What is the best canned coffee? It is my new goal to find out. Why? Well, I have a couple of reasons: For one thing, my Krups Coffee grinder finally conked out after 25 years of faithful, dependable service. I have been using a combination Cuisinart Coffee Grinder/Brewer for three years. The coffee maker is so-so, but I don’t like the mess and noise the grinder makes. Whole beans are becoming a chore. And besides that, the last few batches of my favorite Costco, brewed-by-Starbucks brand in the green bag doesn’t taste so great to us anymore. I think maybe the recipe and/or quality of the beans has changed. When I’m in the mood for the best cup of coffee, I can always use the Tassimo Bosch Brewer which is stocked in my basement with plenty of Starbucks T-Discs. So, I’d like to go back to convenience with affordable, large quantities of pre-ground coffee. The key question: What is the best can of coffee for the money?
I suppose I should clarify what I mean by, canned coffee. A more appropriate term might be, grocery-store coffee: Or, cheap, pre-ground coffee. Folgers certainly qualifies as canned coffee even though it now comes in plastic cartons instead of cans. As you’ll see below, Folgers also ranks as one of my least favorite canned coffees. Folgers in a plastic carton proves that it’s not the can that gives cheap, grocery store coffee that canny taste. It tastes equally bad either way. The other characteristic of canned coffees is the under-roasted, acidic flavor. In fact, some of this coffee is so lightly roasted to the point where it is yellowish in color. Unfortunately, even darker roasted grocery store coffees still have some of that same, cheap-coffee, sour aftertaste. I recently tried the Folgers, Dark-Silk K-Cup coffee for my Keurig brewer at the office. It wasn’t much better than the regular Folgers in the can – or carton. Despite the attempt at darker roasts, cheap coffees for the most part, still taste like, cheap canned coffee. Finding the best canned coffee will be an ongoing task for me. So far, I’m not impressed with the coffee’s I’ve tried. Here are my ratings on the canned coffee (grocery store pre-ground coffee) that I have tried so far:
Best Canned Coffee: 1-10 (10 is best)
- Folgers: **
- Maxwell House: **
- Chock Full of Nuts: ***
- Great Value (Walmart): ***
- Eight O’ Clock Bean: ***
- KirklandCanned: ****
- Yuban: *****
I guess by default, I’ll have to give the best canned coffee edge to Yuban, though it’s a close call with Kirkland. Yuban canned coffee has just a little bit more of a true coffee flavor; slightly darker and richer than the other brands. On the other hand, a 5 star rating is still an “F” Grade on the 1-10 scale. All of these coffees have that familiar, sour, tinny canned coffee taste with enough acid to cause severe acid re-flux problems for an entire day. None of these coffees are good enough to be used as my every-day pre-ground drinking coffee, so the search continues. I did find some pretty good pricing on the small, 1lb bags of Seattle’s Best Coffee at Walmart. Seattle’s Best is defined by levels of darkness from 1-5. 2lbs at a time is only a little bit more expensive than the Roasted-by-Starbucks brand at Costco. I decided to try Seattle’s Best Level-3. Level-4 was the darkest my Walmart Store carried. If I like the level-3, I’ll try the level-4 to compare. Maybe I’ll just start buying 2 Bags at a time. At $6.00 for a 12 once bag, it is only a little bit more expensive than the Costco 2LB bags, of inconvenient, declining quality I’ve been buying. I’ll let you know how it works out. Meanwhile, if you’ve found a bulk or supermarket brand that is your choice for best canned coffee, please leave us your comments below.