Has Maxwell House coffee gone bad?

by donald fitch
(naugatuck,wv,usa)

Maxwell House Coffee

Maxwell House Coffee

Maxwell House Coffee
Maxwell House Coffee


QUESTION:


I have used regular Maxwell House for many years, but lately it just is not any good. I used rich original, but now the bag or can says Arabica beans. I have called the company but the lady couldn't tell me anything, so I'm hunting for a good tasting coffee again.

Thanks, Don Fitch

ANSWER:

Don, hi

I assume you have been buying the ground coffee, and not Maxwell House's instant coffee.

I checked out their site and see that they have changed their packaging recently. Whether or not they made any changes to the coffees they put in the cans, who knows.

Almost all coffee sold by North American companies is 100% Arabica. That said, if Maxwell House formerly used a blend of both Arabica and Robusta beans in their blends, that would explain the change in taste. (Large companies sometimes like to use a percentage of Robusta beans, simply because they are significantly cheaper to buy.)

Anyway, if you no longer like the Maxwell House coffee, there are hundreds of other coffees available in stores and online.

If you want to check out some Robusta blends, to see if that is the taste you are missing, look out for Italian coffees in your local stores and read the packaging.

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Oct 26, 2014
Folfers selections caramel drizzel
by: Anonymous

I is.

I purchased Folgers selectios caramel drizzel.

I wanted to try folgers selections caramel drizzle so I bought a couple. First day of drinking it I noticed I started to feel nauseus. My headache lasted from noon that day until the following morning. Also, I had an upset stomach in the middle of the night. The following late morning my headache was gone so I decided to start my day as usual with a cup of coffee. Immediately after drinking folgers coffee my migraine headache came back. It lasted all day. It's now evening time almost 7pm and my headache hasnt gotten any better. Im going to not drink coffee tomorrow and see if my headache will go away. I will keep posted.

Oct 20, 2014
INSTANT
by: Sandy

Well, no matter what you say, Maxwell House, you did something different to it. I noticed around 2009 I had to put 2 heaping tsps in my cup. For many many years it was 1 tsp. Now, as of 10/2014, now it is 3 big tsps just to get a taste. "Watered down" coffee is what we get. Ohhhhh, don't feel bad... :-( they're ALL doing it! Your competitors have fallen alongside you. I realize in these tough times things change. BUT....Don't false advertise.

Oct 13, 2014
Masterblend coffee or shall I say water
by: Anonymous

Been drinking Maxwell coffee for about40 years, all of a sudden it start tasting bad, and the next thing you know they come out with a new line master blend light & medium, and they did a way with the old master blend, far as I'm concerned, the new stuff taste like water down coffee,horrible. I'm going to have to switch to another coffee now, to bad maxwell house your going to loose your shirt!!

Oct 11, 2014
AGREE small batch fresh roasted beans!!!
by: Becky

I've been buying small batch, fresh roasts locally for over 2 yrs now. Grind only amount of beans needed just prior to brewing--great coffee! Best price I've found so far is $13 for 1 lb--better than $14-$16 for 12oz! Lucky to have local roasters close by. It's the only way I'll drink coffee anymore. I drink tea in place of coffee but that's rare. If my budget would't allow I'd be drinking hot tea AND be happy with that. What gets me is when MH and Folgers was good (for what it was then) I only bought coffee On Sale---$5.00/39oz THEN they reduced it to 34.5oz. Shortly after reducing to 30.6oz is when we got some bad stuff--YUK. My world blew up in my face, so to speak. Recently I tried some New England Coffee someone here recommended. It was nothing like the bad MH, Folgers, etc BUT was just too weak/bland, etc BUT it DID NOT have that awful 'chemical wet cardboard' smell/taste. What's most important above all is for YOU to get what YOU LIKE as a finished result in YOUR CUP. We all have different taste, etc. I'd say if you must buy coffee in grocery stores, etc... go for the brands in vented bags like New England Coffee, Community Coffee, and I've heard Eight O'Clock Columbian whole bean isn't bad. You need to find what suits you. There's something for everyone!

Oct 10, 2014
Kirkland too
by: Sad and uncaffeinated

I have always preferred whole bean small batch coffees and I drink folgers or the costco/kirkland brand when my budget doesn't allow for fancy beans. Recently though every morning that I drink folgers or kirkland i throw up. Not just a little nauseau, we are talking exorcist style. Followed by dry heaves. I cant eat breakfast.
I thought it was my creamer,nope. So then maybe its me?
Sounded possible untill drinking some starbucks at a freinds. Its my least favorite of all java. But I needed my caffeine fix. Two full cups later and no nausea set in. So whatever they are doing to folgers and maxwell and probably kirkland as well must be the problem.

Oct 09, 2014
Folgers French Vanilla has propylene glycol
by: Anonymous

Maxwell House has tasted terrible to the last drop for a long time for me. I have been drinking Folgers French Vanilla for several years, and lately felt dizzy/lightheaded after my morning coffee. I was getting tired of the flavor, and picked up some Folgers French Roast (just dark coffee). This morning I drank that, and NO lightheaded/dizzy feeling! I Googled ingredients for the French Vanilla, and found one of the artificial flavor ingredients was propylene glycol!!! Hmmmm.....

Oct 09, 2014
I Feel Cheated
by: Brenda@KTown

My husband and I have always drank Maxwell House. We live in the country and are on a well. MH always tasted and smelled so good. More than a month ago I started noticing a foul taste/smell coming from my coffee. I was sick to my stomach...nauseous. By process of elimination we now figured out it's the coffee! We thought it strange that we both had this foul taste in our mouths after drinking it. We take it black, but even tried covering the smell with Baileys! It worked for the smell, but not for the nausea. Used my Keurig this morning and 'all was right with the world'. I wrote to Maxwell House but have received no reply as yet. I trust everyone else has done the same. I am going to post a comment on Facebook about our findings also. Perhaps everyone here could do so? We have to get the word out. MH/Kraft should not get away with this.

Oct 08, 2014
Maxwell House ignores customers
by: Anonymous

Last year I discovered that maxwell house coffee was making me sick. I wrote them but never received a reply. I guess the customers didn't mean much to them. I haven't bought maxwell house since. I find that the prices are cheaper but I will never buy it again. I will pay more for a better coffee that doesn't make me ill.

Oct 05, 2014
oops
by: morg

sorry, i misread the post and typed an accusation that was unfounded, please forgive me.

another comment states the wood chips, not the original post!

i am still curious about the wood chips in folgers & MH

Oct 05, 2014
did not answer the wood chip question...
by: morg

the point not addressed in the original question was tge wood chips:
i wonder tge same thing, because i have noticed them in folgers coffee as well. do they roast & grind the plant's branches too? only way to explain wood chips in coffee that does not involve some ethical matter :(

Sep 26, 2014
MH additives
by: LA

I have bought Maxwell House coffee for years, but in my drip perk I noticed that the coffee has been floating up in the filter. When you go to change the filter you will see that coffee has floated up to the top, whereas it used to be that all coffee stayed at the bottom of the filter. As the taste was also different I told my wife that they must now be adding more leaves and fillers. Sawdust would not surprise me as even if I make a half pot, the coffee in the filter floats to the top of the filter instead of staying at the bottom for the water to flow through.

MH is the cheapest coffee, but you are not getting coffee anymore

Sep 24, 2014
Bad Narcotic Tasting New Master Blend !
by: Randy Cooper

I knew it ! My wife said "I was Crazy ! It's the same" One Months ago I bought a Container of Master Blend and it was rank ! With a terrible taste and really bad narcotic-taste when you get up in the morning,I cant stand it ! Two weeks ago I found some that must have been NOS or Old Stock that was like the old MB-What the hell are they thinking #&%* SOB'S I would pay more for the old master blend just that simple ! but now I'm done,I will never considering purchasing any Maxwell House Coffee or any kinds kraft Products for the rest of my life.instead of thinking of the Comsumers they think of their bottom line -I'm not Kidding.Randy Cooper

Sep 19, 2014
maxwell house
by: Anonymous

I too heard about the dirt and other fillers in coffee and wondered about MH coffee. It taste, looks and smells different then it used to. I've been getting an upset stomach and sick sometimes even before I drink one cup. I thought It was just me, but I guess not. Sounds like grinding your own is best.

Sep 17, 2014
Maxwell House Robusta
by: BenVero

Maxwell House coffee was my coffee of choice until recently. I noticed the coffee tasted weird and was very strong and bitter - all the reasons I didn't drink Folgers. Lately, I have been buying New England Coffee Breakfast Blend and I like it so much I buy 4 bags at a time now. It reminds me of the old Maxwell House coffee when it was smooth and pleasant to drink. Publix has it B1G1 every few weeks, so I stock up when they do. I don't know what Maxwell house did - there is an article from 2007 online saying they were removing the Robusta beans, but as bitter as it is, I can't believe that.

Sep 03, 2014
wooden chips/sticks in most coffee?
by: Shelly

Since 2012 I have had terrible problems with my stomach and now with my throat.
I have been a coffee drinker since I was about 5 years old and have loved coffee all my life.

But now? There was finally a promo commercial to watch the new one night on NBC that asked if you knew that the coffee companies were putting pieces of chopped up wood and things in the coffee...stay tuned to the news...
That was the last I heard and am trying to find out who is doing what to the ground coffee being sold today.
I quit buying Maxswell House brand...then quit buying Folger's for the same reason - bad coffee!!!

Who knows the truth about what they are doing to our purchase of either bags or cans of coffee being sold in our supermarkets today?

Thank you for any input you can give.

Aug 21, 2014
Maxwell House gives me heartburn
by: Janet

I have always been a fan of MH. I just recently returned from a few days in Canada were I experienced no heartburn. The coffee there was delicious. Now I am home and drinking MH and my Gerd is back full force. Any suggestions for a replacement coffee?

Aug 20, 2014
Folgers - Not worth it
by: Andrew Rouse

SO I thought I was imagining things when I thought Folgers might be making me sick. But then a friend gave me some Starbucks espresso blend to try and I loved it! I just moved however and am really tight on money so I dug out my old can of Folgers from the kitchen stuff. Sure enough I got sick the first day, and I got sick today! There HAS to be additives in this they do not tell you about.

Aug 17, 2014
Terrible
by: Sarah

I started buying maxwell house dark roast loving how smooth and dark and rich it was. The can I just opened is definitely not 100% of any type of coffee beans. I'm pretty sure I found a hunk of wood. I think I'll send this back to the company and see if they would drink it

Aug 17, 2014
Was it ever good?
by: Anonymousdlb

Hate to say this to MH fans, but about 10 years ago I was at a Bob Evans and ordered coffee. She brought a cup. After a couple of sips I became convinced it had been sitting on the burner for hours and politely asked for a fresh cup. She brought one back and it tasted the same. Having never tried MH before that, I assumed they must have not rinsed the pots adequately after cleaning them. Have since discovered when I get bad coffee at a restaurant if I ask the brand every time it turns out to be MH. Not that I am a coffee snob. I enjoy expensive coffee as much as the next guy, but economics demands Folgers Columbian. Reasonably good until lately when I have noticed a significant decline in quality! What is going on?

Aug 04, 2014
Maxwell House -nausea
by: Keith

Last couple months I have been wondering if the Maxwell House coffee was giving me this nausea in the mornings and throughout the day. Been away for
2 weeks vacation, drank a different brand and had
noticed my nausea had stopped and then...I read this
post today just after my morning 2 cups of Maxwell
H coffee after coming back home. I had a suspicion
it was my coffee doing this, my wife (who hates the smell let alone drink coffee it) told me she noticed
I had this stomach nausea. SO, 2 weeks different brand and just last 2 days back at home and my nausea is back. SO, i am going to switch brands
for a couple weeks and take my coffee thermos to work - office uses MH.
So, as a MH drinkers for years, yes something has
changed and it is not good. Would prefer to have paid a little bit more for MH just for the aroma and taste. Good bye.

Jul 30, 2014
Maxwell House/Master Blend gone bad
by: Anonymous

Been drinking Master Blend by Maxwell House for years. Went this week to get more and it was horrible. Thought maybe it was just that can, so I went out to a different store and bought a small can. UGH just as bad as the first. Smelled and tasted like it went through the pot twice. Haven't had a decent cup of good coffee in days. I guess I have to start drinking tea. Thanks Maxwell House for taking my last enjoyable coffee away.

Jul 25, 2014
Folgers Breakfast Blend
by: Anonymous

Been drinking it for years but been getting really sick after only half CUP of it lately. It has been months of digestive issues in the morning which have been increasing in intensity. The only constant is the coffee and it is now immediately after drinking it. Not drinking it anymore! After reading all these comments I feel confident it's the coffee!

Jul 24, 2014
Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

its the plastic containers that change the flavors of the coffee

Jul 21, 2014
switched
by: Anonymous

My solution: I just switched coffee brands. I no longer use Maxwell House or Folgers. No longer ill. I love coffee again.

Jul 19, 2014
never again...
by: Anonymous

When they did away with the colombian beans they did away with the good flavour and aroma. I am still on the look out for a good colombian coffee.

Jul 13, 2014
Arthritic Pain from Folgers Gourmet Selections-Vanilla Biscotti
by: Anonymous

I have been having severe "tennis elbow" for over a month and a half. I've been drinking Folgers Vanilla Biscotti all during that time. It just wasn't going away, so I started wondering if it was the coffee, because that was the one thing that was consistent in my every day life. So, I switched to a Starbucks brand, and on day 2 I noticed the pain wasn't as severe. Day 3 there is a dull pain (no longer sharp, shooting pain), so it definitely feels like it's getting better. I'm currently on day four and it feels even better than yesterday. I can lift my arm without feeling a shooting pain, and I can tell it's finally going away. I'm not doing anything different in my daily activities. My friend thinks I'm full of crap, but I feel there has to be some chemical or pesticide they've added that is causing this terrible arthritic pain I just experienced.

Jul 13, 2014
Maxwell house as bad as the last drop
by: Stephen

I opened new can about a week ago of the breakfast blend maxwell house and it smelled like it was already run through a coffee pot once. The taste was no better. This was the first and last time buying maxwell house. For the money i think the Aldi coffes are the best.. The last can i bought before the maxwell house was folgers and was glad to finish it and try a different brand because it wasn't great either. I think i'll go back to the aldi specialty coffees in the future. They actually smell like coffe when you open them

Jun 28, 2014
Kroger brand instant
by: Deborah

I've started developing arthritis like symptom in my wrists and feet within days after drinking Kroger instant coffee. It took the second time to connect the dots. I'm talking debilitating pain. Anyone else having this issue? I figured my magnesium level was low butt Out still happens even when taking magnesium supplements. Folgers instant never did that to me.

Jun 28, 2014
Folgers Columbian gives me terrible gastrointestinal problems
by: Kay from Brooklyn

So I bought a french press, and wanted to try it out. I am new to coffee drinking, and used to drink Maxwell houses instant coffee with no issues. So I picked up the Folgers Columbian. It smelt good, and tastes good. The problem is, it gives me terrible tummy trouble. Almost instant diarrhea. The other times I had tummy trouble but didn't associate it with the coffee. So with this third try of using it in the french press, I realize I'm only having trouble when I drink this. It The pain was intense, to the point where I wanted to shed tears, on par with labor pains. I found this site by entering "Folgers and bathroom trouble." Now I see that it's not only me. It's too bad, because it tastes pretty good. So I'm not sure if it's my body composition or the coffee. I need to try something else.

Jun 20, 2014
Folgers Columbian Makes me Sick
by: Tarry

I do not drink coffee everyday, but my wife does. I noticed several months ago when we changed brands to Folgers Columbian coffee, that I would get extremely sick to my stomache. This happened everytime I drank it. We thought at first that is was the change from sugar to Stevia plant based sweetener. Now through process of elimination, we know that it is the coffee. Folgers Columbian coffee. Here is where it gets worse, we threw it away and bought Maxwell House Columbian coffee, and the same thing happened. Once again we changed our brand of sweetner to another brand of stevia and then went back to sugar. Still nausea and stomache aches to the point of vomitting. I went to sams club and bought the Columbian coffee from there, and guess what? Nothing, no nasuea, no stomache ache or headache. Something is WRONG with both of these coffee brands. How can we do something about this?

Jun 19, 2014
Folgers makes me sick - maybe
by: Medical Doctor

On June 17 I had my usual Folgers in the AM - it was a fresh container. Very quickly my nose became congested, throat a bit tight, palpitations, abdominal pain, and profound nausea and wretching.

I slept the entire morning and was somewhat better.

Today June 19, I tried the Folgers coffee, but only 1 cup. Again throat discomfort and nausea.

Of note, on June 18 I was drinking Keurig coffee Costco brand, with ZERO issues.

Jun 19, 2014
Folgers Custom Roast Making Me Very Sick
by: Chris

I've been a coffee drinker for 30 years and I'm so glad I found this site and that others are also complaining.
For the past week I've been drinking Folgers Custom Roast and not only does it not have any flavor but it has no aroma whatsoever. Plus, it is making me sick. I'm imeadiately nauseous after drinking it and am having the runs. Nothing has changed in my diet except the coffee roast. This is the last Folgers I will ever buy and will try to find a reasonable replacement that's not making me ill.
Unfortunately Maxwell a House is just as bad as are all the affordable coffees that once were good. These corporations are using the cheapest beans grown under suspicious circumstances and they are poisoning their consumers. Stop buying these coffee brands before they do serious damage to your life. Read the comments here and see that the public is becoming aware that these corporations are killing us. Fight back with your hard earned dollars and don't buy their products. Contact the FDA and your local media until they investigate what's happened to our coffee.

Jun 18, 2014
Maxwell House
by: Debbie B

I too used to drink Maxwell House. Started having upset stomach and diarrhea. Took me a while before I figured out it was from the coffee.
I have switched brands and buy beans to grind. Have not had any issues since I quit drinking Maxwell House. Kraft definitely needs to look into this. How many people need to get sick before they take this seriously!

Jun 16, 2014
Maxwell House Coffee makes me sick
by: RichnBlessings

So glad I found this site. It all makes sense now. I, too, have been made sick drinking this coffee. I will try a new brand, something else besides folgers or maxwell house.

Jun 16, 2014
Maxwell House Coffee makes me sick
by: RichnBlessings

All of the sudden, I too gag at the smell of coffee being made, let alone drink it. I have been drinking black coffee since I was a teenager and I am in my 50s now. This just started a few weeks ago which caused me to research the computer for any solutions to why and I found this site. I am glad to know that I am not alone. All we drink is Maxwell House.

Jun 13, 2014
MH gone bad?
by: Anonymous

I hate to say it, but I have been getting consistent headaches after drinking MH original roast. At first I thought it was caffeine but now I think it's the pesticides or something because I didnt have this problem with Folgers. From here out though, I'm not drinking the stuff in the blue plastic tub that's usually on sale anymore.

Jun 12, 2014
Maxwell house is making me sick
by: Amber

The grocery store didn't have out regular coffee brand, so my husband bought Maxwell House and since the day I started drinking it, I have been getting diarrhea, nausea, a lot of gurgles in my stomach, I feel bloated & I'm getting headaches. Good to know that I am not alone. Throwing the coffee out when I get back home today. I don't have time to feel this sick. I thought I was getting a stomach flu, but the symptoms never came to a head. Just a general unwell feeling & quick trips to the washroom.
How disappointing.

Jun 07, 2014
Kraft nor Smuckers owns my source of coffee beans
by: Becky

Born in 1950, my family drank MH and Folgers so that's what I'd been drinking since my teens until late 2012. I don't know what these companies did to change what's in those cans but it's not the ground coffee it once was AND this includes all coffee suppliers to fast food and most other restaurants. Coffee prices definitely went up---companies look into futures as needed to plan marketing and sales. They have to make a profit, that's fine BUT I don't have to buy their inferior products. I miss the convenience of those name brand pre-ground coffees but they are not as they were---NO coffee smell or taste. I buy great fresh roasted beans from a small local roaster---they are popping up everywhere or you can buy online. I only buy what I will use within 2 wks, as fresh coffee is perishable. I grind only what I'm to brew just prior to brewing. Now I wonder what was in those grounds (to keep it fresh) I drank up all those years---always smelled and tasted good.

Jun 07, 2014
Well. . .
by: Anonymous

I'm not here to contradict anyone, but I bought a Colombian coffee from Maxwell house just this week. It was one of those that's pretty fresh when you open it. (That's rather rare, but always delightful.) And it was delicious. I've drunk it up already.
Maybe I'll get one of the icky ones soon. Just sayin'

Jun 01, 2014
Folgers coffee
by: S. Kent

The last 2 coffees of Folgers Gourmet and French Roast have had an after taste and seem oily. Has anyone else experienced this? I even got a new coffee pot & maker thinking -maybe-but no- same results. Anyone?

