with a shot of expresso) and laced with Baileys Irish Cream. It tatses devine. It has a lovley creamy coffee flavour with a slight kick from the Baileys. I am unsure how many places serve this drink but as its easy to make I dont see it being a problem. I would highly reccommend it.
Mocha is a cup of steamed milk with a shot of expresso and added chocolate. It tastes pretty much as it sounds, chocolaty coofee, very sweet and rich. I really enjoy thus one, a really nice drink.
This is a cup of steamed milk with one shot of expresso. Ratio of milk to coffee is 4:1. Tastes really nice
This one confused me. It is basically the same as above only with more expresso. A cup of steamed milk with added shots of expresso, ratio of milk to coffee is 3:1. This one is a bit too strong for me.
This is a shot of expresso with a small amount of milk and water added. A bit like a watered down a bit expresso. Not my personal favourite.
I love coffee and think all the new varieties available are great.
I do think though, coffee is one of those things you either love or hate.
Yes Frappuccino's are great and yea they can addictive. I just started drinking them on march 9, 08 ans seriously had 1 or 2 everyday. So I am being carefully to only drink one a day or evn better every other day. However it is really difficult they are great. My fav is the vanilla followed by the coffee flavor. I am scared to try the mocha flavor even though Ive been told I should. And at the moment they have this peppermint one, but Im not really a peppermint person. Anyways if you have never tried one and aren't really a coffee person( which I am not) then try this, you will love it!!!
If you prefer the taste of cafetiére or filter coffee, but hate all the hassle involved with making cafetiére and filter coffee, you need coffee bags. I discovered these little bags of joy thanks to my friends and I have not looked back since. Now I?m not promising you that they make coffee as good as cafetiére or filter coffee. One of my friends swears blind that coffee bags are not as good as cafetiére or filter coffee, but then he has always been a bit stuck up. I personally think they are and either way coffee bags are a million times better than instant coffee. [DISCOVERING COFFEE BAGS] I first discovered coffee bags while travelling around California; I had just arrived in L.A. and was greeted with a nice cup of coffee at the hostel made by my friends who had arrived a few days before me. They had previously been shopping in a supermarket called ?Vons? and one of the things they had bought was ?Vons? own brand regular coffee bags. It was a very nice welcome after a long flight. I brought a box of the bags back home with me and they proved very popular with my family and friends, especially my sister who is addicted to coffee. I was worried that once I had run out I wouldn?t be able to buy them again in this country. But then I found Lyons Fresh Coffee Bags in Tesco, a pack of 18 bags costing only £1.99 ? that?s less than 12p a cup! [ABOUT LYONS COFFEE BAGS] Lyons Fresh Coffee Bags 18 Pack 125g The bags come in a nice medium sized dark green box with white and gold writing on the front, back and sides, with the top of the box proclaiming ?Coffee Perfection Since 1904?. On the front of the box there is a little
tab you can rip off in order to dispense the individual bags one at a time. The bags are individually wrapped in little foil sachets so that they retain their freshness. You have to be careful while opening the sachet; otherwise you might tear the bag inside and spill ground coffee all over the floor. The actual coffee bag looks like a giant round tea bag, contains fresh ground coffee and smells absolutely gorgeous. All you have to do to make a nice cup of fresh coffee is place one bag in a cup, pour on freshly boiled water, leave it to brew for 3 minuets, or longer according to taste, and stir. After it has brewed, squeeze and remove the bag and enjoy a nice fresh cup of coffee. It?s a bit like making tea and you can leave it black or add cream, milk, sugar or whitener according to preference. Personally, I like to add vanilla coffee syrup but then that?s just me. On the side of the box it claims to be a smooth, medium strength coffee with a rating of 3. I?ve found that there isn?t much choice in the supermarket when it comes to coffee bags and Lyons is the only brand I have found in this country. On top of that they are usually located on the bottom shelf and I?ve often found the box to be a bit dusty when I?ve picked them up, but don?t let that put you off. They are far superior to instant coffee in a way that I will never drink instant coffee again, ever... I just hope that Lyons continue to make them!! [NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION] Typical values per bag (7g) Energy ? 50.1KL/12KAL Protein ? 1.1G Carbohydrate ? 2.1G Fat ? 0.8G Sodium ? 0.0006G
