Best K-Cup Coffee, The Most Delicious K-Cups You Have To Try

How many cups of coffee do you have to try to find the perfect one? Some would say it’s a never-ending quest, as there’s no cup of coffee that’s right for every situation. You need a medium roast for the morning, a flavored coffee for the early afternoon, and a decaf for the evening. And isn’t it better if those drinks come in the easiest form? The K-Cup.

The Keurig is a single-brewing coffee machine that’s become almost ubiquitous in the American home. It’s easy to use, quick, and it makes some really good coffee. And with the rise of the Keurig has come the rise of the K-Cup. These small capsules can pack a hit of flavor, but there’s so many available, finding the perfect one seems impossible.

In this guide, we’ve taken a comprehensive look at the best K-Cups that you should consider for your home. These have the greatest tastes, a wonderful aroma, and enough variety to suit your every coffee need. So, let’s get brewing!

To make it easier to find your favorites, we’ve divided the K-Cups into categories. These are:

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  • Medium Roast
  • Dark Roast
  • Decaf
  • Flavored Coffee
  • Espresso
  • Cappuccino
  • Biodegradable capsules
  • Organic
  • Low-acidity coffee

The Best Medium Roast K-Cups

A medium roast coffee has a decent body, a rich flavor, and a slight punch of boldness. These are fantastic coffees to start the morning, and they’re easy drinking throughout the day.

OUR TOP PICK

The Original Donut Shop is one of the best loved K-Cup brands, with many users swearing that this is the only blend worth getting out of bed for. Give it a try, and you’ll soon understand the hype.

One of the greatest qualities of the Original Donut Shop coffee is that it’s a crowd pleaser. If that sounds like faint praise, you’ll understand the compliment when all your guests are desperate to know where you got your coffee.

Each cup is packed with a full-bodied flavor, that’s bold in its pure coffee taste. This is a beverage that can be dressed up and down, wake you up in the morning, and get you through an afternoon.

Pros

  • Full-bodied.
  • 100% responsibly sourced coffee.
  • Recyclable K-Cups.

Cons

  • Simple, lacks the flavor depth of other roasts.

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If you want a brand with a history of quality, then you can’t get much better than Peet’s. Founded in 1966, Peet’s move into K-Cups has shown that good coffee can adapt to all technologies. And the Café Domingo by Peet’s is a really good coffee.

What makes the Café Domingo blend so notable is the nutty depth that lends the roast such a broad body. The beans have been picked and hand roasted to perfection, bringing a natural balance to the cup that’s ideal for a medium roast.

The Café Domingo medium roast is a wonderful start to the morning, with a clarity of flavor that holds up well.

Pros

  • Recyclable K-Cups.
  • Hand roasted coffee beans.
  • Nutty undertones.

Cons

  • Previous issues with lid seal.

BEST VALUE

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters was the original K-Cup, and the Colombia Select is a consistently popular roast.

The 100% Arabica beans have been medium roasted, unleashing flavors to remind you of the Colombian mountain valleys the blend takes its name from.

The first notes you access are the soft sweetness of stone fruits. Apricots and plums lift out the cup, before being balanced by the deeper notes of caramel and cocoa.

The flavors are rich and playful, allowed to shine thanks to the lighter finish of the medium roast.

If that doesn’t take your fancy, then the Nantucket Blend is another medium roast by Green Mountain worth trying. It has a simpler finish, with an easy appeal.

Pros

  • Fruity notes.
  • Fair Trade certified.
  • Engineered for compatibility with all Keurig brewers.

Cons

  • Difficult to clean for recycling.

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Many of us know what to expect from a cup of Dunkin’ coffee, and the K-Cups bring that same smooth flavor into the home.

The specially picked and roasted coffee beans have an easy flavor, and a clear finish reminiscent of the coffee shop experience.

The simplicity of taste in the original blend shines through, and can hold up well to additions and sweeteners. It’s a great taste to enjoy alongside a cookie or pastry — or maybe even a donut?

The best time to enjoy this blend is mid-morning, when you need a quick refresh and a chance to satisfy a craving.

Pros

  • Kosher.
  • Pods can be recycled.
  • A smooth finish.

Cons

  • Tastes thinner than some other brands.

