Your morning cup of coffee is no joke. It sets the tone for the rest of the day. A good cup can keep you energized, alert, and positive all morning, while a bad (expensive) cup can make you as grouchy as Garfield on a Monday. According to the National Coffee Association, 86% of Americans brew their own coffee at home. The average coffee drinker has about 3.3 cups a day, or 1,200 a year. That’s why it’s especially important to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to coffee.
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We’ve compiled a list of the best tasting, least expensive, home brews to keep your personality perky and your wallet full during the workweek.
Consider how you take your coffee. If you drink your coffee black, then you might want to lean towards the brands on our list with the highest reviews for taste. On the other hand, if you take your coffee with milk and sugar, concentrate on the prices. Additives and flavorings can mask the taste of the coffee a bit, so you don’t necessarily need the higher quality beans.
If you play your cards right, a typical 10 or 12 ounce can can last you at least two weeks, granting you that time with inexpensive bliss.
1. Eight O’Clock Coffee
Eight O’Clock Coffee has an underground popularity unmatched by any other brand on this list. Not only is it inexpensive, but it’s also one of the most beloved coffee brands in the country.
It costs around $6.28 per pound, or 15 cents per cup, and $4.98 for 12 ounces of unground beans (if you have a coffee grinder in your possession). Their Colombian blend has been highly recommended for it’s smooth, chocolatey flavor with no bitter aftertaste, earning them a 46/55 rating on Coffee Review. They keep their customers happy with frequent coupons, which can be found on their website.
2. Chock Full O’ Nuts
Apparently, this brand is living up to it’s “heavenly” jingle, because it comes very highly rated- scoring a 4.6 out of 5 on Amazon Reviews. It typically costs between $5.19 and $5.79 for a 10.5 ounce can, depending on where you buy it. Though it has received mixed reviews, it is most often described as having a smooth and rather nutty flavor.
Folgers brand topped the Harris Poll Coffee of the Year list. The classic brand has an array of highly ranked flavors which cost about 32 cents an ounce. But if you like your coffee dark, this might be the brand for you. Their French Roast blend ranked #1 on the Huffington Post’s list of best store-bought French roast coffee, mainly because of it’s “pleasant flavors.” The Black Silk blend is also a deal, at $7.64 for 27.8 ounces, which has been praised for it’s great flavor without the burnt aftertaste that plagues so many other dark roasts.
Folgers also put out a range of “gourmet” blends that cost around 66 cents an ounce and serve as a combination of middle of the road prices and excellent taste.
4. Maxwell House
Reviews of Maxwell House claim that it has the sweetness of dark chocolate, which earned it a B+ rating on Influenster. It usually costs 27 cents an ounce or $6.29 for an 11 ounce cannister, and it’s worth it. It came in at #2 on the Huffington Post’s rank of dark roasts, and while it is not necessarily distinct in flavor, it is has a stable taste that is sure to please even the occasional coffee drinker.
5. Dunkin Donuts
One of the country’s most popular coffee shops can be sipped at home for a much less expensive price. While it might not be quite the experience you would get if you walked in, it is still delectable at $8.99 for a 16 ounce bag. Yes, it is a little pricey, but the flavor has gotten almost unanimous reviews, possibly because it is a light-medium roast with an agreeable and familiar taste.
Once It’s Purchased
Once the coffee is in your home, put in in an airtight glass or ceramic container and store it in a cool, dark, dry place – like a refrigerator. If you’re in the market for a new coffee pot, look for machines that brew between 95-205 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you take the right care of the coffee you buy, it will cost you less and taste better than anything you have to wait in a line out the door for. As a bonus, you’ll have more room in your budget.