The website Thrillist asked Lorenzo Perkins — "certified coffee instructor at Cuvee and executive council member of the Barista Guild of America" — to blind test five different brands of coffee from the supermaket coffee aisle so he could snarkily evaluate them with the "same rigorous blind-tasting process that his roasting company applies to their own beans."
One of those coffees was New Orleans' own Community Coffee (www.communitycoffee.com). The other contenders were Folgers, Yuban, Maxwell House and Chock Full o'Nuts. (The article was titled "We Got a Champion Barista to Rank the Sub-Par Coffee Your Parents Drink.")
The results? While Folgers had the aroma of "unhappy children" and "wet wool" and Maxwell House tasted of "fish oil" and "despair," Community Coffee came in first place with Perkins' faint, grudging praise: "That's coffee! This could pass for a low-grade specialty coffee."
No word on Eight O'Clock or Mello Joy.