SwitzerlandProduct: Nescafé Cappuccino (circa 2002)
A few years ago Nestlé launched an "instant cappuccino in a sachet" product. All you had to do was pour the contents of the sachet into your mug and then add hot water and sugar and you would have an immediate cappuccino without all the hastle of special coffee-making equipment. I think it was a ground-breaking product for its time.

I quite liked the taste and frequently bought the product, which was manufactured and sold as a box that contained 10 sachets.

A couple of years later - and for a reason that today I still cannot fathom - the recipe was tweaked and the product was relauched as "new [and] improved".

Nescafé Cappuccino

We still have a box of these "new improved" sachets in our kitchen cupboard. The expiry date on the box says "06 June 2002" so we probably must have bought it sometime in 2001 or early 2002. There are two reasons why the box is still lying in the cupboard, with most of its sachets still inside, after all these years:
1) I was incredibly pissed off, upon opening the (sealed) box for the first time, to find that, instead of 10 sachets, there were only nine. I had every intention of boycotting the box entirely and sending off a strongly-worded letter to Nestlé, but I never got around to it.
2) When I finally tried one of the sachets, I found that, in contrast to the wonderful taste of the original product, the "new improved" flavour was absolutely vile. The box was tossed back in the cupboard, where it remains to this day.

Nescafé CappuccinoRecently, after the Caldo Caldo Cappuccino fiasco, I was reminded that I still have this box of Nescafé Cappuccino sachets. In the interest of research I took my life into my hands and tried one of the sachets on Saturday, in order to be able to add this product to our cappuccino database. Sadly, the taste is still as horrible as I remembered it to be. At the time of writing I have no idea if this product is still available in stores and if the recipe has since been fixed. Even if it is still available I currently have no urge to waste more money to find out if it tastes better than this version did. Call me disillusioned.

The Sachet Instructions:
1) Empty the contents of the sachet into a cup, preferably a "Cappuccino style" cup.
2) Use HOT (+-85ºC) water for mixing. It is IMPORTANT that water is NOT BOILING.
3) Pour the water into the cup whilst stirring quickly. Ensure the powder is completely immersed in the water and stir well until mixed.
4) Add sugar to taste.

South AfricaProduct Information
Description: "Pure instant coffee with foaming milk powder": in other words, a 13,6g sachet of instant coffee, with a terrible taste
Product web site: n/a
Ingredients: Skim milk solids, lactose, instant coffee, milk fat, stabiliser
Nutritional information (100g):
Energy: 1845 Kj
Fat: 14.9%
Protein: 15.8%
Carbohydrate: 64.0%
Fibre: trace
Sodium: 190mg

South Africabrainwavez.org Opinion
Where: At my house in Cape Town, South Africa
When: 29 July 2006
Size: Dependent on mug so, in my case, large [7/10]
Foam: A reasonable layer (considerably more than one would expect from an "instant" product - thanks, Foam Booster!), which is a slightly too dark shade of brown [5/10]
Heat: Dependent on coffee maker so, in my case, perfect [10/10]
Taste: Oh. My. God. I. Want. To. Throw. Up.
I cannot describe how disgusting the taste is, except to say that something that was put in it - probably the skim milk solids, the lactose, or the milk fat, or perhaps a combination of all of those - gives it a very strong milk-influenced taste. It's not a milk taste, exactly, but it's something very similar, and it's terrible. The actual coffee taste (if you can find it) is fine. [1/10]
Price: I can't remember the exact figure, but I recall it being relatively expensive for a product one could buy in a supermarket, but cheap in comparison to going to a coffee shop [no rating]
Overall: Avoid [2/10] - sad, really, because the original product would have scored at least 7/10
Posted by: Mandy J Watson

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