Which coffee is best? We sipped through dozens of choices from the grocery store to figure out our favorites.
BEST INSTANT: Maxwell House Instant Coffee
Our tasters described this dark-colored quickie as full, smooth and nutty. â€œIt tastes like coffee!â€ enthused one surprised cynic; another called its vanilla zing â€œheavenly.â€
BEST DECAF: Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Dunkinâ€™ Decaf
Tasters commented on its â€œnutty, roundâ€ and even â€œcake-ishâ€ flavor, calling it a â€œsweetie-pie pick-me-upâ€ and the â€œperfect sip.â€
BEST CLASSIC: Starbucks French Roast
Our panelists would brew this blend anytime of day, claiming itâ€™s a â€œsolid wake-me-up coffee,â€ perfect for â€œsome midday oomphâ€ or a â€œdelightful nightcap.â€
BEST ORGANIC/FAIR-TRADE: Allegro Coffee Company Rwanda Karaba Whole Bean
ThisÂ earthy blend isÂ a â€œfull, serious coffeeâ€”not for wimps,â€ warned one panelist. The beans, produced by the Koakaka cooperative outside the village of Karaba, would pair irresistibly with any doughnut. (at Whole Foods Markets)
BEST FLAVORED: Community Coffee & Chicory New Orleans Blend
In a fiercely competitive category, the deep Arabica beans and bittersweet chicory of this chirpy NOLA favorite made for a â€œsmooth finishâ€; one panelist found it â€œbold, rich and classy.â€
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