One of the most read, commented and polarising posts on Fuss Free Flavours is my review of Kenco Millicano. It seems that people either love or hate it with no middle ground (well given that it is instant, no grounds at all!). I am slightly on the fence; I am pretty darned impressed at just how good it tastes for an instant, and I would rather drink it it than many other instants, or badly made coffee from beans. But if forced to make a choice I would go for cafetière coffee all the time. My mother is a convert – she does not always want to faff with grounds and coffee paraphernalia.
The trick with it is to make it fairly strong – weak insipid coffee is just yuck anyway – add a little just off the boil water to it, stir well then top the mug up. Ed took some on last year’s Fastnet, where it was hugely appreciated at all hours in place of a standard instant by a tired crew, and I can see it is great for travelling, camping and trekking.
I keep a tin in the cupboard to use in baking – it works well in cakes and buttercream – and I think is far better than using a coffee essence like Camp.
Both the Millicano and Instinct are made by the same parent company – Kraft, both are 85% instant and 15% finely ground coffee which gives the thickness that makes it different and lifts it from a standard instant.
Review: Kenco Milicano Vs Carte Noir Instinct
Very very similar.
Carte Noir Instinct
More roasted, darker almost treaclier – richer – better after a meal.
– Brighter, acidic – more of a morning coffee.
Surprisingly, considering they both come from Kraft, the Kenco Millicano is Rainforest Alliance certified, where sadly the Carte Noir is not.
Ocado tells me that the Millicano sells for £3.99 for a 100g tin, and the Instinct is £4.99 (although it is currently on offer at half price). 85g refill packs are available for both products.
Kenco Millicano wins by a whisker, on price and Rainforest Alliance certification.
Now I like Kenco Millicano, I also like Carte Noir Instinct. But which is better? There is only one way to find out … We need Harry Hill to call for a FIGHT!
Thanks to both Kenco Millicano and Carte Noir Instinct for my samples.