“ Brand: Percol / Type: Instant Coffee „
~*~*~ Rocket Fuel Instant Coffee ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
Rocket Fuel is a strong dark instant coffee with Natural Guarana. Opening the lid I can see that inside is a generous amount of dark instant coffee granules.
~ The taste ~
I would usually opt for tea over coffee as I find I can't go much wrong with a cup of PG Tips but when my hubby saw this in Home Bargains he bought it as he loved coffee and has a bit of a penchant for energy drinks so he said he was killing two birds with one stone, I thought it looked quite different to any other coffees on the market but still put off trying it for a good few weeks. I wasn't really keen on the thought of it to be honest as I get enough of a buzz of normal coffee, but then one afternoon I just really fancied a cup of coffee and this was the only stuff in the cupboard so I made myself a cup and I have to say I was quite impressed. It has a nice smooth taste that I didn't quite expect, it's very easy to drink and quite delicious. It doesn't have a bitter taste at all and I have come to really like it.
~ How I make it ~
I make this in the same way I do any other instant coffee. I get my cup/mug and put in a level teaspoon of coffee, I then add two and half sugars and then add some milk more milk than I would put in tea, I then stir it and add the hot water from the kettle, I then stir it again and it's ready. On the jar it says to add one or two teaspoons of coffee to intensity required. I find one level teaspoon is adequate for me, my hubby uses two.
~ The jar ~
The jar is made from glass and is covered with a black plastic label, the front of the label holds the name - Rocket fuel, the word energy and tells us that it is a strong dark instant coffee powered by natural guarana. The colours on the front are red, yellow, green and white. The back holds information about the coffee in different coloured squares. The lid is shaped like an old fashioned tap with four points coming out, this makes the lid quite easy to grip to open it. The top of the lid has the raised words - Unlock the power, with arrows showing what way to turn it.
~ Information off the internet ~
This is what I have found written about this coffee on the Asda website -
Nothing artificial. Instant coffee with natural guarana Unlike any other coffee. Rocket Fuel's special formula means the power hits fast and lasts. A high-octane dark roasted instant coffee that uniquely gives a stimulating double hit of natural energy. First a velvet rusk line no other of caffeine rich smoothness, then a sustained hit of all-natural Guarana. Why Guarana? For centuries Guarana's verging-on-supernatural effects have energised the Amazonian tribes to hunt 24/7 in the deepest and darkest of jungles. Rocket Fuel captures that Guarana effect to give you that much needed instant kick-start to the day and the staying power to keep you going - jungle or not!
~ Price & Availability ~
I buy this in either Home Bargains or B&M's depending on where I am when I remember I need some and I pay £1.99 for a 100g jar.
It is also available from Asda priced at £2.50.
I have never seen this stocked in any local stores such as Premier Stores and the like so is rarer than most.
~ Overall Opinion ~
I don't generally drink energy drinks so this isn't the reason I drink this, however I do feel that if I ever get that mid morning slump this certainly perks me up more so than the usual coffees I buy. Not very often to I choose coffee but this has a really nice smooth taste that I quite enjoy and I think the price is good too. This is definitely a coffee I would not recommend be drunk any time before you plan on going to bed as it does have that energy kick!
Thanks for reading :o) x
Okay, so I was doing a-levels and there was a lot of cramming neccessary the night before! Passing down the supermarket aisle, you'd be likely to overlook this coffee as it's not a household name. Just one look at the packaging though, and I was encouraged to give it a try. The first Rocket fuel I bought was the one shown in the picture, in a handy cup. The deal with this cup, is it has calcium chrloide stored in it (not in the drink thankfully!) and this reacts with water stored in the cup. So when you want that energy boost, click the bottom of the cup and shake, peel back the foil and you'll have your hot cup of coffee! Admittedly, that chemistry won't be enough to make you buy this coffee brand.
However, should you need a real energy boost, I'd reccomend this drink over any (and I'm a regular coffee and power drinker). 1 cup of this stuff, and I'd finished my revision without batting an eyelid or even thinking about sleep. Ever since that time, I swear by this stuff come exam time. Rather than buying the single cups, I now buy the large jar of instant rocket fuel and boil the kettle myself.
Put simply, it does exactly what it's intended for. If you're buying a coffee because you need a little help keeping your eyes open, this is the stuff for you.
