Review: Folgers Coffee Singles

Fewd Snobs love coffee.  It is what starts us up each day.  It gets us through the 2PM slump.  And it’s great after dinner.  Best of all, it cures our hangovers!

There are several ways to brew a good cup of coffee.  Brewing a whole pot is great if you have the time, and if you want that much.  But sometimes you just want one cup.

We all know that Keurig pretty much has the market on single-serve coffee.  K-cups were really the answer to terrible instant coffee.  We don’t know how anybody can drink instant coffee.  It doesn’t taste or resemble real coffee at all.  K-cups are great, and they have fallen into a price range where normal people can drink them.  But there really hasn’t been a viable alternative to Keurig for single-serve that doesn’t completely suck.

Enter Folgers Coffee Singles.

Herman discovered these at the grocery store.  He started drinking them at work.  This got Denny drinking them, too.

Folgers Coffee Singles are sold in packages ranging from 12-38 bags.  They are individually wrapped.  The coffee is essentially in a tea bag.IMG_20150423_180720631To brew, you use a cup of hot water and drunk the bag in the cup for about one minute.  Adjust the length according to the strength you want.  You can drink with the bag in the cup, or just throw it away.

These are incredibly convenient, especially if you are in an office that has a hot water tap.  Another option would be nuking a mug of water.  if you have a Keurig machine and want to save some cash, use it to make the hot water and dunk one of these suckers.  This leads to the price.  These are much less expensive than K-cups.  They are about .25 cents per bag.  Even with the reduction in K-cups’ prices, this still makes a difference.

At this price, you would probably expect it to taste like instant coffee.  In reality, this coffee tastes just like regular brewed coffee.  You would be hard-pressed to tell the difference.  The package says that these are Folgers Classic Roast.  We both agree that this tastes the same as regular Folgers Classic Roast.  The flavor is a standard medium roast.  It isn’t too strong, but it’s not light like a breakfast blend.  It absolutely does not have any kind of instant coffee flavor.  Instant coffee almost has a chemical flavor, and there is none of that here.

One of the only indicators that you aren’t drinking a regular brewed cup is at the very bottom of the cup, there is a slight grainy residue left in the cup.  The substance is much like you would get by using a French press, or if you brew coffee using a reusable basket screen filter.  So it isn’t a problem at all.  And it would not tip someone off that this was a single-serve brew, like instant coffee would.

Herman’s Thoughts:  So for these, I think Folgers should change their slogan to, “The best part of waking up, is not having to hassle with brewing a whole pot of coffee.”  I know.  Too wordy.  But still, it’s the best feature.  If you want one, two, three, or forty cups of coffee, just add water!  They take seconds to make instead of having to wait what seems like hours for a pot to brew.  For a long time, I actually drank these exclusively over brewing a pot of coffee.  The flavor is great, and you just can’t beat the convenience.  And for the price, it’s the perfect combination.

Denny’s Thoughts:  I have been drinking these since Herman introduced me to them, and I really love them.  I can’t really tell the difference between these and a regular cup that is brewed in a machine.  In fact, in some ways, I think these taste better than regular Folgers.  Regular Folgers doesn’t do much for me.  These have a nice full flavor, but don’t overpower like some coffees do.  I think these are great even at home.  Sometimes, I just want the flavor of one of these and don’t want to mess with anything else.  Folgers is really on to something here.  I realize they aren’t as popular as K-cups, but they are a very viable option on the single-serve market.  These are also great for traveling, as long as you can get some hot water.IMG_20150423_182139528

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