Has Maxwell House coffee gone bad?

by donald fitch

Maxwell House Coffee

Maxwell House Coffee


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


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.

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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Apr 14, 2024
Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

What’s happened ? I’ve drank MH coffee for years. I use a Bunn drip pot and lately the coffee has absolutely no taste. I usually buy the half cafe….horrible now and same goes for the decaf. It’s like drinking warm dirt water, yuck. I opened a new container and it didn’t even smell like coffee. What did they do ?

Apr 04, 2024
I thought I was crazy
by: Anonymous

I get migraines and I know my symptoms before it even happens. I got pain management and meds on lock. I got this Maxwell original (blue) pods. I don't like pods to begin with but I got it for when I have quests. I used it 2-3 consecutive times on 3 different months. Everytime, "boom", migraine out of nowhere and stomach ache. The thirstime, which is two days ago was the last straw. My migraine was unmanageable, sick to my stomach (nausea), can eat, and then the diarrhea. My entire body hurts and my back (where you kidney is). Today in the second day feeling like this. Missed work and hopefully not my Vegas vacation tomorrow. We need answers or at least a wider warning so people stop buying this coffee.

Mar 23, 2024
U.S. Maxwell House coffee pains
by: Sharyn

My husband and I have been Winter Texans. We brought three cans of Maxwell House coffee from home - in Canada. All was well until we ran out and bought MH in Texas at an H.E.B. grocery store. I had horrible pains as soon as I drank it and my husband was complaining about cramps in his legs.

I can't believe that so many others have experienced
painful conditions. Yes, it's GREED on the part of the companies making this horrible stuff. Can we get a lawsuit going?

Mar 04, 2024
Maxwell House Iced Latte with Foam Vanilla
by: Anonymous

I had these before and it was a normal laxative effect being coffee. It was fine before and way far expiration date.

Today, I bought another pack on sale, with July 2024 expiration so about 4 months from now so it should be fine but it gave me diarrhea (runs and stomachache). Not the normal laxative effect. Now I am unsure if they changed formula or what but it should still be good since it is not yet expired.

Mar 04, 2024
Mocha Latte Swollen Eyes
by: Anonymous

I'm here trying to pinpoint the ingredient that twice saw my eyelids red, puffy, itchy, and peeling. I narrowed it down to the coffee. It happened again with an off brand hot chocolate, so I'm guessing it's something with the non-dairy creamer.

Feb 25, 2024
I think its making me sick
by: Anonymous

I recently opened a can of Maxwell House to use in a French Press. I usually drink 2 3 cups every morning but after five days of feeling sick after a cup, I'm beginning to think its the coffee I'll be switching tomorrow morning after reading all the comments and update if I can confirm MH is the source of the feeling ill.

Feb 17, 2024
Folgers " field study"
by: Anonymous

I get severe gut cramps followed by several bouts of diarrhea. My husband and I did a test to see if Folgers was the culprit; I would not know which coffee was being made, but I only ever got sick when my husband brewed Folgers. Buh bye,Folgers.

Feb 11, 2024
Paul Newmans Coffee
by: Anonymous

I suggest that if you kike a great cup of coffee that you purchase Newmans Organic Coffee in the k cup, it has a true coffee taste

Feb 09, 2024
its not that good smells like tabaco
by: Anonymous

i got maxwell coffee tastes like used cigerttes

Feb 06, 2024
Maxwell House Colombian blend
by: Lisa Palmer

I’ve never had a problem with this brand of coffee before but now I see that I’m not alone in having a problem now. It tastes very sour and bitter and I’ve had to dump out 2 pots so I’m definitely going to be returning it. I can’t find the expiration date anywhere on the can. It does say 2021 Kraft Foods so maybe a random can got left on the shelf. Has anyone else had the same problem?

Feb 03, 2024
not at its best
by: jm

About a year ago, I noticed that the original Maxwell House coffee in the plastic can seemed to taste weaker. Also, it was not as dark as it used to be and there are a lot of white and beige pieces/grounds in the coffee.

Jan 29, 2024
Morning coffee moans
by: Anonymous

I grew up drinking Maxwell house. My fiancé and I will go between purchasing Folgers and MH. We have noticed that there have been times when the coffee is totally suspicious. We have blamed it on water quality, us not having a taste for it, not enough scoops in the brew..... I've put more than enough scoops to brew. Seemingly this MH tastes like trash 🥲 I thank the coffee detective for collecting us here. I wish you all the very best luck in finding a better brew to cure our coffee blues

Jan 24, 2024
overflow filter
by: Ken

MH original roast. Seems like the coffee is ground to fine and is clogging the filter and overflowing.

Jan 21, 2024
by: Anonymous


Jan 15, 2024
Folgers-Making me very ill
by: S. Fox

This is concerning Folgers. It has an overly strong taste and is giving me loose bowels and a sick stomach. I just drank the last cup I will drink from this container and go to a different brand. I’ll be getting an organic coffee this next time.

Jan 13, 2024
I think I have the answer..
by: Chantelle r. C.

The process to make decaf uses ammonia. Hence th3 smell of this brand of coffee and lack of flavor and weakness.. They're taking caffeine out so you use more product to get the strength you need. Maybe you thought you got used to it and need more most people would.

Un return your getting sick. Upset stomach and neausa like myself.

It's about making money. And someone needs to take this to a chemical lab.

Jan 13, 2024
Maxwell house breakfast blend
by: Chantelle R. C.

I'm writing this as I feel just gross. This happened the last time I had a cup and I thought Maybe to much caffeine or my creamer was bad. Well it's not. I made it pretty weak had maybe 3 sips that's it.. and then maybe 10-15 min later stomach starts cramping up gurgling loud and then yup. Off to the toilet.. pooping..

This coffee like others said smells weird. I used folders blonde and never had that issue and this is recent like maybe oct-dec 2023. But my bf got me this maxwell house when he went shopping. It taste weird and leaves bitterness in my mouth.

Last time it gave me nausea all day with a few bathroom trips. I won't be continuing to drink the maxwell house. Last time I thought I was Mayne getting sick it was that bad. It's like I drank a cleanse 🙃 back to the toilet I go!! Fml..

Jan 12, 2024
Tastes awful
by: Anonymous

I've been drinking maxwell house for over 15 years and lately the coffee is tasting weak and bland, no matter how strong I make it. There also isn't the noticeable coffee smell anymore, it almost smells like rancid tobacco. I've been experiencing stomach and bowel problems for a bit, I didn't even think it might be my coffee until reading these comments. What a shame, they've ruined their coffee.

Jan 12, 2024
your coffee sucks now!
by: jimmy

100 % coffee? I bought this Maxwell house thinking it was coffee. And when american coffee drinkers say coffee it means Columbian coffee beans. Not arabic Robustia or whatever else you now call coffee. If its a mix hiens57 bullshit blend you sweep up off the floor to save money, then put it on the lable. If you sell it have the balls to display What it is. Dont sell knock off in the same can . You suck as bad ss this stuff you claim us coffee. You owe me $8.98. this is not maxwell house coffee!
Send me a coupon for real coffee!
Jblue bgen129@yahoo.com

Jan 10, 2024
Worst coffee ever
by: Sofiane

this coffee has no soul, no personality even rain water have a better kick. never again

Jan 06, 2024
Maxwell House - not coffee
by: orwell becket

Watched a show on coffee. They can legally cut their coffee by a large percentage. My last three cans tasted like warm dirt. Tried Folgers. It was worse. This is not the coffee I grew up on. I'm going to the health food store and grind my own.

Jan 05, 2024
Changed recipe
by: Anonymous

You would think , after so many people saying the same thing they would get it but apparently not in this case. Maxwell House used to be great I particularly enjoyed their dark French Roast and bought it faithfully every week, then about 5-6 years ago something changed. I thought maybe this batch was bad , returned it for another. Same thing, tasted like a cup of hot garbage mixed with dirt.
They had changed the recipe or the beans somehow.
Ok , I said they just lost a customer and I switched to Folgers French Roast. All was well with the world until recently when they decide to raise the price to $15 for a 22 oz can.
Tried Maxwell house again and same hot cup of dirt, can't believe they haven't seen the change in their bottom line?
Oh well, my search continues for a decent cup of coffee that won't break the bank lol.

Dec 24, 2023
A good cup of coffee ☕️
by: Anonymous

8 o'clock brand coffee the columbian I get the whole bean it's a very good cup of coffee my friend even the original 8 o'clock is a great cup of coffee me and my wife of 45 years just prefer the columbian try it I think you will like it enjoy and Merry Christmas and happy healthy new year

Dec 02, 2023
What has happened to Maxwell House coffee?
by: Anonymous

My husband and I have been drinking Maxwell House ground coffee for years. But lately both of us have been experiencing stomach issues...nausea and abnormal bowel movements. What has happened with this coffee???

Nov 14, 2023
Something is amiss
by: Anonymous

We have been using Maxwell House for many years. Just opened a container of Original ground, and the smell is terrible. It doesn't smell anything like coffee. It's a repulsive chemical smell. I just thought we got a bad batch until I read all these comments.

Nov 11, 2023
Acid reflux
by: SPa

UI noticed from earlier this year-Classic Folgers, which had been fine over previous years. One cup with cream still had that effect. I just switched to Dunkin and no issues at all even with several cups.

Nov 10, 2023
Yes, still bitter and smells like ammonia when you open the can.
by: Anonymous

this is terribly sad to admit, but Maxwell House was the 3rd brand I bought that had this problem. Community Coffee in bulk from a box chain store - maybe it sat too long. Then Folgers from my local grocery, okay that's stranger, then Maxwell House too.
I did not bother to return any of them because I was afraid I was imagining it, and admittedly it didn't seem to taste bad after it was brewed - but It wasn't goooood either!
Since Maxwell House I have tried other brands of flavored coffees and some must mask the smell - because others in the same brand still stink.
I don't know what to do at this point accept maybe change to instant or figure out how the whole roasting thing works.

Nov 01, 2023
Something is off
by: Chris

Every can, every flavor this year. They're "stale". Maybe the printed date was errored? Every new can opened smells good, but not as strong an aroma as before. Then the 1st cup..so disappointing. Something is definitely different as others are sounding! I've tried the different, darker varieties recently trying to get my "maxwell house" back. It's just not there. Now I too must find another coffee to love. 40 years a Maxwell house lover. This year, total money pit buying at different stores, different varieties thinking I got a bad batch. It's went from bad to worse. So sad.

Oct 31, 2023
I knew something was wrong.
by: Gina

I had been drinking Maxwell House for years. But this latest container has no taste. It is like drinking watered down coffee. Not a good move. Maxwell House could have done something else even if it mean raising the price. Or let people know the mix of beans changed. Going to Folgers.

Oct 27, 2023
I been drinking the Maxwell House Instant Coffee for years and its not the same either all of a sudden its terribly bitter
by: Anonymous

They changed the Instant Maxwell House too , I drank it for years and its not the same it is terribly bitter now

Oct 18, 2023
Coffee Companies Have Lost Their Minds!
by: Anonymous

I knew it couldn't just be me. I've used Maxwell House coffee for about a year now. And yesterday I opened the new can and the smell almost knocked me over. Just like so many other coffees in the last few years, it stinks and tastes horrible. I have to keep switching brands to find the rich, never bitter, coffee. But like others mentioned on here, it also gives me a headache and upset stomach now. The last can was good. What happened Maxwell?! "IF it ain't broke don't fix it". You're losing customers. Bring back the good stuff! If it isn't enjoyable, what's the point?

Oct 17, 2023
Good Money Spent, Not Coffee!!!
by: Anonymous

Loved Maxwell coffee for its robust flavor. Not sure what’s in the can now, but it doesn’t taste anything like coffee…well, maybe just a hint of coffee and the rest of the container…not sure, but it’s not coffee. Taking it back to the store to complain that this is NOT COFFEE!

Oct 16, 2023
K-cups have lost their flavor
by: Anonymous

Have been using their K cups for a few years and clearly the flavor is gone. Tastes like brown water, no taste at all. Time to try other brands even if they cost more.

Oct 10, 2023
I Also Notice The Difference
by: Bond

I notice the difference too with my Maxwell House Instance, I am back to my Blue Mountain Coffee

Oct 09, 2023
Very long Maxwell House French Roast drinker
by: Ref

The reason I read this article is because I can no longer taste it. It reminds me of drinking hot water. Tried Folger's Silk - not bad but not satisfying. 8-O'Clock dark roast not bad but not my preference. Almost out of Chock Full of Nuts medium roast - won't buy it again. Just purchased Yuban - haven't tried it yet. If anyone has a suggestion, please respond. I cannot see myself returning to Maxwell House after probably enjoying it for 40 plus years.

Oct 07, 2023
I thought it was just me with the bad taste and nausea!
by: Karen

Wow, I can't believe all these comments! I've been having a coffee dilemma for several years now and it just keeps getting worse. I've been a faithful Maxwell House drinker for over 20 years because it used to have better flavor than Folgers. Then it started tasting bland for some reason, and my sister agreed. We both switched back to Folgers a few years ago. Now, the past 2 cans have just tasted horrible all of a sudden. I thought it was just me, but apparently not after stumbling on the post! If I could afford gourmet coffee on a daily basis I would, but at these prices, I may just have to quit all together and give up a 36 year morning ritual.

Then read about all the people complaining of headaches and sickness from coffee. Hmmmmmm. Interesting. Every once in a while, I get super nauseous and just feel sick the rest of the day after coffee. I haven't paid attention exactly what brand I was drinking. I chalked it up to lack of sleep and caffeine combination as the cause.

Maybe I am wrong?

Sep 19, 2023
Making it cheap
by: Rod Brown

Not the same coffee..used for years..It's like the company is cheaping out on it like everything else..

Sep 13, 2023
Colombian blend tastes weaker
by: Jeff

Using Maxwell House Colombian for some time now and always perked my coffee at home but lately it seems much weaker then before even wit h extra scoops.

Sep 01, 2023
by: Susan

I get Maxwell House morning blend in the k-cups, and there is a definite change in the taste my last 2 orders. I think I’m going back to Green Mountain.

Aug 02, 2023
Had to switch to Folgers Breakfast Blend
by: Brandy

I knew I wasn't the only one! Maxwell house definitely smells and tastes like bad chemicals, similar to what cat urine smells like, I couldn't get past the taste, I also wasted money buying several from different stores thinking they were bad batches. Nope! It's just another company putting profit over product and their loyal customers, it's definitely greed, they don't care about us, only how to make it cheaper, tons of companies are doing this now. It's disgusting! So I ended up trying folgers breakfast blend, and damn, it's definitely alot better! It's actually really good, I used to not like folgers because I thought it was too strong but the breakfast blend tastes really good! So thank you folgers for not being sell outs!

Jul 31, 2023
The maxwell coffee is definitely changed its terribly bitter even after adding a pinch of salt, is I it safe to drink?
by: Anonymous

The maxwell original blend that I loved has definitely been changed, it's terribly BITTER.even after adding a pinch of salt I thought something or someone had tampered with it.is it safe to drink? I'm gonna try using less,adding more water. I miss my original coffee.

Jul 21, 2023
I bet it’s the coffee!
by: Anonymous

Since February I’ve had major gut issues. Tried eliminating things from my diet etc etc to no avail. Seen my regular dr and a naturopath as well. Nothing. I am normally a very healthy eater and this past week was away on vacation and stayed with family. Ate lots of pasta, wieners, everything I normally stay away from. Had no issues with my gut at all except a little constipated because well not much healthy fibre. Got back yesterday. Had a coffee this morning and my diarrhea, cramps, bloating and pain started all over again. And I thought my god the only thing that’s different is the coffee so I decided to google what’s changed with maxwell house coffee since I’ve been drinking it for about 10 years. Found this site and saw other people having the same issues recently. Bingo! Gonna stop drinking it for a couple weeks and return to my very healthy diet and wee what happens.

Jul 20, 2023
Upset stomach
by: AA

I'm glad i'm not the only one experiencing this. Folgers french roast absolutely torched my stomach. I will never buy this stuff again.

Jul 07, 2023
Something is off
by: Eric

Maxwell house has been my coffee for years!! Rain or shine, hot or cold weather. M
l we are always together.There is something off now,I can't put my finger on it but my old friend is not the same. Something has changed. I tried different water, filters there is something off about my coffee! I'm at a lost of words...my friend of so many decades has changed.

Jun 21, 2023
Bad coffee!!
by: Dana

Yep just had a cup , à few sips and I was done
Testé like métal and à rusty smell.
Bought this at acme, first time ever in 13 years

Jun 19, 2023
Not the same coffee!
by: Lorie

I have been drinking Maxwell House coffee most of my life. We purchase our coffee at clubs and about 2 months ago I opened a new container. It didn't have the "robust coffee" smell to it. I made it, and it just didn't have the same taste. We used all of it so it wouldn't go to waste. We purchased another container hoping the previous one was just "off one", but when we opened this one, it was the same way. It still doesn't taste good. The price isn't bad compared to other brands, however I think I am going to search out for another product. I just don't like the taste of this coffee and BTW, I have had to use much more of it to get a decent cup! I am not sure what the company did to their formula, but it wasn't a good change.

Jun 19, 2023
Vomit and Runs
by: Illinois

bought maxwell house and after just a little bit of drinking it I started throwing up and had diarrhea. Didn't think much of it till the next day it happened agian. I drank about a cup of it and finally realized it was the coffee.

May 19, 2023
Maxwell house blend..
by: Roger Gilliland

Came in from over the road trip.about 430am I drank my morning coffee,Maxwell house blend,2hrs later I had to lettey run to the toilet had bad case of dark bblack ,(the way I drank my coffee)stool about 1hr later another of t. the same,about 2hrs later another.things cleared up. Not thanking of anything special,had 2 more cups my normal thing,1.5 hrs later the same thing happened again.

May 11, 2023
Bad Coffee Reactions
by: Anonymous

I have drank Maxwell House coffee all my life, but lately something has changed horribly with the brand. I first noticed that after drinking coffee, I began having severe abdominal cramps, headache, nausea and then diarrhea. I began my investigation of everything I ate or drank daily, until I realized it was the coffee. So then I took a deep sniff into the container and it smelled like ammonia or cat pee. I opened the next unopened container and again it smelled just as bad! I stopped drinking the coffee and a week later I was better. I bought a new container and tried it again, thinking it would be better. Nope! My symptoms returned full force and I actually lost control of my bowels. It’s time to switch brands immediately & permanently!

May 08, 2023
Good to the last drop , Not anymore
by: Anonymous

I’ve noticed it over the past 2 months , it does not taste the same ! It is awful

May 03, 2023
by: Anonymous

Fine all day. Just drank 8 oz coffee only and i feel nausioius like throwing up.

Apr 23, 2023
maxwell house coffee NOT good to the last drop anymore!!!
by: Mark Ciccarelli

What a shame. I have been drinking Maxwell House Coffee since I could remember. Love to smell a freshly open can or to smell it brewing. Since the past 6 months or more all that has gone. The price is twice as much and the quality is half as good.
It smells like instant coffee and does not taste as good. The first couple of times I thought it was a bad batch, so I tried again. I even tried a different favor but still the same. No smell and the taste was stale. Today is the last day of me buying it again. Got a can and was hoping to smell some fresh coffee, instead it smelled like instant coffee. It is not only the smell but it taste as bad. It is bad enough the price doubled but the quality went way down.

Apr 04, 2023
Mcdonald's ground coffee too.
by: Anonymous

I have this with almost all Peruvian coffee, but specifically some blends change over to causing this. The first time I had this happen it was with Tim Hortans coffee about a decade ago. Now most preground coffee brands do this to me. Recently MacDonald's preground coffee had a price hike, and started giving me these symptoms. It always lines up with a label change, and I'm very wary to look for the 100% Arabica beans note, cause it seems like the only thing they're required to say about it.

I'm afraid it's a production method, or cultivar from Peru or something. But I have no idea, and no lab, or spectroscopic equipment to do any analysis.

Mar 11, 2023
Yuck !
by: Jaimee

So glad to know I’m not the only one having this problem . I bought a big container at sams (original roast ) opened it up and thought the smell was odd , brewed it and it had an awful taste . Went and bought another container from Walmart and the same exact taste . Cleaned the coffee pot and tried again with no new results !

Mar 10, 2023
Maxwell house causes flares
by: Anonymous

I have chronic pain and I used to think coffee made it worse yet want a cup of two to wake up. I hadn't had Maxwell house in a while and haven't hurt from coffee either. Found a canister I hadn't finished, not expired and I made a pot. I had half a cup and I was hurting so bad for hours. Horrible. I don't know if it's mold or pesticide or maybe just too processed and carcinogenic but I won't drink it again.

Feb 11, 2023
It is definitely Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

I've always prided myself that nothing upsets my stomach, but no, I eliminated everything over the past two months to try to figure out the source. I had bought several Maxwell House large plastic containers a few months ago and I'm throwing them out. I got diarrhea, it was horrible for months and I never once made the connection. I noticed the improvement a week or so after leaving MH alone for about two weeks. I went back to just a small serving today and the same thing happened again today. I thought maybe some kind of pesticides, or maybe it is mold, which is why I searched this site. But the other coffees I've been drinking have been fine for the last few weeks, no problem. It's definitely Maxwell House.

Feb 10, 2023
Max House Medium began to taste salty.
by: Anonymous

Yesterday our pot of Max House Medium began to taste salty.

My wife met with the same results, using a new pot of coffee.

Jan 13, 2023
On the hunt!
by: Anonymous

Wondered why I haven’t enjoyed my coffee in weeks? I was just wasting my creamer.Glad I googled. Found it’s not me! I am over it😡! I will be looking for other options! Loved smooth bold and can’t find it locally. Glad I didn’t pay twice as much to get it from Amazon! MH, you have lost a faithful customer. Good riddance!

Dec 26, 2022
Has Maxwell House gone Woke??
by: AnonymousHill Person

I'm glad to see it's not just me noticing the diffence in my coffee! After reading so many of these comments I understand the issue, Greed for Money! I have been drinking MH coffee mostly for over 50 years, and this past year it has really gotten bad, and just opened a new can today, brewed it and it tastes like piss! Sorry, it's just that BAD! Back when coffee went really high back in the 80's & 90's, I bought the Kroger Bean Coffee, Spotlight that You could grind yourself in the stores, another thing of the past. It was good coffee back then, so used it a good while till prices came back down within reason. Never really liked Folgers, but might try it again and see if any better than what I have now! The pleasant aroma of coffee brewing in the mornings you coule smell thruout the house, and that is NO more as well! So I guess this $11 can of MH will now occupy my compost pile, maybe the worms will enjoy it more than I! I had some McD's coffee the other morning as we were traveling, and it was good. I don't patronize them hardly ever, but my sister wanted something from there, so I had coffee. Checked on their McCafe coffee, and prices as totally ridiculous per bag, so that's a NO GO...Either Kraft/MH will go broke or back to their good coffee beans of yesteryears! I'm done with them, now!

Dec 16, 2022
MH in Kerrigan format is superb
by: Brian

We consume a variety of different coffees, packaged in Keurig K-cups. MH Original Roast is one of them. The flavor and aroma are exceptional. I was brewing one yesterday and my wife commented on how potent and delicious the aroma was. We swear by it.

Nov 29, 2022
Glad to see I’m not the only one
by: Anonymous

I am so glad that I decided to look online about this… My partner and I both noticed a weird smell after purchasing and using Maxwell house grounded coffee. I also am someone who purchased theirs due to the affordability.

My partner was mentioning the smell of the coffee, and how bad it smelled!
I have never been a Maxwell house drinker prior, the smell is sour and the taste is bitter. I believe that it gives me an upset stomach like others have mentioned. I’m getting rid of it today!

Thank you everyone

Nov 18, 2022
Feeling Gross
by: Anonymous

I have loved MH for years. I bought a store brand about a month ago because they were out of MH. switched back a week ago, and sick all over again. The store brand tasted better too. I'm throwing my MH away. Yikes.

Nov 15, 2022
by: Anonymous

I have no idea what they have done to Maxwell House Coffee but I can no longer even stomach to open the lid to the coffee container! We brew our morning java in an amazing Cusinart perculator and our coffee has always smelled and tasted amazing. Recently, due to food price increases, we decided to start purchasing our good, old Maxwwell House again, as we remembered its decent quality for a less expensive brew. Oh my! Day 1 I felt awful after drinking it, getting both a stomach and headache. And the smell alone was horrendous!! To give it a fair shake I tried again a second day. Then not just me, but my husband also, found we couldn't even consume a full cup! Something is terribly wrong with this coffee! We will never buy it again.

Nov 12, 2022
It’s bad
by: Anonymous

Last week I thought I had the stomach flu… coffee was making me vomit. I didn’t drink coffee for days, bought some yesterday and vomited within a couple minutes. Never again. There’s something in it now Is this GMO?

Nov 08, 2022
maxwell house terrible
by: Bob Garrett

talked to a representative from maxwell house, they are using robust beans now, a lot cheaper, there coffee is terrible now

Oct 11, 2022
MH definitely has something wrong
by: Anonymous

Both me and my husband had to stop drinking MH. It makes us both feel horrible. The same way you feel during a flu (minus the mucas). My husband even said that it made him feel like he wanted to kill himself. I tried to mix it in with other coffee to tone it down and that didn't work either. I don't know what they are doing but I will never buy it again.

Oct 07, 2022
by: Anonymous

I noticed that maxwell house original has tasted bitter lately, not good at all like dirt.

Sep 16, 2022
Bloating, Abdominal Pain, Gas, and Headaches
by: Aaron

I'm glad to have found this forum! +1 to all the folks talking about gas, burping, abdominal pain, and headaches. I've been having daily issues for nearly a year and never realized it was the MH Breakfast Blend I loved to drink.

I went to the extreme other side and started drinking Starbucks a couple weeks ago. Zero issues since making the switch :-)

Aug 21, 2022
Coporate greed
by: Anonymous

Yes, the taste of Maxwell House instant has gone to shit (probably all their produts have). Why? Because since Kraft bought them out, Kraft has decided to buy the cheapest, crapiest poor quality beans from anywhere in the world, rather than good quality beans from well known reputable sources. All in the name of greed and profits.

Aug 20, 2022
by: Anonymous

Here lately which I have my cup of MH coffee. I start feeling nausea and a general I'll feeling. One day I felt very lightheaded. I have narrowed it to the MH coffee. Because if I don't have the coffee I start feeling better.

Aug 13, 2022
by: Anonymous

Colombian Maxwell House that I just bought has sour taste.

Jul 20, 2022
Cappuccino International
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking the Maxwell House International Cappuccino instant coffee and enjoyed. The last few containers I have purchased, a different story. The coffee tastes bitter and that is after I add some Cremona (as I always do). Did they change the recipe?? Disappointed, I always enjoyed that coffee.

Jul 02, 2022
by: Asia Williamson

I bought a box a the taste is horrible. It even smell bad. I’m very disappointed in the product and the company.

Jun 08, 2022
I just opened a new container of maxwell house...
by: James

I just opened a new container of maxwellhouse coffee and I noticed that the foil wrapper was puffed up , when I pulled it air under a little pressure came out instead of the usual vaccum...checked another new container that we had in cabinet and the foil was puffed up also...swelled up can goods is a sign of contents has gone bad...

Jun 06, 2022
Kraft (Maxwell House) Gone Woke?
by: Anonymous

Recently, I have had to take 2 Advil every morning. I finally put two and two together when I searched Maxwell house coffee and headaches. It seems I'm not the only one who has discovered the source. Instead of "Good to the last drop" I say, NEVER TOUCH ANOTHER DROP. What are they putting in it?!
Is KRAFT another gone crazy "WOKE" corporation? Don't forget what the CEO of Pfizer announce to the World Economic Forum sinister group, that he believes they're on track to reduce the global population by 50% in the next few years. WAKE UP EVERYBODY!

May 19, 2022
Now I know why I have been feeling sick with diarrhea and wanting to throw up
by: Doreen

Now now I know why I have been feeling sick to my stomach and wanting to throw up and have diarrhea all day. I bought Maxwell House which I always drink every morning I have at least three or four cups a day sometimes five. The first day I opened up a new can and as soon as I drank my first cup I felt like I wanted to throw up. I then had diarrhea all day and felt nauseous I didn't know what was going on. This morning I had another cup this morning . I felt the same thing .. nauseous and diarrhea. I went online to see if there was a recall. Sure enough many are complaining the same.

May 18, 2022
Like Columbian maxwell house, but...
by: Anonymous

Love Columbian. Can't stand any other. But recently my Columbian tasted like the 'classic', original, or decaf. Not really a coffee taste, but something else that I immediately recognized from previous coffees I have used. Tasted like garbage. Hotel coffee. Hope this is not a thing. Because I like nothing other than their Columbian.

May 15, 2022
Something not right
by: AJ

We bought some Maxwell House Original Roast in April 2022. We switched when prices went up. I’ve had this brand and roast before and the flavor was fine, but this had a taste of just bad coffee. Flavor was dull to the taste. We tried different amounts to no avail. We went through almost 1 container and called it quits. Both my husband and I got headaches and I got dizzy. Went back to previous brand immediately, all is well.

Apr 26, 2022
3 Bad Containers?
by: Andrew

We've had Maxwell House before, it's not our go to, but it's okay enough that we pick it up when its on sale.

We recently bought three containers.
1x expire 16 DEC 2022 J5 19:02
2x expire 24 FEB 2023 J5 10:42

They tasted burnt, acidic. We knew it was paste time to clean our percolator, so that's what we did.

After cleaning acidic/metallic flavors were STRONGER. We suspected residual vinegar, and so ran water through half a dozen times. No help.

This morning I bought a NEW percolator. and the terrible flavors were still there... Aha!!! Its the coffee?!?!?

Now paying more attention and smells the grinds, they smell rancid or like cat-pee. The smell is stronger in the more recently opened containers... just, yuck. How does this happen across three containers (worse on the newer ones)?

Apr 20, 2022
Bad folders coffee
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking Maxwell house breakfast blend for years. My children Like folders breakfast blend. so i changed brands. Immediately i felt dizzy and nauseated. It gave me severe diarrhea I immediately went back to Maxwell house. I don't have that problem any more.

Apr 15, 2022
Stomach Ache
by: Jeri

I had been having bad stomach aches with Maxwell House Light Roast. We switched to Folgers medium and I had no issues. We thought maybe the Maxwell House Medium Roast would be ok so we tried it. I just had a cup an hour ago....abdominal pains already started and now I won't feel good all day. Good bye Maxwell House...never again. Not sure what they have it in that I'm sensitive to, but I see others have the same problem. :(

Apr 13, 2022
Maxwell House
by: Melissa Gerber

I bought a jug of the Original Roast,in March,
So far, I have not experienced any bad tastes or health problems.
There must have been a bad batch, of some kind.
I'm sorry you all went through that.

Apr 03, 2022
by: Anonymous

I have been buying Maxwell House for years. No longer will I purchase it. I bought the Maxwell House International Vanilla Carmel Latte. Used to be my favourite. Opened it and smelled something chemical. Tasted it and couldn't drink it. I thought it was just the batch. So bought another box. Same thing. Purchased another box at a different store. Was the same. I kept trying to drink it but but caused stomach problems, pain and some nausea. Too bad, I used to enjoy it.

Mar 21, 2022
Maxwell house
by: Bee Fawn

So a few weeks ago I bought a tub of maxwell house on sale. I switch up my coffee brands depending on budget and availability. Anyway the last few weeks I’ve been having very regular stomach aches and some headaches. I have IBS so I put it down to that, but they have been getting more intense and pretty much daily. I just googled whether coffee brand could be a factor and sure enough I find this page with all these comments saying similar. I’d had maxwell house before but maybe not for a couple of years. Tomorrow I’ll be switching. No other coffee has had me doubled over in pain like this

Feb 18, 2022
Drank one cup of Maxwell house coffee
by: Mike Rice

Drank one cup of Maxwell house coffee February 18th 2022 and got so sick thought I was going to have to go to the hospital, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, severe sickness!! Bought the Maxwell house coffee from the Walmart in Checotah Oklahoma.

