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The Top 10 Coffee Brands and the Best Tasting Coffee Brands

top 10 coffee brandsThe top 10 coffee brands may change from year to year, but the brand occupying the top spot never seems to change. I’m talking about coffee in the United States, if I’m not being obvious. The top coffee brand in the United States has almost always been Folgers.

A friend of mine, who no longer writes online, researched the top brands and the best tasting brands in 2010 and passed that information to me. She was using lists generated from various sources, including Consumer Reports. Most of the data was from the end of 2008.

I’m presenting the data from 2008, but I’m asking you to skip past it (use it as a reference, if you wish). There are much more reliable sources today, and I’m going to point you in the right direction.

The Top 10 Coffee Brands in 2008

  1. Folgers
  2. Maxwell House
  3. Starbucks
  4. Folgers Coffeehouse
  5. Maxwell House Master Blend
  6. Chock full o’Nuts
  7. Millstone
  8. Seattle’s Best
  9. Eight O’Clock
  10. Yuban

The Best Tasting Coffee Brands in 2008

The data was broken down into separate categories.

Caffeinated Good Top 10:

  1. Starbucks House Blend
  2. Green Mountain Signature Nantucket Blend
  3. Dunkin’ Donuts Dark Roast
  4. Allegro Blend Light Roast (Whole Foods)
  5. Archer Farms Breakfast Blend (Target)
  6. Kickapoo Organic Driftless Morning
  7. Peet’s House Blend
  8. Sam’s Choice House Blend Medium Roast (Walmart)
  9. Eight O’Clock Original
  10. Melitta Classic Blend Medium Roast

Caffeinated Fair Top 10:

  1. Caribou Daybreak Morning Blend
  2. New England Breakfast Blend
  3. Folgers Gourmet Selections Morning Café
  4. Chock full o’Nuts Original
  5. Maxwell House Breakfast Blend Mild
  6. Folgers Breakfast Blend Mild
  7. Bucks County Breakfast Blend
  8. Maxwell House Original Roast Medium
  9. Maxwell House Master Blend Mild
  10. Folgers Classic Roast Medium

Decaffeinated Good:

  1. Allegro Organic Decaf Blend Medium Dark (Whole Foods)
  2. Starbucks Decaf House Blend
  3. Peet’s Decaf House Blend
  4. Caribou Daybreak Morning Blend Decaf
  5. Archer Farms Breakfast Blend Decaffeinated (Target)
  6. Seattle’s Best Blend Decaf Light Roast
  7. Kickapoo Organic Decaf Breakfast Blend
  8. Sam’s Choice Organic Blend Decaffeinated (Walmart)
  9. Bucks County Decaf Breakfast Blend

Decaffeinated Fair:

  1. Maxwell House Decaf Original Roast Medium
  2. Eight O’Clock Decaffeinated Original
  3. Dunkin’ Donuts Decaf
  4. Folgers Classic Decaf Medium coffees

The Best Coffee of 2020

The Best Coffee Beans website published their list of the Best Coffee Brands In The World Ranking - Top Picks Of 2020. It lists brands I’ve never heard of, which is natural since it isn’t limited to the United States.

Best gives us their take on The Best Coffee Brands to Conquer Your Morning Grind. My younger son, Jon, absolutely loves Death Wish coffee. He even owns a Death Wish T-shirt.

Caffeine Informer provides us their list of Top 10+ Instant Coffee Brands 2020. Take a gander if you prefer instant coffee over ground coffee.

I could go on and on, but you can find what I’ve found and more by searching for it on Bing or Google.

My Favorites

When I’m in the Philippines, I prefer Nescafé Classic instant coffee (made by Nescafé Philippines). Instant coffee is more popular in the Philippines than ground coffee. In the United States, the opposite is true.

If I’m going to fire up Mr. Coffee to brew coffee for everyone, I prefer Folgers. Otherwise, I prefer Nescafé Clásico instant coffee. According to the label, it’s imported from Puerto Rico (a United States territory).

My favorites aren’t likely to be your favorites, and that’s okay. With all the choices out there, I’d be surprised if anyone’s favorites are the same as mine. Some people don’t even like drinking coffee at home, preferring to get it already made at places like Starbucks.

Image Attribution:
Edited and updated. Originally published at one of my other websites in 2010.

Author: RT Cunningham
Date: July 15, 2020 (UTC)
Categories: Food and Drink
Tags: coffee

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