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March 28, 2013

BzzAgent: Nescafe Memento Specialty Coffee

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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…

Nescafe Memento Cappuccino, Mocha and Caramel Latte

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.

Nescafe Memento Packets

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!

Nescafe Memento Instant Coffee

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?

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for free from BzzAgent. What exactly is a BzzAgent? It is basically a word of mouth marketing company that connects brands with interested consumers to sample and review their products. If your profile interests match a product working with BzzAgent, you may be selected to receive the product and give your opinion on it through several social networking avenues such as Twitter, Facebook, blogging and interacting with people around you who may be interested.
Best of all, it is free! If you give more feedback, you are more likely to receive invitations to join product campaigns. You can also receive MyPoints for certain activities on BzzAgent, which you can accumulate to redeem for things like giftcards! Of course, reviewing products is risk free and honest opinions are wanted.

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  • I’m a huge fan of Nescafe. I love their mocha and cappuccino.
    Oh and hey, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. More details on my blog. Have a good day! 🙂
    http://stilettosandtequila.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/liebster-award/

  • Aly

    That’s such a shame! I love using Nescafe in my baked goods. I wish they had done better with these products.

    • I know! I love other Nestle products but these just didn’t do it for me. In fact, I think I used to drink an awesome instant coffee pack in Japan that Nestle made that was WAY better!

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