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Bag the fancy beans? The best coffee may be one of the cheapest

February 5, 2009 | 11:46 am

Coffeemakeover_2 When you coffee drinkers stumble to the coffee maker each morning in your fuzzy slippers, what are you grabbing for? Starbucks? Dunkin' Donuts? Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf? Lovingly handpicked beans from Groundwork? Or, what seems like everyone's trendy favorite, Intelligentsia? And do you grind your own beans?

Well, Consumer Reports says you could be wasting your money.

It just released a report that ranked Eight O’Clock Coffee 100% Colombian at No. 1 in a taste test of 19 ground coffees. It costs just $6.28 per pound, earning it the magazine's coveted "CR Best Buy" label.  It's in the March issue of the magazine -- and unfortunately it's behind a pay wall online, or else we'd link to it here.

As you might imagine Eight O'Clock coffee is thrilled with the designation, which coincidentally comes as the brand is celebrating its 150th birthday with a makeover. (Worth mentioning because voters could win a $5,000 grocery spree at Coffeemakeover.com.)

What do you think about this CR report? Have you tried Eight O'Clock Coffee? Is it enough to make you rethink your coffee bean of choice?

And in case you are wondering, here's a link to CR's look at coffeemakers.

-- Rene Lynch

Photo credit: Eight O'Clock Coffee