American drink 400 million cups of coffee every day. Consumer Reports tests top-selling Colombian coffee and found you don't have to pay a lot to brew a great cup.
Consumer Reports tested 19 ground coffees from familiar names like Folgers and Maxwell House...to much pricier ones from companies like Starbucks and Caribou.
For regular coffee, testers used this machine to analyze just how much caffeine each contain.
Turns out, some had almost four times as much as other coffees.
Two boutique coffees-Caribou and Bucks County-had the most caffeine.
To check for taste, Consumer Reports' experts spent weeks brewing, smelling, and sipping coffee to find the best.
It turns out, buying 100% Colombian doesn't guarantee you'll get great taste.
Take, for example, the 100% Colombian from Folgers Coffee House Series...the Medium Dark Roast.
"It tasted of wet wood like a Popsickle stick and cardboard," said Consumer Reports Ellen Klosz.
And buying pricier coffee doesn't always guarantee quality either.
"Our tasters found some boutique coffees like Starbucks and Peet's tasted burnt and bitter," said Klosz.
But testers did find a very good coffee that was among the least expensive.
It's the Eight O'Clock Coffee 100% Colombian--and at $6 per pound, the money you can save may make a cup taste even better!
Consumer Reports also tested decaf coffees, but none of them tasted as good as the best caffeinated coffees.
However, testes found a little milk and sugar may help.
For the best combination of taste and price, consumer Reports recommends Folgers Gourmet Selections Lively Colombian Decaf Medium Roast.
It costs about $8.50 per pound.
For the freshest taste, grind coffee beans at home.