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Kona coffee from the Big Island of Hawaii is one of the most sought after coffees around, and it’s hard to get good Kona in a K-Cup.

Which makes this medium roast by Fresh Roasted Coffee even more special. The 100% organic Kona coffee beans used are fun, fresh, and carefully roasted.

The flavors you get from the Fresh Roasted Coffee Kona blend are playful.

There’s a hint of sweetness, a dash of spice, all contained within a light body. Delicate cinnamon dances on the tongue, and the sweetness has the golden depth of honey.

The complex flavor does have one downside — this is an expensive medium roast.

Pros

  • 100% Kona beans from Big Island, Hawaii.
  • Sustainably sourced.
  • Recyclable pods and lids.

Cons

  • Not budget friendly.

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Eight O’Clock Original Medium Roast has a bold flavor, almost guaranteed to wake you up when enjoyed at - as you might guess - eight o’clock.

It’s a morning coffee, designed with a crisp and complex body that gets you going, and fortifies you for busy days.

The smooth finish helps to round off any rough edges that might be lingering in an early morning.

Made from 100% Arabica beans, Eight O’Clock Coffee has a bold flavor that’s surprisingly refreshing for a mid-morning drink.

The pods are recyclable, made from polypropylene, aka #5 plastic, which is accepted for curbside recycling in most communities in America.

Pros

  • Recyclable K-Cup pods.
  • Smooth finish.
  • Orthodox Union Kosher.

Cons

  • A bold coffee taste, but it lacks some depth found in other medium roasts.

The Best Dark Roast K-Cups

When the coffee beans are roasted for longer, their oils rise to the surface, creating an intense flavor with real depth.

These drinks can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Have a dark roast black, and you can really appreciate the complexity of the coffee beans. But when you add creamer and sweetener, the punch of coffee still shines through.

OUR TOP PICK

Fruit and smoke come together in this Italian dark roast by Barista Prima, an exciting coffee that even lighter-roast lovers will be intrigued by.

This is a coffee for sipping in the Italian sunshine, allowing the warm notes of ripe fruits to lift from the cup and encase you.

There’s a robust depth of flavor to the Barista Prima Italian Roast, which can knock you down if you’re unprepared. The body is heavy, loaded with those dark coffee notes this roast is so renowned for.

A slight undertone of smokiness gives this Italian roast a hint of the French, and brings a clear finish. Enjoy alongside the sunrise, or while people watching from a bustling Italian courtyard.

Pros

  • Ripe fruit flavorings.
  • Heavy body.
  • Orthodox Union Kosher.

Cons

  • Variable batch quality.

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Solimo is the budget-friendly Amazon own brand, but don’t let that put you off. This is a coffee with a surprising amount of body, and an impressive punch of flavor. And all for a wallet-friendly price!

This dark roast may not replace your favorite brand, but the low price and hearty flavoring makes it a dark roast to consider.

 Your morning will seem brighter with the Solimo dark roast waiting for you. The coffee is a blend with select beans from Latin America, Africa, and Indonesia.

Pros

  • A low price makes this a great coffee for bulk buyers.
  • 100% Arabica beans.
  • Punchy flavor.

Cons

  • A mildly acidic finish, lacking in some richness.

BEST VALUE

There’s a subtle sweetness to Green Mountain's Dark Magic coffee, a finish that lifts the flavor and complements the intense power of the dark roasted beans. On a cold and gray morning, this is a coffee that really does feel like a touch of magic.

There’s an intense flavor to Dark Magic that’s tempered by nuances of dried fruit and chocolate. The sweetness isn’t overt, instead just soft enough to temper the bold edges of the dark roasted coffee beans.

Using 100% Arabica beans, Green Mountains have created a coffee with a deep yet clear flavor. Easy to enjoy whatever the weather, this is a coffee that will warm you up on damp mornings.

Pros

  • Chocolate and dried fruit sweetness.
  • Intense coffee flavor.
  • Orthodox Union Kosher.

Cons

  • Lacks some complexity of taste.

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Tim Hortons is another coffee that comes with a certain level of expectation.

The brand is beloved for its original blend, and even some coffee connoisseurs consider Tim Hortons to brew the best coffee around. Luckily, the K-Cup dark roast can live up to the hype.

