Seriously, is mountain-grown Folger's Crystals really good enough to be served in America's finest restaurants and coffeehouses?
We've been wondering about those commercials for seven years now. You know, where specially invited folks in posh eateries are served instant Folger's on the sly and can't tell the difference from the usual fresh brew. Well, if the quick brew is soooooooo great, how many of the restaurants have switched?
So we checked nine restaurants and. . . .
NYC's Tavern on the Green uses "different kinds of beans, our own specification of coffee," said asst. manager Patrick Faup. "We like fresh brewed. Folgers was just for the commercial, and it was an old commercial." L.A.'s Perino's serves Yuban. The Peacock Cafe, the oldest coffee house in Greenwich Village, brews only fresh ground European blends.
Tina Mondincq, co-owner of San Francisco's Blue Fox, said that customers seemed to enjoy Folger's coffee for the taste test but that didn't influence her decision to continue serving Farmers Bros. regular and Graffeo decaf. The Coffee Cantata in S.F. serves only Superior fresh ground, as does Maxim's in Chicago.