May 29, 2014
Folgers Instant Coffee Made Me Sick
by: Tanya

I am not a coffee drinker. However, over the years a few times a year I would drink the really good individual coffee packets at work. I forgot the name of them but they have neat little packs and all kinds of flavors. When I'd drink those I felt normal and would have an extra boost of energy.

Lately this year I've had taste for coffee and purchased a couple of cups from Dunkin Donuts. I felt fine. I decided to buy Folgers from the grocery store and since I didn't have a coffee maker I purchased the instant. On each of the 5 occasions I made it I got really bad headaches, got very drained and sleepy, and felt weird. I thought it was maybe to strong but then I began using a little less than the recommended serving.

Needless to say I tried it again the other night and lets just say I got sick again. I finally threw that horrible death trap in the trash.

May 29, 2014
OH ICK!
by: Kitty

As a long time coffee drinker, and being a person with a sensitive palate I've noticed that every so often that coffee flavor changes.

But for the past couple of months, the coffee my husband has been making, has been utterly skanky.

We buy on sale, we can't afford "luxury" coffees.
We had been using Maxwell house, something or other, it was ok for the most part, nothing to write home about really, and then my husband bought some Folgers Country Roast, mild. I'm not sure we've had it before, I just drink what is in the pot. No, I don't care to make it, that's his job. :)

Red plastic can, 34.5 oz.
This Sucks. We got this on Monday, it tasted guck.
On Tuesday and Wednesday I noticed I had heartburn, I hardly EVER have heartburn or acid reflux of any kind. Today, after drinking the coffee I'm mildly nauseous and the coffee tasted so bitter, and caused such heartburn that I came on the internet and searched for Folgers and coffee problems, I found this site. So after reading some of the comments, I opened the can and smelled it, it doesn't have a "normal" coffee scent, it smells burnt, and there is another underlying odor that is similar to decomposing onions, or a decomposing vegetable smell in general.
Normally newly opened coffee grounds have a fragrant aroma that is pleasant. When I just now opened this can, which was first cracked opened Monday, I had to get my face clear down close to the grounds to smell the scent. And then I noticed the rotten smell.

I am not drinking this tomorrow that is for DANG sure.





May 29, 2014
Economics
by: Anonymous

@Amanda Washigton: Quite a claim about them using beans that are almost rotting, and having to use preservatives to make them last longer. It probably has mostly to do with the ratio of Robusta to Arabica beans having gone up. Much cheaper than Arabica, Robusta is still drinkable, though second rate for sure.

It's very simple and it all comes down to basics free market economics. The cheaper brands use cheaper ingredients and processing in order to still make a profit. The more expensive brands are EXACTLY the same. You think they don't care about profit? If not, they wouldn't be around for too long (or would you be willing to lose your money in a failing company?. They use more expensive ingredients and charge you more, still making a profit.

Now the best thing: we live in a free country where nobody forces you to drink Maxwell (maybe your inlaws, but you could still BYO). If you go to a supermarket, you can choose from a lot of different brands in different price ranges. If your budget is restricted, then Maxwell and similar is what you can buy. If you can't stand the quality, feel free to upgrade to another brand; just bring more of your cash. If Maxwell would overcharge their customer, they would stop selling the stuff and go bust. Apparently, it's still a good deal for enough people at this price point.

May 17, 2014
A Method to Their Madness
by: Anonymous

It occurred to me as I sifted through these comments that surely someone from Maxwell House had seen them, and surely by now they know that many people find their product to be inferior (when once it was quite good). And yet, no changes whatsoever have been made.

If that is the case, then one can only assume that this is being purposely done. And why would they do that? My guess is to force us to pay more for other brands (which they probably own directly or indirectly as well). It's a way to "manage down" our expectations and get us used to paying through the nose for something that was once a good deal.

What they must remember, however, is that something is only worth as much as someone else is will to pay for it. In their haste to manage down our expectations and drive us toward spending more on other products (which they mostly likely also own), they may just end up turning us all into tea drinkers. If so, do be sure to drink a tea not owned by Kraft.

May 17, 2014
Maxwell House Coffee makes us nausea
by: Tipton

Bought the large container of Maxwell House Original Roast (925g) at Costco on sale. Expiration date is 2015 so that is not the problem. My husband ask me if I had a feeling of stomach uneasy feeling or nausea after we had our coffee and I said yes really bad. We had not had the same thing to eat the day before so I felt sure that was not the reason. I cleaned the pot good made a fresh pot the next day and the same thing. On the third day I made a couple cups of some other I had. We were okay and I made some of the Maxwell and with two sips we started feeling really nausea and stomach doing overturns. After reading the other comments here I am sure it's not the re-action to a sub-standard coffee. We went to church the first day and had a cup of their Maxwell House brought earlier and no problem. I have drunk Maxwell House for years and never had this problem. WHAT HAPPEN TO MY MAXWELL HOUSE! Anybody want 300 cups of ground coffee or I hope it's coffee?

May 11, 2014
Maxwell house
by: Anonymous

. . . really 'cheap out' on taste and ounces . . . . and what's with that handle!?!?!? . . . Probably can't put a useful handle on a container greatly reduced in size but not on price . . . .

May 08, 2014
Folgers and Maxwell House
by: Amanda Washigton

I am assuming that coffee brands are just like dog food brands in a sense. The Chain brands add tons of fillers and artificial ingredients that should not be consumed. For example Beneful dog food is a leading cause of canine diabetes because of all the additives and sugar. I have had a problem with both Maxwell House and Folgers along with the cheap coffee that they make at the chain fast food restaurants such as McDonald's, Bojangles, Burger King. Normally I buy a more expensive brand of coffee(Trung Nguyen)in order to avoid these problems, but funds were a little short this month and not to mention my mother-in-law drinks Folgers. If i drink either or I am in the bathroom with horrible runs, and a trash can in front of me throwing up before I even drink half a cup of it. One of my elders (who was a Luzziane coffee salesman in his day) told me that the quality of the beans in Folgers and Maxwell house are poor , and that they are old and on the verge of rotting when they process them and that they add artificial preservatives in order to make them last just a pinch longer. Its not the coffee that's making us sick, its the corporations, buying spoiled food and cramming it full with artificial additives, so that we don't notice in order to save a few million bucks per quarter. Of course they will not own up to it, that would be bad for business, and result in a loss of profit. When they get exposed they will just add more additives and say that it is a new and improved formula.

Apr 29, 2014
Feeling nausea - Maxwell House Original Roast
by: Ron Kenny

Bought the large container of Maxwell House Original Roast (925g) here in a well known dept. store in Canada on Saturday past and for 3 days I have had a mystery feeling of stomach uneasy feeling or nausea at times with a slight headache 1 hour after drinking 2-3 cups of this coffee. Followed by a dash to the washroom. Clears up by 6 pm. The coffee was on 50% off sale and maybe that was a warning sign? After reading the other comments here I am sure it's the re-action to a sub-standard coffee. Moving to high-end coffee bean from now on.

Apr 28, 2014
Folgers migraines
by: Anonymous

I have recently been using Folgers coffee and been receiving bad migraines. I have also noticed that mentally I become foggy and have extreme difficulty performing simple tasks. Not sure what is going on with their coffee???

Apr 22, 2014
What Has the World Come To??
by: Emmy

I made a big mistake buying MH coffee in the first place. I was remembering the way it smelled and tasted back in the 90's... which I thought was okay.

It does not smell like coffee. It does not taste like coffee. I am using it as a refrigerator deodorizer out of pity.

What I can say the smell of this stuff reminds me of is... Mulch. When you pile up leaves and dead foliage to decompose into stuff for your garden later, the decomposed stuff is mulch. This is not coffee, it is mulch.

Starbucks tastes and smells like burnt charcoal. Chock Full O' Nuts isn't what it used to be. Keurig seems okay. Lavazza, Peet's, and Newman's own is good. The organic stuff from Whole Foods seems alright too.

I have not had a truly epiphany-inducing proper cup of coffee since I moved from New York City. I'm packing up and moving back asap. Or at least to San Francisco.

Apr 18, 2014
Maxwell House coffee has Changed!
by: Anonymous

I'm glad I found this site because I knew their was something different about the taste of Maxwell House coffee,first I thought it was the water or the creamer I was using that was making the coffee taste and look like mud so I would pour it out and make another batch and the new batch of coffee would have the same look and taste of mud not really a coffee taste just very bitter and gross .I also noticed their was no coffee aroma in the air. I'm done with MAXWELL HOUSE no wonder every week the 30.6 oz plastic jars are on sale! I'm not sure what changes were made but they did change something because I have being drinking Maxwell House coffee for 20+ years and I sensed something was off with the coffee.

Apr 15, 2014
Using Bean Coffee
by: Anonymous

I finally got tired of the bad taste of pre-ground coffee. Bought me a Mr. Coffee burr grinder and started using whole bean coffee. Couldn't be happier.

Apr 12, 2014
Types of coffee beans?
by: Becky

Coffee beans are either Arabica or Robusta with Arabica being of higher quality and the preferred choice of coffee drinkers. I don't know what's in the cans of pre-ground coffee in grocery stores but many people seem to think it's very low grade Robusta---probably why all those cans state "100% Pure Coffee". Best to buy only "100% Arabica Coffee" beans! Columbian coffee is grown in Columbia, Guatemalan coffee in Guatemala and so on. Individual tastes differ so it's important to try different single origins to see your likes/dislikes.... Guatemalan, Ethiopian, Costa Rican, Peruvian, Mexican and the list goes on---depending on what's available from your local or online roaster. ALSO important is your preferred roast level---some like medium roasts while others like dark to very roasts. There's something for everybody!

Apr 07, 2014
I switched to sale coffee and going back to bean
by: Anonymous

Green Mountain or Eight O'Clock, my bottom lip is eaten away from the acid. It's not a hot coffee burn, I never had this before the switch!

Mar 26, 2014
Changed Beans
by: Eve

Hello,
I was wonderign that as well the last few years - Maxwell House normal, Folgers, all the shelf brands seem so bad to me now compared to years ago, and then I realized the mention of Arabica Beans all the time in commercials.

See when I was growing up in my grandmother's house, (little girl in 1970's, teenager in 1980's and buyer n 1990's) (not sure when it changed over - late 1990's?) coffees like Maxwell House always boasted 100 % Columbian coffee.

Now Maxwell brought it back as some more expensive in my shops at least specialty type.

Growing up it was thought the only best one to buy and the norm.

Arabica and the rest just do not compare. They all seem far too roasted or bitter and the body is weak thin. To make a cup where I reach the same body as Columbian, I end up with a coffee too strong its horrible tatsing, only amplifying the arabica bean taste I don't like.

To drink the store brands now I need splenda or sugar etc . Growing up as older teenager and younger married adult I drank my coffee just with milk.

So I have a local specilaty coffee store Peurto Rico Coffee Company and bought a half pound fresh ground to order from them (which now is same price as buying Maxwell House's canned Colombian!)
and it tasted like I remember normal house hold coffee to taste. So you might wish to try colombian ground for you to see if you too say ahhhh, this is what I remember!

Mar 23, 2014
WATCH what you buy!
by: Becky

Nov 2012 my coffee tasted like crap, smelled like wet, chemical cardboard----NOT the Maxwell House we grew up with! I looked at ALL pre-ground in cans, major AND generic store brands, at my local grocery. All stated as ingredients "100% Pure Coffee", NOT "100% Arabica" as before. None of these even smell like coffee anymore! I had to re-vamp my morning coffee---takes a bit more effort but well worth it! I hate paying more but only had 2 choices: coffee or no coffee. After much research/decision making, I now grind fresh roasted beans just prior to brewing within proper temp range. Also feel very lucky that I can buy fresh roasted coffee locally. There seems to be an explosion of small roasters all over the place these days---very thankful for them! Great coffee drinking with no negative side effects!

Mar 16, 2014
Maxwell House & Folgers = Instant Migraine
by: NYGal

As someone who is prone to migraines, I watch everything that I eat and drink. I usually drink Chock Full O'Nuts Coffee, but bought Folgers since it was on sale. After a couple days, I noticed that familiar aching and pain creeping into the back my head and then it travels to one side or the other. I couldn't image what it was from, but when I got up in the a.m. felt fine, after breakfast, felt like crap. It thought it muse be something I ate. Then one afternoon, at mom's house, still with a headache. I had a quick cup of Maxwell House coffee before leaving. After hitting the road, my pain increased dramatically, I almost had to pull off the road to vomit. Thought I was not going to make the 40 minute drive home. Pulled over and took an emergency Relpax that I keep in the car. Got home, crawled into bed and after about an hour felt better (from the Relpax). BEWARE OF THESE COFFEES. I had a similar incident with Stop & Shop generic coffee and can't drink that either. Thanks for the blog, I know now that these coffees are poisoning us all! Be well and take care of yourselves, and drink Chock Full O'Nuts.

Mar 12, 2014
acid laced coffee
by: paul newton

I've been drinking maxwell house french roast for years until about 2 months ago. I noticed my stomach was burning a whole lot more than it did prior to the 2 months. It's been burning for sometime but lately it got unbearable. I just quit drinking it and changed to starbucks morning verona blend and i haven't had any problem since. I wish they (maxwell house) can figure out the problem, because i really hated to give it up. The consistency was all but extinct. Good can this month a bad can next. I want my maxwell french roast back on my counter top.

Mar 12, 2014
How old are you?
by: Anonymous

If you're under 30, then you don't even remember the amazing aroma of coffee. The dark, warm, sultry aroma that filled the house every morning. The aroma that made you want to walk down the coffee isle just to inhale that fresh ground aroma. The coffee companies have done something to our brew. There is no aroma anymore just stink. If Starbucks wants to revamp their profits, then they have to go back 30 years and bring back our bitter, delightful, aromatic brew.

Mar 09, 2014
Home brew for daily use, cofffee house for treat
by: Anonymous

First, if you make coffee at home, don't even try to match the stuff you get at your favorite coffee shop. It would cost thousands of dollars and they would still probably win in a taste test.
So your home coffee isn't going to be gourmet and it need not be. It should taste good, but consider going out as the treat. Everyday coffee should be something you like that does the job.
That being said, there is very little difference between coffees in about the same price range in your supermarket. Folgers, Maxwell House. Yuban and all the others in that range don't differ much. But look at the content weight. Folgers is the most expensive per ounce. Maxwell House a little less, Yaban a little less than that. The 3 pound coffee can hasn't been around for years. Folgers shorts you anywhere from 3 to 7 ounces, depending. Maxwell House gives you more, and Yuban a little more.
If you can really taste a significant difference, you have to go live in a coffee house for the rest of your life.
Brands like Choc-full-of-nuts and coffees in that range are only for the ones who have have run a hot iron over their taste buds.
So what about store brands? Meijer gives the a really good home coffee cheaper than any of the major brands and the Colombian is just as good or better. Wal-Mart costs more than Meijer and should be priced with Choc-full-of-nuts.
Perhaps your grocery store has its own brand. It might be worth trying.
That's my take on it. I love the coffee I make at home and adore it at the mom and pop store here in town and at Starbucks, the major brand of anything that really got it right.

Mar 06, 2014
Mc Danials coffee maybe bad too
by: Anonymous

Last week my husband and I bought a new can of McDanials special roast coffee in a tin from Save a lot grocery store in florida. Bad stomach virus, exhaustion, waves of naussa. After 4 days of not getting better, we started to think it is the coffee. We were re-poisonings ourselves every morning when we drank it.I read on line that Mc Danials coffee is folgers. Don't know if that is for sure true. Stopped drinking the coffee and cleaned the coffee maker. Now feeling better.

Feb 21, 2014
MH French Roast Bad?
by: Anonymous

I have a tub of MH French Roast that is definitely bad. Smells like chemicals. Tastes awful. Bad enough that I did a google search to see if anyone else had a bad batch too.

Can't rule out that my wife is trying to poison me...

Feb 15, 2014
Maxwell House Coffee [Lite 1/2 caff]
by: Anonymous

What has happened to MH coffee, Bought a new can last week 2/1/20014 and it tastes terrible. That good coffee smell is gone also. We have used the 1/2 caff lite for 5 years and it was always consistently good but not any more. Anyone know whats up?

Feb 13, 2014
MH coffee hurts my stomach
by: JPC

Wow--I Googled that Maxwell House coffee hurts my stomach and found this page! I drank MH for years with no problem. But about a year ago I started getting heartburn. I thought it was from tomatoes or something so I took Pepcid AC. But it happened even when I didn't eat tomatoes.

We were out of town for a few days and I drank hotel coffee and my stomach didn't hurt. When we came back home, within a few days of drinking MH coffee, again the terrible stomach pain and burning, like the worst heartburn ever.

I recently began drinking it again after a few weeks break and again, stomach pain to the point I thought I had ulcers. So I have now quit MH coffee for good. It's all that was ever in our house growing up. I think I'll go back to drinking organic fair trade coffee from Trader Joe's soon to see if that causes me any problems but I'm going to stay off of coffee for at least a month first. Amazing that so many people have this problem...

Feb 10, 2014
Worst coffee and stinks
by: Anonymous

i have used m h for over 40 years my mother used it .NO MORE MH,I throwed the last 8 plastic con.away they stink,taste ,and smell awful I wasted over $100.00,I will never buy MH again. I bet their sales will start dropping really fast if they have'nt already

Feb 07, 2014
Toothpick-like wood pieces in your Maxwell House coffee?
by: msboo

It's blatantly obvious that Maxwell House doesn't care what's in those cans OR what goes on during stages of production. Instead of calling on inspectors it's better to just NOT PURCHASE their coffees---or any others off store shelves, as they are all alike these days.

Feb 07, 2014
Really, there's f***ing wood in it.
by: Anonymous

I found multiple small (~0.5 inch, toothpick-like in diameter/width) pieces of wood in our Maxwell House container. I seriously recommend anyone drinking this brand to sift through the grounds a bit because I did not have to look very hard for this garbage. Someone send a health inspector to MH's filthy factory.

Feb 05, 2014
Folgers classic roast instant coffee
by: Whitney

Dearly lord baby Jesus. I just made myself a cup of folgers instant coffee and maybe only two minutes later I am so terribly nauseous and dizzy. I purchased the coffee a little over a week ago and this was my first cup. It's been 3 hours now and the most I can do is laying down and trying to make the room hold still. I've never had this bad of a reaction before. Sure, once in a while I may feel icky after a cup but I was completely fine before drinking the stuff and my stomach was not empty. F this stuff

Jan 25, 2014
Maxwell House, Folgers and the like (including store brands)
by: msboo

Over a year ago I "lost" my good old, constantly dependable morning coffee---been drinking pre-ground all my life, Maxwell House or Folgers. These coffees were now tasting like chemical, wet cardboard AND upon opening a fresh can.... no coffee smell, just that same cardboard smell that ended up in my cup---YUK! Labels used to state "100% Arabica Coffee" but no more, just "100% Coffee". Big companies were already downsizing containers, prices stayed the same then began to rise. Coffee is very expensive and companies must have gone to buying crap beans, etc. They have to make a profit to stay in business, which I understand, BUT for goodness sakes! Don't sell the public that crap---I'll pay for my coffee, even if I have to cut back on consumption! I checked ALL store shelved coffees---the only brands that are 100% Arabica are the ones sold in vented 12oz bags AND not all those are good. After much research I starting buying only fresh roasted beans with a "Roasted on" date (NOT stuff marked with Best By dates OR Exp dates), grinding fresh just prior to brewing and brewing at 195-205 degrees for proper extraction. It's been a little inconvenient BUT I have my coffee back and it's very good. Sometimes it's not possible to get beans fresh to use within 15 days of roast so I either do without OR have hot tea those mornings. People here have complained about name brand, pre-ground coffees making them feel bad to varying degrees. I have to wonder just WHAT THEY ARE CURRENTLY PUTTING IN THOSE CANS THEY CALL "100% COFFEE"... but THEN I started wondering what they put on/in those grounds in cans that kept it smelling and tasting like the good fresh coffee it was all those years!! It wasn't "gourmet" coffee but it was good and tasted like coffee then--NOT anymore.

Jan 23, 2014
Maxwell coffee and others making me sick
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking coffee for 46 years,
Maxwell, Folgers, 7-11, WaWa coffees are
making me sick. They make me mentally confused,
give me body aches, fatigue, and headaches.
They are using something in the coffee that
is making us all sick. This has been going on for years. The ones profiting from all this
is the medical establishment. I wonder if the
parent company is Merck or some other drug
company of these instant and brewed coffees.

Dec 02, 2013
GMO
by: Anonymous

Mikey, you need to dig a little deeper re: GMO foods. You're simply parroting the standard government-media BS.