Feb 07, 2022
Chemical taste in Decaf
by: Disappointed Val

I buy six cans at a time and all was well until I reached the latest. I have been using the coffee for some 40 years but only changed to the decaf over the last 15 years. There is a bitter chemical taste in the coffee that immediately makes my stomach very upset. Based on previous comments that they are ignoring the complaints, it is time to lay complaints with the health department. IF there is enough complaints it will be looked into. Sad we have to go to this extent!

Jan 17, 2022
Is Maxwell House Causing My Muscle Tension/Back Spasms?
by: Eric

I've drank Maxwell House coffee for years.. it's not until recently that I've suspected it to be the cause of my constant muscle tightness and back spasms. When I stop drinking it, I notice within a few days the pain or tension start to ease... When I drink it again, the paint/tightness flares up again... anyone else experience this?

I don't know what's in their coffee that's any different from other coffee brands but I've only really noticed it with Maxwell House..

I know the best option is to just stop drinking it but I love coffee... so this will be very challenging for me.. lol..

Dec 23, 2021
Maxwell House Wake Up Blend
by: Anonymous

I am so glad I found this forum. I too have experienced severe stomach aches, cramps, gas, and headaches from Maxwell House coffee. I used to drink their house blend many years ago and it was great. I switched to Peets dark roast and decided last weekend to buy Maxwell House Wake Up Blend since it was on sale for $4.99 and we were having a lot of relatives over. I brewed some this morning on my first day off and have been sick ever since. Burping too. Something is seriously wrong with this coffee, and when it brews it doesn't even smell like coffee. Is this even coffee or some synthetic chemical crap? I am returning it back to the supermarket.

Dec 23, 2021
Bad Max & Folgers
by: Sickofmax

I finally figured out what is making me sick. Definitely the coffee from Maxwell House. I also tried full jersey and that upsets my stomach but Maxwell House Coffee is downright painful bloating diarrhea gas. I am suffering right now. Never again.

Dec 16, 2021
Disgusting, Weak and Really Bad
by: Ron S

Bought a can of MH Master Blend Coffee because of sale price and had not tried for many years while using other brands. Used the same formula of coffee: water as with other brands and noticed lack of an odor during brewing as the first clue. Smelled the coffee in a freshly opened can and it was weak and not a good robust or even pleasant smell.
Coffee was disgusting vs. our usual brands and I dumped it out before insulting my wife who loves good coffee. THIS is NOT good coffee and just the reverse. Will never buy MH products again. No wonder Kraft Heinz stock is in the toilet with products like this.

Dec 15, 2021
Chest pains and diarrhea all afternoon til bedtime
by: Anonymous

I've been drinking coffee for years and enjoy a fresh cup or two from my Keurig each and every morning. I usually drink Green Mountain or a store brand because it's more economical. This time, I decided to get Folgers Classic Roast. It was absolutely delicious but a few hours later, I was sick. I had periodic chest pains and diarrhea all evening until bedtime. I didn't give the Folgers a 2nd thought. However I had a similar problem with Nescafe Taster's Choice instant well over a year ago before I started working virtually. Nescafe just gave me chest pains. I'm wondering if the coffees are being harvested differently or is it something else. I find it to be strange that I'm not having this issue with any other coffee. Yes, I drink coffee daily but some days, I skip my cup of Joe.

Dec 07, 2021
Soft tissue swelling in mouth Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

Has anyone experienced swelling inside the mouth? I am wondering if Maxwell House is the cause, if it has changed;

Dec 03, 2021
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking maxwell house instant for many many years. I bought a jar 11/30 at foodtown in Ocean NJ. The taste was bad. Have you changed anything. the experation date is july 2022.
Whats up.

Nov 28, 2021
Folgers is weak and makes you sick
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking Folgers of years, it’s become so bad I gave up coffee all together

Nov 27, 2021
Folgers? What happened?
by: Anonymous

Ive been drinking Folgers since I was raised by my grandparents who drank it but recently I've been getting migraines from it. Through process of elimination, Folgers was the culprit. Too bad, I'll go back to Nescafe.

Nov 21, 2021
Heartburn and headache
by: Renee

I started to have horrible heartburn
and my husband was actually throwing up after accidentally. I thought maybe we had a virus or something until he said I was making the coffee too strong tho I hadn't changed a thing. I changed to the black silk ( darker coffee = less acidic ). I've never had that happen to me before but changing coffee type seemed to work. Then just days ago we ran out and were really busy so I pulled out the stuff I had put aside. ( I didn't toss it because I felt like it was a waste so I meant to return it.) The very same day I started with the worst burning heartburn again. My husband is nauseated again too. What the heck is going on? I usually don't have this problem. I don't even take any stomach meds since I switched to the black silk. It's almost unbelievable that the coffee type can cause such a dramatic health issue.

Nov 06, 2021
Don’t taste like blue mountain
by: Anonymous

Maxwell blue mountain flavour drip coffee.
Totally disappointed. I often drink a cup or two Genuine blue Mountain coffee, therefore I do know what they taste like. If you drink the above coffee assess a normal Maxwell drip coffee, then the quality is not bad, but then if you looking for blue Mountain flavour it is not there.

Nov 05, 2021
by: Anonymous

I love coffee…I buy maxwell house and Folgers. The last few days I’ve been drinking Maxwell House, but not anymore. After my first cup it starts making me nauseated, I can’t even get myself to drink a second cup like I always do. What’s going on.

Oct 31, 2021
Buy beans and grind
by: Anonymous

Im tired of all over counter coffees. As of 10/21, all coffee in a can is garbage.

By beans and grind. Period.
It's worth it.

I like 8oclock and Sams brand surprisingly.

Oct 27, 2021
Maxwell House Original Roast Instant Making Me Sick!
by: Linda

I'm so relieved to find this forum - I thought something was wrong with my stomach, a stomach which is like cast iron and nothing bothers it. My mother and I drank instant Maxwell House coffee for years, but after she passed away, I decided to switch to something more robust so for the past decade, I've been drinking Nescafe. Due to the shortage on supply shelves, they were out of Nescafe, so I got Maxwell House. All this week I could not understand what was wrong with my stomach - last Saturday I got my Moderna COVID booster. When I had the second Moderna shot, I did get nauseous and had horrible stomach cramps which lasted 24 hours. No problem - I wanted that booster. But it continued - I worried and started Googling around. I NEVER associated it with the coffee as I drank it for years! We only drank instant, same now, as I don't drink enough coffee to brew a pot of coffee. It goes in the garbage now and glad I only bought one bottle of it - yikes! I literally felt like my stomach had a freight train running through it - horrible pain and diarrhea. I'm so glad I found this forum!

Oct 24, 2021
Jacksonville resident
by: Anonymous

Decided to try Maxwell House after a lifetime of other coffees and it made me ill. Got belly ache after just 3 days of it. Bought it because i saw there was a plant or wherehouse locally. Sorry i wasted my money. It is toxic. Did Nestle buy the brand?

Oct 13, 2021
Hills bro
by: Anonymous

Anyone else notice that hills brothers and other similar brands float in the filter much more than the slightly more expensive brands? I normally drink wide awake brand and my boyfriends dad (we live with him) drinks hills bros, first it tastes like garbage and looks like sludge, but when you go to dump the filter out it looks like it was all just floating and over flowing out of the filter, doesn't happen with the brand I use though... I'm convinced its mostly saw dust thats just been soaked in coffee.

Oct 11, 2021
Maxwell coffee— change in taste
by: Anonymous

The coffee is horrible now,, obviously changed the
blend. They should notify customers when they change.
I don’t buy any longer, was a user for 15 years

Sep 10, 2021
Cafe Vienna Made me Sick
by: Anonymous

There must be some ingredient besides the coffee that eethat is making people sick. It gave me a dull headache, and I never get headaches. Plus the gastriintestinal distress. I found a recipe online to make my own, and it did not make me sick.

Sep 05, 2021
Sick from coffee
by: John O

Purchased Maxwell House Instant for years . Last week at Kroger purchased one and seal was broken and coffee smelled burnt. Took coffee back and got a new jar. Coffee looks a little different in color and smell. Monday was light headed and dizzy. Saturday night sick all night throwing up for hours. What could cause this in coffee?

Aug 26, 2021
What’s getting in our coffees ?
by: Anonymous

Had to quit maxwell house years ago it caused severe diarrhea...went to folders and only one of them didn’t cause diarrhea...now I’m getting severely dizzy and heart arrhythmia...has anyone else been experiencing this?

Aug 12, 2021
Maxwell House Instant Cafe Vienna
by: Anonymous

Couldn’t pinpoint why I have felt fatigued, nauseas and my stomach has been terrible running to the bathroom and my daughter pointed out she thinks it’s the coffee. Took a 2 day break, ordered from the coffee shop was ok. Drank the Maxwell House an hour ago and instantly got a headache, nausea and the worst stomach ache. Gives you the runs and just makes you feel awful. I just tossed it after reading these reviews.

Aug 02, 2021
Shocked to find...
by: JESS

To whom it may concern... AKA everyone who's ever consumed this product or made revenues off it - we recently had genuine concerns about the contents on 3 different occasions/purchase locations where we find ourselves with extreme headaches after consuming the maxwell house coffee. Don't drink another drop!!! Toss it or if you happen to have the ability to test it for chemicals or poisons please do so and share your findings across our nation. This seems an uncanny coincidence to the attacks on our country. ??? Take heed and be watchful over all things to keep your family safe!!

Jul 30, 2021
Coffee making us ill
by: Anonymous

So the past several weeks, we've been feeling ill in the morning with nausea, heartburn and headache on a daily basis for about 2-3 hours after drinking the coffee where the symptoms begin almost immediately. After research and our scientific experiment, we determined the coffee was making us sick. So, I contacted the store and manufacturer for them to investigate. The coffees (more than one container) are being tested in the lab by Kraft. So, check your brands...several are in question. There are conversations about it, too (see attached) but none have been recalled to date. Since narrowing down our focus and switching, no one is feeling ill anymore. Thankfully so 💗

Jul 27, 2021
by: Anonymous

Just went to make coffee, been drinking foldgers for yrs and as I was scooping there was a brown stained piece of wood approximately 1 in in the grinds that resembled Coffee color . Now I’m starting to wonder if they are grinding wood into this coffee. Been suffering with stomach issues for yrs. Utterly disgusted to think about what we have been drinking all these yrs.

Jul 19, 2021
Bad Maxwell house
by: Dale H

I'm used to drinking a lot of coffee, usually Maxwell house and Folgers. Today I got a can of Maxwell house and it plugged 2 different coffee makers. What could cause this?

Jul 19, 2021
The kcups take on the plastic taste
by: Anonymous

Ever since maxwell house makes the kcuos pods ´recyclable ´ and store in a simili plastic bag, the pods take on a plastic flavor, disgusting. I no longer buy this brand

Jul 14, 2021
Love Maxwell House 100% Colombian
by: NBug

We have purchased 100% Colombian for a decade and our very satisfied with the consistent good taste. It's a great daily coffee and everyone that we invite over comments on how smooth it is and then is surprised to learn it's Maxwell House.
Granted it might also have to do with our well water as others have also commented on our water tasting better than city water.
I love S. American coffees, Two Volcanoes and coffee culture has some great choices too, but for a daily inexpensive coffee, we are happy with Maxwell house.

Jul 11, 2021

I Am in utter shock!!! My wife and I have been drinking Maxwell House & Folgers Coffee For Yrs!!! And in these Years we have had severe headaches I got got receipts to prove how much excedrin we buy a month even such sickness to our stomachs my has to go throw up alot because her stomach is in her throat we bought Mcafe & Yuban the other day made a pot from the Mcafe it was amazing & my wife goes to smell the M.House it smells just like Chemicals keeping all of the ones we just bought & opened ones getting ahold of somebody Guess what No Headaches No Stomach aches We're the types that keep a pot rolling 24 we CANNOT BELIEVE ALL THAT FOR YRS WAS STEMMING FROM THESE COFFEES WE'RE GETTING DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS & PRAY WE'RE NOT SICK FOR LIFE FROM SOMETHING IN THEM!!

Jul 05, 2021
Maxwell Coffee and Meniere's disease
by: Iona

Lately I have been drinking a cup of the Maxwell House Original Roast coffee first thin in the morning. I purchased a 925 grams container.:-( My husband has not issue, but I have been getting "dizzy" in the morning 1/2 hour after drinking a cup. - never gave it another thought - until this long weekend, were I spent 2 out of 4 days vomiting with the world going round and round. All day in bed with the garbage basket next to me.
NO MORE MAXWELL HOUSE coffee for me. I will through it all out. Very disappointed.

Jun 25, 2021
Somethings wrong
by: jan

I've been drinking Maxwell House for many years and have always enjoyed it. Over the last few years I too began having daily nausea, reflux, car sickness, stomach cramping, gas and diarrhea. I didn't relate it to the coffee right away but did notice that the coffee now had an unusual scent. For lack of a better description "chemical cat pee". The flavor wasn't appealing either.
Long story short,
I was given a coffee bean grinder so started buying Eight oclock coffee. It wasn't until later that I realized all symptoms had disappeared! I still had a unopened can of MH on the shelf and my husband decided to made us a pot of it yesterday morning. The smell and taste were unsatisfying and BAM, all symptoms returned!
I'm not sure if there's a connection but I deal indirectly with Heinz Corp and since they started expanding their business interests they have done things that have hurt their producers to save themselves a dollar. Young foolish tech savvy money mongers that sacrifice business ethics for the almighty dollar. I had no idea until reading this blog that Heinz was involved with MH but the coincidence is to much.

May 18, 2021
Maxwell House ruined their coffee!
by: JDoubleU

I've been drinking MH half-calf every day for years. Near the end of the last big tub it started tasting like my percolator had a burnt element that leached into the coffee. I scrubbed that percolator with soap & water, baking soda & vinegar, vinegar & lemon juice, more soap & water and brewed several pots of plain water. The coffee still tasted bad so I bought a new percolator and a new tub of coffee. In the meantime I was wondering what I may have eaten that gave me stomach issues. I cleaned the new percolator, brewed a pot of plain water, then made a pot of fresh coffee (using bottled water) and it is the coffee!! I just threw away a perfectly fine percolator and wasted money on a new one but it is the coffee that is poison! Time for a new brand.

Apr 27, 2021
by: Kathryn Mcdonald


Apr 14, 2021
by: Anonymous

I just bought 2 cans of Original coffee "they both taste like Hazle Nut coffee. Why.thank you.Silica

Apr 12, 2021
Maxwell House half cafe is so bitter...I cant even drink it
by: Judy Borosky

Maxwell House half cafe is so bitter... I cant cant even drink it...

Mar 26, 2021
Maxwell House coffee isn’t anymore! Try Fertilizer
by: Anonymous

I have drank Maxwell House every day of my life. After two years of purchasing large & small cans, also trying instant, my conclusion is....every can & freeze dryers instant is rancid!!! It tastes and smells like horse poop! Or like some kind of fertilizer!!! They have changed it! Also, some other brands. This was my favorite coffee to smell in the mornings! They have to know something we don’t. It’s also sent me to the doctor with diarrhea, cramps, etc., & made me nauseous! This is frighting as other foods are not tasting right either. And it’s not me because I have spoken to others with the same complaints.

Mar 26, 2021
The French Vanilla Latte powder in the little tin got me.
by: Kevin Bennett

As I write this I'm on the tail end of a terrible migraine. I usually have coffee black or with cream, and I usually drink Folgers. This morning I was at a friend's house, and I saw a tin of the French vanilla latte powder with the red top. I decided to give it a shot. Put in two teaspoons to a sixteen ounce glass. It was about seven in the morning. I also had bowl of honey bunches of oats, some milk, and a glass of orange juice. The only thing different from the previous morning was the Maxwell House powder. I began to feel a slight migraine come on behind my left eye by about 9:30 am. By ten it was influencing my conversation. By 10:10 I had to close my eyes and try to sleep. By 111:30, I was standing by the truck spitting warm saliva. By noon I was severely nauseous and stood by the road about ten minutes expecting to vomit. The wave of nausea passed, and I sat back down in the truck. As of now, 1:01 pm, the nausea has abated, and I merely have the ghost of a headache. Before, I could not have typed this message. Now I'm okay to do so. The effects are fading. The latte flavoring was purchased at a Walmart in Billings Montana. All in all, my personal constitution dealt with this for to 3.5 hours, onset took 2.5 hours, for a six to seven hour cycle; I don't know when the headache will totally abate. It was definitely that latte mix. I'm sensitive to artificial flavoring and sweeteners. As well as some "natural" flavoring. It was only this particular drink mix. A day or two before, I tried hazelnut flavor from a different tin, and experienced almost no effect. I did have a mild headache, but that day I had been working on articles for seven hours, using a computer screen and standing with little nutrition. So it could have been the coffee, but I doubt it. Today, though, that particular powder is definitely what did it to me. Thought I was gonna barf everywhere. I used the restroom, and now the effects are almost entirely gone. I'd say avoid this flavor for a while.

Mar 23, 2021
Strange Blue Specs in Folgers ground coffee
by: Elizabeth M.

I to have gotten sick from drinking Folgers Coffee. Upset stomach, diarrhea and overall just not feeling good. Now I have a question for you all. Have any of you shined a light in the canister of coffee? And have you noticed blue specs in the coffee grounds? What the hell is that? Mold? Radio-active flakes? What the hell. I opened 4 canisters of Folgers and shone the light in it and every canister had these strange blue specs.

Mar 06, 2021
by: Coffeeman

Got a new container of Folgers ground coffee and have tried several time only to wind up with some of the worst migraines I've ever had.
I'll bet this stuff is processed in china.

Feb 21, 2021
Maxwell Original Roast
by: Anonymous

Lately, the last two cans of Maxwell House Original Roast coffee I bought have been very nasty tasting. I keep my drip machine clean so it is not that. The coffee grounds even smell bad. I am returning this last can and will be trying different brands. It is a shame because I have liked this brand for a long time.

Feb 16, 2021
WHAT IS GOING ON !!!!!????
by: Jerry Giakoumatos


Feb 07, 2021
Instant coffee
by: Mary

I have been buying maxwell instant coffee for over 20 years and I just recently bought 2 jars. I was disappointed that both jars tasted and smelled bad. They don’t even smell like coffee. Are you using a different blend

Jan 29, 2021
Bad Folger
by: Anonymous

I've recently started drinking Folgers again. As soon as I take a sip, I instantly start feeling nauseous, heavy chested like somone wighing 100lbs say on my chest, and the migraines I get last at least 6 hours. I had originallythought there was something wrong with the water filtration, so the next day I tried using bottled water, but same result. The third day, I went back to what I normally drank Nescafe and everything was fine, no side effects at all. Fourth day tried Folgers again and instant symptoms. No more Folgers for me.

Jan 29, 2021
Folger causing sickness
by: Anonymous

I've recently started drinking Folgers again. As soon as I take a sip, I instantly start feeling nauseous, heavy chested like somone wighing 100lbs say on my chest, and the migraines I get last at least 6 hours. I had originallythought there was something wrong with the water filtration, so the next day I tried using bottled water, but same result. The third day, I went back to what I normally drank Nestle and everything was fine, no side effects at all. Fourth day tried Folgers again and instant symptoms. No more Folgers for me.

Jan 24, 2021
It's not just me...?
by: Dabs

So I ran out of beans, go to the store, big can of Max on sale for cheap so I buy it. Every day for about a week now my day starts off as normal, then I have Max, then I feel like total garbage all day, shaky, nauseous, minor headache, no energy, churning guts. I'm sitting on the crapper (sorry if tmi) right now and search "Maxwell house ma" and suggestions comes up with "makes me sick." Boom. Maybe I'm on to something because I have changed nothing else in my diet.
Today I'll buy something different if I can muster up the energy to out.

Jan 20, 2021
sick to stomach and throwing up.
by: tonizam

I made a comment on this site a while back about Maxwell house International instant decaf. I had some serious issues and attributed it to the coffee. I went through several tests to try to get to the bottom of my problems. I was later diagnosed with Helicobacter pylori. I now have side effects basically with joint pain due to the antibiotic treatment I had to take in order to cure it. It was the treatment I chose with reservation in light of the serious side effects and also knowing the antibiotic being used was no longer being manufactured because of that reason, but had the most success rate of a cure. After my cure I tried the coffee again hoping it wasn't the coffee, unfortunately that was not the case and again the coffee made me feel sick, therefore I will not drink it ever again. I'm not saying it was the cause of the Pylori I was diagnosed with, but I am certainly saying it still makes me feel sick.

Jan 19, 2021
Masterblend very bitter
by: Sherri

Masterblend is now very bitter. I have been drinking this coffee for years...used to be great. Sadly I am looking for a different coffee.

Jan 17, 2021
Maxwell House instant coffee going in the garbage
by: Anonymous

Last year I noticed that Maxwell house instant coffee was getting hard to obtain in all my local grocery stores. I found some on sale at my pharmacy. I bought it and found it to be very bitter. Because I had it I continued to drink it with extra sugar and extra cream but I also found that I got stomach cramps after drinking it. I continue to use the first jar I opened but threw the second one away and switch to another brand of instant coffee. What a difference it made and even my husband likes it much better. Something is definitely going on.

Jan 10, 2021
by: Anonymous

by: Anonymous

If so many people "think" maxwell house causes so many issues...why does it sell so well ? Or why not recalled?

All these comments are probably people that are unique and not norm

And may have other health issues and not due to coffee

I have always been a Maxwell drinker, but its changed and NOT for the better

Jan 03, 2021
by: Anonymous

If so many people "think" maxwell house causes so many issues...why does it sell so well ? Or why not recalled?

All these comments are probably people that are unique and not norm

And may have other health issues and not due to coffee

Jan 01, 2021
Maxwell House ground coffee
by: Sandi

JJust purchased a can of Maxwell House ground coffee, original roast medium because I ran out of my favorite Aldi's blend & Aldis was already closed early for New Year's Eve.
Well, I made the coffee in my pourover Melitta & thought, how bad could it be. It was like dishwater & truly awful.
I don't know what they're doing over at Kraft Foods, but they're going to hear from me about their substandard product.
If you want a great quality coffee at a fair price, I recommend Aldi's organic roast from Peru. I buy it in the whole bean form & grind my own. The coffee is consistently flavorful & since I grind it myself, it's always fresh.
After I speak with Kraft, I'll try to post their excuse.

Dec 31, 2020
My coffee making me sick violently sick but only diarrhea
by: Nani

Change to nespresso for 2 weeksno problems no issue great coffee then I decided to make a pot in my percolator of my Maxwell House just because it was low cold out I thought I'd sit on some coffee been sick diarrhea gastropains cramping when in 24 waited 24 hours and tried another cup sick again what's wrong with this coffee I guess I'm don

Dec 11, 2020
by: Anonymous

My Husband drinks coffee. He has been drinking MH for years and he said the last two we bought are just bad. He hates the taste. He buys French roast. He said the taste it’s like brunt horrible. He been now drinking la Colombe beans and loves Folgers noir

Dec 10, 2020
Something not right
by: Anonymous

This is the coffee brand I would always buy and enjoy. I just bought a new can of the rich dark as that was my favourite. In the can it smells amazing, but brewing it doesn’t smell right. It didn’t taste right either. I was thinking maybe it was just my taste buds have changed and I tried the medium roast. Same problem. I even tried different types of water. Tap, bottled, filtered. It made no difference. I tried it in both my normal coffee maker AND in the keurig. Both tasted horrible. So I decided to just suck it up and drink it. Bad idea. Extreme stomach pains and feeling almost like I was on drugs. There is definitely something that has changed / wrong with this brand. I was so disappointed I used to love it. I’m scared to drink coffee from home now I felt like I was going to have a heart attack and vomit. It actually was very unpleasant and sorta scary.

Dec 02, 2020
Painful heartburn, nausea, migraine and diarrhea
by: Anonymous

I’m sensitive to caffeine but love a good cup of coffee so I bought some instant, decaf Folgers. I used two teaspoons to make an ice cold Americano with cream. It tasted fine but a few hours later I wasn’t feeling well. I went to bed very early and woke up with intense nausea and painful acid reflux. My throat, chest belly and guts were burning. I was sick all day and couldn’t think clearly due to the full body migraine it caused. Nothing tasted right and I began to worry that I had covid! Thankfully I didn’t want any more coffee on such a sour stomach and surprise— I’m feeling much better today. Wtf is in that jar?! Never again!

Nov 17, 2020
Horrifying diarrhea
by: Anonymous

Bought the Maxwell House Smooth Bold. 2 days in and I'm stuck in the bathroom. Never again. I'm taking it back and getting a refund!

Nov 09, 2020
Folgers headache
by: Anonymous

I bought Folgers half caff because I thought it would be better than all of the caffeine in Starbucks.

Everything, I get a headache from fingers, never Starbucks.

I’m so glad that I found this site so I understand why!

Nov 07, 2020
Maxwell house and headaches
by: Samantha

I usually get my coffee from aldi, but didn’t feel like making the trip last week and bought Maxwell House coffee from a store close by. It seems that every time I drink a cup of Maxwell house coffee I soon after have a terrible headache. I ended up doing a google search only to discover this page and find that it’s not only me. What is going on with their coffee. I will definitely not be purchasing Maxwell house coffee again.

Oct 23, 2020
Folgers and Exhaustion with Diarrea
by: Adams in Tennessee

My research shows Folgers buys coffee from Vietnam and other areas where insecticdes are being used. Vietnams agent orange is still prevalant in the soil.

Oct 18, 2020
by: Anonymous

Normally drink Dunkin, but in todays times, because of Covid, switched to MH. It was cheaper. Had a very, bitter taste. Almost chemical. Thinking it was me, continued for another week and a half. Ended up in the hospital. Heart attack. I'm out now and drinking Dunkin. After several tests, docs are still confounded. I'm not. Never MH again, ever!!!!

Oct 15, 2020
by: Anonymous

A few years back I picked up some Maxwell House coffee. After the first couple of mornings I started feeling bad. After a couple of weeks I was in the hospital. After going down the list of any new things that I was eating or drinking, the coffee was the only change. Quit drinking the coffee and I have had no problems since. I know one thing for sure....not ever drinking it again.

Oct 10, 2020
Instant Posion
by: Janet

I have drank Maxwell house coffee for many years, and never had an issue. I have noticed over the past year it does taste very bitter. I had left a can of the instant coffee at my boyfriend's house for when I stay there on the weekend. Everytime I stay over and drink that coffee I could just about make it home. I would get extreme sharp, shooting stomach pains,chills,sweating, and diarrhea. After spending 2.5 hours curled up on the couch this morning,I decided to check for a recall. I found this site. I was convinced I was being poisoned.Now it all makes sense.

Oct 07, 2020
Instant headache
by: Anonymous

My workplace just changed to maxwell house and the first coffee I had gave me a headache that lasted all day. That first cup was my last.

Sep 27, 2020
Master blend
by: Anonymous

I used to love maxwell house master blend. Very mild smooth and a very subtle sweet taste. Drank it for years. Over the past few years the blend must have changed. It’s bitter. Not the master blend I loved for years. Too bad. I have been forced to change. Why would they ruin a good product.

Sep 22, 2020
Me too!
by: Adrienne

Thank you for your posts, everybody. I was literally ready to go to hospital thinking I'd been poisoned. Haven't been that sick in a long time...

I've drunk European coffee (thick as mud and they serve it in what's practically a shot glass) without being sick like I was drinking Maxwell House. May be the coffee beans, but I'm betting there's something in that coffee that shouldn't be there.

Sep 18, 2020
Not containing what it should
by: Anonymous

I've been drinking Maxwell Instant Coffee for decades. I have came to noticed within the past couple of years that there has been a change within that coffee brand. It has today 80% powder and possibly 20 or less granules when it supposed to have a 100% granules. I use to purchase this coffee at my local Walmart. For the past year I am unable to make that purchase any longer. I asked a stock person once and they told me that they no longer carry that product. So it has to be a reason as to why some stores are not carrying this item anymore.

Sep 14, 2020
Maxwell House Breakfast Blend
by: Anonymous

I am so glad to happen upon this site. We thought our coffee pot had gone bad. Had a different type brand new in a box, same results. Coffee tastes weak and old. We even have a little 4 cupper we tried. We have two brand new containers of coffee we opened and two more in our store room. We have bought this coffee for over ten years. Not that it will do any good but I plan to email Kraft Heinz and complain. They also own Oscar Mayer and we got some unsatisfactory Beef Hot Dogs recently too. They were greasy which they never are. That had happened once before and they corrected the problem for awhile and sent me some coupons. They need to know they are losing loyal customers.

Sep 11, 2020
Coffee gone bad.
by: Carl

I have drank Maxwell House coffee for many years. However as of lately it has lost it's good taste, makes me and my wife's heart race after drinking it and it gives us severe indigestion. It's almost as if it has been spiked with some drug.What has happened to it? I have 6 recently purchased 1 kilo tins that will be given to the food bank and we will source out a new brand!

Sep 11, 2020
by: Kingman

Not for nothing else I grew up on Maxwell House and Yuban. Yuban was instant and mom brewed max house. It was pretty good as far as me not knowing much back then . This was the 50's and 60's. . Got married used Folgers instant (yeah I know) all the time but it wasn't too bad, then began grinding and brewing my own thanks to Coffee Detective a few years ago so I haven't used these two for a long time. Well I did try Max house for a Kurigwe got a few years ago. Expecting something that approached what I remembered, I just spit stout. How can anyone sell this swill and call it coffee. It has the worst flavor of anything I have ever drank. I tired Folgers ground a few weeks back and really it wasn't too bad for a ground in the can and I didn't have any ill effects . So I don't know what Maxwell house did but the days of I remember mama and Good to the last drop are long gone. Blechhhh.

Sep 07, 2020
sick to stomach and throwing up.
by: tonizam

I drink Maxwell House International french vanilla cafe every morning with peanut butter toast for years. Recently I have been having stomach problems specifically after i have my toast and coffee. It would be so bad, stomach ache, nausea and then vomiting. After a few hours I would be fine but the mornings were awful. I first decided it was the peanut butter even through it was smooth peanut butter, I decided I might have become allergic to peanuts. So I start eating Twinkies for breakfast I seemed to do OK with that. So then I started drinking my coffee with the twinkies and again I started throwing up soon after I ate. At that point the only thing I could think was giving me a problem was the coffee which I have drank for years. I don't know what changed but I certainly know it had to be the coffee. I looked on line to see if there was a recall on the coffee for some reason and found this site (Thank God) and have discovered other people have had the same problems. Today is a holiday but I will be calling Maxwell House tomorrow and find out if they have made a change in their coffee which can be causing me problems after all these years of drinking it.

Aug 28, 2020
Me too!
by: Anonymous

I’ve been drinking vanilla international coffee for years, but lately I’ve been feeling nauseous and throat soreness right afterward. But this morning was the worst! So bad I almost threw up! I actually thought I might be having an allergic reaction due the odd soreness/tightness in my throat. I’m done, I don’t coffee that I might need an epi pen afterward. Something is seriously wrong. FDA should be alerted.

Aug 25, 2020
Maxwell House Smooth Bold and Intense Bold
by: Anonymous

Been drinking Smooth Bold for years. The last two cans tasted funny, so I tried Intense Bold, which I have had in the past and like it too. Still bad and have felt sick all day with both. Tried different half and half brands, didn't work. What has changed, does anyone know?

Aug 02, 2020
by: Anonymous

I've been using Maxwell House International Coffee for years with no problem---that is, until this morning when the coffee tasted so salty and abhorrent I threw it out after two sips. I purchased the coffee (ten months ahead of the expiration date), together with the milk I made it with only yesterday at Walmart. Tomorrow, I'll take the nearly full can back with a warning that the coffee is contaminated. Perhaps Maxwell House is now making its coffee in China. I don't know, but I won't buy this company's products again.

Jul 26, 2020
by: Anonymous

I feel awful after drinking this coffee. Headaches in and out of restroom. On the verge of vomiting.

Jul 16, 2020
Stomach ache and diarrhea
by: Cathy

Back in 2006 my Mom said that she was feeling sick to her stomach after drinking Folgers coffee. I told her that I was too! I didn't drink it for years after that. Last week my son went to the store and bought coffee for me and he got Folgers. Sure enough, I'm sick to my stomach and have diarrhea again. What is in this coffee that's making me so sick???

