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      13.02.2013 13:36
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      Great aroma, great depth of flavour - great coffee!

      When I get up in the morning, there's nothing I like better than a decent cup of coffee. I wouldn't say I'm a coffee geek, but I am a bit of a coffee snob - there are certain friends who I know don't drink/ have decent coffee, I'll pack my own jar if I'm staying over.

      I've tried many brands/ varieties of coffee over the years and, I have to say, this is the best I've tasted. The aroma when you first open the jar, the colour when you make it, and the smell that lingers after you've finished just makes it perfect.

      I won't bore you with the 'making a cup of coffee' instructions, mainly because everyone is different, but I find this has a great strength and there is a massive depth of flavour there - sometimes if you buy a more budget brand, the flavour can be very limited, but you get what you pay for with this. Made with Arabica beans, there's a lot more body to this than the Smooth variety.

      Most times I go to the supermarket, there is an offer on coffee and I always take advantage when this coffee is on offer - meaning I never run out. It is great value, and it comes in the Eco Refill, which is great.

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        21.10.2012 07:10
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        Great quality coffee

        I love coffee (I'm a bit addicted!) and Kenco is the brand that I buy most often as it's good quality but still affordable. I've been buying the 'really rich' version of Kenco coffee for around a year now and I really like it.

        I'm not usually brand loyal but I always reach for this when I need a new jar of coffee and I usually stock up whenever it's on offer too. I usually buy this from Tesco but it is available from all supermarkets and a wide range of other shops.

        A 200 gram jar retails at around £6.30 and a smaller 100 gram jar is around £3.20. 150 gram re-fill packs are also available for £5ish. I usually buy the 200 gram jar as this lasts me for around a month and although £6 for a jar of coffee seems expensive, 200g lasts me and my boyfriend for around a month which I think is good value and it tastes high quality too.

        The coffee is freeze dried and Kenco state that it has 'intense richness'. It comes in a very sturdy glass jar which is transparent, meaning that the large, dark brown coffee granules can be seen. The jar is an unusual shape and it looks and feels good quality.

        There's a blue label on the front which is nicely designed and it has the coffee type written on it as well as the brand and product name. The chunky blue plastic lid is easy to remove and securely screw back on again and there's a foil covering that needs to be removed - this means that the coffee has been kept nice and fresh.

        The coffee itself is nice and chunky granules - not powder. Although the granules are chunky, they dissolve into the water quickly and no lumpy/gritty bits are left floating around. I usually use 3-4 teaspoons of average coffee but as this is rich I find that two teaspoons is enough, so a jar lasts for quite a while.

        This smells amazing - fresh, rich and natural - there's no weird tones to the scent and it tastes amazing too. It's smooth and very rich in flavour and it tastes incredibly fresh and just like coffee should taste. It's very tasty and I find that a mug of this in the morning really wakes me up. It's not too bitter and there's no funny aftertaste.

        Overall highly recommended.

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          14.10.2012 18:10
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          My favourite coffee - delicious!

          Kenco has been my favourite coffee for a while, with the blue labelled Really Rich being my variation of choice. I like a strong and rich coffee, but don't particularly care for the 'fresh' stuff and much prefer the smoothness of instant coffee which can be dressed up with cream and sugar.

          I still don't like the 'new' shape of the jar and miss the old squat square jars, this doesn't matter much in the grand scheme of things but I can't see why they changed such a lovely (as it was originally) jar.

          I make my coffee usually with a heaped teaspoon of coffee granules then add another quarter or half teaspoon for good measure, this rounds the flavour off nicely and makes for a deliciously strong cup of coffee which has a delightful aroma. It doesn't always stir brilliantly into the boiling water so I'd suggest you don't add your milk until you've given it a good stir and ensured all the granules have been incorporated properly - and even then it's not always 100% successful but the rogue granules floating on the top will usually melt into the coffee after a couple of minutes.

