Originally Posted by matticus
For the record, real brown sugar is 100% cane sugar, just not processed and refined to the white sugar stage. Turbinado sugar is the crystallized variety made from this raw cane juice.
Cheap brown sugar is just white table sugar sprayed with molasses and has a much less complex flavor and an altogether different texture due to the processing and refining that the white sugar has undergone.
Molasses is of course the syrupy byproduct of processing white sugar.
It's amazing on how varied sugars can be. We rarely use white sugar. Turbinado or real brown sugar is great, especially in coffee.
Really comes down to how much you want to spend.