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Consumer Panel - Instant Coffee

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

CONSUMER PANEL - Instant Coffee Granules

Taxi drivers:

. Michael Veale
. John Costello
. Brian Farrell
. John Curran

THE FOUR PRODUCTS
1.Kenco Smooth Roast - 100 g €3.55 (Dunnes)
2.Nescafe Gold Blend - 100g €3.06 (Dunnes)
3.Maxwell House Coffee Granules 100g - SAVE 1.06 Was €3.06 Now €2.00 (Tesco)
4.Bewley's Gold Roast 100g - €4.57 (Bewley's, Dunnes, Superquinn, Tesco etc)

The Results are: (All out of 20)
. 1st Place -16 points - Nescafé Gold Blend
. 2nd Place -14 points - Kenco Smooth Roast
. 3rd Place -11.5 points - Maxwell House Coffee
. 4th Place - 8 points - Bewley's Gold Roast

So the winner is.Nescafe Gold Blend!

Each panelist has been asked to test each coffee taking the following points into consideration

. Taste
. Smell
. Did granules dissolve easily?
. Did it have an aftertaste?
. Value for money
. Marks out of 5

PANELISTS' COMMENTS

Kenco

Michael
. The most "coffee tasting" of the 4. Nice aroma, coffee beans etc. he'd prefer a stronger coffee but this was his favourite.
. All dissolved well.
. Nice packaging, good solid jar
. Good value coffee
. 4/5

John Costello
. Good taste, strong
. Good smell
. Slow to dissolve
. No after taste
. 3/5

Brian
. Smooth taste
. Best smell
. Dissolved easily
. Best aftertaste
. Best value for money
. My favourite, good all round. Green packaging option
. 4/5

John Curran
. Very light and weak. Ok taste
. Smell light. Granule dissolved v well.
. No aftertaste, a good thing
. Expensive - not value for money
. 3 /5

Nescafé

Michael
. Taste and flavour - good and strong, nice taste
. No aftertaste
. Nice packaging, nice to hold, good shoulders
. 4/5

John Costello
. Very good flavour - his favourite - along with wife and daughter
. Very good smell
. Slow to dissolve - so lost a few points
. No aftertaste
. 4.5/5

Brian
. Weak taste
. Good smell
. Dissolved easily
. Good aftertaste
. Fair value for money
. 3.5/5

John Curran
. Best of the lot. Taste was excellent, nice and strong.
. Dissolved well.
. Good packaging
. Very good value for money. - You pay for what you get.
. 4/5

Maxwell House

Michael
. Very weak
. Watery flavour, he didn't like it.
. Good value for money for 2€ but normally no.
. 3/5

John Costello
. Good flavour and taste - used to be his favourite - now Nescafé
. Fast to dissolve
. No aftertaste
. 3.5/5

Brian
. Weak taste
. Worst smell
. Yes it dissolved well
. Poor aftertaste
. Good value for money
. No smell, worst taste but good price - recession buster
. 3/5

John Curran
. Worst of the lot, very bland, not enough coffee beans
. Granules dissolved well
. Ok packaging, not eye catching
. Definitely not value for money
. 2/5

Bewley's

Michael
. Wouldn't go near it! The weakest of them all. He made all 4 together
. Very white colour and it had the least flavour
. Cheapest packaging, lids came off
. Not value for money at all
. 2/5

John Costello
. Fair taste, mildest and weakest - was expecting it to be the best, but was worst!
. Fair smell
. Quick to dissolve
. No after taste
. 1/5

Brian
. Strong taste - bordering on rough
. Fair smell
. Dissolved well
. Good after taste
. Worst value for money, Very over priced,
. 3/5

John Curran
. Taste was very soft; a non coffee drinker could drink this as not strong.
. No body in it like Bewley's coffee
. Dissolved well.
. No aftertaste
. Ok pricewise
. 2/5

So the winner is.Nescafé Gold Blend!

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