          The flavour is absolutely delicious; rich and strong but rounded and smooth, there's no bitterness at all to this coffee (unless you're too heavy handed with the granules) and is even highly drinkable when sipped black. While I do love a black coffee, my favourite way to enjoy Kenco Really Rich is with two sugars and a generous pouring of single cream. This makes for a wonderfully creamy drink, the sweetness of the sugar making it feel like such a treat - unfortunately as the pre-Christmas diet started last week I've had to put a stop to the cream and sugar, I'm practically drooling as I type this as the thought of it! Another way to make an occasion of your coffee is to add Baileys instead of milk to your drink, this doesn't work so well with all instant coffee varieties but I find the richness of this particular Kenco lends itself very well to the addition of any of the Baileys flavours. I also like a slug of whiskey or brandy with my coffee and again Really Rich has the strength of flavour to cope with the alcohol, leaving me with a still soft drink that has just the tiniest boozy kick.

          I can't fault this coffee at all. Those of you who are lovers of freshly brewed 'real' coffee might turn your noses up at it, being an instant, and if you prefer a less rich flavour then this might not be the coffee for you - but for me, liking a strong coffee and often NEEDING a strong coffee thanks to a non-sleeping toddler, it's perfect and I'll continue to buy it as frankly I think it's the best instant available.

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            12.10.2012 23:31
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            A beautiful everyday coffee which can be enjoyed morning Noon and Night!

            Kenco Rich Coffee.

            CoffeeHolic.

            I absolutely love coffee the stronger the better and one that I am currently drinking is Kenco Blue rich coffee. I am a bit of a coffee-holic and tend to buy lots of coffee and it is almost unknown for me to run out. In fact my son in law was sorting out our food cupboard and found erm....... 40 jars and packets of coffee in there. I just cannot help myself when I go to the supermarket I will always buy coffee especially when it is on offer and can quite easily buy up to ten packets at a time.
            I do like to have a bit of variety and although I prefer rich roasted coffee I tend to stick with the well-known brands. I have tried the supermarkets own brands or when a new coffee comes on the market I do try to see if it is good or not but usually end up sticking to those I prefer.

            Prices it pays to shop around!

            Prices vary between supermarkets so I am always looking out when coffee is on offer. I have been buying Kenco Rich roast for years as I find it strong and robust and full of flavour. I usually buy this one for work too. Price ranges according to the size of the jar although these days I tend to buy the ECO refill pack as they work out cheaper especially when they are on offer for £3 for 150 gms.

            You can buy kenco rich coffee in the following sizes:-
            100gms £2.50 Jar
            150 gms £3.96 refill pack
            200gms £6.38 JAr

            There are some quite noticeable differences in price especially compared to the 200gms jar as it is over six quid for the jar whereas if you bought 2 x 100 it only works out at £5....... what's that all about? I tend to wait till the eco packs are £3 a packet then buy between six and ten at a time at least they don't go off unless of course there is a slight puncture in the bag but as long as it remains intact it should remain fresh. Kenco rich coffee is freeze dried which turns the coffee into small granules locking in the flavour of the coffee.

            How to make instant coffee?

            Instant coffee can be made in a variety of ways either wholly with water or mixed with milk or even completely made with milk. Because I like to taste what I am drinking I generally put at least two heaped spoons of coffee into the cup and either pour hot water into the cup or boiled milk. Sometimes I enjoy black coffee too with no addition of milk although this would be mainly after dinner.
            When I am not working my first cup of coffee is usually a pint mug of coffee which I make early in the morning with four spoons of coffee so that I can take my time and drink it at leisure whilst I read my mail, check the news and read and rate on Dooyoo as I tend to get up early even on my days off. This gives me ample chance to wake up gracefully before the rest of the household get up!

            The taste of the coffee is quite strong and robust and certainly more flavoursome than some of its rivals. It is rich smooth and really quite tasty without the bitterness of weakness of some coffees a jar really does not last very long in our house despite me being the only coffee drinker whereas my wife only drinks tea. I can honestly say this is probably one of the nicer general coffees around today and I would not feel ashamed to offer it to my friends or guests.

            I would give it five out of five for taste and strength and give it my wholehearted approval.

