One of the world’s most famous (perhaps infamous) big-ticket coffees is Kopi Luwak, an Indonesian coffee that is roasted after being eaten, digested, and crapped out by a palm civet, which we prefer to call by its common name, the toddy cat. Apparently, these bright-eyed, tree-dwelling animals are particular about eating only the sweetest and freshest coffee cherries.
The name sounds cool, even mysterious, until you find out that it refers to elephant droppings. (What is it about coffee processed through poop?) Produced through a process similar to Kopi Luwak, Black Ivory starts with Arabica coffee beans consumed by elephants in northern Thailand. As herbivores, elephants bring a particular enzyme and an extra slow digestion time
This coffee is available only in the smallest annual supply — just 22 kg per year. Its origins are shrouded in mystery; the coffee trees were originally purchased by the owner in the belief that they were the prized Geisha varietal, only to discover they were something entirely unknown. Unsure of what they would produce, he named the trees for the farm lot
Founded in 1835 by a pair of brothers who escaped from prison, the Ospina farm grew to be the first big-scale commercial coffee growing operation. (It’s rumored that the iconic brand pitchman Juan Valdez — the guy in the hat with his burro on the side of a Colombia House coffee can — was the brainchild of a member of the Ospina fami
There’s more than one way to get coffee that tastes amazing and costs a fortune. Hacienda La Esmeralda, grown in Panama’s Boquete region, is possibly the most-awarded coffee in the world. Sourced only from heirloom coffee trees of the Geisha varietal, a tree that grows exclusively at 1,500 meters above sea level, its high price point stems from minimal
Blue Bottle is one of the biggest names in third-wave coffee. They launched in the early 2000s in Oakland, California, and made a name for themselves with their coffee and stylish cafes. Since then, they've seen significant growth with cafes opening all over the US, as well as international expansions. This level of expansion can often lead to a decline in quality control due to shifting prioriti
Stumptown is synonymous with the third wave of coffee—a 21st-century rise in small boutique roasters. The Portland-born company crafts several delicious whole-bean varieties, as well as individual bottles of cold brew. Hair Bender is the most popular blend (and the first one Stumptown ever made); its flavor is intricate and unique, teeming with notes of sweet cherry and rich fudge. Other popular
Dark Horse Coffee Roasters is a roastery founded in 2013 by Bryan and Daniel Charlson in San Diego. They proudly point to their close relationships with the farmers they work with. Two months of the year are spent traveling and meeting with the farmers who produce their coffee.
Origin: Ethiopia. When educating others about coffee, I like to start with Ethiopia because the coffees stand in strong c
Grumpy Goat Coffee Company
The quest for the perfect cup of coffee began in Minnesota where Brian Abernathy grew up and became accustomed to having access to great coffee. After relocating to Southwest Florida, Brian struggled to find that perfect cup of coffee and took it upon himself to solve that problem. “There wasn’t much of a coffee scene here, especially coming from the Minneapolis area. I
Straight Shooter Coffee
Straight Shooter Coffee Coffee is a veteran-owned; Texas-based company specializing in fresh roasted gourmet coffee from the most environmentally conscious growers around the world. And a roasting team dedicated to the fine art of perfection in every bean. All products in our store are roasted or completed and shipped from the USA and we will have it no other way. American
The bean: Ethiopian Kilenso with notes of lavender and grape jam
When it comes to boutique roasters and coffee shops, it's hard to beat Portland. One of the very best is Coava, who began wholesaling out of the owner's garage in 2008 and have since spread their distribution network across the country. Like everyone on this list, these guys take sourcing seriously, picking each singl
Hopscotch Coffee, located in my former hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, has deep ties to the local music and art communities. Being so involved in creative communities can help roasters develop the skills and understanding necessary to excel in the third wave movement. Coffee is a collaborative effort between the growers, importers, roasters, and baristas. Roasting and serving great coffee is a
One major point in the philosophy of third-wave coffee is the importance of maintaining ethical and sustainable business partnerships with farmers. Coffee is usually grown in remote places where other crops are difficult to grow, and educational and economic opportunities are limited, so it's important to support the communities and farmers.
