Living in deepest, darkest Cumbria we are somewhat lacking in a lot of mainstream shops in close proximity to us. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, it's not as if we moved here for the shopping! But having a slight penchant for the odd Starbucks coffee and muffin I do miss these occasional treats as the nearest outlet to us is nearly an hours drive away. Whenever we venture anywhere that has a Starbucks I make a beeline there to get my fix but it does seem to be only a twice or thrice yearly treat. Enter the Nescafe Latte Macchiato sachets.
Normally I'm pretty straight laced when it comes to coffee. I like mine instant, averagely strong and with a dash of milk. I'm not one for all these fancy fresh coffees - except one particular Starbucks one - and so we usually just have various forms of instant coffee in our cupboard. When I saw these in Tesco I was ever so slightly tempted as I saw the magic 'macchiato' word on the front of the box (my absolute all time favourite Starbucks is caramel macchiato) but couldn't really bring myself to spend £2.99 on what is effectively 8 cups of coffee. Slightly hypocritical really when you take into account that I think nothing of spending more than that on just one cup of coffee in SB! A few weeks later, however I was browsing around Asda whilst waiting for my husband and saw that a box of these were just £1.50 in there. BARGAIN! Now, if I hadn't already seen the price of them in Tesco's then they probably wouldn't even have caught my eye, but as I knew they were half price, well obviously I just couldn't resist! Less than 20p per cup makes them slightly more appealing.
The sachets come in a surprisingly large box more or less identical to the one shown in the picture above except that the nutritional information seems to have changed slightly since that picture was added (they now contain only 96 calories per cup) and for some reason they've turned the teaspoon around so it's now coming in from the left of the box rather than the right! The packaging is quite attractive, I suppose, and is mainly dark blue in colour, which surprised me as I tend to associate brown packaging with coffee products. They've tried to "glam up" the coffee slightly by having a little anecdote on the back about how it's the perfect coffee to share with your friends whilst you're having a girly gossip but personally I don't see the point in all that kind of stuff...is anyone actually swayed into buying something because of things like that? Although, as I said, this is quite a large box so they could just have been trying to fill in space!
Other information included on the carton is the company details (Nestle), nutritional information and ingredients and how to make your coffee (simply tear open the sachet, tip it into a mug and add very hot but not boiling water to it). A sachet of this latte will set you back 96 calories and about 3.6g of fat which isn't so bad as an occasional treat. If, like me, you tend to have a few biscuits with your afternoon coffee however, this does make it that bit naughtier!
I tend to make my latte slightly differently to how it tells you on the packet. I empty the powder into a mug then add a very small splash of milk to it. I then stir really well until the powder is blended and then add half a teaspoon of brown sugar before adding my very hot water and stirring again. This is also how I make hot chocolate and have done for years as I find it gives you a really frothy top.
The smell of this latte once you've made it is just how you'd expect it to be. It doesn't really hit you in the face like you've just opened the front door at SB but it does give off a really enticing coffee aroma to get your juices flowing!
Now for the taste. Unfortunately it can't compare to my caramel macchiato (not least because I don't have any caramel syrup to pour on top of it!) in either taste or strength, but for an instant latte it is actually really rather tasty. The foamy frothy top is exactly that, and maintains it's structure long enough for you to drink your coffee through it rather than disappearing straight away to leave just a normal cup of coffee underneath. It's creamy without tasting milky and the strength of the coffee is just enough to make me need that half teaspoon of sugar to balance it out a bit but not too strong that I can't drink it. The first sip I usually find quite bitter, but after that when my palette has adjusted from it's regular instant coffee, I really enjoy these lattes.
Overall I have been quite impressed with these latte sachets, from not having had too high expectations when I first bought them and I've tucked them away at the back of the cupboard so the hubby can't find them and doesn't find out about my guilty little afternoon treat! Whilst they can't compare with freshly ground and roasted coffee from a proper coffee shop they do go some way to making up for the fact that I usually have to go months between proper caramel macchiatos. They're quick and easy to make, you don't need any of these fancy coffee machines you can get nowadays and they taste really good. Even now that I've tried and liked them I still probably wouldn't pay the full rrp for them but if I see them on offer again I will probably be tempted with a box or two!
This review is of the box of Nescafe Cafe Menu Latte sachets, which come in a box of 8.
The box I have differs slightly from the one in the picture, as it just states that the sachets are "latte", but the sachets themselves have "latte macchiato" on them, as the picture suggests. I looked up what this phrase means on the ever useful Wikipedia, and noted that it means "stained milk", which is slightly less appealing than what I was hoping to find.