Jun 29, 2020
maxwell house instant decaf and international vanills and now vanilla cream
by: debbie

I have been drinking Maxwell house for years always loved it . I They took it of the shelve awile back . I was getting sick from it . Now here it goes again 2020 june it makes me sick to my stomach I have thrown away two jars now . I tried the international by its self did the same have 4 containers I have always loved it .

Jun 26, 2020
Folgers Noir Making me Nauseous
by: K

Same as many others here, after some trial and error I have found that Folgers makes me very nauseous.

I thought maybe it was the type of roast or bean, which is what I was originally searching for, but after finding this site, I realized it must be all Folgers as I had the same stomach issues at my friends house, and I remember the red can!

Jun 12, 2020
Makes us irritable and anious
by: E H

The flavor is Ok, but we notice that after drinking it, we become unpleasant people. It leads to a lot of shouting and feels like our nerves are frayed and out of control. Only with very strong chamiomile tea can we counteract all of this. We don't buy this anymore.

Jun 09, 2020
Brown powder sitting on top of my Maxwell House Colombian Coffee
by: Kathymous

Recently bought Maxwell House Colombian ground coffee large 1lb 10.7 oz size I opened to find a light brown powder poured on top . Shocking to say I picked up a clump and it disentegrated in my hand . Contacted them. Maxwell House Rep The woman that answered wasn’t interested in what was wrong could answer no questions And had to be prompted to answer anything. Basically if it was poison or a harmful substance they don’t care as reflected in their representative.. They sent me a coupon to buy another one . Don’t think So !,, I’ve used the brand for over 20 yrs . They have officially lost a customer and many others As I will share this with my friends and family.

Jun 04, 2020
Folgers and migraines
by: Mindy

I suffer from migraines but I KNOW that Folgers is one of the reasons. I used to get migraines when I would visit a particular job site. I found out they served Folgers. I had coffee at a nice country club buffet. I got a migraine, called to ask what coffee they served. It was Folgers. It is almost instant. I can recognize the flavor and I know to expect a migraine even if I've only had one sip. I now ask what type of coffee is served wherever I go. My aunt also used to get carsick after drinking Folgers. Other coffees cause me to get carsick as well, especially if I am not driving.

May 28, 2020
Maxwell House makes me ill
by: Melcoh

I usually use Chock full of Niuts ,Starbucks Dunkin. Recently I.bought Maxwell House and aside fom it’s inferior flavor, both times I drank it I got nauseous,unsteady and pretty sick all day!!!

May 23, 2020
Maxwell House
by: Ray

My wife and I have been drinking Maxwell House coffee for many years. Lately the taste is bitter like a chemical additive in the coffee. Others have noticed change in taste too. We will find another coffee.

May 11, 2020
Maxwell house blend original roasr coffee
by: Coffeelover

I usually buy 3 cans if maxwell house orig roast coffee at a time when i opened the first one i saw little white buglike things all through out the can i ipened the second and then third cans and theyre all like that it looks like crunchy dead bugs or something?? What's up with that? Do they have a recall goi ng on?

May 09, 2020
Is walmart organic coffee Fake?
by: Is walmart organic coffee fake?

My problem is with Organic Arabica coffee sold at walmart. Whole bean or ground.
It says in the package/canister that is 100% Guatemala certified organic coffee but I have doubts. China has recently managed to reproduce Rice by the bushels in the millions of tons by using potato and resins passed through molds that spew millions of grains of "rice" and made it through customs for who knows how long, information is from Customs, a division of Homeland Security, so..what if the beans sold at walmart claimed to be organic real coffee beans are fake? For one they are too uniform and the color looks painted. My complaint is that it's making me sick but other coffees dont. It dries my mouth right away and my body hurts within 2 hours. If I stop drinking it and buy from a coffee stand or other gas station then I'm ok. Is Wal-Mart's organic coffees. Fake?

May 07, 2020
Maxwell House strikes again
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking Kroger brand coffee for ages. I got Maxwell House, because since I am staying home safe right now I wanted to order online. I opened the MH yesterday and after one cup started feeling grumbly in my stomach, as well as anxious and nervous, not my normal reaction to a cup of coffee. I suspected the coffee, but wanting to be sure, I tried it again today. There is definitely something wrong here. I will not be drinking anymore out of this container and will be getting the Kroger brand again. I wonder what is wrong with it?

May 06, 2020
Undrinkable for a non-coffee snob
by: Anonymous

I wrote this review on Amazon.

I am not a coffee snob, but I enjoy good smooth coffee with cream & sugar. I was wanted to try a major brand name that advertised as being smooth and was a good price. Normally opening a fresh can of coffee is a joy, regardless of the brand, but upon opening this it was not pleasant. Hoping brewing would be better, I brewed like I do all my other coffee. Bad from the first drop. After masking with cream & sugar I was able to down it, but it was not an enjoyable experience. The 2nd day I brewed even more carefully and could not get past 1/2 a cup before I had to stop, The coffee aroma in the car was putrid. Absolutely undrinkable, and not pleasant to smell. Thinking I wasn't alone, I googled 'Why does Maxwell House coffee taste so bad' and it brought me to the 'Coffee Detective' website with the title 'Are Maxwell House and Folgers coffees making people sick?' with so many very recent reviews with the same thing I experienced. While I don't know what it tasted like in the past, for long time customers clearly something has changed.

As a test, and to get possibly drinkable coffee, I went to my local Stater Brothers and bought their house brand 100% Colombian Arabica ground coffee. Made it like I do all my other coffee, and its coffee. Nothing fancy, nothing overtly bad, but at least it is drinkable coffee. Not like this Maxwell House swill. I'll stick with a known good brand like Don Francisco. This Maxwell House tub is going in the trash.

Apr 26, 2020
Bad for health
by: Anonymous

I always thought all coffee made me vomit and gave me runs come to find out its Maxwell House only. I have been working 6 days a week and long hours so brought some folgers instant stick packs and could drink those with no problem. Decided to buy a can and MH was on sale so figured I would give them another try. First few sips were fine but the sip following had me coughing and gagging and eventually vomiting. I will go back to the little instant Folgers stick packs. Maxwell House has been used in my family home for over 50 years and as a teen my brothers would joke with me because I couldn't stomach it then and 30 plus years later still cant.

Apr 21, 2020
by: jc

i have been drinking coffee for years. i bought some maxwell house for the first time in years, and have have mild to very uncomfortable headaches/migraines for the last week. after reading some comments, i'm throwing it out. i'll keep you posted.

Apr 20, 2020
by: Anonymous

Thought I was going crazy; but, I see based on comments in this blog that I am spot on with my concerns.
About a month ago, bought a large container of Maxwell House Original coffee grinds/Med roast. Smelled 'not as good' as used to but thought was just me so continued to perk on stove. Taste was "not as good", but thought was me again.
Few weeks ago bought at a CVS on sale locally, some kind of 'morning blend'. UGGH!! Smell was aweful and taste like something 'sour' or ?? Stopped using and will be returning.
Last week I bough small can of Original/Med roast at a different smaller popular store (known for carrying 'great' prod) Smelled 'better' but after using for 1 week..UGGH - Smell/taste change!
Just r'cvd 2 Lg Med/Orig from Amazon, opened t'day, smell 'Ok'/not great..lets see in few days.
I AM PLANNING TO EMAIL COMPANY WITH COMPLAINTS AND SEE WHAT RESULTS. (potentially FDA to find out what problem is...chemicals or..??

Apr 03, 2020
Maxwell Instant Coffee lover
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking Maxwell Instant Coffee since I can remember, this is because it is the only coffee I can tolerate. I actually have a sensitive stomach and can not drink Dunkins , or any other kind. Folgers Coffee actually makes me sick to my stomach, I really hope you do not take it off the shelf for the ones that do love it and do not have a problem with it. Thank you

Mar 28, 2020
Folgers Coffee
by: Anonymous

I am NOT having problems with Maxwell House Coffee nut it Folgers that is causing Diarrhea and severe stomach cramps.

Mar 11, 2020
by: Anonymous

Seems to cause anxiety with me, been a few weeks and finally figured its the coffee, its probably from pesticide. Almost a vomit feeling as well, but i havent had to. Going back to the cheap stuff which is so much better...

Jan 31, 2020
Bowel Problems
by: Peter Hunt

Folger's and Maxwell House have given me the runs, headaches, and a nauseated feeling.

The problems have occurred each of the 3 times I've consumed these brands since approximately November 25, 2019, in Shenzhen, China, and in the U.S.A..

Jan 25, 2020
Hills bro
by: DanK

In not paid for this, but Hills bro reg
Coffee has been my new go to over M.house.
I tried M.house again at Christmas, just to
See. Never again. There is a problem there period. I don't care what it was or if it's fixed.
I'm done with M.house.

Jan 21, 2020
StomCh pain/diahrea
by: Amy C

Extreme cramping and diarrhea shortly after 1 cup of coffee. I drink folgers at work and no symptoms. I changed back to folgers coffee. Something is definitely wrong with Maxwell house!

Jan 18, 2020
Sick you will be.
by: Aaron

Maxwell house gave me diarrhea, growling gas’s stomach and burning stomach pains.

Jan 15, 2020
it helps to know the expriation date
by: Anonymous

it helps to know the expiration date

Jan 12, 2020
Folgers lower Ab. hot/burning sensation
by: Anonymous

I used to buy a cheaper coffee. But never experienced these stomach hot flushes until I drank Folgers.

Jan 10, 2020
by: Mary

I’ve had ongoing diarrhea and could not find the culprit! It’s been going on for 3 years! I did my own process of elimination and found out it is from my Maxwell House coffee! Once I switched to Folgers, the diarrhea has stopped! I have done research and found that many coffee drinkers have associated their same symptoms to the Maxwell House coffee! What could be in this brand of coffee that is causing this?

Jan 04, 2020
Not real coffee
by: Anonymous

I would rather base my comments on facts and not theory like everything else in the world most media filled minds are corrupted by false rumors and imagery. I noticed as a kid that folgers was chemical tasting and made me feel confused when i drank it. Maxwell house was exactly the same. This is no pepsi challenge. We also have to take into consideration human bodies change over time and certain physical problems occur that we are not aware of. The chemicals put on our foods and drinks to preserve them from mice and insects are really harmful. The companies simply have too much money invested to let a couple hundred sick people ruin it for them. Just like oil, tobacco, and alcohol they will always deny the facts. Its poisen.

Dec 28, 2019
Foldgers and Maxwell Headaches/ anger feeling while drinking
by: Anonymous Lisa

Smoking is bad, so when Marlboro started putting flame retardant in cigarettes, the company "experiment" igbired consumer complaints on anger feeling/headaches. The Foldger Maxwell headaches/anger symptom? SAME. Don't buy this crap. Something added? The cereal taste tells me possibly Roundup!!!Roundup pesticide? Flame retardant? Its something bad in that coffee.

Dec 27, 2019
Very Bad Headaches with Folgers
by: Rick O

Has anyone gotten bad headaches from drinking Folgers coffee? I started having BAD headaches every single day about a year ago. Never ever thought that it could be the Folgers that I changed to from Maxwell House. Been to numerous doctors - had MRI's and MRA's - two epidurals and more - nothing helped. Today I find this comment board. I stopped Folgers yesterday and so far today no headache...could this be? If so, maybe there should be a class action against this company. I have suffered day and night for over a year with no help. Please - anyone else experiencing headaches with Folgers...or any coffee.

Dec 23, 2019
It really isn't 100% Coffee per se
by: Home roaster

What your getting in each can is a combination of Twigs and stems(allowable by FDA guidelines) along with a few leaves and some cheap defective/malformed coffee beans, be it arabica or robusta or a blend of both, in the never ending challenge to increase corporate profits year over year at any cost.

Incidentally,Folgers has entered the gourmet coffee market with it's "1850" brand coffee which is delicious but at a price.

Dec 23, 2019
It really isn't 100% Coffee per se
by: Home roaster

What your getting in each can is a combination of Twigs and stems(allowable by FDA guidelines) along with a few leaves and some cheap defective/malformed coffee beans, be it arabica or robusta or a blend of both, in the never ending challenge to increase corporate profits year over year at any cost.

Incidentally,Folgers has entered the gourmet coffee market with it's "1850" brand coffee which is delicious but at a price.

Dec 18, 2019
Maxwell House
by: AnonymPatriciaous

We were using MH ground original for a short and I was having the worst stomach issuer and the coffee was awful,like drinking chemicals. We changed to Folgers an all seemed well for about 5 months. Saw Maxwell House and bought it, today after 2 cups of coffee my husband and I are both having stomach cramps and diarrhea, miserable! I'm not looking for anything to benefit from but they need to solve the problem.

Dec 15, 2019
by: sick vet

urinary problems coffee Maxwell house is this my problems,? so I am give it up tell me why not....

Dec 01, 2019
MH Bold
by: Anonymous

Started drinking this recently... have noticed the onset of serious stomach pain right after starting to drink it in the morning, The pain comes and goes all day. It had been two weeks now. I thought something else was triggering my discomfort but it starts right after I start my morning coffee. Pepsi Bismol soothes upon contact. I will no longer drink it and see what happens . I'm healthy as a horse and most unsettled by this current upset.

Nov 22, 2019
Maxwell House Max bad urinary problems
by: Jim

I went through 3 weeks of 2 or 3 times a week at the doctors office. They thought i may have kidney stones so started treating me for that as the systems got worse the had me take 3 rounds of different antibiotics thinking possible kidney infection or some sort of VD. but all tests and Xrays came up negative I decided to try changing coffee even though my dr said it could not be the coffee. After 3 weeks of total misery it took less than 2 days i was back to normal. Maxwell House Max IS POISON!

Nov 19, 2019
This isn't for Maxwell coffee but for Folgers.
by: Anonymous

My parents have two one pound sealed Folgers coffee stored in the refrigerator they are outdated 4-5 years is it still good to brew

Nov 17, 2019
Maxwell House gone bad
by: Anonymous

Was just about to throw away my $100 Keurig machine when I read these posts about Maxwell House that's what I drink every morning and lately I feel nauseated after one cup. I thought it was the coffee maker making me sick now I believe it's the coffee
Sunday after church services I have a cup of good old church coffee and no problems Maxwell House is going in the trash!

Nov 03, 2019
Oily film
by: Karen

I have been a Maxwell house coffee drinker forever. But the last 2 cans I bought had a oily film on it. My coffee pot is clean. My cups are clean. What is up with the oily film?

Nov 02, 2019
I felt sick after drinking folgers
by: J. Clayton

After drinking Folgers K-cups, classic and caramel, I’ve had to vomit. There’s something in this coffee that makes me have nausea as soon as I drink it.

Oct 30, 2019
Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

After reading the comments posted here I realize that these are all complaints about MH Drip or regular coffee. There is nothing here about the Instant Maxwell House coffee.

Several of the local stores still aren't carrying the Instant Maxwell House. (which does not taste terrible at all)

So what''s the problem MH?

Oct 28, 2019
by: Canadian

I don't drink MH but my husband does. I drink a very good coffee from a Canadian company. This morning since I was in a hurry and it was made, had a cup of MH. It was disgusting. Terrible after taste and there is definitely something in it but can't put my finger on it, yet. Even the smell of it from the can is awful. I will never drink this stuff again. I am going to persuade my husband to change to my brand.

Oct 26, 2019
Maxwell house coffee made me sick!
by: Anonymous

I decided to buy & try the Maxwell House Coffee reduced acid about a month ago. Ever since & EVERYTIME i drink a cup I end up running to the bathroom with diarrhea. I've ruled out anything else it could be & since I've stopped drinking the coffee my diarrhea has subsided.... NEVER will I buy their coffee again!!

Oct 23, 2019
by: Anonymous

Normally I drink a different brand of coffee but decided to try Maxwell House. I do one scoop of decaf and one scoop of regular. Halfway through the can of decaf I found a bird feather amongst the ground coffee. Never feel good or right when I drink this brand of coffee will never drink it again!

Oct 21, 2019
Too bitter
by: Anonymous Dee

I have been drinking Maxwell Medium for years and my Mom too. But for over a year the coffee tastes bitter / I have cut back on what I use for my Pot for it doesn't seem to help. What has happened to my good cup of coffee and when I open it up there is no fresh smell either ! I hate to say but for the first time in over 25 years of Maxwell I will be looking for another Brand . Gosh I miss the old rich taste of my Maxwell ! Bye

Oct 20, 2019
October 20, 2019
by: Anonymous

Maxwell House coffee has no taste or coffee smell. This coffee made me sick. After examining the container could not find 'Arabica' bean. This product is not from 'Arabica'. Please let everybody know not to purchase this chemical anymore!

Oct 13, 2019
Maxwell Instant Coffee
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking mh for over 40 years never had a problem until the past few months. Mh have since giving me stomach pain each time i drink it. I h it. I ended up keep getting constipated each. I can no longer tolerate drinking MH..

Sep 11, 2019
Maxwell House changed proof
by: DanK.

I have photos, do not know how to post them, but....
As fate would have it, while digging in my cabinet today, I found an old empty metal 13 or 15oz can of Maxwell house "original" coffee dated 2009.
I saved it for bolts or screws, crafts etc., and obviously forgot about it.
On the front in plain letters it says:
"100% Arabica Beans".
The new can, 11oz dated 2020 is cardboard, and says:
"Original Roast".
Nothing else, except tiny letters on the back saying 100% coffee.
Here is the unbelievable kicker.
I opened the 2009 can, and believe it or not, it smelled amazingly good inside STILL.
10 years old, and it smells better than a full new can of Maxwell house.
I wish I could post a scratch-n-sniff pic for
any doubters.
To me, this is 100% proof that there is a change.
What "coffee" means to Maxwell House is not what it used to be.

Sep 06, 2019
Not all bad...
by: Anonymous

Our experience has been that every once in a while
you get a 'stale" can. Otherwise, the Maxwell House Original Roast is pretty good. I have speculated that it is a batch of bad roasted beans, a bad seal on the can etc. This is not the only product that suffers from occasional not goodness. I stopped buying bottled beer because too many were skunked. Cans only now. We buy bread and sometimes it is bad well before the sell by date. Our favorite potato chip company has wildly varying quality. Sometimes,
if general you enjoy the product, you just throw the stinkers away.

Aug 31, 2019
by: Anonymous




Aug 26, 2019
Maxwell House Instant Coffee
by: Joyce

I have been drinking Maxwell House Instant coffee each morning for years. Recently, I am having stomach distress. A burning feeling if you will and someone just told me to stop buying the coffee I am drinking. I am the only coffee drinker in the house and found it easy. No more.

Aug 25, 2019
Maxwell House Instant Coffee - Where Are You?
by: Anonymous

I have been a dedicated MH Instant Coffee for well over 40 years. It is the only coffee I can drink that doesn't bother my stomach.
Starting this past Spring I started looking for this coffee everywhere because my local grocer wasn't carrying it. I couldn't find it no matter what. Today, I went to my local store thinking I was going to buy store brand and there was a sign that said, "Due to processing difficulties we will no longer be carrying Maxwell House Instant Coffee until further notice." All they had on the shelves was Folgers Instant. I hate Folgers. Even in a pinch its disgusting. It tastes burnt, bitter etc. (I drink black instant.) If I try to drink DD I have to add cream for my stomach. I've tried black but after 2 sips I'm looking for an antacid.
I don't use drip/perked and your K-Cups are too strong not to mention expensive.

Aug 25, 2019
MH & Folgers—problems for years
by: LocalRoasts

I’be seen these same complaints posted here for years, since 2012 actually. That’s the year I found this site and saw I wasn’t the only person experiencing bad tasting coffee from both these popular brands. That year I switched to buying my coffee from a local small roaster AND never looked back. Since 2012 I’ve seen small local roasting businesses explode everywhere so no matter where one lives now there should be a local roaster in your area or close by. If not you can order from most all & manny offer coffee subscriptions. Our coffee we brew at home is 100 times better than when MH & Folgers we’re still good.

Aug 23, 2019
Smells bad. Tastes bad.
by: Coffee Drinkers

A short while back, my husband and I started smelling a foul, bitter coffee smell in our house. We thought it was the coffee pot. We bought a new one and still have the smell. Our coffee pot brews, then holds the coffee for us, keeping it warm. We now cannot stomach the smell or taste of the perked coffee. It lingers. We have nausea, mild headaches and fatigue, and can’t escape the smell. It seems to have also affected our taste buds. We thought we had colds and sinus infections, but now wonder if the Reduced Caffeine Maxwell House and Folgers coffees do contain a fungus or insecticides, since we tried new containers of both. We are happy to find this site and are encouraged to contact the company. Has anyone else had these symptoms?
Thank you.

Aug 21, 2019
Maxwell House French Roast ground coffee
by: Anonymous

I Have been using MH French Roast coffee for many years and the last 3 cans of coffee has delivered a bitter taste.

Aug 17, 2019
Maxwell Instant?
by: Miss Linda

My husband has been drinking Maxwell House Instant for decades. While personally I think any instant coffee tastes horrible, nevertheless I do make sure to keep on hand for my husband. However, lately can't find it anywhere, not on store shelves, not online. Can anyone verify if it has been discontinued? Some of the comments on this site mention that the quality of Maxwell House has gone downhill. Maybe just temporarily unavailable until quality issue remedied?

Aug 15, 2019
by: Don

I have been an instant coffee drinker since about the age of 15 in the last three or four years I have suffered migraine headaches very frequent urine episodes thought the plumbing was going when they took it off the shelf and I had to change brand that headache stopped and so did the frequent urination I wonder what I was drinking

Aug 14, 2019
Answer the question....
by: Anonymous

Why is there NOT Maxwell House Instant Coffee on the store shelves. I haven't found the answer. Store clerks don't know why..... it seems no one knows.

Aug 13, 2019
Maxwell house instant coffee
by: Cb

I've been drinking this coffee for years, but there is something wrong with the last jar I bought. It doesn't smell like coffee and doesn't taste like coffee. Very odd taste, like chemicals. I threw it out. Can't drink it and returning it to the store. I'll have to find another brand. Very disappointed because I used to like it a lot.

Aug 08, 2019
Maxwell House Instant
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking Maxwell House Instant Coffee for years. About 6 months ago, I couldn't find it at any supermarket or mass merchandise chain. I finally found and bought a jar, it smelled very flat, NO coffee smell at all, and it tasted very odd. It didn't mix well with the boiling water, and was a total disappointment. Was it discontinued, or just cheaper beans are being used? I now am trying other brands. If the last jar I had is an indication of what this product has turned into, I will never purchase it again.

Aug 07, 2019
Instant coffee
by: Roxie

I have been all over my city and cannot find any Maxwell house instant coffee and am curious as to why?? I AM not a happy girl🤬

Aug 05, 2019
Maxwell house coffe bad!!!
by: Sara

My husband has been an instant maxwell house coffee drinker for years. He has broke out in hives and rashes from the instant coffee. I preferred the percolate maxwell house. I never suffered from migraines but after drink some coffee, I had a 2 day migraine. We have since switched. No more hives or migraines. Something is definitely up and wrong with Maxwell house coffee.

Jul 30, 2019
Good to the last drop.
by: Steve M

Maxwell House has not gone bad. Ive been drinking it for 50 years. As they say good to the last drop. This seems like a scheme to collect ill gotten gains for pain and suffering. Enough with all these idiots. I now have to buy my Maxwell House online at a higher price. Thanks a lot jerks.

Jul 27, 2019
headace if i miss a cup
by: Tammy Maxwell

I actually thought I was crazy having headache if I missed a cup. I only been drinking it 2 years from the first month headache came. So I tried another brand still the something. Went back to Maxwell house and the headache went away. Now I know that it is other people going through the something

Jul 24, 2019
Maxwell house sugar free instant coffee making me VERY ILL
by: Jaime

I began drinking maxwell house instant sugar free coffee about 9 days ago. Today being the 9th and last. After multiple trips to the restroom for days &. The first day of this hell vomiting as well I have ruled out every other single thing in my diet to the coffee.

The moment I drink it I have to run to the restroom. Today on my 9th day I had to come
Home from work because I am dizzy, weak and nauseous.

I cannot get this poison out of my system fast enough. I have missed days of work, missed several appointments etc.

Do not drink this stuff it’s making me so sick & only getting worse by the day. I can’t beleiev it’s taken me this long to figure out.

Please note I have problems with no other coffee!!!

Good luck,

Jul 23, 2019
Folgers might be making me nauseous
by: danna

I've been feeling nauseous for the last few weeks. This is also the time when I switched to drinking Folgers instant coffee. At one point after a couple weeks of drinking, I noticed there was an odd chemical taste/smell to the coffee. I wrote it off as nothing as this was new to me. However, I have been increasingly feeling more nauseous. So at this point I googled folgers recall and the top link was an article about people feeling sick after drinking Folgers. I am going to stop drinking it to see if I get to feeling better.

Jul 23, 2019
Maxwell house wake up roast gluten free
by: Anonymous

Maxwell house wake up roast lists "100% coffee" ingredients but does not show that there are added flavorings which obviously contain gluten. Someone has to warn people with celiac because Maxwell house labeling is incorrect.

Jul 21, 2019
No Maxwell House Instant Coffee on shelves in stores
by: Anonymous

No instant Maxwell?

No Maxwell House Instant Jar coffee on shelves in stores. What happened? Plenty of ground coffee but i don't want ground coffee.

Jul 11, 2019
Maxwell House instant awful coffee
by: Steve

I have been drinking Maxwell House instant for over 40 years. Any change would be instantly noticed, and it did. But let's go back to when the larger jars started do vanish from the shelves of three different stores. only small jars were available and in limited quantities. So I scrambled to buy the last two small jars at my local grocery. The third mug of coffee contained a dead spider!!! well that jar went to the garbage. The second and last jar has a non coffee taste. it is hard to describe but I can smell the difference as I add hot water and the taste is best described as flat, with a strange after taste that cannot be described as pleasant but not offensive. To be blunt it is boring and extremely disappointing. I will have to hunt down a different brand that not only coffee tasting but arachnid free.
Good luck out there,

Jul 07, 2019
Folgers Classic Roast Instant Coffee
by: Anonymous

I have nausea and dizziness after I drink it and yesterday was the first time I ended up having a full vestibular migraine.
I have been drinking Nescafe for yrs, without any problems.

Jul 01, 2019
Report bad coffee!
by: Anonymous

If your coffee is making you sick, report it!

Either call the number listed here, https://www.fda.gov/safety/report-problem/consumer-complaint-coordinators, for your state.


Fill in and submit the form here, https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/index.cfm?action=consumer.reporting1

Don't be SHEEPLE.

Jun 28, 2019
Maxwell Coffee
by: JW

Drank Maxwell house coffee for years now when I drink it I get headaches and stomach cramps/diarrhea.Its like there is poison in it! When I finally realized it was unmistakably the Maxwell coffee I googled it and sure enough, it's a thing! Going to contact company!

Jun 24, 2019
Maxwell House Coffee made me ILL!!
by: Mary Huber

MyMy family's Coffee for over 70 years was Maxwell.So you can imagine my surprise when I broke out in a TERRIBLE ALLERGIC REACTIONALL OVER MY BODY. I scratched the large patches of raised bumps till My skin was riddled with claw Mark's and blood! WTF!!! What is going on? I am pisssed! One needs to ask or wonder if we are being attacked via our food supply??? DEpopulation? John Kerry married John Heinz widow..so there Is a political left wing connection. Politics It seemsare in every nook & cranny of our everyday life.I for one will be doing my research on exactly who owns and controls the FOOD sold to the TRUSTING SHEEPLE... IS THE DEEP STATE AT WORK AGAIN? CONSPIRACY THEOROIES? My ADVERSE REACTION IS REAL!! I can drink OTHER COFFEES and I HAVE NO REACTION AT ALL! THANK GOD!!!cOb

Jun 22, 2019
Crohn's and Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

For the past couple weeks I've been getting very very ill. Just realized it's the coffee. It's even Carling perfectly good Coffee-Mate. Just realized this after losing 10 pounds in 2 weeks not being able to eat. I seriously thought I was dying. So I looked up Maxwell House and other people getting sick and Wallah there it is. I remember going through something like this before with Chase and Sanborn about about 30 years ago. Good taste changed and had a horrible smell like sewage. Not getting that smell with Maxwell House but same reactions.

Jun 18, 2019
by: Anonymous

Why can you not find instant in the stores now. Have you stop making it.

Jun 08, 2019
Allergic reaction
by: M Sharp

I am allergic to wheat and gluten and just had a reaction to Folgers ground decaf coffee. My throat and tongue started swelling as I was sipping the brewed coffee. There has to be some sort of contamination in their processing and they should put the cross contamination on the label.

Jun 08, 2019
Diarrhea coffee
by: Anonymous

Same experience here. 10 years plus Maxwell house ground coffee. New can.new packaging.5 tips to to toilet in one day. Burning in my stomach. Acidic burping. And it tastes bitter. Gross.

I went 2 days with no home brew maxwell. Problem stopped.
Only after the diarrhea returned after I made coffe at home did I connect the brown dots. Garbage coffee.

Jun 06, 2019
Foam in Maxwell House instant.
by: Gene Dietz

The last two jars of Maxwell House coffee I used foamed when I put it in hot water. Now I noticed they pulled it from the shelves in the stores we shop in. I'd really like to know what's going on.

Jun 05, 2019
Black floaters in Maxwell House Coffee!
by: Anonymous

I have always loved Maxwell House, but the last 2 jars have had black things floating in it. Any ideas
of what this stuff is?

Jun 01, 2019
Instant maxwell house coffee is. HORRIBLE!
by: Anonymous

I have experienced the same thing with instant maxwell house coffee. I have been drinking it for years -loved it. But recently its been horrible. Doesnt even smell like coffee. I too feel neaseas after drinking it. Im wondering why it is not carried in walmart or stop and shop anymore. I hope it hasnt had any carcinogenics in it !

Jun 01, 2019
tastes like hazelnut
by: dan belzeski

I've been using MAX HOUSE for the last 10 years and had never had a bad taste like it has now and also have been experiencing headaches.

May 30, 2019
cant find maxwell house instant
by: mary jo

why is their instant coffee missing on store shelves???

May 29, 2019
by: Anonymous

several years my sick nauseus feeling has been getting worse but i still drank my coffee anyway. never blamed the coffee, only myself.what coffee,instant, is safe to drink. the maxwell house instant is discontinued. now i believe feeling so ill isnt my stomach, its the coffee. folgers taste has changed, nasty, Tasters choice i had tried was full of wood splinters. HELP i need better coffee. using last jar of maxwell house instant. it tastes nasty but caffeine and coffee makes my meds go down easier than water

May 22, 2019
Was it ever good?
by: Anonymous

I drank a Maxwell House coffee and it was really good. Then I woke up only to find that it was a terrible dream.

May 10, 2019
Nausea seems to coincide with drinking Maxwell House k cup coffee.
by: Anonymous

Bought Maxwell House k cups yesterday at Walmart.. Drank 2 cups this morning. Shortly thereafter, I experienced extreme nausea, stomach cramps and disrharrea (sp). This led in a few hours to vomiting, this got me feeling a bit better. Hydrated with cola, no problem. Drank another Maxwell House, and nausea has returned big time.

May 06, 2019
Maxwell House Instant Coffee
by: Dale T

I have been drinking Maxwell House instant coffee for decades but, recently it has been tasting like nasty. I have always bragged about how it is good to the last drop but since the beginning of this year, it has been good to the last dump down the drain. So long Maxwell, hate to leave but got to leave.

Apr 12, 2019
More comments online say otherwise
by: Anonymous

No. Many more comments and reviews say otherwise. Neither brands have made me ill. I googled multiple times online for other sites, social media, and forums about this same topic of these brands making people ill, but I see the vast majority come from Coffee Detective forums and social media profiles like Facebook and Pinterest. Otherwise, most comments and reviews are pretty positive or just talk about taste and not sicknesses. I will, however, exercise caution and use my best judgement.

Apr 12, 2019
by: Anonymous

Considering that Maxwell House has always tasted like the cheapest coffee you can get, I always assumed it to be something swept off the floor of a cheap coffee production facility. Anyways, if you like cheap coffee flavor, some companies that supply coffee to business peddle super low grade coffee, so you may find something you like from one of those outfits.

