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 Perhaps a secret cache of out-of-date cans someone has in their storage room?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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Aug 29, 2021
Bitter with bad after taste
by: Anonymous

Bought a can of the original today because it was on sale and I remember that's what granny always had at her house years ago and it was always good. After my first cup I got the can and started looking for the type of beans used in production and couldn't find it listed anywhere (not proud of what they're putting in there I guess) I couldn't find it anywhere. It was bitter and not at all what I remember it tasting like . Back to Folgers I go

May 25, 2020
Try CFON New York Roast
by: -j

I'll bet that Chock Full o Nuts pulled the Arabica beans out of their "Original" coffee to create more flavor options (while making more profit off the Original flavor). The New York Roast is more like the original flavor - it's dark roasted 100% Arabica.

Apr 07, 2020
good coffee
by: Anonymous

I've switched to Tim Hortons, It's a great coffee and the only reason I'm buying one can of Chock is to put my ashes in. LOL

Mar 09, 2020
It doesn’t taste the same.
by: Be Shiny!


I started sipping on Chock Full of Nuts when I was maybe 19 or 20. My parents drank it and it was delicious. I never drank coffee on the regular but always like to keep some.

I recently bought Chock and I was wondering what happened. I’m a big nostalgia freak so this came as a shock. I’m glad though I’m not the only one that thinks it changed. I will keep searching and get back on here when I find it.

Sep 15, 2019
by: Robert Christian

I bought my first can of Chock full o' Nuts coffee a few months ago, I am now on my third large can. I must say, I have NEVER tasted a better cup of coffee in my whole life! I'm 66 years old and drink my coffee black and this is the best coffee I've ever drank, period...

Sep 10, 2019
Its def changed
by: DanK.

I agree, it has definitely changed.
My wife and I switched to this brand, after Maxwell house started selling dirt called coffee.
We honestly had to get used to CFON flavor, as it
was a little different than the MH Columbian we loved, but we did get used to it.
When our local food store started carrying CFON Columbian we switched to it.
I always thought maybe it was the metal can, that kept the flavor robust for CFON over MH, cause MH had gone to cardboard and plastic cans.
Now? Naaaahhh.
CFON is just as bad as MH was 10 years ago.
It just took them longer.
No strong coffee odor, no robust coffee flavor, just bland bitter coffee.

Jul 14, 2019
Chock ill of nuts
by: Anonymous

Good Evening!
I used to drink Brown Gold coffee which was really good.
Then they changed to pods and don't sell the coffee for
a coffee maker. Dunkin Donuts has 100% arabica coffee
beans but it is expensive - I use the dark roast Dunkin
donuts along withsome Shoprite coffee so it will not be too
strong. Ran out of the Shoprite to mix so will be using
a little Chock full of nuts after reading the posts I will
be less than what I would normallly use.

Apr 05, 2019
by: Anonymous

I decided to switch to Chock Full O' Nuts because of price and a memory of friends serving it to me several years ago. What a waste of money. It tastes nothing like I remember. Now I read these posts that they have added Robusta beans to the mix. Yuck, is all I have to say. I'm going back to the good stuff.

Mar 11, 2019
This might help!
by: Erika

Hi! I unfortunately I never had this coffee in what seems to be its Prime but I have been drinking it for a year or two now. I make mines with a French press, maybe that would help some of you? I let it bloom in the press for 30 seconds, then let the coffee brew for 3 mins. to 3 mins. & 30 seconds. I hope this helps someone!

Happy Drinking!

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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