“ Brand: Tesco „
I love coffee and it is one of the few products that I insist on having a good well known brand. Cheap coffee is easy to spot, and I would rather do without something else than buy it. That is until recently. I bought some flavoured coffee syrups just before Christmas and used them a few times when I realised that I was putting them in good coffee and changing the taste that I liked already. When I was in Tesco I saw their value coffee was just 50p and decided that I would use this with the syrups.
I have tried it with all 5 flavourings and all of them have been pleasant. I did try it on its own a few times, but ended up putting a few drops of syrup in. For the times that I did try to drink it alone there was no bitterness and it did not leave an unpleasant taste, but it is not going to replace my normal coffee.
It has quite large, dark granules and needed a lot less that I thought it would to make a cup that you can taste. The jar is in keeping with the value brand- it quite clearly states that it is the value range and just has a picture of a variety of cups on it. There are 5 strengths of coffee and this is marked at level 3. There is not a lot of additional information on the jar, just the fact that it is instant coffee, the Tesco promise regarding refunds, the fact that it needs to be stored in a cool dry place and that it is the product of more than one country.
The jar is 100g and one of the only things I don't like is the smell. It is hard to describe, but if I was blind folded and given some to smell I really would not think it was coffee. If I had to say anything I would say it smells of malt.
I found that there was no need to use more than a teaspoonful when making a drink and there are no granules left at the bottom of the cup - it dissolves completely. It does say use 1-2 teaspoons, but I think that would be too much. I have left it in the jar - just to make sure that it does not end up mixed in with the good stuff - and it has stayed fresh even though it has been open for nearly 2 months. I hope this remains the case, as it is not a coffee I drink every day so this is likely to last a good 6-8 months.
I would give this 3 stars as it is OK to drink on its own but nothing special. I do enjoy it much more when it has flavouring added to it, but for the price it is fine.
When it comes to shopping there are a couple of things that I always say you shouldn't skimp on. One is washing up liquid and the other is coffee. Although I don't consume very much coffee at all, I do when I have a cup enjoy a dark, rich, intense and good quality coffee and my now ex boyfriend was a coffee snob and during my time with him I got used to drinking great (usually) Columbian coffee.
However its coming up to Christmas and I usually stick to drinking tea anyway and decided that I am going to try and save as much money on my food shopping bill as I possibly can so I can buy more presents for people and so when I was recently in Tesco with my parents I made a pact with myself that unless completely necessary I would stick to 'Everyday Value' products to not only see if I could make some savings but to also see how they measured up against what I usually spend out. As I'm not the one consuming all the coffee in my flat I wasn't too bothered anyway to be honest! lol.
This coffee comes in a see through glass jar that has a screw on/off plastic brown coloured lid to the top of it then around the middle of the jar there is a cream coloured label where on that we are shown a cup of coffee and some little pictures in red colours are shown of cups and kettles and so on and we are clearly told that it is Tesco Everyday Value Coffee Granules 'Blended and roasted by experts' and that it has a strength rating of 3 and then on the back of the jar other information listed includes being told how to make a cup of coffee up (?), storage advice and a guide to the strength rating is given, the size is stated which is 100g and contact details for Tesco are clearly stated. The jar looks cheap to be fair and like you haven't spent much on it but to be fair that didn't bother me when I bought it as I have a coffee canister already I like to dispense my coffee into.
What you get in the jar is lots of chocolate coloured large granules of freeze dried instant coffee. To make a cup of coffee up we are told on the back of the jar to add 1-2 teaspoons per cup/mug and then to add hot water (though it shouldn't be boiling of course as coffee burns!) and then you can add milk and sugar or whatever to your coffee according to how you like it!
I found these coffee granules to melt quickly in the hot water and I drink my coffee just black (as does my family for some odd reason!). The fragrance of it isn't as rich and sort of deep and layered as lot of the more expensive coffees I have been used to drinking of late and the aroma, whilst not being awful isn't that heavy or enticing and has bitter notes to it!
Now this has a strength value given to it of 3 which classes it as a medium roasted coffee. Course if you add 1 tsp to a cup your going to get a lighter in flavour coffee than if you add 2 tsp but then of course that depends how much water and what else you add to it of course...so me I add 2 tsp, in a small mug and nothing else but hot water.
