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Recent change in supplier has seen the standards of Tesco Gold Coffee drop. Aroma is lacking and there is a slightly bitter aftertaste. However, price is very good and for an everyday coffee it does the job.

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      16.04.2013 12:45

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      After running out of Carte Noire coffee, my office replaced it with a pot of Tesco Gold - "can't be much different" - I think to myself. How wrong was I? Despite desperately needing my caffeine fix my mug of Tesco Gold gets colder by the minute, it is utterly repugnant! I am not a coffee snob - at home I am vary between grinding my own coffee beans to drinking instant depending on the mood, but this is by far the worst I have ever tasted.

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      14.10.2012 10:37
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      A decent coffee

      Please note, I wrote this review before I was pregnant and have since switched to caffeine free coffee but this reflects my views at the time of drinking this particular coffee.

      This is a review of Tesco Gold freeze dried coffee. In the interest of keeping our shopping bills down I decided we would try this instead of getting our usual more expensive Douwe Egberts brand.

      Purchase
      This is the first time I have bought and drunk Tesco's own brand coffee. I bought it mainly because of the price but had read other positive reviews on here that it was a good coffee so I bought it with confidence.

      Taste
      On the label it says it is a strength of three which I think is around about medium. It certainly doesn't taste strong to me. I take milk with my coffee but no sugar, and a teaspoon full off coffee results in a lovely dark coffee. I am so impressed by the taste of the coffee. I would say it is as good as, if not equal to Nescafe Gold which I have drunk on many occasions.

      Trickery
      I always decant our coffee into a sealed decorated jar (made by myself out of a baby milk tin) as we have a matching tea and coffee set. I was waiting to see if my husband noticed it was different coffee to normal and so far he has drunk the cups I've 'planted' in front of him without comment either way. It took a week before he said "you've changed the coffee haven't you" so I asked him whether he liked it and he said it was OK but if anything it tasted a little stronger to him.

      Packaging
      I think packaging on coffee is important. If it looks cheap, I won't buy it as there is nothing worse than the thought of bad coffee. This is a glass jar which is good as it can go in the recycle box. The label is gold with coffee beans pictured on it and a gold plastic lid matches the label well. It does have a premium feel to it despite the price and does not feel like a 'value' brand at all.

      Price
      A big200g jar will last us months as we only have a few cups a week each - we drink more tea than coffee in our household. The price paid was £2.69 which I am happy with as other similar sized jars were around £5.

      Overall thoughts
      I am not a big coffee drinker as I am wary about having even more caffeine on top of the obscene amount of diet coke I drink every day but I do like a cup of coffee at breakfast time and sometimes in the afternoon. I really rate this coffee by Tesco and provided the price stays this low will certainly buy it again in the future.

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      11.10.2012 21:19
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      Nasty coffee

      I am a complete coffee addict and would probably be found sucking used filters if I dared run out. Luckily I have so many coffees in the house including fresh and instant that this isn't really likely to ever happen. I was sick of my nieces and sister coming in and drinking my good coffee (I'm not miserable but they don't even like coffee that much) so I bought some Tesco own brand coffee for them visiting.

      I decided not to be completely miserly and buy the 'Gold' version which I assume is supposed to be a copy of a well-known brand of gold blend coffee. It was nowhere near the price of the well-known brand however and only cost in the region of £2.50 for a 200g jar which was considerably cheaper than the branded ones.

      Unfortunately this just doesn't have the quality of Nescafe or other brands. As soon as you remove the lid and remove the foil it just doesn't have that fresh coffee smell. I know it's instant but good instant can be almost as good as fresh and the first test as far as I'm concerned is the smell. This lacked the strong smooth smell of other better quality brands. The freeze dried instant bits of coffee also was bigger and more powdery looking than some other brands.

      I decided to have some to try it before serving it up and was really disappointed with the quality. Even when pouring the hot water on the coffee it sort of fizzed up before dissolving and it also had a really bitter smell to it when the coffee had dissolved.

      The colour and smell of the coffee wasn't exactly great but I went ahead and drank it and this for me was the worst part as it was so incredibly bitter and left a horrible aftertaste. It just had no smoothness to it and even after adding sugar and milk it still left the bitter aftertaste behind.

      I am a bit of a coffee snob but I will drink anything if that's all there is but I would have to be really desperate to drink this as it just wasn't very nice at all. In fact I would go so far as to say that it is even overpriced even though it is half the price of most coffees. Perhaps it just didn't agree with my taste buds as still served it up to my sister and nieces and they all thought it tasted fine. Because it is still caffeine I'll give it 2 stars but I really wouldn't buy it again unless it was all that the supermarket had.

