When it comes to finding the best K-Cups for your Keurig pod machine, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, as there are literally hundreds on the market. You can now buy K-Cups to suit your requirements, whatever your budget or coffee preference. However, it’s important to understand that the quality of the K-Cups out there can vary a great deal. So we’ve selected ten of the best for your Keurig to help you find the right ones for you, and also to highlight the sheer range of single serve options out there…
Green Mountain Coffee Organic Ethiopia Yirgacheffe ($2.49 for 3 / $11.49 for 16)
It seems only right to start with a Fair Trade certified and USDA organic option, given that more people are asking questions about the origins of their coffee. The Yirgacheffe is a light roast, single origin coffee that infuses a floral aroma with citrus and ginger notes and crisp acidity. This is a distinctive yet mild brew which is arguably best drunk without sugar or cream added, even if that’s usually how you take your coffee. While this can be an ‘anytime’ coffee, it is a light roast, which means it might not suit the palette of the more hardened medium-dark roast espresso drinker or anyone who craves that strong coffee kick.
Coffee People Jet Fuel Extra Bold Coffee ($3.99 for 5 / $14.99 for 24)
From one extreme to the other! As you might have guessed from the name, this is a big, bold and bombastic brew that will give you that morning jolt you crave (and then some). This is a dark roast blend, and the pod contains more coffee than the standard measure to give you an even stronger caffeine kick. Forget light floral aromas and subtle citrus notes, this is more tobacco and, fittingly, jet fuel. If you love your java bold with a touch of bitterness and an aftertaste that lingers, Coffee People Jet Fuel Extra Bold Coffeemight just be the perfect K-Cup for you!
Starbucks Sumatra Coffee ($17.49 for 24)
We stick with the bold flavors for the third choice. While some hard-boiled coffee lovers have an inherent dislike for the Seattle coffee giant, there’s no denying that this is a flavorsome and distinctive coffee that dials down the bitterness while retaining a full, buttery body. The Starbucks Sumatra Coffee is a dark roast, as before, but this time with an earthy aroma and lingering low notes that make it suitable for coffee lovers who want to savor their beverage without being blown away by the strength of the brew. As such, it’s a good option for coffee drinkers who like to take it black, without sugar or creamer.
Eight O’Clock French Vanilla Coffee ($9.99 for 18)
Coffee purists, look away now, as we delve into the world of flavored K-Cups! Just be thankful we’ve stuck with plain old vanilla when there are way more ‘out there’ options available (such as cinnamon roll, mocha nut fudge, and Boston cream donut!). This French vanilla is a light roast with caramel notes and a nice blend of sweet, natural vanilla and coffee. As you might expect, the result is a smooth, light coffee that’s perfect for the sweet-toothed coffee lover who wants to get away from the sugary syrups. As a bonus, this coffee smells lovely while it’s brewing and doesn’t disappoint upon drinking, unlike some flavored options out there. The advantage of single-serve is that you can fill your kitchen with all different types of coffees. On this point, the French Vanilla scores well on price, too.
Peet’s Coffee & Tea Decaf House Blend Coffee ($15.99 for 22)
As all you java lovers out there will no doubt agree, finding a good decaf is an uphill battle, whichever way you like to brew your coffee. Coffee purists might even ask what the point is of decaf is at all. However, there are times when you want, or need, the taste of coffee without the accompanying caffeine hit. Fortunately, there are a few decent K-Cup options out there. This is one of the best currently on the market. It’s a dark roast with a pleasing aroma and a deep flavor that can easily fool you into thinking you’re drinking caffeinated. In short, the best thing about this K-Cup is that it’s a decaf that actually tastes like…wait for it…coffee!
Tully’s Hawaiian Blend Extra Bold Coffee ($3.99 for 5 / $14.99 for 24)
It’s nice to be able to support a domestic coffee, and with this blend you get to do just that while also enjoying a fine brew. This is a mild, medium roast which blends Hawaiian coffee with Arabica beans from other sources. It’s slow roasted for a deeper flavor. The aroma is rich, yet the coffee is surprisingly mellow. It is a pleasingly smooth drinking coffee that’s well-balanced in terms of taste, with no bitterness or aftertaste. Enjoy Tully’s Hawaiian Blend Extra Bold Coffee one anytime you want to sit back, relax and spend a few minutes in paradise!
Timothy’s Breakfast Blend Coffee ($14.99 for 24)
While experimenting with different types and blends of coffee is part of the fun of owning a pod machine, it’s also good to have that reliable ‘anytime’ coffee that you can drink, enjoy and share with friends. Timothy’s Breakfast Blend Coffee is a medium/light roast offering might just fit the bill. It’s light and crisp with delicate citrus notes. This is a specialty-grade coffee, which is sourced ethically and carries Rainforest Alliance certification (meaning it has to be grown and produced to strict environmental standards). Lovers of very strong coffee might not agree, but anyone who prefers their coffee on the milder side will find much to enjoy here.
Caribou Coffee Mahogany Coffee ($3.99 for 5 / $14.99 for 24)
For anyone who likes their daily cup to pack a bit more punch, this may be a good alternative for an ‘everyday’ coffee. It’s a woody, rich and flavorsome medium/dark roasted blend drawn from beans originating in Sumatra, Guatemala, and El Salvador. This coffee has a wonderful aroma and smooth taste. While strong, this coffee is not at all bitter or overpowering and can be enjoyed any time of the day. Again, the Mahogany is Rainforest Alliance certified.
Folgers Gourmet Selections Lively Colombian Coffee ($3.99 for 5 / $14.99 for 24)
We go back to basics for our penultimate choice. This option from Folgers’ gourmet range is a flavorful and vibrant medium roast which is blended from 100% Colombian beans. This coffee has a wonderful aroma and lots of body, without any bitterness or unpleasant aftertaste. It’s a smooth coffee that’s suitable for any time of the day, but is especially nice first thing in the morning, or after dinner. Lovers of stronger coffee might find it a little light, but this is a good ‘go to’ option for when you want a decent, basic cup of joe.
Laughing Man 184 Duane St. Blend™ Coffee ($2.50 for 3 / $12.99 for 16)
We end with something a little different. This coffee comes to you straight from New York City and boasts actual star quality (Hugh Jackman is one of the company’s founders!). It’s a well-rounded and balanced light roast that claims to have notes of tart green apple and toasted graham cracker. This house blend is a light, bright and distinctive coffee that aims to evoke a casual, urban sophistication. It may be too light for some, but there’s no denying this is a unique coffee, which is priced slightly higher than many of the other K-Cups out there.
So, there you have it, ten K-Cup options to explore and enjoy. As we said in the introduction, there are so many Keurig-compatible single-serve pods out there that it’s really down to you to search out the ones you like the best. With the market for coffee pods growing from strength to strength, the K-Cup options will only multiply, offering coffee drinkers the ultimate in variety and convenience.
Gordon is seriously addicted to coffee. He also likes to write. Match made in heaven? Yes. After years of boring casual coffee drinkers to death with bean origin stories, he took to writing publicly here at 2Caffeinated.