Well its cheap coffee however it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. It doesn't have a layered coffee taste to it, it is just rather plain. It's a bit bitter and not as smooth as I usually like but for the money I cant say its the worst coffee I've ever consumed and my Step-Dad who really is a complete coffee snob and won't touch any kind of value products in general hasn't noticed or complained when I've given him this, he probably just assumes I've bought a cheap coffee and that it isn't as intense as he's used to having from mine but I don't think he thinks it is an Everyday Value product!
The bottom line is that I think if you don't mind a lighter flavour coffee with a bit of a bitter edge that isn't all that smooth then you may like this. I don't mind it, it serves its purpose and talk about cheap!
This is only available from Tesco stores.
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I will give any value product a try, after all a lot of them are very nice and can save you a fortune especially if you have a large family.The price of coffee is ridiculous so I thought I would give this 47p jar a try. That was a year ago and I haven't bought anything else since.It is amazing to see all the coffee snobs who claim only to drink Kenco, Nescafe or other high-priced brands, guzzle cup after cup around mine without realising it is the cheapest of cheap.It has a lovely taste and mixes up well. I only drink black coffee and love the taste this gives.
As a university student I look at lots at different ways of saving money and this was another one of those situation. As someone who regularly drinks coffee at home before going to university I was hoping that the due to the coffee being made by Tesco and usually their own brand products being absolutely perfect.
When you open the coffee out of the packaging you start to realised that the coffee's colour is rather strange with it being a very light brown colour which is incredible off putting to the eye. In addition to this the product had incredible large granules.
When I first tasted it I realised how utterly horrible this product is and to be honest it the most distrusting product that I've ever tasted. And I have to say anyone who like this product doesn't like coffee. The product itself tastes like nut more than coffee with It having a horrible overpowering flavour that is simple not appealing and I would really rather drink water myself.
Another positive of the product although is the price which I have to say is around about 2 pounds which is incredible good. And I think that I would spend the extra 50 pence and get Tesco's gold coffee which is much better than this. I've only said this to ensure that people don't think I'm a snob.
Anyway I really hope you never buy this product guys and look after yourself
WHAT IS IT?
A very cheap jar of coffee from Tesco's Everyday Value range. A 100g jar costs just 50p and the coffee is in granules instead of powder like most very cheap coffees are.
WHY I BOUGHT IT
I drink fresh coffee mostly and it would never have entered my head to buy such cheap coffee but my daughter was doing a project at school that required her to age some papers and the best way to do this is soak them in a coffee solution and dry quickly over the radiator or in front of the fire. We used about 3/4 of the jar up like this and when we had finished I decided to make my husband and I a cup of this coffee to try it out of curiosity.
This coffee is not as bad as I thought but does not have a very good flavour and left a funny taste in my mouth. It tastes a bit bitter and is not a smooth drink but is not disgusting like Sainsbury's own brand coffee, not their very cheap version I have only drunk theirs from the standard range. It does not have a strong flavour and as soon as I poured a little milk into my cup the flavour went very weak.
WHAT I THINK
I did not like this coffee very much but if you are on a very small budget then I think you could do worse. It reminds me of the coffee my mother used to buy when I was a teenager and instant coffee was not as we'll developed as it is now. The granules stir into the coffee quite well but there were a few small bubbles and black bits floating on the top of the coffee once I had made it.
I always add a half teaspoon of sugar to my coffee to enhance the flavour but with this one it also removes the bitterness and makes it more pleasant to drink. The jar now looks a lot nicer than the one in the photograph, it is called Everyday Value Coffee now and the label shows a cup of coffee with small pictures of coffee cups and kettles printed around it.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
When it comes to doing my weekly shopping I always go to our local Tesco, whilst me and my husband do buy some branded items we are also happy to buy Tesco's own brand products including some of their Everyday Value items. Recently Tesco changed their Value range to Everyday Value and we have noticed that some of the products are of a much better quality since the change. We recently started using Everyday Value Teabags, I'm not a fan of strong tea so these were ideal for me. Recently I had run out of coffee so made a note to pick some up during my next shop, whilst having a look around I noticed that Tesco did Everyday Value Coffee Granules, I wasn't sure how good this would be but as it was being sold at such a cheap priced I decided to give it a go, out of curiosity more than anything.