Nov 25, 2013
Maxwell House Instant coffee made me physically ill
by: Anonymous

Thanks Ted, I thought I was the only one. oh my goodness...yeech! It gave me fatigue. I bought some Maxwell House instant coffee this weekend and it made me very sick too. I felt like I had to vomit, it gave me a headache, then I was aching all over now I'm exhausted, as it still has me queazy and lethargic.

Nov 24, 2013
My coffee sucks
by: Anonymous

Haven't bought Maxwell house in a while Tastes and smells like crap Says on the can pure coffee, whatever that means. Usually I use 8 o clock beans. They are owned by Tata corporation,look it up. Best coffee I've had is Peet's Major Dickason's beans. Found them on sale. Dark, oily looking beans, like french roast

Nov 21, 2013
coffee tastes weak.
by: Anonymous

for some reason I can't explain, all coffee is tasting weak to me. this has happened pretty suddenly. I would say over the last two months. I don't know if it's sinus/allergy problems, or as I can see from these comments, coffee quality. It's everywhere. Home and my local diner. I'm freaking out because I know that taste issues can be an early sign of dementia. (It happened to my mother). but I can taste everything else.

I too was a big user of Maxwell house. We've been switching back and forth between brands (chock full of nuts, Giant brand, MH) And we are using a farberware perculator. If it wasn't for the coffee at the diner, I would blame the pot.

Nov 21, 2013
Makes me sick
by: Anonymous

I have realized that Maxwell house and Folgers make me sick and I gag and throw up in the morning.....Yuck. Never again.

Nov 18, 2013
Maxwell Coffee
by: Rob

I get very ill after I drink a half a cup of Maxwell coffee. I get a pain in my left arm from my finger to shoulder blade with a weak feeling thru both arms. My body also get's very very weak with nausea. It takes about 1 hour of resting to get most of the effects to go away... then about another 1 week for the rest of the symptoms to disappear. People with panic attack can almost confuse these symptoms to it.. I tested 3 times to make sure this was the issue and it clearly is. Folgers also has the same effects. Any other coffee is ok. I can't find anything in the ingredients that can cause any harm...but it suggests that there is ingredients missing.

Nov 07, 2013
bad coffee
by: Anonymous

If you have Safeway try the Safeway Columbian coffee(in the can not the bag). Tastes (and smells) like the old time Maxwell house USED to. It's also economical. Frequently on sale for $6-7 bucks.

Nov 05, 2013
Smell Bad
by: Anonymous

Maxwell House smells so bad when I open it! I brewed it and it taste harsh. I thought I was crazy too. I kept buying different kinds of MH and still no differnece.

I bought Cafe du Monde from an Asain store and still had that same smell and taste. Please someone tell me what kind of coffee to buy....This is getting costly,,lol

Oct 29, 2013
coffee making me sick ?
by: pumpkin73

SO since July I have been experience dizziness, and headaches. Then bodyaches. I had a lymes test done. Negative. ENT nothing. CT scan nothing. ANd then a nuerologist. Treats me for migraines. I take the medicine and drink coffee everyday. One day I figured out that after a few days without coffee I started to feel better. Now it is over a week or more and the symptoms decreased. So I said to myself I think the coffee is making me sick. And then I decided to go on the internet and look for allergies. And then came upon this article. I been suffering since july. To the point it was effecting me everyday and at work. What is inthe coffee. Is it that that is making me sick.

Oct 27, 2013
Maxwell House "NOT Good To The Last Drop!"
by: Jason

I am a frequent coffee drinker. Normally, I buy freshly roasted coffees found in gourmet coffee shops which, in fact, cost and quality is definitely established. But, occassionally, will go and try lesser grades of coffees whenever I come across great supermarket sales. Whatever chemically used techniques Kraft is using to produce Maxwell House these days is surely be presented with past commenters of this site and its side effects. Simply, the coffee itself DOES NOT smell, feel, or taste like the real thing. Interestingly enough, Kraft has used a gimmicky "flavor lock lid" as a way to cover up its real truth in the making of their coffee. I remember growing up that earlier Maxwell House never tasting like this before. As in most manufacturers, its about cheaper production, competition, and profit making sales. Sadly, returning to once what was Maxwell House will never be seen again. My advice is simple .... Pay alittle bit more in selecting and choosing coffee shops that sell Fair Trade or organic beans. Even Whole Foods, for example, is a supermarket that specializes in selling better coffees.

Oct 21, 2013
Weak coffee
by: Joe

Coffee seems to be getting weaker in taste. Not just Maxwell House or Folgers; all brands. I found myself adding more coffee to the filter basket until it wouldn't hold any more, and then increasing the percolating time longer and longer, and it still tastes weak to me.

Has anyone else noticed a trend to less and less taste?

Maybe I'm just getting old.

Oct 20, 2013
Maxwell House & Folgers vs. Store Brand Coffee
by: Cindy

The beans in Maxwell House & Folgers coffees were changed to cheaper and lesser quality beans as the containers grew smaller and the price grew higher.

I was confused at first. My cup of coffee was tasting terrible.

So I Googled the problem.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/kraft-to-remove-robusta-beans-from-maxwell-house-coffee-blend

OK that was an article from 2007.

Both major brands use Robusta cofee beans in 2013.
They taste horrible.

Solution: I buy store brand coffee made with Arabica beans. The concentration of Robusta is lower and tastes a little better than Maxwell House & Folgers.

-My 2 cents.








Oct 08, 2013
GMO falsely accused
by: Mikey

To some of the commenters (above) that are trying to blame GMO foods for changes in coffee flavourings. You couldn't be more wrong.
GMO foods (like them or hate them) are engineered to eliminate the need for traditional pesticides by genetically modifying the seeds to resist a number of conditions.
There has never been a documented case of any death attributed to GMO derived foods.
However GMO foods have fed millions and prevented many humans from dying of starvation.
Our scientists would be remiss if they did not find ways to feed the ever growing population by increasing crop yields that are resistant to a number of conditions.
GMO activists are usually the same as all the other activists, like 9-11 truthers.
They have a little knowledge on the subject but prefer to block out all other knowledge that doesn't meed with their predefined outcome.
That said. Do your own research, if you are concerned about GMO's. Don't bite on propaganda.

Oct 06, 2013
Coffee is making us sick.
by: Jim Townsend

We have been drinking Folgers breakfast blend for a long time and until recently all was good. We bought a new can on sale and found that this was making us sick. It makes my wife throw up after drinking it. Myself i get a sick stomach and headache from drinking it.
We went out to breakfast at a local place we both had coffee and were fine after dringing this coffee.
My wife said it dont even smell like coffee in the can so i smelled it and it was funky. We will be contacting Folgers on Monday with this complaint and urge all who have been made sick to do the same.

Oct 06, 2013
Folgers INSTANT causes headache nausea
by: Anonymous

I use Folgers Instant coffee when I am I a hurry, Usually I grind my own beans. I have noticed for a long time that when I use the FOLGERS INSTANT, within 30 minutes I feel sick to my stomach. When I use my one ground beans this NEVER happens. I have read many of the things people have written here, and they are right. I thought it was probably JUST ME, but it is clear this isn't the case. So I will NO LONGER purchase ANY brand of instant as I suspect whatever is being INSERTED into the crystals is probably and accepted industry wide practice. I wish some Smart legal minded researcher would get on this...
Thanks for letting us document these things.

Sep 11, 2013
Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

I agree with those who think the quality of Maxwell House coffee shrunk with their packaging. After being a faithful Maxwell House drinker for many years, I switched to Chase & Sanborn. I was surprised at how much better it was. Also, to the person who said his wife couldn't drink Folger's, same here. I was once taken to emergency because I thought I was having a heart attack. Turned out to be the coffee. I switched to Maxwell House, and no problem. Now I'm drinking Chase & Sanborn and feeling even better.

Sep 11, 2013
Makes house stink!
by: Anonymous

I came back into my house about half hour after making a cup of MH 100%ColumbianoctaOMG I thought my dog or cat had urinated somewhere. Seriously it smelled like cat or dog pee. I was embarrassed because I was expecting company. I went to the sink to throw the coffe grounds away out of my Melita filter and they stunk! It was the coffee ! And I have been feeling dizzy most every day now for about a month and thought it might be from house painting I was doing but realized after reading these posts of people feeling woozy that it started after I got the MH a month ago and I've been painting for 3 months. It is a very strange dizzy and comes on even when I am not home and hours after morning coffee. I really do think it could be Agent Orange or other pesticide. Gawd! The nerve!

Aug 25, 2013
Folgers Causing problems
by: Aaron B

My wife and I moved up to a new 12 cup maker and resumed daily coffee drinking in the mornings because of her new schedule. I would put in 3 scoops per pot and about 2 hours after the first cup was a super laxative effect. At first I thought it was other items in our diet until I started cutting out coffee. On the days that I drank it, there was an urgent run to the bathroom! ...but not on the other days.
I cut back to 2 scoops per pot and the laxative effect has lessened, but we are currently looking for an OTC replacement for our morning brew! Goodbye Folgers! Also, I used to drink MH but when it changed I never bought another one. These 2 companies are encouraged to close their doors by my household!

Aug 24, 2013
The Folgers Stop
by: Anonymous

I bought a can of Folgers classic roast, I drank it two times and both times it gave me the runs - I googled to see if others had this problem and read about the 'Folgers stop' so i knew it wasn't just me or my coffee maker - why isn't this more widely known and how does Folgers stay in business if it causes people to run to the bathroom after drinking it? - safe to say I have switched to another brand.

Aug 23, 2013
Suddenly This Summer
by: Anonymous

I've used MH French Roast in the 29.3 ounce plastic container for around 5 years, but in July 2013 I got another container, and the coffee was very disappointing in taste - so inferior to what I was use to, I threw almost a full container away after I tried a cup from several pots of it over a week's time to make sure it wasn't a brewing fluke or a passing mood of mine or whatever. It's a shame because I thought their French Roast was pretty good for the money.

Jul 22, 2013
Folgers Classic Roast
by: Anonymous

I drink too much coffee and figured that when my stomach aches started that I needed to cut back. After months of going back and forth, I have figured out that it is Folgers that is making me sick. I get serious stomach aches and nausea, followed by a burnt feeling in the top part of my stomach. I have recently started using Aldi organic coffee and have not had any symptoms. Anyone else with the same issue?

Jul 06, 2013
Maxwell House, Folgers and all the rest say
by: Becky

November 2012, I checked out ALL coffees sold like Maxwell House and Folgers, including all store brands AND THEY ALL stated as ingredients "100% Pure Coffee"---even Walmart and Meijer store brands. You'll ONLY find "100% Arabica" on bagged coffees like Eight O'Clock, etc. AND those are not all super good BUT depends. I heard then found --Eight O'Clock Whole Bean 100% Colombian (NOT Original!)-- is fairly good IF you don't always purchase your beans fresh roasted from a local or online roaster. It's been said that --100% Colombian-- has fast turnover, therefore is roasted more often SO it ends up being fresher than most store shelf type coffees. I drink it from time to time and it's a nice coffee for those times I don't have local fresh roast on hand.

Our once loved and dependable Maxwell House, Folgers, etc. are no more---sad to say, as I miss them. IF you want decent coffee these days you have to get a good burr grinder, grind fresh just prior to brewing AND brew in a machine that reaches 195-205 degrees for proper extraction = good taste.

Jun 30, 2013
Maxwell House is not junk
by: CoffeeLover

Look at their label and it says "PURE COFFEE" !!??

They no longer use the expensive and best Arabica beans which the best coffee manufacturers use.

Look at the best brands and the label states ARABICA COFFEE.

But MH mixes the junk beans together and calls it "PURE COFFEE" !!

Jun 24, 2013
Changed
by: Anonymous

I also have used Maxwell coffee since the 80s ! It is .not as good as it used to be. the taste has changed.

Jun 05, 2013
Less Expensive
by: BaldRay

Walmart Value Brand is better than Maxwell or Folgers.

May 28, 2013
Bitter taste
by: Anonymous

Maxwell house is what I am drinking. I really can't say there is any side effects, but the taste is terrible and bitter! that is the 925 gram cans, dark or original.I buy this coffee because of the pricing, but when it gets to the point of being undrinkable,there is no incentive to buy at all. I phoned Kraft Canada and they were nice and will send me a refund check, in about 2 weeks time. I said I will give my unopened coffee away at the food bank.Years ago I bought $1 small packages at a dollar store of all places,which was a really good tasting coffee.That is it,no more Max for me,I think large corporations cannot be trusted.

Maybe good affordable coffee links can be set up for everyone.

P.S Folgers and Melitta(more expensive) are also on my no buy list

May 23, 2013
maxwell house columbian brew
by: o'donnell

I, up till now, anyway, always preferred the maxhouse Columbian blend over folgers,PLUS was even willing to pay a little extra, just cause it was their Columbian blend. NO MORE!!! You changed the recipe! It's so blah now! I wondered why the price went way down, now I know! You really are quite deceiving! Will never buy another Maxwell house coffee!

May 09, 2013
lousy coffee
by: charles

i am a truck driver and i drink one hell of a lot of coffee. iam almost millitant about good fresh coffee. i bought my own coffee maker for the truck. been a maxwell house user 35 years now all the store blends suck some worse than others.however//// i found fantastic non faggy coffee. real coffee ( mocha java) non flavored taste like coffee.( mild) ifound it at (ferris coffee an nut) its on the web. im sure its at other places its g r e a t take from a old fat truck driver. seeeyyyaaa

Apr 27, 2013
Maxwell House now sucks
by: Coffee Lover

I bought a can the other day and when I got home only then did I notice that it was lite. It's gross and I don't like being ripped off. I'll never trust Maxwell House again, hope the folks that work there rot in a soft bog full of their own drippings.

Apr 23, 2013
Maxwell House smells like chemicals
by: Anonymous

Back in the mid 2000's, around 2003, I had moved to a new area and in with a new GF. I had always drank coffee and loved it, especially Folgers, however she preferred Maxwell house and the area I moved too apparently had a plant near it because the stuff was on sale everywhere.

I remember the very, very first time I opened the can of Maxwell house to make a pot for us I took a nice deep inhale as I like to do to just savor the aroma of the grinds. O.M.G. I almost gagged. No, seriously. It smelled like a combination of ammonia and...something, VERY acidic, pungent etc al.

I asked her "has this ALWAYS smelled like this?" she said yes, she didn't smell anything wrong with it. I was frankly shocked. I used to open a can of Folgers and love to take in that rich, earthy, COFFEE smell, this Maxwell house smelled horrible.

I however did drink it for awhile and had varying degrees of stomach discomfort, rashes and a few other symptoms. Can't tell if its the coffee or what they process it with but I stay the heck away from it anymore.

Apr 20, 2013
Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

I really have not used Maxwell House in a very long time because it usually more expensive than the two brands - Community Coffee and Giant store brand that I love. But being that I grew up with Maxwell House, I thought that it was a great deal for the price and I was out.

Worst decision that I ever made. I get sick when I drink it - nausea, dizziness, headache, and just feel like I have the flu. I have never felt this way, and have even avoided drinking coffee for several weeks thinking that it could have been something else.

Tonight, we did breakfast for dinner, and I feel sick all over again. Since I have barely used the coffee, I plan to return it to the store for my money back. I will the go buy the store brand that I love and will never make this mistake again.

Apr 08, 2013
Maxwell house =skin rash
by: Anonymous

To make a real long story short, I have had a horrible skin rash on my hands & arms since August 2012. Doctor only prescribed steroids & antibiotics. went away for about a month. Even tried acupuncture! I then remembered, to try & save money I switched to Maxwell house last summer( I used to only drink Starbucks) I stopped Maxwell house, paid the extra cash for a bag of Starbucks, the rash completely went away in 1 weeks time!!Unbelievable but true!

Apr 07, 2013
Maxwell House & Folgers gone bad
by: BECKY

I don't believe parent companies of either of these coffees can depend on their past reputations for damage control---their damage is sitting on store shelves for sale. November 2012, I switched to fresh roasted/ground coffee beans (from local roaster) and updated to a brewer approved by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). February 2013, I bought a conical burr grinder and now I'm able to grind just prior to brewing every morning. My coffee never tasted sooooo good!

Apr 04, 2013
Not so good
by: Anonymous

I searched for "Maxwell house bad on sale" and got this site :o) I bought two kilo cans on sale and it barely even tastes like coffee. The reason I was searching was to find out if retailers will put 'bad batches' of coffee on sale in cahoots with Maxwell House (like, a fair warning from maxwell house, "please sell this batch for half price because the quality is low"...)

I do understand coffee is a commodity, and batches will always be different, just like wheat or corn or apples, but I think Maxwell House is more apt to put out a substandard batch and rely heavily on their reputation to help with damage control.

Mar 24, 2013
maxwell gone bad
by: pam

ok, i suffered when they got rid of the handle on the side. I emailed them regarding that and nothing changed. now the taste sucks. Opened a fresh container of the dark roast, which we have used for years, and it has pepper in it, It burned our throats!!! very very bitter and hot. I bought 2 new containers and it sucks. I will social media all my friends warning them to not drink it. I think there is something bad in it.

Mar 06, 2013
Maxwell House OFF the BREAKFAST MENU!
by: rusty

I opened the container of Max//not so well, there is something different FOR SURE!

Mar 05, 2013
Maxwell House AND Folgers
by: Becky

I commented back before Christmas 2012 about how bad both these coffees had become as far as taste BUT felt lucky that I did not have the physical ill effects as many others had. I have to wonder what impact this has had on their sales since store shelves stay fully stocked---hard to tell. With all those commenting here, and how glad they are to have found this site to know they are not alone, there must be many, many more consumers in the same boat.

These were both such good coffees for decades. We all grew up with our families enjoying these coffees---they were both household names. Then as young adults we ourselves went on to drinking Maxell House and Folgers too. How sad this 'time gone by' is.

Feb 27, 2013
arabica vs robusta
by: jeff

Arabica beans are far superior to robusta,robusta beans are cheaper and make strong bitter tasting coffee, they are grown primarily in Vietnam. So if you like bitter tasting coffee look for the least expensive brands.

Feb 25, 2013
Yuban Problems
by: Andy W

It's been coming to this. I've drank Yuban nearly 40 years, and the inconsistency in taste, aroma, and body has me wondering if I should give up on Yuban altogetyher. The last can was the last straw. I don't know if many of you have had cheap coffee from Germany, where they use a chickory additive and a color enhancer. It tastes bland enough to not be anything like real coffee. Well, the last can of Yuban has the same earmarks. Shame on the producers for taking us consumers as dolts. I'm done, I can spend my money on real coffee and that's what I intend to do. I used to love Yuban for its 100% Columbian taste. It's awful now.....

Feb 23, 2013
Maxwell house
by: Joe

I have been drinking miejer organic breakfast blend. Switched to maxwell house french roast as a back up.I only had one regular cup at normal strength. Within an hour I had terrible anxiety. I also felt awful physically. First cup was around 8 am. Second cup around 4 pm had me feeling even worse.Next morning I had my regular brand and am feeling great. It is my opinion that this MH is full of really bad chemicals. Maxwell house made me feel like I was mildly poisoned or having a serious allergic reaction. I have an iron stomach and rarely if ever have allergic reactions to anything.Never in my life has any other coffee made me feel as bad as Maxwell house.

Feb 10, 2013
Rash under nose !!
by: Deb K

(Max what the hell)is the best name for Maxwell house coffee !!Happy I found you guys!!! I was ready for the skin doctor!! I only bought it because it was on sale my favorite is choc full of nuts. Had a horrible rash under my nose and it was peeling. I had a feeling it may be this so I switched brands. Low and behold the rash is gone!!!! I'm calling the FDA Monday !!! Thanks

Jan 30, 2013
What has happened?!
by: Anonymous

I'm so glad that I came across this site... I bought a new can of Maxwell House Original Blend (the same thing I've always bought), and this morning when I opened it up I could tell it definitely smelled funny, weird, different. I went ahead and made a pot, took one sip, and poured the rest out. I thought I was going crazy! Did I do something wrong?! Did I accidentally buy the wrong blend?! Did someone poison my coffee?!... At least I feel a little better seeing all of the other comments/complaints on here.

