Nothing beats the pleasure of a first cup of freshly prepared coffee in the morning. However, there is a plethora of coffee brands to choose from at the supermarket, but which one do shoppers often select?
Early this year (particularly in January 2020, before the coronavirus epidemic cleaned up grocers’ shelves), the Harris Poll polled coffee consumers in the United States to find out which packaged coffee brands are the most popular.
A few of the winners here may catch you by surprise, but that doesn’t make them any less deserving of your admiration. Here are the top eight varieties of coffee enjoyed in the United States. (And if you want to be abreast of the newest information on grocery stores, subscribe to our newsletter.)
McCafé is McDonald’s coffee, thus its inclusion here is not entirely unexpected. According to USA Today, America’s favourite fast food restaurant has been actively expanding its coffee offerings over the last decade, and now sells whole-bean, ground, and single-cup coffee products in supermarkets around the country. (Related: McDonald’s McCafe: The Best and Worst Drinks.)
With its headquarters in San Francisco, Peet’s Coffee & Tea is a multi-state network of specialty coffee shops with two hundred outlets throughout eleven different states. This is because, in addition to having a widely distributed hot brew product, Peet’s also offers a cold brew that can be found in over four hundred different supermarkets. (See also: 8 Fantastic Coffee Benefits.)
3. Café for the Neighborhood
You probably aren’t from the South if you haven’t heard of Community Coffee. The coffee company, with roots in Baton Rouge, has become a regional icon throughout the South and is currently available in 20 different states. There are currently no coffee shops under the Community Coffee brand, but with its recent success, you can expect to see more of them in the near future. There are a number of common mistakes that people make while using a coffee maker.
Perhaps no other coffee brand is more often associated with a cup of coffee made at home than Folgers. In terms of overall revenue, the brand is more successful than the following two combined, reports USA Today. (Related: Top 10 Best and Worst Tasting Instant Coffees at the Grocery Store)
5. Green Hill
Green Mountain Roasters was one of the first companies to specialise in roasting fair-trade beans, and it all began in a little Vermont village. Keurig, a multinational producer of instant coffee, has acquired the brand and expanded its selection to include a variety of interesting roasts, mixes, and tastes. Related: “A Scary Ingredient Lies in Wait in Decaf Coffees from Keurig, Maxwell House, and More”
6. Cafè Bustelo
Gregorio Bustelo, a Spaniard immigrating to the United States, opened the first Café Bustelo in New York in 1928. The dark mix, which is popular in families who want a dark, powerful blend, is of Cuban origin and is used for both rich coffee and espresso. (See also: The Effects of Coffee on Your Health.)
Seattle’s Starbucks is perhaps more well-known than any other company in America because of how much of a cultural phenomenon the country’s love affair with coffee has become. The series has skyrocketed in popularity over the last two decades, and is now in the top 10 worldwide. Its participation on the list is not surprising, but its position in second place could be. (Related: 25 Common Errors Starbucks Customers Make)
To everyone’s surprise, Dunkin’ is the most popular brand of pre-packaged coffee, according to The Harris Poll. More than seventy years ago, the Massachusetts-born doughnut brand formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts changed its name. As a result, it can now boast that its brand of coffee is the most popular in the United States among those who buy their coffee at grocery stores.