By Mike Thayer
Like so many working stiffs, I've GOT to have my coffee in the morning to get jump started. Traditionally, I'm a Folgers Classic Roast kind of guy and I doctor my coffee with some hazelnut flavored creamer. No, I'm NOT a coffee snob. I don't do the whole beans and a coffee grinder thing, screw that, buying ground coffee works just fine for me.
But in trying to eliminate some sugars from my diet, I've dropped the flavored creamer from my morning routine, switching to real, heavy cream. The various flavored brands of coffee creamer range 5-10 grams of sugar per serving, heavy cream weighs in at 0.1 grams. But in making that change, my coffee was far less enjoyable. I missed the hazelnut!
So during my next visit to the grocery store, I picked up some hazelnut coffee. On that trip, I picked up a bag of Dunkin' Donuts hazelnut and you can read that review here. The Dunkin' was a bit of a disappointment, it left me wondering if there wasn't something better out there in a hazelnut grind. Hence, this coffee challenge.
Today, I'm reviewing the Eight O'Clock hazelnut grind.
Here's the description of the coffee from the bag: Our premium blend of 100% Arabica beans are sourced from South America. Medium roasted, the Hazelnut blend is expertly infused with roasted hazelnut flavors and sweet, buttery aroma. It delivers a light, balanced finish.
This is good coffee. The medium roast is spot on, the hazelnut notes are there, good aroma, nice finish. The recommended measurement on the bag is 1 - 2 tablespoons per 6 ounces of water, leaving a little wiggle room for how weak or strong you like your coffee. I did a heaping amount with my trusty coffee scoop, just as I used to prepare my classic roast Folgers and it brewed up nicely.
Eight O'Clock Hazelnut delivers a taste that's pretty close to how I used to enjoy my coffee (a classic, regular roast with hazelnut flavored creamer), but at $6.69 for a 11 ounce bag, there are cheaper coffees out there that are just as good if not better. I'm giving the coffee 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. It's a good coffee, but not the best coffee.
Stay tuned for more sampling of hazelnut coffees from the various brands available as part of the Bachelor on the Cheap Coffee Challenge!
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