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              11.10.2012 23:30
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              A good reliable coffee which gives a richly flavoured brew.

              I am a self-confessed caffeine addict. I do love a good rich mug of coffee during the afternoon. I am also very keen to get good value for my money.

              Kenco Really Rich lets me get all of these features in one glass jar - or refill pouch.

              As per the label, this is a richly flavoured instant coffee. The well formed non-powdery granules release a tasty blend of arabica coffee into your tea or mug. Kenco have produced a blend which has a deep coffee taste without the excess acidity or bitterness which can mar cheaper instant coffees. It is undoubtedly a stronger tasting coffee than its main label-mate but it is still a very palatable one for my sensitive stomach.

              I use one teaspoon of coffee for my mug and add milk which the granules melt into nicely - meaning I don't usually need to stir my coffee when I add the water. It is a rich tasting coffee but those who prefer stronger tasting brews should use more or try a stronger flavoured blend.

              The granules come in a 100g glass jar, which can be recycled. The screw top keeps the granules dry and stop them clumping together. Refills are available in a 150g pouch which enables you to reuse the jar and save on the amount of rubbish and recycling which has to be stored for the all too scarce rubbish collections.

              The standard 100g glass jar will set you back £3.63 from Sainsbury's but is available at all the main supermarkets as well as online. Refill pouches are great value at £3.00 also at Sainsbury's and make investment in the jar a good financial call as well as a taste satisfying one.

              A staple of my kitchen cupboard, which I can rely on to provide me with a reliably tasty mug of coffee at a reasonable price.

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              04.03.2012 20:19
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              A nice instant coffee!

              When it comes to coffee it really is something that I have really cut back on of late. I did so deliberetley as I was a caffeine addict with coffee being the main offender and coke and the likes as I suffer with M.E and thought maybe it helped to keep me awake longer and more alert. As soon as I saw an M.E specialist that was the first thing I was told to stop so now I actually drink Barley cup (like coffee if you have a very good imagination lol!) and I now limit myself to the odd cup of coffee at home for a treat and a coffee out whenever I get the chance (which to be fair isn't that often!).

              This coffee my mate picked up as I was running low on coffee and I wasn't bothered about getting any more in but she likes coffee and she hates barley cup and so this icame from Asda, on offer for £2.00 instead of the usual price of over £3.00 which she thought was a pretty good deal.

              The Packaging:

              Well the coffee comes in a very nice glass jar and the one I have in front of me right now is 100g in size and there is dark blue twist on/off lid to the top of it. On the front of it there is a blue and gold label (as is the back label) and we are told that it is Kenco Rich 'Premium blend for intense richness' and that its Rainforest Alliance Certified and there is a picture of coffee beans on there too. On the back of the back of the jar other information listed includes the best before date, the size and contact details for Kenco are given. Nice, simple packaging this is and its tidy and doesn't look a cheap offering!

              Using It:

              Well this of course is instant dried coffee. The granules are dark brown and large and not one bit powdery and has a really rich smell of roasted coffee to it which smells so fresh!

              I always use a teaspoon and a half of coffee as I like my coffee strong usually, though with this one I only needed one teaspoon cos as promised this is rich, meaning rich in flavour coffee.

              The granules disolve well and the coffee has a really nice aroma to it and the dark coloured coffee is rich in roasted coffee bean flavour and both myself and my friend really do like this one!

              Available in all good supermarkets etc and other varities from the Kenco range are available too!

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              11.10.2010 09:19
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              Instant coffee that lives up to my expectations

              I love coffee and I am a self confessed caffeine addicted. I however cannot stand bad coffee and you may think that I am a snob but I wont drink bad coffee which means that I tend to buy more expensive coffee that is better quality. I do drink instant coffee because its easier for my hectic life but if I could I would get a coffee machine. I don't think that I would be able to use it enough to justif the cost.


              The main coffee brands I use are Nestle Gold, Kenco rich and smooth and Carte Noir. My favourite brand is Carte Noir but I don't always get it as its quite expensive and so I get it occasionally and I drink at least 3 cups a day.


