From Yahoo news this week -
Remember when Starbucks seemed like an unstoppable force? Those days are gone, kids. The troubled retailer, already suffering from falling profits and a slew of layoffs, was dissed in a recent coffee study from Consumer Reports. The ad-free mag ranked Eight O'Clock Coffee as the best-tasting coffee and noted that Starbucks, which costs considerably more, didn't even merit an honorable mention.
Well, I still love Komodo Dragon and Sumatra, even if the critics panned them. But I also think Eight O’clock is a really good coffee. ~ jan
Here’s what the Chicago Sun Times had to say about all this hoopla -
The best ground Colombian coffee taking into account taste and price? Eight O'Clock Coffee 100% Colombian, at $6.28 for a pound, according to the March issue of Consumer Reports, which came out Tuesday.
The magazine tested and rated 19 ground coffees and put a "very good" Eight O'Clock ahead of runners-up Folgers, Maxwell House and Starbucks -- the country's best-sellers.
Taste was a big reason. Its panel of coffee experts liked Eight O'Clock's "complex blend of earthy and fruity."
The price was right, too -- about half what Gloria Jean's, Peets and some other brands go for.
Next in the Consumer Reports ratings, and also ranked "very good," were Caribou Coffee Colombia Timana ($11.76 a pound) and Kickapoo Coffee Organic Colombia ($14.33).
Decafs didn't match regular in the tests, but the top-rated one was Dunkin' Donuts Dunkin' Decaf ($10.25 a pound).