I don’t know about you, but I love coffee. When I was younger I remember having a strong dislike for it, I thought it was just something that weird adults drank all of the time. When the Starbucks craze hit, my younger sister bit and drank excessive quantities of coffee drinks from Starbucks. Even then, I wasn’t convinced.
College hit… and all of those sleep deprived nights followed by early morning classes taught me to look at coffee in a whole new light. Ah, coffee. It kept me going on so many days! I’ll admit that I can’t drink it black, but I love flavored coffees and lattes. I cruised through the Starbucks drive-thru one too many times during my freshman year…
I figured out pretty quickly that Starbucks wasn’t going to work out money wise. I mean, I am in college right? All you struggling college students out there… I feel you! I traded the Starbucks for instant coffee, which was fine by me! Starbucks and other coffee shops definitely have their advantages taste and quality wise, but I’ve come to really enjoy instant coffee anyways. It is more economical and with the right brand and flavor can hit the spot just as a coffeeshop drink would!
BzzAgent sent me three boxes from the new Nescafe Memento Specialty Coffee line from Nestle. The perks of being a BzzAgent! If you didn’t know, BzzAgent is a word of mouth marketing company that pairs brands with consumers so that they can test out and give honest feedback about their products.
Needless to say, I was really excited! I was just coming back from Japan where I had been drinking copious amounts of instant coffee and tea drinks during my break time at the hoikuen. Actually, maybe that is Nestle’s downfall here… my expectations were too high!
The three flavors I was sent were caramel latte, cappuccino and mocha. I immediately made myself a caramel latte since I can’t resist caramel. However, I was put off right away by the overall flavor of the drink. It was almost bland, and definitely lacked sweetness. A few days later, I had a friend in town and we decided to try out the cappuccino and mocha version of this coffee. It didn’t get better… in fact, my friend said she thought the mocha tasted burned. I tasted it, and sure enough it did have a very odd burned flavor! The cappuccino that I had was OK, but nothing special. All three flavors lacked sweetness, creaminess and just good flavor!
The picture on the box is quite deceiving. Although it seems like there will be a lot of foam, there is actually a very, verrrry tiny amount of foam that dissolves over time. I was also quite disappointed when I checked the ingredient list for each flavor. All three flavors contain corn syrup and hydrogenated vegetable oil. Those are two ingredients that I wouldn’t expect in a coffee drink, so I was a little surprised. Personally, I’ve almost eliminated those two from my diet. Just goes to show that you really have to check the label of everything nowadays!
How disappointing. Nescafe Memento Specialty Coffees are not for me I’m afraid. Too bad!
Have you tried the new Nescafe Memento Specialty Coffees? What do you think?