              Kenco rich and smooth is the only coffee in the kenco range that I like. The rich roast and the decaffeinated kenco coffees are not for me as the rich roast is too bitter for me and the decaff doesn't taste like coffee at all. The rich and smooth one is the best out of all them and I prefer the taste to nestle gold blend. I tend to experiment with coffee and try to find one that may be better and so I steer away from the cheaper supermarket brands.


              The rich and smooth coffee is exactly that rich and smooth but not bitter and there is no after taste. The aroma of the coffee is strong and so inviting. I am drinking a lot more coffee now that its winter and I choose kenco as my main coffee but if I see gold blend or carte noir on offer then I will get them.


              This is probably a good coffee for everyday use rather than a morning only or evening only coffee. It isn't strong yet it isn't weak and it gives me the push I need in the winter mornings when its dark and miserable.


              The coffee is available at supermarkets and 100g costs £2.64, 200g costs £4.88 and 300g costs £7.39. At the moment they are on offer at tesco and cost £2.50, £4.00 and £6.00 respectivley.


              Kenco also have their coffees in a paper packaging that contains 97% less packaging than their glass versions and so is Eco friendly. These come in a 150g pack and this costs slighltly less when the jar version of the cofee is not on offer at £3.58. But it is more expensive to buy when the jar version is on offer. If you dont use the jar and empty coffee into another tub then the eco coffee may be better.

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              09.01.2010 21:30
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              Strong, full flavoured coffee with ethics...

              I have to confess, for a long time (all the way through my twenties in fact) I was a big believer in Nescafe Gold Blend. It was the ONLY instant coffee I would drink and I turned up my nose at others... Since I turned thirty however (and started a family) I was forced to rethink my ideas and now I try to buy more expensive items (and coffee is reasonably expensive!) when they are on offer. Hence why I tried Kenco Really Rich... and REALLY enjoyed it! I was shocked! All those times I had asked for water at friends houses (in case they didn't have Gold Blend!) - wasted!

              To business though, I take my coffee black, VERY strong and sweet. Really Rich is an intense blend and, I think, stonger than Nescafe Gold Blend. This is helpful to me because I have to use less for the same amount of flavour so it works on an economic level as well as a taste one! Like all strong coffee, it smells amazing and the term Really Rich suits it well. It's very full bodied and the flavour is intense, especially when sweetened and reminds me a little of cocoa rich dark chocolate (hmmm... maybe that's why I like it so much??).

              As an added benefit Kenco have started a new campaign to use 98% less packaging which makes this product environmentally friendly also, although I am not sure how much cheaper this will be than the jar version.

              My advice is to try it. You never know, it could be your soul mate... =)

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              11.11.2009 15:45
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              All in all a lovely coffee well worth trying.

              Kenco Coffee

              As im sitting at my computer drinking my afternoon cup of Kenco really rich I thought I may aswell write a review about it.
              The Kenco company have been growing, harvesting, drying and roasting coffee beans for over 80 years now. They use only quality beans and hand pick them themselves. The beans are grown in rainforest alliance certified farms.

              I personally choose to drink really rich as it is my favourite because the taste is define, kind of sharp and strong. It is so refreshing to wake up in the morning to this lovely strong taste, and the aroma well its like walking into starbucks lol.
              I buy really rich at £5.00 per 200g which i know is quite pricey compared to other coffee brands but it is definatly worth the price. You can also purchase a smaller 100g jar for just over £2.00, but i find the 200g lasts until i do my next big shop.
              If you dont like strong coffee Kenco also has other choices available, you can buy their coffee Really Smooth which is the red jar, nice coffee with a fruity more smoother taste. Kenco also offer decaffinated in a green jar, I have tried this also and would vote one of the best decaffinated coffee's i have tried. Still it is quite strong though so I suppose it depends on your own taste.

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                23.05.2009 19:55
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                a good coffee brew for work but you can't beat ground coffee

                Now a weakness of mine is a cup of coffee generally at home I have a cafetiere of ground coffee the majority of the time. But this isn't always practical to do for work so I have tried various instant coffees over the years to try to find one that gives you a good full bodied aroma taste and smell.

