Millions of people across the world start each day by popping a K-Cup into a Keurig coffee maker. And if you're one of them, you probably already have a few favorite brands and flavors that you buy.
But have you ever realized just how many different Keurig K-cups are out there? If you search for K-Cups on Amazon, you'll see thousands of results! Yet those single-serve coffee pods aren't cheap, so a lot of people just stick with the ones they know they like rather than trying (and maybe not liking) a new one.
We think it's time to expand your coffee pod horizons just a bit. Not sure which new brands or flavors to try? Here are 13 of our favorite K-Cup coffees that won't disappoint even the pickiest of taste buds.
How Do K-Cups Work?
There are different ways to brew coffee, and popping a single-serve coffee pod into a Keurig is just about the easiest way to do so.
Is it the best way? Coffee experts will emphatically tell you no. But for the average coffee drinker who's looking for a quick and convenient way to make their morning cup, it's a great option.
K-Cups consist of coffee beans that are already ground up, so there's no need to grind your own. You simply pop a pod into your Keurig, add hot water and close the lid so a little needle punctures two holes in the pod. The water heats up, then runs down over the grinds, dripping into your cup to create a fresh, hot cup of Joe in about a minute.
If you take your coffee really seriously, you're probably better off using a pour-over coffee maker, a stovetop Moka pot or a French press, like the baristas do. But if it's convenience you're going for, the Keurig is the way to go.
The other great thing about K-Cups is you never have to worry about the grind size — the coffee is already ground for you. Some other types of coffee machines require you to grind your beans to a specific size, which takes time and requires some trial and error to get just right. With a K-Cup pod, you'll get the exact cup of coffee that the roaster intended, each and every time.
Thirsty yet? Here are 13 of our favorite K-Cup coffees to try now!
Bring the flavor and style of New Orleans right into your kitchen with the Café Du Monde Coffee and Chicory coffee pods. With a medium roast and a chicory spiced flavor, this is a great choice for coffee lovers looking for a unique, bold flavor.
You can drink it straight or turn it into a café au lait by adding hot milk. Either way, it's full of that traditional Nawlins' flavor and attitude.
If it's dark roast coffee you love, check out Peet's Coffee Major Dickason's Blend. Made from 100% Arabica beans, this Peet's Coffee is rich and robust with a full body. We love it black, but it's also perfect for creating lots of coffee drinks, such as a cappuccino or a mocha.
This Peet's Coffee blend gets high ratings on Amazon and has over 13,500 five-star reviews!
Love the nostalgic feeling of sipping a cup of coffee in a local donut shop? The Original Donut Shop Original Roast coffee pods are a top seller, with nearly 40,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.
The Original Donut Shop Original Roast is a bold medium roast that's not too bitter and not too intense. Drink it black and unsweetened, add your favorite creamer or let it cool down and pour it over ice when you're in the mood for an iced coffee. It's delicious no matter what you add or don't add.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Dark Magic coffee pods have a bold, intense flavor with a chocolatey taste, just like what you might find in an independent coffee shop. These dark roast K-Cups are made from 100% Arabica beans, and they have a unique flavor with a hint of dried fruit notes.
Green Mountain also makes a French Roast and a Sumatra Reserve blend that are equally as tasty.
Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend Medium Roast K-Cups are a great choice if you don't like your coffee too light or too dark. It's a medium roast coffee that boasts a unique flavor profile with spicy, berry and bittersweet notes.
Caribou Coffee combines coffee beans from Central and South America, making for a yummy blend that's also focused on sustainable practices. It's also one of the largest coffee retail chains with 800 stores worldwide, taking a backseat to Starbucks, with over 30,000 stores, and Dunkin' Donuts, with about 13,000.
You've probably seen Eight O'clock K-Cups on your grocery store shelves before. And if you haven't tried it yet, you should. The Eight O'Clock The Original medium roast has a smooth flavor with a complex finish that makes it a great choice no matter how you take your morning cup of Joe.
It's sort of like the Goldilocks of coffee (not too light, not too dark).
Drink it straight or add your favorite creamer and sugar substitute to suit your specific taste.
Dunkin' Donuts makes a mean French cruller and a tasty chocolate donut with sprinkles… but it's their coffee that has most people popping into their stores and hitting the drive-thru every morning.
When you don't feel like taking a step outside, you can brew a cup of Dunkin' Donuts Original Blend from the convenience of your Keurig.
