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Posted Wed Jun 20, 2012, 1:57pm
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Article:  "The Bitter Truth About Why Your Coffee Isn't Tasting as Good Lately"

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"Reuters is reporting that many of America's major brands have been quietly tweaking their coffee blends. While most coffee companies consider their blends trade secrets, and are loath to disclose exactly what goes into them, both circumstantial and direct evidence suggests they're now substituting lower-grade Robusta beans for some of their pricier Arabica, and degrading the quality of our coffee."

Interesting article.  Doesn't apply to us home roasters, but still it it has industry significance.

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Posted Thu Jun 21, 2012, 4:58am
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Interesting but not unexpected. Consumer product makers are looking for ways to keep price down and with coffee, move to less expensive beans is the easiest way to do this. I would wager that to someone who loads their coffee up with cream and sugar, they may not notice, just add more stuff to the coffee. Isn't this also why *$ over roasts their beans, to make the flavor the same regardless of where you buy your coffee?

As an interesting side note, I have a book published by Starbucks a long time ago and they say all the same things we say here to get great coffee. It is too bad they have walked away from these basics.

 
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Posted Thu Jun 21, 2012, 8:13am
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calblacksmith Said:

Interesting but not unexpected. Consumer product makers are looking for ways to keep price down and with coffee, move to less expensive beans is the easiest way to do this. I would wager that to someone who loads their coffee up with cream and sugar, they may not notice, just add more stuff to the coffee. Isn't this also why *$ over roasts their beans, to make the flavor the same regardless of where you buy your coffee?

As an interesting side note, I have a book published by Starbucks a long time ago and they say all the same things we say here to get great coffee. It is too bad they have walked away from these basics.

Posted June 21, 2012 link

They say their Pikes Place is what their first coffee tasted like; however I wonder if that really is so.  It would be interesting to go back in time to see exactly how they roasted and served their first batch of beans they sold in that store.

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Posted Fri Jun 22, 2012, 9:42am
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If I could go back in time, it wouldn't be to see what Starbucks was doing....:-)
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Posted Fri Jun 22, 2012, 1:27pm
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CraigJS Said:

If I could go back in time, it wouldn't be to see what Starbucks was doing....:-)

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I would.  However it would be on my way to the nearest stock brokerage so I could make a killing in futures.

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haha , funny question.

 
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Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013, 5:03pm
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Just happened upon this thread. Read that article online a month ago, although published last summer. I'm one of those former drinkers of major brand pre-ground coffee sold in cans available at grocery stores. I have always added cream/sugar to my coffee, but not "loaded up". Never was a *$ fan either, too burned and bitter!

November 2012.....  couldn't drink my usual coffee, suddenly horrible, yek. Opened a new blue can, no coffee smell. Ran to the store to buy the other major brand in red can, got home, opened that up---same thing.

Went online, found this site and started learning. Brewing in Bonavita 7 days later---lucky to have local roaster here for fresh ground from fresh beans BUT researched grinders and got one.  

Those big companies really have been "tweeking" their coffee, no telling what's in those cans now---surely done little by little so not a big change for consumers all at once. Wonder how this will effect those major brands within the next months or year. Some brands stated "100% Arabica Coffee" on the can (of blended whatever), they ALL now say "100% Pure Coffee".

Are others experiencing what I did not so long ago? AND if so what are they doing now?

Now I know most of you guys have been drinking better coffee for a long while. I also know what I used to drink, when it tasted like coffee, wouldn't hold a candle to the good stuff I'm now drinking. Even with a little cream/sugar added, I want to taste good coffee in my cup.

This forum saved my morning coffee, something I cherish. THANKS to all of you here for your experience and patience in helping me with my coffee. Your help was and continues to be greatly appreciated.
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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013, 8:03pm
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Well (I'm from Nashville), we're glad you found CG. Our members here are 2nd to none when it comes to sharing what we know. After all, for many, it was not that long ago we were right where you were, maybe worse.
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Rebecca, neighbor (I'm from Nashville), we're glad you found CG. Our members here are 2nd to none when it comes to sharing what we know. After all, for many, it was not that long ago we were right where you were, maybe worse.
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