Yuban coffee is a more recent US coffee brand success story with very much a Christmas origin. You will find Yuban Ground Coffee in many stores nationwide.
Yuban is an inexpensive coffee that uses beans from South America. It was discovered by the famous coffee roaster John Arbuckle or the Arbuckle Coffee Roasters in the 1860s.
In fact, Arbuckle patented the first official coffee bean roasting process. Before that, coffee beans were sold green and roasted over a campfire or a wood stove before they could be ground.
It was certainly a chore to make coffee in the 19th century! Arbuckle's process used an egg and sugar glaze to seal in the flavor and prevent the beans from burning. His ARIOSA coffee became very popular and the Arbuckle Coffee Roasting Company became a resounding success.
Yuban coffee was invented by Arbuckle in 1905, its name derived from his Yuletide blend in which he used the best South American beans. Meant as a special Christmas offering, it was only available to his own dinner guests and as a gift to friends until it was put it on the market in 1912 following John Arbuckle's death.
Yuban coffee comes in Original, Dark Roast, Hazelnut, Decaffeinated, Organic Medium Roast and 100% Columbian. You can get it in pre-ground in cans, pods and K-cups.
Yuban Original has a slight acidity that gives it some life it might otherwise miss. It's full bodied, decent coffee and certainly not exciting but it will do if you want a cup of inoffensive brew to wake you up in the morning.
Each can or bag contains enough Rainforest Alliance Certified beans to qualify for the certification seal but most of the remainder is cheap, poor quality Robusta beans. It is rather bland and woody overall, slightly sweet.
Yuban 100% Columbian Ground Coffee fares better; it's sweet with a faint cocoa taste, mild with a bit of a roasted finish, and as you'd expect is made from 100% Arabica coffee beans.
Customers who bought Yuban coffee thought that it was a really good price for Columbian coffee. It had a deeper taste and flavorful aroma. Somehow the use of Arabica coffee beans meant that the acidity was reduced in the cup, too. Overall, a medium to bold coffee roast that made smooth coffee.
Yuban Dark Roast is a rich and distinctive coffee blend that appeals to those with a taste for the more robust flavors in their cup. So if you like French Roast or Medium Dark Roast coffee, this might be worth trying.
Some consumers described it as smooth but having chocolate notes. They also discovered that it doesn't have any burnt taste (a flavor common in Starbucks coffee). One suggestion is to purchase slightly smaller containers so that you can use it up quickly.
Yuban Original Decaffeinated Ground Coffee is roasted and ground from medium-roast beans. These beans provide a full-body taste but without any of the caffeine that you find in the Yuban Original. Of course, it is made solely from Columbian coffee beans and has been approved by the Rainforest Alliance.
This is a popular choice for decaff coffee, but somehow it seems to be unavailable in some parts of the country. So, if you see it in the supermarket near you, you should stock up on it, if it is not a regular item.
Yuban is now also owned by Kraft Foods and in recent years has been granted certification with the Rainforest Alliance.
That means Yuban uses farming methods that are ecologically friendly for at least 30% of its beans. No pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used in those beans. In addition, their farms pay fair wages and offer health care to the workers. All this is verified by annual visits of certification teams.
You'll find Yuban Ground Coffee in many stores nationwide, and online. So if you have difficulty finding it, it shouldn't be too difficult to order.