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        11.10.2012 15:05
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        An excellent coffee that is similar to the higher priced brands.

        I normally drink Nescafe Gold or Douwe Egberts but being a slight self confessed coffee addict, drinking up to 10 cups per day I was finding that it was getting too expensive and so I wanted to find a cheaper alternative. I am of the mindset that you should always try something once and so when browsing the coffee selection in my local Tesco I came across the following product being instantly drawn by the name "gold" it made me think that it may be of the same taste/standard as I am used to with Nescafe Gold and at just 300g for £3.66 it is obviously cheaper than the larger brands there are however a couple of smaller jars you can buy to try it first.

        The jar is asthetically pleasing with a cylindrical shape and a gold plastic cap, underneath the cap before first use there is a paper covering that it easy to pierce and remove. The coffee has that distinct smell to it that is very familiar to the Nescafe version so I was pretty hopeful. The beans have the same smooth, caramel brown colouring to them and I added a heaped teaspoon into my mug. I poured on the boiling water and immediately smelt the familiar comforting scent. Adding in a splash of milk showed me that the beans had fully dissolved which I was very pleased with as I sometimes find that there can be the odd stray bean which hasn't melted and proceeds to make you wince with bitterness when it finds it's way into your mouthful. The coffee was just as I like it and I couldn't distinguish any major differences between my regular and this budget version.

        On tasting the coffee it was extremely smooth and is not too rich, I like a strong coffee but this was perfect for me, it's detailed as a number 3 which I presume is the middle of the road in terms of strength, I used the same amount of beans as I would have using my regular coffee and found that this one gave a smoother yet richer taste that was not at all bitter, I don't use sugar in my coffee as I like the sharpness of coffee and again this brand was no different, it wasn't so bitter that I was wincing, I sometimes find in coffee shops I have to add some brown sugar to counteract the bitterness but I didn't with this one as the bitterness was just right.

        Overall I love this coffee and it has become a staple n my home, I have also tried Sainsbury's version which is very similar and they are both just as good as my regular Nescafe yet much much cheaper. I find the large jar can last me longer than the jars I was using which is obviously a good thing. I do still buy Douwe Egberts when it is on offer, especially the smaller various flavoured jars but majority of the time I go for this now as it is really good. I would encourage anyone who is looking to save some money to give this a try as it really is a lovely coffee.

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        31.07.2012 12:46

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        Some of the reviews within the last 3 months who gave it high rating obviously had been lucky and selected stock remaining on the shelves from the previous supplier.This new stock from the new supplier is really vile.Even with evaporated milk and a good dose of sugar it still tasted bitter.

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        25.07.2012 14:51

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        I have drunk this brand of coffee for the last few years, and usually it's great. I bought 2x200g jars in my last shop, but the both taste absolutely revolting. Not sure if it's a bad batch, but something is definitely wrong here. It tastes like smoked salmon! No kidding! I don't want my coffee to taste of smoked fish.

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        29.06.2012 16:52
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        Avoid at all costs!

        I don't normally buy supermarket own brand instant coffee as they are usually of very poor quality. However, after reading several good reviews of Tesco Gold coffee I decided to give it a try, and was pleasantly surprised how good it was - a notch down from Nescafe Gold Blend maybe, but nonetheless a very decent instant coffee.

        I recently bought another jar, and was surprised to see that the jar had changed shape - it was now almost identical to Nescafe jar with the curved in sides and square top. As soon as I opened the jar I could tell it was a different coffee as there was practically no aroma, and to make matters worse the taste was terrible. It had a horrible bitter after taste and bore practically no resemblance to coffee at all - it was like drinking a cup of foul tasting sludge.

        Anyway, I decided to email Tesco with my findings, and a couple of days later they phoned me back. The lady I spoke to confirmed that they have changed suppliers (no doubt to one that tendered a cheaper price thereby enabling Tesco to make even more profit) and they sent me a refund.

        What angers me is the sheer disregard Tesco has for the quality of the products they sell, and the assumption that customers won't notice the difference!

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          29.06.2012 12:48

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          This goes for both full caf and decaf - both now taste terrible.Thankfully Sainsbury have not followed suit.