This is a dark roast for those days when you just don’t feel like leaving the house. It has all the comforting quality of Tim Horton’s, packaged in an easy-to-use cup for home baristas.

The dark roast has a full-body and a smooth finish, made from 100% Arabica beans. If you can’t get yourself to a Tim Hortons, this K-Cup more than does the job.

Pros

  • Smooth finish.
  • 100% Arabica beans.
  • Tastes like coffee shop quality.

Cons

  • It tastes like Tim Horton’s. If you don’t like their coffee, this isn’t for you.

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French Roast is one of the darkest roasts around, with a subtle smokey undertone that elevates the flavor.

For fans of French Roast, the SF Bay K-Cup has to be on your coffee bucket list. Roasted until the oils rise to the surface of the bean, this is a coffee with a full body and a smoke-filled finish.

Another advantage to SF Bay is their compostable packaging. Plant based and eco-friendly, this is coffee that’s good for the planet (as well as your mood).

The beans used in this roast are sourced from Central and South America.

Pros

  • A perfectly smoked finish.
  • Commercially compostable cup.
  • Intense and deep roast.

Cons

  • Packaging has some variable quality.

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Can you have a conversation about coffee without mentioning Starbucks? The ubiquitous coffee shop chain is found across America (and the world), and now comes straight to people's houses.

The Starbucks K-Cups ensure you can get your favorite barista coffee, made in your kitchen.

An Italian roast, this dark roast by Starbucks has a sweet undertone that adds complexity to the intense flavor. It’s a bold cup with a punchy taste, making it a good choice for personalization.

Syrups and creams won’t overwhelm the bold roast, so you can make your favorite Starbucks-style concoction. Try adding a nut or chocolate syrup, to play with the slight sweetness of the Italian roast.

Pros

  • Sustainably sourced.
  • Recyclable pods.
  • Fresh taste.

Cons

  • Lacks body.

The Best Decaf K-Cups

Whether it’s because of a caffeine sensitivity, or you fancy the punch of coffee flavor without the caffeine, there are times when we all need a decaf.

These choices are decaf that might sacrifice the caffeine, but don’t lose any of the flavor.

OUR TOP PICK

The Caribou Blend by Caribou Coffee is a well-loved medium roast. For those who prefer their coffee without the caffeine, the decaf variety loses none of the flavor that makes the Caribou blend so popular.

There’s a lot of flavor to this medium roast, giving a complex tasting palate that rounds off to a crisp finish. Expect sweet berry notes to mix with hints of spice, a syrupy sweetness, and a touch of bittersweet coffee.

Using an Indonesian bean that provides a bold body, the slight woody undertones balance the bright acidity. A blend with a lot going on, while still naturally decaffeinated.

Pros

  • Rich and complex flavor.
  • Trans fat and gluten-free.
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Cons

  • Some batches ordered online have been stale.

EDITORS CHOICE

Illy have been roasting and blending coffee since 1933, so they understand how to create balanced flavorings that bring out the best of the bean.

The Classico medium roast is an even and beautiful flavor, with a subtle note of caramel.

The Classico decaf has a coffee simplicity to it, using the sweet undertones to bring depth to a medium roast.

If you’re trying to cut down on coffee, the classic flavor of the Illy decaf will ensure you don’t feel like you’re missing out.

It may not have the zip of caffeine, but the delightful taste of this roast can still get you up in the morning.

Pros

  • Sustainable coffee brand with a direct relationship with growers.
  • Orthodox Union Kosher.
  • Classic flavor.

Cons

  • No discount for bulk orders.

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The House Blend by Peet’s Coffee is the brands' signature blend, and the decaf version allows you to try that great taste without the caffeine.

A dark roast, Peet’s House blend is lively and sweet, creating a playful cup that still works as a morning drink. The deep roasting brings out all the flavoring of beans grown across the Americas, creating a complex brew. The decaf doesn’t sacrifice any of the quality of the caffeinated variety. All those rich and nuanced notes are still contained in the cup.

Pros

  • Hand roasted in small batches for consistent quality.
  • A distinctive Latin flavor.
  • Recyclable K-Cup pods.

Cons

  • Complicated pods make recycling difficult.

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The taste of McCafé coffee is something many of us are incredibly familiar with, even if we pretend we prefer the gourmet stuff.

