Thursday, December 16, 2010

Best Coffee: Reviews of Decaf, Columbian, and Organic Coffee

Dec 15, 2010 Bernard P. Nelson

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Five coffee brands were selected as “Best” in their category and reviewed by ConsumerSearch (CS):

  1. Eight O’Clock Coffee 100% Colombian.
  2. Newman’s Own Organics Nell’s Breakfast Blend.
  3. Peet’s Coffee Major Dickason’s Blend.
  4. Maxwell House Decaf Original Roast.
  5. Caffe Ibis Organic Café Femenino.

ConsumerSearch claims " no point are our editors influenced by advertising or other commercial considerations." The organization investigates and recommends a variety of products. The company, a service of About dot com, provides on-line product ratings and reviews such as the “Best” snow tires, "Best" coffee makers, and the “Best” space heaters.

Rich Colombian Coffee Consumer Reviews

Eight O’Clock Coffee 100% Colombian (est. $6- 12oz) was designated “Best Supermarket Coffee” by CS. The coffee is made entirely of arabica beans and taste tests reports say “...medium roast praised for the smooth, bold flavor...both earthy and fruity.” The coffee is available in ground or whole bean packaging.

Maxwell House Decaf Consumer Reviews

The Maxwell House Decaf Original Roast (est . $6.50-16oz.) was designated “Best Supermarket Decaf Coffee” by CS. Reviewers say the coffee is “smooth, balanced and complex.” The coffee is made with arabica beans and comes in pre-ground only. The CS longer review lists the Maxwell House Decaf “pros:”

  • Fair Affordable Price.
  • The flavor is balanced and smooth.

The two “cons” reported by CS is the Maxwell House Decaf comes pre-ground only, and is a “basic coffee” not providing complex flavors.

The Best Certified Caffeinated Organic Coffee

Caffe Ibis Organic Café Femenino (est. $10- 12oz.) was designated “Best Fair Trade Coffee” by CS. The coffee beans are grown in the shade, protecting bird habitats, on farms owned by women in Peru. The coffee is 100% organic and has organic and Fair Trade certifications. The CS longer review lists Café Ibis “pros:”

  • Fair Trade certified.
  • Organic certified.
  • Shade grown to protect bird habitats.
  • Caffe Ibis coffee sales support farms in Peru owned by women.
  • The coffee has a “smooth, light flavor.”

CS list the Caffee Ibis coffee “cons:”

  • The coffee is expensive.
  • The coffee is available only on-line or at specialty stores.

Newman’s Own organics Nell’s Breakfast Blend (est. $8.50- 10oz.) was designated “Best Light Roast Coffee” by CS. The organic and Fair Trade certified coffee is mild with notes of citrus and chocolate. The only “con” listed in the CS review is the coffee “lacks complexity.” The beans used in the coffee are a blend of Indonesian and Peruvian arabica beans.

Peet’s Coffee Major Dickason’s Blend (est. $14- 16oz.) was designated “Best Dark Roast Coffee” by CS. The coffee is bull-bodied and rich. Some reviewers say the coffee has an “earthy flavor” some may “find overpowering.” Tasters have reported the coffee has a “pleasant aftertaste and no bitterness.”

The ConsumerSearch mini reviews web page provides additional information about each of the five CS "Best” coffee brands. The mini reviews page provides links to longer CS “Our Analysis” reviews of the same coffee brands and provides additional links to outside sources reviewing the same coffee.


Best Coffee Reviews, ConsumerSearch, Mini Reviews, “Coffee: Reviews,” February 2010.

Best Organic Coffee, ConsumerSearch, “Our Analysis,” Longer Review, “Caffe Ibis Organic Café Femenino: Fair Trade Coffee,” February 2010.

Fair Trade Coffee, Caffe Ibis? Website, Caffe Ibis Organic Café Femenino, About Caffe Ibis?.

Best Decaf Coffee, ConsumerSeach, “Our Analysis,” Longer Review, “Maxwell House Decaf Original Roast: Best Supermarket Decaf Coffee,” February 2010.

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