Kenco 100% Colombian instant coffee changed taste

by Sue
(York UK)

Kenco Instant Coffee

Kenco Instant Coffee



I’ve been enjoying Kenco 100% Arabica coffee for years now and the beautiful taste and aroma is to die for!

Not now! As soon as you open a fresh jar there is a pungent sulphur smell. It’s so strong and I can’t face the coffee

Would it be harmful to drink? (If I could drink it that is! 😁)

I have four jars and they’re all the same....exp 2022...

Any advice would be gratefully received!

Very best wishes



Sue, hi

My apologies for the delay in getting back to you. : )

It’s tough to answer your question exactly, because Kenco creates several different instant coffees!

That said, you’re not alone in noticing a decline in the quality of your favorite coffee.

This seems to be happening across the board, including coffees from Maxwell House, Folgers, McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Yuban and others.

It seems companies are cutting back on the quality of the beans they use in their coffees.

This strikes me as a really bad idea, as it upsets their biggest fans and best customers.

I hear stories of people who have loved a particular brand of coffee for 20 years or more, and have now switched because the taste has become so bad.

I’d recommend you try some different brands.

And if you’re not using whole beans, give that a try. If you don’t have a coffee grinder, you can start with a simple blade grinder at a very reasonable price.

Best wishes,


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Sep 06, 2021
Kenco smooth !!
by: Dave

Been enjoying kenco smooth for well over 20 years and contacted them about the downward quality in taste and aroma, they just sent money off vouchers. The aroma has changed to a sour smell and tastes like bargain basement sweep ups, yuck

Jun 21, 2021
Kenco smooth
by: Clarky

Yeah I have noticed a real decline in the taste of Kenco. It seemed to have happened from a few months back. I wont buy more...its that bad it doesn't actually taste like coffee.

Nov 19, 2020
I used to like Kenco too
by: danny

I drank Kenco instant coffee for the longest time. I know it's not trendy to drink instant coffee, but it worked for me. I'd take a thermos to work and it would hit the spot all day long.

Not sure when, but maybe two three years ago it changed. not the same at all. And I miss it.

I tried the usual other choices, like Maxwell and Folgers, but liked them even less.

So... been kind of screwed on the coffee front. If anyone knows a really good instant coffee, let me know!

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