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We mainly drink half-caffeinated coffee in the morning and are disappointed we can’t purchase this at Aldi. However, we also keep decaffeinated coffee around for other occasions that arise, because a cup of decaf coffee is perfect on a cold winter evening. Desserts such as pie or a sticky bun just demand to be accompanied by a cup of coffee, no matter what time of day they are eaten! As we live in a rural community, home-baked versions of these and many other desserts are readily available, and we find that Beaumont Coffee Classic Decaf and Friendly Farms Vanilla Caramel Creamer pair well with these sorts of goodies.
Beaumont Coffee Classic Decaf
Beaumont Coffee Classic Decaf comes in an 11.3-oz. can for $2.69 (23 cents an ounce) and claims to make up to 90 6-ounce cups of coffee. It is labeled as 100% pure coffee with a medium roast and deep, rich flavor. The powerful smell one typically associates with coffee grounds is missing when one opens the can, though that is most likely because it is decaffeinated.
This is a very basic coffee, comparable in flavor to Folger’s decaf, which is sold for $4.84. I happen to like this better than the Great Value Classic Decaf Medium Ground Coffee from Walmart, which is priced similarly but I found to be overly bitter.
Friendly Farms Vanilla Caramel Creamer
Now we come to what I truthfully view as the most important part of a cup of coffee—the creamer! While I am pretty laid back about my coffee itself, I happen to be quite particular about what goes IN my coffee. I was first introduced to the daily habit with Peppermint Mocha, and I can make do with French Vanilla, but it never feels like MY coffee until I have Friendly Farms Vanilla Caramel. At Christmas this year, I was quite excited when my sister-in-law showed up with a brand-new bottle, so we didn’t have to go without while visiting our parents!
Friendly Farms Vanilla Caramel creamer comes in a 32-ounce container with the traditional spout for a coffee creamer and sells for $1.79 (5.5 cents an ounce). The label claims 35 calories per 1-tablespoon serving, and I need about that much per 6-8 ounces of coffee. Used this way, this container allows for 63 servings.
Yes, I know the ingredient list contains many, many things I can’t identify or even pronounce—but health reasons or the lack thereof are not why you should include this creamer in your daily coffee. Use it because it is a perfect balance of sweet, cream, and the slightest bit of salt to keep the sweet from being overpowering.
What I like best about Friendly Farms Vanilla Caramel creamer is that I have been unable to find anything comparable anywhere else. It really surprised me that no other national brands appear to offer a similar flavor.
Given that decaf coffee is never quite as delicious as the “real thing” (fully caffeinated coffee), this is still a tasty and economical choice for basic decaf coffee grounds. This vanilla caramel creamer is an excellent addition to any cup of coffee, no matter how you choose to brew it!