Colombian Coffee Rankings

In the September 2011 issue of Consumer Reports, they took a look at Colombian and Ethiopian coffees.  I’ll love CR, I am the type of person who researches a product before I go out and spend money on it and I feel that Consumer Reports does a great job of testing products.  Of course I do not base my decisions solely on their findings but they are a good starting point in most cases.  I’ll share with you some of their best coffee buys and recommendations!

I will be splitting this up in to two posts so that you aren’t overwhelmed with one massively long post…see how much I care about you? 🙂

Colombian Coffee

*Coffees are ground and 100% Colombian

Packaged Coffee Recommended

Very Good: Overall flavorful and fairly complex coffees. Fine choices even when black.

#1 Gloria Jean’s Colombian Supremo Medium Roast– $13.50/lb (about 25 cents per cup)

Comments: Taste notes are Earthy, Fruity, Caramel, Nutty and a Darker Roast.  Off notes are Dull woody, Papery and Fairly to overly bitter.

#2 Newman’s Own Organics Colombian Especial Medium Roast– $13.60/lb (about 27 cents per cup)

Comments: Taste notes are Fruity, Green/Sharp, Caramel, Nutty and a Darker Roast.  Off notes are Dull woody and Fairly to overly bitter.

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 Packaged Coffee (rank 3-7)

Good: Generally not very complex, with more negatives; milk and sugar might help.

#3 Peet’s Coffee Columbia– $15.33/lb (about 35 cents per cup)

Comments: Taste notes are Earthy, Fruity, Nutty and a Darker Roast. Off notes are Fairly to overly bitter.

#4 New England Coffee Decaffeinated Colombian– $9.28/lb (about 17 cents per cup)

Comments: Taste notes are Earthy, Fruity, Green/Sharp, Caramel and Nutty. Off notes are Papery.

#5 Starbucks Colombia Medium– $14.60/lb (about 34 cents per cup)

Comments: Taste notes are Earthy, Fruity and a Darker Roast.  Off notes are Fairly to overly bitter.

#6 Great Value (Walmart) 100% Colombian Medium– $4.42/lb (about 6 cents per cup)

Comments: Taste notes are Earthy, Fruity, Caramel and Nutty.  Off notes are Dull woody, Papery and Fairly to overly bitter.

#7 Kirkland Signature (Costco) 100% Colombian Dark Roast– $4.66/lb (about 7 cents per cup)

Comments: Taste notes are Earthy, Fruity, Green/Sharp and Nutty.  Off notes are Dull woody and Papery.

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K-Cups

Good: Generally not very complex, with more negatives; milk and sugar might help.

#1 Folgers Gourmet Selections Lively Colombian Medium Roast– (about 64 cents per cup)

Comments: Taste notes are Earthy, Fruity, Green/Sharp, Caramel and Nutty.  Off notes are Dull woody and Papery.

#2 Wolfgang Puck Chef’s Reserve Colombian Dark Roast– (about 69 cents per cup)

Comments: Taste notes are Earthy, Caramel, Nutty and a Darker Roast. Off notes are Dull woody, Papery and Fairly to overly bitter.

#3 Timothy’s Decaffeinated Colombian Medium- (about 64 cents per cup)

Comments: Taste notes are Fruity, Caramel and Nutty.  Off notes are Papery.

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Check back tomorrow for the CR Review on Ethiopian coffees!

-Mo

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