Apr 07, 2019
Poison fungus Coffee
by: Anonymous

The coffee has not only changed but all brands have changed. It taste like pure mud. You are buying coffee with rust fungus and the farmers are not replacing there trees, quite buying coffee. It is making me sick and I am sure every one else as well. stop drinking Maxwell house, Kroger, Walmart great value, and general dollar. They will not take from shelves out of date coffee until all is sold from their warehouses. We need to try to see if coffee from Vietnam is better with no Rust Fungus.

Mar 20, 2019
by: Anonymous

it does not taste good at all. I purchased it just to see if fresh is bad, and Yes its bad. Cannot compare it o president choice. (good) Tim Hortons ( better) McDontalds ( OKay) but Maxwell house only smells like coffee when you open the Can. Its tastes like a week smelly Blah ..
Wont buy it again..

Feb 06, 2019
Maxwell house coffee
by: Anonymous

Any coffee that i drink i feel ok except Maxwell instant coffee i get stomach problems and flatulence

Jan 23, 2019
Folgers might be the culprit
by: Dingo

For years I have been drinking Folgers Classic roast from Costco. The big one in the plastic container. Two years ago I presented with horrid sulfur burps followed by literally peeing out of my rear, Van Wilder style. Went to a GI doc who ran tests and said I had H. Pylori. Figured it was the Splenda I used so I quit Splenda and it went away (with antibiotics as well). Then I started getting the symptoms again and realized I had gone BACK to Folgers C.R. and had been drinking more expensive coffee the last 2 years in it's place. Now seeing everyone else with issues gives me a little hope that I'm correct. The question still remains though, what are the companies doing to cause this and alleviate our issues?

Mar 24, 2018
Bye Bye Maxwell House :-(
by: Anonymous

I have been enjoying the flavored ground Maxwell House coffees (Hazelnut and French Vanilla) for well over a decade, and I notice now that neither tastes like the flavors they're supposed to and the coffee smells and tastes nasty. I usually buy a lot of them when they go on sale. I'll be returning the last back for a full refund, I'd rather go cold turkey than to waste money on garbage. I will check out beans from trader joe's and hopefully I can find a brand with a decent taste that isn't overpriced. This is just par for the course, so many foods/brands just aren't as good as they used to be and I have no doubt that is from the fat cats cutting corners (hidden inflation).

Mar 24, 2018
Foldgers gives me massive headache and nausea
by: Lana

I did a search trying to figure out why I get so sick with Foldgers Coffee. I can drink other coffee with no problem. I haven’t tried Maxwell House yet.
I’m thinking it’s the natural pesticide in Robusta Beans that I’m sensitive too.

Mar 24, 2018
Terrible coffee
by: C.Q.

I have drank Maxwell House (Dark Roast being my favorite) for 20+ years. Not sure what they have done to it, but I cannot even stomach to open the can anymore. The smell is horrible, when brewing it smells horrible and the taste is even worse. Cannot seem to find a delicious cup of coffee--have tried ALL kinds of brands and they have a terrible smell and taste. I remember when you made a pot of coffee the entire house smelled so good. Now it smells like "burning dirt". (best comparison I can think of) Wish they would go back to what they were doing about 3-4 years ago. Not sure what changes they have made, but it STINKS! Literally. Cheaper beans but higher prices......not sure what it is.

Mar 23, 2018
Its definitely Maxwell House
by: GoodTillYouDrop

It's definitely Maxwell House, makes me feel nauseous, smells and tastes really strange. My locally roasted coffee is fine.

Mar 18, 2018
Sick from Maxwell house coffee
by: Anonymous

I myself have been feeling ill after drinking Maxwell house coffee. Hot sweats, then the mouth watering feeling of about to vomit. Only from the coffee.. Have also noticed the flaky skin one person brought up..

Mar 18, 2018
by: Anonymous

Just bought the colombian and it's super bitter. I don't ever remember it being thud bad growing up. Ive been drinking folgers since and it's much better. Maxwell house is either using bad beans r were all getting stale coffee.

Mar 17, 2018
go figure
by: Anonymous

taste like pesticides,bitter,no aroma and no true taste.going back to where purchased again.some one got a bad deal at the auction?maxwell house. march 17,2018.my mouring cup at this present moment.i'm a huge coffee lover still looking for the better beans,good luck.

Mar 11, 2018
Bad Headaches
by: Anonymous

I can't believe I just came across this forum!
Just started using Folgers about 4 weeks now. Kept getting terrible headaches and have been speculating that it was the Folgers. Now, after reading all these posts, I'm convinced! This carp is going right in the trash.

Mar 07, 2018
Possible GMO coffee beans in these products?
by: Anonymous

After doing a quick search I have found the NESTLES company has produced and distributed thousands of GMO coffee plants around the world. Do a search on GMO coffee beans and you will find a wealth of information on the subject along with a long list of Nestles coffee products. This may or may not be the cause of the problems I too am experiencing with Folgers and Maxwell house coffee. All I know is this never happened to me before reticently and I have been a heavy coffee drinker for over 50 years.

Feb 18, 2018
Bad MHC Columbian coffee ?
by: Anonymous

Just opened a new can of Maxwell House Columbian coffee this morning and made a fresh pot of coffee.
That was the worst smelling and tasting coffee I've ever had from MHC. It had a burnt taste and the coffee grounds smelled strange ,nothing like coffee. Has anyone else had this problem?

Feb 16, 2018
Not my experience
by: Anonymous

I have been using Maxwell House Gourmet for several years and have not had any problems. It's the best for my taste. I mix it with the decaf and have it twice a day. I have tried the other flavors and the gourmet is the one I like the best.I live in Maryland and wonder if this isn't a regional problem.

Feb 13, 2018
MAXWELL HOUSE will always be good to the last drop

I have been a Maxwell House drinker for many years and will continue to do so. My worst cup of Maxwell House will be better than any other brand out there. A clan se friend and I have a personal joke that I will share my end of it. When I leave this earthly body please put my remains in a Maxwell House can.I am very serious about this. Although I will admit to having a cu0 of McCafe coffee occasionally MAXWELL House Coffee will be the only Coffee in my cupboard .

Feb 05, 2018
Folgers Columbian
by: Anonymous

Folgers Columbian has been my favorite for years. The last container tasted weird so I switched to another brand. Not only was I enjoying a better cup (Starbucks), my stomach began to feel better!

Feb 04, 2018
by: Anonymous

Same here I've been so sick every time i drink folgers.

Feb 01, 2018
Maxwell House Must Have Changed
by: Maxwell House No More

I had been buying Maxwell House French Roast K-cups for years and years. I'd say within the last year or so they changed their beans or blend or something. Their coffee is now terrible! I've tried a couple times to go back to it, but it not the old great taste. I no longer buy it.

Jan 28, 2018
Made me sick
by: Anonymous

I bought Folgers Coffee because it went on sale. After drinking it for several mornings I noticed I felt worse and worse. I had so much gastrointestinal distress with bloating and gas that I could not get a deep breath. I am 53 years old and blessed with good health. I have not been to the doctor in years but my issue was so bad I finally had to go. They are checking me for an ulcers and gallstones but the doctor asked me if I had made any changes in my diet lately and I mentioned the change in coffee. She suggested I stop drinking it and I did. It’s been a week and I’m much better. Still having bouts of diarrhea but thankful I’m better. I will never drink Folgers coffee again and from reading these other posts will never drink Maxwell House either.

Jan 28, 2018
Maxwell House French Roast and Headaches
by: Anonymous

I started having these headaches a couple of weeks ago, and I'm a person who seldom has headaches. I remember reading about Maxwell House coffee causing headaches in some people. I had opened, and been using, a new container of Maxwell House French Roast about the same time the headaches started. I stopped using the Maxwell House and started using another brand and the headaches stopped.

Jan 25, 2018
Maxwell house
by: GQ

Maxwell house coffee makes me vomit every time i drink it. Store didn't have folders Colombian so i took my chances with maxwell colombian. Big mistake i am now feeling like i need to vomit and my stomach feels twisted. Nasty coffee. Folgers cooffee give me no problems. But i prefer chuck full o nuts.

Jan 24, 2018
Maxwell House makes me feel sick
by: Anonymous

My husband loves buying Maxwell House, though I like buying better quality. We went through a stint a few years ago where I humored him and we drank it all the time. I started having heachaches, sometime nausea and overall feelings of "yuck" after I would drink it, it seemed to get worse over time. I then realized when I switched off of it, it stopped happening. We laid off of buying it for a while. He just started buying it again, and we have been mixing it with higher quality coffee so stretch it, and I started feeling yucky again and almost didn’t even realize that was the reason until we ran out and only used the better quality and the symptoms stopped. I am an avid coffee drinker for years so this is not due to caffeine. I truly think the Maxwell House makes me feel bad and I do not know why. Makes me wonder what chemicals they are using on the plants. I was searching to see if anyone else had experienced this and ran across this page. Thanks for letting me share!

Jan 18, 2018
by: Anonymous

I’ve been drinking Folgers Classic roast medium coffee for awhile, I can’t drink a lot of caffeine or I’m super wired so I only drink it occasionally. Over the last few weeks anytime I’d try the class blend I’d feel nauseous and get a bad migraine that would last all day. After the 3rd time I started thinking it was because it was caffeinated so I went and bought the Folgers classic decaf medium blend and I’m still have the same side effects! Never thought it could just be the product until i ran across this thread. Now it’s got me worried, what in the world is wrong with their coffee!! I won’t be drinking any Folgers from now on.

Jan 16, 2018
by: Anonymous

I usually grind my own beans but found myself in a place where my only option was buying ground coffee. I bought Folgers and the first time I drank it, had to run to bathroom. Tried it again the next day and BAM! was sick from both ends. Needless to say, I am pitching the rest. After about a half hour I was fine so I know it was definitley the coffe and now I see others have experienced the same thing.

Jan 12, 2018
Folgers yuck
by: Anonymous

Glad I’m not the only one. I’ve been drinking Folgers for years and this last co gained I bought of it tastes and smells like formaldehyde. It’s really awful!

Jan 10, 2018
No Taste
by: Matt

I for one use to like Maxwell House but find that its taste leaves a lot to be desired,but it's other coffees as well,and you pay enough for coffee

Jan 07, 2018
Folder's Making Me Ill
by: Anonymous

folder's from sam's has been making me very sick. I stopped drinking it and felt fine drinking coffee. but i used some today and feel very ill again. My husband has no ill-effect to the folder's.

I drank it for years but suddenly, I started to feel ill after drinking. I guess I won't be drinking MH either, lol.

Jan 03, 2018
OMG rashes on both of us
by: Kay and Rick

I started fighting a rash on my neck and chest and back of shoulders, been eliminating foods and reducing coffee drinking in the morning. It’s somewhat better. In the last week hubby now has the rash as well now. I started to suspect the coffee which is Maxwell House! Today I thought I’d look up Maxwell House coffee and rashes and lo and behold landed here OMG! I’m going to have us stop and drink tea to see if this will go away. Last week I skipped two days of coffee and the rash went away but I did not make the connection!as I stopped alcohol as well! Well started drinking the coffee again and not the alcohol RASH is back! We’ve been drinking this for years - ! It’s got to be either a pesticide or whatever they’re doing to the coffee to process it!

Jan 02, 2018
It really has change 4 the worse
by: Anonymous

I don't care what kind one buys in maxwell coffee it always haseems the floating oil and leaves film inside the cup. It is gross and no longer good to the last drop.

Dec 30, 2017
I thought it was just me
by: Danielle

We have always had Maxwell house coffee. Over the past few months I noticed that I no longer enjoyed my coffee. I only drink it once a day, but began getting a horrible sour stomach. Like constantly acidic! Waves of naseua, and on and off headaches. I can't believe this is happening to so many people. I'm definitely weaning myself off it. I thought the different smell was just my senses, and getting older. I'm really shocked.

Dec 29, 2017
Changed and Different too
by: Will

I so missed my percolator after years in the coffee desert "yeah I'm looking at you Mr Coffee and Keurig".
I had to redeem myself and picked up a Farberware percolator ... I had remembered Maxwell House as a decent brand I had bought while also getting a few others.
But the coffee ugh! I made it too strong first pot and thought well that's my fault, I couldn't remember if I used 4 heaping measuring cups or less than heaping.
Well the third day it turned out too weak "BUT" it actually looked normal when poured- what I'm getting to here is I believe they are messing with the coloring of the coffee!
Sure enough todays batch of coffee was near on perfect not too strong not too weak (the taste though was "dusty") but the milk I usually use (whole milk) turned a grey color not the light brown I had become accustomed to.
I blame the change on Keurig machines popularity ... that thin stream of coffee must look weak without added coloring to make it look good.
AS far as the bad taste I blame that on cheape coffee beans- I've had that taste before in restaurants that cut corners and have piss poor coffee as a result.

Dec 26, 2017
Master blend
by: Anonymous

I have drank the MH master blend for years. So months back I noticed it tasted very bitter. Thought it was my keurig so I cleaned. No better. Bought a new coffee maker....no better!! So disappointed.

Dec 24, 2017
Well, there you go.
by: Anonymous

God damn, I thought it was the brewer I was using, because this started happening after a got a new one. It seems as though that that was just a coincidence. I'm a person who has drank 3 cups of coffee a day with no ill effects, but one glass of MH and I'm getting extreme coffee jitters.

I guess I'll have to find another brand.

Dec 23, 2017
I think my coffee is poisioning me
by: Anonymous

Maxwell house coffee has been on sale for awhile now. Currently it is a bogo. I think they are trying to get rid of a bad supply. I have been a coffee drinker for years with no problems. Suddenly I get nauseated after my morning coffee. I will throw this out and switch to another brand like nescafe

Dec 23, 2017
Coffee tastes horrible
by: Anonymous

Don’t know what is going on but mh coffee is horrible tasting as of late tried switching roasts from light to dark tried using my French press but no avail I’m done been with stomach problems for a week and wife is braking out in rash until someone figures it out I’m done with mh

Dec 19, 2017
Gave me diarrhea
by: Chipper

I bought a can of original roast from Walmart. Two hours after the first cup and I had diarrhea. Everything else I ate or drunk was my normal diet. Not trying it again.

Dec 18, 2017
Coffee Travesty
by: duane9693

Its not just MH it's folgers as well, noticed about a week ago my coffee was not tasting the same, subsequently got another can thinking i may have gotten a bad batch (?) guess i'm not buying folgers anymore, Never mess with a man's woman, money, or morning coffee!!!!

Dec 16, 2017
Kraft and Smuckers
by: Local Roasts

The two companies in the Comment Title own MH and Folgers. These coffees have been horrible for years now. Neither smell like coffee (opening the container) nor taste like coffee once brewed. Anyone reading comments here should know not to buy these products—-no telling what’s in those grounds. If any of you want REAL COFFEE, seek out a local roaster in your area OR check online for coffee sources to order from. Many who have no local source order coffee online—fresh roasted just prior to shipping. If you must buy coffee in your grocery store then buy only coffee in vented bags.

Dec 15, 2017
by: Leonard candelora

I have been drinking Maxwell House Columbian for as long as I can remember recently purchased a 2 pound can of Columbian it was house blend which I hate and will not drink it's expensive if it happens again I will not buy anymore Maxwell House
Thank you for your time

Dec 13, 2017
I thought I was going crazy to think my coffee was causing a rash
by: Not so good to the last drop

I developed a rash on my face, neck, chest & back. Stopped drinking Maxwell House Coffee & it went away. Started drinking it again & rash came back. Something is definitely up with Maxwell House Coffer

Dec 12, 2017
Maxwell House
by: Carmen from Alberta

I also thought it was just me. There is something very wrong with MH coffee. Where do I go to have it tested??

Dec 11, 2017
Maxwell House 1892 Slow Roasted Coffee
by: Jerry Jeff Walker

Maxwell House used to have a good brew of coffee back in the 90's, Maxwell House 1892 Slow Roasted Coffee, in fact the whole name on the can was, Maxwell House Limited Edition 1892-1982 Coffee. It came in a blue can with white and yellow old script lettering. If you find and ask anyone who drank it, a lot of them would tell you it's the best off the shelf coffee they've ever had. And then *poof* it was gone and the supermarket said it wasn't available anymore.

After reading these reviews, Heinz and Maxwell House might do well to bring back this great coffee. Go ahead and Google this coffee and you'll see what I mean!! I haven't bought any Maxwell House coffee products since then. The worst part is when you call to complain they try to give you discount coupons. Sorry it sucks now and even if you give it away for free, it still sucks. Keep your discount coupons bozo's, I'm moving on. Good luck with your headaches and diarrhea people.

Dec 08, 2017
Oh, really???
by: Anonymous

****Really, I thinks some of these comments about people getting ill might be over the top.****

Nope---I am 67 years old and have/had bathroom issues for years and when something sends me there with diarhhea--it's a major issue with me.
It is the coffee--Folger's instant.

Dec 08, 2017
what gives??
by: Anonymous

I have a condition and have had for years...I need Senna Leaves EVERY day to perform.
I use generic instant coffees like Dollar General brand; not the best, cheap, but I am not a big coffee drinker --just in winters.
My husband bought Folger's Classic Roast because DG was out(or he said) and the first time I tried it, diarrhea.
I laid off for a few days, had a cup, and after 6 hours, diarrhea.
Folks, it's the coffee.
I will keep it for when my senna leaves don't work.
But, trust me--IT'S THE COFFEE BRAND.
I have never in 40 years had this happen.
So, what gives??

Nov 30, 2017
MH and worsening of IBS symptoms
by: Anonymous

Glad I found this thread! I've been having terrible morning runs since starting a can of Dark Roast MH coffee. It felt like I had the flu every day. After reading this thread I'm tossing the coffee and sticking with Eight O'Clock's Bokar blend. I'd recycle the coffee by giving it to the food bank but I don't want to put anyone in harm's way.

Nov 24, 2017
by: Anonymous

I have a keurig and quit buying canned coffee. I recently got a little pod for my keurig because I wanted to try the Maxwell house boost max. I tried it Sunday afternoon and evening, for I work third shift. I worked and then slept and woke up with a terrible headache. I didn't think anything of it having to do with the coffee so I continued drinking it. By day 3 of waking up with a headache I switched back to my Starbucks bright sky blend and woke up today with no headache. Coincidence? I think not.

Nov 20, 2017
Not good lately
by: Anonymous

I have always drank Maxwell house coffee but lately its tasted real weak. So i bought the dark roast and still taste terrible and weak. I thought maybe it was my ninja coffee pot going up but no its the coffee.

Nov 18, 2017
Out of sorts
by: Frances

Bought MH Dark Roast coffee and drank 3 cups this morning and am now feeling really out of sorts. I have blurred vision,low grade headache with some mild dizziness accompanied with stomach issues. At first I thought I was coming down with something but after my husband and my daughter drank it they ended up feeling very close to the same. We were all fine before we drank the coffee.. Can't say 100% for sure that MH is the reason for this but we are all starting to feel better as the day goes on. It smells great in the can but as you brew it kind of smells like burnt oranges and hair? The taste is not great but not awful either. Surprising really, as you would expect that something that would makes you feel this bad, would taste so much worse.

Nov 12, 2017
McCafe Is NOW Maxwell House UGH!
by: Anonymous

Got a large container of McCafe from Walmart and it tasted crappy.
Without knowing I called the Kraft Heinz company listed on the can and complained.
The lady said she'd send coupons for Maxwell House!! She slipped up.
So much for bait and switch Walmart.

Nov 08, 2017
Arabica better
by: Scott r

Arabica beans are of HIGHER quality tasting. This is a good move for MH. If you buy k cups you are buying arabica.

Nov 06, 2017
by: Anonymous

I am 67 years old. Love my Maxwell Coffee as it was "good to the last drop". Well not anymore. Can't get through a cup. We are off to another brand not to return. It was so bitter and made me physically sick to my stomach. Since switching brands I can not enjoy a cup of coffee again. Bye bye to an old friend.

Oct 28, 2017
Diahrrhea from Maxwell House coffee
by: AB.

My sister has been complaining of morning diahrrhea after her customary Maxwell house two cups of coffee. She came from the midwest out to my house in CA where we have Nespresso coffee each morning and the problem stopped immediately.

Oct 18, 2017
MH instant rubber!
by: Anonymous

I bought Maxwell House Instant Original last month. After noticing black pieces floating in it, I picked one out and found it was a piece of stretchy rubber or elastic (black). I dissolved more and poured it through a paper towel and found lots of pieces of the material. I reported it and Canada food agency picked it up from me to do testing on. MH gave me a $4 coupon that expired in a month. Not imoressed. Haven't heard results of testing yet, but my local store pulled that batch from shelves just to be safe.

Oct 17, 2017
Folgers gone bad
by: Anonymous

We have been drinking Folgers Classic for years. Bought a large container at Costco. After opening the sealed container, it did not smell right. Not like normal coffee. Made pot of coffee in the same coffee maker we always use, but really tasted terrible. This has happened only once before couple years ago. So, there is probably some issue with the beans that were used in that lot.

Oct 13, 2017
Rotten coffee
by: Anonymous

I have imbibed Maxwell house coffee for years. But since this September I have bought and returned 2 containers from 1 grocer. Both were terrible. I bought a different blend from another store and it was very weak. I bought another from a 3rd. Store and it tastes pretty bad. I guess I will use a different brand fron here on out.

Sep 28, 2017
MH making me sick!
by: Anonymous

I bought Maxwell House coffee last week for the first time and immediately started having the runs and significant intestinal upset. I switched back to my old brand and got better. Tried the MH again and sure enough the intestinal problems were back. Tried searching online and Maxwell House Coffee Diarrhea AUTOCOMPLETED in the search. I suspect there is some kind of filler they have added which is NOT coffee. STAY AWAY FROM THIS BRAND!

Sep 19, 2017
by: Anonymous

It's been a few months since I last bought a can, did they mess with it? I'm really worried it tastes as bad as hills brothers now. (Arrg) If that's the case I'm buying Dunk' Donuts (That coffee is super yummy.) Wonder if they make organic?

Sep 19, 2017
Don't go cheaper it isn't worth it.
by: Jessica

I bought some Hills brothers coffee to save a couple of dollars. I'm never ever doing that again.

Hills brothers has an oily smell that's sharp and gnarly. Its flavor is weak, acidic and truly disgusting. No amount of creamer and sugar helps. Blarrg.

I can't wait until this can is used up so I can go buy some more Maxwell house!

Maxwell house coffee has a rich inviting smell that will work its way throughout the apartment and has a sweet thick richness to it that makes my mouth water. It'ss tase has a light fruity-ness to it and I swear tastes like chocolate after swallowing. (If creamer and sugar has been added.)

How the hell does Hills brothers stay in business? Nasty stuff.

That'll teach me to switch brands!

The only coffee I like more then Maxwellhouse is dunkn' donuts. (It's damn expensive though).

Sep 13, 2017
Bad tasting/smelling coffee
by: Cyndi Q

I have used Maxwell House dark roast coffee forever. Within the past 2 months I have noticed that the smell when it is brewing has a sickening smell, kinda like burning hair. Then the taste is now less than desirable. Also at work we have had people complain when they walk in that the smell is horrible and it only happens someone is brewing a pot of coffee. Not sure what MH has changed, but it is horrible. No longer do you get that great smell of the brew, but the taste is disgusting. Even when you first open it, it does not have the same great "fresh coffee" smell in the container. Not sure what they changed, but they need to go back to the old version. New & improved is not always better. Now searching for a GOOD cup of coffee.

Sep 10, 2017
Diner v barista coffees?
by: Anonymous

Frankly, I can't stomach barista brews--typically they're brewed very strong and seem to be "over-roasted beans" or use a brewing method that maximizes the acidity. Shelf coffees traditionally had a mild roast and flavor that appealed to the "generic" household. The best coffees are a matter of taster's choice, meaning some persons can tolerate more acid than others in their brew. More acid leading to a more bitter taste and volatile gastric reaction. It seems the incorrect perception being that the more acrid the taste or smell, the more caffeine which is not true because decaffeinated blends can be as acrid in taste and smell.

There's the famous office coffee brewers who load up the coffee filter with grounds which produces a saturated and acrid tasting witch's cauldren brew requiring dilution or tons of sugar and cream to bring some semblance of taste.

Of course, if the tongue's taste buds have been dullened by smoking, pharmaceuticals or other abuses, a strong acrid brew is required and shelf brands only suffice if concentrated.

The best coffee I've experienced is from roasted beans that I ground, then precisely measured grindings (according to the standard coffee brewing recipe) into filter and drip-brewed using filtered water. Deviate from the standard recipe and the stuff you're drinking is a concentrated, toxic brew.

Sep 08, 2017
It doesn't. Make me sick, but it's not good either
by: Anonymous

Really, I thinks some of these comments about people getting ill might be over the top. That being said, Maxwell House, Folgers, Chock Full o' Nuts etc aren't very good coffee. Yeah back in the days before Americans got exposed to good coffee they did their job. What I call Diner coffees just don.t make it any more. There are so many better choices now. Once coffee is ground it begins to loose its flavor almost immediately even if it's vacuumed packed. I suspect when MH and the other grocery store brands were packed in a can you needed a can operner to open the vacuum seal was better and perhaps it stayed a little fresher and why we might remember a little more flavor.

Sep 05, 2017
by: Anonymous

Thought it was just me!!

Sep 02, 2017
the smell
by: Anonymous

It always seemed to create a pungent aroma whenever someone was brewing a pot--and, in those days, it was a boiling, roiling, and perculating experience that raised an aroma I can only say resembled that of a wet horse or dog.

Sep 01, 2017
Smells and tastes like crap
by: Anonymous

I don't know what they have done but this coffee smells like crap and I am not looking forward to tomorrow morning

Aug 30, 2017
Bad coffee in my office
by: Anonymous

They but MH at work. I am a coffee lover and believe me, this coffee is undrinkable. I told my boss that we deserve a better coffee. I thought I was spoiled until I saw these comments. Thank you!

Aug 25, 2017
by: Anonymous

Recently I had to buy a new coffee pot, so I got a regular Mr. Coffee Maker, about 30 some dollars, so I bought Maxwell for a change, usually use Foldgers, now when I go get my second cup there is so much junk floating around the top of my coffee, yuk, not sure if this is the coffee or the coffee maker, I did not notice this with Foldgers coffee, so confused what's causing the junk, going to go back to Foldgers and see if that nasty looking stuff is floating around in my second cup.☕️

Aug 24, 2017
Migraines galore
by: Anonymous

A few years ago I tried Maxwell House coffe. After about a week I was experiencing migraines every day. After a doctor visit and very strong meds, the migraines didn't stop. I realized the only change in my life was the coffee. I went back to my normal brand which cost a little more, but in the end realized it was so worth it. Never again.

Aug 24, 2017
Wake up roast
by: Kevin

I recently bought a can of ground, medium roast, MH coffee. Every morning I have 1 single cup of coffee. Since starting the Maxwell house, after my morning cup of coffee, i become naseous and vomit.....EVERY MORNING!!! then the migraines come!!! Stopped drinking the MH and believe it or not, the symptoms stop.

Aug 22, 2017
Maxwell Tastes Like Ass
by: Coffee aficionado

My word, was I glad to find this thread where others have been expressing their disdain for Maxwell House.

I've never been a MH drinker, I don't recall ever trying it, but I have had lots of different coffee brands and let me tell you...

...I have never tasted any coffee so bad in my many years of drinking coffee daily. MH has REDEFINED what "bad coffee" is to me.

Really nothing else to say. Other drinkers on here confirm it. MH has shat the bed

Aug 16, 2017
Want the original Columbian back
by: Mandi N.

My entire family has used the Columbian for many years. Then about a month or so ago, we noticed the flavor was drastically different. We bought a new coffee pot and a new water filter, and it still tastes horrible. I accused my hubby of slipping in some other brand or type. The label still says 100% Coumbian. We're going to have to switch brands because it's absolutely horrible. The lovely rich Columbian flaver is gone. Bye-bye Maxwell House.

Aug 08, 2017
No more Maxwell House in our home
by: Anonymous

I had been vomiting every morning. I realized it was the Maxwell House so we switched brands. A few weeks go by and I vomitted again. So I told my husband I suppose have to quit coffee all together because I got sick again. He informed me that we had ran out of the new brand so he had used the Maxwell House again. Needless to say I threw out the Maxwell House and now am enjoying my morning coffee again... nausea frre

Aug 07, 2017
Folgers Instant...
by: Anonymous

Nope... I LIKE the aftertaste of Folgers Instant... Always have.

Still like it...only curious to know if the " taste " is due to RANCID oils ?

Just concerrned about ANY rancid oils I conssme & my nervous system.

I've liked & used Folgers Instant coffee for many,many years.

Aug 06, 2017
Didn't realize Coffee could make you sick
by: PW

I began buying Maxwell House Breakfast coffee in January. I began having stomach pains and the runs. I did not make the connection since I drank coffee for 50 years.

However, a few days ago, I bought a new can of Maxwell House and both my husband and I said it tasted awful. I switched to Folgers and my gastrointestinal problems have abated. I am going to look for an organic coffee.

I contacted the company about the terrible taste, but they have not responded.

Aug 03, 2017
I want a good cup of coffee
by: Anonymous

I too have had to toss out several cans of French Roast MaxwellHouse . It has absolutely no flavor. I phoned the company and they have no explanation. They did send me some coupons to replace the defective product but the replacement was just as horrible. All I want is a good cup of coffee . I'm glad to read that my tastebuds aren't shot.

Jul 30, 2017
by: Airedale

The reason I post my comments is that, I too have been feeling nauseous lately and the taste of the MH coffee is acrid and I have now switched to grinding my own beans and now drink tea on occasion instead of MH. I wonder if our Canadian Food Inspection Agency has been contacted.

Jul 28, 2017
by: Anonymous

We buy all folders coffee. It was making me sick as well. Stomach got very acidic, nothing helped to get rid of it except to stop drinking coffee all together. I used to love coffee. I never had more than 2 cups a day.

Jul 22, 2017
Maxwell House has made me sick
by: Anonymous

I can remember waking up at 5am every morning when I was a child just to spend time with my dad over a cup of coffee. Coffee is a very special time for me in the mornings, and the nostakgia associated to my morning time ritual is immeasurable. My dads coffee was ALWAYS Maxwell House. Over the years, I've tried my own coffee brands and because of my love for coffee (my association to my dad when he was alive), and even becme a barista at one point. I've bought all the good coffees, but recently finding ourselves in a bind, we went back to MWH that was on sale. We've been trying to get through the can and just... CANT. Since opening this can, the flavor is horrific (chemically- not a rich cup of jo. That's not what I remember with my dad.. MWH used to be really good cheap coffee!) And every cup ive had, I get the WORST stomach pains I've ever had. Ive never had a cup of coffee hurt my stomach so bad! Very intense pains... And I drink a LOT of,coffee. I've tried a LOT of coffees. Sorry guys but pass on the MWH and pay that extra bit more for something that actually tastes right and doesnt kill your innards. Wont be buying MWH again, as I see C/S doesnt reply. Sad, sad, sad. MWH with my dad was a great memory! Sadly it will stay just that.

Jul 14, 2017
Maxwell house is by far the worst coffee on the market
by: Joel

I have no idea what happened. Maxwell used to make decent instant coffee and was my prime pick during my early university days when I was saving every penny as they had a good taste to price ratio.

Over the last 2 months, I found myself disliking the taste. Something felt off on one of the packages I purchased, so I purchased another, and then another.

All three had the same issue... a nasty smell to the grind, and an even worse taste.

After years of loyalty to the brand, I am now switching to Nescafe. It's more on the expensive side, but at least it tastes like coffee rather than a mix of cumin-curry chocolate.

Jul 04, 2017
Maxwell House has gone BAD!
by: Deborah Pyant

Me, my friends, and family have been discussing how Maxwell House coffee taste has changed. At first my mom said she thought it was her coffee maker so she kept cleaning it and found that her neighbors also found the taste of Maxwell House to have changed, we are all looking for a new coffee, and so far we are using the store brand, such as Kroger, not bad, but it is still not as good as the old way which Maxwell House use to make their coffee.

