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Old 22 July 2002, 18:18   #1
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Hot Nescafe in a can ?!

So - has anybody seen these? Seems like a good idea to take some with you in the RIB!!

Basicly a new idea from Nescafe is a can of coffee with a built in chemical heating system - it works like this....

1) Buy can from shop (Moto services 1.35 - apparently available in Tescos)
The can is the same size as a Coke can. It is available in Black, White, and White with Sugar

2) When you are ready - ie after getting cold on your rib - Turn can upside down and press button on bottom of can to release red liquid.

3) Shake can from side to side until red liquid disappears

4) Turn can right way up and wait 3 mins

5) Pull the ringpull - and drink nice hot coffee

Simple - and great on a rib - just store a few and have them when needed - no nead to make that flask that you don't drink, or long for a flask full when you forgot to make one.

Anyway - maybe worth getting a couple of cans next time your in the services.

One word of warning, because of the heating bit in the can you dont get 330ml like a can of Coke, but only about 200ml of coffee - not realy enough to share, and as the empty can is quite heavy you don't know when you've finished!!

Anyway - not much in the way of web sites - its not listed on the nescafe site, but here are some reviews (Ours was plenty hot enough!)

http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/product/171372.html
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Old 23 July 2002, 03:00   #2
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Great idea for an emrgency but not very nice if you like coffee...............
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I have two questions:
1. According to some reviews, it does not heat up enough ESPECIALLY if the ambient temperature is low. Did you find this?
2. Given that travelling in a RIB can be a bit like living in a violently minded tumble drier, is there any chance of "the button" being pressed accidentally or other damage caused to the product?
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We bought 2 cans before the Thames trip

Yvonne had one can out in the middle of the Medway/Thames - and that was hot

Our can travelled on the Thames/Medway Cruise, and then got bumped arround on the Severn at the weekend and wasn't "activated" - It takes a firm push on the bottom to release the heating fluid - so I don't think they would get activated by mistake

We had kept it under the seat and after 3 mins it was hot.

I wouldn't say it was burning hot - but definately hot enough. - Also usefull to heat your hands on a cold day!

I thought the coffee tasted OK too!

All I can suggest is you buy one and give it a try!

Anyway Brian - I thought Cyanide had a stove so you can make us all fresh coffee!!
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So maybe a "blind tasting" could be in order?
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The restorative nature of a hot drink.......

cannot be underestimated ever! Particularly on a long passage, perhaps when its raining etc etc. I usually take a flask but have seen these cans and thought them a useful alternative - particularly when its peeing with rain, you have several hours to go and crave something hot! (I can recall several points like that on the Hebrides cruise.) The trouble with Brian's stove is that you need to a) been in completely calm seas b) be stopped and c) be able to manouevre through the mayhem of luggage & kit that invariably is lying in one big mess in Cyanides cabin on a long cruise

I guess taking things a step further, anybody ever used the self heating cans of food - stew etc. What do they taste like?

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I've used the self heating cans of food and found them okay. They sure aren't gormet food but they are hot and they do taste alright. Mind you I'll eat anything (as you can see - I ate one of my crew once, but I was VERY hungry at the time)!

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Wait for it folks.....

Here are the very cans of self heated food that I used:

http://www.hotcan.com/hands.html

Like I said, I enjoyed them!

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Nice one, Keith!

I failed in my mission to find the self heating coffee in Tesco this lunchtime... so I'm wondering if I should chance a visit to a Moto services on the way home. Wherever one of those might be. Now, a detour on the way home - that's not going to happen!
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Like Keith I have tried the self heating cans of food - and generally they are very good - especialy when cold and wet and in need of a hot meal.

The Nescafe self heating coffee however, is, in my opinion,as much like coffee as the old coffee / chickory mix that was available during the coffee shortages a few years ago. A good stainless steel unbreakable flask serves the same purpose as far as I can see - and the coffee is of your own choice.
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