Jan 30, 2013
crazy against gmo's
by: Anonymous

I have to agree with many of these comments about the coffee problems I only saw one post about the gmo's with Monsanto. People look you owe it to yourselves to do research. Do a google search about Monsanto and what companies he now owns and what he is putting in the seeds that grow corn etc
that are used in alot of products that have corn and the gmo's are in almost everything else we buy
Wake up people please start making sure what you buy isn't killing you and your families. "BE AWARE
You can get a print out of all the companies that are doing this. I am on total disability and I have a grandson that has autism and the gmo's are causing worse than that even death of children. So we have gone almost all organic. For health reasons. please take this advise

Jan 28, 2013
Adulterated Coffee
by: Anonymous

There was recently a report on CNN's Eatocracy about several foods that are adulterated with cheap fillers. Guess which one is on the list? You got it, coffee. One of the fillers might be corn grain, also other grains and Chicory. I am allergic to many grains and that would explain my stomach upset. I thought that the coffee tasted like Postum which I dislike. Maybe this explains some of the problems people have been having. No brands were named. Tea is also on the list.

In the early 2000's these companies were allowed to police themselves. Brilliant idea!!!

Jan 27, 2013
Folgers coffee gone bad
by: Martha

My Husband and I have drank Folgers coffee for years and for awhile now it seems to be making us sick. At first I thought it was the coffee maker doing it, I would buy new coffee makers about every 2 to 3 months......"Finally" we knew it had to be the coffee. Only after I Google it, we knew.
How come this has not been on the news????? I think people have a right to know.


Martha

Jan 27, 2013
I heard from Kraft
by: Anonymous

So, after posting here last week, I emailed Kraft about the illness I experienced.

I had not heard back until this past Friday they actually called me on the telephone to find out what was happening! I explained the flu-like symptoms and that the minute I stopped drinking the Maxwell house, it stopped happening.

They are shipping me packaging materials to send the coffee to them so they can have it "analyzed" and claim they will share the results with me in writing.

I certainly want to comply, but at the same time am skeptical about actually finding out what's going on with this situation. Certainly if I was poisoning myself with something, a few coupons and an apology are not enough to rectify the situation.

Jan 18, 2013
Shocked!
by: Anonymous

I just did a random search about my Maxwell house coffee tasting like ashes and I found this site.

I have had exactly the same illness issues as many of you have reported and today was the worst! Woozy, fuzzy, headache, nausea...all of it. But I didn't realize it might be the coffee until I went to clean the coffee pot and noticed a nasty "ash" like smell when I emptied the filter. I am completely shocked!

I know now that it is definitely the coffee, because I just opened this new blue tub 2 days ago and that's when the sickness started.

What are we as consumers supposed to do to protect ourselves when these massive companies are not held accountable for what they're selling us to consume??

A very scary situation.

Jan 17, 2013
Maxwell house taste change
by: Tom

I drank Maxwell House instant whenever I didn't have time to brew something else, but when I returned from my last long trip abroad I was shocked at the difference in just three years. It is completely different. My other coffees taste the same, but Maxwell house is NO longer on our list to purchase. We were asking if there had been a lawsuit, or a new Harvard MBA put in charge of it. A real shame.

Jan 16, 2013
What happened to maxwell coffee
by: Anonymous

Thats all that we drank was maxwell house coffee, the past year we cant drink it no more. Too bad.

Jan 03, 2013
Bad Batch of Maxwell Coffee
by: Anonymous

I recently bought two of the large blue plastic containers of ground coffee - one Breakfast Blend and one Gourmet Roast. At first, I thought something was wrong with the coffee maker because the coffee came out with virtually no color and the grounds looked like they hadn't gotten wet. I tried it three times with one container and then switched to the other coffee. I could not get a good brew. Then I tried a different brand of coffee and it came out ok.

We called the phone number on the Maxwell House coffee label and talked with someone who gave a prepared statement that the containers of coffee had no harmful ingredients but that some of the containers may have been left out in the sun. I don't know if that accounts for it, but the coffee when brewed, acted as though it was water repellent or had saw dust in it. The company said we would get a full refund.

Jan 01, 2013
Maxwell House gone BAD!
by: Che f Mike

Use MH packaged for foodservice. No brainer just pour 1 pot in for 1 bag. 20 plus years no problem. Last couple weeks coffee tastes like crap. Packets no longer have any print on them. Something is very wrong.

Jan 01, 2013
My issue is with Folgers
by: Nilda D

A little over a year ago, I started having what I refer to as "episodes". I would get an intense tightening around the back of my neck and head, feel feverish, and break out in a sweat on my upper lip. It lasts several minutes, but for several hours after I have a headache and feel flu-like symptoms. I went the medical route, but they could find nothing. I have bought Folgers for several years, but was not a daily coffee drinker and the episodes were occurring on my days off of work (that's when I was drinking the Folgers). I started to believe that I was allergic to coffee, but have tried other coffees with no episodes, So, I still thought it might be something else wrong. I started recently drinking coffee every day, but not Folgers, and have not had any episodes until today when I drank Folgers again. Now I am positive it is Folgers that is causing this reaction. Thank you all for your posts and comments, because I was beginning to think I was crazy. Now I know that I am not alone.

Dec 28, 2012
Maxwell House is TRASH
by: Nikki, NC

I have been buying this espresso-style coffee for 2.99 and used it for months and months. It was great considering the can was so cheap and the coffee was delicious! Cafe Bustelo, if anyone is wondering. I ran out and sent my husband to the store to grab me some coffee and he got the Maxwell House Original. I used to drink MH for a long time prior to finding my new brand and I hadn't noticed any ill feeling before. I have been getting MASSIVE headaches, terrible nausea, almost a flu-like set of symptoms that make me feel run-down and really irritable. I'm fine in the morning before I drink the stuff, but after I drink it, I feel strange and woozy. I have no clue why this is happening, but I will be trashing my coffee and buying the less expensive espresso blend I love oh so much.

Dec 26, 2012
Love my Volt
by: Anonymous

I learned that if you put salt to the ground coffee it takes away some of the bitterness, BUT NOT ALL OF IT! I learned NEVER BUY THE BIG CONTAINERS 33 OZ. Some containers are great and some you just wanted to throw out that day. I used to mix them. I discovered 8 o'clock coffee and that is a lot better. For christmas my husband bought me a coffee grinder. Now we grind our own. We talked about who really knows what is in the coffee? There could be fillers. With the beans you can't go wrong.

Dec 23, 2012
Coffee making me sick!
by: Anonymous

I agree with the MH and folgers coffee making me hot ,sweaty and nauseous in the mornings now with occasional headache and no caffeine kick whatsoever.
What hapeened to the MH and folgers I use to love? Something has changed!

Dec 21, 2012
Starbucks
by: Anonymous

I tryed Starbucks and it had the same results as Maxwell house. I sent them an email and it took over a week to get an answer. Finally they sent an email and just repeated what I had said to them. You would think at the price of their coffee u could get some that tastes decent. I don't even go to Starbucks any more. If they don't care about their customers then I won't waste my money on their products.

Dec 16, 2012
Folgers Vanilla Biscotti Coffee FEELING SICK & HORRIBLE
by: Anonymous

I normally drink starbucks house blend and grind the beans but decided to try something new and got a bag of this Folgers Vanilla biscotti flavored coffee. I had 3 cups with creamer and milk today. I feel nauseated, hot/feverish, and I have a headache. This is the only thing I've done different from my routine today so I know it has to be the culprit....

Dec 16, 2012
Maxwell house has made me sick
by: Anonymous

I have been using Maxwell house recently for over a week and every morning about an hour after I drink it I feel sick. Yesterday was the worse and I started thinking maybe it is the coffee.

The feeling I had was Nausea, Upset stomach, burping, Yucky feeling all day. By the end of the day I start to feel better.

I bought a different brand of coffee for this morning and no sickness at all. This has also happened with folgers.

Dec 12, 2012
GMO coffee ?
by: Anonymous

I agree with Ron of Florida (Dec. 8, 2012 comment). I would like to add this. Have the coffee plantations planted GMO coffee ? That could explain the heavier pesticide residue and changed flavor. WE SHOULD BE MARCHING IN THE STREETS against GMO crops that are making us all very ill. Thanks to Monsanto we are eating GMO crops that are soaked in pesticides much more than the old non-GMO crops. WE MUST DEMAND LABELING OF ALL GMO foods. Monsanto is poisening our food supply with GMO'S.

Dec 10, 2012
No Problem Except no longer have COLUMBIAN
by: Anonymous

No problem with Maxwell House Columbian which is our favourite BUT for some reason MH is no longer making Columbian---too bad.

Dec 08, 2012
Sometimes odd odor and odd flavor
by: Ron-Florida

My experience varies from can to can. By the way, I have encountered both plastic and aluminum cans, and have had the same puzzling experience:
Sometimes I notice an odd repellant odor when I open the can or plastic container. This odor smells like the coffee was burned. The flavor is bad too when brewed--it tastes odd, like burned or I don't know what. I throw these cans away. Other times I will open a container and the coffee smells almost as good as it should and the flavor is decent, if not as good as it used to be years ago. Now at first, about 5 years ago when this started to happen, I thought it was the heat in Florida baking the cans in the warehouse or on the delivery trucks. Nope. In fact today I had to throw away 1/4 of container because after brewing that coffee for about 4-5 days it suddenly developed that unpleasant odor and flavor. Ironically, I keep the coffee containers in the fridge. How could only part of the container go bad in under one week in the fridge?
What is in this coffee? I am really worried because it is one of only 3 cheap brands which is still decently priced when on sale--about $5.99 for the downsized cans with the white bands, and $7.99 for the 32 oz. size. This problem seems to be widespread. We can only assume the company is well-aware of the consumer complaints and refuses to address the problem. After we finish-off the 5 cans in the closet, I will have to experiment with some other cheap brands because we don't have the money to buy good roasts. You ALL know, all of you, that corporate executives are cheating us with impunity, so remember that whenever a protest, election or petition is available to you. At age 65 I am ashamed that Americans are not protesting in the streets like in Israel, Spain, Italy and Greece--about the "in your face" attitude of the rich toward the middle class. The problem discussed in this blog is merely a small example of the larger problem--disregard for what the public thinks or desires. I hope to live to see our society win this fight. In the meantime, don't buy Maxwell and see if they react. I'll bet they don't--the execs will lay-off some shlubs due to the drop in profit but still receive their enormous bonuses.

Dec 08, 2012
rgmyers2575@aol.com
by: Anonymous

Your comments here have confirmed what I thought. Thanks, I now know I'm not going nuts. Why could they not have just raised their price---i would have gladly paid more for what was so good.

Dec 08, 2012
Taste and packaging
by: Anonymous

So glad I found this site---thought I was alone & loosin' my mind! I used to stock up when MH was on sale (watching Best By dates) & store appropriately. Suddenly our once good tasting coffee was just awful---dead, dull & YUK! Was it my brewer? No. 3-4 yrs ago I noticed the first sign of packaging getting cheaper---flimsier, looser fitting tops (not as snug a fit as before). Glad I'd saved an older lid. Prior to that is when quantity went from 39oz to 34.5oz AND NOW they've reduced it to 30.6oz & taken away the handle. With bad tasting coffee, along w/packaging, I started wondering IF they'd changed what's inside.... messing with the coffee itself. I no longer buy MH (or Folgers)---I get my coffee from a local roaster, no turning back. Just found this site yesterday, confirmed my suspicions. I grew up with those coffees & will somehow miss them. Memories as a child---I loved smelling that just poured coffee at my Mom's bridge parties, would go & smell that wonder aroma that waifed from the cup before she added her cream and sugar.

Dec 07, 2012
Size subterfuge
by: Anonymous

How stupid do they think we are? They label the can "NEW LOOK" and sneak in a reduction in size of 11%. I still like it but I'm not buying another can of MH.

Nov 27, 2012
Dunkin Donuts
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the tip. I will grind a bag of Dunkin donut coffee and give it a try.

Nov 25, 2012
-
by: Anonymous

Grind your own beans and coffee will magically come back like a ton of bricks. Dunkin Donuts whole beans to be exact. THAT'S what coffee should taste like.

Nov 22, 2012
Starbucks
by: Anonymous

I can't remember the last time I had a good cup of coffee. Even the very expensive Starbucks coffee tastes nasty.

Nov 22, 2012
Made me vomit
by: Anonymous

I found out that if I drink Folgers on an empty stomach it makes me want to immediately throw up. No other coffee does this. I wonder if there is some sort of chemical in there or if its just cheap coffee.

Nov 05, 2012
Free don't cut it
by: Anonymous

Maxwell House made me so sick that I wouldn't drink it if they sent me a coupon for a life time supply. I thought I was gonna have to go to a hospital to have my stomach pumped. That stuff is awful.

Nov 04, 2012
Maxwell House Coffee container grip
by: michael satira

since maxwell house coffee has changed the grip on their one pound plastic container i will no longer buy any of their products. you have to grip this new one with your finger tips which is really hard to do,especially for the elderly. The old one you could put your fingers through the handle and that made it soooooo much easier to hold. Bad enough they stopped using the metal containers which were way superior to the plastic. Unless the grips are changed back the way they used to be i will not buy any of Kraft or Maxwell House products.

Nov 04, 2012
Maxwell Changed the Beans
by: Anonymous

After I noticed a change to Maxwell House coffee, I looked at an older container from years ago that I saved. The old can said, "Made from 100% Arabica Beans" I emailed MH and complained that the coffee doesn't taste right anymore. I asked about the change in beans and was told that since 2010, they have been using 100% Columbian beans.

I know that the Arabica beans are more expensive and MH brand wants to keep their market share. I would still buy it at a higher price, if it tasted great. Come on MH, our coffee is sacred!

For my complaining they, MH, sent me coupons for 4 free coffee tubs. The free coffee does taste a wee better. lol


Nov 01, 2012
Folgers made me incredibly sick, vomiting
by: Anonymous

I just got through a hell of a day. I had a single cup of Folger's Medium Blend coffee today and got sick immediately. I started getting hot, dizzy, and nauseous. It escalated within the hour into a full blown fever, with intense sweating, a crushing migraine headache, and massive vomiting. I remained sick throughout the day, although it slowly subsided. I threw up everything I ate, completely unable to keep any food down. I still have a headache and feel as though I have just gotten over a major flu. I know it was the coffee as this happened just last week, but I wasn't sure if it was the coffee. I am now 100% positive it was the Folger's coffee. I feel like I have been poisoned. There is something very, very wrong with this picture. Something is happening in the production process, or perhaps it may be due to pesticides used on the beans. I have no doubt that I have been exposed to poison via Folger's coffee. I will NEVER buy or drink Folger's again. It makes me irate that so many people are reporting these symptoms to the company and they are not addressing this or doing anything to stop it. I see a class action lawsuit.

Nov 01, 2012
A really awful cup of coffee
by: LAinstantlover

Ran out of Folgers and someone brought in a bottle of Maxwell House . This is not the MH I remember at all. Three heaping tbs a time get the job done. Don Knotts was stronger. Awful. Brought in a Giant bottle of Folgers the very next day.

Oct 29, 2012
gone bad
by: Anonymous

i quit buy maxwell coffee years ago because there just wasn't any flavor anymore.

Oct 29, 2012
gone bad
by: Anonymous

i quit buy maxwell coffee years ago because there just wasn't any flavor anymore.

Oct 24, 2012
has good coffee gone bad
by: Anonymous

Their Columbia supreme however, is still very good

Oct 21, 2012
dunkin donuts has gone bitter too!
by: Anonymous

I've been buying Dunkin Donuts coffee for a few years at Sam's club....just the smell from the new bag was great....NOW not only does it smell toxic, it taste that way too! I thought it was a bad batch....bought another 6 months later...same thing...I'm taking it back to sams.

Oct 21, 2012
100% Columbian gives me sore throat
by: Anonymous

For years I've drank 100% Columbian coffee mostly Folgers. More recently I started buying Maxwell House again because it has been less expensive. Maybe it's costing less also because the largest container has shrunk in size. But what I've noticed most is that I'm usually left with a mild and chronic sore throat. Often I left it cool enough before drinking and sometimes add ice if I'm in a hurry. I went back to the other brand again for a short time and that symptom went away. But lastly I pulled open another container bought the same time as before that was high up in the back of my cupboard and while drinking MH yet again I get a sore throat like before. Anyone else having this reaction?

Oct 08, 2012
Maxwell House Coffee
by: Anonymous

I really have never cared for Maxwell House coffee..I've used Folgers for years and have not noticed any change in taste.

Oct 08, 2012
Thank you.
by: Anonymous

I feel awful when I buy cheap coffee, but more expensive coffee seems to be getting worse, too. I am going to research brands that do not poison their yield.

Sep 24, 2012
Pesticides
by: Anonymous

I tried organic coffee, so far only Sam's Club and no ill effects like pounding heart, upset stomach and tastes good too. I suspect pesticides also, someone should test these other coffees. I can't wait to try some other organic brands.

Sep 17, 2012
I think it's the pesticides
by: Anonymous

I used to buy Chock Full of Nuts ground coffee as a filler for my roasted beans, (when they ran out or I just wanted some variety). About a year and a half ago, the I opend a can of ground regular roast and is was horrible. I got a slight headache. It tasted like chemicals. After controlling for variables (water, hangover, etc) I concluded the coffee as bad. A second can, a few months later, yielded the result. I'd be nuts to buy Chock Full any more. Then a Miletta Hazelnut can showed up with the same characteristics. Not even the flavoring could mask the bad taste. A little research showed that the cheaper beans from Vietnam are loaded with pesticides, and the larger Brazil plantations are following suit for better yields. This past year, the beans from 8 o'clock coffee (A&P) a a slightly similar problem. So I've switched to organic, and gone back to roasting my own from both organic and smaller plantations. Nirvana has returned. I just picked up a free pound of coffee at Zabars in NYC when buying an Aeropress. It was disappointing, as have been the non-organic beans from Fairway. So I'd vote for the pesticides as the leading culprit.

Sep 16, 2012
MH Coffee
by: Anonymous

I agree with the post on 2/18/09. MH has been bad for a long time. Usually don't buy it except once in a while. Couldn't figure out what was making me so sick and giving me such a bad after taste until I found this post. Tried 8 o'clock coffee and so far no bad after taste or ill effects. Thanks for all your comments.

Sep 08, 2012
Maxwell House Breakfast Blend
by: Melanie

I have drinking Maxwell House Breakfast Blend coffee for years. Last night I go the coffee isle to buy more coffee, and what do I find?

Newer, smaller packaging at the same price!! What's up with that.

And they didn't put much thought into the new design. It's a little difficult to hold a (once was 33 ounce, now 29 ounce) container by your fingertips. They have done away with the handle.

Sorry to say this Maxwell House, but I think you are about to lose a lot of faithful customers.

Melanie
Florida

Sep 04, 2012
Maxwell House Frech Roast
by: Lori Muir

Sick from Maxwell House French Roast- Allergic reaction... I know this is the case when my legs starting going numb and tingling... nothing other than the coffee brand has changed. I have fructose Malabsorbtion and gluten intolerences. It does not say chickory on the label, but if it has this, it would explain it. I am on hold now with Maxwell house...they transferred me to what sounds like someone across the world. They could not tell me if it had chickory in it or not. If this is the case, that would explain it, it's a high fodmap.. in the fructan class. It will sicken me. They will have to LOOK INTO IT... yea.. uh huh. I am sick and tired of products making me sick that say 100 PERCENT PURE ANYTHING when it clearly IS NOT 100 percent. I have also been having GI symptoms of bloating, and belching for days. This coffee is the only thing new in my diet, I cook and prepare ALL my own food to avoid illness. Sickening.

Aug 26, 2012
All coffee has gone bad
by: Anonymous

And if you are old enough to remember the REAL smell of coffee, it is obvious that coffee has changed tremendously. No longer can you find the coffee isle just by that delightful smell...coffee aroma is gone. Arabica beans must be the cheapest bean available because that is what all the coffee companies are using. A bland, blah excuse for what used to be an aromatic delight to the senses. We have tried every brand available in the grocery stores. They all fail miserably in flavor and aroma. According to everything I have read the robusta bean was responsible for aroma and taste. So why is America selling 100 percent Arabica? CHEAP. GROSS TASTING AND SMELLING BUT CHEAP.

Editor's Note: Actually, Arabica beans are the more expensive beans. It's the Robusta beans that are cheaper and being used in more and more coffee blends.

Aug 23, 2012
Packaging
by: Anonymous

I don't know what wizard designed the new packaging for Maxwell Coffee, but it stinks! Instead of a nice handle to grip the 33 oz. containers, it has one that can be gripped with the fingertips. Sounds like your design engineers were out to lunch. It may save money, but the consumer suffers.

Aug 20, 2012
Coffee Works On Nervous System
by: Mr. L

Most all Coffee Companies are gouging the public by going to smaller containers and using cheaper beans but the fact is , coffee affects your nervous system. Drink water or another juice of your choosing for three or four days and forget the caffine and you will be on your way to a much less stressful lifestyle . Trust me , it works. Put these GREEDY coffee makers OUT OF BUSINESS.

