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Sainsbury's Italian Style Roasted and Ground Blend

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      04.11.2012 22:12
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      A bitter and wuite strong coffee

      I have tried most of the coffee blends in this Sainsbury's range as they are often on offer at two 227g bags for £4, instead of the £2.28 per bag usual price.  I often pop round to the Sainsbury's local which is by my office to get coffee for work.   More recently I have learned that Italian coffee doesn't suit my taste buds and this is one blend I have only tried once.  The coffee is rated 4/5 so one would expect it to be quite strong, however it was the strength, per se that put me off, more that it was quite bitter and left a bitter after taste.

      On opening the packet a good waft of fresh coffee emerged and the coffee didn't smell bitter.  I used about about one scoop of coffee per cup, my usual amount,  which was quite strong, so next time I made it a little weaker.  However it wasn't the strength that bothered me as this can be counterbalanced by making it weaker, it was the bitterness of the coffee.  

      I keep my coffee in an air-tight coffee tin to help to keep it fresh and it lasted well and remained tasting and smelling ok too.  Usually I keep my fresh ground coffee in the fridge at home, however this is not possible at work as it is likely to grow legs and walk off.  The package the coffee comes in is actually resemble and has two flexible metal flaps at the top of the bag which hold it closed.  Sainsburys coffee does have some of the best revealed coffee packs I have seen, much better than the sticky label reseal which is on most brands.  The packing itself if foil inside to help keep the coffee fresh.  All Sainsbury's coffee in this range is also fairtrade.

      I have all the other coffees in this range, most recently the Continental blend, which was really good.  Surprisingly the Continental blend is 5/5 in strength, but because it wasn't bitter I didn't find it was as strong to me and much preferred this blend.  I guess the taste of coffee is down to personal choice and if I used sugar I guess this would counterbalance the bitter taste too - but I never have sugar.

      I'm going to give this coffee 2/5, it was way too bitter for me!

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      25.02.2010 17:03
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      A good second best when I can't get to the fresh coffee shop.

      I usually buy my coffee freshly ground from a little shop in town. However since having a baby and having my job relocated to the outskirts of the city centre I can't always get there to get it so have tried various supermarket ground coffees.

      We like our coffee strong and despite always buying the strongest on offer none of the ones that I've tried taste very strong at all, even when using more coffee than I normally would. This Sainburys coffee is strong with a rich, well rounded flavour so you notice you're drinking it and it feels like a treat.

      It comes in a sealed foil packet, the design has changed from the picture above and it is now a more modern looking, light green packet with the fact that it is Fairtrade advertised on the front. The packs are 227g and cost £1.95 each but at the moment (and when I bought mine a few months ago) are on offer, two for £3.

      I still have to use more than I would with the freshly ground beans (2 scoops per mug rather than 1-1.5) but out of all the coffees that I have tried this is the only one that is a serious alternative if you want a proper strong cup of coffee.

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