After searching inthe coffee section and not finding any iother catagory but this one, I decided this review had to go here. I'm usually an instant coffee drinker, early mornings are a rush in our house doing the school run and getting breakfast made to make sure everyone goes out of the house with a full stomach. Sometimes it is a lot easier to make a quick cup of instant coffee, just to wake me up and get me into the swing of things for the day. After all the mad noisey panic of the morning, I come home to work on my computer for a few hours, writting reviews, answering my email surveys, checking my webpage is up to date and putting up my lots on ebay. This takes a bit of time so as soon as I come back from school to the empty house, I put the kettle on. My son bought me a loverly stainless steel coffee plunger for christmas, having broken the end off the spout of my last one, I was really pleased with the present. My son knows how much I love my coffee in the morning. So on goes the kettle and out comes the coffee, ground roasted medium blend it the kind of coffee I like. I love the taste and the smell of all coffee beans from columbian to java I will drink them all. When we lived in wales there was a loverly little coffee shop which had all the types of beans you could think of and they would grind the beans in the shop for the cups or you could buy it by the bag to take home later. I used to spend quite a lot of time in that shop on a shopping trip. Having tried all sorts of flavours of coffee it is rare that something new to me in the coffee line will impress, but I have to say that I am quite surprised at the Fairtrade Coffee which can be bought in the Co-op. The co-op has lots of fairtrade products and i have looked at a few of them and noticed that the prices can be a little more than other brands, being a penny saver type of person I have never bought anything fairtrade before. I have however read aa few r
eviews about the products and they have all been good reports. On one trip to the local co0op I saw the fairtrade coffee was on offer with a buy one get one free, the packet I bought was £1.79 for a 227g bag with one free. I thought this was a good deal and had to at least be tried especially with my new christmas present still sitting in the box at home, so in my basket they went. One thing I did notice was that when I picked up the packets I could smell the coffee. Thinking that one of the packets had ripped I had a good look at it and there under a silver picture of a coffee bean was a little hard bit in the packet, it said smell the aroma around this circle which has a coffee bean picture inside it, when you press this hard circle you get the smell of the coffee. What a brilliant idea! That was it, I went around the shop doing the rest of my shopping an occasionally pressing this circle to smell the coffee. Yes, I still am a big kid! The Fairtrade original coffee is roasted and ground, it comes in a blue foil packet with silver writting on and the label is dark green. This coffee is suitable to make in a coffee plunger, by putting the coffee in the bottom of the jug, one teaspoonfull for each cup. Pour over the hot not boiling water, and stir leave the coffee for about four to five minutes and then push down the pliunger which keeps the grains of coffee at the bottom of the jug so you can pour it easily. You can use it in a fillter but this takes a bit longer to make and you have to buy filter papers, or you can use it in a perculator. This also takes a bit longer, but is worth the wait. Fairtrade original has a really strong aroma of coffee, it isn't harsh to drink but smooth and rich tasting. If your a ground coffee drinker you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. One cup of this coffe will get you up and running, so to speak as it has caffeine so if your pregnant do think twice about drinking
this one. It comes in different strenghts, mild, mild/medium, medium, medium/strong and strong. I haven't tried the strong yet because this medium one suits me. I have one cup in the morning when I come back from school and it helps me to get on with my work. I never drink coffee after dinner/lunch time in the day otherwise I have problems sleeping. I wouldn't suggest giving children coffee either as if they are hyperactive it could make them worse. This fairtrade coffee bag has a resealable strip at the top so that you can keep it fresh for the next brew. The coffee itself will keep for about two weeks, you can keep it in the freezer for up to six months. There is a freephone number 0800 0686727 if you have any questions about this product and it is made for the co-op. On the whole it's a surprising change to my normal choice of ground coffee and I will be buying it again, if you get the chance have a test of it. If you buy some a part of the price goes to the coffee growers to help them get a fair price for their coffee. So it helps others too. Have a nice day x
