Originally Posted by manny_santos
Van Houtte is a coffee that I find people either love or hate. We had plenty of pissed off customers when we switched to Mother Parkers, but we also had plenty of ecstatic customers who loved the change.
I have to admit, the only place I'd ever had Van Houtte was where I used to work, and as I didn't make the coffee, I have no idea how dirty the coffee urns may have been. A clean urn can make all the difference between good and bad coffee.
The place I used to work served Van Houtte's coffee in the cafeteria. It was horrible and always left a nasty aftertaste. Much worse than Tim Hortons (which isn't saying much). I brought my own coffee.
The ironic thing is that the few times I actually went to a Van Houtte retail location I found it to be pretty good on average.
Coffee gave me a lot of stomach acidity, so now I'm off the stuff entirely. I don't miss it at all. (I'm drinking tea now)