Maxwell House Dark Roast and Folders Black Silk are both toted as a strong coffee beverage with a dark roast available for the product. Both of them are comparable in price (though I find Maxwell House to be consistently about a dollar more) and both of them have proven to be a dark brew that we both enjoy. Being a Folders girl since I was 10, I’m pretty hardcore for Folders, but after having Maxwell House in the house for a few months and then reintroducing Folders Black Silk because it was on sale, WOW- what a difference!
Folders initially to me has a fresher, nuttier, mouth drooling taste when it’s first opened. Maxwell House doesn’t smell as aromatic to me, so I was reluctant to try it. However, I have noticed that Maxwell House is a stronger brew without being bitter, and doesn’t burn as quickly in the coffee pot. Another plus is that you can heat up a cold cup of Maxwell House Dark Roast and it will taste similar to when it was fresh.
After bringing back Folders Black Silk, I noticed a dark brew that was more bitter and oilier in taste, and it burns a lot faster. A cold cup of reheated Folders tastes a lot older than I would have expected, and while it is a dark, nutty brew, it only stays fresh after the first 2 cups or so. I was surprised to find out that I actually prefer Maxwell House Dark Roast, as its ability to stay fresher longer is more appealing to the palate. It’s also easier on the belly (those of you who drink a lot of coffee know exactly what I’m talking about).
So it’s a toss up- Folders has a nuttier taste in my opinion, which I like, and it brews dark, but is a lot more bitter when making a stronger brew than Maxwell House. The oily taste when making a stronger pot is definitely noticeable now that I’ve tried Maxwell House, which can be made into a stronger pot without causing gagging. Maxwell House stays fresher in the pot longer, reheats better, and maintains a strong brew without the bitter taste. So against all odds, I have been converted. Maxwell House Dark Roast far beats Folders Black Silk in both drink-ability and freshness. In the end, it’s really worth the extra buck to enjoy a full pot down to the last drop as opposed to having to dump out a pot of Folders halfway through and having to brew again.