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          20.06.2012 12:36
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          Fine short term

          If I had to choose between a cup of tea of a cup of coffee, I'd choose tea every time. However, on occasion I do like a good cup of coffee. We normally buy Nescafe Gold Blend and buy it in the refill packs and refill our glass jars as it saves a bit, bit lately we have been buying a jar of Tesco's own brand coffee - Tesco Gold. This is cheaper than Nescafe and almost as nice, but not quite, in my opinion.

          As I say, it comes in a glass jar with the normal twist off lid and the silver foil to cover the inside of the jar to keep it fresh. From a distance, you might be forgiven for thinking this actually was a jar of Nescafe, as the jars do look very similar indeed. We have bought the 300g jars twice now, and this costs us £3.46, which is a good saving on the Nescafe variety.

          My dear other half really rates this coffee highly, whilst I, on the other hand, find it a little bitter and it definitely does not have the same depth of flavour as the Nescafe coffee. It both looks and sells very similar to Nescafe as granules, but once hot water is poured over the top and milk added, there isn't really much of a comparison to be honest and if I was doing the blindfold test, I know I'd definitely be able to tell the difference between the two of them.

          This coffee is fine, I think, if you are trying to economize, and want to use the odd jar of cheaper coffee, but it's not something I'd want to keep buying longer term. It dissolves well in the water but it leaves scummy marks floating on the top of the cup, even when I add a lot of milk. The granules are medium sized and the coffee smells okay but it just doesn't quite deliver on the taste front, and after all, this is what I am paying for.

          I'd give this coffee two and a half stars out of five.

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            19.06.2012 13:07
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            Tesco gold coffee

            I am really a tea drinker,but do enjoy a cup of coffee mid morning.I have always bought Nescafe gold as I like the taste although not the price! Having read several positive reviews for Tesco gold coffee I decided to give it a try for myself.

            Tesco gold coffee is packaged in a glass jar and looks very similar like the Nescafe version. However there is nothing similar about the price! Nescafe gold comes in several size jars including 100, 200 and 300 grams. I usually buy the largest 300 gram size and at present this costs £6.48. On the other hand the Tesco gold version is just £3.66 for a 300 gram jar. This is a huge saving!

            I really had high hopes for this coffee and on first sniff It was very similar to its rival Nescafe. I don't like strong coffee and find a teaspoon per mug is enough. There are instructions on the back of the jar advising you to use 1 -2 teaspoons of coffee,add boiling water and milk as required.

            The coffee looked similar to Nescafe and the smell when I added the water and milk was still good. However the taste was simply awful as far as I'm concerned! It was just so bitter and even after adding a little sugar ( something I don't usually need) the coffee was still too bitter for my taste. I even tried this new purchase out on a close friend without telling her I had changed brands and she too was unable to drink it!

            I really wanted to like this coffee as the saving is substantial! However this is one saving I wont be able to make and will be switching back to my usual Nescafe.

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              17.06.2012 12:42
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              Tesco gold coffee with a small price tag.

              I am admittedly a coffee addict. I drink it quite often all day.
              I tend to drink this Tesco Gold coffee in the mornings through to lunch time and then swap to the Tesco Decaf in the evenings so I am not wired before I go to bed.


              Tesco Gold prices comparisons:
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              I always tend to stock up on this when they do brilliant offers of the larger pots being £2-3 which will last me a good month or so.

              Tesco Gold:
              100g £1.68
              200g £2.45
              300g £3.66

              The more you buy the more value for money.
              The 300g jar works out at £1.22 per 100g yet the 100g jar is £1.68 so you can save yourself a whopping £1.38 by buying the bigger jar.
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              Nescafe Gold blend:
              100g £3.28
              200g £6.48
              300g £8.98

              That's working out at £2.99 per 100g for the 300g jar and £3.28 for the 100g jar saving you 84p if you buy the larger.

              Price difference between Nescafe and Tesco?
              (((( £5.32. ))))

              What an amazing difference in your shopping bill that would be.

              My favourite coffee: Carte Noire is the same prices and Nescafe, so my savings of £5.32 each month is worth drinking a different coffee over.


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              I love coffee and i am unfortunately a coffee snob.
              I love to drink in coffee shops where the coffee is so aromatic and the smell invites you in.
              My dad started buying the Tesco gold coffee after years of buying the carte noire coffee but realised how expensive it was getting as the price of coffee shot up a few years back.

