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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Douwe Egberts Cafe Switch Confirmed sighting: Douwe Egberts Cafe Switch
Posted: 16:20 Thu 30-Nov-2006. Price: 1.49/ six servings. Location: various branches of Sainsbury's, London. Sub-flavours: White Innocence ("smooth and subtle"); True Kick ("bittersweet and inviting"); or "indulgent and dreamy" Creamy Pleasure. Nutritional unusualness: Refined hydogenated coconut oil; around 10g carbohydrate per serving (probably at least 5g sugar).
Snackspot reports: When almost every other TV ad seems to be pushing some sort of elaborate home coffee-making machine, these offer a genuinely low-tech alternative - to quote the packaging, "To make Cafe Switch frothy simply use your thumbs to repetitively pump the pods on the pack until the swishing sound stops [...] - for best froth, pump firmly!" Then you just add hot or even ice cold water for a convincingly bubbly cappuccino experience (or, for an extreme espresso hit, squirt directly into your mouth?). You can request your own free sample here - the terms and conditions say you should be "aged 18 or over", a shame as this otherwise seems like the first beverage to favour the powerful thumb muscles of the Playstation/ XBox generation.

...Against this sort of competition, the cold Rauch Cafemio line-up seems like merely a competent rival to the Emmi Caffe range - while, in other creamy concoctions, Anchor appear to be aspiring to the Busta Rhymes lifestyle with the launch of Extra Thick, Chocolate Flavour Mousse, or Extra Thick with Courvoisier Vs Cognac Christmas flavours of "squirty" Real Dairy Cream.


Posted: 16:55 Thu 30-Nov-2006 by "Phillerena " # permalink comment
Comment: The Douwe Egbets switch things are rubbish, I got a free sample the other week and thought nothing of it. It tasted like a watery version of the Nescafe frothy mocha things, it certainly wasn't as indulgent as they make it sound.
Posted: 16:58 Thu 30-Nov-2006 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: thank goodness they are finally doing chocolate flavour whipped mousse/cream without booze in it! the boozy ones always have the most horrendous aftertaste that defeats the point of buying flavoured cream in the first place!
Posted: 10:57 Fri 01-Dec-2006 by "A" # permalink comment
Comment: Has anyone tasted the tesco finest mocamilk? Its one of the best cold coffee flavoured drinks ive had. Its so thick and smooth and creamy. Could be a little stronger on the coffee but for 79p whos arguing.
Posted: 12:03 Fri 01-Dec-2006 by "Marquez" # permalink comment
Comment: For 79p....i'm arguing
Posted: 21:05 Fri 01-Dec-2006 by "A" # permalink comment
Comment: lol! it might be 75p :oP It is good though.
Posted: 23:24 Fri 01-Dec-2006 by "James Quin" # permalink comment
Comment: These are all well and good, but does anyone else remember Douwe Egbert's Cafinesse? It was on the market around 1997-98, and has not been seen since.
Posted: 01:06 Sat 02-Dec-2006 by "Marquez" # permalink comment
Comment: No, but get on the case detective Quin
Posted: 16:21 Sat 02-Dec-2006 by "EzChile" # permalink comment
Comment: Yes, I remember Cafinesse. You used to have to keep it in the fridge once opened, and I personally thought it was rather nice. It used to have a weird measurement mechanism where you squeezed the bottle, and it made odd bubbling noises while it dispensed the correct measure. I used to cheat and squeeze a bit harder, so that I had a stronger cup of coffee.

I'd still buy it now if it were still available.

Posted: 18:23 Sat 02-Dec-2006 by "Marquez" # permalink comment
Comment: Sounds rather advanced for 1997-1998 beverage container technology, must have been extra-terrestrial obtained..
Posted: 12:27 Sun 03-Dec-2006 by "EzChile" # permalink comment
Comment: Hmm, sounds more advanced than it was though,.. I think it was pretty much only a plastic straw inside the bottle, so that the measure dispensed was from the bottom of the bottle instead of the top.. I'm guessing that was because the coffee extract was denser than the other ingredients and settled at the bottom of the bottle or something.
Posted: 12:30 Sun 03-Dec-2006 by "Phill" # permalink comment
Comment: Cafinesse was great. I remember the strange measurement system on it as well. I managed to buy it for a short while after it disappeared from major stores shelves as a shop close to my work had it right up till its use by date.
Posted: 16:07 Sun 03-Dec-2006 by "Marquez" # permalink comment
Comment: Hey but how do those self-heating cans work though? now they're amazing, i've never actually tried one though, how hot do they get?
Posted: 23:55 Mon 04-Dec-2006 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: the Nestle coffee ones weren't that great...

"In 2002, Swiss beverage maker Nestle SA tested a self-heating can holding its Nescafe Hot When You Want coffee in England. But the company ended the trial run after several months, finding the can did not heat the liquid to a consistent temperature, said Nestle spokesman Francois-Xavier Perroud."

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Posted: 00:17 Tue 05-Dec-2006 by "Marquez" # permalink comment
Comment: A self-heating can, i don't like the idea of it myself, rather just stop off at a coffeeshop, what are they going to go for next? a can with a built in mouth, bladder and urethra?
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