Having been a Gevalia coffee drinker for the last few years, I never thought that I would switch. I’ve tried most brands, from Dunkin’ Donuts to Starbucks to everything in between and have always gone back to Gevalia. I got hooked on Gevalia years ago after getting the wonderful free coffee maker for becoming a subscriber. I fell in love with the smooth, rich flavor and couldn’t find anything else that I liked nearly as well. I did mail order coffee for years until Gevalia became available in grocery stores.
The only downside to Gevalia is that it is a bit pricey–$7.00 for a 12 ounce bag. Publix occasionally runs a BOGO on Gevalia, but not often. Since I make a pot per day– which translates to 5-6 bags per month–my coffee expenses run roughly $40 per month. Although I’ve wanted to cut coffee expenses, I didn’t want to compromise flavor.
An unexpected coffee revelation came out of the blue last week via text from my savvy friend Leigh Ann. It was a photo of this Kirkland coffee and the message, “I’ve been meaning to tell you this forever but keep forgetting. Best coffee ever. And I’ve tried them all.”
I couldn’t believe that a Kirkland coffee could be considered a “best,” but coming from savvy Leigh Ann, I was eager to give it a try. She manages to find some of THE best products–many of which I would never try on my own.
I went the very next day, bought this bag of Kirkland medium roast, and made it the next morning. I really expected to be disappointed, but I was more than surprised. By my standards, this coffee is almost perfect. It is so similar to the Gevalia traditional roast that I was brewing that I feel like I am getting all the benefits at half the expense. The 2.5 pound bag of Kirkland costs $13.00 compared to $7.00 for 12 ounces of Gevalia. My estimation is that I am saving more than $600 per year in coffee expenses by switching to this brand.
This coffee is labeled medium but is on the strong side. It is bold without bitterness, and it lacks that fruity undertone that is present in many strong brews. It is smooth, rich, and has a pleasant aftertaste. This is better than any coffee I’ve ever purchased at a grocery store. If you want to try this brand and are a Costco member, you can always return it if it doesn’t suit your fancy.
Note: I purchased an OXO airtight canister to keep this coffee fresh. Per several sites that tell how to properly store coffee, I never put mine in the freezer. Airtight at room temp is recommended.
My formula for the perfect cup: For an 11 cup pot, I use 2 rounded 1/4 cups of grounds (we like our coffee strong). When making other amounts, I use 1 rounded to heaping TB of coffee for every cup (as measured on the carafe).
How I Doctor My Coffee……..
Equal parts Half and Half and Creme Brûlée creamer with a touch of
Kal stevia (best stevia ever). Two mugs of this every morning gets my day off to a wonderful start:-)
How do you like YOUR coffee? Feel free to share your favorites in the comments section. I love hearing from readers–that’s the best way to get other savvy suggestions!
Take care, enjoy your coffee, and stay savvy!