Is your favourite supermarket making ground coffee that's superior to big brands such as Taylors and Starbucks?
If it's Lidl's, M&S or Sainsbury's, the answer is yes, as ground Colombian coffee from these retailers beat big coffee brands in our latest consumer taste test.
Single-origin coffees are a step up from your everyday brew, with flavour profiles distinct to the area in which the coffee beans were grown, making them ideal for those looking to upgrade to something a bit more luxurious.
But they can be expensive, with some pricier brands costing more than £4 per pack, so it's worth choosing carefully to make sure you're getting your money's worth.
To find out which supermarkets offer the tastiest options, we asked a panel of coffee lovers to blind-taste and rate Taylors, Starbucks and Cafedirect Colombian single-origin ground coffees alongside nine supermarket own-label offerings.
Lidl's cheap Colombian coffee came top overall, and was also our top value pick, proving that you don't need to splash out for a first-class coffee.
Read on to find out more about our top picks, how tasters rated other supermarket own-brand Colombian coffees and which brands fared best.
We uncovered two Best Buy Colombian coffees, and the best is also the cheapest, so it could be worth a trip to Lidl if it's not your usual haunt.
£2.59 for 227g (£1.14 per 100g)
Great news for Lidl shoppers - Lidl's Deluxe Colombian coffee took first place in our taste test, outshining pricier brands including Taylors and Cafedirect.
Two thirds of testers thought the strength of flavour was spot on, and three quarters said it had just the right level of bitterness.
As one of the cheapest coffees we tested, it's also excellent value for money, so we've made it our Great Value pick.
Available from Lidl (in-store only).
£3.50 for 227g (£1.54 per 100g)
Sainsbury's Colombian coffee also earned a Best Buy, scoring top marks for its great flavour. A third of people said it was too bitter for their liking, though, so it's best suited to those who don't mind an edge to their drink.
While it's not as cheap as top-scorer Lidl, it still offers a saving of around £1 per pack compared to Taylors and Cafedirect, so is worth trying if you shop at Sainsbury's.
£3.70 for 227g (£1.63 per 100g) and £3.50 for 227g (£1.54 per 100g)
M&S and Morrisons were among the best-rated coffees for flavour, tying in joint-third place just behind Sainsbury's.
While they just missed out on a Best Buy, both of these supermarket coffees made a tasty brew, according to our testers.
Just over 40% felt that Morrisons coffee was too weak for their liking, so you may find you need to add a bit more coffee to get the right strength of flavour.
While Lidl and Sainsbury's were the standouts, all of the supermarket coffees we tested scored well with our panel, so it's worth trying the own label wherever you shop.
Starbucks got the highest score of the three brands, while Taylors and Cafedirect fared less well, falling to the bottom of the rankings.
Some coffees have a food assurance logo that shows that the coffee has been certified as compliant with certain sustainability and welfare standards.
Apart from Starbucks, all the Colombian ground coffees we tested are either Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance certified. Starbucks says it is committed to 100% ethical coffee sourcing in partnership with .
Storing your coffee in the correct way will help keep it fresher for longer.
Most packs recommend storing your coffee for up to two weeks in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
It's important to make sure it's kept in an airtight container, as contact with air causes the essential oils to evaporate, which can affect the flavour.
While some packs suggest storing it in the fridge or freezer, coffee expert Giles Hilton advises against this, as there's a risk the damp atmosphere could negatively impact the coffee, and it may absorb flavours from your fridge.
The coffees were assessed in January 2022 by a large panel of consumers who regularly buy and consume coffee. Each coffee was assessed by 51 people.
The make-up of the panel broadly represents the demographic profile of adults in the UK.
The coffees were prepared using a cafetiere according to pack instructions. The panellists rated the taste, mouthfeel, aroma and appearance of each product and told us what they liked and disliked about each one.
The taste test was blind, so the panellists didn't know which brand they were trying. The order they sampled the coffee was fully rotated to avoid any bias.
Each panellist had a private booth so they couldn't discuss what they were tasting or be influenced by others.
The overall score is based on:
These weightings are based on consumer rankings of the importance of different coffee attributes.