The Tesco Everyday Value Coffee Granules come in a clear glass jar allowing you to see the contents inside, it has a dark brown plastic lid which screws on and off of the top of the jar, under this is a gold foil cover to keep the product fresh and to ensure it has not been tampered with. The jar also has a cream coloured label wrapped around the middle of it, this has the name of the product, Tesco Everyday Value Coffee Granules written at the top of it in brown and orange writing, the rest of the label is taken up with small pictures of things to do with coffee including cups, kettles and so on, these are in the same brown and orange colours as the writing on the label, there is also a large picture of a cup of coffee on the front of the label as well, the blend strength also appears on the front of the label.
The back of the label contains all of the product information including a strength guide, storage details and preparation guidelines, all of this information appears in black writing and is clearly set out. I would say that the packaging is basic, however it does tell you what you need to know and for me the packaging doesn't really matter as I only tip the coffee granules into one of my canisters once I get it home.
Tesco Everyday Value Coffee look just like my regular brand of coffee, just dark brown coffee granules, it is said to be blended and roasted by experts, however this didn't mean that it was going to taste good. This coffee is described as being medium roast, there is a guideline on the back of the jar which gives you an idea to the strength of the coffee. Each strength is given a number and there are five in total, for example
* 1 - Mild roast
* 2 - Mild/ Medium roast
* 3 - Medium roast (what I have)
* 4 - Medium/ Strong Roast
* 5 - Strong roast
When I opened the jar I noticed that the coffee again didn't smell too different to my regular coffee and smelt quite pleasant so was hopeful that it would taste as good when I made a cup.
Again these are on the back of the jar and are there to give you an idea of how to prepare the coffee, however how you actually prepare it is down to personal preference. The guidelines state that you should add 1 or 2 teaspoons of the coffee granules to a cup of hot, not boiling water, and then add milk if preferred. Personally I add 1 teaspoon of the granules to a cup of boiling water and add a little bit of sweetener rather than sugar, I do not have milk and always have my coffee black, so this was how I made the Tesco Everyday Value Coffee.
Price and Availability
Obviously this product is only available from Tesco as it is part of their range of own brand products. The 100g jar cost me just 47p, it was this low price that made me a bit dubious about purchasing it, however if it was really bad and I couldn't drink it I hadn't wasted a lot of money
I decided to try the Tesco Everyday Value Coffee Granules on the day that I purchased them as I was keen to see what they were like. I made a mug of the coffee in the same way as I usually would and when I had finished it looked and smelt just like a regular cup of coffee.
When I first tasted it I was quite surprised to discover that it wasn't too bad, it wasn't overly strong, however this didn't matter to me as I do not like my coffee too strong so the fact that it was a bit weaker was ideal for me, however I wouldn't really describe it as a medium roast.
I finished the whole mug and whilst it was ok and I could drink it, I do not think it was a nice as my regular coffee brand, it did leave a bit of a funny after taste in my mouth and didn't have that smooth rich coffee taste that more expensive brands have, however I wasn't expecting too much from a jar of coffee that cost just 47p!
Whilst I can drink the Tesco Everyday Value Coffee you can tell that it is a cheap brand when you drink it. I will finish the jar, however I wouldn't really recommend it and am unlikely to purchase it again.
There are many Tesco Value products (switched now to Everyday Value but still the same inside the packaging) that are worth getting, the reduction in price worth the reduction in quality. To work out whether this is worth doing you really need to balance whether or not you're willing to make that sacrifice. A 100g jar of quality coffee could set you back a couple of pounds or so, whereas 100g of this coffee is around the 50p mark.
The difference, of course, is in the quality of the coffee itself. I could probably withstand a lesser quality occasionally, but I really don't think it's something that would be sustainable. The granules for this coffee look finer than other coffee granules, ground up a bit more perhaps, or consisting of those which are too finely ground and therefore not used in other coffee. I honestly don't know which beans are used to make this, but I can't imagine it's the best ones if they do focus solely on beans and not on picking up the remains of other products.