Aug 15, 2012
wtf is floating on the coffee
by: rob

maxwell house coffee has a layer of disgusting oil that floats on top....and if u leave the pot overnight it actually turns into a gel...omg..i hope this didnt damage my health.i think class action might be in order..they are poisoning us

Aug 12, 2012
Cheating consumers
by: Anonymous

Maxwell House, Folgers, Starbucks and lots of other coffee companies are trying to cheat consumers by making smaller packages , higher prices and cheaper coffee beans. Yes I think they do think we are stupid. They think coffee is something we will buy no matter how high the price is. What they are not considering is the fact that the coffee is making us sick and so is the price.

Aug 10, 2012
MAXWELL HOUSE CHEATING COSTUMERS
by: Anonymous

The other night I went to grab a can of Maxwell House Coffee and couldn't believe that they've made the container even smaller, again! Needless, to say I didn't buy any coffee and won't either! I still had some at home to compare the two and found they're trying to cheat us out of 5-ounces while charging nearly the same price! Do they think we're stupid or what? That's pure greed!!This is the second time they've done this and I'll find something else before being stung by these gougers, again!!

Anyway, like is posted below - their coffee stinks, no smell, no taste anymore, so therefore, as far as I'm concerned, they can fall in a sinkhole with their tastless tainted coffee grounds.

I also, have had headaches and nausea come on and didn't realize that its tainted coffee until, reading comments here! Thanks!!



Aug 10, 2012
Boy cot
by: Anonymous

I am boycotting Kraft products which are the makers of Maxwell house. I will not buy any Kraft products this includes Kraft cheeses , Capri sun, country time lemonade , kool aid and many other Kraft products. If their coffee makes us sick what is the cheese , mayo, and other products doing to us???

Aug 09, 2012
Many coffee companies has went to cheaper coffee beans
by: Anonymous

I have heard that even Starbucks has started using cheaper coffee beans. I have searched high and low for coffee that don't make me sick. I am now using an organic coffee. So far it's doing pretty good. It costs more but I am willing to pay more for a good coffee.

Aug 06, 2012
Folgers Country Roast-Causing Nausea....?
by: Anonymous

Extreme nausea after drinking this Folgers Country Roast! I bought it in July because it was on sale. I then found out my father ( living in another state) has the same problem. When I asked him what coffee he was drinking he said the Folgers Country Roast! He had bought the item on sale as well.

Aug 04, 2012
It's not just MH ! Folgers too!
by: Anonymous

Been drinking Folgers Classsic Decaf coffee crystals and developed early morning runs to the bathroom as a result. This stuff should be renamed Turbo Laxative ! What the heck is in it? Good-bye Folgers ...............

Jul 31, 2012
100% COLUMBIAN
by: April

I'm living in Winnipeg,MB right now. Safeway has been putting Maxwell House 925g cans on sale. It's the coffe you brew yourself. I bought a can that said 100% Columbian & really liked it but have never seen this kind again. I don't know what is up with that.

Jul 17, 2012
Maxwell house makes me ill
by: Anonymous

I used Maxwell house for years then suddenly I started getting stomach aches and upset stomach when I drink it. I gave my nephew the rest of the plastic container. He told me it made him sick too. I sent Maxwell House an email to report this but did not get an answer. A co-worker told me today that she quit drinking coffee because it started making here sick. I ask her what brand it was . It was Maxwell house. What is the company going to do? Wait till it makes someone deathly I'll before they pull the stuff off the shelves?

Jul 12, 2012
Folgers Coffee
by: Alexis Acosta

I remember the aroma of Folgers since I was a kid,instantly I loved it,and the smell it made when my grandfather brewed it.Even though I didn't drink I loved the smell.I tired Folgers in my teens and loved it,but for about 10 years I've been trying many other brands,not Folgers.So .I bought a classic roast Monday June 9 2012,and just brewed it today June 12 2012.The smell when I opened it was a dull burnt smell;nothing like that strong fresh awakening aroma it use to me many years ago.When I brewed it there was no strong awakening pleasant aroma either.I just called the Folgers company and complained thanks to this website.They are sending me a coupon,and I'll try silk roast,but if it is bad too,I'm done with Folgers for good.Maxwell also is horrible,no more good to the last drop.Do you guys remember the crystal effect Folgers use to have,it would actually sparkle in the light?That effect is completely gone,and that may be the main reason the coffee taste and smell is gone...they change the coffee somehow.Either they changed the beans,they change the method of roasting or the location and methods of growing.Now I must switch the New England,Don Cisco,and Organic brand coffee,there's so many brands these days.

Jul 04, 2012
finally found something
by: Anonymous

Finally found a decent coffee. MJB Columbian! Smells like the Maxwell House we used to drink way back when! Tastes great too. And good old Juan Valdez is on the can!! Just FYI...the MJB Columbian was not with the other MJB cans. It was grouped with other Columbian blend coffees on the aisle. So if you don't see it with the MJB coffee look around!

Jul 01, 2012
Just bad coffee
by: Ron

I too quit buying maxwell house coffee instant, chemical taste, even when I rinse out the plastic container it came in it foams up worse than dish soap, switch to a different brand for the same of your health.

Jun 23, 2012
MY Skin Around My Nose and The Nose Peels
by: Anonymous

When I drink Maxwell House "Original Roast" my the whole area of nose & around nose skin peels. White skins flakes. I quit, it stops..I start it again, the area peels again...What is going on!!!???

Jun 19, 2012
Maxwell House Columbian no longer Arabica :(
by: Anonymous

I always buy Maxwell House Columbian. I noticed a while back all the stores started pricing Columbian coffee about a buck more than other types. Still I kept buying Columbian. Then I noticed one day that Maxwell House Columbian had dropped some at my store but the store brand was still even higher priced than the MH. All of a sudden I can't make a decent cup of coffee so I googled and found out neither can anyone else using MH. The lable on my COLUMBIAN coffee no longer says 100% Arabica beans, just 100% coffee! Time to find a new brand.

Jun 10, 2012
Why MH coffee is making us sick!
by: Anonymous

After investigation I found that Maxwell House among other coffee brands have switched all their coffee beans. They are growing their beans in Vietnam, in the same fields where Agent Orange was sprayed, not only is the ground contaminated the workers work for pennies a day and do you think they care if we get good coffee beans, it is hard to tell what they do to the beans. If it makes you sick then now you know why. I called Maxwell House about this and they did not deny they are growing their beans in this contaminated part of Vietnam. Boycott these coffee companies and do not buy their poison coffee.

Jun 09, 2012
Hmmm
by: Anonymous

From various websites on the subject, I've read all the cures, procedures, etc on how I'm BREWING coffee the wrong way. I think those suggestions may be coming from short term coffee drinkers? Those of us who have been drinking coffee for years remember how it smelled when you opened the can, how it smelled when it was brewing and how it smelled when you drank it.

We know it's not how we're brewing it because we've been brewing it the same way for years.....it's the coffee that's changed!

Maxwell House and Folgers are the same among many other brands. And I'm pretty sure, from the taste of our Folgers Breakfast Blend this morning, it has been harvested from under an outhouse, sprayed with Miracle Gro, then Weed B Gone to keep the flies away AND last but not least, (to keep that coffee flushing thru us) Drano.

I'll post if I find decent coffee.

Jun 07, 2012
Maxwell House Migraines / Headaches
by: Anonymous

Several weeks ago I started getting headaches in the late morning that on a few occasions turned into migraines so bad I vomited. What the hell? The only common demoninator was the Maxwell House coffee. Though I'd search the web to find if anyone else had this issue and, sure enough, I found this sight. My Maxwell House is going in the garbage.

May 28, 2012
Pesticides
by: Ted

I mentioned my reaction to Maxwell House to the manager of a local coffee house, and she said it probably wasn't the coffee itself but rather the pesticides used in growing the beans. I have a similar problem with coffee produced by a local roaster in my area named Alterra.

May 27, 2012
try this
by: Anonymous

After I figured out MH was making us feel awful I tried others and finally settled on Kroger Breakfast Blend. It didn't make us ill but wasn't a great cup of coffee either. They discontinued it a couple of months ago and the search was on for a replacement. No luck. It seems like all of the major brands made us feel bad. I finally found post from someone suggesting Yuban ORGANIC. Because it is certified Organic it is less likely to have chemical contamination. It's spendy....about 7 bucks for a small can, but it's good. And it doesn't make us sick. Not as good as Maxwell house from the old days, but it's a close second. Safeway carries it, and you can buy it at Soap.com.

May 23, 2012
Makes me feel ill
by: Anonymous

The previous container of coffee I had was Foldgers which was fine. Then I bought a can of Maxwell House. The Maxwell House coffee makes me feel unsteady and I get waves of nausea throughout the day. If I do not drink Maxwell House coffee on a particular day, I don't experience any symptoms.

May 14, 2012
Allergic Reaction To Maxell House
by: Ted, Brookfield WI

I have also had an allergic reaction to Maxwell House Gourmet Roast. For a while I thought it was caused by a greater sensitivity to caffeine but recently realized some types of coffee don't cause me to feel sick. In my case, MH makes me feel unsteady as if I'm going to fall over. I'm thinking it must be the beans the company uses. This morning I switched to Hills Brothers and felt fine.

May 11, 2012
Where is the good stuff going
by: Anonymous

Maybe the good coffee can be found in Beverly hills or the Hamptons!

May 09, 2012
YUK
by: martha

I have used Maxwell House coffee for years and in the past year or so it is tasteless--I do not know what you have done, but I will find another brand. Sorry I have to say goodbye to a coffee that to me was very good, but I have no other choice as I am tired of spending my money opn a product that has no taste.

May 05, 2012
It ain't what it used to be
by: Juan

Maxwell House and several other brands used to be 100% Arabica. That wonderful aroma and taste was worth getting up for in the mornings. Unless the package says 100% Arabica the content is likely mostly Robusta now; that's why it smells and taste like dirt. I'm told that only Arabica is exported from Colombia; I can't confirm that by the taste or aroma, only by the cost, which is not a good indicator of quality.

Apr 28, 2012
Juan Valdez
by: Don

I had to stop buying the maxwell house 100% columbian coffee, because they took the photograph of Juan Valdez off the can, I checked a folgers can, and there he was, so now I buy folgers...

Apr 24, 2012
mh and folgers sucks these days
by: idrinkcoffee

i have the same bad experience with mh and folgers as other people that already commented. my days aren't the same without effective coffee no more. folgers instant used to stimulate my mind right before until they gone bad.

ever since folgers gone bad, i been experimenting with other instant brands and found an asian hong kong brand that better than other but still not as good as folgers before it gone bad.

i tried starbuck instant and it made me sick. :(

i need serious help on identifying a quality instant coffee brand that as effective as folgers before it went bad. i'm desperate to feel as stimulated as i once was with the good folgers!!


Apr 13, 2012
Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

The great news is that the can is great to store paint thinner in, which smells better than the coffee.

Apr 12, 2012
don't buy coffee in a can
by: Anonymous

You people have been drinking Maxwell House for 20+ years? That's so sad! Get out of your rut. So much has changed in the coffee industry. There's real fresh, real good coffee all around you to be had! Find a local roastery! They're all over the place.

For one thing, drinking coffee from a can supports slavery farms, is coated in pesticides, and is anti-rainforest. For about the same cost, you can have coffee that's organic, incredibly sweeter, low acid, and 10 times better than anything you buy in a can, and you can know exactly where it was grown, exactly where it was roasted, and exactly how fresh it is.

You've been drinking coffee from a can loyally for 20 years? So be it, but there are some things you shouldn't admit to, and that's one of them.

Avoid Colombia, Brazil, and Mexico coffee.

Look for Sumatra, Ethiopia, Costa Rica coffees.

Coffee is the most pesticide-coated food product in the world. At the very, very least, buy coffee marked "organic" It won't necessarily taste better (though it probably will), but at least it won't make you sick.

Apr 10, 2012
Where's My Taste?
by: Anonymous

I too have noticed this "change" in Maxwell House instant and Folgers. I have to add more just to get the same taste I'm used to. My mom says she's having to do it with Folgers decaf, the kind you percolate. So much of our foods and drinks are being "watered" down, so to speak, (some literally watered down)even the detergents and soap powders don't work or suds like they used to. Now I no longer feel I'm missing out on the "good stuff" when I buy generic because everything else is going that way anyway. So much for fair and balanced. I do understand that the companies have to make changes but be honest about it and don't charge me more FOR LESS.

Mar 20, 2012
8 OClock, Peet's & Chock full of nuts
by: Anonymous

I made the mistake of buying a can of MH original roast. It doesn't even smell like coffee. In fact it smells pretty awful! We did make some and my husband said it didn't even taste like coffee. Might as well just drink hot water. I bought some 8 Oclock and yum there is that coffee smell and flavor. Peet's coffee is also VERY good!

I will be returning the unused portion of the MH to get my money back.

All I can say is Shame on you MH!

Mar 17, 2012
anyone know where these coffee beans are grown
by: Anonymous

I was curious are coffee beans grown somewhere different maybe that is why the coffee tastes different. Someone mentioned Vietnam maybe it is the climate there that is affecting the taste. Does anyone know how to find out if Kraft is buying beans from another country like Mexico, Indonesia, vietnam or brazil. I would like to know where most of it is produced so I know what coffee to avoid. Thanks if anyone has any information please respond to my post. thanks!

Mar 17, 2012
Agent orange?
by: Anonymous

Are you saying that they are shipping back agent orange to the US in coffe cans?
Or rather taking it back since it is MH who is doing it..

Mar 12, 2012
taste bad, beans from viet nam and laced with agent orange
by: jay

the real reason is that folgers and maxwell house are useing 40 percent of beans grown in vietnam in areas that were cleared out with agent orange for military encampments during the war there. so if ya wonder why they taste bad thats why.. so dont buy them and tell others too about this this is a travesty that they can poison us with the chemicals and get away with it. my brother got cancer from agent orange as well as others i worked with . 3 died and my brother had 2 operations on throat and still lives but guess what he dont drink folgers or maxwell house no more tho.. this is true google where folgers beans are from.

Mar 12, 2012
Try Gevalia
by: John B

It is available in WalMaet.

I have been a MH drinker fo 50 years - no longer.

Mar 09, 2012
Coffee IS TASTING bad
by: j Bruckmann

I too drank Maxwell house for years. It seems that in the recent past it has become slmost undrinkable. The "flavor" just doesn't want to go down my throat, it sits on my tounge, bland and wierd tasting and when swallowed it leaves the wierd aftertaste.
I have given up on MH and buy a different bean and grind it Publix every week.

Mar 05, 2012
leaving M/H...
by: Anonymous

the past 2 days i have had violent 'runs' for most of the day..suddenly realized that it coincided with when i switched to the 'Wake Up' M/H coffee...so sad..have been a loyal M/H customer for 40 years..

Feb 25, 2012
Wow
by: Anonymous

Another visitor from the land of google. This last can of Maxwell House is DISGUSTING. It doesn't even taste like coffee--it has a sour taste that's just nasty. I can handle a burnt taste--this is more of an acidic sour taste. It even smells gross, I simply can't drink it as its that bad.

Feb 24, 2012
Horrible tasting coffee!!! Do they think we are stupid?
by: Anonymous

I am so happy to find this site. My mom and I and countless others have been wondering is it the coffee or just us? I personally I have tried every brand of maxwell house and folgers lately because it is what we are used to buying, coffee still tasted bad, bought three different coffee pots, and used filtered water, coffee still is bad. This incident is scary, I cleaned out my last pot with vinegar as I usually clean my pot, the coffee pot starting making loud sounds and the whole bottom blew out I looked in the water tank and it was nothing but white foam, I wish i would have saved that foamy crap to have it tested, also the coffee has a oily reisdue on the top. Just because we are on a tight budget (considered poor by big companies)does not mean we are stupid, the taste is obvious. I have come to the conclusion that they are using the cheapest who knows what for coffee and still raising the prices on us...do not waste any more of your hard earned money on this so called coffee that is poisoning all of us! Take it back, write the FDA and call the company. I am completely disapointed in our American companies that we cannot even call American anymore,,,come on coffee from Vietnam, they are probably pissing on it before packing it, that is what it tastes like!

Feb 23, 2012
Maxwell gone bad?
by: Shirley Murphy

I have used Maxwell for a very long time and I can tell they are using grain in their blended coffee. One reason is that I can not use wheat it makes me sick. Now so does their coffee. And it taste like grain.

Feb 18, 2012
I Thought it was Me!
by: Anonymous

I'm glad I found his site, I had to give up coffee and switch to tea, it was making my stomach jump. I wonder what they put in it? I thought I was developing an ulcer or something! Maxwell House and others were undrinkable to me. I'll try some of the better brands recommended here, thanks so much!!

Feb 12, 2012
Maxwell House tastes burned!
by: Anonymous

I have drank Maxwell House since i was 16 years old, i am now 60. The past four Maxwell House regular roast have tasted AWFUL, smells burned. Any one out there know of a good coffee similar to Maxwell House that does not mix there coffee beans so the taste is not comprimised?

Feb 11, 2012
Best replacement I found
by: Marcia

I too use to drink Maxwell House for years. It was the only brand I bought. When they changed the bean to Arabica, it all started going down hill, and now, frankly the stuff is undrinkable. The best replacement I have found is Luizianne. I like the dark roast, but they have a few different to choose from.

Feb 07, 2012
tastes bad
by: Anonymous

I drink MH 100% columbian had 2 cans with same dates first one was fine 2nd one smells bad and tastes awful took me all day to drink, would have had 3 cups, threw out my morning cup. I called Kraft they are sending me coupon hope the new can is better.

Jan 28, 2012
Maxwell House is no more Maxwell House
by: Jean Lespérance

I am 69 years old and I have always drank Maxwell House coffee for the taste and I live in Montreal Quebec. Since at least 6 months, I have never been able to find a good coffee in the box of 925 gr. Even if Kraft foods gave me a coupon for the bad coffee, I am not satisfied. The taste of the original Maxwell House coffee is not there any more, gone forever. I will have to find another one. It seems that Wal Mart and Tim Horton are making good coffee but I did not buy them yet.
The coffee now is less strong and taste bad. People are not disturbed, this is only the truth.
That's it and that's all.

Jan 22, 2012
Really bad
by: Anonymous

I was searching the web to find out why the coffee was so bad and found this blog. I don't remember MH being especially great but it was drinkable. Now its just crap. I don't think it even tastes like coffee. Also that stale chemical aftertaste that coats your mouth for hours after you have a cup is even worse than the upset stomach after you have a cup. Unfortunately just like the previously post said folgers, chock full of nuts and other store brands seem to have gone the same way.

Jan 14, 2012
Serious
by: Rev. Rick

Tried Maxwell House a few weeks ago and started getting daily long term headaches. Tried it again yesterday thinking maybe i had a cold but instead i got instant 8 hour migrains......I'm thinking chemicals. Nothing gives me instant migrains. Maybe the insecticides or something. I would stay away from this stuff! Its going in the trash. Can't give it away and wouldn't

Jan 13, 2012
absolute swill
by: Anonymous

What the hell ius kraft doing to maxwell House it tastes like a chemical dump absolutely awful. Ill never buy it again.

Jan 11, 2012
Bad Coffee
by: Anonymous

Maxwell House coffee has been tasting bad for some years now, but it's not just Maxwell House coffee. Since I first noticed this, I've been trying so many different brands of coffee in an attempt to find *real* coffee again...but to no avail. They all taste bad, some worse than others. I don't know what they've done, but strongly suspect they've either genetically modified the plant/bean, or are adding unknown fillers. If anyone finds a coffee that actually tastes real, and good like it used to, please post your findings.

Jan 04, 2012
Confused Customer
by: Anonymous

Recently bought a can of Maxwell House Original Roast. It smelled and tasted nasty. Then tried Maxwell House Master Blend and it wasn't any better. Went back to store and bought Maxwell House Breakfast Blend. It was milder, but smelled and tasted as nasty as the other two. None of the three smell like coffee to me. Are they blending tree bark or recycled rubber with coffee these days?

Jan 02, 2012
MAxwellHouse now terrible
by: Anonymous

agree with the other posters - I have been drinking Columbia Supreme for years and maybe six months ago, I noticed a change in its taste. It has gone to heck - watery and tasteless. I have tried several cans and all have been awful. I guess Kraft really has ruined it. Too bad!

going with Peets, Lavazza and Illy now

Jan 01, 2012
Luzianne Coffee
by: Anonymous

Great coffee to try is Luizanne Red bag coffee with chicory 13 oz. bag. It may be a little higher in price but takes less coffee to make a pot. Only negative is it isn't available at all stores.

