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.
Here's the description of the coffee from the bag: Our Great Value Hazelnut flavored coffee delivers an irresistible aroma of roasted hazelnuts. The taste is highlighted by the buttery and sweet flavors of the roasted nut along with subtle cocoa notes. Made with 100% Arabica coffee, this premium blend is medium roasted and perfectly balanced with a smooth finish.
This coffee is surprisingly good, delivering on everything in the package description. All those notes are there and the recommended measurement of 1 heaping tablespoon per 6 ounces of water is spot on. At just $3.99 for a 12 ounce bag, this coffee is most definitely a repeat buy. It's better than Dunkin, slightly better than Folger's and just a smidgen below Seattle's Best.
Great Value Hazelnut delivers a taste that's oh so close to how I used to enjoy my coffee (a classic, regular roast with hazelnut flavored creamer). I'm giving the coffee 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. You can't beat the price and to repeat, it's better than Dunkin' and Folger's.
Stay tuned for more sampling of hazelnut coffees from the various brands available as part of the Bachelor on the Cheap Coffee Challenge!
$pend Wisely My Friends.....