I Tried 5 Different Kinds of Coffee from Costco — This One Was My Favorite
I write a lot about my favorite things to buy at Costco. (Just look at all these stories!) One grocery staple I haven't really written about much? Coffee. I don't regularly buy it from Costco because, while I'm a die-hard java fanatic, even I can't justify buying beans or grounds in bulk.
However, a family member recently had a large holiday party at work and he ordered a bunch of different coffees from Costco. Some of the bags didn't even get opened, so I got the leftovers!
I decided to hold an official taste test. I tried five different kinds of coffee from Costco and one stood out way above the others. The winner will probably surprise you. I was certainly shocked.
Note: I prefer a strong but light- to medium-roast coffee with a bit of depth, so keep that in mind. Most dark roasts just don't do it for me, but you may have a different opinion.
My Tasting Method
I always drink my coffee black and freshly made out of a Cuisinart coffeemaker — with just a teeny touch of sweetener (I use Stevia Extract). I considered drinking these black without any sweetener, but I figured the better test would be to try them the way I'd usually drink them. So I stuck to my usual preparation.
I also decided to make them in my standard coffee maker — just like usual. The whole-bean varieties were prepped in my burr grinder right before brewing.
The Best Coffee You Can Find at Costco
Dunkin' Donuts Original Blend Coffee, Medium Roast (Ground), $18 for 45 ounces
I couldn't believe this, but the original blend from Dunkin' Donuts was, hands-down, the best one I tried (and I even sampled a coffee that was from my home state!). Sure, I like the stuff from the stores enough — I just don't buy it on a regular basis and never really thought to buy it at home. This brew has an uplifting, just-right medium roast flavor that's not burnt-tasting, bitter, overly acidic, or weak. It's smooth and the perfect way to start the day (or boost an afternoon).
This coffee was priced higher than all of the other coffees I tried, even some that were from more exotic regions of the world. Still, Costco's price beats other supermarkets and Dunkin's own pricing. If I was planning on entertaining (maybe, say, a holiday party), this would be the bag I'd get.
The Other Coffees I Tried From Costco
Two of these coffees tested way higher than the other two, but they were still no comparison to Dunkin' Donuts in my book. However, you might love them even if I didn't! Hopefully my tasting notes prove helpful to you.
Mayorga Coffee Roasters Cubano Organic Coffee, Dark Roast (Whole Bean), $10 for two pounds
This blend, in my opinion, can be described as just meh — very forgettable. The package seemed promising, describing it as bold, sweet, and smooth. I wanted to love this one, seeing as how it's organic, produced through wind energy, and it smelled very fresh right out of the package. I did not. It was a bit too acidic, kind of bitter, and had an odd taste that lingered afterward. Maybe I got a bad bag, or I just should have stayed away from the dark roast, but this one just wasn't for me!
Kona Blend Coffee, Medium Roast (Whole Bean), $12 for two pounds
This one was one of the two that I liked better than some others, but it was still no comparison to the Dunkin' blend. I'd give it a seven out of 10. When I opened the bag, it didn't smell as fresh as some of the others. It had odd lingering flavors that I didn't care for. Still, each sip was strong and fruity and totally hit the spot. Many people love Kona coffee, however, so if you do, give it a try!
Magnum Exotics Kenya Roast, Dark Roast (Whole Beans), $10 for two pounds
Of the five coffees I tried, this one was my least favorite. It tasted like cheap coffee and wasn't at all what I expected from a specialty coffee. This one was burnt, bitter, and fruity all at the same time, which is not a good combination. I'd give it a three out of 10.
Charleston Coffee Roasters Signature Blend (Whole Bean), $10 for two pounds
This coffee wasn't too bad, and I like that it's from my home state. Also worth noting: Many people love this coffee from Charleston, South Carolina, and it gets high ratings among locals. I'm betting if they had a light- to medium-roast coffee offered, I'd love it. I'm also willing to bet that, if I visited their local coffee shop and had a fresh cup of a non-dark roast, I would have loved it even more.
Other Coffee Options at Costco
Unfortunately, my local Costco tends to carry mostly dark roasts, which is a bummer for me. Other coffees you can find at Costco that I didn't try (but already know I don't like) include dark/French roasts by Starbucks and Folgers, along with many types of Kirkland brand coffee (most of which are all dark roasts).
I'm a huge fan of some of Starbucks blonde roasts and light- to medium-roasts by Folgers, so if my local Costco carried those, I'd likely scoop them up each time I went! K-cups are also offered in bulk at my local Costco in various variety packs, which I also like but admit I never buy.
Do you have a favorite coffee you pick up at Costco? Which brand do you get?