Why Folgers Coffee is Below Average at Best

Find out why Folgers Coffee is below average at best - from pre-ground nature to lack of certifications - and how you can choose better quality coffees.

Why Folgers Coffee is Below Average at Best

There are several reasons why Folgers coffee is below average at best.


uses a blend of 60% lower and bitter-tasting robusta beans and 40% of the preferred arabica beans to balance the flavor. The company claims to be concerned about the sustainability and humane conditions of its workers, but makes no substantial efforts to ensure that its products are produced in a manner that meets fair trade guidelines or sustainability standards. Because of this, there is no way of knowing if chemicals or mold may be present in your mixtures.

The pre-ground nature of Folgers coffee also contributes to its below-average quality. The coffee is packaged before customers start brewing, resulting in an old, stale mixture of mostly low-quality beans grown at low altitudes. This is a matter of personal preference, but many people don't like the taste of Folgers coffee due to its mass-produced nature. Furthermore, Folgers coffee has been linked to making people sick.

With so many coffee brands on the market, it can be difficult to choose which one to buy. However, it's important to consider more than just the price and taste when selecting a coffee brand. Some brands are “dirty” and may be doing harm not only to your body but also to our planet. Folgers is an iconic American brand owned by J.

M Smucker, which states on its website that they are concerned about sustainability and ethical working conditions. Unfortunately, they reject all common certifications to ensure that this happens. This means that your coffee may contain chemicals and molds. Dunkin Donuts is another popular American brand owned by J.

M Smucker. They have partnered with the Rainforest Alliance and the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), but they don't offer certified organic coffees. Therefore, your coffee may still contain chemicals and molds. Bustelo is another coffee brand owned by J.

M Smucker with no certification regarding the ethical and ecological sourcing of its beans. This is not a particular brand, but a method of preparation that has created an enormous amount of waste sent to landfills every year due to plastic capsules that cannot be recycled in most cities. The traditional way of making coffee produces very little waste since coffee grounds are compostable and easily biodegradable. Starbucks prides itself on ensuring ethical and environmentally friendly practices in its production and offers organic varieties, while Seattle's Best does not meet the same standards. Fortunately, there are hundreds of great coffee brands to choose from when shopping for coffee. Look for organic varieties, single-source beans produced in the same country and farm, as well as certifications from organizations such as the Rainforest Alliance, SAN and Common Code for the Coffee Community (4C).

From a general perspective, Folgers provides a really good beer with a rich history that helps them boost their name. However, in a market that increasingly favors artisanal coffee brands, Folgers is perceived by some as a relic of a bygone era. It has also been commendably partnering with the SAN (Sustainable Agriculture Network), the Common Code and the Rainforest Alliance, ensuring recognition by the Coffee Community that they follow all sustainability standards. Another reason why this coffee attracts a certain genre of customers is the lack of natural gluten. In conclusion, Folgers is still the best coffee dispenser in the American home despite Starbucks slowly taking over. It's important to consider more than just price and taste when selecting a coffee brand as some brands are “dirty” and may be doing harm not only to your body but also to our planet.

Glenna Matthys
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