              I was dubious whether to try it as I've had a few "cheap" coffee experiences and they've ended with it being thrown away. He made me a cup and I sipped it hoping for my dad not to be right (I wanted the carte noire back) yet when I tasted that first sip, I realised it was lovely.
              The taste isn't too dark, perfectly smooth and the aroma is wonderful. I tend to use a heaped teaspoon in my cup which gives it a slightly bitter aftertaste to each sip which i've always enjoyed the most about coffee. If that's not what you like, then just use smaller amounts. The "freeze dried" coffee look like little shards of coffee beans which I have always preferred over the granules which look rather like gravy.
              They have recently changed the packaging of this product to a more rectangular shape than the barrel shape it was before.

              As I now live in my own home, cost of items is very important to me so the fact that Tesco do a nice coffee which doesn't cost the earth is what's so appealing about this. As I am a regular coffee drinker, to buy Nescafe or Carte Noire would set me back £108 a year (300g pot once a month). Whereas the Tesco gold blend is £44 a year (300g pot once a month). A huge saving of £64!! Now that's definitely not something to sniff at.

              I have friends who visit regularly for a cup of coffee and a natter and they all like the taste of this coffee too. So much so, that they also buy the Tesco gold.

              If your dubious whether you would like it or not, the smaller 100g jar is just £1.68 and for that price is worth trying it out!.

              As I have such a good savings margin on switching coffee, I can still go for a coffee at the coffee shop as a treat!. I've been drinking this Tesco gold now for over 3 years and with the savings I've made one just one item in my shopping trolley, I best start seeing what else I can change too!


              Thanks for reading my review.

              Helen190390

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                01.06.2012 09:46

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                Has the formula changed?I have been enjoying this coffee for years but the one I bought last week has a notable change to the taste. There seems to be an unpleasant after taste that I would associate with coffee brought from a pound shop.

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                25.05.2012 23:23
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                This is a no brainer swap for me, allowing me to enjoy coffee without the premium price tag.

                I have up until fairly recently been a devout tea drinker, but I have had a few months of cramming loads of things into every day, so I reverted back to coffee like I used to drink. I know it is not good for me, but it it a comforting pick me up to get through the day.

                I've always drank Nescafé just because that was the brand that my parents use at their house, so I carried on the tradition. One month we ran out of coffee before we'd been paid, and I wanted to buy some, but I was in shock at how much the branded versions cost from our local Tesco. I picked up the smallest jar available to try. They sell these in our local store in 3 sizes. The jars are glass, and look a little like the posher brands, with the gold lid. I can't remember how much I paid the first time I bought the small jar, I think around £1.75, but I just bought myself a larger 300g jar last week which was £4.29. Just to give you an idea on the saving you make compared to branded coffee, a 300g jar of Nescafé gold blend is £8.98 from Tesco. Now for me, that extra £4.50 is a great saving which can go towards fruit and veg, or some other essential item we need, rather than being spent on a non-essential drink that is only being used by me.

                So the price is a big deciding factor, but does it taste ok at that price? I guess that depends what you like your coffee to be like. I am not a connisseur by any means. I like it hot, fairly decent strength, but not too bitter. To me, this is a smooth taste, slightly bitter, but not that much that you have that taste in your mouth all day. I find that I can make a decent strength cup of coffee for myself with a level teaspoon of granules. They usually disolve well in hot water. Occasionally if I don't make it as soon as my kettle boils, I notice some bits floating on the top but that is because our kettle is an ecokettle which only just boils the water before flicking off. The water cools pretty quickly so that is my own fault really.

                I have given this to my parents, sister, in-laws and other visitors to the house. They are all used to drinking branded coffee, and no-one has turned round and said it was not very nice. If I am honest I did like the taste of Nescafé more, but this is perfectly palatable.

                I feel if you are used to premium filter coffees the taste will not be up to much, but for me, this is a lovely drink that satisfies my craving for caffeine without putting hairs on my chest. I am pleased to have found a way of making such good savings on my shopping budget.

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                  16.05.2012 23:31

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                  The change in supplier of this coffee has not been for the better. The coffee now tastes REALLY cheap, and I shall be returning 2 jars to store for a refund. Yuk.Hopefully Sainsburys have retained their "Gold" supplier. If so, I shall be buying a case!

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                  08.05.2012 19:37

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                  I buy this product all the time and recently bought a jar which was in a new shape! On opening it i found it was not the same coffee - very cheap tasting with a horrible after-taste! On complaining to Tesco I was told there had been a change of supplier! I certainly won't be buying this coffee again!!!!

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