Jun 27, 2017
Maxwell House Instant Gone Bad
by: Anonymous

In the past 6 months I have found that Maxwell House Instant Coffee has opened up and smells stale not fresh anymore, and the taste is the same, stale. I tried making sure I purchased different sizes from different stores and different areas of New York State. Same stale result. I sent them an email and will see if they answer me. I am now searching for a better coffee. So sad if it is because they are using a cheaper bean. I rather pay a little more for a better coffee.

Jun 24, 2017
Nasty coffee
by: Doris

A once great coffee now so nasty i want my money back. Instant, no vacumn seal and the taste is vile. What happened?!

Jun 23, 2017
MH 3 in 1 Sachets
by: G0ROK

I switched from Nescafe to Maxwell House 3 in 1 sachets and developed an extremely painful skin rash, migraines and tiredness.

I went back to my old favourite and the symptoms stopped after a couple of days, never again will I purchase their so called coffee it is RUBBISH.

Jun 11, 2017
Loss of vacuum seal
by: Anonymous

I've noticed the last year or so that maxwell house brands using the paper cans with the foil tops stale when purchased . The foil tops , which should be taut , showing a good vacuum seal , are wrinkled and loose . The lack of vacuum allows the coffee to spoil , dry out and go stale. That's why there is no rich coffee smell when the con is opened . I've used Yuban for many years and never gotten a stale can , until maxwell house bought the brand and started packaging in paper can with foil tops. Now I dig through cans in the market to find one that has'nt lost its vacuum seal. Without the vacuum you get stale spoiled coffee that taste horrible.

Jun 07, 2017
the lucky strike of the coffee world.
by: paul

you smoke? well...if you re a card carrying dedicated smoker....luckys do the trick. harsh....and flavorful...gets the job done. well, same here. HONESTLY...i dont smoke....and i LIKE maxwell house. it s not bitter like dollar store mexican coffee. its a step above that. not the best..but ok. been around for a while ya know.

Jun 07, 2017
the lucky strike of the coffee world.
by: Anonymous

im not an expert...but i drink my coffee without sugar...just cream....so i feel that makes me a bit more qualified abt reviewing it. ITS not my favorite. BUT....its like sushi....i guess youre supossed to say bad stuff abt maxwell house. i saw burning log ashes....etc. my opinion.....its the LUCKY STRIKE of coffees. meaning....if youre a real coffee drinker...it ll be ok. I like mx house....i ll drink it.

Jun 05, 2017
by: Anonymous

Ok, So I've been drinking dark roast coffee from a local coffee shop for a year or so. Decided to go cheaper and bought Maxwell House from Sam's Club. WOW!! I mean, WOW!! I've been so sick, like major stomach issues. I thought I was getting the flu. In a bad way. Then, I stopped drinking Maxwell house and went back to my good old coffee house bagged coffee. NEVER again EVER will i buy Maxwell House. The stuff is fine if you need cleared out. Other than that, it's not worth the grief.

Jun 03, 2017
Weaker Coffee in Atlantic Canada
by: Anonymous

Over the past 6 months both my wife and I have noticed our Maxwell House coffee has become weaker. We have used MH (ground in large tins) for years
but are now actively looking for a substitute.

May 31, 2017
What happened to MH Coffee?
by: LW Wisconsin

Maxwell House used to be a reasonable price and have a good flavor.
In the last two cans I bought, there has been a huge problem.
It just doesn't smell or taste like coffee.
It tastes like chemicals.
I can't drink it or smell it.
I'm not sure what they are doing to it?
(I thought maybe they were spraying the beans with chemicals.)
I have read the label for changes. Can't tell.
Just know it is horrible.
So glad to read I am not going nuts!
I am throwing away the remainder of the coffee and trying a different brand.
Hope to have better Luck.

May 29, 2017
bad reaction from maxwell house wake-up roast!
by: Anonymous

got real sick off of 4 days of drinking it. made me nauseous and headachey.absolutely miserable.changed brands,it went away.used to drink it years ago,never had a problem with it.don't know whats up.

May 05, 2017
Cafe Vienna & Hazelnut International Coffee
by: Pam S.

I have noticed something floating after making a cup and it looked like tiny ants or nats. I threw it out and another time when it happened, I checked the can and I could see something tiny moving around in it. I threw it out again and checked my cabinet and cleaned it out and found nothing so I put the next can in an air tight container and found another bug floating today. Has anyone else found bugs in theirs? Just curious. I have been drinking this coffee for years but plan to stop now.

May 02, 2017
folgers is better than the rest
by: jaymus

I have tried lots of different brands of coffee over the last 35 yrs and I allways go back to folgers it just seems to be the best my parents allways drink hills brothers wich is ok but I like folgers better anyway that's my 2 cents hope this helps someone have a good cup of coffee

Apr 26, 2017
by: Anonymous

Some one here just commented they saw Maxwell House rated number one on CR (Consumer Reports). After 20 yrs I cancelled my CR membership in March this yr. Over recent yrs I found their ratings not reliable---this CR rating of MH mentioned here is a good example. Look for better coffees than parent cos Kraft and Smuckers offer. There are lots to choose from in stores but BEST is buying fresh beans from a local roaster. SUPPORT LOCAL COFFEE ROASTERS in you area.

Apr 22, 2017
Consumers Report Best Coffee 2017
by: Anonymous

It might surprise you that, recently, original Maxwell House canister coffee placed number one on the CR taste tests. I couldn't find the kind of beans they use on their label, so I didn't buy it. I, personally, prefer the Arabica because it doesn't taste as bitter to me.

Apr 19, 2017
worst coffee I've ever had
by: Anonymous

I find the dark roasts of coffee easier on my stomach and I love coffee. So I tried the mwh rich dark roast. Sorry but it is the worst coffee I've had in a long time. I couldn't get through 1 cup.

Apr 14, 2017
Barista Opinion
by: Danny H.

After working as a barista at several artisan coffee shops, I once again tasted Maxwell Coffee when my mom bought it for her house.

It's literal burnt coffee. When training to be a barista you learn how the coarseness of the grind effects coffee and how each bean has a height of taste that you must dial for. You also learn to taste the sourness, fruitiness, and bitter nuances.

It's just shit coffee. Folgers is better than Maxwell Crap Coffee. JUST SAYING.

Apr 09, 2017
Folgers Coffee
by: Anonymous

I usually grind my own coffee but when I asked my friend to pick me up some coffee he came back with Folgers ground coffee. Now I find myself feeling ill whenever I drink it! I was curious so searched online and found this page - I guess it's good to know I'm not the only one

Mar 27, 2017
Sudden migranes when I bought maxwell house
by: Anonymous

I work hard, and big on coffee to keep me going.
Im into health and suppliments and usually know when something with my body is not right....

I drink coffee from sunup to sundown. If im not drinking coffee I drink lots of filtered water or green tea. I know coffee isnt good to drink 24/7 but drink it black and mix it very weak.
Ive been using cheap hills bros coffee for years and the ol lady brought home some maxwell house a couple weeks ago. Ive had a severe migrane and sense of unwellness ever since using it. I NEVER get headaches so I thought 2 things. The coffee is bad or my welding helmet (auto darkening) at work is going bad.
I quit drinking the maxheadache house coffee yesterday and the headaches gone away.
I dont know what causes it but will NEVER buy this brand again and after finding this thread I know it was the coffee.

Mar 25, 2017
Bad Coffee
by: Carl

I have drank MHC for years, however for the last couple of years, no matter how I make, it it terrible, I mean awful and bad. I am going to try a few more different brands to see if that helps. If not any better I plan to give up coffee altogether. Wished Maxwell House would just own up to whatever they have done to their coffee.

Mar 16, 2017
Migraines and severe nausea
by: Judi in Boise

I switched from Folgers to M/H because on a vacation Folgers wasn't available.I realized that my chronic migraine and the burning feeling under my skin had gone by day 3. This was in 2016. However M/H brought back the nausea and tummy problems and the burning. Later in 2016 I switched to an organic brand and in a few eeks most of my fibromyalgia symptoms along with my chronic migranes are gone! I still get the headaches but not for days at a time like with Folgers. It was the brand of coffee period. I really think it could be chemicals getting into the plant or beans. My symptoms started in 2005-ish. I wish I could have figured this out earlier, would have saved me from a lot of miserable days, lost work and doctor bills.

Mar 14, 2017
by: Dan Cain

I quit drinking Maxwell House. The headaches stopped.

Mar 12, 2017
Stop drinking this coffee now!
by: CoffeeWithdrawls

There is definitely something wrong with this coffee, there are to many people experiencing awful feelings from it and even more so this is all recent. For me, it gave me anxiety, made me feel like something was wrong when there wasn't, I couldnt sit still, or feel calm which is weird cuz my morning cup usually calms me and gets me looking forward to starting the day. I even said to myself is there meth in this? Never done meth but I swear the feelings I got could possibly be similar. After all this I jumped online to see if people were talking about it, low and behold I end up here. Don't bother contacting the company just boycott the brand and tell people not to drink it.

Mar 11, 2017
by: Dan Cain

I switched over to Maxwell House coffee two days ago- I've had headaches ever since- and I generally do not have headaches. I will not have any M.H tomorrow and see what the result is

Mar 08, 2017
So sick!
by: Anonymous

I have been so sick since switching my coffee to Maxwell House 4 days ago. Awful stomach aches, nausea, awful acid reflux. I wil never buy this brand again. Ever.

Mar 05, 2017
Cafe Francais
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking the Cafe Francais for over 20 years, 2 cups each morning. I keep about 6 cans in the cupboard for fear of running out! The last few cans I have purchased have a very different taste. They are not all from the same batch either. The coffee leaves kind of an oily, bitter aftertaste. I wonder what has been done to the recipe? Anyone else notice this?

Mar 03, 2017
Cafe' Vienna
by: Mike

In response to the Feb 15, 2017 comment about the coffee having a metallic taste, I have also been drinking it for over 30 years. I can't say that I taste anything out of the ordinary. Seems fine to me.

Feb 28, 2017
weak coffee.
by: Anonymous

I have been a customer of Maxwell House coffee for several years. I have always received a good product.However, the coffee I have been buying has been tasting like colored water. I tried using more coffee when I brew a pot. But the result is still the same. Even the smell is different. I had stopped using Foldgers for the same reason. I am now in search of a better tasting coffee. Thought you would like to know.

Feb 16, 2017
Terrible coffee
by: Anonymous

This used to be nice coffee before, little bit strong but good.Now it has some weird flavor, better yet no coffee flavor, something acidy and smelly.Wonder if company uses GMOs in its preparation?They give it pretty cheap now, cause people are figuring it out there's something bad to it.Won't buy it again.

Feb 16, 2017
Bad taste
by: John

I have been drinking Maxwell House coffee for over 20 years. Lately the coffee has had a bad Banana like flavor. Very bitter also. My Wife agrees with me. What is up with M H? (cafe vienna). I will stop buying this if it continues.

Feb 15, 2017
Cafe' Vienna tastes metal. New recipe?
by: poulsbogal

I have purchased and enjoyed Maxwell House International Coffee, Cafe' Vienna for over 30 years. I love having my cup each morning. This month I purchased eight cans of this. When I opened the first, the smell was metallic. When I drank the Cafe' Vienna, the taste was metallic and bubble gummy. It is very different and horrible! Does anyone know if Kraft, Maxwell House has recently changed the recipe? The use by date on the bottom of these containers is October 2017 and November 2017. I am going to return these and try to find some older cans of Cafe' Vienna at stores who may not sell product as quickly. I did write to Maxwell House and have not heard back. Thank you!!

Feb 13, 2017
by: Anonymous

Unwrap the number 10 can and you will find it is no longer the trusty metal can. It is a cardboard tube with a metal bottom. No wonder the coffee tastes bad. It's been ground and put into a non-tight can to spoil.

Feb 07, 2017
Folgers gives me explosive dihharea
by: Annoyed and Frustrated

Folgers coffee consistently makes me run to the toilet within minutes of consumption. Some brands of coffee affect me this way, but most brands don't, which doesn't make sense if this were an allergy. Folgers brand is so effective at making me experience digestive distress that when someone offers me coffee at their home, I immediately ask what brand it is and explain that Folgers makes me sick. Sometimes another person will chime in and say that they don't do well on certain brands of coffee either, so I'm not really sure what is causing the discrepancy of individual coffee tolerance vs. coffee brands - because, although this site seems to put Maxwell House above Folgers in terms of offensive symptoms post-consumption, MH is actually on my safe list for coffee. I think this may run deeper than processing and food safety and be more about the source and coffee bean breed. I have tried to find out from various sources what Folgers' coffee breed is (so I could try other brands that use the same one and see once and for all whether it's breed or brand), but even on their website, Wikipedia pages, and coffee fanatic sites, I could find nothing telling of their coffee breed. Then I finally found this:


It seems they have multiple sources and still I cannot tell which breed it is. If you go into Starbucks or buy gourmet coffees at the store, the companies proudly say where the coffee is sourced and what breed it is.

I was trying to be friendly and chalk it up to allergies, but Folgers is not looking good to me right now.

Feb 06, 2017
This coffee is making me sick.
by: Carole

I have been drinking Maxwell House for years and was told by the doctor that I have IBS because I had severe diarrhea for at least 3 years. Last month I bought some Hills coffee on sale, and the diarrhea stopped, but I still didn't realise what was going on until I started a new can of Maxwell House last week, and now feel sick as a dog again. I didn't really like the Hills but will get used to it if it means I don't have the cramps, diarrhea, headaches etc. that I now feel are being caused by Maxwell House ground Original Blend coffee!!!

Feb 05, 2017
Something's gone wrong with MH
by: Anonymous

MH ground coffee used to be my favorite brand, it was cheap and tasted soooooo good, all of the roasts. In recent years it's gone downhill, but now, OMG, I just opened a fresh can of the hazelnut coffee that I had bought on sale. I had never tried their hazelnut flavor specifically before. Still, the stuff is alarmingly horrible! I've never had coffee--or-anything-- so noxious tasting. It has a weird nauseating chemical smell and taste. I literally wondered if the can I got was somehow contaminated with some-whatever-thing gross and/or poisonous and that's why I started googling to find if this is actually the normal maxwell house flavor. I am so confused. MH used to be a quality brand. I don't know how their present stuff is making it on the market, especially their hazelnut ground. Vomit.

Feb 03, 2017
Serious rash from Maxwell House Hal Caff
by: Anonymous

I used Maxwell House Lite for years and really enjoyed it. After the new "HalfCaff" was introduced I developed a serious rash. For the next month I eliminated everything that could possibly have been the culprit except the coffee. I never imagined that could have been the cause, yet within two days of not drinking the Half Caff, the rash was gone. I'm wondering what they may have changed? Switched to Folgers Colombian - good flavor and no rash!

Feb 02, 2017
Read More Comments & Am Really Concerned
by: HerbalT4Me!

After posting my comments regarding my experiences w/ Flavored Coffee from T.J.Maxx, I read deeper into the posted comments and am taken back by the numbers of people affected with such similar experiences. Wow! I am shocked there hasn't been a major recall/investigation/ or testing of contents by the FDA with results posted. To me, this is a major red flag issue. My coffee wasn't the Maxwell House or Folger's brand, but contained Arabica beans and who knows what else. I literally felt poisoned!...my husband and I rationalized for days that my symptoms must be the result of a possible new menopause episode I was transitioning into. There are so many other symptoms of past, I am now putting together with this whole coffee thing back when I was brewing the Starbuck's, Peet's etc. Subtle, but enough to make me think it was all connected to coffee!! So glad to have found all of this information.

Feb 02, 2017
Terrible Smell and Taste of Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

Online search led me to this site. Maxwell House coffee has been horrible. We didn't know what it was. Bought a new pot, kept adjusting water and coffee amounts. Every morning, no matter what, would wake up and go to kitchen to get a cup. Could tell by the smell it wasn't going to be good. No matter how strong you brew it, it has a certain taste and smell. Half the jug is gone, but I am going to take back to the store anyway. Also will try to call company. Don't know what other brand to buy though. Any suggestions?

Feb 01, 2017
Reaction to TJ MAXX gourmet flavored coffee
by: HearbalTea4Me!!

I purchased a beautiful bag of Life Plus Gourmet "Café Mexicano" Cinnamon ground coffee from Home Goods. When brewed, the faintly colored tea-like water should've been a red flag, but I brewed and drank the coffee for a week, until I began experiencing discomfort and malaise. Symptoms ranged from all over body chills to a sudden unexplained spike in hot flashes to headaches and experiencing an allergic reaction in and around my eyes. When examined further, the coffee does not even resemble coffee at all, and could be, for all I know, ground nut shells/hulls or even wood shavings bathed in artificial cinnamon who knows what! And what is concerning is my symptoms disappeared when I stopped drinking the coffee!! Buyer/Consumer....beware of what you consume, even if it does have a pretty label.

Jan 31, 2017
Sleepy after drinking coffee
by: Anonymous

I recently changed the brand of my coffee;I consume about 2 cups every morning before work to get some energy,but,since I changed the brands,I noticed that I feel unusually sleepy,sluggish and tired,to the point that I feel a need to take a nap immediately.I realized that it the new brand of coffee that I am using,that is causing these unusual symptoms.Coffee bean has an outer core and a center,manufactures mostly use the outer part of the coffee bean,that contains caffeine,whereas the center contains theobromine,which has sedative properties if consumed in sufficient amounts.It is much cheaper for the manufacturer to use the center part of the coffee bean and to market outer layer as more expensive ground coffee.This explains why some cheap coffee brands makes you feel drowsy 15 mins after consumption,once the small amount of caffeine wears off and theobromine kicks in.Buy high quality coffee and it will solve your problem with sleepinees after coffee consumption!

Jan 30, 2017
Roasting process
by: PS

Does anyone know if Maxwell house uses Soybean (vegetable ) oil, corn oil or Canola (rapeseed oil ) in ther process of roastjng beans?

Jan 29, 2017
by: Anonymous

I forgot to mention in my previous post that along with the SEVERE stomach cramps and nausea that I had the worst migraine of my life for three days. I wish I knew what ingredient is causing us to get so sick. I'm getting worried! I've been down with norovirus before and didn't feel THIS bad!

Jan 29, 2017
Just WOW
by: Anonymous

Like everyone else I was on here just looking to do some research to see why I have been feeling so ill after drinking my recently purchased jar of instant Maxwell House Coffee. I'm a huge coffee drinker have been for years and years not even the cheapest brand imaginable has made me sick like this. I kept thinking it must be something else truly couldn't be the coffee. After ruling out everything else it IS the coffee. I purchased at the same store I always do. The seal was not broken. There was no coffee smell at all it just smelled Bland and weird. That night I had the worst stomach cramps of my life couldn't even sleep it was like the most sour stomach you could imagine with indigestion and growling stomach. I thought I had a stomach flu. For three straight days I was in complete misery. I didn't drink it again until today I already have the pain starting in my stomach it. Definitely not my imagination. I don't know what they have done to this coffee but it must be something horrible. I only tried it again for research purposes now it's going in the garbage after I contact the company. Buyer beware!!! (it is not expired either)

Jan 28, 2017
Coffee Makes Me Feel Sick
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking Folgers coffee for many years. Recently I have been feeling sick after drinking one cup. I feel fine before drinking it. Today I realized for sure it was the coffee. I am a senior citizen. I will not drink anymore.

Jan 25, 2017
Yes Folgers Classic Roast
by: Anonymous

It tears my stomach up. After eating anything with 15 mintues it goes straight through me. My stomach has been tore up for about 2 1/2 years now. Whom is gonna start the class action up.

Jan 21, 2017
Are you kidding ?
by: MRT

Robusta beans are pure garbage. They have made the coffee better by switching to Arabica. Robusta = harsh and bitter and have too much caffeine. Robusta really only works for espresso as well. (This helps get that nice head/foam on the top.

Jan 20, 2017
Signature select also?
by: Anonymous

I found this thread looking for info. On anyone getting sick from the Signature Select brand! Just recently started to make me feel very dizzy, stomach cramps and overall lousy!! Anyone else?

Jan 16, 2017
change for the worst
by: half caff

used to buy lite ( or half caff) happily for years, this now has a cheap, burnt, bad taste. has been causing stomach discomfort on and off also, very sad. this seems new, had loved Maxwell house for years , no more, no reply from call to customer service , surprise surprise

Jan 13, 2017
Maxwell House blend coffee
by: Anonymous

Well, I have a question,I opened my coffee and noticed it has very but very thin and small kind of hairs any body noticed that?

Jan 12, 2017
Even organic coffee seems to have "gone bad"!
by: Karen

I was just about to try Maxwell House! I've been having problems in the last 6 months or so, with Starbucks and organic beans (Huckleberry's and Javatopia (Fred Meyer)) suddenly tasting too bitter to drink. They smell different to me too. I grind both brands of organic beans there in the store. I switched from one to the other due to the bitterness and the other tasted great at first, then the next bag was bitter. I cleaned my coffee pot several times. Even my cold brew (glass container) tastes different/bad.

I've been researching this online, and besides the usual reasons like grind and coffee machine, some sites say the problem is added Robusta (cheaper and more bitter) while others say the problem is too much Arabica. So who knows. But I'm about to throw out $40-50 worth of coffee beans and give up.

Lately I have just been using instant Mount Hagen organic coffee and so far it's been consistently good tasting.

Jan 10, 2017
Oh my gosh!
by: Anonymous

I have noticed over the last couple weeks of drinking maxwell house coffee half half that I have headaches, throbbing head, fatigue, migraines, confusion and depression. I'm wondering every day when I'm feeling like this and then realized it's about an hour after I've had my breakfast coffee and breakfast bar. I'm so glad this thread has been started. It has opened my eyes and I think I need to switch brands

Jan 10, 2017
Something wrong
by: Anonymous

The can of Maxwell House in the blue can taste horrible, what happened, I have been drinking coffee all my life and love Maxwell House, not anymore.

Jan 06, 2017
made me feel sick
by: Anonymous

Someone gave me Maxwell House and I drank it for a few days. I had very bad headaches and I felt nauseated all day. I didn't think it was the coffee but I decided to skip it for one day and sure enough I felt completely fine when I didn't drink it. Maxwell House... in the garbage!

Jan 05, 2017
Maxwell House is a brand owned by Heinz/Kraft
by: FaarOut

we, too, can no longer drink Maxwell House coffee in either the Wake Up, Breakfast Blend, or our ..all-time favorite Original Roast. I have no way of know ing what they have done to their blending or roasting? I'm inclined to say that the John Kerry effect (married to Teresa Heinz) is the reason for the bad taste in my mouth but they've been married for several years and the coffee hs gone bad within the past 6-8 months. I am further inclined to suggest that the corporate "bean counters" are implicated in making some bad decisions. I am now seeking a replacement brand of coffee. Having lived thru the shortages of coffee during WWII, I compare the current Maxwell House coffee to the ersatz blends of those days, but worse!

Jan 02, 2017
100% pure coffee
by: Anonymous

when we used to buy maxwell house ground coffee about a year ago it said on the can 100% arabic coffee and it was one of the best coffees you could get for the price.now on the can it says 100% pure coffee.taste terrible.we do not buy this coffee any more.

Jan 01, 2017
new jar Maxwell House instant - yuck!
by: JR65

For some time (year & a half?), I had laid off coffee, due to ulcerative colitis. Drank only tea (used to do either, as it suited me). Several weeks ago, I started up w/ coffee again, one cup mid-morning only on the weekends (after a full breakfast). I do use lots of honey and milk in it, by the way. Few days ago, I finally finished up the long-ago-opened (plastic) jar of M.H. instant that had sat in my cupboard for some time. Had no problems with coffee from that old jar. It was great to drink coffee again!
Really anticipated opening the new one - broke the seal and took a big whiff, but... where was that rich aroma from opening a new jar of coffee?? Couldn't really smell ANYthing - that was a real disappointment. It was the same regular coffee version as the one I'd finally just finished. I checked the date - good till Oct. 2017.
We have a 10-day December shutdown where I work, so I've had quite a few days in a row now where I've had mid-morning coffee - honey from the same jar, same milk, always after a full breakfast of some kind or another. Since I started the new jar, every time, I've gotten indigestion afterward - just feel like crap. Today's was the last straw!
Did a search, found this site. After reading several of the posts below, I'm gonna buy a jar of organic. Gonna throw out the jar I've got now. There is most definitely something that's very WRONG with a lot of the coffee now - I suspect nasty chemicals that are so often used in agriculture these days.

Dec 28, 2016
Just drink BETTER coffee, don't quit!
by: LocalRoasts

Geez.... DON'T QUIT drinking COFFEE---you just need to BUY BETTER COFFEE. Seek out a local roaster, they're in lots of cities & towns. Buy fresh roasted beans & let the roaster grind for you depending on how you brew, unless you want to grind yourself what you'll drink just prior to brewing. OR you can buy some Starbucks PIKE PLACE Roast 71 at your grocery, Walmart, etc already ground---my daughters family drinks that & it's not bad if no local roaster's available. I'm not a Starbucks fan but when visiting our daughter it's what they drink & it's a G-Zillion times better than any of the other Smuckers (Folgers) or Kraft brands (Maxwell House, McCafe included).

Dec 28, 2016
Oh, so it's not just me...
by: Anonymous

Sheesh!I thought it was just me but after reading many of these comments I realized that it is the brand of coffee I drink. Stomach upsets every time I drink it even after switching to Folgers smooth blend. I guess it is time for me to quit drinking coffee. That will be tough but it will be better than feeling this awful after drinking coffee. It does make me wonder what they are putting in their coffee.

Dec 26, 2016
Terrible Coffee
by: J.J.

I thought it was me but after reading the reviews I see I am not alone. This coffee taste like they mixed dirt into it to make more profit. I won't buy anymore Maxwell House.

Dec 20, 2016
by: Cindy Ortiz

I too, found the taste of Maxwell House coffee to be very bitter. I have used it all my life. I could making several pots over and over again thinking it was the coffee pot.I am going to look for another brand.

Dec 13, 2016
Keurig k cups
by: Kim randolph

I thought I got a hold of a bad box. So I bought another box. The same thing happened. Grounds in coffee are really bad. I strained my cup twice and still had a few by then your coffee is cold. I will not buy the k cups again.

Dec 12, 2016
skunk coffee
by: Anonymous

Call Kraft-1-800-7057238 tell them about your horrible experience with this awful MAXWELL COFFEE, maybe then they'll take it serious because they sure don't seem to believe it can be their coffee making us all very sick. Quit drinking it & haven't been sick since?????

Dec 10, 2016
heartburn every time
by: HB

I was getting horrible heartburn every time I drank Maxwell house.
I stopped drinking it and the heartburn was gone.

I tried it again and it was back so bad.

This brand should be banned from selling it to the public.

Dec 09, 2016
Quit MH & Folgers in 2012
by: LocalRoasts

I buy ONLY fresh roasts from a local roaster. Not hard to find these days. Grind what I'll be drinking just prior to brewing. Most small roasters will have good sourced beans, no crappy stuff. They will grind a pound for you and fresh coffee is always in a vented bag for great storage til gone.

Dec 07, 2016
I thought it was just me . . .
by: Anonymous

I'm glad to see I am not the only one that has an issue with maxwell house. I can't finish a cup of it before I feel weird. I get the worst heartburn. And the smell is not even appealing.

Nov 26, 2016
Severe allergic reaction
by: Anonymous

I woke up at 4:30 this morning feeling the best I have felt in a while. The ONLY thing I put into my system was a cup & 1/2 of Maxwell original blend coffee. I noticed my throat seemed tighter. Suddenly my neck, sides of my face and chest started itching, a rash with large bumps followed. I took one benedryl to see if I were having an allergic reaction. Symptoms improved some. Had to take a second one to open my airways back up more. I feel better minus headache, stomach cramps. Thank you to my fellow Mountaineer for this site! Something has changed with MH for sure! I gagged last few times I tried to drink it previously. Thought it was just me. Even had my wbc tested to see if it were elevated. No. So...thanks for the gross disregard for our health, MH! Something needs to be done, ASAP! Writing them now. Thank God I had allergy medicine or I might not even be alive to write them. HOW WILL YOU MAKE $ IF YOU KILL YOUR CONSUMERS? Just in case anyone from MH or Kraft is reading.

Nov 24, 2016
sneak price increase
by: fresser

went to buy Maxwell House yesterday and discovered the MH Colombian can was only 24.5 oz. All the others were still 28 or 29 oz.
The cans were all priced at 9.99. I like the Colombian and think it is a good product, but it is now priced like premium bagged coffee. So I have many other options now and probably will not be buying Maxwell House Colombian anymore.

Nov 20, 2016
Coffee containers
by: AnonyBill Matics

I've drank Maxwell House Coffee for years. Since 1965, and I love the coffee. But they started putting it in plastic containers, which was really good and it had a handle on the can that you could grasp easily. They changed the design for some reason and now it has a wide grip and you can no longer wrap your hand around the handle. I, like most senior citizens have arthritis and we can no longer hold the coffee can easily and I personally have dropped and spilled all my coffee in the floor. This is very frustrating. I certainly would like to see the handle put back on the coffee can like it was. When something is not broke,...don't fix it. Think about all the seniors in the world for a change. We helped make your company what it is. Thanks.

Nov 19, 2016
Bad Maxwell House coffee
by: Anonymous

Our coffee smells like skunk when being made. For along time it hasn't smelled or tasted like coffee. It is bitter & smells awful. We haven't been feeling good for along time, finally we now know it is the MH. coffee. We feel good when we get up but start feeling sick shortly after drinking our first cup. I kept saying I think it's the coffee & now after reading all the complaints I'm 100% sure. No more pain & flu like feeling. Thank you for opening our eyes.

Nov 14, 2016
Its bad
by: Anonymous

Drinking maxwell rich dark roast it taste like all have described get the same symptoms etc...interestingly enough the can doesnt state what kind of beans are actually in it how ever it does have a best before date on the bottom.

These symptoms can be had from different types as well. Ive had these from folders too.

I find it hilarious that kraft states it will be changing its master blend to 100% arabica soon but it has nothing to do with price increases of cheaper beans...lol "liars".

Most people buy the cheapest coffee they can get their hands on. So it makes sense to blend at different rates according to the market to stay competative.

Ive done allot of research on beans and they are very suseptable to contamination even in the green state so it makes sense how the same type can taste different even if the blend is the same.

Like mixing rotton beans is a money saver....im drinking it right now im getting a slight medicinal taste and bitterness. Definitely not good till the last drop. Though its not too far off the taste of other pre grind ive tried but definitely one of the more discusting ones for sure.

Nov 13, 2016
Bloating & trapped gas pains
by: Anonymous

I bought a container of Maxwell House, which was on sale, rather than my usual coffee. For the past two weeks, I've suffered with bloating and gas pains, since drinking MH. I've narrowed it down to this coffee, after noticing it wasn't food, and since I don't drink coffee in the evening the pains subsided. Like others, same pain started soon after a couple cups.

Nov 12, 2016
Allergic Rash
by: DK

I bought the Maxwell House Lite and within a few days developed a rash on my face. I did not think to connect it to the coffee. Within a week I was at the doctors and put on steroids to reduce the facial swelling and rash. The only new product I purchased and used was the Maxwell House lite. I stopped using it. I drink only one cup of coffee per day. I am sharing this because this was an intense allergic reaction to a very small amount of this product. I do not know if it is the chemical spray or unspecified blending of a different type of beans.
Thank you for this great place to post our experiences.

Nov 08, 2016
Short of breath and dizzy
by: Tom

For the last three days I've been having shortness of breath, like I can't take a deep breath all the way in. Along with it a feeling of dizziness and urge to lie down. A sort of nauseous feeling too. I tried thinking about any changes in my diet or whatever and realized BAM I just picked up some maxwell house at my local CVS. It was like $2 and change for a regular sized can and I thought shoot that's a good deal. Realized it could be that and switched to some organic publix brand today and feel great. What the heck maxwell house? Are there chemicals that start to turn bad if they sit too long? Is that why CVS was dumping it cheap?

Nov 04, 2016
Not the same smell
by: Susan Modeski

When I was a kid I remembered waking up to a coffee smell, kind of like Starbucks. Mom used pre-ground Foldgers. It's just not the same anymore. Coffee these days has a stale smell. This goes for Maxwell House too. I've also changed from drip to pour over, still the same. I can only think that something is different about the coffee.