This is a coffee that goes down easily, with a simple flavor that is light on the palate. A certified kosher roast, that’s certain to be a crowd-pleaser.

A medium roast blend, the McCafé premium roast is an easy-drinker that you’ll keep coming back for. And as a decaf, you can keep on drinking throughout the day.

You’ll want to keep a cup near you just for the aroma, which is rich and inviting.

If you’re struggling to cut down on caffeine, adding this blend to your K-Cup rotation is a fantastic starting place.

Pros

  • 100% Responsibly Sourced Coffee.
  • No bitterness for a smooth finish.
  • Recyclable K-Cup pods.

Cons

  • Lacks the complexity of fuller-bodied roasts.

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A light roast decaf, the Pier 3 Premium Coffee pods have a playful flavor and a balance of taste. Using a blend of light, medium, and dark roast beans, the Pier 3 coffee has a surprisingly full-body, and no bitter aftertaste.

Pier 3 decaf has a crisp taste, and a sweetness that permeates the cup. Without the caffeine, this is a roast you can enjoy well into the afternoon, and it pairs well with a late sunset.

Made using only premium Arabica beans, you can taste the quality in this decaf. A jolt of flavor, without the jolt of caffeine.

Pros

  • Light and crisp taste, without the bitterness.
  • Craft roasted for the perfect finish.
  • Kosher certified.

Cons

  • Quite weak, even for a light roast.

The Best Flavored Coffee K-Cups

Flavored K-Cups are a fun way to mix up your coffee routine. From the lightly flavored to the indulgent blends, a flavored K-Cup can add some decadence to even the dullest of mornings.

OUR TOP PICK

There are a lot of French Vanilla flavored coffee cups out there, as sweet vanilla and bitter coffee are a match made in heaven.

If we had to choose a favorite, Dunkin’ just about beats the competition. But the SF Bay French Vanilla is a pretty close second.

What gives Dunkin’ the edge is the creaminess of their French Vanilla. It adds an extra richness to the medium roast of the cup. It feels like a treat, but without the cloying dessert sweetness that can ruin vanilla coffee.

This is a vanilla that you’ll keep on coming back to, as the light sweetness rounds out the already smooth flavor of the medium roast.

Pros

  • Creamy richness.
  • Medium roast base balances the vanilla.
  • Not too sweet.

Cons

  • Vanilla can be subtle.

EDITORS CHOICE

A cinnamon roll and a cup of coffee is such a perfect combination that we can’t see any reason to mess with it. But as a cinnamon roll a day does not come doctor recommended, this Cinnabon coffee is the next best thing.

Coffee and cinnamon are a wonderful flavor combination, and the addition of brown sugar and frosting to this brew creates a delicious creamy, caramel finish.

Made with 100% Arabic beans, this is a light roast coffee that lacks a big punch of coffee. Instead, this is for those with a sweet tooth, who want a drink that can satisfy a dessert craving.

Pros

  • Combines cinnamon with brown sugar and frosting flavor.
  • Light roast, easy on the palate.
  • Certified Orthodox Union Kosher.

Cons

  • Weak body, lacking the powerful flavor of coffee.

BEST VALUE

A rich and buttery smoothness adds some depth to the sweet toffee overtones of Gloria Jean’s Coffees Butter Toffee K-Cups. The medium roast gives a decent heft of power, made using 100% Arabica beans.

Butter toffee plays perfectly with the bitter notes of a medium roast, complementing the deep flavor without being too bold.

A heavy aroma will draw you to the coffee as it brews, and the subtle butter toffee taste works for mornings and early afternoons. Try it with creamer and sugar, to really ramp up the flavor and create something decadent.

Pros

  • Medium roast to balance the sweetness of the butter toffee.
  • Fantastic aroma.
  • Smooth finish.

Cons

  • Slightly inconsistent quality.

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They might be called Crazy Cups, but there’s nothing crazy about this White Chocolate Strawberry coffee K-Cup. It tastes like a white chocolate mocha, with a fruity freshness giving a fun and playful finish.

Although it tastes sweet, this is a sugar-free coffee, so you can enjoy it without any guilt. Mix it up hot in the winter months (it’s a surprisingly apt holiday brew), or enjoy it cold over the summer months. The creamy white chocolate and sharply sweet strawberry work whatever the temperature. A medium roast blend, there’s a good punch of coffee, providing a fuller body.