The sachets don't require any complex coffee machine to make, simpy empty the sachet into the required mug and then pour in very hot water before stirring. I mention very hot water as I used boiling water, but I later noted that the instructions say not to do this, but I personally couldn't taste any difference anyway.
After completing these simple operations, the coffee should look brown with a white (well, whiteish) froth at the top. I liked this texture, and although I'm sure that this froth isn't obtained in the same genuine way as expensive coffee machines, it at least looks a little similar and may fool any guests you have into thinking you have some coffee making equipment other than a kettle.
I won't give all the ingredients, but effectively it's just instant coffee with skimmed milk powder and sugar. I usually add milk and sugar to coffee, but I found that the amount already supplied in these sachets was enough, which might mean it's a little too milky or sweet for some. So taste wise, I felt that these exceeded my - limited - expectations of the product, and although I'm clearly not a connoisseur, I didn't feel that the taste varied much from that of a properly made latte.
For those who follow such details, each sachet has 96 calories, just under 7g of sugar, just under 4g of fat, just over 3g of sturates and 0.2g of salt. So although they may not be especially healthy, they're not laden with very high levels of sugar which use up your daily allowance (each sachet contains around 7% of your daily allowance).
I noticed that the back of the packaging notes that coffee is an ideal time for a giggle with the girls and a perfect way to catch up with the gossip. I'm not entirely sure why they seem to be targeting women, perhaps latte isn't seen as a manly drink.
I purchased these at Tesco Express for 2 pounds, but they seem to stock them on a slightly erratic basis, so it may be best to get them from a larger store. This works out at 25p a cup, which is more expensive than normal instant coffee, but not a great deal more, and certainly cheaper (although lacking a little in the authenticity and atmosphere) than a coffee shop.
Overall, I feel that these latte sachets offer fair value for money, taste as I would expect and the bonus of the coffee actually being a bit frothy is just a bonus!
I am not a fan of Starbucks or Costa Coffee, as I feel that their coffee is well overpriced. Instead, I prefer to enjoy a good quality instant coffee at home, my favourite being those from the Nescafe 'Cafe Menu' range. In this range, the Latte Macchiato is my firm favourite. I have tried several brands of instant coffee, some which are cheaper and some more expensive than these, but in my opinion, Nescafe are the winners in this market.
skimmed milkpowder (33%), vegetable oil, lactose- whey permeate, instant coffee (10%), glucose syrup, stabilizers (E340, E452, E331), Milk Proteins, Flavouring.
I admit to being surprised that it only contains 10% coffee as one of these keeps me awake all night! It also has E-number stabilizers which I suppose you could avoid if you buy a nice fresh coffee from Starbucks. However, at only a tenth of the price of a Starbucks coffee, I am prepared to overlook this minor detail.
of which saturates 5.5g
At a glance, the nutritional value of a 22g serving of this isn't too bad. A cup of this stuff is a mere 107 calories which is much lower than many other drinks. However it has a whopping 5.5 grams of saturated fat which, according to the box, accounts for 28% of the recommended amount of fat that an adult should consume in one day. So if you have health issues that dictate that you should go easy on the saturated fat, then you might have to limit yourself to one of these sachets of latte a day. It also mentions on the information on the box that it is 'good to remember that coffee contributes to your daily fluid intake'. I think that Nestle are being a little bit misleading here as I am sure that the diruetic effect from the caffeine in these drinks might significantly cancel out a fair bit of this fluid intake. None of this really bothers me though as I don't expect to receive any health benefits from drinking coffee and rely on my green tea for that. However, it is good to know that the latte is naturally rich in antioxidents and may make you feel a little less guilty about having more than one of these a day.
===HOW TO MAKE INSTRUCTIONS===
- Pour sachet into mug
- Add 200ml of hot but not boiling water and give it a good stir
As you can see it couldn't be simpler to make one of these lattes up. I would point out though that they require a very thorough stir as you can end up with horrible powder filled lumpy bits floating at the top which really spoil the taste of these lattes. I have found that a more effective way to make them, whilst avoiding lumps, is as follows:
- Pour sachet into mug
- Add 100ml of hot water (about half a cup)
- Give it a thorough stir using either a mini whisk or a fork (they both do an equally good job)
- Add the other 100ml of hot water to fill up your cup and give a final stir.
I have found this method to work perfectly and eliminates all lumps as you can give it a really good whisk without making the coffee slop over the sides.
Nescafe Latte has a lovely milky, creamy taste and has quite a bit of froth on the top. I have found this to be the only brand of instant latte that has this lovely frothy foam at the top, which is something that you would usually only expect to get in an expensive coffee shop made latte. It is also slightly sweetened which is not a problem to me as I have a sweet tooth and actually add another teaspoonful to this latte. However, if you like your coffee without a trace of sugar, then you may find this a bit sweet. Saying that though, I have offered this to family and friends who usually have their latte without sugar and they have been impressed with the quality and haven't found any problem with it being too sweet.
