I hate to say it, but, “I told you so!”
OK, so I don’t hate to say it.
Consumer Reports is dishing the dirt on coffee!
In the upcoming March issue, CR says that after tasting 37 different blended coffees, “they couldn’t find ONE that measured up to its “excellent” or “very good” ratings.”
The not so stellar report comes after an abysmal year for the coffee industry. There were short supplies of high-quality Arabica beans from Columbia. And on the heels of that came sky high premiums that made roasters look elsewhere for blend options that were more available. (Translation – cheap beans.)
The top one only ranked “good”.
That was Starbucks’ House Blend, which costs the company 26 cents per cup and frankly, tastes burnt to me.
What are you paying for your coffee?
$4 or $5?
Green Mountain Signature Nantucket Blend Medium Roast, which A. I’ve never heard of, and B. We don’t have in the South, came in at 23 cents per cup.
It got a “good” too. (Any of my readers who can get it, please let me know if it’s good!)
Blends are the best-selling type of ground coffee and contain beans from at least two regions or countries according to CR. (Diversity matters in the coffee industry too.)
The highest score for the 13 decaffeinated coffees also failed to reach the top two categories.
Why is decaf in the study?
It’s not coffee.
Death before decaf!
But, nonetheless, the “top” scoring varieties included Allegro Organic Decaf (or earth shoe coffee), Blend Medium Dark, Peet’s Decaf House Blend, Caribou Daybreak Coffee Morning Blend Decaf and Bucks County Decaf Breakfast blend.
Never heard of them, with maybe the exception of Bucks County…I think I actually met them once!
Consumer Reports has a rating criteria in which the tasters look for specific characteristics including the flavor and aroma.
Is there any other way to judge coffee than flavor and aroma?
Well, the buzz of course.
And, who the heck are these tasters?
Nobody asked me!
CR says we coffee drinkers should not count on familiar brands names or high price tags to be what we expect. They claim the cost doesn’t “accurately reflect the cost per cup due to varying grind densities, and recommended ratios of coffee to water.”
…not even sure what that means, other your expensive cup of coffee is probably gonna taste like the “New Coke”.
Ok, a cup of coffee at the Waffle House is $1.33 with tax, and you can sit there for HOURS and drink it without anyone telling you to go away.
And, Waffle House wasn’t in the study.
Redneck Latte anyone?