The fine granules dissolve very quickly in boiled water, as you would expect. Beyond this, though, there's nothing smooth about the process. The aroma is certainly coffee, but that's pretty much where it stops. There's a bitterness along with a weak element to the aroma that doesn't really entice you to drink it, although there's always that small part of you that wants to give it the benefit of the doubt due to the cheap nature of it, assuming the aroma is worse than the taste.
I like to add milk to my coffee, but this doesn't seem to make much difference here. A small amount still retains the bitterness from the aroma that is all too prevalent in the taste, and the weak flavour comes through even more with milk in there. It still tastes like coffee, but the smoothness is nowhere to be seen and the bitterness promotes more of a grimace than a soothing nature. I don't just drink coffee for the resultant effects of a caffeine based drink, it's also for the initial relaxation that a hot drink should give. This Value coffee though doesn't give that at all. It's coffee, yes, but not in a good way.
As I said before, if I needed the caffeine or this was the only coffee option, I'd still drink it. You get a caffeine boost sometime after consuming in, as you'd expect from a coffee drink, but the taste, smell and general low quality of the product means that this isn't something I'd buy. It's definitely worth putting your hand into your pocket for the little bit of extra cash that'll give you the quality coffee that it needs to be. There are plenty of brands and a wide range of acceptable coffees that I'd buy, but this falls clearly outside of this range - not something I'd buy again.
Whilst there is nothing particularly wrong with this coffee there is nothing particularly amazing about it either. Call me a coffee snob and yes, I probably am, but I do like nice coffee, not just because of the taste but also for the experience of having a coffee too.
This Tesco coffee comes from their value, everyday range. There is nothing exciting about the packaging of this coffee, it comes in a really boring looking jar and does not scream open me and enjoy my amazing flavour, it just kind of limply says I'm ok if there is nothing else you can find to drink. No matter what you say, looks matter and I am much more tempted to have instant coffee from a nice looking glass jar with quality beans and a welcoming label rather than this coffee.
When you open the jar you are met with the nice smell of coffee beans. It says on the jar that it is blended and roasted by experts. The taste is nice enough, it's coffee, but it's just ok coffee. I think it's quite hard to get coffee wrong so this instant coffee is fine, I just find it a bit boring. With other more expensive roasts you get flavour, depth and a smoothness but this is just so. I also find I have to add quite a bit of milk to make it quite light and to make it taste better.
A 100g jar is priced amazingly at just £0.47 but even for this incredible value I would recommend paying a few pounds more to get a much better coffee.
I got over excited last night in Tesco and bought 'Everyday Value' tea and coffee. The 47p price tag for 100g of coffee enticed me. The label said it'd been blended and roasted by experts and I believed them.
The picture above is outdated, the shape is the same but label has the new 'Everyday' cream label with orange and brown tea and coffee things pictured on it. It tells me that it's 'Everyday Value Coffee Granules' and is medium roast strength three- three being out of five. The jar is glass and hasn't got any shape to it, the lid is brown and easy to unscrew. The quality of it all is alright.
Well having opening it and removing the stay fresh foil I gave it a good sniff- I thought to myself this smells nice. I was impressed with it's dark brown granules (uneven in size but still granules rather than powder). I heaped my usual tea-spoon of coffee into a mug, poured on boiling water and added milk to taste, it dissolved quickly. The coffee is dark brown, but watery looking and smells weak. The jar says to add one or two tea-spoons of coffee but to be honest I wouldn't want to add two (ones bad enough).
What it's like:
Taking a first sip didn't taste like anything except hot water but as you swallow it down it leaves a horrible bitter taste in the back of your mouth and throat. I found the need to add sugar, which I never have just to hide the bitterness- it did improve it but not much. I managed the whole mug because it's not quite bad enough to pour away, but I didn't enjoy it. I've just tried some out on my sister she drank it but really didn't like it, she said it was horrible and wouldn't drink it again. No matter how much milk is added it tastes like black coffee to me, it's like coffee essence rather than coffee. You can definitely tell the difference between this and branded coffee.
Would I recommend it- not really. I could probably get used to it and am determined to finish the jar, but won't buy it again. I can't expect anything more for less than 50p.