When reccomending this coffee to other people, they'll often think you're joking 'a coffee called rocket fuel?!'..They will eventually believe you after keeping their eyes peeled when passing down the coffee aisle. This stuff really is like rocket fuel; drink too much and you may even struggle to sleep at all! The secret ingredient? well it's no secret, but Guarana is the natural ingredient included, that gives your caffeine drink that extra kick; an ingredient used by amazonians as a stimulant for a long time.
Rocket Fuel Coffee must be one of the best kept secrets of the supermarket. I had no knowledge of this great invention until my wife brought home a jar instead of the usual Asda own make generic coffee! One mug (with admittedly a HEAPED spoonful of coffee) had me hyper and ready to take on the world at 5am! Very brief history: Rocket Fuel Coffee is made by Percol, a company with recognition in the filter coffee market. I suppose it can be said that this is one of their first instant coffee's (along with Caffé Espresso, Café Americano, and Dark Americano). Percol Coffee was introduced to the UK 15 years ago by the company founder Brian Chapman, with all the coffee beans being bought from small plantations in different regions (Percol were the first to introduce a 'country of origin' coffee range to the UK). Percol themselves, are a supporter of Fair Trade, meaning suppliers of their coffee beans get paid a premium for their produce. Also, most Percol products sold contribute to a charity called Coffee Kids, which aims to improve the future for children in these coffee growing communities! I bet you're already thinking what a great company, but on top of that, they are also Bird Friendly Certified, AND are protecting the rainforest through leaving it untouched as the coffee grows beneath the canopy! I think I shall have to name them Saint Percol ;) Packaging: Available in a rather squat glass jar wrapped in a mainly red plastic wrapper, with Percol written towards the top in white lettering. In the centre of the wrapper (from memory) RocketFuel is written in silver lettering, with a picture to suit the brandname! The jar contain 100g of instant coffee powder (or should that be POWER!). Also available in single sachets to the catering indutsry. Nutrition/ingredients: I cannot find many details on nutritional values, but will add when I can get hold of
a jar (Asda are out of stock). The coffee contains 1.75% guarana, and 4 times the caffeine of standard coffee giving it the kick you would expect from something so aptly named. Containing Arabica beans for a richer flavour. Now for the warning.... If you are caffeine intolerant I think I can safely say STEER CLEAR of this! This coffee is fine for vegetarians (obviously!) and contains nothing else to worry about for those of you with allergies. Also, it may be pleasing for you to know that Percol only ever use organic produce. Taste: A very rich, smooth coffee, with a real guarana kick to it (you can even taste it afterwards!). Very strong tasting, and nicely bitter. Of course, if you're not keen on the bitterness you can reduce the amount of coffee you use, or add some more sugar. Adding hot water to a mug containing 1 teaspoonful on the coffee creates a very tempting aroma, as well as an appearance reminiscent of Espresso (complete with foam on top!) I suppose the best way to describe is as a cross between Kenco Rich Roast and a cattle prod! Cost: At the moment a 100g jar costs £2.48 in my local Asda, but on saying that, I have seen it as low as £1.89 in Safeway (although I bet it was a special offer!) I don't have any details on the catering prices, as it isn't that easy to find out! (I suppose I could phone and pretend to be interested... ;) ) Contact info: Cathy Sparkes Food Brands Group 9/10 Calico House Plantation Wharf Battersea London SW11 3TN 0207 978 5300 Percol's website is www.percol.co.uk but Rocket Fuel is strangely absent. They have a seperate website at www.rocketfuel.uk.com To sum up: Rocket Fuel definitely lives up to it's name! If you've had a bad nights sleep and need a bit of a boost first thing in the morning, a mug of this will definitely do the
job! Just one mug will keep you wide-eyed and scarily energised until lunchtime. But be warned, don't drink more than 3 mugs of it a day or you're asking for trouble! I can describe Rocket Fuel as a coffee equivalent/alternative to Red Bull, or maybe even liquid Pro-Plus (those who burn the candle at both ends know the stuff!) An immensely tasty cup of coffee to be had, wehter you need the added kick or not, I would definitely recommend this to you coffee lovers as something very different to the usual brew. It may cost more than your average coffee, but remember, this is NOT your average coffee! Just think of all the good that is coming from your purchase. Support fair trade! Thanks for reading, Marc
Caution must be used when deciding when to drink this brown liquid they try and pass as coffee. I've tried the instant variety of it and it really is just as bad, if not worse than any other instant coffee but I hear they do the real stuff too. Theres only one real use for this stuff & thats to make a bonus cup. For those of you who think the best way to keep yourself going on a night out is to drink red bull and all that jazz, you are very much mistaken...the answer is... One Mug Of Coffee, between 1 and 5 tablespoons of rocket fuel, depending on how long you want to go for, 5 means your getting no sleep for the next 2 days, and as much sugar as it will take before it gets super saturated. This is the recipe for a great, fun, drunken and sleepless weekend, and if you ever think your about to fall off, just top up on rocket fuel. The downside is that its very horrible tasting and makes you feel very bad for a couple hours after it but it's worth it if you want to keep going. Also probably the worst thing about this risky energy business is that it's got to be sooooooo bad for you, just aswell I am still young but doing this regularly probably will damage your body. So there you have it, it's up to you, is it better to burn out that to fade away?