Dec 29, 2011
Maxwell House - Masterblend
by: Rich - NY

My wife and I have been drinking MH-MB for many years, it started out being called "Smooth", then they changed the name to "Masterblend". Well recently we restocked and the "new" cans are horrible. We have been using the same Farberware perculator for as long as we have been drinking the MH-MB and it's always been the same anount of scoops... This new stuff tastes very lite and watered down. I will increase the scoop by one, later and see if it helps any.

Dec 24, 2011
Awful and smelly
by: Pat H.

WE have been buying Maxwell house roasted coffee for years. Bought new batch last week, smelled awful, not the good aroma you usually get. Threw it out, it tasted horrible..Bought a new one yesterday, same bad result. Smelled bad too.

Dec 21, 2011
Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

No wonder Maxwell House is horrible now. It's because it is a Kraft product. Kraft has been messing with all their products to make them cheaper to produce. The OM beef weiners are now crap, the Mayo, the Velveeta, and on and on. Just don't buy anything from Kraft. They are cutting corners these days for their bottom line. Nasty products.

Dec 12, 2011
I thought it was a production lot gone bad!!
by: Maxwell coffee drinker

I bought some Maxwell coffee, Since I opened it I noticed a strong but unusual aroma, I've read some comments that describe it like "if melted plastic mixed with the coffee", but I would say It's more like a smell of GASOLINE.
I poured hot water to my instant coffee and I notice something I've never seen in any other coffee before: It was so so oily, I thought of gasoline again, but I know that over toasted coffee release more oil than regular toasted coffee I threw 3 cups without even tasted it. That was yesterday today I said "maybe it's just over toasted" so I tried a cup of coffee. It was insipid, stale, gave me heartburn, and made me feel so sure that there was something else in it. I am going to throw it and try buy another brand, I'll try it again when I see no more negative comments about it. I hope this site forwards these comments to Maxwell customer's service or at least send them a link to this message board.
Thank you for let us express our concerns.

Dec 08, 2011
Stomach aches
by: curtis

HAVE BEEN PAYING CAREFUL ATTENTION TO MY FLUID INTAKE:WATER,GATORADE,TEA,COFEE,TRYING TO DETERMINE A POSSIBLE REASON FOR MY STOMACH ACHES.
I have been a faithful Maxwell House coffee drinker for years.Today, I thought I would blog to see if there were others who were having my same experience,stomach issues.I discovered there were many others.
I will be weaning myself from MHC.I will be trying other brands for relief.

curtis

PS...Please get to/determine the source of this hidden irritant.

Thanks.

Nov 29, 2011
Threw out the whole can undrinkable
by: Anonymous

I tried a one lbs can of Maxwell House everyday blend of coffee purchased at Walmart. Seriously it tasted like it had plastic bottles melted in it. I had to throw out the whole can .. It was litterally undrinkable. I went back to Walmart house brand of coffee and it was good.

Nov 28, 2011
good coffee
by: Anonymous

I have found 2 that I like the very best; 8:00 coffee and Chock Full O Nuts! Smooth, mild, old-fashioned taste!

Nov 27, 2011
MH "Daily Brew" blend
by: Brad

At $7.50 for two pounds at Wal-Mart, what do you expect, gormet coffee? I havn't noticed a change in the regular MH either, and have been drinking it for years. No stomach problems either.

Nov 21, 2011
Don't worry about Aribica or Robusto, Okay??
by: Tommy

I'm very familiar with coffee blending and roasting techniques. Don't worry if your coffee has all Arabica beans or has some Robusto thrown in. That isn't what is making the coffee bad!

So what is it? It's the use of inferior coffee beans. Adding a good quality robusto bean is commonly done in the finest and most expensive blends in the world. So give up the notion that the bad Maxwell House or Folgers is bacause of them adding robusto beans. It's because of using a poorer quality shipment of beans, period!!
Get it??

Nov 20, 2011
No Bean Info
by: Anonymous

I too used to drink Maxwell House back in the day. I stopped drinking coffee years ago, but recently started back up. I was concerned that the cans I have stated 100% coffee. What does that mean? What kind? I compared the grounds to eight o clock, which has been around for years as well. Way better smell and taste from the 8:00 and they state 100% arabica beans. I am going from here to the Maxwell House site to complain.

Nov 19, 2011
Unbelievable
by: Anonymous

Been having stomach issues for many years...have not been able to figure out what is causing it. Opened a new jar this morning...didn't smell right...opened a couple more same thing...went searching...found this blog...nice to know that I have been poisoning myself.

Nov 16, 2011
awfull coffee
by: coffee lover

I thought i was the only one who thought that maxwell house coffee is turned bad, i tend to buy either folgers instant coffee or maxwell house, and this last time i bought maxwell house instant and really is not good at all, its giving me stomach aches and just not having the affect that coffee usually has, i crash really fast too. I am not gonna be buying maxwell house again. Its terrible!

Nov 05, 2011
Found Treasure in the Pantry
by: Anonymous

This reformulated brand of Maxwell House is absolutely disgusting. I've been drinking Maxwell House coffee for decades. It was my morning ritual and my favorite comfort. At first I thought my coffee pot was on the fritz. Maybe it was overheating my coffee making it taste bad. Then I found an older can of Maxwell House in the back of my pantry. I forgot I had it. I opened it and made a pot. That's when I realized nothing was wrong with the coffee maker.

Nov 03, 2011
Sick
by: Anonymous

I'm so glad to find this site! I thought it was only me who's having a problem. After drinking Maxwell House's coffee it feels like I have a stomach bug!!

Oct 11, 2011
acid stomach?
by: Anonymous

i'm a folgers fan but in these days of saving $$$ i thought i'd try the other popular brand...maxwell house. taste...ok. but my concern - and especially after reading some of the comments here - is the acidic levels. i've been drinking it for about two weeks now and have noticed a gradual onset of an awful tummy ache. my stomach burns, kinda queezy, i guess it's heartburn? thought i'd share because there maybe something going on? a bad batch of coffee beans? different process/machines/chemicals in processing? looks like some of the comments related to mine are in the past 30-60 days. i purchased mine in the atlanta metro area sept 2011.

Oct 02, 2011
Maxwell house coffee is making me itch
by: Michelle

I have been drinking Maxwell house coffe for years but now its making me physicaly sick. Besides the severe heartburn, it gives me an itcy rash. I switched and tryed several other coffees the symtoms subsided. Several months later i spent the weekend with a friend. As i was drinking the last of my cup of coffe the heartburn and red itcy patches on my chest started i asked what kind of coffee he used you guessed it Maxwell house. Whats up Maxwell house? What are they using formaldihyde?

Oct 01, 2011
Maxwell House R.I.P.
by: Jim

I noticed in mid 2008 all MH coffee blends were all of sudden flavorless. I have tried in vain to find a replacement coffee. I am even willing to pay more if I can find a good coffee. Right about the time MH changed over to the plastic cans they also changed their method of mixing or something. I even wrote to Kraft, much to no avail. They don't care what we think. I am at the point now where I am done with them until they change back.

Sep 27, 2011
Bad Coffee
by: Anonymous

I had been using Maxwell house since I first started drinking coffee,35 years ago, I now buy nothing but Folgers 100% columbian it seemed to me maxwell house went to the dogs around the time hurricane katrina hit the La. coast, sure Folgers is a little more expensive especially the 100% columbian but money well spent in my opinion

Sep 27, 2011
Maxwell house isn't the same
by: Anonymous

I've been drinking Maxwell Lite for years and the taste was so good no one could tell it was half-caff! Now the package is changed and it tastes like that terrible coffee they put in hotels.
I'm sure it is a cheaper blend even though the price has gone up a lot!
I guess I'm looking for a different coffe too.

Sep 15, 2011
M.H. Is it all chemicals
by: NoMoreMH

This stuff is bad, there is NO coffee aroma whatsoever,only
A chemical smell. What is this stuff. I thought I was the only one with a problem.I'm going to report this to the FDA. We all should

Sep 12, 2011
Where has it gone??? Coffee aroma....
by: Anonymous

Coffee aroma....remember it? Can't find it anymore. Not in the grocery isles, not in the coffee shops, nowhere. Remember that aroma from grandma's house when the coffee was perking? The lovely smell in the grocery isles when someone ground the beans. Not anymore. No coffee aroma. Just stink. So, what are they putting in the coffee since it sure as heck doesn't smell or taste like coffee.

Aug 27, 2011
not good to the last drop or even at all
by: John M

We got some maxwell house because my wife wanted it and are we sorry. It sucks. If I didn't know any better I'd guess they took green, unripened beans and roasted them. Undrinkable.

Aug 18, 2011
breakfast blend full crap flavor
by: Joshua

soon as they change their name is when they went to crap.
starbucks got everyone ruined on that 100 percent nasty coffee. maxwell house used to be an all day coffee. maxwell house and every other coffee has to change their flavors just to get their name back out. is there any other coffee that somebody could recommend

Aug 02, 2011
maxwell house coffee gone bad
by: Sharon

I have been drinking Maxwell house coffee forever.But the last five times I bought maxwell house it's not number 1 It used to be the best. Hope yall get it back to the great taste again

