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. 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. The neighborhood store I was at didn't have a Folger's offering, so I went with the Dunkin' Donuts® version. I've never had Dunkin' Donuts® home brewed coffee before, I like the restaurant java, so I was looking forward to brewing my own.
Here's the description of the coffee on the bag: The rich, smooth taste of Dunkin' Donuts® Original Blend with the flavors and aromas of sweet roasted hazelnuts.
That's a nice description, but will that hazelnut flavor and aroma live up to the marketing hype?
The coffee delivers on the nutty flavor I was craving and it's a smooth taste, but I will say the coffee as prepared per the package instructions brews up weak. The instructions recommend 1-1/2 tablespoons per 6 ounces of water, I recommend two. Out of habit, I prepared my first pot of Dunkin' measured out just as I would my Classic Roast Folger's with my trusty coffee scoop and filling the coffee pot with cold water up to the six cup mark..... The Dunkin' came out weak. That first pot was less-than-stellar, but the next morning I made the scoop adjustment and it was much better, delivering that more robust cup of Joe I was looking for! It's good to have found the right scoop amount for maximum flavor, but I'm going to go through this 12 ounces of coffee faster than I would 12 ounces of Folgers.
I paid $6.99 for a 12 ounce package of ground coffee. It's a bit more expensive than the Folger's or Eight O'Clock equivalent, but it's cheaper than say Gevalia or Starbucks.
Dunkin' Donuts Hazelnut coffee gets 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. The price is towards the higher end of what you see on the grocery store shelves. The flavor is there when adding to the recommended measurement, but it doesn't compare well to the original blend and hazelnut shot you get in a Dunkin' restaurant. The way I used to drink my coffee is better as well. Plus, I'll go through this weak grind of Dunkin' faster than I would my trusted Folgers... It's not a repeat buy, I'd rather travel a little farther down the road to where I do my regular grocery shopping and buy Folgers Hazelnut.
$pend Wisely My Friends.....