Oct 29, 2016
Problems with Coffee
by: Anonymous

I've read the comments below and I was wondering if anyone gave consideration to the caffeine in coffee. Excessive caffeine consumption can cause many of the symptoms people are describing.

Oct 25, 2016
by: J. Maike

My son has been getting more HEADACHES now I am wondering if it is from the coffee after reading the other people's remarks. I am going to stop making coffee and see if his HA go away. It's a shame that companies are so cheap to save a dollar that they put people's health at risk! Shame on them!

Oct 22, 2016
Super sick, so glad i found this page!
by: Anonymous

My wife and I rarely buy coffee such as M.H but we were out of coffee and desprate so we bought some. It wasn't until this morning that I put two and two together. I have been having horrific stomach pains/ issues the past couple weeks along with more headaches than usual. I woke up this morning and felt fine, had a couple cups and the stomach pains started and I thought...wait a minute...this is only happening when I drink this damn coffee! I searched the web and found this page and am so thankful! I was convinced I had something serious wrong with me but I think it's just the coffee. I was honestly really surprised that i found so many people having the same issues. Bye bye M.H., never again!

Oct 18, 2016
Yuban Coffee
by: Anonymous

My husband purchased a can of Yuban from Costco. He normally drinks higher end organic coffee that I buy for him. I buy the bag of whole beans and grind them fresh. However, he purchased a container of pre-ground Yuban coffee, and it made him sick. Everyone in my family loves the smell of coffee, even if we don't all drink it, but the smell of the Yuban was offensive. Instead of a good coffee smell in the house, it filled my house with the unclean smell of vomit. My husband suffered from nausea, stomach pain and cramps, loss of appetite, headaches, and felt sluggish. He lost 20 pounds in a month.

Oct 16, 2016
Painful stomach
by: Anonymous

I have been so sick for the last four days .At first I thought it might be the flu but no one else got sick .Today may stomach just keeps on cramping so then I thought what I'm I drinking or eating that no one else in the house is .well it's coffee so I thought I'll check to see if there was a recall but what I did find was this page thank you for every one that posted .I bought maxwell house on Tuesday because was on sale never again .I just hope the pain stops soon.

Oct 15, 2016
Folgers making me sick
by: Carmen Chariton-Bredlau

I have been drinking Folgers coffee for many years.
I started getting severe headaches & nausea for nearly 3 weeks. I actually had to call into work 2 days due to the drunk, room spinning feeling. I stopped drinking all coffee for 1 week & felt much better. This morning I thought I would try a cup & now I have the same symptoms back. If you drink this coffee please stop.

Oct 09, 2016
burning throat
by: Anonymous

Been drinking coffee for years...Maxwell house French Roast made me feel sick, both times I made it. Burning throat and very dry mouth and throat. I am returning mine

Oct 08, 2016
Bad coffee
by: Anonymous

Lately maxwell house coffee does not smell like Coffee . I think this is not coffee . Do not buy this coffee ,it's likely gmo coffee

Oct 08, 2016
Ground Coffee vs Whole Bean
by: S.

Coffee that is pre-ground before being packaged for sale are sprayed with a host of chemical preservatives. Otherwise they'd go bad and/or rancid very rapidly. There's also a lot of pesticides used on these coffees as well. I've been buying only whole bean coffee for some time now if for no other reason but to have "fresh" ground coffee right at the time of brewing. However, recently I did some research into the coffee industry and due to the extremely high demand for it, many crops are heavily sprayed with pesticides to lessen the loss from insects, etc. I've since switched to buying only organic beans, which admittedly cost a little bit more but they taste great and don't make me sick to my stomach. Coffee itself can have a mild laxative effect on some people but who needs that "turbo-charged" by chemical additives?!

Oct 05, 2016
Sick because of coffee
by: Kim w.

I've drank Folgers and have loved it for years..usually I drink it black but for over 6 months it needs creamer at times to make it flavorable..I (like many others) have been suffering severe migraines- any headache for me is abnormal..so this month I bought this different
brand of Folgers-Simply Smooth; thinking it would taste better with less side effects..Nope- loose stools all day every day and naseausness and severe migraines..The Only thing I do the same everyday is drink that coffee(black)..After reading this I Know it's the coffee..Folgers will be hearing from me- They need to hear it from the consumer so they can change things..I haven't given up on the company; however, I will be trying something else tomorrow..

Oct 04, 2016
Coffee Beans gone bad!!
by: Rebecca

I switched from McCafe coffee to Maxwell House.. for about 2 weeks now I've been feeling so nauseated and my stomach feels crampy in the mornings after I drink it and I often get a headache and body aches like the flu!!. I told my husband I felt like it was the coffee because it only happens after I drink it.. thinking that has to be absurd for coffee to do me that way, I googled the problem and found this website to see that many more people are experiencing the same problem I am!! I will definitely be switching my coffee back to Starbucks or McCafe!!

Sep 28, 2016
Maxwell House
by: Sickened

I have been drinking coffee for many decades, I got tired of Folgers fowl taste and switched to M.H., I agree with the many complaints of illness caused by drinking Maxwell House coffee. I get severe fatigue and a burning sensation in my throat and upper chest, no doubt in my mind whatsoever Maxwell House coffee is responsible.

My health has been good my whole life, gnarly a cold. But after about an hour after my first cup of Maxwell House the symptoms mentioned set in. Judging by the many complaints here, I have found the answer to the problem, yes sir, it's the Maxwell house.

Sep 26, 2016
Terrible to the last drop
by: Anonymous

I'am returning mine! ""yuck!"" as the lady below me said. I have been drinking coffee about as long as them below too. age 52 Terrible to the last drop. I wont buy it ever again! Why? no recall, something definitely wrong! Glad, I searched on-line.

Sep 23, 2016
Maxwell house
by: Anonymous

I recently purchased Maxwell House and ever since my boyfriend and I have been drinking it I have had more headaches and he has had daily symptoms of nausea and a sick stomach. Throwing it away today!

Sep 18, 2016
Maxwell House has been bad for years now !
by: N K

I grew up on Instant MH, and about 7 years ago it was never fresh anymore. I kept having to bring it back, I thought maybe because it was a plastic jar now, so I switched to Nescafe, and then the same was happening to that coffee. My problem is also that I do not like other flavors in my coffee because I love coffee flavor, not vanilla or hazelnut or anything but coffee.So I have been upset with this for years, drove my family and friends crazy trying to find a good one. But nothing is good anymore. Except Organic, what ever these companies have done to make a buck has ruined coffee. Also they are making people sick with these additives, funny I noticed sugar isn't the same anymore either. Starbucks is loaded with God knows what and people are addicted. But I do miss my MH instant it always reminded me of my childhood,and my Dad 😔

Sep 13, 2016
It's not just Maxwell House!
by: Will

I have been a coffee drinker for about 35 years. It has not been till resent years that I have been effected by the different coffee's. I have tested name brands like Folgers, Maxwell House, Yuban, Hills Brothers, Don Francisco, Cafe'Bustello and many other store brands. The side effects I have experienced range from heart palpitations, shortness of breath, full body aches, sever migraines, internal body aches, diarrhea, nausea and blurred vision! This last time was from Yuban which I had several of the symptoms all together and barely getting past it now!I think I am just going to stop drinking coffee all together after this because I thought I was going to die! P.S. My family and friends thought it was just My imagination but now I see it has effected many other people.

Sep 13, 2016
by: Anonymous

I am 56 yrs old my great grandmother, grandmother, Mother all drank Maxwell House. I usually drink Folgers. I bought Maxwell House the other day 9/2016.. What on earth is going on down there. The coffee in the Maxwell House container was so bad I can't begin to express. The smell was gimped up the taste was a joke and I guess Kraft is looking for a tax right off. Because if they dont get real about the quality of their coffee they will surely be out of business. Their coffee tastes like Chicory at best. YUCK!!!!

Sep 12, 2016
Good MH coffee since my teenage years
by: Anonymous

I have been on this since my younger years, I'm 57 and no coffee issues for me, no other brand is good til last drop! I am hooked, I am ole skool and will not buy anything else unless, my habit gets the best of me. hot, black original MH is good til last drop. I smell good coffee when I open the plastic cans, I make sure my machine is clean, and sanitized, with vinegar water by filling it and brewing it. I remove and cleanse the filter basket as soon as my coffee is ready.

Sep 08, 2016
Maxwell house made me sick
by: Joey 2616

I have read some comments here that describe the exact same symptoms I got after buying a can of Maxwell house. For the past month I was getting very dizzy, fatigued and was having a very high heart rate after drinking my 1 or two cups of MH every morning. Went to the ER twice cuz I thought I was sick with something. I eventually noticed this only came on while drinking the coffee. Switched brands a few days ago and the symptoms immediately stopped. I phoned Kraft and gave them a detailed report. Glad to see I wasn't the only one.

Sep 03, 2016
It's true
by: Anonymous

I drank Maxwell House -light for years. I liked it and had no problem with it I got extremely sick last year after I opened up a new canister. I thought I had the flu . I suspected it was related to the coffee and stopped drinking it and switches brands. A couple weeks ago I bought it again thinking maybe I was imagining things. I drank it ion the morning and about an hour later I had a headache , stomach ache and threw up. It's the coffee and it needs to be looked into. This is not good

Sep 01, 2016
Heart palpitations and light headedness
by: suebeedo

I switch back and forth between different coffee brands depending on whatever is on sale and stay away from strong coffee as it makes me "jittery". Recently, I've been using Maxwell House Original roast medium. I've never had a problem with Maxwell House before, but lately I've been experiencing a severe adrenaline rush after drinking it.... jitters, heart palpitations and lightheadedness. It feels as if my blood sugar suddenly dropped way down!! I always have only one cup a day with my lunch. After reading these posts I am returning the three unopened cans I currently have and will switch to a Martinson brand I have in the pantry. If I don't have the same reaction, I'll know for sure that it's the Maxwell House!!

Aug 29, 2016
Switched from Maxwell House to folgers
by: Dave

Bad headaches from me and my wife and a feeling of nausea. I am considering calling my local news station to have them dig deeper into the matter. Has there been any report from either coffee maker regarding the complaints?

Aug 28, 2016
Maxwell House lost a 30 year customer
by: Terri

I have been drinking Maxwell House, specifically Master Blend for over 30 years. I'm 53 and admit that I was totally addicted. I had surgery in November 2014. When I came home, during recovery I bought another large container of Master Blend. It tasted terrible and real bitter. I thought it was my coffee maker, so I bought a new one. Same awful taste. I wrote to Maxwell House and they sent me a coupon for a free container, which also was terrible. I thought maybe it was a bad batch from the store I usually shop at, so I went to a different store. Same terrible flavor. I tried a few other brands and nothing tasted like my beloved Master Blend once did. After overcoming my addiction and waiting nearly 2 years, I decided that I'd try it again. New container, same lousy taste. I would like to know if anyone here has found anything comparable to the way Master Blend used to taste? I would be willing to pay a higher price, just to get the old recipe reinstated.

Aug 27, 2016
What's wrong with Maxwell House Cappuccino?
by: Anonymous

I don't drink much coffee but do like the occassional cappuccino. I usually have Nescafe cappuccino but recently tried Maxwell House. At first I thought my stomach grumblings were due to a stomach bug but the stomach cramps occurred within minutes of taking a few sips of every Maxwell House cappuccino I drank. I also noted that when hot/boiling water is added to the sachet it sizzles. This does not happen with the Nescafe brand. I decided to Google if there had been a recall, but nothing. As I don't appear to be the only one, perhaps Maxwell House should check this out before anyone becomes seriously ill.

Aug 27, 2016
I thought it was just me.
by: Anonymous

After years of drinking coffee I quit about a month ago because I started getting ill after drinking it. Problem seems to be the switch to folgers. Never had a problem with other brands but recently a switch to folgers gave me some horrible nausea after drinking it. Stumbled across this site and found I wasn't the only person. Might switch back to another off brand or get some beans and just grind them. Thanks for the info.

Aug 26, 2016
Change to a different brew
by: Dave King

Been drinking Nabob for about 20 years. Why don't you people from MH try that? Nabob does belong to MH or Kraft now, but I find that their coffee maintains taste, even after Kraft bought them out in 1994!

Aug 18, 2016
Ditching them since they ditched us
by: Anonymous

Maxwell House and Folgers smell bad, taste bad. What's with the chemical overtures anyway? Using filtered water doesn't make a difference. I used to love the smell of fresh coffee but these brands are doing something different, as if it's made cheaply with poisons. Yuck!

Aug 17, 2016
bad tasting coffee
by: Anonymous

I usually buy Maxwell house or Folgers. This last large can of Maxwell house, when I opened it, smelt soured and when I made the coffee, tastes sour. I guess coffee drinkers call it bitter. I have had bitter coffee, but this does not taste like that. It even left a smell in the kitchen while brewing of a sour aroma. It's unfortunate, but I will not be buying Maxwell house anymore. I used to enjoy the brand, but the smell and the taste is very sickening.

Aug 16, 2016
My awful Maxwell house Experience
by: Anonymous

I use instant coffee to make my own iced coffees. I had someone go to the store for me and they came home with maxwell house brand. The first taste I thought was off but I needed coffee. That night I felt very nauseated and dizzy. Then I proceeded to get migraines with the Nassau every day I drank the coffee. I honestly didn't think it was the coffee, I thought maybe I ate something bad or I was not drinking enough water, basically I thought it was something I was doing. After almost a week, I decided to google "can you get sick from switching coffee brands?". I see an article about Maxwell house coffees making people sick and I knew for a fact it was the coffee. The symptoms people wrote about were the same I was experiencing. I immediately went out and bought my usual brand which is actually Walmart brand and magically everything began to get better and the next day I was back to normal. Eventually leading me to write about my own experience. Just...buyer be ware.

Aug 13, 2016
The switch
by: Anonymous

I switched from Folgers to maxwell house 5 days ago and I have been having bad headaches every since

Aug 08, 2016
MH & Folger coffee
by: Sue

I just bought a can of Max.House Coffee...opened the car and it did not smell like coffee. I remember yrs. ago when you opened up a can of coffee, it would go pfffff and out came the most delicious coffee odor. That no longer happens and the odor is not good. Same problem with Folgers. I use an electric,drip coffee maker.

Jul 30, 2016
Horrible! Couldn't drink it!
by: Anonymous

I purchased two plastic Medium Grind Maxwell House Coffee 42.5 oz. containers. Opened the first one this morning and immediately my husband and I knew something was very wrong with the taste.It tasted nothing like coffee. It was extremely bitter & very bad-tasting. Hope we both don't get sick from it.

I am taking both containers back to B J's Wholesale Club, to get my money back.

Consumer Reports ought to get involved and analyze what is in this "coffee" to warn others not to buy it.

Jul 13, 2016
by: David

use to like Maxwell House but now it just sucks, 1st cup is bad but the 2nd tasted like mud, what the hell did they do.?

also noticed the good to the last drop commercials
no longer air, probably because it is not any more.

Folgers is not far behind, get a coffee grinder an
will be buying 8 O Clock

Jul 05, 2016
Maxwell house Coffee Illness?
by: DS

I have drank Maxwell instant coffee regular and mild roast most of my life when now for about the last year when i drink it it first gives me a headache and makes me feel queasy until i make myself sick or wait to become violently ill. I thought it was just me until today when i searched for others feeling the same.
I noticed that the taste isn't quite right and tasted like it was mixed with dirt. the after taste (after vomiting is chemical)? the headache lasts quite a while. I am writing while i am purging the remains of the coffee from my system.

i am going to try and contact the company for some answers. or maybe twitter to get some attention to this issue.

Jul 05, 2016
Hey Tmax
by: msboo

Parent companies for MH (Kraft) & Folgers (Smuckers) know, & have known, what's in those cans of so called 'coffee'--AND they don't care. FACT: they knew the Keurig type makers were going to hit the market long before the public was aware. Plus possibly coffee prices were going to explode (maybe all due to marketing), something else their buyers know prior. My opinion: I think those companies started 'diluting' their grounds suttley over time so consumers wouldn't be able to taste the difference---over 3-5 yrs & one can become used to what something taste like. Taste is a personal thing, differs greatly too---to some it's not good while others say it's horrible WHICH IT IS! Some have suffered headaches, intestinal distress, etc while others just can't stand the taste. With the Keurig type brewers you get more 'coffee drinks' vs true coffee consumed black or cream &/or sugar. I know lots of people who've gone back to auto drip brewing, tossing their 'fast food' Keurigs. Anyway, Keurig hasn't made coffee bad. Mass marketed grocery store coffee has been subjected to such 'super marketing' therefore the outcome is evident. IF YOU WANT GOOD COFFEE find a local roaster in your area or try a few of the select brands of vented bagged in your grocery vs any canned grounds. Stay away from MH, Folgers, etc.

Jun 28, 2016
Today was the day...
by: Tmax

I opened the lid on the big plastic maxwell house container and once again got a pungent, chemical smell. Finally decided to check out the internet for comments and Wow! At least I know now it's not our taste buds, or our water, or the coffee maker. Maxwell house was my preferred coffee for the last 30 years. We have tried others recently and then gone back to MH only to realize it smells and tastes like poison, and like many of the posts here, find ourselves wondering about all of our recent headaches and stomach aches. We need to band together and make them reveal what exactly is in their coffee. I would love to have this can lab tested. They should be held accountable! Any suggestions?

Jun 26, 2016
Nothing Has Changed
by: Rich

I first found this site in late 2010 after having many of the same issues of not feeling well and feeling quite bad at times after drinking Maxwell House. So it seems 6 years have gone by and nothing has really changed from reading the post by others, Seems it would have been looked into by now or tested? Back in 2010 and 2011 figured it might have been from chemical sprays or even the chemicals from wood pallets if any were in use at the time. I started buy some of the Barissimo bagged coffees from Aldis a few years ago and those seem ok for around $4.00 I quit drinking Folgers as well, seemed to not feel well at times but may have just been me.

Jun 25, 2016
TO: Patty--another coffee brand
by: Msboo

First... look for a local small batch roaster in your area. They can even grind a pound of fresh roast for you. If you must buy coffee in the grocery store, check out some of the vented bag coffees. I'm not a Starbucks fan but their PIke isn't bad, the House Blend is ok. Just stay away from all Maxwell House, Flogers & generic store brand coffee. That being said, if you live in Florida & go to Publix, I must say they're Publix GreenWise Organic Med roast House Blend is the best of any pre-ground store or major brands I've tasted--I enjoy that when visiting our daughter down there.

Good luck

Jun 25, 2016
Folgers/Maxwell House. Awful
by: Patty

For months now, I have noticed that I can't stand the taste of this coffee anymore, I have tried bottled water, I tried making it fresh in the morning, nothing helped the taste. Now I am literally feeling sick to my stomach all the time, not to mention the excruciating headaches! I thought it was just me at first, because I drink a pot of coffee every day. But after researching and finding that a lot of people have been feeling the same effects, I was relieved to know I wasn't going crazy! I need to find another brand, I will no longer be purchasing these two major brands. Can anyone suggest a coffee with a good flavor? I am done being sick all the time.

Jun 22, 2016
why ???
by: Anonymous

I have two cups of MH sachet's coffee and I get blurred vision , I do have morphine patches on and take other strong medicines , maybe this can cause it. It has happened twice now and I have only drank two cups twice.

Jun 11, 2016
Rash caused by Maxwell House Original
by: Anonymous

I had been drinking Maxwell House Original for a year or and suddenly I developed rashes on both sides of my face near the corners of the eyes, sides of the nose, top and bottom corners of my mouth. The rash would start out like a dry patch, then progress to small itchy blisters. The patches were very red and at the worst would drive me crazy being itchy. I systematically eliminated products I was using on my face and the rash continued. Finally, the rash went away during a month when I was drinking another brand of coffee exclusively. I went back to drinking Maxwell House and boom! within a few days, the rash appeared. I retested this again eliminating Maxwell House and staring it up again. I got the rash again. Maxwell House Original is definitely causing this rash.

May 30, 2016
Jeff's comment on May 19, 2016
by: Becky

Jeff.... you can't be serious. Do you work for MH or their parent company?

May 29, 2016
Maxwell house lite ground coffee
by: Anonymous

Used it for years. It tasted great. Now it smells and tastes acidic and bitter and gives me an acid stomach. Kraft has cheapened it somehow and I have had to throw the can out that I recently purchased. Has happened twice, No more money of mine being spent on Maxwell House coffee.

May 29, 2016
Lite Maxwell House So Bad!
by: Ellie

I drank Maxwell House Lite Half Caffeine ground coffee for at least the past seven years and loved it. Got a container several months ago and it was awful,bitter,acidic. I wrote to Maxwell House asking what had changed? No reply. Decided maybe I just got a one-time "bad batch". Did not biuy again until this past week I decided to try it again. It does not list the bean variety I Noticed. Unfortunately this large container is as bad as the last one. Bitter,acidy...I cannot drink it. Another wasted 8.99. No sense writing to them.No more Maxwell House for me.

May 25, 2016
substitute coffee
by: KilroyAnonymous

After drinking coffee for years have noticed no coffee aroma when opening container after checking for a great time have come to the reason, coffee bean prices on the increase so companies now using
alterntive filler such as postum and many others.


May 25, 2016
doesn't smell like coffee
by: Anonymous

when I started drinking coffee it smelled like coffee when you opened it but not anymore not
just MAXWELL HOUSE but all brands i posted on line once before and I still say it they use postum mix to fill.

May 23, 2016
Unhappy Consumer
by: Bonnie

I have been drinking coffee for 50 years. Some good some
bad....but this dark roast Keurig K-Cup product is the
WORST COFFEE I have ever consumed. After 4 cups, I
threw the rest in the garbage - all 8 single serve cups.

May 19, 2016
Good to the last drop again!
by: Jeff

I'm sorry some of you fellow coffee friends are unhappy with MH at this time. I have to turn the table and say that I bought a container of Original recently. I can't get over how good tasting it is. It tastes like I remember MH when my Grandfather made it and it was the only coffee he would have. Something has changed but all for good in my opinion. Keep doing what you're doing MH! It's good to the last drop again these days!

May 13, 2016
Maxwell House making me sick?
by: Anonymous

I see that these are all old posts, but just on a whim I typed in "Maxwell House coffee making me sick" on the Internet....I couldn't believe all that popped up! For weeks, I've been feeling so sick, nauseous, dizzy, headaches... I went through the meds I'm taking, the creams I use...emailed my doctor.

Then it just dawned on me this morning, the only thing I switched new is my coffee...first time trying Maxwell House. I really didn't think I would find anything when I Googled it. Wow! Going to the store to buy something else!!!

May 09, 2016
it smells like poop when it cools down
by: Anonymous

It makes me sick to my stomach. When dumped into the garbage and also after it cools down it stinks like poop. Most of the time I had to dump it because I could not stand the strong odor of poop and the bitter taste that tastes nothing like coffee. It lacks the natural fruity aroma that is natural to true coffee. I would love for someone to run atest of maxwell and folgers to find out if there is poop in it mixed with strong chemicals. And it is all the same for Dunkin doughnuts and starbucks "coffee" and all the other brands that only list 100% arabica grains as the only ingredients contained in their bags or cans.

Apr 22, 2016
morning burst maxwell house
by: Anonymous

I started drinking Maxwell house morning burst so that I could have more energy for work. Well, I have been having really bad migraines, and when I get to work all the sudden I start getting the jitters, feeling like I'm going to fall , unsteady . I thought I was having an anxiety attack or something. Then I cant sit still ! What is in this coffee I feel like its mixed with speed?I don't appreciate feeling speedy and hyped up all morning then getting the worst headache imaginable later!

Apr 22, 2016
WOW, It's NOT just ME
by: Anonymous

I'm 48 years old, been drinking coffee for years, I usually just purchase what is on sale, Maxwell House, Folgers, Chock Full of Nuts. Lately, when drinking Maxwell House, I have severe abdominal pains and extreme burping and left chest pain. I honestly don't know why this happens. I don't OD on coffee, I have the same 2 - 3 cups per day. I'm really concerned with reading everyone else's experiences, wonder what the heck in going on.

Apr 21, 2016
Terrible taste
by: Anonymous

We drank Maxwell house master blend for years, & loved it!! Just in the past year it has started tasting horrible! My parents drink Folgers & they complain it doesnt taste the same either. Not sure what has changed but something sure has!! Please fix the problem!!

Apr 17, 2016
20 years coffee drinker
by: Anonymous

I am having the same issue, I have been enjoying multiple cups of coffee for 20 years and all of a sudden I get migraines, nausea etc . The coffee was Chock Full O' Nuts brand though, i wonder if they are all owned by the same parent company.?

Apr 17, 2016
by: JerryAnonymous

I just opened a large plastic jug"O" maxwell house coffee. The first thing I noticed was the foil seal was as limp as a tissue. Secondly, when I checked the Aroma, it smelled like chemicals instead of fresh coffee. I had only that particular jug on hand so, I ran it through the coffee maker. It was without a doubt the worse cup of coffee I have ever had. Maxwell house will no doubt reject any comments directed towards the change of coffee bean in their brew, I am here to tell you that is BS! Something rotten is brewing over at maxwell house, LITERALLY!

Apr 13, 2016
Krogers Select Blend .....
by: Anonymous

For over three weeks I had been horribly nauseous. No other symptoms. I couldn't imagine what was wrong.

I started eliminating foods, one by one, with no results.

I've ALWAYS been a coffee drinker (over 50 years)so it never occurred to me that it could be my coffee.

I had bought the 30.5 oz can of Krogers Select Blend to save a little money.... I usually buy Eight O'clock. It finally dawned on me that the nausea started shortly after I started using the Kroger's brand.

I stopped having my usual 3-4 cups of coffee every morning and the nausea miraculously vanished !! Just to make sure, I ran to the grocery and purchased my usual Eight O'clock coffee. Have been using it for five days now, and NO NAUSEA.

What on earth is in that Kroger Coffee - is it POISON ??????

Apr 13, 2016
Bought tons on sale
by: Anonymous

Every time I drink this coffee now I get sick to my stomach!! Always drank this coffee but now it smells like a chemical is in the coffee after you open it!! I've got tons but refuse to drink it!!
I called the company any and they blew me off and wanted to give coupons for more stuff! Would not tell me where coffee was manufactured!!!! That in it's self is a red flag to me!!They said they have had no further complaints! I'd love to be able to have it tested to see just what's in it!!
It's constantly on sale everywhere which is weird too.Killing us slowly with Joe :( saddens me!!Maxwell House no longer good to the last drop!!

Apr 12, 2016
by: Anonymous

Everytime I drink either Folgers or Maxwell House I later get severe stomach and intestinal pains then diarrhea....for many hours on end. I finally figured out it was these 2 coffees and not whatever else I may have been eating. I am done with them.

Apr 08, 2016
Maxwell House ground coffee "FILLERS?"
by: Rand

I'd say the lack of taste indicates fillers. How greedy of the company!

Apr 08, 2016
by: Tina

I have suffered with sharp abdominal pains and acid reflux for about a week. I have medicated myself with over the counter products, however the pain would go away for a little while but then suddenly return. I had determine tonight it was time to visit my Doctor. In a process of elimination I started to log everything I ate and drank. In review of my log on this evening is when I discovered that I became ill after drinking coffee. I too purchased Maxwell House medium roast on sale. I started googling to see if there was anything out there about Maxwell House causes people to get sick, and I found this site. I see that I am not alone with this issue. I will never drink Maxwell House coffee again!!!
Shame on Kraft!!!

Apr 07, 2016
Need a recall! Awfully sick!
by: Anonymous

Made me very sick! Nausea headaches tiredness, hot flashes dizzy vomiting and skin peeling. Because of mold? Young beans? Who knows but I have switched to chock full o'nuts and all symptoms were gone in just a couple a days.have had 3 anerurism surgeries. Thought I was going to be under the knife again I felt crazy dizzy!

Apr 05, 2016
Folgers reaction
by: Anonymous

I seam to be reacting to folger's. I googled and it seems I am not alone. My lips are puffing up as if I were eating mangoes or pistachios (which I have an allergy to, the reaction is not as severe but still concerning.

Apr 04, 2016
by: Anonymous

Fresh ground organic coffee beans are the answer. No issues....

Maxwell house, Flogers and all cheap ground coffee make me sick to my sromach and very agitated.

Apr 04, 2016
Coffee making me feel nausiated
by: Amy Ardagna

I have been drinking Folgers coffee for years but the last few months of 2015 I noticed that my coffee didn't taste good anymore and everytime I drank it I would feel nauseated and my stomach would get upset.
I bought flavored creamers and tried different brewing options like brewing it on the stove and cold brewing and using a french press. I also cleaned out my coffee maker and nothing helped.So I decided to buy some coffee that was flavored from the store bulk section and then I bought a store brand off the shelf because it was cheaper. There's nothing wrong with this coffee. It tastes good and my stomach has not gotten upset since I quit using Folders. It never really dawned on me that there might be something wrong with the coffee until I read that Folgers and Maxwell House Coffee's are making people feel ill. This is when I put two and two together but that wasn't until I had already switched to a store brand coffee this year in 2016.

Apr 01, 2016
Instant vs not
by: Sick and confused

So at work we serve Maxwell house original. At home I drink Maxwell house instant original. Before work my morning coffee makes me extremely nauseous and gives me dizzy waves due to the nausea. At work, the coffee seems to be okay,and has a very different smell (in container) than my instant coffee does, as a matter of fact, my instant coffee has little to no smell in the container.. My milk is fine my cups are clean I just don't understand why I feel so aweful drinking the instant but feel line drinking the regular coffee.. I've drank instant my whole life.

Mar 31, 2016
Maxwell House Master Blend Light
by: pity

I can not add anything new to what has been said but sadly they have done something to the coffee. I've been as sick as everyone else . Maxwell House
needs a recall and fast before something else happens.

Mar 30, 2016
Shame Shame MaxwellHouse & Kraft!!!
by: Tina B

I have drank MH for over 45 years until I got sick from the "Mold" it took almost a year before I believed in was my MH coffee, after eliminating everything else 1 by 1.. How Sad MH & Kraft.. Well known companies WE helped put on the TOP stabbed us in our gut for the sake of the almighty dollar.. NOT only will you eventually suffer from low sales with your coffee But also anything Kraft is involved with... How do the brass at MH & Kraft sleep at night, knowing what they are doing? You can't take the money with you & your kids might not want your dirt money!! Food for thought......

Mar 29, 2016
Bitter Maxwell House Colombian
by: Anonymous

I am returning 3 unopened Maxwell House Colombian large size due to the awful taste and associated nausea in the morning. We drink a lot of coffee and I try to keep a good supply on hand but it won't be Maxwell House. In fact tea tasted pretty good this morning instead.

Mar 29, 2016
maxwell House not the same coffee!! Good to the last drop??
by: Anonymous

Good to the last drop?? Do they mean the coffee or your body from collapsing after drinking it? Seriously had bought some Maxwell House French Roast used to taste so wonderful omg !! Brewed some the other day no coffee smell other aroma. Drank two cups of this thought "what a strange taste".went to work that day and thought I was going to collapse.I had extreme nausea and couldn't keep my eyes open.I was in such a fog and nauseated felt like I had been poisoned. I carried my cell phone with me everywhere that day thinking I would have to call 911 from collapsing.What is in this coffee?? Arsenic?? I'm at home recovering made a doctor's appointment to see what's going on? Wow

Mar 28, 2016
Maxwell House
by: Sherry

I had nausea and headaches for weeks and I stopped drinking Maxwell House and the symptoms disappeared. I switched to a better brand and have had no symptoms.

Mar 27, 2016
bad coffee
by: Anonymous

I used to drink Maxwell House house-blend ground coffee all the time, it was my favorite. Then it started tasting like it had chemicals or drugs in it, so I stopped drinking it for about 2 years. Then I decided to try it again because it was so cheap and sorry to say it still taste bad.

Mar 21, 2016
Horrible coffee!!
by: Anonymous

I was almost out of Melitta coffee and got a small can of Maxwell House original blend. Awful coffee! Had to throw it away, got some Maxwell House Master Blend, that was barely drinkable. This is not the Maxwell House I drank years ago, I'm going back to Melitta.