Jul 17, 2011
Maxwell House is NOT very "well" to the "Max"
by: Anonymous

I am 62 years old , and had been drinking Maxwell House coffee for at least 45 years. Over the past year they made a BIG MISTAKE. I suppose it was a "corporate-decision" to change a "Winning-Product" ??? You can't smell anything,or taste anything from the "NEW" Maxwell House product !!!
~~~ it's the WORST CRAP I've ever tasted !!! ~~~
"Foldgers" doesn't even need to advertise,,,all they need to do is let "Maxwell House" destroy themselves !!! What is really going-on here ???
Why would any Company do this to themselves???
The "Walmart" house-brand is at least 10 times better than "Maxwell House" is now. Are these people on a "SUICIDE-MISSION" ? ? ?

Jul 16, 2011
Kraft
by: Anonymous

Funny you should mention Kraft singles. I just bought some and after it wouldn't melt on a hamburger I had to double check that I didn't buy some cheap imitation cheese by mistake. No. It was Kraft and it wouldn't melt. Nasty. So I guess they HAVE cheapened everything. I was almost tempted to buy some more MH coffee (out of sheer nostalgia) but the posts about the cramping and stomach problems reminded me why I stopped in the first place. Other than the nasty taste of course. As for me, I am still using Fred Meyer Breakfast Blend. It's the closest to old time MH I have found. Coffee is just not coffee anymore. Remember when it brewed and you could smell it all over the house? Remember when you opened the can and the whole kitchen would have that wonderful coffee smell? No more. Sad.

Jul 16, 2011
Maxwell House Coffee is just bad!
by: Anonymous

I hope Kraft is reading these posts.

I too have tired changing amount of grinds I used - changed filters - changed amount of water.

Coffee is just horrible over the last year or more - bitter, lack of a fresh brewed coffee flavor. Actully don't know how to describe the flavor; definitely not good coffee.

Is it the plastic containers? I see someone posted that they changed beans.

All I know is that I had to stop after years (I am 77) of loving Maxwell House coffee. Crippling pain and cramping!

Will try the Walmart as suggested in one of the posts.

Jul 15, 2011
Maxwell House rip-off
by: Eileen

Maxwell House - Original Roast - 2lb, 2oz product
These are the large cans you can get on sale occasionally for $6.99. Suggested retail is about $15.00.

I agree on the Maxwell House thingy - plus, it's as if it's half/caf. I utilize(d) Maxwell House for the buzz to get me going and I'm not going anywhere! As well, the flavor has changed entirely and after three cups I can go to sleep if I wanted. Maxwell House is milking everyone for what they ONCE HAD and NOT what they're putting in their packing today.

I can't afford great coffee (unemployed). I miss my Starbucks and Yuban.

It's like fast food. If you're not in your 50's or 60's you have no clue as to how good McDonalds was. Wow! They're serving up total junk and back in the 50's and even 60's, their food was actually very, very tasty. In other words, everyone is cheapening up their products shy of price increases, but not reporting it on the label. Hard to say "new and improved" in cases such as these. :)

Actually, we should all know better since Kraft owns Maxwell House. They cheapen up everything they have, and have been doing so for many moons, excluding Kraft singles! Every mom in the world would be screaming bloody murder if their grilled cheese didn't come out the same way it has for the last 40+ years. They're stuck ever trying to modify that puppy. :)

So like I said, we should know better - after all, it is a "Craft". yuk, yuk

Lastly, these little comments we type in here don't have enough horsepower so call the idiots and complain directly and let them know how stupid you're not because they obviously think we are.

1-800-432-6333

Editor's Note: Eileen, actually I know for a fact that the folks at Maxwell House are following this thread - so keep it coming!


Jul 11, 2011
dumb assed computer has no taste buds
by: 24 Hr Kauphy Klubb

We run a 24 hour "Kauphee-Bar" [live from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.]--we thought at first we had 'bad aquifer water'-so we bought canned water--still badd! Then we decided we should grind our own beans---so we bought beans of another brand that 'touted' being '100% Columbian'---don't know if these beans are Arabica or not but this 'Coffee' is like B-4---It tastes equivalent to Starbuck's Colombian (nutty flavor) off the Grocery shelf---but(we freeze the beans first), we grind the beans ourselves in a slow old-fashioned hand crank job old coffee grinder with two big iron wheels on both sides that puts out a "Regular Grind"---we have also resorted back to the "Hot Water Pour-Over Method" with brown filter---yumm! Yumm! with real honey and real cow cream!

Jul 10, 2011
Wow it isn't just me!
by: Mike

I was wondering what happened to that great smell and taste. I stopped buying Breyer's Ice Cream, when they decided to go with cheaper ingredients to save a buck. Looks like Maxwell house went the same route.

Its a shame, I've been drinking Maxwell House instant for many years, they just lost a long time customer.

PS I also was getting dull chest pains after drinking their coffee so I'm guessing that there might be some additives in there that we don't know about. Way to ruin a very old and respected brand.

Theodore Roosevelt would not be pleased!

Jun 30, 2011
tastes bad
by: Anonymous

I just threw out a large can of Maxwell House I had purchased recently. It was very harsh - unlike Maxwell House I have had in the past. Totally undrinkable. They have lost this customer.

Jun 29, 2011
flavor
by: Anonymous

I too have noticed over the past few months a change in the maxwell house coffee. At first I thought I brought the wrong blend, but none of the maxwell house taste the same anymore. Why do they have to change things, just leave a good thing alone. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who noticed!!

Jun 19, 2011
Maxwell house question
by: Anonymous

From the taste and smell of coffee now, are maxwell coffe beans also grown in the mountians of Fla?

Jun 06, 2011
MH instant -plastic jug-aroma gone
by: MH instant addict

opened a brand new jar,
no odor no savor.

could some1 tell Maxwell that, within a week from the factory, they roasted for peanuts as the coffee turn 100% dull by any mean?

Jun 05, 2011
frustate
by: Celso Fernandes.

To Mr. Kim McMiller
Associate Director, Consumer Relations:

Dear Sir:

In 2008 I sent a postal letter to you.
In it, I made some coments about Maxwell Coffee, that from long ago I, as well my family, we have been customers.
Letter that was answered from you, and that I thanked your attention,with another sent letter.

It happens that, about some days ago, as ususal, I went to a local supermarket with intention to buy some Maxwell coffee (normal and decaf.).
To my surprise, I noticed that the coffee recipients were in plastics!
Never before I saw such thing in renomed canadian coffees. Anyway, I bought three bottles.

In home, after to open one, I was desolate. In any way one could fill the usual aromatic Maxwell coffee, (aroma not so strong as others marks)!
After contact some friends and acquaitances, - Maxwell Coffee users too, I got in conclusion that, aside the plastic recipientes, are not well acceptd, the traditional Maxwell Coffee aroma has gone!

In conclusion; Why the companhy is changing a tradition that is forcing to look for different kind of coffee?

Thank you for your attention.

C.Fernandes
4129 Drolet
Montreal H2W 2L5 Qc.

Jun 04, 2011
Makes me sad
by: Anonymous

Maxwell House has been a staple in my home since I was kid living with my parents. (I'm 62 now).
The coffee doesn't even smell like coffee anymore. When you open the container you like to get that fresh coffee aroma, not the ashtray aroma that I get now. Even when it's brewing the house no longer fills with that great coffee smell. What are they doing with there coffee? It makes me sad to think that they would compromise there once great coffee and loyal following in this way.
No more Maxwell House for me unless they go back to making real coffee again.

Jun 01, 2011
Maxwell House Has Changed
by: David in Texas

I just called Maxxwell House customer service and they said they did change from 100% arabica to a robusta blend in 2009. She said the Yuban is still 100% arabica. We did a taste test at our house to see if we could lower our coffee cost. (1)Starbucks breakfast blend is the best but too expensive. (2) Folgers 1/2 decaf 1/2 reg was better than the the number 3 Maxwell House.

May 22, 2011
Its awfull
by: Anonymous

Maxwell house coffee is absolutely awful it tastes like old socks. I thought it was one bad can but I bought a second and it was just as bad.
Stay clear of this swill.

May 22, 2011
COFFEE ISSUE M.H.
by: JOHN AND MARY

Agree with all the comments on this site. Loved Maxwell House Coffee 100% Colombian with 100% arabica beans. Love that cup of coffee first thing in the morning. Have also bought bottled water and a new coffee maker. Bought folgers columbian this time. Have had stomach issues also. Something has gone really wrong with the coffee industry and their product. Asked my husband if we could grow coffee beans in our back yard. Its a major problem. Don't know what they are doing--Maybe its like outsourcing like so many companies have done. Trying to find a good coffee. Not surprized how many people have run into the same issues. Maybe the are trying to make us all sick

May 22, 2011
MH Wake Up! Brand
by: Anonymous

We recently bought MH Wake UP! coffee. The first time after drinking it for a while, I started having a dull ache in my chest. I thought I was having a problem with my heart and took my blood pressure which was normal. I only have one cup daily in the morning. It went away in about an hour, so I forgot about it. The next morning after a few sips of my coffee, I felt the same thing in my chest and realized it was probably my bronchials or lungs and I was having some kind of allergic reaction. I knew it was the coffee. My husband has been drinking it about a week and has developed a nagging cough. Due to the bad taste, I was planning on returning it to the store anyway.

May 05, 2011
Old can of coffee
by: Anonymous

Could you tell me how long a 2plus can of Maxwell House coffee is still good? I got this from my Mother-in laws house that is probably 3 years or older. Please advise. Thank you

May 02, 2011
New container of MH tastes terrible
by: Anonymous

I have been wondering what happened to my coffee also. I now have to use more coffee grounds in order for it to not taste weak and watery and it STILL tastes horrible. I keep re-reading the label to see if I bougtht a different type.......it is the regular roast, as always!

May 01, 2011
Back to Being Good to the Very Last Drop
by: Tjoe70s

I think they had a supply of beans that were bad. MH use to be a benchmark in coffee. In our office, they buy cans of coffee in bulk and switch between Folgers and Maxwell House. For about a year, every time we would be on MH, the coffee stunk (like sick dog poop) and tasted badly.

But the last couple of times they bought MH, it has been back to its normal good taste.


Apr 22, 2011
MH is Nasty
by: Anonymous

I used MH coffee for years, now it is soooo nasty I just can't drink it. Tastes like chemicals and we both get sick after drinking it. I thought it was us. Now that I realize there are others who have noticed the nasty changes, I'm returning my coffee for a refund and never buying maxwell house again

Apr 19, 2011
I think it makes me ill
by: Northern Nevada

I am glad to see these other comments as to validate my issues with Maxwell House. After a few months of wondering what was wrong with me and questioning the MH coffee I experienced what I thought was a heart attack. I can drink any other brand at any strength and have no symptoms. I am thinking allergic reaction!

Mar 09, 2011
MH Wake Up Roast
by: Gary

I usually buy 8o'c 100% Columbian and have been happy but the price for the MH WUR was so low I had to try it.

Total crap... to the point of being undrinkable. The aroma and taste is best described as ashtray mixed with burnt peanut shells.

Mar 07, 2011
great value
by: mike6272

As info, I bought a can (metal) of "great value" 100% Colombian @ Walmart, and when I opened it, it had the "whoosh" which indicated it was packed and pressurized, and had a nice, rich coffee aroma..taste is acceptable, much better than whatever MH is trying to pass off as "good to the last drop" coffee. 33 oz is 6$, compared to MH 33 oz is $7.98. Try the smaller can first, but I found it the best I've tried since MH lost it's way, equal to Starbuck's or 8 o'clock.

Mar 07, 2011
The search for great coffee is over
by: Anonymous

For those of you having such difficulties finding a coffee that pleases I suggest the following:

Oceana Coffee
This is a custom roaster who utilizes only arabica beans and markets gourmet coffees from Costa Rica, Sumatra, Kenya, etc.
Their bags are a full 16 ounces.
Check them out at: www.oceanacoffee.com
Telephone: 1(561)339-2913
Email: great.coffee@oceanacoffee.com

You will not be disappointed

Coffee afictionado

Feb 27, 2011
coffe gone bad
by: Anonymous

I am so relieved to see all these comments. We had been drinking Folgers for years and suddenly that great coffee smell was gone when we opened the can,oops,the plastic container. We tried other brands and it was the same outcome. The coffee tastes as is smells. Its acidic and horrible, leaving an unpleasant feeling on the tongue. Was it the plastic container? we bought the "gourmet" bags of coffee. They say on the bags they are 100% arabica, which is superior to robusto. We don't think its as good as what came in the can and it is certainly more expensive. Folgers is no longer "the best part of waking up" and Maxwell House is not"good to the last drop". Thinking of switching to tea in the morning.

Feb 25, 2011
Can't wake up
by: Randy

I began noticing the difference in MH last fall; at first it was the taste (startling change from a good, smokey roast to pure swill), but then I noticed that it had no wake up effect at all. There was no stimulation in the coffee.

I switched to Folgers and found it to be better, but then the same thing happened with that brand! Bad taste, and no stimulative effect whatever.

Where the hell is the coffee that wakes you up?

Feb 18, 2011
Tastes bad, makes me sick
by: Liz

Thanks so much for this article and your website!!! It helped me figure out why I've been sick for since last Thanksgiving or so.

My husband and I had noticed the coffee smelled and tasted much harsher and rather like cigarette butts. Nothing changed even with varying amounts of coffee and buying a new coffee maker.

After reading this article and the comments, I finally stopped drinking the Maxwell House Master Blend and IMMEDIATELY all my IBS symptoms, the agony and cramping, were totally gone and I got off all medication.

We switched to Eight O'Clock and I've had no recurrance of symptoms. I had fought this for over three months -- and it was the Maxwell House. How crazy is that?

I never would have believed it or finally given up on Maxwell House without reading that it had changed and was making other folks ill.

Thanks SO much for giving me a big part of my life back. No joke!

Feb 12, 2011
What's up with Maxell House
by: Anonymous

I have used this coffee in the past then switched to folgers. Went back to Maxwell house. I did not smell right when I opened the can, but made the coffee anyway. By the next day - no joke, my husband was complaining about a buring itching on his butt - I'm not joking, or trying to be rude here, this is what happend. I did not suspect the coffee. Then I noticed I had the same problem by the next day. this went on for three days, before I realized the only change inour diet was the coffee. We went back to folgers black silk. The problem stopped. A few days after that, I tried the coffee again - same problem. I think there is really something very wrong with the coffee, has any one noticed this? Where would I report this problem, I think there is something really wrong.

Feb 10, 2011
So sad
by: Mike6272

Same here, we have drank MH original roast for many years, but lately have noticed the last drop is as bad as the first. I wrote their consumer division, waiting for reply. Most probably will get a polite letter that will be as flat and phony as there coffee. It's all about their bottom line, they will sell whatever we will buy. I for one will no longer buy this swill, they will only do better if their sales go way down. Let's make it happen!!

Feb 01, 2011
Agree
by: Joe Kernan

Simply this: I agree. Not as good as it was. It lands flat.

Jan 28, 2011
Flavor has Changed
by: Steve

I love a lighter roast, brewed strong and have a wonderful source in town but the price was killing me. When I heard a few years ago that Maxwell House was going "100% Arabica" I gave it a shot. Properly brewed, (Melita) I found I could drink it during the week at work, at a considerable savings, and drink the good stuff on the weekends. I now notice I cannot find the words "100% Arabica" on the package. To me it seems to taste harsh.

Jan 27, 2011
Awful coffee
by: Anonymous

This coffee tastes awful now. It is now distributed by another company, even the Butternut hot chocolate which was packaged by Maxwell House coffee has changed. Yucky poo!

Jan 27, 2011
MH Instant Really Really Sucks
by: Wade

I decided not to pay the extra money for Tasters Choice which has declined in taste to merely accpeptable....Bought a jar of Maxwell House Regular Instant which didn't even smell good when I opened it and the coffee tastes like crap. Wrong move.....now I'm looking for any instant that tastes reasonably good.

Jan 21, 2011
Ditto to all the comments we've read
by: Anonymous

okay, my husband and i are so glad to have found this message board. for two years we've been going crazy with this. it sounds ridiculous that someone would go to great lengths as we have trying to adjust the amounts, add more grounds, reduce grounds, filter water, we even purchased a new coffee maker. at first i was blaming him for making it wrong so he said 'do it yourself then.' i did and it tasted like dirty dish water, tasteless and just plain ol' aweful. it's a morning ritual of frowns and complaining, sticking out our tongues, complaining, thinking we'd lost our taste buds and finally started sneaking my old ma's instant taster's choice from time to time and even adding it to our MH water, lol. this has become quite the joke but it's been extremely frustrating. we are sooooooo happy that we're not crazy and that we finally with nothing else to do searched for a support group to help us understand what the hell happened to our once beloved 'good to the last drop coffee.' we are now reluctant members of the 'what the hell happened to MH coffee' group, ha!

Jan 01, 2011
smells rotten,tastes like chemicals
by: Anonymous

glad I'm not alone here, THE COFFEE STINKS. STINKS. PERIOD. STINKS. NO COFFEE FLAVOR. MAYBE IT IS THE ADDITIVE ROBUSTA BEANS. WHERE THE HELL THEY GETTING THE COFFEE ? dry tounge and headache. loss of taste. tastes like dirty dish water. pesticides or something .

Dec 07, 2010
How to call Kraft & What Brand Now?
by: Deb Pleeze

1-800-432-6333 is the number. Have your SCU number ready (if you have some coffee on hand). You can also contact them at http://www.maxwellhouse.com

The most you can do is get a refund for the product you've got on hand, and ask the operator to note the problem you've had with their coffee and that you won't be purchasing it again.

I'm just wondering what brands others have switched to, since giving up MH. We've actually been enjoying Aldi Store's "Beumont" brand. It comes in a strong foil bag, with the all-important one-way air valve. It smells like pure heaven and tastes fantastic. And needless to say, coming from Aldi, the price is more than reasonable.

We've also tried the Eight O'Clock brand in the store. The pre-ground actually tastes better to us than the bag of beans that you dump into the hopper and grind, on the spot.

One thing is certain; we will never buy any coffee that isn't labeled as "100% Arabica Beans".

Dec 07, 2010
Maxwell House Coffee makes me ill
by: Anonymous

I have an adverse reaction to Maxwell house coffee. I don't know if it is the beans or processing of the beans or what. It is definitely an allergic chemical reaction. I get a headache , heartburn and I feel weak when I drink Maxwell House coffee.

Dec 06, 2010
M.H. Coffee YUCK
by: Anonymous

I am so glad I found this blog. I have been drinking M.H. coffee for 30+ yrs. I have tried everything, purified water, new coffee maker, made it stronger, made it weaker and it still taste worse than urine would probable taste. I am so dissappointed in Kraft. I have tried to contact them to no avail. They dont seem to care about thier customers. Keep your nasty coffee, I will never buy this coffee again. If anyone has found a brand that taste like coffee is suppose to, Please let me know.

Dec 03, 2010
Maxwell House is awful!!!
by: Anonymous

I am so glad to see that I'm not the only one that can't stand Maxwell House coffee anymore. I have gone broke buying different bags. I even bought a new coffe maker, The coffe was still awful, bitter, sometimes tastes like a dirty ashtray. I will never buy MH again.

Dec 02, 2010
To Each His/Her Own
by: Anonymous

It seems that many of those commenting typically drink the supermarket coffees as their everyday brew. I thought I didn't like coffee until I tried fresh beans from a "boutique" shop when visiting family in San Francisco back in the mid '80's (before the onslaught of Starbucks).

While it may cost a little more the taste difference between fresh beans (and not the beans you bag yourself at the supermarket) and supermarket coffee is incredible. You owe it to yourself to try!

Nov 23, 2010
packaging
by: Anonymous

Since mAxwell house changed their method of sealing these cardboard containers,you must have noticed there's barely a proper seal as compared with the brands that still use cans---chock full of nuts has a loud whoooooosh when you peel back that foil seal and many times with mAxwell house there's none but due to the co$t of coffee,it gets used and mAxwell house gets called and complaints registered.
obviously they've changed their recipe and the lousey packaging is not helping either.
same as fOLgers==wouldn't give it shelf room even if it were for free--tastes horrendous for years now , and the coffee's from viet nam for chrrryyysssake.

......just unearthed some cans with expiration 2009 and yeah,i'll brew it and drink it too......mAxwell house 1st---chock full of nuts LASTS due to a proper seal.

Nov 21, 2010
bad coffe products
by: anonymous

Those of u with bad smelling and tasting coffees by MH should send them to USDA for analysys, maybe they're adulterating it somehow.

Nov 20, 2010
Maxwell
by: Rich

I decided to do a search and see if I could find any bad reports on Maxwell House Coffee. The past year or so I wondered if something was being added or if pesticides were making it into the coffee. Sometimes I felt a little sick after drinking some. I recently took a week off from drinking any and broke down a brewed a pot the other day. Kind of a sickening smell but went ahead and drank some and felt bad afterwards.
I've also had an issue with it overflowing the filter as mentioned by someone else.

Just wondering if any test have been run looking for chemicals in the coffee itself? also the issues with using plastic containers, just wondering if there could be a reaction if the containers sat in a hot warehouse?? But I guess there are issues with cans as well. But just seems to be some type of chemical smell in the coffee.

Oct 30, 2010
mh coffee
by: Anonymous

I'm sending this web site to all on my email list!!!! We have all been wondering where the good coffee has gone. mh has many differant aromas but they are all horrible. thanks again.

Oct 18, 2010
I thought I was loosing my mind
by: Anonymous

I had been using MH Breakfast Blend for the past few years. The last can I bought tasted AWEFUL, so I stopped drinking it and tried a different blend of MH. A bit better flavor, but still not what I expected and not what I'm used to. Guess I'm switching brands. How dissappointing. I guess they can no longer claim that it's good to the last drop!

Oct 15, 2010
Bring back "Good to the last drop"
by: Anonymous

I recently found out the Maxwell house was bought out by Maximus coffee group and they have changed the original ingredients. Back in the 70's , my mother worked at Maxwell house, their slogan was "Good to the last drop" and they held true to that. The slogan was on a neon sign attached to the building, now, the sign is gone and so is the good flavor. Maximus coffee is horrible.

Sep 25, 2010
What is up with my brew?
by: Anonymous

I've been a MH drinker for over 20 yrs. I've had my weekly overflows as its brewing if I dont stand there to catch it, oily film and bitter brews occasionally. My local shop and save had "wake up " roast on sale at $ 5 a large can, now after purchasing it I can not find any info about it, such as caffine content, is it an old product or an upcoming product. Upon opening it it smells great, nice fresh scent, nice grind, but want some info before the test brew?

Sep 20, 2010
horrible taste of burned coffee or plastic
by: Tommie B.

We fell in love with MaxwellHouse ground coffee when we tried our first container containing Arabica beans. We had looked long to find a replacement for Folgers. Lately, the last 2 containers of Maxwell House that we bought tasted so horrible that we has to pour it out after a few sips. We noticed that the lables no longer list Arabica beans. What happened?

Sep 18, 2010
bad coffee
by: Anonymous

I too, have noticed a big change in MH coffee. It has a bitter taste and is very strong even the medium kind. I am looking for a different brand that used to be like the good taste of MH.

Sep 14, 2010
WILL NEVER BUY MAXWELL HOUSE AGAIN! AWFUL!
by: Anonymous

For the past few weeks, my coffee has been tasting just awful. I even stopped making it at home and waiting until I get to work to have it. I assumed my coffeemaker needed cleaning. However, after cleaning the pot, it was no better. Then I assumed that something happened to the coffeemaker. I purchased a new coffeemaker this past Saturday. Yup, you guessed it. Awful coffee! It was pretty obvious then that the problem was my Maxwell House Coffee. I will never buy Maxwell House again. Coffee is way too expensive to have to throw it away!

Sep 06, 2010
Master Blend
by: Anonymous

My wife and I have always enjoyed Maxwell House Master blend coffee. Lately we have found the favor is not as rich as it was and we noticed that all Master blend that we can find is a mild blend. My question is does Maxwell house make Master blend other than mild.

Sep 04, 2010
kraft and MH
by: Dark Grind

I haven't bought MH in some months but today I noticed it no longer states "Pure Arabica" on the label, only that it's pure coffee. I put it back on the shelf and picked up Community Coffee instead. Personally, I prefer the Arabica but without that claim I will no longer buy it. Interesting about the mega-companies though.

I drank some very good coffee in Germany called Jacobs. Of course the locals bragged that their coffee is superior to that in the US. But in small print on the back of the pouch was a Kraft insignia. So, Kraft has the capacity to make good coffee, they just don't always sell it in the local market.

Best advice: Stay away from mega-company coffee. For instance, 8 o'colck is pure Arabica and very inexpensive, tastes good too.

Sep 03, 2010
Check the date
by: Anonymous

Check the date on the bottom of the can. If it's best buy date is not more than a year from the current date it's been sitting a long time and will not be worth drinking.

Aug 29, 2010
What in the heck is floating on top of coffee?
by: Sue/Wisconsin

I just purchased a can of Daily Brew coffee last week. I generally grind my own coffee, but decided to change to ground. MH use to taste good..not anymore! I use purified water and just got a brand new coffee maker. I poured a cup of coffee and oils are floating on the top of my cup..gross! The whole pot of coffee had oils floating on top. What the hell is going on? Whatever beans they used were poor quality and I will take it back to Pick N Save. The taste is terrible and the smell is bad. I don't plan on ever purchasing another product made by MH. If you want to get a wake up coffee do not buy mild or strong coffee. Article I read in magazine said you get more caffine in medium brews. Hope it helps when you buy your next can/bag of coffee. Have a great day!!

Aug 26, 2010
700 000 000 000 Differant taste buds
by: Anonymous

For a little over three years now MH has hit the bottom of the barrel, In my opinion.
MH Master blend was for years the pentical of my taste buds. Be leave me I enjoy my coffee 365.
I too called MH and the lady I talked to hadn't bought her own coffee in her whole life.
I guess the vanity crowd has taken over even in the MH coffee division. Its a shame the best blend MH made at that time is gone.(Master Blend).With several hundred friends who also preferred Master Blend it is unanimous the best is gone.

Aug 17, 2010
Hills Brothers scarcity
by: Old Blond

I never liked Maxwell House. Hills Brothers is pretty good, but we can no longer buy it. The supermarkets have ordered it, but haven't had a delivery in over a month. What's up with that?

Aug 06, 2010
YUK !!
by: Eileen

