About Best Loved Brands
When you’re looking for the absolute best, grocery shopping can be quite the ordeal—dozens of brands, hundreds of choices. From biscuits to brownies, bacon to barbecue sauce, it can be hard to know which product will make your recipes really sing. That’s where Taste of Home comes in. Our culinary and editorial experts put 100+ products to the test. After undergoing a thorough review, our Best Loved Brands emerged. Find out which brands you should be shopping for.
Finding the Best Coffee
Most dedicated coffee drinkers out there have a brand or two that they prefer, the one that they buy over and over and over again. But do you ever wonder if your favorite cuppa is actually the best coffee out there? After all, it’s hard to know if your brand is better than another if you never try them side-by-side. That’s where our Test Kitchen comes in! Our culinary and editorial staff tried 12 brands of coffee that you commonly find at the grocery store. In this blind tasting, testers sipped and slurped while considering these criteria:
Considering that all 12 brands were medium roasts, we wanted a coffee that offered a good balance of flavor. Bright but not overly acidic, flavorful but not too bitter. This is a fine line to walk, but when you strike the right chord with coffee, you can make some truly delicious things like this tipsy iced coffee spiked with a hint of amaretto. Let’s see which brands our coffee aficionados and Test Kitchen experts ranked as the best coffee.
First Place: Newman’s Own Organics Medium Roast Breakfast Blend
For a great balanced cup, our Test Kitchen can’t recommend Newman’s Own enough. This organic (always a bonus!) blend offered an irresistible aroma that had testers going in for sip after sip. The coffee itself was flavor-forward and smooth to sip—all without any bitter aftertaste. This coffee is bold enough to jump-start the day while being balanced enough to please company when served up alongside dessert.
$7.99 for a 10-oz. bag of ground coffee; available at select grocers.
Second Place: Green Mountain Medium Roast Nantucket Blend
Our Test Kitchen also recommends Green Mountain’s medium roast coffee. This coffee tasted slightly darker than our other medium roasts but still offered plenty of flavor with just a hint of vanilla and floral flavors. A bit more acidic than our other choices, many testers loved this bright blend.
$7.49 for a 12-oz. bag of ground coffee; available at select grocers.
Third Place: Gevalia Traditional Roast
Our Test Kitchen also enjoyed Gevalia’s medium roast option. The coffee was smooth, drinkable and not overly acidic, perfect for sipping as you enjoy good company and a few treats with your coffee klatch. If you sipped slowly, you could notice a few fruity notes in the background of this cuppa, which many testers found pleasant.
$6.89 for a 12-oz. bag of ground coffee; available at grocers nationwide and on Amazon.
What to Make with Coffee
While most folks rely on coffee to jumpstart their day, there’s so much more you can do with a cup of joe. But before you do anything, make sure you’re avoiding these brewing mistakes. Then think about jazzing up your morning pick-me-up by turning it into a coffee shop-inspired drink. Or add some grounds to your desserts to perk them up a bit (coffee does wonders for chocolate!). Heck, coffee can even be used to create a fork-tender roast beef. You can use coffee in so many ways!
But what we’ve really got our heart set on is that tipsy coffee. Look how easy it is to make—and what a pretty presentation!