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The best worst coffee I've ever tasted

Updated on August 18, 2010

The best worst coffee I've ever tasted, in no particular order. Herewith is presented coffee so bad that it was good. Coffee so wretched that it holds a place in my heart forever. Perhaps it's just really bad indigestion, I can't be sure.

My thanks to the tireless coffee baristas of the world for working without getting tired in order to provide the best worst coffee that comprise this list.

Krakatoa Eastern Blend: explosive flavor that leaves a trail of destruction through the digestive tract. A great drink for death row inmates or Republican Supreme Court nominees.

Desert Island Roast: Nurse a cup; how long can you make it last? Complain about the flavor to your hearts content. No one will listen. Scratch a mark on your cave wall each day you can't order a refill.

Hummingbird Pleasant: mostly harmless. A tiny sip will fill you up, if you're already wired

New Age Combination: inconsistent flavors, recalling sensory perceptions of dead bugs, animal droppings, and burlap. Drink though a straw; hopefully you won't pick up the bigger chunks of unidentifiable effluvium.

Seattle Caffeine Concentrate: smoothly blended essence of caffeine with a hint of coffee. Just enough coffee flavor to delay the impact of the stimulant long enough to put down the cup before the tremors begin.

Dot Com Working Late Latte: best served mildly warm after refilling the pot without rinsing it.

Death from Above: brewed by Army Special Forces, not intended for mortal man. If you ask for the recipe, you must be killed.

Jon and Kate Tastes Great: Try it the first time and it's wonderful, a blend of tastes with unpredictable but pleasing aftertastes. Shortly thereafter it turns bitter; pour it out or work hard to finish your cup without throwing it at the barista.

Best Worst Coffee Pot
Best Worst Coffee Pot
Best Worst Coffee
Best Worst Coffee
This could be a coffee, or hot chocolate, or moldy water.
This could be a coffee, or hot chocolate, or moldy water.

Coffee Engineering

Even the best worst coffee comes from somewhere. As we rarely find ourselves on a Colombian mountainside astride a burro loaded with burlap sacks, we tend to search out storefronts offering to sell us pre-packaged quantities. Rumor has it the cup costs more than the contents. A cardboard cup, a complicated plastic lid, a corrugated cardboard sleeve, and a stirring stick combine to provide a high-tech drinking experience. Lids require petroleum products to manufacture. An injection molding machine being such a complicated device, stop to appreciate the engineering expertise invested in the device that protects your Versace from your beverage. Note the precise stamping technology required to provide that tiny slurp door. Pay homage to the paperboard container containing your custom blend of java. Once a mighty recycled pile of elementary school writing assignments, now rescued into a nearly magical vessel with an even more nearly magical inner coating that coaxes coffee away from container. Invisible, yet effective. Don't leave the store without your emblazoned cardboard sleeve. Hot coffee tends to be hot; protect your pink fingers by grasping the flagon around the sleeve. Insulation, yay!

How many straw-like stirrers does it take to make a coffee? Do we double-dip? Be a friend of the Earth; don't single-stir and then discard. Mother Nature offers you special dispensations for carry-in; being your own stirrer to the party.


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    • JBeadle profile image

      J Beadle 7 years ago from Midwest

      I'm glad I've found another soul who can appreciate a truly bad cup of coffee. The worst I had was at a BP in the Wis. Dells. I think their bad coffee though was because they clean with vinegar but don't do a rinse. So it wasn't a real true enjoyable bad coffee but just a bad coffee machine cleaning process. I've had plenty of bad cups while camping and 4 of my top 10 I've brewed myself. Now and then you just need to drink down a few bad cups of coffee and remember them fondly. I find when someone else makes a cup of coffee - I always like that cup - be it bad or good. Weak coffee doesn't qualify in this discussion either. A great hub on a topic that doesn't get enough attention!

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Niteriter: "Earthenware"? Is that dried mud?

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      jiberish 8 years ago from florida

      I love coffee and just read a review that Eight O'clock coffee ranks in the top 20 for taste. I just drink it cause I like it. Worse coffee ever....Maxwell house, they make it here in Jacksonville, it smell good, but taste like muddy water. (just my opinion) Great Hub, thanks.

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      Niteriter 8 years ago from Canada

      You are a despicable creature, nicomp. "Explosive flavor" indeed! Might I add that despicable creatures have always been my most delightful companions.

      I'll give you a hand getting your tongue removed from your cheek then I'll treat you to a cup of perfectly horrible homebrewed joe in which your straw-like stirrer will stand upright all by itself. Shall we use earthenware mugs?