We are going shopping for a different brand of coffee..They can have the MH.
I bet the employees dont even drink it.

Aug 04, 2010
Blind tasters not just blind
by: Anonymous

With no disrespect to MH representative, but to answer the MH customer serve response, Their blind tasters are not just blind they can't smell or taste either!

Jul 21, 2010
MH Makes HUGE MESS in Bunn!
by: Deb Pleeze

Wow! I'm so glad I found this web site! I called Kraft today over my frustration. For the last 2 plastic jugs of MH Colombian it has been floating up, over the paper filter on our Bunn coffee maker, and making a HUGE mess! Water, coffee and grounds go shooting out of the sides of the filter basket and all over my counter unless I stand right there to catch the flow(s) with plastic cups. I thought it was my filters, at first. We've had the same filters so I ruled that out. The coffee maker and water are all the same that we've had for years. Finally, it hit me: it's the damn coffee!

The customer service person at Kraft wanted to "first" get my name, etc. I refused to give it to her because I don't need their SPAM - we get more than enough of that in our lives! - and I don't want a refund. I just wanted them to know that they won't get another dime of our money. Who in the hell wants to be barely awake and cleaning up a mess of coffee and grounds everywhere, let alone drink a cup full of powder-like grounds because they floated instead of sitting and allowing the water to pass through???

So, they've (Kraft/Maxwell House) really blown it, now! Taste is subjective, and therefore arguable, but the fact that the crap won't brew is a whole new issue that is going to finish off the brand, all together!

Jul 17, 2010
Yuban
by: Scrambled

What has happened to this absolutely delicious coffee? I used to buy it at Stop and Shop and Shop Rite. It seemed to be phased out. Maxwell house doesn't compare. Why do they take good things off the market?

I haven't been able to settle on a coffee that I like since this is no longer available.

?

Jun 30, 2010
I'm leave you MH too.....
by: Thom

I thought it was me....but after readign this thread, it's MH....the increased price (here in Fla) for the Columbin was one thing, now the decrease in quality....time to change after 20 years...

Jun 27, 2010
give me back 100% Arabica
by: Anonymous

After many years of enjoying MH 100% Arabica coffee, it disppeared.. Bought some of the other MH coffee to be sorely disappointed. I no longer buy Maxwell House brands, so come on folks, give us back the 100% Arabica bean coffee or go away altogether!!!!!!!!!

Jun 21, 2010
ALL coffee has gone bad
by: lazytigerz

I want coffee that smells and tastes like COFFEE. I am sick of opening can after can, bag after bag and smelling...cat litter, dirty ash trays, smoke. Every smell and odor that is bad and not coffee. Does anyone remember waking up to the smell of real coffee? The smell alone made you want to drink the disgusting stuff! If you, like me, are sick to death of this bilge they are calling coffee and charging a fortune for, then e every coffee company that you buy disgusting coffee from and COMPLAIN. Then RETURN IT! GET YOUR MONEY BACK. Stop settling for junk. Americans should be sick of getting the worlds cast off everything and all good stuff shipped to other countries. Get your money back and if enough people keep returning the nasty stuff, Maybe the problem will get fixed. Complain and return....Hey. The word I have to enter to submit this is 'septic'. How appropriate!!

Jun 20, 2010
Wood in coffee??
by: Anonymous

Ok, wood in the coffee. Great. You're right. If there is wood in there there is no telling what else is in there. Nasty!! Try Safeway coffee. To me it tastes like the old MH.

Jun 20, 2010
Real wood in coffee
by: Anonymous

Recently while brewing coffee, (Maxwell House Master's Blend) I noticed something other than ground coffee in the can. I fished it out and it was a 1 inch long bit of wood a little thicker than a piece of spaghetti. I wasn't sure what it was at first so I decided to burn it to see what it smelled like... Well, it smelled like burning wood. Who knows what it was for sure or why it made it into the finished product. I am assuming that it was a piece of stem that never was cleaned properly. At any rate it seems that the quality control at MH is lacking. I am also afraid of what else might be mixed in the coffee that is small enough to blend in and go unnoticed. Perhaps we are drinking roasted mulch?

Jun 16, 2010
Dave's bad coffee
by: Anonymous

Dave I can explain. You're coffee has a " best by" date of 2004 and it's 2010. The coffee is probably rancid by now!

Jun 16, 2010
Maxwell Dec
by: Anonymous

what is the method used to decaffeinate Maxwell coffee?

Jun 10, 2010
Maxwell House coffee bad odour
by: Dave

Where do I send this complaint Maxwell House ?

Just bought a can of Maxwell House 100% Colombian coffee and am very disapponted.

Usually when I break the seal of a can of coffee I am greeted with a pleasant aroma - NOT in this case.
The odor is strongly acidic - almost sour.

Can you explain ?


The best before date on the bottom is 10 Nov 04 jikc 1041
the can also has the munber 04050002763600 above the bar code
and 66188003235 as part of the bar code


I purchased it at the Winkler co-op grocery store in Winkler

Dave

Jun 02, 2010
Maxwell Coffee has a horrible taste
by: Anonymous

Maxwell Coffee DOES NOT taste like coffee...it has a horrible taste...it so sickening.

May 26, 2010
Coffee
by: Anonymous

I have switched from Maxwell House Lite to Safeway Half Caff coffee. It's very good. Not as good as the old Maxwell House but a close second. Folgers Half Caff gives me a major headache so I can't drink that. The only bad thing is the Safeway near me only carries it in the small can, which is more expensive to buy. But if you are looking for an alternative to the MH Lite...try that.

May 26, 2010
Arabica still available
by: Anonymous

I have taken to buying the small 11 ounce cans of Slow Roast. It is still 100 percent Arabica, and it is priced accordingly, but delicious.
At 3.49 for 11 ounces it would cost almost 11 dollars to make a big 34.5 ounce can, but again it is worth it.

May 23, 2010
I am looking for good coffee
by: Martha

I am extremely disappointed with the change in taste and aroma of Maxwell House coffee. I enjoyed the coffee for many years and will never again drink this coffee. If anyone finds a good cup of coffee,let me know.

May 20, 2010
Original Roast?
by: Anonymous

@MH Customer Service

It's definitely a change for the worse. MH used to have a great aroma and taste; now it's unpleasant.

Why would MH make such a drastic change and still label their product "Original Roast"? I hope that MH will be offering refunds on that basis.

Oh well...I guess I'll have to look for a new brand.


May 18, 2010
MH customer service reply
by: Kim

The formulation of MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee has indeed changed and I'm sorry you thought it tasted horrible.

Our consumers are looking for great-tasting coffee and by tapping into our ability to custom roast, the new Maxwell House blend delivers just that. Preliminary blind taste tests for the new blend yield that consumers prefer the new blend over the 100% Arabica blend.


Our highly-skilled coffee experts have created a special blend of both types of beans that, when custom roasted, results in great tasting coffee. The new blend still has a high Arabica bean content and uses Robusta beans to round out the flavor profile with a rich taste our coffee consumers love.


Maxwell House 100% Colombian coffee is made with all Arabica beans from Colombia.


Our staff works very hard to provide the best tasting and satisfying products to the preferences of most consumers. Your opinion about the product is important to us as well and I will share your comments with our product development staff.


Thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts.


Kim McMiller
Associate Director, Consumer Relations

May 08, 2010
Maxwell house was Sold
by: Anonymous

Kraft has been in talks to sell Maxwell House for a while, they want to buy Cadbury and when a parent company no longer cares they stop putting money into it. P&G sold Folgers and it sucks now the same will happen here. Sell it to people who trust the good name pump up the cheap beans to prove to the buyers how much profit can be made.. It's over. (Yuban has suffered just as much, even that isn't 100% columbian anymore)

Apr 24, 2010
New Packaging
by: Anonymous

I went to the store today and saw a whole new display of MH that says Everyday Roast (or Blend can't remember which).It has a very plain label. Who the heck has taken over at MH? I can't believe they have so drastically changed a coffee that has been around for over a 100 years. Whoever is in charge clearly wants the demise of the brand. Their sales have to be terrible. I have been a die hard MH drinker for 30 years. If I switched I guarantee many others switched.

Apr 24, 2010
Uban
by: billy joe

what did kraft do to uban coffee? used to be 100% columbian!

Apr 12, 2010
Cheap Viatnam beans
by: Anonymous

I think this sums it up and why 100% arabica beans are off the label and MH may be using lesser quality beans in the blends again.

Apparently with the support of the World Bank, robustas recently have been planted in very large quantities in Vietnam. These are mass-produced coffees at their most dramatic: stripped from the trees, leaves, unripe, ripe and overripe fruit and all, and dried in deep piles. All of which means the essentially bland, grainy robusta character is topped off with an assortment of off-tastes, mainly musty/mildewed and fermented. These coffees sell for considerably less than all other coffees, including better quality robustas. I am told that production costs for Vietnamese robustas are about 20 cents per pound or less, compared to, for example, production costs of 80 to 90 cents per pound for the excellent "100% Colombia" coffees competing in the supermarket. And now the current episode: Commercial dealers and roasters have learned to steam the often foul-tasting Vietnamese robustas, removing the waxy covering of the bean and muting (but not entirely eliminating) the offensive flavor notes.

Apr 10, 2010
I thought it was me
by: Lee

I had noticed a change in the taste of Maxwell House Coffee to. It didnt seem to taste the same since they changed the packaging and it is not as strong as it used to be.

Apr 08, 2010
MH TERRIBLE NOW!!
by: JM

I just picked some up the other day...3.00 a can at Walmart....Arabica label gone....cathy market lable "Custom Roast" in its place....Now the coffee tastes like garbge...It now has that after taste twinge of folgers....I can tell they now use the same bean...
I went to a Menards store and they carry some grocery's but they are a lumber yard store...Luckily not many people buy food there, and they had a lot of the 'Arabica" left over..I picked one with freshest date (use by 8 2010)

I opened it and compared beans to the "Custom Roast" and the Arabica beans are ground smaller--You can tell difference..

And the taste is remarkably better-- a poor man's
Seattles Best...

hit some of the Kmarts or places that mainly sell other things but have small food aisles- or some k marts--I bet you find some of the arabica types remaining.

Mar 27, 2010
this stuff is crap
by: ohio java drinkers

My sister and I just realized today that we had both noticed a change in MH coffee, and are on the search for a new daily brand. It doesn't even smell good when you open a new batch, that should have been my first clue :(

Mar 18, 2010
MH Colombian
by: Anonymous

I have had great experiences with Maxwell House Colombian coffee; however their price has significantly increased on the Colombian Cans, while it has stayed the same on the other versions. I have enjoyed this coffee as much as the more expensive Colombian coffee.

Mar 18, 2010
Robusta is cheap junk
by: coffee lover

If your coffee is not all arabica, except for espresso, it is crap. Robusta is much cheaper, harsh and can be bitter.

Great coffee is an acquired taste like good wine and cheese.

If you want really good brews grind your own daily and use a french press. It is well worth the extra effort.

Mar 10, 2010
Robusta beans
by: Anonymous

The Original blend of MH ( back in the day!) used robusta beans in the blend. The coffee was still great. I don't know where they are getting their beans now but it just tastes terrible. I have come to the conclusion that the people at MH must not drink their own coffee, because they would never make it taste so bad if they did.

Mar 09, 2010
maxwell house original blend did change!
by: Anonymous

Hi:
I was buying the Original Blend of Maxwell House Coffee and just loved it but......now it tastes different. It used to say 100% Arabica Beans. The can no longer says that, so......I called Maxwell House and spoke to a Representative. She said they did change the formula. It still has the Arabica Beans but they have added Robusto Beans as well. Yuck! My coffee is now weak and tastes horrible. I will no longer buy Maxwell House Original Blend. I will have to find a new coffee now. Thought you would like to know what I found out.


Mar 06, 2010
tastes different from can to can
by: Anonymous

I agree with the previous poster in that the taste often varies from can to can. I wonder if they process at different plants? It's like they are not even the same coffee. Strange.

Mar 05, 2010
Strange cherry smell??
by: Cherry Coffee House

Got three cans of Maxwell House, one of the cans smelt like Dr.Pepper ... very pugnant but almost like a sweet cherry smell. I'm wondering if anyone has experienced this themselves. We use filtered water and none of us have discerning tastes, ie. we tolerate this coffee so I'd prefer to be void of responses unrelated to "cherry smell from coffee". Trying to determine whether someone was pranking and might of dropped cherry crystals in it. Cheers.

Mar 04, 2010
done
by: Anonymous

As of this last can I am done with Maxwell House. I have used MH for well over 20 years. No more. I have had my last nasty cup. I will not spend one more dime for this awful coffee. I am not sure what I will buy, but it won't be this. Sad.

Mar 02, 2010
WTF is up with Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

"Has Maxwell House coffee gone bad?"
- MH was never my favorite coffee, but it was always a consistent and generally appealing flavor/aroma. The cans have read "100% Arabica" (on the front) for quite some time. The cans now read "100% Pure Coffee" (small print on the back). I assumed that they'd remixed the blend to reinsert Robusta so they could keep their price point and profit margins. Fits the general trend of food producers...reduce quality and/or reduce quantity to maintain price point/profit margin for a given item.

If MH just weren't so rancid now...and if MH was just a bit more attentive to consumer knowledge of coffee. Come on now "100% Pure Coffee"...what are they thinking that I think...that the recession has led them to downgrade to chicory or roasted dandelion root.

Feb 25, 2010
We're Not Fooled
by: Anonymous

We've also noticed at work that there is a difference. The containers went from saying "100% Arabica beans" in the right hand corner to "Custom Roasted for full flavor" in the same
spot. Do they think we're fools. We drink coffee from morning until late afternoon. I guess they'll see the difference in their profits when we all start switching.

Feb 15, 2010
Knew something was wrong
by: Anonymous

First started noticing the MH coffee went bad quickly in the big can--after switch from metal to cardboard-- so started using the little bags. Now it all tastes terrible. I have bought my last can of MH--which i will be returning to the store for refund. Will try the 8 oclock--thanks for the tip.

Feb 02, 2010
Just sad.
by: Anonymous

The sad thing for me is I used the Max Lite. It's hard trying to find a good half caf blend. The Folgers half caf gives me a headache. I am just finishing up a case of Hills Bros Perfect Balance. Not bad, no headache, but it's just not the same. I have to mail order it and it's about 10 bucks a case more than the Max Lite I ordered from Amazon. I want my old Maxwell House back!!!!

Feb 02, 2010
maxwell house sooo disappointing now
by: Anonymous

i'm glad we read all these posts. we thought we were going nuts. tried the original, dark roast, etc. they all suck any more. we thought it was our pot too. we always use bunn coffee maker, and we were blaming that, but its defineley the coffee. going to try 8 oclock columbian as someone suggested, hope its good. shame on maxwell house, they dont seem to give a crap, how their customers feel.

Jan 29, 2010
Selling Kraft stock
by: Anonymous

Enjoyed Maxwell house for 25 years. Everyone I know has been looking for another brand. I havent tried Eight O clock yet, thanks.

Jan 29, 2010
MaxHouse and McD
by: Anonymous

Whole family enjoyed Maxwell House. I have been drinking it for 25 years. Everyone I know is looking for a different brand now. Selling my stock in Kraft.
McDonalds used to have a decent coffee also. Now its some cheaper Gevina blend(central s.american arabica;robusta)
Wikpedia: Coffee (many blends, many places)

Jan 26, 2010
Alternative to crappy Maxwell House
by: Shawn

I looked up coffee reviews and found one by consumer reports that said 8 o'clock columbian coffee beats all the big guys hands down. I tried it and I agree.

Try it! You will not regret it.



Jan 13, 2010
Puzzled
by: coffeed out

we have purchased Mawell House by the large tin for seven years. The quality was consistent from tin to tin. The last two tins purchased in December 2009 were noticeably bitter. Not even close to the old tin taste. Many other people in Toronto say the same thing. Is it a bad batch or what?

Jan 03, 2010
Weaker blend
by: Kentucky Coffee Drinkers

We have been wondering what has happened to Maxwell House coffee. We used to take one scoop and the coffee was great. Nowe we find ourselves using two scoops and the taste is weak. With the cost of coffee going up, we now are using a little more than twice the amount of ground coffee beans to achieve an acceptable taste, but it is still not like before. We sure are glad there are others that have noticed.

Dec 01, 2009
Maxwell House No More
by: Caffeine Fiend

I'm glad I found this site and it's not just me that thinks the MH has gone to !#$%^&*!!!.

It used to be a decent affordable brand but no more. After this last can (plastic now) of something called coffee I am searching for another brand.

Nov 22, 2009
Has Max pulled a Sneakly?
by: J

What happened to the 100% Arabica label? Is Max toying with us?

Oct 31, 2009
Caffeine missing?
by: Anonymous

In the past two months the Maxwell House
canned caffeinated Regular grind, seems
decaffeinated. We keep falling asleep.

Irene

Circus

Oct 22, 2009
In search of...
by: Anonymous

I can't seem to find my very favorite Maxwell Rich anymore. I tried the others and my husband wants to know "what is up with the coffee" now because it tastes horrible. I too, thought it was my coffee maker but it's not. In desperate search of a good coffee so i don't have to drag my 8 month old out every morning to make a coffee run!

Oct 21, 2009
bad coffee
by: Anonymous

wont buy maxwell hose coffee anymore. been drinking it for over 40 years. wtf happen to smell,flavor,etc it sucks large now. never will i buy it again..

Sep 24, 2009
Maxwell House Lite
by: Anonymous

MH Lite has all but disappeared! 2 years ago when they switched to the Arabica beans it became scarce and I started ordering off Amazon. Now Amazon doesn't even carry it. I am not talking the scalpers who sell on Amazon but Amazon itself. I checked the MH site, the most infuriating website EVER, and it is still listed. Too bad we can't buy direct. I am going to take the advice of a fellow poster and try Hills Bros. Original for now. Hopefully MH lite will show up again soon.

Sep 23, 2009
contains some instant coffee?
by: Anonymous

I think I'm tasting some instant coffee in the coffee made with "fresh ground" MH beans now.

Jul 31, 2009
maxwell house sucks
by: Anonymous

i have been drinking maxwell house for 20yrs.was great then now it is extremly bitter which they say on can never bitter and has awful taste.what happened???

Jul 17, 2009
Maxwell House "Rich Origina"
by: Kristy

My husband and I like the Maxwell House "Rich Original", which does not seem easy to find. The only store we have found to cary it is our little shoppette on our Military base and alas I have not seen it there in a while. This one seems good and tastes Similar to Choc Full o Nuts- (made by Maxwell House as well)?


Jun 29, 2009
Bad Coffee
by: Juan Valdez

Maxwell Coffee use to be the best coffee money could buy. (Oh, that was Chock Full of Nuts.) But not some marketing moron probably with an MBA has convinced the company to switch big time to Arabic beans.

I drink coffee for two reasons: (1) I like the taste, and (2) I like a little kick. As a result of their change in beans, I now dislike the taste of MH and the kick is gone. So, now, guess what? So is Maxwell House from my shopping list.


Jun 29, 2009
Where's the kick?
by: Anonymous

I like the taste of Arabica coffee, but there doesn't seem to be a kick. Have the health freaks taken the kick out of coffee?

Lite Coffee
but "some" kick

Jun 12, 2009
Cutting through Coffee Hype
by: Have a Nice Cup

If you want a classic coffee profile the pickins are pretty slim these days. Many coffee manufacturers are foolish and can't seem to respect their original flavor profiles.
I recommend, for a classic American coffee flavor, try Hills Bros. (must be "original" style, I forget the word on the can. Or maybe Chock full of Nuts because New Yorkers would be mad if it changed much.
Don't be impressed by any coffee that brags "Arabica". Arabica can be pure crapola of the lowest order. Noone uses pure Robusto beans anyway, they are blended in for kick and earthiness.
Better yet, go to Burman Coffee and roast your own.

Jun 01, 2009
Differance?
by: Anonymous

What is the difference between the sliver top and the gold canisters? They basically say the same thing about the coffee.

Jun 01, 2009
How long does coffee last after the expery date
by: Anonymous

I bought a canister of the gold top coffee and notice that it has expired? How long does coffee after that date

May 22, 2009
The instant coffee is bad too
by: Anonymous

I've recently tried the Maxwell House instant coffee after not having used it for several years. It tasted just awful. I dumped it down the sink.

May 11, 2009
Good to the last drop - Not anymore.
by: Dogdays8

Aside from the change in the taste of the Maxwell House Original blend coffee, has anyone noticed the strange bubbles that cling to the side of your cup? At first I thought I had some soap residue in the cup, but after thoroughly cleaning the cup and coffee pot, the bubbles remain. There is also a strange chemical smell to the coffee when you open the can. If the aribca beans are milder than the robusta, as you say, then why do they smell so pundgent?

Apr 24, 2009
bad coffee
by: Anonymous

yes there has been a big change in maxwell house coffee it's so flat there is hardly any taste too it.It no longer good to the last drop. Going to a different brand.

Mar 03, 2009
Musta been the robusta
by: Anonymous

That made the old Mxwell house taste like it did. I'm no coffee connoisseur but the new Maxwell House Columbian is much improved. I tried the old Master Blend several times and it was truly terrible coffee. Haven't tried it lately to see if the taste has changed. Most people I know, myself included like Maxwell Original best but, now I have switched to the 100% arabica Columbian.


Feb 19, 2009
what the heck is wrong with you people?
by: jim k.

you old-school people slay me! you like that bitter crap maxwell house used to be? i suppose some of you think mcdonald's is good food, or that dick cheney was a great vice-president.

yikes.

here's a coffee lesson for you.

the robusto beans that you apparently miss so much in your maxwell house make coffee bitter, astringent, and rough-tasting. robusto beans are considered inferior to arabica beans- ask any coffee roaster. robusto is commonly used as a "filler", a way to cheapen arabica bean coffee; much the same way corn grits or rice are used as a filler in beer (real beer is typically made from only barley malt).

it's like the difference between a miller high life and an all-malt american lager like michelob, or a german lager like hofbrau.

but some of you no doubt would spit those beers out, crying they had too much flavor or were too smooth!

for God's sake, try and learn to appreciate other things, like real coffee!

and p.s.- i'm not a snearing yuppie. i'm in my 50's, blue collar, and proud of it!!

Feb 18, 2009
Maxwell House coffee sux long time ago
by: haiyaa

I could not help not to laugh.

Maxwell Coffee was bad for at least more than ten years.

And also at least for that long it was manufactured in China too!!!

Where were your taste bud all these time???

Feb 04, 2009
taste different, not good but terrible
by: Anonymous

Husband and I have drank MH colombian Blend, (we like it strong)for years..the last container I bought however has tasted horrible....why would you change a good thing!!

Jan 22, 2009
Horrible
by: Anonymous

I guess I'm not the only one. The MH coffe is horrible now. It has no smell or taste. I noticed the change in the taste of Maxwell House coffee in the second have of 2008 - just now I decided to look it up and came across this post.

Jan 04, 2009
Has Maxwell House coffee gone bad?
by: Anonymous

Maxwell House "RICH"! I bought a can of it about 6 months ago. Best I ever had. Now I cannot find it. I have investigated and I got as far as I can at this time. Dial toll free (Maxwell House) 866/5700498. Air your complaint. Hopefully it is not made in China now. Good luck!!

Dec 26, 2008
Maxwell House Master Blend
by: Anonymous

My father is 88 years old and has drank Maxwell House Master Blend for many years. He started talking about how horrible it was so we bought a new coffee pot and new container of the Master Blend and still.....he said it tastes horrible. I don't drink coffee but I do know it doesn't even smell like coffee anymore. They are going
to loose a lot of business!!!

Dec 09, 2008
Maxwell House now sucks from the first drop
by: Chris Rowen

My whole family and I have been dyed-in-the-wool Maxwell House columbian drinkers for as long as I can remember. It tasted better than any Starbucks cup or any other whole bean or ground brew anywhere, but not anymore. I thought it was my coffee pot so I bought a new one, but no....the recipe has changed and it now is a terrible coffee and tastes cheap and no longer is a rich brew. They say its now Arabica. Well, whoop-de-doo....Arabica is not a good bean. I even tried all the other Maxwell House coffes such as French Roast, dark roast, etc to see if I could find a replacement....nope....they are all bad now. Now I have to buy Starbucks Breakfast Blend. Its really sad that in these dire economic times that such a staple as Maxwell House is no longer good tasting enough to wake to.

Dec 06, 2008
Bad BAd Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

I have used Maxwelll House coffee for over 40 years. In the last few months I have noticed that the taste is terrible! First I thought it was my coffee maker, then I finally realized it was the coffee. I have always bought the Columbian brand, as I like it strong. No matter how much I increase the amount of coffee in the filter, it still tastes bad. What has happened? The coffee definitely has a different taste. I am now purchasing other brands to compare.
I always thought that MH was the best, but not any more. Very disappointing!

Dec 02, 2008
Post if you find any
by: Anonymous

Hi
In response to the entire family that is as upset as my husband and my self..please post if you finanything that isn't nasty and bitter- We will do the same
BTW Dunkin Donuts and Green Mountain have also changed..we have tried chuck full o nutz -nope same thing
I know am tring Stop & shop brend (regular & Lite as all the others are now giving us bot stomache problems
We also picked up a can of Walmart brand Colombiam Decaf
i hate decaf but will try almost anything at this point

Dec 02, 2008
Goodbye Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

My husband and I, my sister and her family, and my parents have drank only Maxwell House for as long as I can remember. However, we have all noticed a change in the flavor of the coffee and no longer like it. We, too, have been looking for a good tasting coffee to replace the Maxwell House that we have loved for so long. It is a shame that they have changed their coffee (to make more money?) when it has been so good for so long. If its not broke, don't fix it.

Nov 28, 2008
Tastes different.
by: jkram

Yes, my wife and I both dislike the recent change in Maxwell House coffee. I don't believe it is due to the new packaging.

Nov 12, 2008
Bad Maxwell
by: Anonymous

Thank you for the info on Robusta Beans. I have purchased so many brands looking to replacement the Oringal Maxwell House. The new Maxwell and most other brands cause me stomach problems perhaps due to higher acid content?

Nov 01, 2008
Inconsistant coffee
by: Charlie T

Hey guys, I have noticed the same thing. It seems to vary from can to can. We had a can a while back that was bitter. My wife and I thought it was a bad batch or a mislabled package. When we bought another can it was fine. Now we have yet another bitter can. Just wanted to let you know, your not the one.

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