~ ~ The ‘mad cabbie’ made an impulse buy earlier this week. (doesn't happen often; it's my Scots blood) I’d called into the local supermarket on my way home from a shift in the old ‘joe maxi’ as I’d run out of my favourite Kenco coffee that morning, and didn’t fancy an evening of drinking one of the lesser blends of instant coffee (Nescafe and Maxwell House) that were left over in the kitchen cupboard. I recalled reading a recent opinion by Mel, (the ‘cheekychicken’) where she was extolling the merits of a coffee called ‘Carte Noire’, and saying that she and the ‘Deano’ fella were new converts to its delights. And I also recalled many other members leaving very complimentary comments about it on a couple of my other coffee opinions here at dooyoo. ~ ~ So after popping my usual favourite jars of ‘Kenco Columbian’ and ‘Kenco Costa Rican’ into my shopping basket, I spotted this Carte Noire stuff on the shelf above. €3.80 for a 100 gram jar, so it’s 40 cents cheaper than my usual Kenco. (€4.20 per jar) It’s hard to miss it, as it comes in a very distinctive and decidedly classy black jar with gold lettering, and a small white label proudly pronouncing its name. Talking about names, this coffee seems to be very popular on the French market, despite being made in Germany, and imported into the UK and Ireland by the Kenco coffee company. In fact, they proudly tell us as much. “Carte Noire is enjoyed in France for its unique aroma and flavour”, is printed on the side of the jar. On the other side of the jar they assail us with yet another piece of seductive information. “Unlock and savour the sensual pleasure of pure Arabica coffee captured in the ‘Aroma absolu’ of Carte Noire. The rich and velvety body of this deeply aromatic blend will seduce your palate.” W
ell, there are a couple of bits of useful information in there. It’s an Arabica coffee, and it’s a blend. As for the rest of their claim. Did it give me ‘sensual pleasure’? Ehhh, let me think now… No!!! Did it ‘seduce my palate’? I hardly think so!!! Anyways, we’ll forgive them their extravagant advertising claims, and get on with what I actually thought of the coffee. ~ ~ As some of you will be well aware, if you’ve read some of my previous opinions, I’m somewhat of a coffee addict. In fact, I drink so much coffee that I would be in contention for the post of chairman of any self help group that started up to help people with their coffee addiction. “I admitted I was powerless over caffeine, and that my life had become unmanageable.” (Hee, hee. Sorry about that folks. I’m in a funny old mood.) But I DO drink a LOT of coffee; upwards of twenty mugs a day, with each mug containing two and a half teaspoons of coffee, and three and a half to four spoons of sugar. So I like my coffee strong and sweet. Right you are then. I open the jar of ‘Carte Noir’. They are right about the ‘Aroma absolu’ bit of their advertising at any rate. Once you break open the vacuum seal on the top, you are immediately assailed with the very strong and glorious aroma of fresh coffee. “This is promising”, I think straight away. The coffee is made, and I’m now savouring my first mouthful. “What’s this,” I think. “I can hardly taste it. Did I put in the right amount of coffee?” Well, yes. I did actually. But I find that I have to add yet ANOTHER spoon of coffee (now three and a half spoons!!) before I get a taste from Carte Noire that I find palatable. So do I like this coffee? Simply put the answer is “No. Not a lot.” In fairness, it does have that very distinctive ‘Aribica’ c
offee taste, but it simply doesn’t sit up and grab my taste buds in the same way as either Kenco Columbian or Kenco Costa Rican coffee does. It’s too mellow and mild for my own personal taste. ~ ~ As I finish of this opinion, I’m actually sitting drinking another mug of it. For the purposes of research, and just to make sure that I am being totally fair in my assessment. But as soon as I wrap this opinion up, I’m off to make a cup of strong Kenco Columbian. You might still like this coffee, if your taste is for a smooth, mellow, mild tasting blend. The name ‘Carte Noire’ literally translated means ‘Black Card’. But I’m afraid that it’s getting a red card from the mad cabbie. Not for me, this one. