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Taste test: canned coffee (mocha)

We put five popular canned coffees to the test

1: Uni-President Mon Passion Café Mocha ($1.95/235ml)

The can screams  ‘barista-certified 100% premium Arabica beans’, so our expectations were raised. Thankfully, the French-style coffee is well balanced, with a strong roasted flavour that will perk you up. You’ll pay for it, though – it’s almost twice the price of the cheapest can.

2: Boncafé iCafé caffè mocha ($1/240ml)

We’ll be honest: besides the winner, nothing stood out. But Boncafé’s redeeming factor is its mild sweetness.

3: NESCAFÉ milk coffee mocha ($1/240ml)

It tastes – and looks – more like a malty chocolate beverage than coffee, even though it claims to use a premium blend of Arabica and Robusta beans.

4: Starbucks bottled mocha Frappuccino coffee drink ($2.80/281ml)

You’ll get energy from the sugar and not the caffeine. The taste of condensed milk overwhelms everything else. We’ll stick to the real deal, thanks.

5: Pokka Premium Mocha Coffee ($1/240ml)

Never mind the ‘real brewed coffee’ tag on the can – the first sip had us scrunching our faces at the chemical-y taste. That’s a resounding ‘no’.

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