Made from 100% Arabica beans, this original blend is the classic that Americans have been drinking for decades. It's a medium roast that lends itself to all sorts of coffee drinks. It's just as delicious black and unsweetened as it is with steamed milk as a café au lait or poured over ice when you're in the mood for a refreshing cold drink.
Coffee drinkers that love a French roast will probably never be swayed into trying a blonde roast, a light breakfast blend or even a medium roast. If a dark French roast is the only option that works for you, it's time to sample Tully's Coffee French Roast coffee pods.
With a rich flavor and smoky notes, this coffee is everything you want in a dark roast. And if you've never tried a French roast, we recommend you give this one a go.
In the mood for a coffee that tastes like your favorite childhood shopping mall treat? Pop a Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll K-Cup into your Keurig, and you'll be right back to the Y2K days in an instant.
With or without creamer added, this light roast K-Cup is swirled with cinnamon, brown sugar and frosting flavoring, just like those massive Cinnabon cinnamon rolls have always been.
(We're totally craving a hot Cinnabon right now!)
The Barista Prima Coffeehouse Italian Roast is an excellent choice if you love a dark roast. With fruit notes and a slightly smoky finish, these coffee pods are a delicious option whether you want a nice piping hot cup of coffee in the morning or as your mid-afternoon wake up.
Add your favorite creamer or let it cool down and pour it over ice. This dark roast makes for a delicious cup each and every time you're in the mood for something packed with rich, full flavors.
Like it or not, Starbucks is the most popular coffee brand in America. It's up for debate whether or not it's the best coffee, but they do package a variety of different flavors in Keurig K-Cup pods if you're willing to give them a try.
We'll be honest; we know some coffee snobs who would never be caught dead drinking a Starbucks anything. But for the average coffee drinker, it's always a safe bet.
If you want to give Starbucks a chance to become your favorite coffee, we suggest giving their variety pack a whirl. It includes their dark roast Caffe Verona, their single-origin Sumatra and their classic French roast. It also includes their Pike's Place medium roast, their Breakfast Blend and their House Blend with toffee flavoring.
This variety pack has over 53,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. Granted, they're probably from Starbucks devotees who are just tired of standing in long coffee shop lines. But with this many flavors in one pack, you're sure to find at least one that you like.
Think Colombian coffee is the best? It's time you try some coffee beans grown on the Big Island.
Victor Allen's Coffee Kona Blend features coffee beans grown in Hawaii, which, with its volcanic soil, makes it one of the rare coffees that grow at low elevation. Let's be clear: it's not just Victor Allen's Kona coffee that's grown this way — it's all Kona coffees. This one just happens to be extra yummy.
With a medium roast made from Arabica beans, this is a tasty departure from the standard French or dark roast that you may be accustomed to.
Wishing you were sipping a latte in an Italian café right now? We all do! But since we can't, the Lavazza Perfetto Espresso Italiano is a quick and convenient option (no overseas flight required).
Technically, espresso is espresso because of the way it's made — not because of how it tastes. But if you don't have an espresso machine on your counter or don't feel like grinding your own beans, we like this as a rich alternative.
Looking for a great decaf coffee to make in your Keurig? Check out Newman's Own Organics Special Decaf. It just may be the best decaf if you're looking for a medium roast with a bold yet smooth flavor.
Just because you drink decaf doesn't mean you're limited to straight black coffee without any cream or sugar. This one is delish as a cold coffee poured over ice, with steamed or frothed milk or with some flavored cream and sugar.
If you've never tried anything from Newman's Own Organics before, they have a whole line of food products that are worth checking out. Their Light Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing and their four cheese frozen pizza never disappoint!
Even though this guide is about coffee, we just couldn't finish this list without making mention of the Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa K-Cups. Keurig machines aren't just for making coffee… you can use them to make tea and hot chocolate as well!
A cup of Swiss Miss Milk Hot Cocoa will almost instantly bring you back to your childhood. It's still sweet, it's still has that chocolate taste and it's still even better with marshmallows added on top!
What Are the Best K Cup Coffee Pods?
Whether you prefer dark or light roast coffee, there are hundreds of K-Cups to choose from that can provide you with that delicious coffee flavor you crave.
K-Cups aren't cheap, so we understand the hesitation to buy a box you've never tried and run the risk of not liking it. While it doesn’t have all our favorites, this variety pack does include some of our listed goodies and is a great way to try out multiple flavors.
And once you find some you want, you can get it delivered monthly so you'll never run out. You'll also snag a discount if you go that route.
If you don't try new flavors and new roasts from time to time, you're missing out! Your new fave might be just one purchase away, and you'll never know until you try.
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