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Euro is approximately 60p to 64p Sterling ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Copyright. KenJ. November, 2002. ~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sip. When I worked for a living I was permanently afloat on a lake of strong black coffee. There was always a steaming cup of Blend 37 on my desk and a spare jar in the cupboard in case I ran out. Looking back I must have spent years of my life on a permanent caffeine high. Sip. When work gave me up (yes; that was the way it happened) I found that I could no longer cope with the ridiculous amounts of caffeine that I'd been used to drinking. At about the same time Nescafe changed the blend of Blend 37 and frankly I thought it tasted disgusting, so for quite a while I gave up coffee altogether. No other instant came close to the original taste of Blend 37 and it seemed such a waste to make a pot when all that I wanted was one cup of perfectly brewed filter coffee. Then I rediscovered Rombouts Individual Filter Coffees and I indulge myself in a cup each morning. Slurp. Think in terms of a plastic plant pot, about 9cm across at the top and 5cm deep. Turn the bottom into holes with just sufficient plastic to support the sachet of filter coffee which is sealed to the base and add a lid. There, that's a Rombouts individual coffee filter. Shake the filter first to make certain that the coffee is equally distributed and pop it on top of a cup or a mug, fill to within about a centimetre of the top with water that's just off the boil and put the lid on. In two or three minutes the water will have filtered through and you will have a perfect filter coffee. Throw the filter away! Slurp. Rombouts began roasting and blending coffees in Belgium in 1896 and they still have the royal warrant to supply coffee to the King of Belgium. They've been making the individual filters for several decades: I first encountered them in a posh hairdresser's in the 1970s. The range has expanded from those first filters although they're still around and known somewhat unoriginally as Original. It'
s a medium coffee and if I had to equate it to the world of instant coffee I'd say that if you like Nescafe or Maxwell House then this would be your sort of coffee. It retails at about £1.99 for a pack of ten filters and two lids. Slurp. There's an organic version of Original, called, somewhat unsurprisingly, Organic and this is the most expensive in the range. In the supermarket this morning it was £2.29 for a ten-pack. My personal favourite is the Columbian, which I think would appeal generally to the people who prefer the specialist instant coffees of the Nescafe range, such as Cap Colombie. It's a medium/dark coffee with a good aroma and rich, but not too strong taste, although I do like to add slightly more water than is recommended. Slurp. The Columbian retails at £2.05 per pack, as do the other two coffees in the range which are generally available, the Javan and the Italian Style. The latter used to be known as Espresso, which should give you an idea of its taste. Both the Javan and Italian Style are dark, in-your-face coffees. Slurp. If you visit the Rombouts website (www.rombouts.co.uk) you will find two other coffee filters available in catering packs - the Brazilian and the Kenyan. Both of these are classified as mild/medium coffees and a catering pack of 80 filters costs £14.35. Catering packs of the other filters are also available at similar prices. Slurp. You'll generally find the filters with the ground coffees in the supermarket. Look for a cardboard box about 20cm high with a picture of a cup and filter on the front. Inside the box there's a foil sleeve which has been vacuum-packed. If I had to be Mistress Picky I could complain that there's no obvious way of resealing the foil sleeve. I use a bulldog clip and keep the pack in the fridge once it's been opened. Use-by dates, in my experience, are about nine to twelve months away. Slurp. This isn't a cheap way of drinking coffee unless, like me, you only want one cup of fresh coffee and would waste more than you drank if you made a pot. The box of ten filters actually contains only 57gr (about 2oz) of ground coffee, so there is a considerable premium because of the inclusion of the disposable filters. What I do like, though, is the fact that I don't need any special equipment: provided that I have a cup and a kettle I can have a fresh filter coffee. I have a friend who uses them when she goes camping and another who uses them in her office. I don't use them for the big family breakfast, or even when my friend comes round and we set the world to rights over several cups of coffee. The cafetierre comes out on those occasions. The filters are perfect for when you're on your own and a cup of coffee makes what you're doing more pleasurable. Tip and slurp. Oh, that was lovely!
