Recommended coffee, by Consumer Reports

“The tastes of coffee drinkers have become more discriminating in recent years and coffee drinkers are demanding more flavour from the cup,” says Consumer Reports.

“When we test coffee, we look for smoothness and complexity with no off-flavours. The beans should be neither under-roasted nor charred, and the brew should have at least moderate aroma and flavour, and subtle top notes. Some sourness and bitterness are desirable, too, to keep the coffee from tasting bland.”

Here is the Consumer Reports’ selection of recommended coffee. Blends contain beans from at least two regions or countries. The maximum overall score is 100, and “Best Buy” models offer more value.

Coffee blend

Heart Coffee Roasters Stereo blend

Overall score: 80
“Best Buy”

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Gevalia Colombia ground

Overall score: 67
“Best Buy”

McCafe Colombian ground

Overall score: 66
“Best Buy”

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Coffee Beanery Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

Overall score: 69
“Best Buy”

Starbucks Ethiopia

Overall score: 68
“Best Buy”

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Consumer Reports is an American magazine published monthly since 1936. It features reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on reporting and results from its in-house testing laboratory and survey research centre. The magazine accepts no advertising, pays for all the products it tests, and, as a not-for-profit organisation, has no shareholders. It also publishes cleaning and general buying guides. (Wikipedia.)

Source: Consumer Reports
Last checked on: 30 November 2017