Wal-Mart vs. Starbucks: Coffee smackdown
Would you pay twice the price for the same quality? According to Consumer Reports, if you're buying Starbucks' coffee, you are.
This post comes from Gideon Grudo at partner site Money Talks News.
Despite a shaky stock market and an uncertain future, Americans still prefer gourmet coffee over any other, according to a new study from the National Coffee Association. And, from teenagers to senior citizens, most people still drink coffee daily.
This daily grind can get expensive, but it doesn't have to. Consumer Reports just released a taste test with the most popular coffee brands. They sampled more than 1,000 cups of joe and came to a startling conclusion: Wal-Mart coffee is as good as Starbucks, and it's better than Maxwell House and Folgers.
And they're not the only one. Time magazine's financial blog did some price comparing with a 12-ounce container of 100% Colombian ground coffee. It found that the Starbucks brand ($8.88 a bag) goes for more than double the Wal-Mart brand ($3.88 a bag) -- and said they taste the same.
(If you really like Starbucks, though, keep buying their bags at Wal-Mart, since they're about a buck more expensive in other grocery stores.) Post continues after video.
Regardless of the coffee you buy, Consumer Reports offers this advice for getting the most out of your beans for the money:
- Consider your taste. "Colombian, the most common varietal of coffee sold, can be fairly strong in flavor and intensity of aroma, with moderate complexity. Ethiopian tends to be more complex overall, with a fair amount of bitterness, though not enough to detract from enjoyment."
- Choose a good coffeemaker. "The Cooks CM4221, sold at JC Penny, was among the models from Consumer Reports December 2010 report that reached the 195º F to 205º F required to get the best from coffee beans and avoid a weak or bitter brew. At $40, it was a CR Best Buy."
- Keep up the maintenance. "The taste will suffer if the coffee machine is not routinely cleaned, no matter what kinds of beans are used."
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I am a retired person and really do not like to drive, use to love to. I am not an advocate of Wal-Mart but I can drive to Wal-Mart or walk and they have everything I want or need. Only one stop I loveit and I can put gas in my car there also I do eat a burger or breakfast but the coffee is great also One place to shop and no getting lost looking for bargains that is me.
This article is about coffee you make at home, does anyone read the articles before posting?
Coffee is for individual tastes. One persons idea of a perfect cup of coffee is another person's yuck.
Any money over a dollar for a cup of coffee is people being brainwashed buy
Look...coffee is like wine or meat. Either you are really into the flavor differences (...and I cannot tell the difference between a $10 Merlot and a $100 Merlot) or it something that does a job, - it makes you full, gets you drunk or gives you energy. Most coffee lovers hate Starbucks because it is over-roasted / too processed. Walmart may have upgraded from freeze-dried coffee (which does not really taste like coffee...) to actual beans. This would account for the comparison, which is the same thing Micky-D did six months ago. But if cheap beans and factory roasting is used, the results will not be flavorful. Really, it amounts to an in-depth analyzing of different types of turds.
I live in the philly area I travel a lot and i drink a lot of coffee from all over. we have the WAWA stores I think they have the best coffee and the best price.
Try brewing your favorite coffee in a French Press coffee maker…..two large scoops of a rough grind coffee + boiling water + 4 minutes steeping time….the perfect cup of coffee….
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