I first tried Carte Noire when I visited the Ideal Home Exhibition earlier this year. They had a promotional stand and were offering small cups of coffee to sample there and then as well as handing out money off coupons and small sample packets to take home. As I had enjoyed the taste of the samples I decided to put the money off coupons to good use and when I next needed to purchase coffee I chose Carte Noire instead of my usual brand, Nescafe Original. I have done a bit of research on Carte Noire coffee and have detailed below a brief history about the range. In 1978 Frenchman René Mannier created the 'Carte' range of coffees consisting of Carte Bleue, Carte Rouge and Carte Noire. However, Carte Noire wasn't launched in the UK until 1996. Carte Noire is made using only Arabica beans, the name Arabica comes from Arabia and this is where coffee was first commercially cultivated in the 15th Century. Arabica beans provide a richer, tastier and more aromatic coffee than other beans. History lesson over now onto the product. Carte Noire can be easily identified by its' distinctive packaging. It has a square black plastic lid and is handsomely packaged in a clear square shaped glass jar which has been encased in a classy looking black cellophane wrapper with a gold trimming, the words Carte Noire are prominently emblazoned on both the front and back. The name Carte Noire suggests that this is a French coffee, however, although the carte range was created in France and the label advises that Carte Noire is enjoyed in France for its unique aroma and flavour, I found it quite amusing to note that it is actually made in Germany and imported by The Kenco Coffee Company. Carte Noire is a available as a freeze dried instant coffee, which is the variety that I have based this opinion on, however, if you prefer it is also available as a decaffeinated instant coffee and as a fresh roast an
d ground coffee. The freeze dried instant coffee is made up by measuring a teaspoon full of coffee into a mug or cup and adding boiling water and if you like milk and or sugar. The first thing you will notice when you have added the boiling water to the coffee granules is the deep aroma, the aroma resembles the smell of freshly ground coffee and is very inviting. The coffee has a rich and velvety taste which is not dissimilar to the taste of freshly ground coffee - this is a big bonus if you like ground coffee as you can achieve the taste without having to mess about with filters or a cafetière. I don't like my coffee strong and find that a level teaspoon of this coffee adequately provides me with my daily caffeine fix. I purchased a 100g jar of Carte Noire from Asda and paid approximately £2.42, this is more than I pay for Nescafe Original but this coffee is a completely different class than Nescafe. Having tried Carte Noire I wouldn't go back to Nescafe Original. If you like a good quality, premium tasting coffee I would highly recommend that you try Carte Noire. I took a jar into work and both colleagues and clients have enjoyed the taste and I have only received positive feedback. For more information you can call Carte Noire on their free phone number which is 0808 1000 131, (UK only), or e-mail them on talk2CarteNoire@Krafteurope.com. Thank you for reading. Julie
I HATE coffee. That hot bitter stuff just makes me shrivel my nose and scrunch up my face. I'm not very fond of tea either. I'll drink hot chocolate but only if I'm REALLY in the mood. You'll probably understand then, my absolute repulsion when I was at university one day and my friends all decided to go to the campus Starbucks (don't ask; our university is even 'sponsored' by Pepsi!) for drinks. I checked out the list of coffee alternatives and decided to go for a vanilla steamer. Steamers are basically warm milk with a few shots of flavoured syrup for flavour. They're fabulous. They're sweet and creamy, but let's face it, not that adventurous. I was lining up one day for my regular steamer, when I noticed a small glass bottles filled with a substance that resembled chocolate milk. I thought, "What have I got to lose?" and ordered one. I found out the drink in question was called a 'Frappuccino'. I ordered the vanilla flavour but they also come in hazelnut, mocha, coffee, caramel and mocha lite (sic). The vanilla frappuccino is served chilled and basically consists of Starbucks' coffee, real milk and "sweet, heavenly" vanilla. The verdict? Mmmmmmmmm... Yummy! It's delicious (Starbucks claims that it's low fat for those calorie-crunching Bridget Jones' among you). How can I describe the taste? Well, surprisingly you can taste the coffee but it's not at all overpowering or bitter (I suppose that's due to the milk and vanilla). The folks at Starbucks describe it as "cool, creamy and incredibly scrumptious". I have to agree with them. It's rather like tiramisu in liquid form. 281 mls of the stuff comes in each bottle. The bottle has a twistable metal cap so you don't have to drink it in one go. This is one of the few Starbucks products that aren't exclusively available at Starbucks. You can buy it in a multi-pack
of four bottles from most supermarkets (it works out slightly cheaper than buying them individually). I've found that vanilla is the most popular flavour as they have the dreaded "temporarily out of stock" sticker over the shelf price sticker more often than the other flavours. Frappuccinos make coffee more bearable for those with aversions to it like me. In fact, to be quite honest, I'm hooked. It's a great way for me to pump caffeine into my body around the time of final exams and there is absolutely no face scrunching or nose shrivelling! Give them a go. For more information you can visit: http://www.starbucks.com/grocery/frappuccino.asp *Opinion Modified on 28 August 2002: Based on the comments I've received from other users, I just thought I'd clarify that the product I've reviewed is served cold.