Mar 09, 2016
MH needs to be sued.
by: Anonymous

We all have enough proof that MH made us sick & did nothing to fix the problem... I'm going to spend the whole day looking for an attorney, after reading all this.... Good Luck Everyone.... Done drinking coffee:(

Mar 08, 2016
Maxwell House French roast disgusting
by: Wade

I used to be a big fan of Maxwell House French roast coffee when it was 100% Arabica. Now it is a very bitter and undrinkable coffee. I assume they no longer use Arabica beans in their coffee because it definitely tastes totally different. It seems like these days most top brands have turned to crap trying to ride on the reputations they established last century, brand recognition means nothing these days.

Mar 06, 2016
no more arabica...
by: circe801

ALL supermarket coffee brands no longer specify ARABICA on the cans--except for CFON "new york style", they ALL now say simply, "100% coffee". take a look and tell me i'm wrong... i know in the past few years, there was an 'arabica shortage'--but it has reversed, though the coffee has not. you know what happens when GREED takes over... i moved to SC from the NYC metro area just a year ago last week, and here there are save-a-lot supermarkets. they don't have everything, but i do buy a few things there since their prices are quite low. they do not sell a whole lot of brand-name items, but many of their private label staples are not bad at all. the coffee they offer is 'mcdaniels', and the colombian is 100% arabica, and is not bad at all--MUCH better than any of the popular brands that are now robusto, ditoyou know--the '100% coffee' perpetrators--and at $6.99 for a 28-oz can, a bargain you absolutely cannot beat...

Mar 06, 2016
Can't drink Maxwell House anymore
by: Kim

I used to drink Maxwell House all the time but switched to Kcups and drinking Dunkin Donuts. I got some Maxwell House Breakfast Blend and since the first sip my heart races and I feel like I'm overdosing on caffeine. I've been making it lighter each day and no relief. Today I tried mixing it with decaf to only use a tiny amount and still the heart racing. Seems the smallest amount is doing this to me. I'm also getting acid reflux without the heartburn. My digestion got super slow. I will have to stop drinking this coffee. It's making me miserable. Oh and it's not the instant, just the grounds.

Mar 01, 2016
by: She

Yes indeed, Maxwell House coffee is making me nauseous. I tried switching to Foldgers and the same feeling occurred. It is as if when I was pregnant (no chance of that now) and it really upsets my stomach. I'm going to try to stop drinking it all together which is a shame because I really like it but it's just not worth the feeling

Feb 24, 2016
Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

I used to drink this and it started making me lose my voice after he second cup...Really? I had my skin peel and break out in blisters, that hurt so bad. I quit it and went to Folger's which has now started to do the same type of thing. Are you using too young of coffee beans that still have toxins in them? What is going on. I am now coffee free for 1 week. Sad what ever you are doing. I actually have the scars from the blisters. Not happy.

Feb 23, 2016
by: Anonymous

I just got a big can of Maxwell original roast since it was on sale. I had my regular cup yesterday morning and was nauseus for hours. Then i woke up at past 2am with a very bad heartburn. My husband too woke up at midnight saying he had acid in his throat and couldn't breathe.

Feb 22, 2016
MH made us very sick
by: Amanda

My mother & I have faithfully drank Maxwell House Original for years! We both noticed a change in the taste & thought maybe the store just had a bad shipment. So we went to another store, bought a brand new can but still didn't taste right. We both began getting severe headaches, sore throat, nausea, pain & soreness in our stomach, dizziness, sweating & feeling anxious. At first we thought maybe we were getting sick, we were both having the same symptoms, maybe the flu? But after seeing a doc, flu test & other testing all came back negative. The doc couldnt figure it out! We came home paying attention to when the symptoms would rare up. After drinking couple cups of MH, the issues would start. We stopped drinking MH for a week & the symptoms stopped. We tried it a few more times & each time the same thing happened. We discontinued MH & got a big box of keurig coffee from Ollie's that we now drink. Our issues have disappeared except now we both have to be treated for stomach issues that didn't go away. Even our doctor said something wasn't right w/ the problems only happening when we drank MH. So after years of drinking MH & never had problems, then all of a sudden MH makes us very ill, something isn't right!

Feb 22, 2016
Maxwell house
by: selina

Want to add that I now drink chock full o'nuts coffee and I no longer get sick to my stomach or have headache like I did when I was drinking maxwell house!

Feb 20, 2016
Instant migraine
by: Jo

I rarely drink coffee anymore. I stopped drinking Fol Foldgers be a use before even one cup was finished I would get nauseous. Today I drank half a cup,for the first time in a long time. Within hours I had a full blown migraine.

Feb 20, 2016
Coffee made me sick!
by: Anonymous

this is crazy. I just got a new canister of Maxwell House about a week ago it tasted horrible the first morning that I drink it I got a horrible headache and felt like I had the flu all day by the next morning. That was the French roast, which I normally don't get. I thought maybe I just wasn't used to that blend so I went and got the original roast which is what I normally get. I made that this morning and it still tasted bad but I didn't feel as if I just had a little bit of a headache and unsteady stomach... I just couldn't believe it when I saw this now I'm afraid to drink my coffee in the morning.

Feb 20, 2016
by: Peg

I get very nausiated and have bowel problems last few days thought had the flu.I drink both brands I switched from Folgers to Maxwell and still same sytoms.

Feb 20, 2016
Folgers coffee
by: Anonymous

My step dad and my step sister buy Folger coffee I've also drank it for years in the last month my stomach has been torn up after drinking two cups and hurts up to two hours after.

Feb 20, 2016
hope this is false
by: Jean Mat

Have headaches everyday. Reading this I am going to try a different coffee and see if they go away. I am a 20 yr drinker of MH breakfast blend or ground roast. I hope this is not the cause. Reading this is horrible and hope its not true or they changed recipe and replace with chemicals to make us sick b/c its cheaper. I am trying to be positive. So I am off to not drinking coffee for a few days and than go back to drinking it again and see the difference. Hope there is none.

Feb 19, 2016
by: Anonymous

recently i have been running to the bathroom after drinking my coffee in the morning which is folgers i never thought about it until i read peoples comments but yes lately the folgers has been effecting my stomach to the point where now i would not know what to buy if both coffees are doing this to people

Feb 18, 2016
No more Maxwell House for me.
by: Anonymous

I cannot believe this. I have used Maxwell House for years but just within the last year my nose has been peeling and headaches and upset tummy and frequent dirrhea. And yes it got better after I quit drinking the coffee. Definitely changing brands.

Feb 18, 2016
coffee making me sick
by: Anonymous

I don't drink Maxwell house coffee very often, but I do drink the packaged boxed hispanish coffee and it also makes me dizzy and I feel like low sugar or down feeling after drinking the coffee, and in order to feel better right away I have to drink water afterwards . so I think it is something to do with the beans or cultivation or process of the beans ?, I just hope someone finds out and let us know and fix it

Feb 18, 2016
Maxwell house
by: Selina

Omg I thought it was just me. I actually couldn't drink coffee for months because just the smell of it made me sick. I drank maxwell house all my life but started getting so sick to my stomach. I thought I was changing because I have reached the big 50. Something is definitely wrong with it. It doesn't even smell good when brewing, like it use to. Hopefully we can find out.

Feb 18, 2016
Thought it was just me!
by: Anonymous

I have been using Maxwell House for many years!!! It's the only brand I would drink. Then suddenly every single time I drank it, I got immediate horrible cramps, was nauseaous & running to the bathroom. I couldn't figure out why, all of a sudden. I thought it was just me. Sometimes it made me feverish. Doesn't matter which Maxwell I used. I've had 100% Columbian, French Roast, a lot. I switched to other coffees and was fine. Bought MH French Roast the other day, since I haven't had it in a while & same thing, only now it didn't even taste good anymore. My sister got similar symptoms with Folgers. That's just sad, I loved MH!!

Feb 17, 2016
by: Angela

The very first time I drank Maxwell 7 years ago I was fine. Recently for the past year I've been experiencing bad stomach-aches and diarrhea, so I avoid buying this brand all together now. I drink only MacDonald brand and I am fine with it, I do not experience the sickness that I do with Maxwell House. I thought maybe it was just me, but now I see this article and I guess I'm not alone.

Feb 17, 2016
Not just me
by: Joe

I thought it was just me i noticed a different taste n not a good one but i had a cold n thought it had somthing to do with it but cold is gone n i still have the strange tast so i cleaned out coffee pot thinking it would go away but no still have it ill be watching now to see whats going on thanks for sharing strange brew in Florida

Feb 16, 2016
Head aches by drinking Maxwell House coffee
by: Debra Powell

I drank Maxwell House for three days and got savear
Head aches I stopped drinking it for a couple of days and had two cups today and got another head ache . I thought it was my sinuses at first so I took day quil and two Tylenol I had to lay down

Feb 16, 2016
by: Maria

I haven't seen that label in Florida, I drink both brands and I have never had any problem. Double check where it comes from and where it was packed.

Feb 16, 2016
by: ida

I was actually thinking it was just me
doing something wrong. I have been getting headaches and stomach aches after i drink folgers. The taste is different. What is going on?

Feb 15, 2016
International Coffee- Cafe Francais not the Same!
by: Anonymous

I too have noticed a change in the taste of a Maxwell House coffee product. I have drank Cafee Francais for 30 years or more. I noticed a stronger, bitter flavor in the last 2 cans. I am disappointed with the change and sorely miss my favorite coffee beverage.

Feb 13, 2016
Why is Aspartame being used in your Sugar Free International Coffee?
by: Anonymous

I am deeply saddened to discover that your International Sugar Free Coffee has aspartame in your ingredients! With all the warnings of aspartame why is your company still using it. I knew it could be too good to be true why i loved this product until i looked at the ingredients. I will be forced to discontinue your product because I care more about my health! I will be telling others about the dangers of using your product and hope in the future you choose stevia leaf or other safer sugar substitute...

Feb 12, 2016
Officially, Maxwell House is dead!
by: Aram

Bought Maxwell House Original Roast 925G (cause it was cheap,$ 5.97 CAD) and returned it open to the store same day. It's everything but not coffee. Got the dizziness only from the idea that I am gonna drink it next month. Bought %100 Arabica (Colombian) 326G of Selection from another store. Pretty happy now. 3G investments (the owner of KRAFT) destroys this iconic brand!!!

Jan 19, 2016
Of Course
by: Anonymous

Maxwell House, Yuban, Nabob, Gevalia, Mcdonalds Bagged retail coffee is made in one of two manufacturing facilities (Jacksonville, FL and San Leandro, CA)

It is no secret that "All" of these brands take advantage of the consumer. Kraft employ a team of experts to continuously try to make a decent cup of coffee with cheaper beans. A lot of science goes into this effort. Basically, they used to roast good quality coffee at a fast rate and now they try to roast poor quality coffee at slower rates. Also, it not a secret that they constantly are developing blends that mix great quality coffee with the bad stuff to make the final product. These blends will often change from time to time due to new flavors, promotions, etc. For instance, they may provide a new packaging look or provide a new style container and they ship with better quality product, over time the product will "cheapen" the blend to maximize profit leaving consumers with poorer tasting product. Believe me, the consumers fascination fad with premium coffee is putting a hurt on mainstream coffee and as a result, changes are being made for transitional roasters to "keep up" with the falling market share. Its all a balance

It like anything else in manufacturing. Processed food is becoming of lesser quality.

Jan 17, 2016
by: Word!

How many coffee beans does it take to wake up the world. I thought I had developed gerd or cancer had already set in. Switched to McDaniel's medium roast. Three days and no heartburn at all. I am shocked at the heartburn relief. I couldn't eat chips,butter,apples,bread,chocolate and was starting to get sick. The quality of food in general is of concern, I have a basic diet and never eat prepared foods from grocery stores or restaurants. I have never stopped drinking coffee since I started as a child, I am now 51. Maxwell house and Folger's brands were mainstay's. I quit smoking because of the heartburn 3 years ago and thought maybe I quit too late, burn did not subside. I will say I couldn't get enough coffee on former brands, it seemed to be addictive??? I do not drink as much coffee on current brand, maybe a third as much. I smoked organic tobacco years ago and went from 2 packs commercial brand a day to 8-10 ciggs per day. Private whole leaf, you shred and roll your own. Maybe there are fillers and quicker methods to meet demands that are cost effective. There are times I drink coffee and want to vomit for a brief moment. I stove perk my coffee in a pot, vintage 1960 that is stainless steel, pure water, transfered to sealed carafe upon completion of brew. I feel normal again. If the heartburn continues I quit drinking coffee all together. I quit drinking beer as well, a year ago. ???

Jan 14, 2016
Companies don't care
by: Msboo

Maxwell House, Folgers & other such brands.... I contacted Kraft (Maxwell House) & Smuckers (Folgers). Got the same 'yada-yada' from both. Customer Service knows nothing but "canned answers" & the like, which is what they're instructed to say. I did fill out a form from Kraft then never heard anything back. Bottom line.... they don't care. I see people in the coffee isles searching/looking at ALL the coffees--Maxwell House & Folgers, then start looking thru the brands in the vented 12oz bags (which are mostly better coffees). They grab whatever & finish their shopping. I've even asked some people if MH or Folgers tastes or smells like coffee to them & they all have said the same, "No, not anymore." Most seem to go to the vented bagged coffees since they're better. I don't buy my coffee from the grocery. I buy 1 pound of fresh roasted beans weekly from a local small batch roaster, grind each morning only what I'm going to brew. Local roasters will also grind your coffee for you. I said Good Bye to MH & Folgers in 2012 & never looked back.

Jan 12, 2016
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking maxwell house for over 30years. I had been drinking columbian,French roast. The last 4years. In November 2015 the flavor of the columbian to me has changed
Its like brewing water .no matter how strong I make it .even the French roast is the same. I got a 12 cup maker.2scoops usaly will do it . I even went as far as using 2 and a half. Its weakkk..10$wasted.

Jan 09, 2016
Maxwell House - fishy smell
by: Anonymous

Obviously, I am not the only one disturbed by lack of aroma as well as by the fishy odour of my coffee. I normally drink Taster's Choice instant coffee. We ran out an my husband picked up Maxwell House instead. Right away I did not like the appearance of the grains of coffee so I checked for the aroma. Nothing. Not a single drop of coffee bean smell. I know this is instant coffee but there is still something wrong with that. Desperate for my morning coffee, I make a cup. On my first sip, I noticed what I can only refer to as a 'fishy smell'. Absolutely repulsive! On a whim, I thought I would google 'Maxwell House fishy smell' and was surprised when I found this forum. There is something seriously wrong with this brand and/or this jar. Judging by the amount of comments online (and people motivated enough to google the subject) Kraft has some explaining to do. I think I will write them.

Jan 07, 2016
Folgers Gone Bad?
by: Anonymous

At least I know I'm not the only one! My husband and I both noticed recently that the same brand/roast of coffee we have been brewing and drinking for years has suddenly started tasting bitter. This is despite using filtered water (as we have always done, cleaning my coffeemaker regularly using vinegar, using unbleached filters (as always). Nothing has changed except the taste of the coffee. If that wasn't bad enough, we find out that the brand/roast that we have loved for so long has now been discontinued. So now we're not only battling with bitter coffee, but having to get used to a whole new taste, and NOT liking it. Why do they always have to try to fix what isn't broke? Leave our coffee alone!!!!

Jan 05, 2016
by: Anonymous

Thought maybe it was just me but began to have terrible acid reflux with MH Dark so quit using it. Have been checking other brands. That being said, all coffee makers are from outside the US and it takes a long time lots of pots of water before they stop leaching plastic into your coffee. Something to consider if your maker is new. I think there is an opening here for a maker that doesn't add plastic to your brew. Maybe MH could team up with someone and get back to the good old coffee smell in the morning.

Dec 27, 2015
by: Anonymous

I knew I was in trouble when I opened this plastic jar of Maxwell house. there was no odor of coffee at all. I was using it as a stop gap until I could get more cups. my parents always used Maxwell house. we are talking longer then sixty years ago. this is not coffee by any sense of the word. it is swill. I am being kind here. do not waste your money. it's like drinking brown flavored hot water. Rip off.

Dec 21, 2015
What Happen!
by: Steppytoe

I'm not loyal to any brand or type of coffee blend or roast. I personally like to switch things up a bit; change brands, blends, beans, ground, etc. However, When I want to cut back on my grocery bill, I pick up Maxwell House Breakfast Blend; I think its like $4. And,it use to fairly decent tasting. Well,I've had 2 cans since October....I thought the first can was just bad or something. But after the second can....I'm convinced something has changed for the worst at Maxwell house. It has NO aroma when you open the can...and the taste! I could swear its mixed it tobacco harvested from a spittoon! From the previous post I see some folks have called Maxwell House's customer service....they claim "no change" in the blend. Well, I'm calling BS. It absolutely undrinkable.

Dec 13, 2015
Folgers smells like cat pee
by: coffee drinker

I am a coffee drinker and have been since a kid. But while staying with a friend, he uses Folgers and I can't stand the smell of it and refuse to drink it. It smells exactly like cat pee!!! That's why I'm on this site to find out why??? Are they treating it with something for a preservative? Can't even stand to be in the house when it's brewing.

Dec 11, 2015
Horrible taste and smell
by: Linda

I've been a loyal folgers fan for years. We noticed a bad taste and smell. We thought possibly it was our coffee maker. Bought a new one, another purchase of folgers. Still horrible. Will NOT drink this. Switched to Maxell House and are experiencing the same thing!!
WHAT is this?

Coffee deprived in N C...

Nov 29, 2015
Uncle Ho's Revenge
by: Mortiquie

Picked up a can of MH Morning Boost yesterday. It was under 4 bucks so I thought I'd throw caution to the wind and give it a shot. Started reading this thread as it dripped into the cup to see if any opinions were floating around out there. Here's my 2¢: it tastes just like the $1 a bag Vietnamese coffee I picked up at the dollar store, and that isn't much of a complement. If I'd noticed the country of origin on the dollar store bag I would have passed on it. Back to the MH: I don't get headaches, or hives and have a cast iron gut so I doubt it will disable me too bad. My wife had a cup and is the opposite as for her constitution, so she will be her own canary in the mine shaft on this one. Interesting after taste reminds me of soil.

Nov 27, 2015
Kraft Claims no change to MH Master Blend
by: Anonymous

I started using MH Master Blend over 30 years ago. The grounds always smelled great and the coffee was just better than other in-store brands. That was until October 2015. My wife, a tea drinker, immediately noticed a change for the worse in the aroma while brewing. I noticed a harshness in the taste. I contacted Kraft and asked them for a yes or no answer as to whether they changed something. I also indicated that anything other than yes or no would be assumed to be a yes. They claim "we don't have any records of this product having been reformulated recently". They didn't give me the yes or no answer I asked for, so I am assuming their answer was "Yes" even though their answer implied the opposite. I am now on the search for a replacement coffee.

Nov 22, 2015
Lite half the caffeine
by: Anonymous

I love the all decaf Maxwell House coffee. The store did not have it this time so I bought the "lite" variety.
The taste is strange and no good fresh smell when I opened the container.

Nov 22, 2015
DAMN !!! I knew i was not going crazy
by: Anonymous

I've been drinking Maxwell House instant coffee for years, no problems whatsoever. However for the past month or two i noticed i'm having headache and hives (especially on the hands and feets). It happens almost immediatly after i drank the coffee, it comes and go within half an hour. I had no idea this could come from the coffee, i'm certainly gonna change brand and see if there's an improvement in my symptoms.

Nov 14, 2015
rock gut stomach
by: Ben

I found most instant coffee gives this old Iron Horse the stomach quivers. I really enjoy Columbian Ground Roast. My top brand is Maxwell House, I don't like French Roast, Morning Blend, etc, etc, etc,.... Columbian!

Nov 07, 2015
Don Francisco making me ill!!
by: Anonymous

This must be full of Robusta beans or something...All-day nausea, headaches and stomach pain. It tastes terrible and smells like burnt rubber. These coffees used to taste great, now they taste like poison!!

Nov 04, 2015
coffee container
by: Anonymous

The coffee is fine but the plastic container without a handle is horrible. There is nothing to grip and if you have arthritis and have a problem holding on, it is a nightmare. I don't know whose idea it was to change containers but they should have taken into consideration consumers of all ages who have to hold the can and try to measure out the coffee. I have dropped the can twice. Do you know how long it takes to clean up a spill from a two lbs. can of coffee? Please reconsider going back to the old plastic 2lbs can with a handle. Thank you

Oct 29, 2015
American Coffee is good
by: Anonymous

One or a few bad roasters, and brewers because if the brewer can't follow directions on the side of the packaging it bears on the flavor, should not taint the reputation of ALL American coffee roasters and producers. Too much of an instant or a ground can produce an acrid tasting sludge in your cup.

Oct 29, 2015
AGREE with EDITOR on last comment
by: Msboo

The Editor's comment below nailed it. We have lots of great small batch artisan coffee roasters here in the states. Most here know you do not buy coffee from the grocery store OR IF YOU MUST then consider some better known brands sold in vented 12oz bags. All other coffees sold off store shelves in metal or plastic cans/containers are not good---don't know what they put in there, fillers with low grade coffee or whatever.

Oct 28, 2015
Maxwell House IS bad coffee!
by: Anonymous

Well, when I visited the U.S. a few months ago, I also tried "Maxwell House" coffee - and I must honestly say that it IS a really BAD coffee. Coffee over here in Europe is so much better and full of taste and flavor. Americans cannot produce good coffee. No, sorry, you can't!

Editor's Note: Yes, Maxwell House sucks. But to suggest that Americans can't produce good coffee...well! Small-batch American roasters create some of the best coffees in the world!

Oct 13, 2015
Maxwell House Colombian... NASTY!
by: Joe in Butler, PA

For years I've been buying MH French Roast and Dark Roast, with no complaints. But over the past few years, it would seem that every time I buy the MH Colombian, I wind up throwing the can away, because of it's nasty taste. And not just marginally nasty; outrageously nasty. A strong, bitter, sour taste that's nothing short of awful. The aftertaste stays with you for hours. Even after brushing my teeth, it still takes hours to get the taste of out of my mouth. Has anyone else experienced this with MH Colombian?

Oct 06, 2015
sick from maxwell house
by: Michael & Erica

We were getting headaches and nausea the last week and thought maybe it was the Maxwell House. We bought a big container from a big box warehouse to save some money. We stopped using the coffee and presto the headaches stopped. Not sure what they are doing but certain it was something in the coffee.

Oct 04, 2015
Foldgers country roast sick
by: Anonymous

I bought foldgers country roast from Walgreens .Big mistake we normally drink Starbucks k-cups or grind whole bean coffees! But they get pricey so I get a can of maxwell or foldgers every now and then. I thought it taste weird but never had it before so kept drinking. I then felt out of it like my equilibrium was off, even blurred vision, periods of fatigue , Then sat on the toilet for a long time I thought I must of had a bug .Drank a cup the next morning and started the same thing I new it was the coffee .Was on the toilet 3 times that day with headache I went and bought Starbucks and felt great again . I'm going to save that coffee til we figure out what's in it . Thanks DONT BUY THIS COFFEE

Oct 02, 2015
by: Kathkleen

I have been using Maxwell coffee for years, the last two times i bought it. It tasted like plastic. I have bought other brands lately, but I miss my Maxwell. Please take the plastic taste and odor away.
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Sep 02, 2015
Giving up on Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

Have bought MH most of the time the past few years and sometimes splurge on an organic coffee I like. MH no longer has that great, fresh coffee smell when I open a new can which makes me think it is not fresh. Some days the coffee tastes great - at first but then I can only tolerate one cup where I used to drink two. Two days ago I felt really sick after having my coffee and a bowl of old-fashioned oatmeal. I had some mild diarrhea, felt nauseous and had some dizziness. I don't know if it was the coffee or the oatmeal or both but I was sick all day. There are many complaints on-line about Quaker Oats products and now here about MH coffee. I am going to go back to organic coffee to see if there is a difference.

Aug 30, 2015
MH put to the test
by: Anonymous

I've been using Maxwell House Lite for as long as they have been making it and before that it was Maxwell House original. About 5 years ago I cut down to one cup a day, and just a few days ago I was put on Paxil for anxiety. Since I opened a new plastic bin of Maxwell House about that same time, I have not been able to drink a whole cup for the burning sensation and horrible tremors after the first sip. I thought I was having a sensitive stomach as a reaction to the Paxil when I stumbled onto this site. My son lives with me and buys the cheapest full caffeine coffee Walmart has. I thought I would put this to the test and I am enjoying a cup of it as I type this with absolutely no reaction! Wow - no more Maxwell House for me...

Aug 21, 2015
Glad i found this
by: Anon

Been drinking maxwell house light every night this week and shortly after I always feel nauseous, stomach pain, slight headaches and feelings lf anxiety. Jst came across this and was glad to find out that im not the only one. Someone really needs to investigate Maxwell House, i feel like im on the verge of dying rn

Aug 18, 2015
I have become forgetful drinking Folgers
by: Karen

My symptoms are terrible headaches, stomach pain, sneezing, blurred vision and forgetful, drained,of energy. Floger's has been slowing killing me over the years of drinking it. Itmay have been the cause of my Gal bladder having to be removed.. The reason I came to this sight today is because the taste of my Folgers was weird today very strange tasting and pale in flavor. I will not continue drinking this container of coffee. Its very sad to think these trusted name brand companies are harming people's health

Aug 17, 2015
No residue with Folgers instant or ground drip
by: Anonymous

I've never had a residue issue with Folgers instant or drip. And, I suppose it's a matter of taste, but Folgers isn't overloaded with chicory.

Aug 11, 2015
Instant Maxwell House
by: Anonymous

When I go to the store for instant coffee, it.s way up on the top shelf and I am short. I manage to snag it and know if it hits me on the head it won't hurt! I changed to this from tasteless Folgers. Always put a little Nestles chocolate in to pep it up. This leaves some residue. Today I left the chocolate out so I didn't have to hit the bottom collection...Well, low and behold there was a scummy residue on the side of the cup where I had been drinking. That settled that!!. I am done with this.

Aug 08, 2015
Something wrong
by: Anonymous

I have had problems from drinking the Maxwell House iced coffee packets. I have had diarrhea after drinking one glass of the coffee along with headaches and a dizzy feeling. I have also experienced the feeling of having a panic attack. I have drank this type of coffee off and on and did not relate the symptoms with the coffee till the last two times. I thought I would google what I have been experiencing and came across this site. I am definitely stopping drinking this brand of coffee and throwing the last two packets of this type of coffee away. Whey hasn't there been an investigation after all of the complaints about Maxwell House?

Aug 05, 2015
Folgers coffee makes me tired
by: Anonymous

I usually don't have any problems when I drink coffee, but whenever I drink Folgers or Maxwell House coffee after few hours I would feel extremely tired. There is something definitely wrong with Folgers and Maxwell House and I'm pretty sure they are using some additives in their coffee. I have decided that I won't be using either of these products in the future.

Aug 04, 2015
Maxwell House Dark for $8.99 Canadian
by: Henry

Hi, I bought a 925 G can of Maxwell House Dark Roast on sale for a good price, then after buying it i went on line to find out who makes the best brand of store bought coffee, after going on line i was thinking about returning it, i went to the store to exchange it but they were out of the other brand that was on sale, After returning home i decided to just keep it and see for myself, i made a small pot and made it a little strong and drank it black i didn't really care for it, and a little cream and now we have a rich dark coffee, the bottom line is, i'm glad i kept it, for the cost to taste ratio it was a bargain

Jul 26, 2015
This is why...
by: Anonymous

...I now mostly drink Kava instant. The big brands have become very inconsistent in quality and no bitterness. A bit pricier per ounce but good coffee.

I will add that I've never had a disappointing cup of Peet's.

Jul 23, 2015
got sick and dizzy...
by: Anonymous

i thought i was dying.. i am not a maxwell house customer, simply purchased it in desperation last night because i ran out of my regular fresh ground blend.. anyway, woke up as usual, brewed this coffee, and after a few sips.. actually felt nauseous, and the need to say, go to the bathroom a little more than normal. needless to say, i need my caffein, so drank the entire 15oz cup.. and half way on the train, had to turn around and go home. i was feel woozy, lightheaded and nauseous. spent the day at home, lightheaded... not sure what it is, but seems like i am not the only one.. so best to just spread the word to stay away from this crappy blend. i hope i feel better to tomorrow.. drank alot of water to flush this poison out of my system today!

Jul 20, 2015
Nabob laid me up for two days :(
by: Linda in Vancouver

My issue is with NABOB coffee. I bought some Keurig cups a few days ago and have finally put two and two together. For the last two days I have had excruciating back pain, but my gut was telling me it might actually be something internal instead. This morning I realized "I haven't felt like this since that can of Nabob coffee I bought years ago". Like others have commented, the cans were on sale also (I suspect they were trying maybe trying to get rid of a lousy batch?). I drink gallons of coffee without issues (but never Nabob, Folgers nor Maxwell House). Usually it's a store brand in Canada (President's Choice) or Starbucks.

Jun 15, 2015
Maxwell house can vs kcup
by: dannyz

I compared the flavor of the can vs the kcup - the difference is day and night! Definitely get the kcup - the taste is really good. Be sure to recycle the cups!

Jun 08, 2015
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking MH regular for 20 years. Starting in May 2015, I noticed the coffee kept going stale. I also started having intestinal cramps and diarrhea. I started drinking a different brand and it stopped. I also cleaned out my coffee maker. I bought another big tin of MH. The problem started again. So they have changed something. My symptoms start within 30 minutes. I drink my coffee black and use distilled water. :(

Jun 03, 2015
you guys are right
by: Anonymous

I am coffee lover and I drink a lot of coffee, of different brands. I start my morning with a coffee of drip using Starbucks at home, and then espresso-based (Peet's) drinks when I get to the office... I hit up local roaster sometimes for the afternoon jolt. I never had any issue with coffee upsetting my stomach. I picked up some MH dark roast ground when my normal Starbucks roast was out of stock, thinking it's good enough to hold me over for a few days... BIG mistake!

I had upset stomach, felt sick and wanted to throw up (not being dramatic here) within 30 mins of drinking of a cup of MH. First I thought it was stress from work, but usually coffee counters work-stress for me... Initially, I didn't think it was the MH coffee, but after 1 week worth of experiments, I am 100% convinced the issue is the MH coffee. The upset stomach wanting to vomit went a way the moment I start drinking other brands of coffee!

Jun 01, 2015
Arabica roast like a punch in the gut
by: Mike

So, I am trying a decaf ground brand (non-MH) which is Arabica, but just the aroma is making me nauseous, and I'm aware that drinking Arabica from Starbucks, MH, and those wonderful coffee-a-month clubs is main bean. But, frankly, I have found non-Arabica to be more tasty and less irritating to my digestion. Unless the barista adds a half-pinch of salt or baking soda, the bitter taste is overwhelming and ruins the experience. In summary, I've found the Arabica experience a turn-off.

Jun 01, 2015
I only like Maxwell House...Anyone else?
by: jaybruce

Anyone know why I only like this particular brand? I am nowhere near a coffee connoisseur, but most everything else I have tried, I taste a 'bitter' aftertaste that I don't with Maxwell House. I don't drink coffee for the taste anyway, I only drink it doped up with cream and sugar, but, even then...I only like this brand. Instant, single 'tea bag' brewing, and full pots. It's the only one I find to be smooth.

May 27, 2015
Maxwell House is Kraft
by: Randy

When Kraft bought out MH years ago they started using Robusto garbage beans "To help the Vietnamese economy". I suppose there was a certain amount of outrage since it tasted like cat poop.

Lately I have used their House Blend in K-cups at home and it tastes very good, I think. It is 100% Arabica.

May 27, 2015
something bad in it
by: Anonymous

I was having horrible diarrhea every morning for months and I thought it might be caused by coffee in general so I quit it and it worked. No more problems. One day my husband said, "how about half a cup?" So I did and I was fine and even went back to a full cup. All was fine with my stomach but I had taken note that the thing that had changed was that we used to buy maxwell house but since we joined costco, we now buy Kirkland columbian. Well I mentioned this all to my dr. and he said it's not the brand that cured you it was the break you took to give your intestines a rest. Well guess what, I ran out of coffee and could not make it to costco so I bought maxwell house since it was on sale, and the terrible diarrhea came back worse than ever. What the heck to they put in that stuff?