Pachamama is cooperatively owned by thousands of farmers
With 30 cafes in operation, La Colombe is one of the most visible specialty coffee companies in the US. They got their start in Philadelphia in 1994 and have since evolved into a specialty coffee powerhouse.
One of the things I look for in coffee is unexpected origins because they'll probably have a very unique flavor. In the past, La Colombe has roasted coffees from places like India and Thailand
Founded in North Carolina, Counter Culture has been one of the most enduring and consistent specialty roasters of the past 25 years. Environmentalism, sustainability, and supporting coffee-producing communities have been core ethics since the company's inception. And the proof is in the taste — shade-grown and water-processed beans in regions that haven't been big parts of coffee production like
Portland, Oregon-based Heart Roasters has been making "seasonal" roasts since 2009.
Like any other agricultural product, coffee is subject to climate conditions. Coffee is grown near the equator year-round so "seasonality" doesn't refer to seasons we're used to but rather when the beans are harvested.
The term is a metric of the quality in coffee and is really about limiting the length of time bet
The Pacific Northwest has a reputation for leading the way in the specialty coffee movement, but the Midwest has a deep history as well. Colectivo Coffee began their origin story as Alterra Coffee in 1993 in Milwaukee and re-branded as Colectivo in 2013.
One benefit of being in the business for that long is the ability to forge close, longterm relationships with producers at origin. When these rel
Madcap Coffee was founded in Michigan in 2008 and has been a favorite of mine for years. They taste around 3,000 types of coffee each year and taste-test every batch of coffee they roast. Madcap has a record of roasting a wide array of delicious single origins with distinctive flavor profiles, and are conscious and selective of varietals, making sure they're process
JUST BRIGHT - Did you know light roast coffee has more antioxidants than its dark roast counterpart? If that doesn't convince you to start sipping light roast coffee, then the sweet, toasted grain flavor of this Amazon brand will.
MELITTA - Rich without being overpowering, these Arabica grounds make for a perfectly balanced cup of medium roast coffee—great for a late afternoon pick-me-up.
Death Wish Organic Whole Bean Coffee - A fair warning: This dark roast is not for the faint of heart. The upstate-New York brand of coffee claims to make the world's strongest coffee. But with deep nutty flavor and a smooth finish, it doesn't taste as harsh as you would expect a cup of coffee with double the average amount of caffeine would taste.
Superlost Organic Single Farm Ethiopian Coffee - Not only does each bag of Superlost coffee specify where exactly the beans you're about to consume are coming from (and how many bags of those beans are in existence), but it also features a different colorful, quirky, and downright fun piece of art that's screen-printed by hand.
LAVAZZA - Reviewers love Lavassa's dark roast Crema e Gusto, but the Italian brand's medium roast espresso beans may be some of the best you can get for homemade cup of espresso. None of the bitterness or bite that turn people off of espresso exist here; you'll taste fruity notes in this coffee.
PEET'S COFFEE - Peet's Big Bang, a blend released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alfred Peet's influential Berkley coffee shop, captures what people love about this fair-trade brand. Extra smooth with a sugary sweet aftertaste, this rich coffee is best enjoyed with a pour-over coffee maker.
CANYON INSTANT COFFEE - Okay, hear us out: We know instant coffee doesn't have the best reputation. Some of that infamy is rightfully earned from brands who make batches of what tastes like coffee-flavored water—but Canyon is not one of those brands. Take these portable bags of freeze-dried Ethiopian coffee with you anywhere. It'll taste as fresh as a just-brewed cup.
BEST DECAF BRAND - FOLGERS - Weening yourself off a multiple-cup-a-day coffee addiction? This silky black blend lives up to its name, and the caffeine-free coffee is worth drinking just for the taste.
ARCHER FARMS - The sophisticated, complex taste of Target's in-house brand of coffee is a pleasant surprise. Hints of the fruity and floral taste make for a cup coffee that tastes way more expensive than it really is.
INTELLIGENTSIA - If you drink your coffee black, go with this bag of Intelligentsia. The fruity and chocolatey flavors don't need to be covered up with excess cream or sugar to be enjoyed, it's plenty tasty on its own. And with the company's Direct Trade practices, these beans are ethically sourced.
BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE - If you're not from New Orleans, you not be familiar with the city's rich and decadent roasted French chicory coffee—but once you have it, there's no going back. So as summer's reaching full swing, take a hint from the people of New Orleans, who know a thing or two about staying cool.
Dope Coffee Organic Guatemalan Coffee Beans -
Atlanta-based, Black-owned coffee brand Dope Coffee is on a mission to show the world that premium coffee and Black culture go hand in hand.
Dope Coffee sells four varieties of fair-trade ground coffee blends, as well as some K-Cup varieties, too. Headed by CEO Michael Lloyd (a former U.S. Marine), this brand makes delicious organic coffee for everyo
Grounds & Hounds Three Blend Starter Kit - We love coffee brands that give back, and especially ones that care deeply about animals. Enter: Grounds & Hounds, a dynamic Los Angeles-based coffee brand focused on animal rescue. With the purchase of each of their organic, fair-trade-certified coffee products, Grounds & Hounds provides funding and resources for life-saving initiatives that impact res
Counter Culture Coffee Big Trouble Whole Bean Coffee -
We love coffee brands that have a good mission, and Durham, North Carolina-based Counter Culture is known for their commitment to coffee education and sustainability. Also noteworthy: Counter Culture recently launched a new coffee club with NPR, providing a portion of proceeds to support NPR’s programming.
Oh, and did we mention their sustai
Equal Exchange Organic Whole Bean Coffee -
This smooth and well-balanced medium-roast blend from Equal Exchange is sustainably grown by small farming co-ops based in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Fair-trade-certified and certified organic by the USDA, Equal Exchange's Mind, Body & Soul blend is a coffee you can genuinely feel good about sipping. Plus, it's ridiculously delicious.
Inspired by a classic country desert, this unique flavor is a hit to your taste buds if you’re looking for something new and interesting. This Blueberry Cobbler Coffee is infused with sweet and juicy flavor with a hint of spices. The medium roast coffee is 100% Arabica.
A valued reviewer on Amazon wrote about how this was the best
This gourmet caramel flavored coffee comes pre-ground for easy brewing and is exactly the thing you need when you need to indulge in some me-time. It wakes your senses up without being strong enough to give you a caffeine rush. It is 100% Arabica Coffee with all natural flavors.
A valuable user called it the best caramel flavored coffe
Now if you’re looking for caramel flavor that is stronger and gives you the punch you need to wake yourself in the morning, this is the coffee you should pick. This 100% Arabica Coffee has an intense aroma with hints of crème flavor.
Users have called this the most addictive brand of flavored coffee. One even said that this is the only coffee p
For anyone looking to add a bit of alcohol to their morning coffees because they can’t have the actual thing before work, this might just be the product for you. Since this coffee comes in whole beans instead of blends, you can extract the most flavors from these.
Customers have reported that the rum and whiskey flavors in this coffee are prominent en
If you’re looking for a decaf coffee that is flavorful, this interesting and unique flavor which is the perfect blend of pecans and specs of butter is the coffee for you. It is a perfect reminder of southern comfort. It is always roasted freshly instead of being pulled from stock, and is 100% Arabica.
Some users claim that this is
Dunkin’ Donuts is probably the last thing you expected on a list of best flavored coffees, but don’t underestimate this one yet. This guilt-free pleasure starts with a buttery caramel flavor and ends on a smooth cinnamon taste, with subtle hints of vanilla. This coffee tastes like a whole breakfast. And it is 100% Arabica.
Another unique flavor you should definitely try once. This combination of tropical coconut and sweet, nutty caramel will make you feel like your taste buds are on a vacation. This 100% Premium Arabica coffee features a smooth and delicious flavor.
This coffee has been called ‘a taste of heaven’ by one user, and another mentioned how thi
How could a flavored coffee list be complete without a chocolate option? Rich chocolate draped with sweet, creamy caramel, this coffee tastes like a bite of chocolate brownie in your mouth. Since the coffee is made with the top 10% of Arabica beans, and is roasted in small batches for consistency, you can always expe
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