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Date: 23rd April 2012


I have used Douwe Egbert Ground Coffee for as long as I can remember – buying for cafetières and also filters as I have a lovely silver coffee pot which takes a filter bag. I’ve often had compliments on the coffee from dinner guests. And it is not the most expensive on the market by a long chalk.

Recently I couldn’t find my coffee in either Waitrose or Sainsburys and was rather sheepish when the assistant pointed out where it was. I could be forgiven – the packaging was totally different and gone was the rigid pack (which fitted perfectly into the caddies which they occasionally had on offer). Now, one is offered a floppy packet and  a grind suitable for all coffee makers (is it?) but what I thought very cheeky was that there are 50gms less in the new package. I cannot remember what I paid last time round so I don’t know if they have reduced the price – I rather doubt it – or reduced the size and kept the same price so as to keep their profit the same.

This claim that ‘one size fits all’ often leads to a reduction in quality as it did some years ago with Stain Devils. At one stage they made a stain devil for virtually every eventuality – I had the little containers for removing felt-tip pen, blood, grass, rust, wine etc. and so forth – even for chewing gum. (And why would I need that you might ask – because some thoughtless individuals sometimes stick their gum (YUK) on chairs and seats and I’ve ended up with it on my clothes or on my shoes where they’ve just discarded it onto the ground) Those little Devils were worth their weight in gold and they all worked. Now one can only purchase about three separate ‘multi-purpose’ items and they simply do not have the efficacy of the individual removers.

Here I go again – Grumpy Old Woman but it is all the result of take-overs where old established and excellent brands are swallowed up into Conglomerates and suffer accordingly.

Really must get on – I loathe paperwork and filing and procrastinate as long as possible before I have to do it. In fact, I sometimes take so long to make a decision that the matter reaches its ‘Sell-by’ date and then the paper goes in the bin. You’d never think I was once a very efficient secretary.

Bye for now. Jan

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