Nescafe 'Cafe Menu' Latte Macchiato comes in a box of 8 sachets and usually costs around £2.60 which works out at about 32p a cup. This is incredibly good value for money. It is also often on special offer at both Sainsburys and Tescos, often on offer for £4 for 2 boxes and occasionally at £3 for 2 boxes.
I recommend Nescafe Latte Macchiato to everyone out there who grudges spending a couple of pounds or more for a Starbucks or Costa coffee or the like. You can even take these sachets to work with you as they are simple to make up. If you are a regular coffee drinker you will save yourself a fortune.
I have been drinking these lattes for some time and can't live without them now. This product is of a high quality and excellent value for money and I am more than happy to give it 5 stars.
Thanks for reading. This also appears on Ciao under username Mag3kids.
Nescafe Cafe Menu - Macchiato
I really love coffee, especially lattes, and unfortunately starbucks don't have their (absolutely amazing) gingerbread latte on sale all the time, I have to look for a solution. So I got this from a tesco store and I immediately fell in love with them! (but they are not a replacement for my gingerbread latte)!
*About the product*
In each box you get eight actual sachets which are 22g each, which they say is 'mug sized'. This one is part of a range they have called cafe menu, the other two in the range include a vanilla (sweeter version) and the latte skinny.
Skimmed milk powder, vegetable oil, lactose - whey permeate, instant coffee, Glucose syrup, sugar, stabilisers (E340, E452i, E331), Milk proteins, flavouring.
*My opinion of the product*
I really love these, they are really great, especially in the morning when I need to wake up! At first they taste a little bit bitter, but that goes after a bit and I like to put a little bit of milk and a bit of sugar in them to make them a bit sweeter and the reduce the bitterness.
One thing I don't like about them is that if you don't mix them really really well, them you can get clumps of the powder at the bottom, which is really horrible and it makes the rest of the coffee less strong. It is not nice and I have to make sure that all of the powder has been mixed/dissolved into the liquid. But other than that they are rather amazing.
One of the best things about these (apart from the fact that they taste great!) is that they are a lot quicker to make than other coffees. I have a espresso machine and I would use that every morning but it is a lot more time consuming than these.
They are super quick and easy to make and they actually look like a latte should, with the foam on the top, like the picture on the box. It looks nice and when it is cooling it smells so good, I have to stop myself from drinking it! It also says on the back of the box that it is ''naturally rich in antioxidants'' - as if we need another reason to love coffee!
They are not really that expensive, but you can get products like this that are cheaper. They are I think under £4 which is good, and they are on offer sometimes. I have seen them in tesco but I don't know if they are sold any where else or if they are cheaper in other stores.
*Easy to open sachets
*Foam on the top - like an actual latte should have
*very quick and easy to make
*Good amount of coffee in each sachet
*Rich in antioxidants
*Great pick me up or great in the morning with a cinnamon muffin!
*Not a lot of calories
*Needs mixing really really well, otherwise you can get lumps of the powder in the liquid
*Has a bit of a surprising amount of fat in it, which I didn't expect
Thank you for reading my review
When I was out recently and I purchased some instant cappuccino from Nescafe at the same time (from within this Cafe Menu range) I decided to buy some instant sachets of Latte, which is a firm favourite of mine. At a pound on offer for a box (in Asda at the moment) they seemed a very good purchase to me considering they will usually cost more like £1.99 when not on offer! (in all good supermarkets etc).
Dark blue box with a picture of a frothy looking latte on the front and I am told that they are Nescafe 'Cafe Menu', Latte Macchiato and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. Other information on the box tells me there are 8x22g servings, I'm told how to make them up, ingredients and a full nutritional chart is displayed and contact details for Nescafe are given. Inside you get of course 8 paper and foil lined sachets filled with powder and again I'm clearly told what they are and a diagram is shown on how to make them up on the back of each one!
All you do with this is tip the light brown and white contents into a cup/mug and add hot water to it (not boiling) and mix it with a spoon till well blended and no lumps at all are visible which isn't hard work to do at all.
What you get is a white, rich froth to the top of it and under that dark, rich coffee. It is a milky drink, very slightly sweetened and gives off a nice coffee aroma. Easy to make up these make a great treat...almost instantly. I like the smooth intense and good quality flavour of the coffee and love the milky feel and taste in the mouth. Not overly sweetened but this sweetness takes off the otherwise bitter flavour of the coffee. Great Nescafe...this is was it is a latte!
Nutritional Information Per Sachet: