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 Green Mountain hazelnut grind.
This is good coffee. It's a light roast though, so the recommended 1 heaping tablespoon of coffee per 6 ounces of water will brew up a bit weak, you may want to adjust to taste. For a more robust cup of coffee, go with 2 tablespoons. Overall, this is a pleasant hazelnut coffee, not as aromatic as others, but each sip is good nonetheless.
Green Mountain Hazelnut delivers a taste that falls in the middle of the pack to what I've tried so far. Priced at $6.49 for a 12 ounce bag, it's not the most expensive brand, but it's definitely not the cheapest either. 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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