No 'Excellent' Coffee Blends: Consumer Reports

Testers blame pinched arabica supply for low-quality joe

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 2, 2010 12:10 PM CST

(Newser) – No coffee blend available in the United States ranked “excellent” or even "very good" in this year's Consumer Reports testing. Thanks to limited supply of high-quality arabica beans from Colombia, the top ranking in the testing results out today is just “good.” Try Starbucks House Blend or Green Mountain Signature Nantucket, if you must. Blends, the most popular ground coffees, use two or more varieties of beans; some roasters are substituting lower-quality beans for newly pricey arabica, Reuters reports.

A cafe customer holds her cup of coffee.
A cafe customer holds her cup of coffee.   (AP Photo)
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