May 18, 2015
Maxwell house instant
by: Anonymous

I'm an avid Maxwell House Instant coffee drinker. I look forward to my morning coffee. I purchased 3 jars of instant coffee from ultra food with the expiration date of March 2016. When I sipped my coffee it had a terrible unfamiliar taste. I couldn't drink the whole cup. The next day I decide to go to Jewel and purchase 1 jar. It had the same horrible taste. I don't know if the taste/flavor is changing of you delivered a bad batch to Chicago. I'm extremely annoyed and now I have to search for a new coffee.

May 16, 2015
Maxwell Makes Me Sick
by: Anonymous

I am glad to have found this! I was thinking it was something wrong with our coffee machine or water. I am avid coffee drinker. During the week I can finish a pot of our coffee at work with no problems (Starbucks Blond Roast). On the weekends I brew Maxwell Master Blend. The first problems we started noticing was a very biter/chemical taste about 6 months ago. We put a pinch of salt and it helped with the bitterness but not the chemical taste. Recently I have noticed halfway through a second cup of the coffee I get lightheaded, shakey, nausea and diarrhea. I can never drink more than two cups of this coffee without almost puking. It is unusual considering the amount of coffee I drink during the week So I wouldn't pin it on a caffeine sensitivity. I will definitely be switching to a different a brand of coffee TODAY!

May 14, 2015
tastes like ass
by: Anonymous

the blue can stuff tastes so bad, i'll never buy it again.

May 14, 2015
Foldgers making me sick
by: Jamie Jones

I have always drank foldgers, a few weeks ago I bought a new coffee maker because something tasted disgusting in my coffee. I haven't been able to drink it without getting extremely sick to my stomach. I've been getting headaches to, I thought it was because I was having caffeine withdrawals. I threw away my last can of coffee thinking it was bad. Just opened new one last week. My niece and I had a cup together we weren't even half way through when we both got sick and rushed to bathroom. I am going to see how to have it tested

May 14, 2015
what's going on?
by: Anonymous

This is crazy...I actually stopped drinking coffee because I was getting extreme nausea after drinking Folger's... After about a week is when it struck me that it was the coffee. We tried Maxwell House...same thing and also felt sluggish. After the whole nausea experience, I haven't had any coffee since. I thought maybe my body was just overly sensitive for some reason. But I'm definitely not surprised.. Nothing is safe anymore.

May 09, 2015
We need a chemist...
by: Tracey

Wish I knew one, but a chemist would be able to analyze these coffees and tell us what is in them that is making us sick. Even a class action would require knowing what is really in these coffees and why they have included additives they know are making us ill. Until then, stop drinking them and spread the word.

May 08, 2015
sick to my stomach
by: Anonymous

I just finished up a 240 oz can of Maxwell House intence bold and have been nauseous every day, even the smell makes me sick. I hope this will quit now that I am drinking another brand. Has anyone considered a class action suit since the company will not address our concerns?

May 06, 2015
Nauseating headaches
by: Concerned Consumer

(NOTE) I have NEVER suffered with headaches...less than a handful in a lifetime so far for me...the big joke in our family is that if mom ever starts having headaches then something will be wrong...now on with the coffee problems...

(FIRST)I have been drinking coffee in my new Keurig since December 2014...I bought Folgers gourmet Lively Columbian from Sam's Club...I always run the water twice in one k-cup of coffee so it will give me two cups of weaker tasting coffee...

(SECOND)I continued to drink this coffee for about a week when I started noticing headaches...some slight and some severe headaches mostly in the back of my head and tightness in my forehead and in the eye area...eventually nausea set in and all types of intestinal problems)...

(THIRD)At first I didn't relate it with the coffee...I thought it was a really bad allergy from the early pollen this year...

(FOURTH)...A few weeks ago...I changed coffee to Folgers gourmet Morning Cafe from Walmart...I continued to have the headaches JUST NOT AS SEVERE as before...now the headaches are a whole lot less and the nausea is going away some...the intestines are feeling better...I WILL NEVER BUY THE FOLGERS LIVELY COLUMBIAN EVER AGAIN!!!

(FIFTH)...I plan to buy Doughnut House brand of coffee today at Walmart to see if I can get the headaches to completely go away...I will update my post in a few weeks with the results...

May 01, 2015
K-cups vs. can
by: Anonymous

Had several K-cups of MH and it was quite good. Thought the large container MH in my Mr. Coffee should be just as good. Not even close. I am returning the MH can. No flavor, no taste and no aroma. Just warm colored water.

Apr 30, 2015
Max Lite
by: Linda

I am going to have to change to another brand of coffee next time I go to the store. Maxwell House Lite is just not like it used to be. It is so bitter, and doesn't smell fresh from the get-go! I have been drinking Maxwell House coffee since I got married--almost 54 years ago.Believe me, something has changed! Yuck!

Holiday, Fl

Apr 25, 2015
Shocked and Very Concerned About Our Safty
by: Anonymous

My wife and I have been drinking Maxwell House for over 30 years. We switch between the Med and Dark roast with Maxwell House and only purchase Starbucks and Dunken Donuts when they are on sale. We have noticed after immediately drinking coffee from last few cans my wife and I felt extremely nauseated and had to immediately use the bathroom. The first cup after opening this last container was the worst yet for me. I was on my normal routine driving to work and started to drink my Maxwell House coffee. I was about half way trough the cup and had to pull over on the highway and vomited continuously with horrible stomach cramps. I quickly drove to the rest stop and it was coming out both ends at that point. That evening we bleached and throughly cleaned the coffee maker. Next morning the samething happened after half a cup. The FDA has to get involved before someone gets sick and dies from this coffee!!!!!

Apr 22, 2015
Folgers Adverse Reactions
by: TRW

I have been having health problems for over six years off and on including extreme fatigue/weakness, dizziness/vertigo, brain-fog and dissociative identity disorder type issues like feeling lost in my head, etc. No doctors have found anything wrong with me when checked. I began my own research a couple of years ago and found the usual thousand diseases that have common symptoms such as celiac disease/gluten intolerance, etc. but found inconsistencies (I can eat breads, etc. and feel fine). After ruling out almost everything myself I decided to just cut stuff out until I found out if a food allergy was the culprit. Turned out cutting coffee helped 100% so I quit for a while. Being weak-willed (with coffee :) I drank some again a while back with no problems! I had been drinking coffee for months with no problems until I bought some Folgers Coffee on sale. Then the problems came back in full force! I discussed it (again) with my wife and we realized that we had been buying off brands for a long time recently and that my previous years of problems coincided with our regular purchases of Folgers Coffee. I can't say what is in Folgers that would be different than any other off brand (cheap) coffee but there is definitely something in it that is bad (for me at least). Consumer Beware! (PS: I don't know that I ever tried MH but I wouldn't be surprised if they were owned or produced by the same company or processes).

Apr 04, 2015
Got a severe headache after dring maxwell house coffee i purchased at DOLLAR GENERAL
by: Anonymous

I made a huge mistake by buying a can of Maxwell Coffee at the Dollar Store, The can read MORNING BOOST IN YELLOW. Shortly after drinking it I got a severe migraine headache from Hell. The headache
started in the afternoon and staying with me through the night,Got very little sleep. Not knowing made another pot of it in the morning,
My Headache has finally dulled, after drinking the Coffee it came back full force. BUYER BEWARE.

Apr 04, 2015
coffee change
by: Anonymous

We used to love the Maxwell house house blend, but lately it has been tasting different, not good like it used to be. So I guess it's time to look for another coffee. Good while it lasted.

Apr 02, 2015
Maxwell house coffee with colored grounds
by: Anonymous

I started saving my Maxwell House used coffee grounds to use in my gardens this spring. While the grounds were drying, I noticed some of the ground were blueish green. Can anyone tell me what is in the coffee grounds? Is it some sort of a filler? or Chemical? I've never seen this before in any other product.

Mar 31, 2015
by: Anonymous

its full of pesticides!!!.

Mar 30, 2015
Hate the new cans
by: Anonymous

wish they would go back to the old handle. This new so called handle is terrible. I have cleaned up more coffee grounds than I wish to. wish they would think of us who BUY the product than what is going in their bank accounts. Might have to change coffee if they don't change back.

Mar 27, 2015
Maxwell House CONTAINER SIZE Decrease
by: Fullait

A container of 1 Lb 13.3 oz? Really? and same price as old 2 lb container also made to look like 2 lb container with the back cut away and formed into a handle so it still looks like a large container from the front view. What do they think? We are idiots? I won't be buying any more of their products because of this. Coffee container & cereal box reductions saving pennies a box and MILLIONS overall at our expense. Like the 5 lb bag of sugar gone forever reduced to 4 lbs at the same price of 5 lbs. Good bye Maxwell House.

Mar 25, 2015
Kraft Food Co response to complaint
by: Anonymous

My husband and I have used MH Instant for 34 years - bought 3 jars on sale last week and thought it was odd that it didn't have that "fresh coffee aroma" when we opened it - it tasted awful and had a 'chemical' smell and aftertaste. I went to Kraft Foods site (ironically, they were just sold to Heinz yesterday) and filled out a 'product concern' form with date codes, UPC, etc. Here is the response I rec'd:

We appreciate you taking the time to visit us at http://www.kraftfoods.com/ and for letting us know about your experience.
I'm sorry to hear that your MAXWELL HOUSE Instant Coffee Bonus was bitter tasting and had a chemical smell.

The problem you described sounds like the product was not properly stored during distribution. We take care at our manufacturing facilities to ensure that our products are stored at the correct temperature and time frame until we are able to distribute them. Once our products are in distribution, the storage is out of our control. If the product was exposed to excessive temperatures it could cause the problem you described.
Again, I apologize for this experience. Thank you for your loyalty and we hope that your next experience is a good one.
Kim McMiller
Associate Director, Consumer Relations

Sounds like BS to me - I returned it to the store (Walgreens) and even though it was NOT their issue, but in my opinion defective product, they credited me the full amount.

Mar 20, 2015
Allergic reaction to Folgers
by: Anonymous

I am having a reaction to Folgers Dark Roast. My face has become tingly and on the brink of going numb. Also the past couple of years, I would become nauseous after drinking a mug of morning coffee. Very strange. I started to think that maybe they were adding a flavor enhancer, like MSG. I had four drinks from my coffee mug this morning and the facial tingling started immediately. Through the rest of the mug down the sink and brewed a cup of tea. I will give up the pre-ground coffees forever.

Mar 20, 2015
Awful Coffee
by: Susan

We recently opened a can of MH Original Roast while on vacation and am so disappointed in the flavour of this coffee.
I brought 3 large tins of the Great Canadian Coffee with me but ran out so I have purchased MH or Folgers in the past while in the U.S.

What have they done to their coffee? I use to find it acceptable but will never buy it again.

Mar 08, 2015
maxwell lite
by: judy

I hadn't bought it in a while but did so recently; it's not the same! My stomach cannot tolerate Folgers lite so I'm going to recommend Starbucks House Blend. Less bang for the buck but a really good coffee.e

Mar 06, 2015
bad maxell house
by: Anonymous

same thing here. I am a MH coffee drinker for the past 50 years. MH has changed the quality of their product. It is disgusting. Too bad for them, I am trying to find another good brand.

Mar 03, 2015
And now I'm sick
by: Anonymous

Have ben drinking Bustelo for months. Love it! Just switched to Folgers Country Roast (was on sale). Have been ill every morning since buying (34.5 oz size). Started to suspect the coffee this morning. A quick google search found me this site. Turns out a TON of people are getting sick from this!!! STAY AWAY!!!

Mar 01, 2015
Wake up, 'Wake Up Blend' has been ruined.
by: Al Breeck

I just bought a 30.65 ounce (used to be 39oz) can of Wake Up Blend, as it used to be perfect for the Keurig, not too dark. Even using 50% more grounds, where is my coffee, this brown water is undrinkable.

Feb 27, 2015
Maxwell House Instant is weak, bland
by: Anonymous

My parents drank Maxwell House instant coffee, and from the 1970s onward, I did too.
Opening a new glass jar was an experience to be savored; The wondrous aroma of fresh coffee seemed to fill the whole kitchen.
That was when Maxwell House instant coffee came in glass jars with red labels and red metal lids.
Then, at some point during the mid 2000's they switched to plastic jars, and then again to blue labeling, and there was a noticeable decrease in flavor.
The new Maxwell House instant in the plastic jars with blue labeling tastes stale from the moment you open a new jar. Theres no longer that wondrous aroma when you open a new jar. And like a previous poster wrote, you need to add more coffee to your cup nowadays.
It is very disappointing.
My new Instant coffee standard in Nescafe Dark Roast.

Feb 24, 2015
Folgers classic roast
by: Anonymous

Have had nausea and violent vomiting from this product

Feb 04, 2015
The reason
by: Anonymous

Coffee is a stomach irritant, some people are more sensitive to it than others and gets more severe with age, and can actually happen like a light switch. One day coffee is you best friend the next day your huggin your toilet like you went drinking the night before.


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Jan 30, 2015
Disgusting Maxwell House coffee
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking Maxwell House Lite coffee for years. This morning I opened a brand new container and expected to be met by the great coffee smell.....I smelled nothing. That should have been my first clue. I brewed the coffee like normal expecting that great coffee taste. I soon as I put the coffee mug to my lips I knew something was not right. It had a chemical smell and and taste.......Disgusting! I will not be buying Maxwell House again.

Jan 29, 2015
MaxwellHouse coffee
by: Anonymous

Has definitely changed the blend..tastes terrible.
Returning this to Publix tomorrow.
Have noticed a drastic change for several months but it's nearly undrinkable now. No enjoyment what so ever. Looking elsewhere.

Jan 26, 2015
freshly unsealed MH crap
by: andriana

when I buy coffee, I stockpile. I bought 2 dozen bottles of instant MH a while back. they expire 15MA15 but every bottle I've opened recently doesn't smell like coffee, it smells somewhat unpleasant. it's even tasteless. I don't know if they've gone stale, the seals were intact. I've been storing them in the same pantry for over ten years and this is the first batch that sucks. maybe I got from the same batch as Don Fitch. I just bought a Nescafe tin and I was transported into a caffeinated heaven. I doubt I'll ever buy from MH again. but what to do with the 1o bottles I have left? bake coffee cakes? tasteless coffee cakes. I guess I'll dump them in my garden fertilizer this May.

is there a way to boost the taste back to normal?

Jan 25, 2015
Nasty cardboard tasting Folgers and it used to be good
by: Debbie and Mike

I'm glad I'm not the only one noticing our Folgers coffee not tasting near as good as it used to. I can't even enjoy that stuff anymore. We found we liked the Folgers Special Blend, well, not anymore, they last 3 can taste awful and we will not buy it again. At work we have Maxwell house and it has that funny taste also. The tasted makes me think it has some cardboard in it somehow. Taste bad.

Debbie and Mike

Jan 16, 2015
by: sabre

I have drank both and i could drink it up until about a a year ago, it started making me feel uneasy, fidgety more than usual and i became nauseous and light headed. almost flue like symptoms i would get cold sweats and all. i would have to lay in bed for quite awhile before i would be even a little bit alright. i know it has nothing to do with caffeine i drink caffeinated drinks all the time so i became worried maybe im allergic to the coffee bean or something but reading these comments i know its something to do with the coffee brand itself.

Jan 15, 2015
white flakes
by: Anonymous

the last container original roast Maxell house that I bought after brewing I noticed white flakes in the grounds which were not there originally.I've had a few issues with this brand for several years and keep forgetting about it.almost flu litwo to threeit took about two to three weeks before I notice the symptoms but they always come on the same way just start with inflamed lips and other mucous membranes.something in it is triggering allergic reactions.

Jan 12, 2015
Maxwell House vs Postum
by: Alison

Our office just replaced our coffee with the maxwell house...i thought oh great now we have gone cheaper, turns out, it tastes just like Postum which is a coffee like substance made with wheat, bran and molasses. This is terrible! We thought it was only because we made a pot with one bag, so we dumped that batch and made it with two. It now looks like real coffee color, but still tastes awful! We are discussing bringing in our own thermoses of home brewed!

Jan 07, 2015
by: lonnalive

I haven't been feeling well for a while, and I have been experiencing terrible cystic acne!! I think I've determined it to be the Folgers coffee I've been using for, unfortunately, about 5 years, regularly. In the last year, the "cysts" have continued to get worse! I quit using Folgers about two months ago when I noticed, every time, about 30 minutes after consuming a cup, a cyst would begin to form. I suspected coffee in general, but found higher quality brands did not have this affect. My face has completely cleared except for some scarring. Since I've dropped Folgers I've consumed 1 cup at my Dad's and, POOF, 30 minutes later, acne. I believe Folgers is poison in my body.

Jan 05, 2015
Allergic Reactions to Folgers
by: JonesTown

I usually avoid Folgers but there's always a pot brewed in the office break room and sometimes it's just too convenient. On several occasions over the last 5-6 years I've had allergic reactions immediately after drinking a cup of Folger's. Symptoms are swollen lips then a headache. After a few incidents I stopped drinking Folgers, until recently. A few weeks ago I had two cups in the same day and I had to go to urgent care that afternoon with a painful swollen eye. That led to multiple trips to the eye doctor, thousands of dollars and a lot of lost work time. I can only suspect there's something in the coffee but the cause of the inflammation was not absolutely determined. But I'm not taking any chances, I now bring my own organic coffee to work and brew it separately in a french press.

Dec 30, 2014
by: Anonymous

Over the last month I have been experiencing severe headaches/dizziness. I finally figured out it was my Maxwell Coffee after not having it over the Holiday as I was out of town and drinking Tim Horton’s. When I returned to home, I started right in on my Maxwell and my headaches returned. I googled Maxwell and Headaches and came across this forum. I will be throwing out my Maxwell and not buying it again. I will return to buying Tim Horton’s.

Dec 29, 2014
folgers and maxwell house taste terrible now
by: Anonymous

As someone who enjoys a cup of coffee in the morning every once in a while, I have noticed a decline in general in the taste of both these brands. My place of work offers folgers classic roast. It has never tasted as bad as it does lately and I have had to stop drinking it completely. The last time I had it, it acted as a laxative. As for maxwell house, my family used to drink it and noticed a decline in taste. Needless to say, I will not be drinking it again.

Dec 26, 2014
Nasty taste
by: Anonymous

My husband and I have been using MH for years. The last few cans we purchased have been terrible. It has a nasty bitter taste. We thought it might be the pot so we changed pots,,,several times. It is the coffee. Fogers is just as bad. Guess its time to shop for a different coffee.

Dec 21, 2014
Cardboard cans
by: Anonymous

The taste changed when they went from metal to cardboard cans. They do not hold the vacuum and the coffee is stale before you even buy it. I have switched to Don Francisco that is still packed in metal cans.

Dec 11, 2014
They are sending it to the lab
by: Anonymous

I found this webpage after I discovered my coffee smelled like chemicals and was making me sick. I went on maxwell house's facebook and complained. A representative called me and they are going to send it to their labs to see what's going on. The weird thing is they said no one else has complained about it smelling like pesticides... So seriously, go tell maxwell house what you've been saying on here. Let them know. I saw someone mention reporting them to the FDA, that's good too and all, but let the company know too before going over their heads.

Dec 10, 2014
Folgers Classic Roast is scum!
by: RyGuy

I am so glad I found this site. I've had morning headaches and stomach cramps drinking Folgers for a while, but especially with this new tub of Classic Roast I purchased a few days ago. When I first opened it, for some reason it caught my attention how fragrant it was - now I'm suspicious as to whether Folgers is hiding something with an aromatic additive. I recently bought a new coffee maker and wasn't sure whether or not it was the root of the problem, but reading these posts seems to confirm my suspicions.

I am in no way a coffee expert, so it's hard for me to tell differences between different coffees. I wasn't sure whether I was just drinking too much coffee or what. I will try a locally roasted bag of beans and update about whether I get the same effects.

Dec 07, 2014
by: Anonymoustamya

I bought some Maxwell House, brewed it, drank 3 cups of it in the span of 3 hours and spent 1/2 the day running to the bathroom. I will never waste my money on MH coffee again.

Nov 30, 2014
I reported my experience to the FDA
by: Becky

After reading the latest complaint about Maxwell House I went to the FDA web site and filled out a report. The last post on here I read suggested doing that---great idea! I listed Maxwell House AND Folgers as bad coffees but also mentioned the same could apply to generic store brands as well. PLEASE go to the FDA site and file a complaint. I won't ever go back to drinking pre-ground coffee from a can but something should be done since there are still consumers buying that terrible stuff!

Nov 29, 2014
Upset Stomach
by: Don

When the glass top of my Percolator broke in two and I couldn't make a Pot of Coffee, I decided to try Maxwell House Singles. First was that awful taste. I'm a hardcore Coffee nut and I even drank C-Rat Coffee for years in the Corp, but this taste is sad. Second, that feeling like a Daycare of hyper Kids are jumping around in my Stomach until I feel Nausea and my insides are gurgling like someone down there is pissed at me.
This used to be a Household brand that you could count on to make a good cup of Joe. It will not be in my household again unless I want someone I don't like to have a cup.

Nov 28, 2014
A Little Late for this comment
by: Anonymous

When I was living in Rchester New York Maxwell House came out with a coffee labeled Italian Roast. Presumably to test market a coffee where a large italian community existed. I bought a can and the next morning I awoke to the most amazing smell I had ever encountered for a pot of coffee. I could smell it all the way three floors up from the kitchen!

This went on for several months, every morning the most amazing smelling and tasting coffee. I was almost out of the coffee so I went a purchased another 2 pound can. A couple of days later I opened the new can and prepared the coffee maker for the next morning. When I awoke I went to the kitchen for my morning cup and when I tasted it there was no taste! Nothing! I was in a panic. I reread the label to make sure I had the right coffee. I dumped the pot and began another, but with the same result. No taste at all.

As it turns out as of today, some 20 years later still I cannot taste or smell coffee if it is wet. I can smell the aroma of coffee when it is dry, beans or ground, but when it is brewed it has no aroma or taste. I have searched for a coffee I could taste, even when I was in Hawaii I had hoped I would find something, but no. I found out that the Italian roast they sold was only a test market and it did not survive. I suspect that it had some chemical aroma enhancer in it that caused drinkers of the coffee to be addicted to it. I certainly was. I could not wait to wake up and get that first cup in the morning. I think that might have scared Maxwell House and they pulcer the enhancer for a few months before pulling the coffe from the shelves. I certainly would pay them for that coffee again as it seems to be the only coffee I could taste or smell, I need some of that enhancer!of course they would never own up to such a thing. I do not know how large the trial was.

It might have been only in Rochester but I will bet there are others still there with the same problem, cannot taste or smell the coffee. What kind of life is that?!?

Nov 21, 2014
Maxwell House Coffee changed for the worst
by: Anonymous

I thought it was in my head, but so glad I found this thread.....

I at first blamed Costco as I bought a huge can, then I got the smaller can at a different store and it still tastes yucky!!

I used to LOVE getting up and having a cup of this coffee and it is the only kind I would buy.

Now I don't know what to get?? They are NOT cheap, so what do I do?

Nov 19, 2014
Can't believe I found this thread!
by: Dee

I bought Maxwell House (original med roast) on sale at CVS. I switch brands all the time and I noticed Im getting "the runs" while drinking it, it isn't waking me up and doesnt taste so great. I greatly prefer shop coffee but I did some online searching and found this. What is Maxwell House doing to their coffee?? Pesticides, mix ins, ????

Nov 19, 2014
by: Anonymous

Wow its not just us. This is the worst coffee i've ever made! maxwell house breakfast blend,it tastes like wood or cardboard or something non coffee. Its nice to have pre ground coffee for convenience but if this is the taste,we better stick to whole bean. What a horrible taste and after taste!

Nov 17, 2014
by: Anonymous

Yesterday I woke up made a pot of Folgers coffee and felt slightly nauseous after drinking it. This morning I drank half a cup and threw up. There's something seriously wrong with their coffee.

Nov 17, 2014
Maxwell House makes me sick
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking Maxwell House for years. The last couple years I've been having issues with nausea, diarrhea and headaches. Went to the doctor's, everything checked out OK, thought I drank too much coffee/ caffeine. Bought the Nescafe instant decaf in September and felt fine all day. Then I had another cup of Maxwell House House Blend and my nausea was back.
I have now completely switched to Nescafe instant (both regular and decaf) and I have not had any issues for almost 2 months.
Someone told me that coffee could be treated with Ammonia, which can cause those symptoms, but I was unable to find any reliable information about this topic.

Nov 10, 2014
Lost another one
by: Mike Tennant

I've been drinking Maxwell House Masterblend for over 30 years, have faithfully stuck by the brand even when it wasn't the cheapest, because I liked the taste. Now apparently you've found another market and decided to tune your product to them. Sounds a lot like the new coke fiasco, and from the comments here, isn't much more successful. I'll have to shop around now to find a coffee I like, but this new master blend is so bad I wont' even bother finishing the brand new container.

Nov 08, 2014
Maxwell House lost good customer.
by: Ed VerVane

THIMC, 11/08/2014

I have been drinking your Original Maxwell House Coffee for over 25 years. About 6 weeks ago I
made a cup as usual in the morning and the taste
was horrible making my stomach rumble causing me
severe cramps and diarrhea. My first thought was
maybe our water was bad. However the next day I
used pure bottled water with the same results.

Yesterday I went out and bought a new high end coffee maker and this morning your Original Roast
Medium coffee just opened was not even close to
the the taste I'm accustom to. Unfortunately for
me I spent time and money defending your Maxwell
House brand only to find out that your quality and
credibility has slipped costing you a good customer.

Very disappointed,

Ed VerVane

Nov 08, 2014
by: Anonymous

Sherry, unfortunately Folgers has changed too. Even off brands. A few years ago I had noticed my husband's drip Maxwell & Folgers changed. My husband would buy either brand. I lie not when I say this...one of those brands, while dripping, smelled like hot urine. Every time. I'm only saying that is what it always smelled like. I dink instant and have to add and add to just get a taste of coffee. No more Folgers or Maxwell House for me either.

Nov 05, 2014
Maxwell House original roast coffee
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking Maxwell House coffee for years, but in the last few weeks, since I've been using this newest tin, it's been making me sick to my stomach. I get headaches, and then I start to throw up. I am a diabetic and cannot afford to be vomiting my breakfast every day. I need to eat regularly to keep my blood sugar levels at their optimum. I would recommend to everyone who reads this that they change to a different brand, but not Folger's, as it seems to be causing the same problem for some people. This is shameful. The product appears to be tainted with something.

Nov 04, 2014
Yes Maxwell Got something going on.
by: Linda Green

What wilI be Maxwell's response People just don't all of a sudden one day decide oh, let bad mouth Maxwell.... It's definitely something deserve an explanation.... I too, share the same thought I was thinking something was going wrong with my taste bud. I ask my husband to give me his thought after I make coffee and he find it to be weak as well. Then I look it up and discover today it's has nothing to do with me at all. And because it so much going on today and everybody want to make a profit without enduring their cost but wsnt to reap a harvest. To the person that made the statement that it's lots of other Coffee to choose from you couldn't be more correct. But in the future you might want to give others thoughts, some consideration it just might save you.

Nov 04, 2014
Maxwell has an Issue!
by: Anonymous

I too, share the same thought I was thinking something was going wrong with my taste bud. I ask my husband to give me his thought after I make coffee and he find it to be weak as well. Then I look it up and discover today it's has nothing to do with me at all. And because it so much going on today and everybody want to make a profit without enduring their cost but wsnt to reap a harvest. To the person that made the statement that it's lots of other Coffee to choose from you couldn't be more correct. But in the future you might want to give others thoughts, some consideration it just might save you.

Nov 04, 2014
Not Good
by: Anonymous

Wife and I have used Maxwell House French Roast for several years. When we went to the grocery store two weeks ago, there was nothing but Maxwell House Original on the shelf. There was a five foot long empty area where all the other varieties of Maxwell House used to be. As we walked by the other brands we happened to see one container of the Maxwell House French Roast in the Folgers area. We put it in our cart and talked about how lucky we were to find it. The next morning when we made our coffee, it was so bitter and it had a very odd after taste for several minutes. We forced ourselves to drink it and now we are paying for it. Since then we have been nauseous, had stomach cramping, and other digestive problems. We are hoping this will go away. We now think it had all been pulled from the shelf for some reason and we just happened to find one they missed.

Nov 03, 2014
small print
by: Carolyn

All my adult life I've drank Maxwell House original, I'm 59. My last two purchases have upset me greatly. The package is marked Original Roast and in small print under the seal is the strength. I've been so disappointed with the strength. I just want the ORIGINAL MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE. Not mild, not medium, not dark, just original roast like in the beginning.

I'd also like to buy it in the same store all the time. Not a different flavor, like this mild roast I'm drinking today. Just the same brand, same flavor time after time. So as upset as I was when I started this writing, all I want to say is, I want my coffee to be good to the last drop like I've known. Maxwell House plain original roast.

Thank you,

Carolyn Montgomery

Nov 03, 2014
Falling in line
by: Anonymous

Sadly, I find Folgers instant to br just as weak. Even the off brands. :-(

Nov 03, 2014
Maxwell House - Yecchh!!!
by: Anonymous

I have used Maxwell House coffee of an on for 50 years -mostly on. Lately something different is happening. I bought a canister of the Colmbian Roast and found that the rich deep and bold flavor I have been accustomed to was gone. It was a weak coffee with no flavor. I called the company and they sent me a $3.00 off coupon/voucher. Fine. I went to the store yesterday and bought a canister of their French Roast which I have always liked. It tastes like the same exact coffee that was in the Columbian Roast Coffee. I believe Maxwell House Coffee has hit an all time low and has gone to the dogs. Their coffee is absolutely TERRIBLE!!!! I am switching to Folgers for now and may begin to start trying some of the other richer coffees sold in the super markets such as Starbuck's, 8 O'clock Coffee, and others or I may start ordering online. No more Maxwell House for me. It is a huge waste of money and a rip-off.

Oct 30, 2014
Nose Knows The Beans
by: Anonymous

AROMA over TASTE? Sure you want Taste or Aroma? How about Both! Not every Nose knows the same. Taste of course also varies per nose? All coffee companies shuffle their beans down to the last drop or should we say spec & grindings. Almost nothing is wasted and put out on the market as Fresh(on some labels). Lets put it this way, there is mega bucks invested in all type of beans from around the globe and the leftovers are sold however they can be sold and masked with other leftover beans that do not look appealing. Don't try to arguge with the companies because they do not tell you very much. This type of business has been this way for centuries. "No" Maxwell House or any other coffee has "Not Gone Bad" but who wants to throw away leftovers that's just money down the drain. If it sells "hash and rehash" the coffee however it can be sold. Smart business!:) Hmmm?Shopping for a good bean to your taste can be costly. But no matter how you or they sum it up its still Taste over Aroma!:)

Oct 30, 2014
Getting sick from coffee but assumed it was coffee, not the brand
by: Anonymous

I have used Maxwell House for a while, right now I'm using the House Blend & mix it with Folgers decaf. I have been fine with coffee for over a year drank it off and on prior to that, but daily for a year. A little over a week ago I started getting stomach pains, felt ill and had other digestive problems. I guessed the acid in the coffee was starting to bother me, so I stopped for a week. My problems went away. Had a 12 oz cup today & I'm miserable. I still suspect it's the acid, not the brands for me, but I found this post interesting.

The acid in coffee can make people sick. Do a search for articles on it.

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
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
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 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
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 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 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
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
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 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 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

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 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
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 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.


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 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.

Jun 24, 2013
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 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

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 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.


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
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 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
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 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 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
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.


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 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
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
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.

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
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
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 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.

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 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 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
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!!

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
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 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

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.


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


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 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.

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

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.

Jul 16, 2011
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 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
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 05, 2011
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.

4129 Drolet
Montreal H2W 2L5 Qc.

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 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.

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 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
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 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 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
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
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 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
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 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.

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
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 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


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
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 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

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 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
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 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 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
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.

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 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
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?

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.



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..

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 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 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?

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???

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!!

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