Orika Shahi Kahwa Review – Do We Recommend It?
Orika’s Shahi Kahwa Mix is a low scoring product on Mishry’s scale. Here’s why.
A cold winter night begs for a saffron infused kehwa. If you’re too lazy to brew some on your own, kahwa mixes can be a boon. Some brands go overboard with sugar, while some lack the delicate flavors of cardamom and cinnamon and some put everything in unbalanced quantities.
We tried Orika’s Shahi Kahwa Mix in our test kitchen to see if it’s something we can buy again. Our Orika Shahi Kahwa review is based upon the aroma, warm authentic taste of spices and convenience the product offers.
Orika Shahi Kahwa – Quick Glance
Tabular information on Orika’s Shahi Kahwa –
|Orika Shahi Kahwa||Product Information|
|Net Weight||50 gms|
|Shelf Life||9 months|
|Buy Now||On Amazon|
Our Review Factors
What were we looking for in Orika’s Shahi Kahwa? The warmth and fragrance of spices and balanced sweetness. To test the product, we set the following parameters –
Kahwa is brewed with spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and saffron. All rich and warming spices that help keep the cold away, considering it originates from colder parts of the country.
We checked for the delicate balance of spices, their domination in the flavor profile and how much sugar is added. Usually kahwa premixes are just about the sugar and nothing else.
Robust, delicate or barely there – how is the aroma of the spices added to the kahwa?
Kahwa mixes eliminate the need to collect and carefully brew the beverage. What about this one? Does it actually help do that?
Kahwas are supposed to be thin and not thick like a milky tea. It usually has saffron strands and almond bits – does this mix have all of that?
We also considered the price, packaging, and shelf life.
Orika Shahi Kahwa – Detailed Review
Price and Packaging
A 50 gm pouch pack is priced at Rs 150/-. This comes in a non-resealable silver-colored pouch pack.
The shelf life of the product is 9 months.
Storage instructions include keeping it in a clean, cool and dry place.
The main ingredients include Sugar, Dextrose, Ginger, Fennel, Spice Extract (Cardamom, Cinnamon), Saffron, Green tea extract, Anticaking agent (INS551).
How to make it?
In 160 ml hot water, mix a tablespoon of the shahi kahwa mix. Very easy to make and doesn’t require too much from your pantry. You may need to add some slivered and crushed almonds for a touch of authenticity.
How does it look? This white, fine premix powder turned light-yellow once we mixed it in water. The color looks very similar to how natural saffron would turn out to be. We liked that this has no artificial colors.
Coming to taste and aroma. This has very delicate notes of saffron and has a substantial amount of sugar. Nothing else. The beverage missed out on the complex warmth of spices and any bold notes you expect from a well-brewed kahwa.
We mark it low on convenience too, because it isn’t as tasty and you would definitely need reinforcements to make it more palatable. To amp up you will need a handful of almonds.
- Natural saffron color.
- Delicate aroma and taste of saffron.
- No preservatives.
- Easy to make.
- The sweetness is a bit overpowering.
- Misses out on complex flavors of spices. No other bold notes of spices like ginger, cardamom or fennel
If you’re a kehwa/kahwa lover, we would suggest you either brew some on your own or find a readymade option that is able to replicate authentic flavors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some interesting FAQs on Orika Shahi Kahwa.
Kahwa is a warming beverage that helps with digestion and keeping the immune system in check during cold days.
No, this is not sugar free.
Ideally, no. Kahwa is best consumed after a meal.
No preservatives, just an anticaking agent.
Yes, it contains INS 551, i.e, silicon dioxide.
The delicate aroma and taste of saffron along with the convenience attached is the only saving grace. But, would we recommend it? Maybe not. There are definitely better tasting kahwa premixes out there which offer similar convenience.
Have you tried kahwa before? Do you brew it at home or prefer store-bought? Tell us down below.