                Kenco the company- It pride's its self ensuring that we continually source the highest quality beans to make our coffee blends whether these are instant or ground coffee and since 2004 they have sourced 100% of the coffee in Kenco Sustainable Development from Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM farms. But now they have taken the bold step to source at least 75% of all Kenco freeze dried coffee from Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM farms with the goal to source all Kenco coffee from Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM farms by 2010. From this point of view it ticks all the boxes of those trying to buy ethically today.


                Kenco really rich instant is available I would say in most supermarkets retailing about £3.50 dependant on offers.

                One of the best bits when getting a new jar of coffee is breaking the seal with your teaspoon and inhaling the lovely aroma of this rich and lively coffee.

                The instant coffee is made with Arabica beans and it is this that gives it the lovely deep flavour.

                To make I always let the kettle boil then cool down for a couple of minutes as I find this allows the flavour to develop better. one teaspoon of this coffee is enough to give you a deep taste and caffeine kick and i find that if you add more of the coffee then it becomes too strong and bitter. I always add milk to my coffee and this i find helps balance out the full bodied flavour and the hint of acidity that the coffee has.

                It is a good instant coffee that packs a small punch I think first thing in the morning i will always stick with the kick ass flavour and caffeine Punch of ground coffee but to keep me topped up in the day at work this is a really must in my desk

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                  17.01.2009 12:03
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                  cant go wrong for an instant coffee

                  Im addicted to coffee, its my only vice and I wont apologise for it. Like many other addicts its the first thing that I reach for in the morning and the last thing that I reach for at night and Id say in between I have a cup every two hours. Id never actually thought about it before but writing it down makes me stop and think that perhaps I should try and curb this addiction slighltly in 2009.

                  Sometimes I do like a quick short fix so out comes the espresso cafetiere and my trusty Lavazza but when you need a long drink this just wont do so with that in mind along with the fact that I can drink instant but not espresso without sugar then to me the instant seems the opotion that should be better for me.

                  Im not too fussy with my instant coffee, afterall I work part-time and there is a free coffee machine so for a good part of the day I drinkwhatever is provided! At home I always had a jar of nescafe in the cupboard and then whatever was on offer in the supermarket that week (I mean it would never do to run out!)

                  Excuse me for a moment, Im off to make a coffee ........ slurp.... mmmmm... thats better , now where was I?

                  OK Kenco was on offer last week in Tesco for £3.00 for a 200g jar. I chose the Rich Roast which has a Royal blue label and lid.
                  When I buy a new jar Im like a kid with a new toy and I cant wait to finish the current jar. I love that first opening when you 'pop' the foil covering and are hit with that rich coffee smell and Kenco was by far one of the richer smelling ones! Ive had it for about a week now and am still sniffing it everytime I make a cup!

                  I use a generously heaped teaspoon per cup and this makes a strong mugful which would probably be too strong for most. I dont take sugar in instant and even so did not find this coffee bitter at all. Indeed its a pleasure to drink.

                  Kenco have been making coffee since 1923 and claim that only quality beans go into their rich roast including Arabica beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. By sourcing their beans from these farms Kenco ensure a better quality of life for these coffee communities, protecting their environment and the wildlife that depends on it. Kenco hope that by 2010 100% of their beans will be sourced from these communities. (Its currently 75%)

                  The jars are recyclable and currently contain 35% recycled glass. Kenco also sell their coffee in packets that use 97% less packaging that we can use to refill our jars/coffee pots, but on closer inspection of these the packets are not recyclable so Im not too sure where the benefits are.

                  Im certainly off to stock up on a few jars whilst on promotion as its around a £1.50 saving for an excellent product.

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                    02.01.2009 11:24
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                    An enjoyable way to get going in the morning!

                    Anyone who knows me will know that I love my coffee - I confess to drinking far too much of the stuff, and always have done, but over the years I have regulated my caffeine intake a little, and have decaf in the evenings so that I don't get the midnight shakes anymore!

