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Top Colombian Coffees

Fresh, brewed coffee - many of us can't start the day without it.

One told us, "If I don't have my cup in the morning, I can be a little cranky."
Another said, "I usually like a regular breakfast blend or something dark roast."
A third said, "I like Colombian coffee. "

Consumer Reports tested 23 coffees, primarily Colombian. Included - old standards like Chock Full o'Nuts and Folgers, and coffeehouse fare like Starbucks and Peet's.

Testers also looked at celebrity coffees from Paula Deen and Wolfgang Puck.
To test, Consumer Reports enlisted the help of trained coffee experts. They spent weeks sniffing, slurping, and tasting the coffees.

According to Erin Gudeaux with Consumer Reports, "We taste the coffees black so that we can really taste the flavor. We look for defects such as under ripe or excessively bitter notes, for example."

Consumer Reports also tested K-cups - made for single-cup coffeemakers - from Folgers, Wolfgang Puck, and Timothy's.

Erin believes, "These would probably be best with milk and sugar to mask the off-notes. And they'll cost you significantly more than most coffees by the pound."

However, testers did find two very good Colombian coffees to recommend - Colombian Supremo Medium Roast from Gloria Jean's and Newman's Own Organics Colombian Especial Medium Roast. Both have nutty and fruity notes and go for about 13 dollars a pound.

If you prefer decaf, testers named three good. The highest rated - New England Coffee Decaffeinated Colombian costs a little more than nine dollars a pound.

Consumer Reports also tested four Ethiopian whole-bean coffees, which are quite bold compared to supermarket blends. One to try - Caribou's Ethiopia Finjal (fin-jahl) Organic Medium, for about $15 per pound.


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