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I love a good cup of coffee in the morning when I wake up. It is the first thing I drink in the morning and I usually have another one or two cups a day depending on what I am doing. In my first year of university I opted for cheap coffee and sacrificed the taste. Now that I am getting older (and the study nights longer) I much prefer to splash out a bit more cash for a nicer tasting caffeine fix!
I first heard about the Kenco Eco refill from seeing an advert on the TV. I thought it was a good idea to use less packaging and so I kept an eye out for it when I went shopping. I spotted it in Tesco one day on offer and thought I might as well try it out. It was on offer for ages after it was released but I can’t remember exactly how much I paid at the time.
The packaging is quite attractive and is red and orange with a picture of a jar of coffee on the front. There is a large green banner across the top telling you that the pack is an eco refill. The actual bag is made from a type of plastic and is fully recyclable. There is a resealable strip at the top of the bag to keep your coffee fresh. The only problem with this is that the strip can be quite fiddly to work. At first it was a bit strange buying my coffee in a bag but I have a coffee jar in the house that I just decant the coffee granules into instead of having the bag next to the kettle.
The actual coffee is lovely. It takes the form of medium sized granules which look a lot lighter than other coffee brands I have used. I usually use about 1.5 spoons of coffee granules and they dissolve very easily in boiling water. The smell from the coffee is great and smells quite rich. I always add milk to my coffee and I find I’m adding less milk now because the taste is so smooth anyway.
Currently the eco refill pack will cost you between £3 and £3.50 for the 150g bag. The 200g jar usually costs around £5, which makes the eco refill pack cheaper.
So this is a great tasting coffee, at a good price and that cuts down on waste from packaging. Another advantage that Kenco has is that it is part of the Rainforest Alliance. This means that a lot is done to support the communities in which the coffee is produced. There is also a lot of work goes into helping to sustain the environment and the species of animals in the rainforest. I like to choose products that are certified with the Rainforest Alliance as I feel in some way I am helping, and every little helps!