Best grocery store coffee brand?

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  • #2304

    Molly Malone

    I wasn’t sure where to put this, so I will put it here.

    I am looking for recommendations as to the best tasting brand of grocery store coffee. Right now I buy Starbuck’s Cafe Verona (dark but not espresso) at a Starbuck’s store. I love it, but I would rather buy a cheaper grocery store coffee brand if one is tasty enough. Coffee is a big comfort to me, and I don’t want to force myself to swallow down a bad-tasting cup morning after morning to save money. I would appreciate recommendations for good dark coffee.

  • #2310

    Fred Kruger

    Blue mountain coffee is the best I’ve ever had….
    That said… I buy 8 o’clock coffee. Not too bitter, price is ok, and its consistent.

  • #2330


    I like Walmart’s Best Value Breakfast Blend. It’s a blond roast but very comparable to Starbuck’s blonds. We love it and it’s dirt cheap.

    I would give the Best Value dark roast a try.

  • #2779

    Alyssa Simon

    We like Sam’s Club – Member’s Mark ground Colombian coffee classic roast. It’s 9.99 for 3lb can.

  • #3365


    If you have a local roaster you can roast green beans in a pan and grind takes a few min and you get wonderful coffee smell from roasting

    The green beans soak up and smells and flavours so careful on storage but if kept cool and dry only freeze dried will last longer, but can that truly be called coffee?

  • #3386

    Atypical Sapien

    Another option is to Home Roast – If you are interested, I will be glad to add details to the thread on the process.
    I have been home roasting coffee for about four years now. I prefer a lighter roast (Blonde at Starbucks) City to Full City roast. I pay around $6 per pound for green beans and get the roast that I like. Some of the advantages:
    – Green Beans, when stored properly last for years – barter?
    – Cost
    – You roast exactly what you want –
    – easy learning curve
    – low initial startup
    – Dark or light roast they can be the same beans: its just a matter of how long they roast…
    – 15-25 minutes per week to roast a pound of coffee.
    – Once you roast your own, you will have a hard time drinking anything else!

    I am actually going to leave the office early today since I am riding the motorcycle and it is beautiful outside. I’ll take the long way home then roast some beans from Burundi, Costa Rica and Ethiopia.

  • #3467

    Molly Malone

    @atypicalsapein I would be extremely curious to read a post from you about home-roasting green coffee beans! I know they are for sale online. If you have the time to write such a post, I’d love to read it! I also have a coffee-loving brother-in-law who would be interested.

    I once read that home coffee roasting had to be done outdoors a good distance away from one’s house because the smoke and smell would permeate the house if done indoors.

  • #3479

    Atypical Sapien

    I have roasted in the kitchen and will do so when it gets cold outside. It usually sets off the smoke alarms. I’m planning on building a vent box as a winter project. I’ll write a basic primer tomorrow. No cockles or mussels involved. 😉

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