                    I do drink a lot of coffee though, over a dozen mugs of it a day, so over the years I have looked for decent coffee that doesn't cost a fortune. I love fresh coffee but the faff of cleaning out a cafetiere means that I still opt for instant as being quick, clean and easy........

                    Over the last few years, coffee consumption has become far more fashionable, with chains of coffee houses opening in every available store space, and coffee carts appearing on street corners to provide office workers with their daily latte fix...this also means that the coffee manufacturers have had to introduce a wider range to the supermarket shelves to satisfy the new breed of coffeeholics!

                    Kenco have introduced a number of new freeze dried coffees to their range over the last two or three years, and my favourite "every day" coffee is their "Rich Roast" (which until recently was called "Really Rich") - it is the one in the Dark Blue lidded jar........

                    For me, this is a deliciously smooth rich coffee without excessive bitterness. It is strong, and therefore ideal when you need to wake up in the morning, and get yourself going before work.......and yet is smooth enough to enjoy throughout the day. I don't drink caffeinated coffee after about 5pm otherwise I can't sleep, and so this jar goes firmly back in the cupboard at that time because the intensity of it, although delicious, is too much for me at that time of the day, so I switch to the Kenco Decaff instead, which is quite acceptable.

                    Kenco claim that 75% of the coffee beans they source are from Rainforest Alliance Certified Farms, and that their jars are composed of 35% recycled glass, so they are doing their bit for the environment - they also sell this coffee in refill bags so you can simply fill up your existing jar, which helps reduce waste, although in my experience, the monetary cost is no different, so people may just pick up another jar rather than consider the benefits of a refill bag.

                    Kenco is not the cheapest on the market, with a jar of this Rich Roast coffee selling for the best part of £3 for 100g. However, it is often on offer in the supermarkets, especially the bigger jars, with 50% extra free or Buy 2 for £x enabling you to get your coffee fix at a reasonable price.

                    Certainly, when you compare the cost of "Coffee Shop" coffee with a jar of Kenco Rich Roast, it works out at a very cheap way of enjoying a decent drink.

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                      11.12.2008 18:38
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                      Delicious!

                      One of the coffees that we have in the office is Kenco Really Rich. I have it from time to time and it is a pretty good instant coffee. It is not my absolute favourite but in my opinion it is far better than Nescafe. I am a sucker for advertising and I have to admit that the name 'Really Rich' does appeal to me and makes me want to love this coffee.

                      It will never be as rich as you would imagine because 'Really Rich' conjures up smells and tastes of the purest coffee in the world. However, for an instant it is good.

                      The granules dissolve so easily, with only a few stirs, once you have added boiling water. They dissolve much quicker than any sugar that you add! I find that this is such a smooth blend and not bitter at all and so I sometimes can drink it without sugar and that is extremely rare for me. I find that quite often instant coffees can taste very watery but this seems a little thicker than your average instant coffee.

                      I like mine quite milky but again, due to the smooth blend, if there is not much milk to do around, I can have it black... though it is nowhere near as good without milk. I am not sure how they manage it but if you add milk to the coffee, it seems to froth up a little bit. I love this and makes it feel like a proper coffee!

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                      10.11.2008 14:44
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                      Convenient alternative to the real thing

                      I have to confess that my all time favourite hot drink has to be piping hot freshly brewed ground coffee. The aroma infuses the air, and the expectations from those first few sips are for a warming, welcoming and vibrant experience. However, like many I simply do not have the time, inclination or the means to always indulge myself. For other occasions it has to be 'instant'. Now I say instant advisedly, since there is a wealth of difference between freeze dried coffee and the dry powder sort........

                      Freeze Dried or Not?

                      The Kenco Rich Roast blend I am reviewing is freeze dried soluble coffee. This means that after the coffee beans have been roasted and blended, then a coffee extract is prepared by brewing up in a giant kind of percolator. Pressurized water at high temperature is used to force more of the bean into the solution. On freezing this solution the water ant the coffee extracts naturally separate, and vacuum is then used to effectively sublime this liquid directly to the solid state without passing through a liquid phase. This has then advantage of retaining more natural flavour and aroma. Afterwards the solids are granulated or turned into flakes.


