Thursday 25 December 2014

Shopping around: Coffee

Edel Coffey

Published 13/06/2014 | 02:30

Supervalu Java Sumatra Coffee 227g
Lidl Bellarom Caffe Espresso
Tesco Finest Espresso

We're all coffee addicts nowadays. When I was growing up tea was the only hot drink on offer. But then American coffee culture took over and there's a takeaway coffee shop on every corner.

People turn up to meetings with their little portable paper cups of caffeine to soothe their jangling nerves. Baristas take part in international coffee-making competitions. Pop-up gourmet coffee shops, well, pop up.

If you're a regular coffee drinker, it might be preferable not to add up just how much money you spend on takeaway coffee in any given week, especially if you consider that one latte costs, on average, €2.70. For that price, it makes much more sense to invest in an espresso maker, a thermal cup and some good quality coffee.

While coffee usually does benefit from spending a little bit more money on it, mainly in terms of strength, by opting for espresso, you'll get that extra strength you might be looking for.

Lidl Bellarom Caffe Espresso 200g

Price: €2.59 (Price per 100g €1.29)

Verdict: This has long been a well-kept secret amongst coffee lovers. This is universally lauded for its strength and its absence of bitterness. A good cheap option for your morning caffeine kick.

Score: 4/5

Supervalu Java Sumatra Coffee 227g

Price: €3.09 (Price per 100g €1.36)

Verdict: This is the most expensive of the three coffees and its strength rating is a 4/5 but it only tastes mid-strength to me. It is not going to offend anybody but nor will it set your morning on fire.

Score: 3/5

Tesco Finest Espresso 227g

Price: €2.99 (Price per 100g €1.31)

Verdict: Intensely strong, this is very finely ground so it is almost a powder, which gives it a smooth creamy finish.

Score: 5/5

Irish Independent

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