Ah, coffee......delightful stuff.
For the record, I used to hate coffee, except for the smell. I actually went through *16* years of night shift without coffee! But later on, I realized that it wasn't *coffee* itself that I hated - it was *bad* coffee. (I worked on am Army base for 5 years. Talk about bad coffee!). So I learned how to make good coffee. Then I became a coffee snob. Sorry.
I'm in the Washington DC metro area and found these guys in a Costco one day.http://mayorgacoffee.com/
I was instantly hooked, and now I buy all of my coffee from them. I try to wait for sales and stock up.
None of this one-cup-at-a-time stuff for me - my favorite coffee cup holds 28 ounces, and that's what I drink. Every day. Just one really BIG cup of coffee. I make a pot of coffee twice a week, doctor the whole pot (hey, I live alone!) with sweetener and half-n-half, then drink the first enormous cup hot, and put the rest in jars in the fridge for the next two days. Delicious. On saturdays I either go out for breakfast, or drink tea. My favorite diner has pretty good coffee, and I like McDonald's in a pinch, but I try to avoid powdered creamer whenever possible. It's just powdered trans fat and tastes nasty anyway. If I really *had* to, I'd use plain milk, but I'm very fond of half-n-half, the regular kind, NOT the fat-free crap.
I tend to prefer to buy it pre-ground, but it really does stay fresher if I grind it myself. I do it in the blender, a month or two at a time, then keep the ground coffee in an airtight jar.
Starbucks just tastes burned to me, but their green tea is pretty good.