Coffee Taste Test Results

By Jim Donovan: Big names do not regularly provide fantastic taste. That's inning accordance with the November 2014 concern of ShopSmart, from Customer Reports, which highlights arise from its taste-tests of whole bean, ground, and pod coffees. Brews from Folgers and Maxwell Home didn't withstand offerings from specialized brand names consisting of Allegro, Peet's, and Starbucks. Coffee Taste Test Results

Coffee Taste Test Results

" These 'old reputable' coffee brand names likewise lost to a few of the money-saving shop brand names from Trader Joe's and Costco in our trial run," stated Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. "With the cost of coffee escalating, that's terrific news for buyers trying to find a delicious and budget friendly cup of joe."

Coffee Taste Test Results.

For the very best tasting cup, ShopSmart recommends utilizing bottled or filtered water when brewing to counteract any unpleasant tastes faucet water can leave. Below are some "Smart Picks" and misses out on based upon a trial run of whole bean, ground bean, and single-serve pod coffees.


- Smart Choose: Allegro Organic Continental Blend, $12 per bundle; 28 cents per cup. A darker roast with a vibrant taste and berry and citrus flavors. It's made with natural beans and has the most affordable expense per cup amongst the whole-bean Smart Picks. Where to discover it: Whole Foods Markets.
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- Smart Choose: Starbucks Home Blend, $10.80 per plan; 25 cents per cup. The overall taste is strong, with tips of chocolate and fruit. Like many dark roasts, this mix has an individual scorched note and some bitterness. Where to discover it: Starbucks shops, grocery stores, online.

- Not So Hot: Maxwell Home Original Roast. In addition to the other ground coffees that scored at the bottom of the list, this brew had the tendency to be flat and do not have the intricacy of the higher-rated Smart Picks.


- Smart Choose: Peet's Home Blend, $8.58 per bundle; 85 cents per cup. A darker roast with some sweet taste, it has a fuller body than other pods tested. Where to discover it: Peet's Coffee shops, grocery stores, online.

- Not So Hot: Folgers Premium Selections Classic Roast. The blah taste and rough notes of this pod mix put it dead last in ShopSmart's trial run.

The complete list of winners and losers from ShopSmart's coffee taste-tests, together with the very best deal makers, can be discovered in the November 2014 concern of ShopSmart on newsstands now.


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