Well, it's a blog post detailing a popular coffee brand that's carved a niche for itself amongst the many coffee enthusiasts and leisurely coffee drinkers in Colombo alike. Man that was a long sentence, but I'm pumped full of coffee, so you'll see a lot of those strewn about, scusi.
So in this blog post, we're going to be focusing on all the different flavours Aik Cheong has graced us with. Sure, you can opt for a quick pitstop at your favourite coffee spot to obtain any one of these flavours, should you crave for them. But, let's say you're running late and have exactly five minutes to get your [flavoured] coffee fix. What do you do?
Opt for the instant mixes, of course.
This isn't a paid post. Aik Cheong was kind enough to send us a whole load of these instant mix sachets, asking us to try them out and give them our 100% honest opinion. They also asked us to be brutal and straightforward about it. So no unnecessary fluffing, no fuss. Pretty cool, eh?
So, let's get to it.
Chandana and I sat down and took part in a rather mundane coffee-taste-test video which you can watch if you click on this highlighted text.
Here's a useful tip: DO NOT ADD TOO MUCH WATER. While the contents of these packets look deceptively excessive, you actually only need a tiny bit of water. We made the mistake of filling our coffee mugs and jars about 3/4ths full of water, and they came out super watery. Big mistake.
I'll start with the milder flavours. While these aren't exactly pictured in perfect order, I'm sure most of us handled our Montessori matching lessons pretty well, so I hope there is no great difficulty in connecting the description to the products pictured above......
These weren't exactly wild, mind you- they sat quite tamely within their ceramic and glass confines. I just needed to find a heading that was eye-catching but I couldn't, so I left this here. Oh well.
Below are the more adventurous flavours. They showed a lot of promise, and a lot of pomp, too. Read on, my lil beans...
The Hot Chocolate:
This tasting was conducted in the wee hours of the morning. It gave me horrific gastritis for the rest of the week, since I drank all these coffees on a very empty stomach. Don't do that.
Aik Cheong also has a pure black coffee sachet called Kopi-O. Unfortunately I have no photographs of this sachet, but if you look at what Chandana is holding in the photos above, you'll find a deep green packet.
The sachet containts a coffee-bag. Much like a tea-bag, but with, you know, coffee. It requires about 3 minutes of brewing time and yields some really dark coffee. The flavour is rather flat, but alright nevertheless.
You can totally purchase a pack of these drinks. They're available in over 20 Cargills Food City outlets across the country and at selected Keells, Laugfs, Arpico, SPAR, and Softlogic’s (new) supermarket. But you can call them up at 0773951469, 474, or 475. Each pack contains 12 sachets, and goes for Rs. 1,500. They'll deliver it to you free of charge!
So there you have it. A comprehensive (???) post detailing all the flavours Aik Cheong blessed us with, and our (my) opinions on each.
A lot of people really enjoy this stuff, and I quite understand why. It's a great option for when you want to sip on your fave drink, but don't want to fork over the big bucks.
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