Me in the morning is not normally a pretty sight. I crawl out of bed at 6-30 in the am, stagger downstairs, turn the kettle on en route to the bathroom, and make the coffee on the way back. By this time the kettle's cooled down enough that you can make the coffee and neck it in one for the desired kick. The problem with normal coffee is that the kick still doesn't hit until about 9am, just as I'm arriving at the office. OK, that's fine for work, but it'd be nice to be awake BEFORE I get there. So when I saw Percol Rocket Fuel, I thought it had to be worth a shot. This stuff is AMAZING. It tastes just like regular coffee. But trust me when I say - you neck a mug of this in the morning, and you're awake inside of 10 minutes. A word of warning - always read the label. When it says "Do not take if you are in need of a good nights sleep", it means it! Drink this before bed, and you won't be asleep for a good few hours. It's also pretty addictive. Before I started on this stuff, I'd take maybe 2 trips to the vending machine for a caffeine hit per day when I got to work. I currently have 8 empty cups stacked on my desk, all drained (I NEVER used to drain the last few extra-strong dregs of coffee), and there's still two hours of the day to go. I believe everyone REQUIRES at least one jar of this in their cupboards, even if it's not your regular coffee, and I'll tell you why: First, if you're going out partying for the night, you can forget the alcoholic 'energy drinks' to get you drunk and dancing - a mug of this stuff before you leave and it's Budweiser all night. Second, when you arrive home at 5am and realise you have to be at work in 4 hours, don't even try sleeping - you already know you'll oversleep. Stay up, watch the early morning cartoons, and have a few cups of Rocket Fuel - you'll arrive at work feeling as though you've slept l
ike a baby. This is talking from experience. Also, you skip the whole hangover stage altogether. Again though, don't try a pre-emptive attack with it (drinking it before bed to stop the hangover when you wake up) - the alcohol just isn't powerful enough to offset the kick this stuff gives you, and you're awake all night. I cannot recomment this stuff enough - to the point that I'm now getting a kettle in the office so I can have REAL coffee here - vending machine coffee just doesn't cut it anymore.
I like good coffee very much but the kind I go for depends upon the time of day and the situation I am in at the time. In the morning I go for instant because of the time factor, plus I wouldn't appreciate a ground coffee before going to work. I drink a well known brand though, and one that I appreciate, like Gold Blend. However, in the evening when I have more time to savour the aroma and enjoy my coffee I go for ground. I think I get a buzz from the caffeine so it comes as no surprise that when I saw the 'Rocket Fuel' on sale at Tescos I just had to have some. I had cups here and there during the week and yes, it did seem 'different'. Then I made the mistake of having a cup before bedtime. I went to bed about 11:00 and you must believe me when I tell you that I was wide wide awake at 3:30am. I just had never experienced anything like it before. I finished the jar of coffee (daytime)and haven't bought any since. The drink itself was ok, nothing to write home about. It's selling point was the added caffeine. It had no aroma to it compared to Gold Blend and nothing at all to compare with ground varieties. OK to try once I guess, or perhaps you need to stay awake to get that report on the bosses desk for the morning. As coffee goes I wouldn't buy it again.
"Instant Coffee. This caffeine-rich, flavour-packed, dark roasted blend is further enhanced by the addition of guarana extract – another caffeine source and herb used by the Amazonian Indians as a stimulant. "