Eight O’Clock Original Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

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Eight O'Clock Original Whole Bean Coffee

Eight O’Clock Original Whole Bean Coffee

There’s nothing wrong with this coffee.  But then there’s also nothing that jumps out about this coffee either, except the price.  And for that low price, you’ll get some pretty good coffee.

There’s not much aroma coming out of the bag when first opened.  The beans are small and look like a medium roast as the bag states.  The brewed coffee appears a little watery.  There seems to be less color than my Trader Joe standard Tarrazu which is a medium-dark roast.  Gently chomping on a bean, there are no bad tastes with just a little bitterness after a minute.  That’s about as good as a bean tastes.  Tasting the brewed coffee, it too has a weak taste which matches the watery appearance.  But overall the coffee has no negatives.  It’s not bitter.  There are no bad tastes.  It’s a good tasting mild coffee.

On Amazon and other places this coffee gets some very good reviews.  There is some variability to the reviews which may be the result of personal taste, expectations or a “bad bag.”  This is a mild coffee.  If your coffee preferences are stronger tastes, you may not like this.

By my second and third cups, I was forgetting my first impressions and just enjoying the coffee each morning.  Perhaps that’s the best way to describe this coffee.  It just sort of grows on you.

At $6 per 12 ounce bag, regular price, at a  full-service supermarket it’s a relative bargain for a fairly good coffee.  Prices are even lower at other outlets and when on sale.  This may be the least costly way to upgrade your coffee each morning from the pre-ground big brand mass-produced stuff that comes in the giant plastic jars.  You’ll need to invest in an inexpensive grinder ($15-$20) or grind the whole beans at the store.

Eight o’clock coffee has been around for a long time.  Wherever the beans come from (the bag doesn’t mention origin), over the years Eight O’clock must have found and developed some very good supplier relationships which flow into a good cup of coffee.  The brand goes back to 1859, starting as a store brand for what would later become A&P supermarkets.   A&P no longer owns the brand.  Let’s hope the new owners can keep up the tradition  for another 150 years.

Price $5.99 (12 ounce bag)

Eight O'Clock Original Whole Bean Coffee

Eight O’Clock Original Whole Bean Coffee

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2 Responses to “Eight O’Clock Original Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review”

  1. steveo Says:

    It sounds like Eight O’Clock won’t be selling much coffee in Sweden. 🙂

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  2. vafann Says:

    “Tasting the brewed coffee, it too has a weak taste which matches the watery appearance. But overall the coffee has no negatives”

    Watery looking coffee with weak taste isn´t negative?

    In Sweden that would be the worst thing you could say about coffee lol.

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