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We Keurig owners love our coffee, but what we don’t like so much is the high price of k-cups. The huge, 80-Pack box of San Fransisco Bay, French Roast K-Cups at Costco for $26.00 is a great deal, but how many times am I going to want to drink French Roast Coffee? How about some variety, in the cheaper, k-cups brands? Safeway Select to the rescue. For $6.99 per box, Safeway Select offers two, new varieties: Costa Rica: medium-roast and Sumatra: dark roast. Concerned that the medium-roast, might be too light and acidic, I opted for the 12-pack of Sumatra. At $6.99 for a 12-pack, the cost is about 58 cents each. Not as cheap or as good a deal as the Newman’s 80-packs from Costco for $38.00 or .48 per cup – and certainly no where close to the outrageously cheap, 80-Pack of French Roast San Fransisco Bay for $26.00 or .33 cents per cup. Sumatra, if done right, is a pretty reasonable roast which is not as dark as the French Roast that I quickly grow tired of. I took home the Safeway Select K-Cups Coffee and decided to give it a try.
The cheap, Safeway-Select K-Cups look exactly like the cheap, San Fransisco Bay coffee. The bottom of the k-cup is a light-mesh filter with no plastic casing around it. I assume this is what accounts for the cheaper price. The one drawback to these cheaper k-cups which I did not allude to in my last review is that they do leave some coffee grounds residue in the bottom of your cup. The advantage, I believe to these k-cups, is that they make the coffee a little hotter. Is this just my imagination? Perhaps, the plastic in most k-cups slows down the brewing process and allows the coffee time to cool before it reaches your cup. At any rate, the residue is not much of an issue with me – it’s no worse than what you’d get from a French-Press or Percolator.
Safeway Select K-Cups Sumatra Brand Rating
The Sumatra is a little bit lighter tasting than the French Roast. It has a nice, smoky flavor and is a little bit earthy like you’d want from Sumatra. I think it tastes just about as good as Starbucks Verona or Starbucks Sumatra and it’s much cheaper. The Safeway Select coffee might have a little bit more of a bitter-bite to it, but the flavor is full, bold and superior to most store brands of coffee. I look forward to trying the Safeway Select K-Cups in the Costa Rica coffee next time I visit Safeway. If you’re looking for affordable, reasonable tasting coffee and you have a Keurig, you owe it to yourself to try Safeway Select K-Cups.
I’ve discovered the Safeway Select K-Cups for my businesses. I was having trouble finding 80, 96 or larger count coffee for my two offices and stumbled upon 80 count packs at my local Vons grocery store. They only offer Italian and French, which are both bold, but our staff and clients love it. Still the cheapest I could find between a combination of Costco, Sam’s Club and the internet. On sale for $27.99, regular price $29.99 I can get these for under .38 a cup.
With the cost of a higher end disposable coffee cup, coffee lid, 4 choices of sugar, plus creamer cups, the cost was getting to be expensive. My offices go through, on average 25 cups of coffee 6 days per week. A simple cheap solution would be to have large coffee pots brewing, but we are a high end cosmetic and medical concierge office and we want it to be pretty and simple to our high paying clients. Plus, I don’t have staff to spare to keep brewing coffees an cleaning up larger spills from the coffee podium.
I’ve considered not serving coffee but it failed and the complaints started and we were told it’s the only time our clients can sit and relax with a cup of coffee. Not one complaint about the coffee flavor. As a matter of fact, there were some high end popular names that we got bitter taste complaints about.
So, every two weeks I go and buy out the bottom shelf at the grocery store. I think I’m going to request the Sumatra blend as it’s a bit lighter and sounds great!
I tried the costa rican blend from safeway..love it!.thats all my husband drinks now..also like their italian blend.I’m going to try Sumatra soon.we only buy safeway select brand coffee kcups. More for the money.
I buy these for my office in downtown Denver and found they are now selling Kona and Donut Shop, both medium to lighter blends.
I have been buying the french roast and I love it! It doesn’t have that little bitter taste that the Starbucks french roast has which was my favorite. If your a frequent coffee user you can’t beat the price or the flavor of Signature Select French Roast!!
We’ve tried the Italian and French roasts and love it. Please continue to carry them.
Those Safeway mesh cups are made by San Francisco Bay Coffee. The new ones I find at Safeway are NOT. These are regular plastic K-cups, but the coffee is really good. I do like a lot of the same so I am happy that the Signature (nee Safeway) Select comes in 80 cup boxes on sale for about $22 (was $20 until recently).
I love the Italian Roast and I’m lucky enough to only have to pay 19.99 for 80 cups at Albertsons for now. Please keep the price down on these…I love them and I can’t buy any other k-cups for that price and they are soooooo GOOD.
17.98 on sale this week at Safeway 80 count
That is a great deal indeed. 22 cents per k-cup. One of the cheapest K-Cup deals I’ve seen. Thanks for sharing. I’ll check my local Safeway.