What’s the best coffee you can buy at the grocery store?

coffee beans for sale in a store

by Matt Gibson

The wide world of coffee is always expanding. New coffee companies and small-batch roasters are popping up at higher rates than ever before. That’s because the search for premium coffee has become a much more popular quest in the modern world. With the rising popularity of the pour over and french press brewing methods, more and more people are seeking out higher quality coffee beans than ever before. Serious coffee enthusiasts buy small batches of single-origin whole coffee beans and grind them at home just before brewing. The days of overproduced, pre-ground, budget blends are slowly fading away, while the demand for high-grade coffee beans is steadily rising. 

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Is Folgers Coffee Good Quality?

cup of black coffee

QUESTION: Is Folgers coffee good quality? I buy coffee at the grocery store and they always have it, and it has been around for years. So it must be pretty good if everyone drinks it, right? – Earnest F

ANSWER: In our opinion, the simple answer here is no. Folgers coffee is mediocre, nothing more and nothing less. A reddit user on a r/coffee thread about Folgers classic roast said it best, “There is a time and a place for Folgers. It’s never and in the trash.” 

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Is black coffee good for weight loss?

cup of black coffee

QUESTION: Is black coffee good for weight loss? I usually drink it with cream and sugar, but I guess I’m willing to try it black. — Edward H

ANSWER: Coffee comes along with lots of useful health benefits for coffee drinkers to enjoy. This elixir for concentration and focus is also known to reduce the risk of liver disease and type 2 diabetes. Drinking coffee moderately is linked to all kinds of other health benefits, including reducing the risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and cirrhosis of the liver as well as helping with mood improvement and fighting off depression. 

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What kind of coffee is Folgers?

QUESTION: What kind of coffee is Folgers? Is it high quality? – Leta F

ANSWER: The Folgers brand was jump-started right in the heart of the gold rush boom in San Francisco, California, in the 1870s. The big coffee company in town at that time was called Pioneer Coffee Co., and they wanted to produce ready-to-brew coffee grounds to save people the hassle of preparing their own coffee beans. Pioneer had a vision, and they had sourced plenty of coffee beans. Now they just needed a mill to roast and process their coffee. Little did they know, the teenage carpenter they hired to build the mill, would soon own the company. In 1872, J.A. Folger, the young man who built the mill, bought Pioneer Coffee Co. outright and changed the name to Folger’s Coffee Co. 

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What is Carbonic Maceration Coffee?

QUESTION: What is carbonic maceration coffee? I just saw an ad for some and I don’t even know what to think that is. – Paul S

ANSWER: Carbonic maceration is actually a wine making technique that has been around a long time that was adapted for coffee processing. It’s also sometimes called anaerobic fermentation. That means that the coffee beans are fermented without oxygen. Ripe coffee cherries are placed inside a hermetically sealed stainless steel tank and left to undergo an anaerobic fermentation. Such fermentation process brings out a more intense aroma and flavor, according to the companies that sell this type of coffee.

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Latte vs. Coffee, Explained in Detail

a latte with art in the steamed milk

by Matt Gibson

The latte and a cup of coffee are two of the world’s most popular hot beverages. Each drink is a great choice for a caffeine boost to get your day started the right way. But what is the difference between the two drinks? Is it just steamed milk? What’s the difference between a latte and a cappuccino? Which drink is better, regular coffee, or the latte? We’re here to answer all of these questions for you, and to help you decide which drink to order when you need a caffeinated drink to get your day started right. 

Here’s the shortest answer. A latte is just a shot of espresso into a mug of steamed milk. Espresso is a concentrated form of coffee that comes in small “shots.” Coffee is when you brew ground up coffee beans in hot water and run it through a filter.

You can add milk to coffee if you want, but it’s only a latte if you use an espresso shot and steamed milk. If you use coffee and steamed milk it is called a café au lait. A café au lait tastes similar to a latte, but they are slightly different since one uses regular coffee and the other a concentrated espresso shot.

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List of Every Non Dairy Creamer Brand

Looking for a non-dairy creamer brand that tastes good and meets your other specifications? We’ve gathered up every brand of non dairy creamer we could find. You’re certain to find something you like in this comprehensive list of brands.

Did we miss any? Leave a comment so we can add it. Do you love or hate one of these? Tell us why in the comments too.

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Complete List of Natural Sweetener Brands

Looking for a new brand of sweetener because you like your coffee sweet but don’t want to use sugar? Here are all the natural sweetener options we could find!

Did we miss any natural sweetener brand that you like? Leave a comment and tell us so we can add it.

Which of these is your favorite? Which of these didn’t you like, and why?

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Coffee vs. Green Tea, Compared in Detail

green tea and coffee

by Matt Gibson

Coffee and tea are the two most popular hot beverages in the world, but most people prefer one to the other. Sure, there are people who enjoy both, but even those folks tend to have a favorite. It’s like the Beatles and Elvis, you can appreciate both artists for different reasons, but most people have a clear and distinct preference of one over the other.

Coffee and tea cause the same kind of division, and it is a rarity for someone to consume equal amounts of each beverage. It seems that there are two types of people in this world, coffee people, and tea people. Sure, there are some that don’t like either beverage, but there’s no pleasing those types of people, so let’s pretend they don’t exist. 

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Instant Coffee vs. Ground Coffee – What’s the Difference?

spoonful of instant coffee powder

by Matt Gibson & Erin Marissa Russell

What’s the main difference between instant coffee and ground coffee? Ground coffee is literally ground up coffee beans. You need to pour hot water over them and then run the mixture through a filter, which creates coffee. Instant coffee, however, is a type of dissolvable coffee made from brewed coffee beans.

With instant coffee, manufacturers brew the coffee in advance, and either freeze dry it or spray it in a fine mist through very hot, very dry air to turn brewed coffee into a powder. This powder then dissolves if you add it to hot water later to make a cup of coffee. It doesn’t need to be filtered again, because you’re just adding the water back to coffee that was already brewed.

You’ve probably had a cup of instant coffee at some point in your life and have completely erased the treacherous experience from your memory due to the bitterness, the flatness, the staleness, or some other flaw that could not be overlooked which haunted your first experience with instant coffee.

For many coffee drinkers, the first experience with instant coffee is the only experience they have, as regrettable experiences are not often revisited for reevaluation. However, a lot of new advancements have been made in the world of instant coffee and considerable efforts have been made towards creating an instant coffee that does not cause people to black it out of their memory. 

Instant coffee, in a pinch, can provide users with a coffee-like experience and a boost of caffeine-fueled energy to help them take on their day when regular coffee is not available. Instant coffee is, in a way, ground coffee, after it has undergone chemical changes and reconstitution. Instant coffee is made from ground coffee that is brewed and extracted into liquid form, then dehydrated and changed into a solid form in order to prolong its shelf life, ruin its flavor and body, and flatten out its complexity. 

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