2 Stars but only because of the price and it's drinkable - just
OK.....let me start by saying that I am by no stretch of the imagination, a "coffee snob". I'm happy to drink instant coffee, Starbucks coffee, filter coffee....whatever coffee. I don't have this belief that all coffee must be freshly ground etc.....and I'm pretty easy to please! And then I tried Tesco Value Instant Coffee and I truly understood what scraping the barrel was all about! It is NOT good!
It comes in a jar that's designed with the typical Tesco Value design and logo - which itself is not a problem to me. All of the coffee I buy goes in my own coffee container and so I don't really care about the packaging, as long as it keeps the coffee as fresh as possible. A 100g jar of these coffee granules cost just 47p....which I admit it pretty cheap by anyones standards.....but equally it's really not good value as you might as well just drink your dishwater instead as that's free and probably just as tasty! OK....maybe I'm being harsh, but only a little.
As I said, the coffee comes in granules which is then made into a cup of coffee in the same way as you'd make any instant coffee. Add boiling water and then add milk and sugar as desired - and stir. And then what you should be left with is a nice cup of coffee which will slip down and maybe even perk you up a bit. Well, there was nothing that perked me up about this coffee. It was pretty bland and had no real depth or substance....just a very watery non-rich coffee that had a slight unpleasant bitter aftertaste that tasted pretty acrid really. It left a really unpleasant taste in my mouth that I just wanted to be rid of as soon as I'd tasted it.
I did persevere for a few days....but ultimately ended up throwing the granules away. I'm all up for a bargain and value, but some things just really are scraping the barrel. Yuk!
I do not drink coffee every single day as I am more a tea drinker myself and on a recent visit to Tesco I was looking for a cheaper brand of coffee to try and one that I had not tried before and I saw this Value coffee for just 49p and I thought I would give it a try to see how I liked it and if I didn't like the taste I would not have been wasting too much money. It looked quite a nice looking coffee in the jar and it attracted me as much as the price did at the time.
It comes in a glass jar with a screw off lid, it is very basic looking and the usual colours of blue and white of the Value range. It cost only 47p for a 100g jar and so it is quite a good sized jar. The coffee inside is granulated and the granules are dark brown in colour and they are nice and tiny. The smell is very good once the top is removed and it smells really nice and decent too.
I do not like my coffee to taste too strong and I am more a tea drinker as I said earlier in my review and so I only place one teaspoon of the coffee into my mug. This amount is enough to give a fairly good tasting cup of coffee. It is not as nice as a branded one but I think it is decent enough for a cheap coffee. It does not taste at all bitter like I thought it would when I bought it. Since it was cheap I thought it would taste absolutely disgusting but I was pleasantly surprised.
I would say if you are a coffee drinker and have a favourite brand that you enjoy drinking then this one would probably be noticeable in the taste but for myself only drinking mostly tea it is fine for my taste buds. It dissolves nicely in hot water and a few stirs around with the spoon and it is ready to drink. It does not have little particles that tend to float on the top of the drink as some other products can, with this one it dissolves nicely.
I store my coffee in a container on my work top and this coffee stays nice and fresh inside the container, it does not clog inside the container and when I spoon it out, it evenly drops into the cup from the spoon just the way that I like a coffee to drop into a cup. It does not leave a nasty taste in my mouth while drinking this coffee, it does not have a nasty after taste as some coffee products can, this one is just a nice tasting coffee for a very cheap price.
It is good value for the money and I highly recommend it for people to try as I think it is good value for money. I have no complaints with this product and I think it is cheap and it suits my taste buds.
I rate it 5 stars.
I have heard that coffee is the worlds third most popular drink after tea and surprise surprise, water. Ocassionally I will buy a good filter brand as a treat but on a day to day basis a cheap instant is preferred partly for speed and partly because I prefer my coffee quite weak otherwise I get headaches so I decided to try this (the cheapest of all the coffees on Tesco's shelf!)
Clearly part of the value range due to its stripped packaging but at just 47pence per 100gram, worlds apart from the £2.00 for an equivalent of Nescafe original! The contents look like any other instant coffee with a rich, dark brown colour but the actual smell is vastly different. There is a very subtle hint of the coffee beans, no rich, pungent coffee smell that you would usually associate from a branded coffee.
