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Best Coffees 8/15/11

Fresh, brewed coffee - many of us can't start the day without it.

"If I don't have my cup in the morning, I can be a little cranky."

"I usually like a regular breakfast blend or something dark roast."

"I like Colombian coffee. "

Consumer Reports tested 23 coffees, primarily Colombian. Included - old standards like Chock Full o'Nuts and Folgers, and coffeehouse fare like Starbucks and Peet's. Testers also looked at celebrity coffees from Paula Deen and Wolfgang Puck. To test, Consumer Reports enlisted the help of trained coffee experts. They spent weeks sniffing, slurping, and tasting the coffees.


"We taste the coffees black so that we can really taste the flavor. We look for defects such as under ripe or excessively bitter notes, for example," says Erin Gudeux of Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports also tested K-cups - made for single-cup coffeemakers - from Folgers, Wolfgang Puck, and Timothy's.

"These would probably be best with milk and sugar to mask the off-notes. And they'll cost you significantly more than most coffees by the pound," says Gudeux.

However, testers did find two very good Colombian coffees to recommend - Colombian Supremo Medium Roast from Gloria Jean's and Newman's Own Organics Colombian Especial Medium Roast. Both have nutty and fruity notes and go for about 13 dollars a pound.

If you prefer decaf, testers named three good. The highest rated - New England Coffee Decaffeinated Colombian costs a little more than nine dollars a pound.

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