With the popularity of decaffeinated coffee at an all-time high, you may have considered the well-known Sanka Instant Decaf Coffee pouches from Maxwell House. Are they worthy of your investment? Here’s all you need to know.
About Sanka Instant Decaf Coffee Sachets
The Sanka instant decaf coffee sachets are blended by Maxwell House. Each individual envelop has 1.7g of the decaffeinated coffee inside, which is just enough for a small single cup of instant coffee.
While they won’t provide the energy boost of a standard coffee, the instant beverages still offer the great taste of coffee and the warm, comforting feelings.
Sanka is one of the oldest brands of decaffeinated coffee on the market, operating for several generations, and is available in multiple sizes. However, it is a lot harder to find than it was in the 70s, which is why online purchases are the most common solution.
For this review, I opted for the standard box of 100 envelopes.
Sanka Instant Decaf Coffee Review
When opening the individual sachet, you will still get the smell of the 100% coffee soluble. However, it’s not the strongest of smells due to the small amount of coffee. As a lover of rich coffee that has been put through a French press, I can’t say I was hugely excited as the kettle boiled. Nevertheless, the convenience was a positive even if the aromas didn’t quite hit the mark.
Luckily, I had 100 sachets to play with, because my first attempt was pretty tragic – yes, I have managed to ruin an instant coffee. Subsequently, then, my advice is that if you plan to follow the instructions and add 8oz of water, be prepared to use two sachets.
Once you get the levels right, the Sanka decaf tastes as good as any plain instant coffee. The taste is mild and smooth. While there are no additional hints of caramel, spices, or other ingredients, this is a nice change from many of the products currently on the market. It’s still favorable while the lack of caffeine doesn’t alter the taste too much, although I did notice feeling less energized than I usually would after my mid-afternoon coffee.
I couldn’t handle this as my morning brew, but would certainly settle for it in the daytime if a caffeinated alternative wasn’t available. My verdict is that it looks like coffee, tastes like coffee, and smells somewhat like coffee. It probably won’t give you the experience that’s desired when sat at home with a brew, it offers a good choice on the go or around the office.
What Do Others Think?
I never like to complete a review without first considering what others have to say about the beverage, especially as you deserve a full and honest review. Most reviewers are of a similar opinion. It’s a mild flavor due to the small amount of coffee used in each envelope, but this suits the decaf factors.
Aside from the weakness, which means you should use less water or two sachets, the drink is largely accepted as the best substitute on the instant coffee market while the reputation of the brand is seen as a big selling point for businesses and professionals eager to keep up appearances.
Who Will Enjoy It?
The Sanka sachets are primarily designed for commercial premises. Whether it’s for the staff room, guest reception areas, or hotel rooms doesn’t matter. Offering a decaf variant to complement the traditional instant coffee pouches is ideal. Therefore, businesses and groups of all backgrounds may look to embrace this product.
As for individual consumers, anyone that loves coffee but doesn’t want to consume too much caffeine will enjoy this option. This makes it a great late afternoon or early evening beverage, especially for those with insomnia or worries about raising their heart rate.
While it is possible to brew this in other ways, you’ll almost certainly use it as an instant brew with the single sachet being added first, followed by the water (and creamer if required). A quick stir will provide a more consistent texture and ensure a fuller mix rather than a watery coffee followed by coffee stuck to the bottom of your mug.
Sanka Instant Decaf Coffee Score
Given the choice, I’d always choose caffeinated coffee. However, if judging this product solely on the taste, smells, and value for money, it’s hard to complain about its popularity.
Sanka’s not the greatest coffee on the market, but it’s a lot better than many of the sachets on the market, which is why this gets a score of 3/5.