I was recently asked to the launch party for Kenco Milllicano, the first wholebean instant coffee. Yes, that is wholebean instant coffee. Instant real coffee. No coffee paraphernalia needed, apart from a kettle, mug and teaspoon.
Now I like my coffee, really like my coffee. In fact some people would say that I am downright grumpy until I get my coffee in the morning. Personally I consider myself to be sweetness and light at all times, but I will concede that I possibly am sweeter and lighter after my morning pot of coffee.
In my opinion coffee should be strong, black and from either a cafetiere or espresso maker. None of this drip pot nonsense (always tastes burnt to me) and certainly not instant.
Well after trying the Kenco Millicano I possibly am converted to one particular instant. In fact I was pretty impressed, that I am happy to drink it as my mid morning coffee.
I still get a hint of instant coffee on the nose, but it is accompanied by a heady rich deep “proper” roasted coffee aroma, with a little chocolate. The coffee is thick and looks and feels and tastes like cafetiere coffee. Balanced, indulgent and rich. Great both black and with milk.
Here are some notes from Kenco on how to taste coffee.
‘How to …’ Nose & Taste Coffee
Five simple steps to nosing & tasting coffee
The colour and appearance of coffee will indicate its strength and roast.
Take a spoonful of coffee and have a look to see if the coffee is light/ dark / bright/ muddy/ clear/ appetising/ oily etc?
Coffee should be clear and bright. Only with the addition of milk will its true colour be revealed.
Our sense of taste is directly influenced by our sense of smell, so when tasting coffee always smell it first!
Cup your hand around your mug of coffee and inhale deeply. This will wake up your nose so you can fully distinguish the different flavours in the coffee.
What aroma notes do you detect?
When tasting coffee, it is very important to slurp it!
Slurping helps you to spray the coffee across your palate.
Take a spoonful of coffee and slurp it as violently and noisily as possible. This enables the subtle flavours to reach all the tasting areas of your tongue so that all 9,000 taste buds come into play.
A characteristic of great coffee is body (weight).
Note the body as it rests between your tongue and roof of your mouth.
Is it thick thin, heavy or light? The darker the roast the thicker the body will be.
The sensation is similar to the experience you would have if you compared full fat milk to skimmed milk in the mouth.
Swallow the coffee and enjoy!
Kenco Millicano is available from most supermarkets with a RRP of £3.99 per 100g tin, and £2.99 for the 85g refill pack.
All Kenco coffee is Rain Forest Alliance certified.
Thanks to Kenco for asking me to the launch