My Five Favorite Coffees

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Please don't say, "But you forgot such and such brand!"

I forgot nothing. These are my favorites, not a summary of every coffee ever made.

And please forgive the fact that my tastes are on a grocery-store level.

I grew up sans pretensions -- but I'd never grow up without coffee, three glorious times a day.

Here goes:


(5) Illy

Most people rank this stuff higher, but I never found it extraordinary enough to be worth the extra cash. Still, I do love the description: "Enjoy the singular luxury of a flawless cup of coffee, the result of three generations of expertise and passionate pursuit of quality by the Illy family of Trieste, Italy, since 1933." That's a lot of expertise and passion! But what's all the fuss?


(4) Folgers Gourmet Supreme

It's "deep and full bodied" like I like my men. It woos, it coos, it delivers. It's pretty damned serviceable, if in a middlebrow sort of way. And their Bistro Blend sounds enchanting as well. Like I like my vacations.


(3) Maxwell House Original Roast

This one lives up to the promise of being "smooth and balanced ... full of flavor without bitterness." How could it not be? It's made from 100 percent Arabica beans! Anyway, this is a House I've always been proud to be a member of. Their java is one of the few dependable things on my shelf -- and that's from someone who's full of flavor with bitterness.


(2) El Pico

The can describes it as "a rich blend of selected beans, roasted in the Latin style," and they're not lying. It really tastes mountain-grown, and even if it isn't, it's stimulating shit that's not meant for wusses. El Exigente would surely approve.


And my all-time favorite coffee ...

(No, it's not Starbucks. Yuck.)

It's ...

(1) Chock Full o'Nuts Original Blend

Yes, it's truly a "heavenly coffee." With one sip, it brings me back to the old Chock Full o'Nuts counter restaurants, where the coffee was out of this world (and the customers were from outer space). Drinking it now is both a sense-memory experience and a whole new beginning.

Thank you, Chock Full. Thank you, coffees. I'll never stop buzzing about the buzz you give me.

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Corine
Corine

So you replaced Coffee instead of diet coke. Good choice. I love coffee.

CORINEDANACOHEN
CORINEDANACOHEN

Have you ever tried Pilon? It comes in a brick and it tastes like expresso. Buy it before you like the others. ;-) For me though I like whatever is on sale that week. I also adore the $3.99 a pound fresh ground coffee at West Side Market on the UWS. But Pilon mixed with french hazelnut rocks my world. I do like Pico but Pilon is stronger.

Kristianjokisch
Kristianjokisch

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swag
swag

It's not what you forgot. It's that you completely focused on mass-produced, typically pre-ground beans that have been oxidizing for weeks -- if not months -- on ships, trucks, warehouse shelves, or on store shelves. None of this is actual fresh coffee.

This is the equivalent of listing a series of only Swanson's, Hungry Man, and Banquet TV dinners among your favorite meals.

Park
Park

Oh, hush. He said he has common, supermarket tastes and that's what he likes. You don't need to put it down. He's openly unpretentious.

osamasoldkidney
osamasoldkidney

All our coffee shops were targeted in missile attacks. Thank God Israel, in an act of humanitarian good will, has opened for us several brand new Starbucks in Gaza! - Now we can satisfy our caffeine addiction without fear of loss of life or limb - AND -  help fund the new illegal settlements in east Jerusalem.

SNOB
SNOB

How about Cafe Du Monde..coffee & chicory. THE BEST.

Chet Wood
Chet Wood

This must be the five worst coffee list or a joke

Melinda9
Melinda9

I like Eight O'Clock Bokar blend. Also the Target brand Archer Farms Kona and Starbucks Sumatra.

Rabbit
Rabbit

Do you remember those Chock Full 'O Nuts commercials with that weird couple? The woman's name was Page. "That's right, Page. Chock Full 'O Nuts is the most heavenly coffee money can buy!" Or something like that.

I enjoy Zabar's and Trader Joe's variety of coffees - I buy the beans and grind them, as I've been doing for years. But I also like Chock Full 'O Nuts in the can. Once when I was visiting my mom, she made delicious coffee - turned out to be Maxwell House.

Paul
Paul

Absolutely the two best outlets for affordable, great coffees to grind at home. My favorite for the last year or so is Trader Joe's "Joe" brand. (Medium roast.)

Stuartvision
Stuartvision

" better coffee a millionaires money can't buy" and the nutted cream cheese on raisin bread was outta this world.

Pitt
Pitt

The name Page Morton Black is coming to mind. Was she the owner? Or wife of the owner?

Rabbit
Rabbit

She was a singer and the wife of the founder, turns out.

Apparently, the company that bought Chock Full 'O Nuts is planning on opening its first store in 30 years at West 23rd Street between Broadway and Sixth.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

I hear you...mine is Cafe Bustelo and yes, "it's stimulating shit that's not meant for wusses" as well.

I miss the Chock Full jingle

anonymous
anonymous

Cafe Bustelo is caffeine super-coffee!  Like jet fuel, and tastes great, too.  I like store brand coffee as long as it's Columbian.

alfredo duenes jr
alfredo duenes jr

yes indeed.this coffee bustelo.is a good cup of coffee. if everybody had it theyd discover a potent cup of coffee that delivers.try it one day.youll be pleased. to find a good taste as well. big al adjr

Ickabod
Ickabod

I wish they'd bring back Coffee Achievers ("Cafe Vienna," "Cafe Mocha," etc), which was supposed to 'relax you"!!!

Delroy
Delroy

I actually like Dunkin Donuts coffee better than Starbucks, but your choices are sweet.

billyjoe
billyjoe

Delroy: You obviously don't realize that people who rave about Dunkin' Donuts coffee use that explanation as a cover for the fact they're also stuffing their faces with its highly caloric grease rings.

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