Do you get what you pay for when it comes to coffee?
Philadelphia’s CBS TV affiliate decided to put that question to a test. Setting up shop in a suburban bowling alley, they arranged a sample taste test that compared coffee made with pre-packaged beans from Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Folgers, and a bargain store brand from a regional grocery chain, Shop Rite: Which Brands Of Coffee Will Serve You Best?.
The result? Ratings were lowest for the bargain Shop Rite coffee. However, tasters didn’t note a quality difference between Folgers and Starbucks (other than Starbuck’s price tag being nearly three times that of Folgers). The winner? Dunkin’ Donuts was king.
While most of you reading this aren’t bowlers in suburban Philadelphia, many of you might be particularly surprised about Dunkin’ Donuts’ superior rating. Yet in this taster’s humble opinion, Dunkin’ Donuts actually makes good coffee for drip that is better than most of the other mass-market stuff out there — including Starbucks.
Does this disqualify me as a coffee snob?
You should be so lucky…
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