Mr. Coffee was one of the original brands of automatic coffee makers in the U.S., and has stayed a leader in the market for years. It seems that many other companies use the Mr. Coffee brand as the prototype for their coffee makers. One thing I particularly like about Mr. Coffee is the variety of types of coffee makers that they offer. There are inexpensive models (about $15 U.S.) that are simply drip coffee makers. That’s it - nothing fancy. Yes, those can have disadvantages, and not be as durable as some of the other models. But as one moves up the ladder of options and cost, there are Mr. Coffee brand coffee makers with water fill window, warmers, automatic shut-off service (after 2 hours, it automatically shuts the burner off), as well as timers, various types of dispensers, and the ability to stop the drip, in order pull out the pot in the middle of dripping, to have a cup before the full pot is finished. (Talk about eager for caffeine!) My favorite was the model that attached under the cabinets, to save on counter space. That, with a timer, can cost about $60 (U.S.) I love the brand - and find it high quality, with the only possible exception being their very cheapest model. I trust this brand name. If anyone ever needed someone to test automatic coffee makers, I would be the one. As I live in a household that has coffee almost around the clock, every day of the week. I’ve bought many coffee makers, some died slowly, others more quickly. Mr. Coffee coffee makers unfortunately don’t have what it takes to be in this house nor in some other homes I know. While the coffee maker does brew a nice cup of coffee, they aren’t made for someone who brews as much coffee as I have to. Living in the southern portion of the United States, my coffee maker also doubles for my iced tea maker, which puts extra strain on any coffee maker I choose. So if you don’t plan on using
your machine to excess as I do, perhaps this maker is for you as here in the US they aren’t all that expensive. But if you are like me and drink a lot of coffee perhaps you would come out better investing a little bit more money and buying another brand such as Braun or one of the others.
I bought these coffee beans in Fizziwigs at the Gateshead Metro Centre. The aroma was wonderful as I selected them in the shop and had then freshly ground for a filter machine. I couldn't wait to get them home and sample the coffee. The strong smell made my mouth water all the way home. But, I was disappointed. I made a pot of fairly strong coffee and noticed that it smelled different mixed with hot water. The flavour suprised me at first and I thought that perhaps I would like it after a few sips, but no! It was very sickly and tasted of rum essence rather than Jamaica rum. (You know, the kind you find in the kitchen cupboard.) There wasn't even a hint of moccha. I ended up throwing the pot of coffee away as it made me feel quite sickly. Imagine eating too many rum babas and you will know how I felt. I kept the bag in the cupboard for a couple of weeks as the smell was wonderful but, unfortunately, it was quite the reverse when I brewed a pot of coffee. My special treat to myself ended up costing me £2.25 for 50 grams and I couldn't drink it. If you are tempted by the delicious smell of some of these speciality coffees, bear in mind that they may not take anything like you expect them to.