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.
Here's the description of the coffee from the bag: Ah...the sweetly aromatic, nutty notes of roasted hazelnuts (without sugar, mind you) combined with a perfectly balanced blend of premium coffee beans make for a delicious, rewarding taste.
Seattle's Best is a subsidiary of Starbuck's, so the expectation for this coffee was high going in and the grind did not disappoint. This is good coffee, a better coffee than the Dunkin' version, which brewed up weak. I prepared the coffee just like I've always done my Folger's Classic Roast, as I did the Dunkin' (first pot), traditionally portioned with my trusty coffee scoop. The package calls for a rounded tablespoon per six ounces of water and that is spot on, brewing to the strength I like. The grind was very aromatic in the package, everybody likes to take a deep inhale of coffee from a freshly opened package right? And while brewing you get a nice aromatic whiff permeating through the house. The taste delivers and is on par to how I used to enjoy my coffee, a classic, regular roast with hazelnut flavored creamer.
The 12 ounce bag of coffee cost me just $4.99 which makes it Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly and it's a very enjoyable coffee. Seattle's Best Hazelnut gets 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. It's definitely a repeat buy!
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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