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Popular coffees tested to find best taste

February 25, 2010 12:24:42 AM PST
Coffee is one of America's favorite drinks, and coffee blends such as breakfast or house, are some of the most popular. Food Coach Lori Corbin teamed up with Consumer Reports to taste test 37 different kinds of coffee.The average coffee drinker consumes more than 1,000 cups of coffee a year. For most people, it's coffee blends. Consumer Reports' expert coffee testers sipped their way through more than three dozen coffees to find which ones taste the best.

"A good cup of coffee should be smooth and complex. It shouldn't have excessive bitterness, and it shouldn't have off-flavors, like woody, grainy or papery," said Ellen Klosz of Consumer Reports

Among the blends tested include Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks and long-standing staples like Folgers and Maxwell House.

"None of the blends we tested rated excellent or even very good," Klosz said.

Many well-known coffees rated only fair. For example, Folgers Classic Roast Medium and Maxwell House's Master Blend Mild both tasted grainy and papery.

"We test the coffees black to get the true flavor, but if you normally add cream and sugar, some of the ones we tested would probably be fine," Klosz said.

Those include Starbucks' House Blend and Green Mountain Signature Nantucket Blend - the Medium Roast.

But there are better coffees out there. When Consumer Reports tested 100 percent Colombian coffees, it found several that tasted very good, even when black. Eight O'Clock Coffee 100 percent Colombian is one to try. It's the top-rated Eight O'Clock Coffee.