                      The powder sort of coffee is typically a spray dried coffee product. In the manufacture of spray-dried coffee the coffee extract is fed into the top of a tower of hot air. This dries the extract into a powder, which can be recovered from the bottom of the tower. Unfortunately this process loses much of the natural aroma and flavouring, so much so, that often manufacturers will spray a coffee oil back onto the powder to artificially add back some of the aroma. This process is known as aromatizing, explaining why aroma rich is frequently plastered on the labels of cheaper powder coffees.

                      Naturally freeze drying is the more expensive process but the benefits to true taste and aroma make it the choice for me.

                      The Kenco Brand

                      In the early 1920's the Kenya Coffee company started trading as London coffee house with most of its coffee sourced from Kenya. Subsequently premises in Bermondsey and Earlsfield were acquired to roast, blend and pack fresh coffee as demand increased. During the 1960 's the amount of coffee sourced from Kenya substantially decreased so the name was changed to Kenco to reflect this diversification. Typically the beans from Kenya would have been the robusta variety, and the premium coffees today tend to rely more on the arabica variety from Central and South America. By the early 1980's General Foods had acquired the Kenco brand and this is where it still sits today in the Kraft Foods UK family: which includes, Carte Noire, Maxwell House, Philedelphia Cheese and Dairylea,...........

                      75% of the beans which Kenco source for freeze dried coffee come from Rain Forest Alliance farms as part of their sustainable development policies. Further you can buy refill packs of coffee to re-use the glass jar which is already 35% recycled glass. I must admit to never actually having seen these, but in truth probably have not really looked. So now I can feel quite good as I sit back and enjoy my brew.

                      My Appraisal

                      The coffee is attractively packaged in a smart squat glass jar which contains 100g coffee. These have recently been on offer in the supermarkets for just £2 per jar. The lid is a decent size, plastic and easy to unscrew, with lots of room to manoeuvre your spoon. This jar will make a very useful storage vessel once emptied......The top of the jar is sealed with a gold paper/foil seal which is easily pulled off. The aroma from the freshly opened jar is pure coffee, fresh and wholesome. Unfortunately that lovely smell does not last for the lifetime of the jar, so please don't forget to savour it as you open the jar for the first time. The coffee itself is 1 to 2 cm granules, light brown in colour. Although it claims to be really rich (which probably just means that the beans have been roasted for longer), I still need between one and two teaspoonfuls per mug to produce a flavoursome brew. As with real coffee to preserve the flavour and aroma, never use boiling water, just a few degrees below makes one heck of a difference. Also, mixing the granules and a drop of milk together in the bottom of the mug, helps to produce more foam or froth on the surface of the brew making it even more appetising.

                      No, it's not as good as the real thing, but it ain't half bad!

                      I'm off to look for some biccies to dunk now.......




                      Thanks for reading

                      Posted on Dooyoo and Ciao under the same author.

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                        29.07.2008 12:13
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                        A good compromise between taste and price

                        There is no way I am ever going to drink Nescafe, apart from the ethics issues it just tastes like mud. I'd rather have 'proper' coffee all the time but that doesn't happen, for reasons of cost and the amount of effort involved. Kenco provides a good compromise, especially if you make it nice and strong, it really is a very good tasting coffee.

                        As I like a strong coffee I prefer this blue label to it's red labeled sister "Really Smooth", however, it should be noted that this particular product's name did change some time back. It is now called "Rich and Smooth" rather than "Really Rich".

                        As coffee is a relatively expensive product, I tend to stock up when it is on special offer. The jar I am using now was 300g for the price of 200g, and cost about £4.58 in Tesco. However even when not on this particular offer a 300g jar can often be purchased for £4.99.

                        Being an eco girl I'd like to take advantage of the refill packs but usually find that it is cheaper to buy a whole new jar - very annoying.

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                      • Product Details

                        The Kenco Coffee Company brings you the finest Arabica beans, expertly roasted to capture a rich coffee taste and enticing aroma