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    • Eliza
    • By Eliza 4th Dec 17, 4:01 PM
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    Best instant coffee?
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    Best instant coffee? 4th Dec 17 at 4:01 PM
    Just wondered what anyone thinks is the classiest/best tasting instant coffee? I want to make up a small food-related gift for someone and include coffee in it. I know they don't have a coffee maker and are too lazy to make it from beans so thought a good jar of instant would be a good fit. They buy Gold Blend for themselves so obviously like a bit of flavour (?) but could do with some recommendations.

    I tend to drink whatever's on offer myself so not very good at judging.

    Thanks

    ELiza
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    • sarah1972
    • By sarah1972 4th Dec 17, 4:35 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 4:35 PM
    Just wondered what anyone thinks is the classiest/best tasting instant coffee? I want to make up a small food-related gift for someone and include coffee in it. I know they don't have a coffee maker and are too lazy to make it from beans so thought a good jar of instant would be a good fit. They buy Gold Blend for themselves so obviously like a bit of flavour (?) but could do with some recommendations.

    I tend to drink whatever's on offer myself so not very good at judging.

    Thanks

    ELiza
    Originally posted by Eliza
    I would think that if they drink gold blend, it’s probably best to stick to what you know they like as you could spend quite a few £££ only for it to be wasted if they don’t like it.
    I personally think it’s such a personal taste thing. I have friends who swear by Nescaf!, friends who can’t drink it, friends who spend a fortune on coffee and friends who buy value brands and love it.
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    • Eliza
    • By Eliza 4th Dec 17, 4:47 PM
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    I would think that if they drink gold blend, itís probably best to stick to what you know they like as you could spend quite a few £££ only for it to be wasted if they donít like it.
    I personally think itís such a personal taste thing. I have friends who swear by Nescaf!, friends who canít drink it, friends who spend a fortune on coffee and friends who buy value brands and love it.
    Originally posted by sarah1972
    Thanks, maybe you're right. I know they wouldn't waste it though, whether it's value or expensive they'll use every last grain and then probably rinse the jar out with boiling water a couple of times to get their money's worth. Even if they hate it! I suspect they have gold blend cos it's what they've always had and probably their mother before them. Not really adventurous and probably has never even bothered to look at any other brands!

    If all else fails then yes, a small jar of gold blend will be added to the pack. Thanks.

    Eliza
    • RG2015
    • By RG2015 4th Dec 17, 5:16 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 5:16 PM
    Just wondered what anyone thinks is the classiest/best tasting instant coffee? I want to make up a small food-related gift for someone and include coffee in it. I know they don't have a coffee maker and are too lazy to make it from beans so thought a good jar of instant would be a good fit. They buy Gold Blend for themselves so obviously like a bit of flavour (?) but could do with some recommendations.

    I tend to drink whatever's on offer myself so not very good at judging.

    Thanks

    ELiza
    Originally posted by Eliza
    Try Clipper Fairtrade Latin American but not the decaff one. They will not be disappointed!

    I have put a link to Waitrose but Sainsbury do it as well albeit currently at a higher price (£4.60 down to £4.10)

    https://www.waitrose.com/ecom/products/clipper-fairtrade-latin-american-instant-coffee/894321-333006-333007
    Last edited by RG2015; 04-12-2017 at 5:20 PM.
    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 5th Dec 17, 2:19 PM
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    I agree it's a personal taste thing. I have been through phases where I really liked the Nescafe Azera, then moved on to Lavatza which I thought was much nicer, then someone mentioned Kenko's standard line, I tried it and hated it, moved on to my old time favorite Caf! Noir, it was my go-to coffee for about 10 years and it didn't taste as nice, moved back to Lavatza but preferred the Azera my mother had....so it's not just a personal thing but it seems to change depending on the time, who knows, maybe the weather even affects it!


    OP, I'd say try coffee friends have to see if you like it before buying a full jar/tin/pot for yourself and remember that nothing is forever, your tastes could change over time.
    • Shrimply
    • By Shrimply 5th Dec 17, 2:29 PM
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    A few years ago I was sent a tub of Starbucks Via, it was by far the best instant coffee I've had. They only seem to do it in sachets now though.
    • JEN22
    • By JEN22 5th Dec 17, 3:24 PM
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    • 5th Dec 17, 3:24 PM
    Nescafe expresso
    • Teapot55
    • By Teapot55 5th Dec 17, 3:37 PM
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    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 5th Dec 17, 5:18 PM
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    I usually get Nescafe Alta Rica or Kenco Millicano dark roast
    • Buggins
    • By Buggins 5th Dec 17, 6:34 PM
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    Starbucks via sachets (italian) or Alta rica
    • VeGGie-STyLe
    • By VeGGie-STyLe 5th Dec 17, 8:29 PM
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    Nescafe Alta Rica or Lavazza Prontissimo Intenso (tin)

    Do you know if they like flavoured coffees? If so, I recommend Beanies.
    • Petaldust
    • By Petaldust 5th Dec 17, 9:48 PM
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    Kenco Millicano is always a nice treat when it's on offer - a little bit more posher without being too pricey or too different to the usual instant I drink, usually Gold Blend or similar.
    • holidaysforme
    • By holidaysforme 6th Dec 17, 7:49 PM
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    Kenco Millicano is always a nice treat when it's on offer - a little bit more posher without being too pricey or too different to the usual instant I drink, usually Gold Blend or similar.
    Originally posted by Petaldust
    I like Miliicano too. Stocked up recently when it was on offer. We have a Nespresso machine and use it fairly often , but too expensive to do that all the time, so I like s decent instant as well.
    • holidaysforme
    • By holidaysforme 6th Dec 17, 7:51 PM
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    Starbucks via sachets (italian) or Alta rica
    Originally posted by Buggins
    Where can you buy these please? Really impressed with these and used to bring them in to work, but can't find them anywhere now.
    • chesky
    • By chesky 8th Dec 17, 12:02 AM
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    Lavazza, the intenso one (think it means strong). Only problem is that it comes in fairly small tins so you get through them quickly. It's delicious.
    • Payless
    • By Payless 8th Dec 17, 4:09 PM
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    Lavazza, the intenso one (think it means strong). Only problem is that it comes in fairly small tins so you get through them quickly. It's delicious.
    Originally posted by chesky
    Totally agree. It's a lot cheaper in B and M bargains as well.........when they have it in
    • MrsWenger
    • By MrsWenger 8th Dec 17, 10:52 PM
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    We usually have Gold Blend but are converts to Kenco Millicano now.
    • fifi35
    • By fifi35 9th Dec 17, 10:45 AM
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    Alta Rica for me. No other compares.
    • SHEILA54
    • By SHEILA54 13th Dec 17, 3:13 AM
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    Kenco Millicano for me. I buy it only when on offer as it can be expensive otherwise. It is on offer for £2.50 in Sainsbury's at the moment
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