Whatever happened to Chock Full O’ Nuts?

by Brian
(Thunder Bay Ontario Canada)

Chock Full O' Nuts

Chock Full O' Nuts


Chock Full O’ Nuts used to be absolutely fantastic. It used to live up to its slogan, "Heavenly"!

It's now virtually undrinkable. I understand that a couple of years ago they increased the percentage of Robusta beans. Could this be the reason?

Is there any way I can still find the taste of the old stuff ("Original" roast)? Perhaps a secret cache of out-of-date cans someone has in their storage room?

Perhaps another brand that comes close? Ever since I gave up on the stuff, I've been trying other brands. They all suck. I guess I'm not as much of a coffee lover as I thought. It was just that particular taste I crave. Help!!!


Brian, hi

I’m afraid I have never tried Chock Full O’ Nuts, so can’t give you a first-hand explanation.

But my guess is that you are right in thinking they have been replacing the Arabica beans will the less expensive Robusta beans.

A lot of other companies have been doing the same, and we have a lot of talk on this site about the declining taste of coffees from Maxwell House, Folgers, Yuban and others.

So...while I can’t really help you directly...I can publish your question here, because my guess is that we have other readers who have had the same experience with Chock Full O’ Nuts.

And maybe one or two of them can suggest alternatives that will match the taste you crave!

Best wishes,


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Feb 28, 2018
Taste is oh so odd
by: Rome

I've been noticing that since they changed to the new label almost all of the cans vacuum seals are loose. This is from different stores loose seal nasty coffee.
Anyone else notice the same?

Jan 29, 2018
What Happened?
by: Angry Coffee Drinker

I've been drinking their coffee since high school. The last several years using their pods for the Keurig makers. Suddenly the coffee changed, the pods changed, and they just lost a 40 year customer. Incredibly stupid move.

Jan 28, 2018
Us too
by: John and Gail

We tried everything even doubling the amount of coffee per pot (we use a percolator). Finally we switched to their 100% Colombian and after a little experimentation with quantify per pot we think we are pretty close to the old "Heavenly" coffee that used to be the original.
Has anyone else experienced the same?

Jan 05, 2018
Suddenly Flavorless
by: Anonymous

Completely agree. We've used CFo'N for 22 years and suddenly --it's undrinkable. It tastes like an entirely different coffee, harsh with very little "coffee" flavor. We're now trying different brands each week.

Dec 14, 2017
Acid burn
by: Anonymous

I have loved this coffee until a few months ago when something changed with the coffee.All the sudden I began having bad acid burn after drinking a cup of Chock Full Of Nuts original that never seemed to go away.I have had to change my brand of coffee because of this and as soon as I did no more acid burning.Wish the Company had not changed things.

Aug 07, 2015
chock full o cheap
by: Anonymous

Try Don Francisco northwest roast....

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