The Best Coffee in America

  • Now that’s good coffee...

    When we heard that Consumer Reports would be releasing the results of its annual coffee survey, we couldn’t help but feel for the people who had to test all 37blended coffee varieties (fyi, blended coffees mix different kinds of beans). I mean, they must have had to drink them all in relatively quick succession in order to compare, right? Can you imagine the caffeine buzz? Well, it turns out we were all wrong. A spokesperson for Consumer Reports told us, "our tasters do not swallow the coffee. They go into a special room that is vacuum pressured and sucks out all interfering smells so they only get the aroma of the cup they are tasting. Pretty sure they swish it, and spit it." Well, that’s a relief. Anyone who drinks 50 cups of coffee in one day, vacuumed room or not, is bound to completely flip out sooner or later. Onto the rankings. We’ve listed the top 3 caffeinated coffee blends and the top 3 decaf coffee blends, and noted how much they cost per pound and per cup. It should be noted that none of the coffees Consumer Reports reviewed made it into the top two categories (very good or excellent). The best any of them got was a rating of “good,” which frankly doesn’t seem so good. Not one stand-out? Shocking for a country as caffeinated as us. According to CaffeineDependence.org, a project of the Johns Hopkins University Medical School, “It is estimated that in North America between 80 and 90 percent of adults and children habitually consume caffeine.” And none of our coffee is better than good? Alas. We’ll start with the regular old caffeinated stuff. —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org to see the full list of coffee ratings.
    3. Dunkin' Donuts, Dunkin' Dark Dark Roast
  • 3. Dunkin' Donuts, Dunkin' Dark Dark Roast

    How It Tastes: Earthy, darker roast. Cost Per Pound: $11.39 Cost Per Cup: 28 cents   —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ Money advice.
    2. Green Mountain, Signature Nantucket Blend Medium Roast
  • 2. Green Mountain, Signature Nantucket Blend Medium Roast

    How It Tastes: Earthy, green/sharp. Cost Per Pound: $11.21 Cost Per Cup: 23 cents   —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ Money advice.
    1. Starbucks, House Blend
  • 1. Starbucks, House Blend

    How It Tastes: Earthy, darker roast. Cost Per Pound: $11.37 Cost Per Cup: 26 cents   —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ Money advice.
    Got Sanka? Nope.
  • Got Sanka? Nope.

    Moving right along, next up are the best decaf coffees. Like the caffeinated coffees, none of the decaf selections scored above a “good.” However, there is a bright side. According to Consumer Reports, “Although none of the 13 decaf blends Consumer tested scored higher than Good, several performed at least as well as their caffeinated brand mates.” Here’s the best of the best.   —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ Money advice.
    3. Peet's, Decaf House Blend
  • 3. Peet's, Decaf House Blend

    How It Tastes: Earthy, darker roast. Cost Per Pound: $12.80 Cost Per Cup: 29 cents   —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ Money advice.
    2. Starbucks, Decaf House Blend
  • 2. Starbucks, Decaf House Blend

    How It Tastes: Earthy, darker roast. Cost Per Pound: $12.36 Cost Per Cup: 28 cents   —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org or check out Consumer Reports’ Money advice.
    1. Allegro (Whole Foods), Organic Decaf Blend Medium Dark
  • 1. Allegro (Whole Foods), Organic Decaf Blend Medium Dark

    How It Tastes: Earthy, darker roast. Cost Per Pound: $18.65 Cost Per Cup: 42 cents —Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org to see the full list of coffee ratings.
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