Maxwell House vs Folgers

Most coffee connoisseurs may stick up their noses to Maxwell and Folgers coffee brands, but they are nonetheless two of the most popular household coffees out there; however, very few consumers acknowledge any difference between the two. When consumers such as ourselves approach the coffee selection in any given grocery store, we are often faced with the re-occuring conflict of Maxwell House versus Folgers. So for all you conflicted coffee drinkers, avid and beginner, here is a post for you!

Being a devoted coffe drinker myself, I have certainly had more than my fair share of both Maxwell and Folgers coffee! After mass amounts of coffee consumption and a little research, this is what I’ve found:

I would say that the biggest difference is the intensity of flavour. It has been reported time after time that Folgers coffee is much more mild than Maxwell House, and I can vouch for that as well. Maxwell on the other hand tends to hold a stronger, more bold coffee taste, so for those of you that crave the jolting caffeine flavour to kickstart your day, you may prefer Maxwell House.

Although Maxwell may be best at satisfying our caffeine fix, many consumers agree that it carries a rather bitter aftertaste. This is a bit of a downfall of this brand, but in my opinion- totally worth it!

If you’re new to drinking coffee or are just looking for a comforting warm beverage, Folgers may be your best bet; however, if you’re looking to fulfill that bittersweet caffeine craving, Maxwell may be just what you need. If I had to choose one brand that I prefer between the two, I would have to pick Maxwell House- I enjoy the fierce flavour and also, their optimism break commercials just melt my heart!

As far as price goes, which is obviously a priority of my own, both brands are ultimately the same. Coupons for both brands are also  common to come by, making them both financially responsible and feasible options! If you happen to come across any Maxwell House or Folgers coffee coupons, like us on our Facebook page to share your savings with other families like yours!

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Dark Roast vs Light Roast Coffee

I’ve always been an avid coffee drinker, and despite my lack of knowledge of the differences between light and dark roast beans, my hand always reaches for the dark roast; however, during my trip to the grocery store earlier this week, my adventurous side decided that it was time for a change. Having no idea what to expect, I grabbed a container of Folger’s light roast that makes up to a whopping 90 cups- I’ve committed myself to giving it a fair chance! To my surprise, it was delicious- a light flavour, with mild citrus taste, and a dash of cinnamon.  Don’t get me wrong, dark roast is where my loyalty lies, but light roast is certainly a nice change. Many people are not thoroughly familiar with the differences between dark roast and light roast coffee and if you’re like me, I always associated dark roast to be of better, stronger quality and taste; however, one is not better than the other, it is simply a matter of personal taste.

Having a dark roast coffee just means that the coffee bean has been roasted to a higher temperature and usually for a longer period of time. On the other hand, a light roast coffee bean has been roasted in a lesser temperature for a shorter duration of time. When a coffee bean is roasted at higher temperatures, all of the flavour particles are burnt away and consumers may therefore not be able to identify the quality of the bean. A lighter roast is a better indication of the quality of the raw bean, showing confidence from the roaster in the excellence of their product.

Roasters have convinced the mass-market that dark roast coffee beans are a more rich and complex product in order to make it easier for themselves so that they do not have to face the challenge of continually producing superior quality beans. HOWEVER, this does not necessarily mean that a dark roast bean is of a poorer quality, it simply means you can’t detect its quality.

It is also reported that light roast beans generally hold 10% more caffeine than dark roast beans, so if it is the caffeine kick that you’re going for, I recommend a lighter roast bean!

The fact is that dark roast beans are more popular than light roast beans, but I say that if you haven’t tried it yet, next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a lighter roast coffee and experience it’s natural flavours!