I use almost one teaspoon of coffee per mug to keep the drink quite weak and I found that when I added the water to the granules the colour was still a very dark colour, almost black. The coffee still didnt have that rich aroma (I wasnt really expecting it to) and the coffee taste is mellow and really bitter. I think if you like your coffee black then you will be severly dissapointed with this and could probablly only stomach a couple of cups before give up. I tend to drink mine with a little cream or milk and once added the drink was actually much more dpalateable and not that much different from my usual brand.
No you wont get a great quality roast coffee flavour but if like me you drink weak, white coffee then i think you could possibly be Tesco's target market and could be puruaded to change. If you are a coffee connoisseur then dont even consider trying, even for the low price because you will be less than impressed. To be fair I think the reason I tolerate it is simply because I have my coffee so weak and therefore a great deal of the taste is diluted.
As a value coffee for me this works but I know it is not up to scratch to be the vast majority of drinkers choice!
I am usually a stickler for great coffee and like brands such as Kenco, Carte noire but with the current economy and the state of my bank account i decided to be thrify and opt for cheaper products where large saving could be made.
Most value products are great and i know from previous employment at a dairy it was the same milk and yogurt but packaged with a different label so by close inspection i figured being granuals it could be the makings of a decent coffee?
Still with the unmistakeable blue an white packaging where shoppers can see that you are economising by the lack of colour in your shopping basket.
The jar of coffee was 49p for 100g which is a huge saving when in comparison i recently paid over £3.00 for a jar of Kenco.
I arrived home and the first thing you do after unpacking your shopping is to sit back and relax with a brew!
Opening the cheap plastic cap i was greated with a trypical foil cap to keep in the freshness. I broke through this and savoured the aroma of coffee beans. I love the smell of coffee but I could tell instantly that this was a mild coffee as it didnt have an overly strong aroma.
The consistency was good as it was quite large granuals not powder which is a bonus. In my experience powder coffee is rather bland.
I made a coffee with milk and set about drinking it. I have to say its not as bad as some value products and to be fair I usually stay clear of the likes of Red Mountain and kenco rapport as I am not keen on the taste.
At 49p i had to try it but I have to say that was all I did. Try it the once and shelved it and unfortunately went right back out to my corner shop to buy a more quality coffee.
If you are trying to economise then this is a good buy as it is not as bitter as some cheaper brands on the market and it is similar in taste to red mountain however for this product its not for me.
Lets be honest here: low-priced coffee is usually bitter and rather unpleasant, I took the gamble and thought I would try Tesco's cheapest of the cheapest. For a mere 49 pence you get a 100g jar, the jar has a foil cover underneath the cap, when I pierced the foil with my teaspoon and had a whiff it did smell quite pleasant not too over-powering. The granules dissolve very easily, the taste is pretty full-on coffee but slightly bitter, but not too bitter to linger in your mouth - it is actually not too bad at all.
To be honest Iam not a coffee snob, so for a laugh I served this up to a certain friend of mine who is very into their coffee and she refused to drink it and actually now makes a point of saying "I hope you've not got that horrible cheap coffee".
Yes it is cheap, what do you expect for 49p!, but heres a top tip: add a small pinch of salt to a cup of cheap coffee, it seems to remove the bitterness, try it!
When deciding where I can cut back on my spending I decided to take a look at food and drink. I decided to look at this area as it is something that I could probably save the same amount on every month as there are many staples that I buy month in, month out. The main one for me is coffee, so this is where I started.
I decided to check out the Tesco Value range as I couldn't really go below this. What first struck me is that it is granules rather then powder. I find that powdered coffee is horrible so this straight away gained it some brownie points with me.
I've read that many people say this coffee doesn't have much flavour and is lacking in strength, but I will disagree with that. I drink my coffee black which means that it always has a different, and stronger, flavour then when drank with milk. I am not a lover of strong, bitter coffees, so for me this is perfect. Yes, I can drink coffee that is slightly stronger, but for everyday drinking it is ideal.
I'm not sure how this coffee would be for using in cooking as I'm not much of a cook, but I guess that if you are looking for a gentle flavour at a low cost it would do the job.
A 100g jar will set you back 49p, which I think is great when having to cut costs and you drink as much of it as I do.
Brand: Tesco / Type: Coffee