Coffee that tastes like Eight O'Clock Coffee?

by Clarence
(Keokuk Iowa, USA)


What brand of bean would come close to the Eight-O'clock brand?


It's never easy trying to buy beans that match the taste you are used to when buying a particular brand you like.

Most branded coffees are made from a blend of beans, often from a variety of different a mix of Central American beans, plus some from the Far East etc.

In addition, each brand, whether it be Eight O'Clock or Starbucks, has its own secrets when it comes to how they blend and roast the beans they use.

Even when you buy a "Colombian" coffee from different companies, there can be a significant variety in tastes...because of the differences in where exactly the beans were grown, and how they were blended and roasted.

If you really like the Eight O'Clock coffees, there are certainly plenty of places you can buy them if you live in the U.S.

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Oct 18, 2016
Disregard my previous criticism of 8oclock.
by: Nicholas A

It may have been a bad batch or I may have screwed up the grind on a bad supermarket grinder. In any case a recent purchase was fine.

Oct 01, 2016
something very wrong with my 8oclock columbian
by: Nicholas A.

I have been a very happy and loyal Eight O'clock Columbian customer for well over 15 years now. I consume a steady 2.5 lbs per week of 8oclock Columbian only.

Today is October 1, 2016 and for the first time ever, I have come to notice a definite unpleasant taste and mental effect similar to cheaper store brands and their "fake,columbian types" This effect and taste is similar to non-columbian robusto types which I learned to avoid like the plague 20 years ago- too acidic, low cafenol oil content etc etc

Boy we had a good thing going there. Too bad 8oclock couldn't afford to give it away any longer.

Could be a result of crop failures due to mold; a reocurring problem in high mountain coffee agriculture.

Anyone out there know more about it?

Apr 19, 2016
Tastes different
by: Anonymous

I am so sadden that my Original Eight O'clock doesn’t taste as rich and flavorful as it used to. I am looking for a different brand that tastes like Eight O’clock used to. I don't know what happen with their coffee or their process but I had to dump it I can’t drink it anymore. Lacks flavor and leaves a burnt like plastic aftertaste. Not pleasant at all. Any suggestions?

Feb 25, 2016
Change to my earlier comment
by: Maureen

We've discontinued supporting the women in recovery program - the woman who owns it is more intent on empire building than actually caring about the women who work for her. We have switched to another local coffee roaster here in Rochester, NY - Canaltown Coffee Roasters. We'll never go back to eight o'clock!!

Feb 17, 2016
Something has changed
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking eight o'clock for many years, recently (18mos) from K cups. This month it went weak and bitter...

Jan 31, 2016
Not the same coffee it used to be
by: Anonymous

My husband and I have been drinking Eight O'Clock coffee for well over two decades now. Lately we noticed it doesn't have flavor. We buy bulk at a wholesale club, buy the 100% Colombian whole bean coffee. The past few months we've noticed no flavor, even add more coffee, and still like drinking hot water. Sorry to say, we're looking for a new coffee.

Jan 05, 2016
8 o clock
by: Anonymous

There's no coffee like it. Regular or Columbian. Whole bean is the best. Never bitter like undrinkable Starbucks!

May 10, 2015
I agree with Maureen
by: Nick (Coffee Detective)

Maureen, hi

I can't think of a better or simpler way to choose your coffee. Good for you!


May 10, 2015
by: Maureen

After trying a good number of the commercial brands, we decided to support a local charity which roasts their own Peruvian beans fresh daily. Yes it is more expensive, BUT we know what we're getting each time - freshly roasted, fair trade coffee supporting women in recovery.

May 08, 2015
Why Change?
by: Anonymous

Eight O'Clock 100% Columbian was my coffee for ten years or more. They changed the package and YES - they changed the coffee. I don't care what the company says - they changed the coffee. It used to have a very delightful and different taste. Now it is flat - no flavor and I wish someone would find an alternate that is close. I miss that great cup of coffee every morning; I've tried many others but none come close to the old Eight O'Clock 100% Columbian. Change a good thing - stupid - WHY?

Mar 04, 2011
Columbian whole bean
by: Anonymous

What happened? It is terrible these days.

Nov 30, 2010
8 o'clock Colombian = terrible
by: Maureen

I've been drinking the 8 o'clock Colombian well over 10 years. Suddenly they've made some changes, not sure whether it's different grade/quality beans or roasting or what... It has NO flavor and/or body. It has a VERY watered down taste and no matter how many scoops used it makes no difference.

Do NOT buy - it's abominable!!!

Sep 03, 2010
The Best!
by: Anonymous

Eight O'Clock 100% Colombian coffee is the best coffee you'll ever drink. It's unreal something this good is sold in the grocery store.

Apr 23, 2010
Eight O'Clock
by: Terri

According to the Consumer Reports Magazine. (My Husband swears by this Mag.) Eight O'Clock Coffee
Regular Coffee whole Bean was rate the BEST over Starbucks and Dunkin Doughnuts Coffee's. I was suprized by the comments made by the consumers during this Coffee Taste Test. I wont ever by another brand again. Plus, the cost of the coffee was great. I call it poor mans coffee.
Kudoes to you Eight O'Clock!!
Terri B.
Haysville, Ks

Feb 08, 2009
Difficult to buy on the West Coasst
by: leenie

Its difficult to find a place in the N. California that carries this coffee. The coffee available on the website are backordered. I guess the easiest thing would be to fly back to Chicago or whereever to get some!!!

May 21, 2008
by: Anonymous

i know someone who works for 8 o clock coffee, and actually, they do buy some of their coffee from places that use fair trade. just because theyre not certified, doesn't mean they treat their pickers badly. you should definitely continue to buy 8 o' clock coffee

Dec 27, 2007
About Fair Trade Coffee
by: Coffee Detective

Hi, 'Anonymous',

I agree with you regarding Fair Trade. There are now dozens of great coffee choices out there which are Fair Trade Certified. And the few extra pennies you are asked to pay are insignificant compared to the good that the Fair Trade process brings to coffee growing families and communities.

You can learn more about organic and fair trade coffee here.

Dec 27, 2007
Fair Trade Coffee
by: Anonymous

Yeah, but EOC is not fair trade coffee. It would be nice to have a coffee with the great taste of EOC (my all time favorite!) without the guilt. "If you want peace, work for justice."

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