Monday, September 24, 2012

A Hot Beverage, Nescafe Memento Mocha Is Great!

The Good: Easy to prepare, Good scent, Great taste!
The Bad: Comparatively expensive, Environmental impact of packaging
The Basics: Anyone who likes coffee and mocha flavors will love the new Nescafe Memento Mocha flavored beverage, even if it is not the most environmental or inexpensive drink.

When my wife and I moved to Michigan, she was eager to keep me happy by providing me with new products to review. She has actually been keeping me on the cutting edge of products, especially food. One of the best ones in recent memory that she has picked up for me is Nescafe Memento Mocha! This is a chocolate and coffee beverage that is likely to satisfy both coffee drinkers and hot chocolate!


Nescafe Memento Mocha instant coffee is part of Nescafe's new premium instant coffee line and one suspects that the company is trying to compete with the flavors from the International blends instant coffee line. This mix is a newly available flavor. Each package has premeasured tubes of coffee powder which each create an 8 oz. cup of coffee.

The eight count of packets comes in a box of Nescafe Memento that makes eight cups.

Ease Of Preparation

Nescafe Memento Mocha instant coffee mix is exceptionally simple to make. The single serving is the packet and eight oz. of water. There is no measuring of the product involved. This is a very simple beverage to prepare.

The top of the single-serve packet has a perforated edge and one need simply tear open the top, which is quite easy, and pour the contents of the packet into a mug that is at least ten ounces large. Then, simply pour hot water - near boiling, but not actually boiling as boiling water cooks the ingredients as opposed to simply dissolving them - over the powder and stir. Stir the powder until there are no blobs of coffee granules visible in the water. The beverage will have a dark brown color to it.


The Mocha flavored instant coffee smells richly chocolatey. The Mocha flavor smells mostly like chocolate and only slightly like coffee.

The Mocha Memento flavor is exceptionally chocolate in its taste as well. The sweet, dark chocolate taste finishes with a richer, coffee flavor that is somewhat less sweet. The chocolate flavor is a delightful entry flavor that develops nicely into the surprisingly subtle coffee flavor. There is also no aftertaste, which is delightful. I would have thought with such full dark mocha chocolate and coffee flavors this would have had a very dry aftertaste. But, fortunately, it does not. This is sweet, chocolatey, and delightful!


Nescafe Memento Mocha instant coffee is a coffee mix and therefore is entirely lacking in nutritional value. There are probably calories in this drink, but I’ll be honest. I could not find the nutritional information after I got rid of the box of this stuff.

It contains milk and coconut ingredients and may contain soy.


So long as one gets Nescafe Memento Mocha instant coffee mix in the packet, it ought to stay usable. Visiting my local supermarket, most of the packages of this instant coffee had an expiration date a year away. One assumes it will last quite a while and dissolve appropriately when one attempts to use it. The packets, for those of us who consider the environmental impact of such things, are terribly wasteful and expensive. The foil/plastic wrappers are not recyclable anywhere I've been.

Cleanup is very easy as well. If the product spills while dumping it into the mug, simply wipe it up or brush it up with a dry or damp cloth. If it has already been reconstituted with water into coffee, simply wipe it up. Light fabrics are likely to stain if this gets on them, in which case consult your fabric care guide to clean it up.


Nescafe Memento has a real success with their Mocha drink. Delightful and flavorful, this is well worth the expense, making one hope that the company makes a bulk pack that avoids the premeasured tubes, but gives consumers more servings.

For other Nescafe Instant Coffees, please visit my reviews of:
Taster’s Choice French Roast
Taster’s Choice 100% Colombian
Taster’s Choice Decaffeinated


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