Pros

  • 13 grams of coffee per pod, more than the average.
  • Sugar-free and gluten-free.
  • Recyclable K-Cup capsule.

Cons

  • Can be bitter.

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Despite a pun-filled name, Wolfgang Puck’s Jamaican Me Crazy is a surprisingly sophisticated flavored coffee.

This estate grown coffee beans are medium roasted, and then enhanced with coconut flavoring for a tropical twist on classic coffee. A fantastic morning blend with consistent quality, and a taste you’ll want to savor.

Wolfgang Puck is a chef renowned for his flavor, and the cheerful taste of coconut is paired here with a full-bodied coffee bean.

There’s also a nutty hazelnut undertone that comes through quite well. The quality is excellent, and incredibly consistent.

Pros

  • Consistent quality.
  • Recyclable K-Cup capsules.
  • Estate grown coffee.

Cons

  • Coconut flavor is a subtle enhancement, rather than a bold flavor.

The Best K-Cups For Espresso

Keurig’s can do a lot of things, but the one area they’re lacking is a decent espresso function. If you enjoy starting every morning with an espresso (or two), then the Keurig is probably not the machine you’re after.

However, if you only prefer an espresso on occasion, or you’re interested in creating a base for a macchiato, then there are some K-Cups that can recreate the espresso experience.

OUR TOP PICK

Café Bustelo is perhaps the best known K-Cups for creating espressos, and those who are looking for a strong and heavy-bodied Keurig coffee should check them out. It’s the closest you can get to the espresso experience using a Keurig.

The first thing you’ll notice is the aroma, which smells authentically espresso-like, and is sure to captivate.

The dark roast has an intense scent, and a full-body that’s bolder than the majority of K-Cups. There’s an incredible Latin American flavor that stands out even with the addition of cream and sugar.

But the best way to enjoy Café Bustelo is on its own. This dark roast may not be for the fainthearted, but the sabor Latino is a treat for those who can handle it.

Pros

  • Latin American flavor profile
  • Bold espresso finish.
  • Intense aroma.

Cons

  • Still not quite real espresso quality.

EDITORS CHOICE

The extra dark blend by Illy has an extra bold flavor, which is close to what you might expect from an espresso. With notes of dark chocolate and caramel, black coffee drinkers will find this a complex and exciting brew.

The longer roasting of the extra dark blend brings out an intensity to the beans. Even using the Keurig, the Illy extra dark retains this depth, smoothing any rough edges with a golden caramel sweetness.

Pros

  • Extra dark provides an intense flavor.
  • Smooth with notes of caramel.
  • Sustainable coffee from a direct relationship with growers.

Cons

  • Higher price, and no bulk discounts.

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Drink Timothy’s World Coffee Rainforest blend black for a close espresso experience and a bold flavor. This is a dark roast that really lives up to its claims.

A longer roasting process has bought out an intense flavor to the beans, one you’ll want to enjoy without distraction.

Brew yourself a cup of Timothy’s World Coffee Rainforest Espresso on a clear morning, and enjoy the peace the clarity of flavor brings.

There is a slight bitterness to the finish, but it works surprisingly well with the heavy flavor.

This isn’t a dark roast for the casual coffee drinker. Instead, it demands your attention.

Pros

  • Rich and full body.
  • Intense dark roast.
  • Best black, but holds up well to cream and sugar.

Cons

  • Some batches can sit in the warehouse, turning slightly stale.

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San Francisco Bay seems to make a coffee for every occasion, and this espresso roast is ideal for those craving an espresso hit from their Keurig.

It makes an incredible base for mochas, lattes, and cappuccinos - but is just as good enjoyed on its own.

The espresso blend has two outstanding qualities: notes of dark chocolate, and a smoky brown spice finish.

This gives a slight touch of the French Roast, and a sweetness that tones down the bitter edge of a dark roast.

Coffee beans sourced from Central America are roasted just right, until the intense flavor punches through.

Pros

  • Smoky brown spice finish for a touch of the French Roast.
  • Works well in lattes and cappuccinos.
  • Biodegradable packaging.

Cons

  • Some quality issues in the packaging.

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While other brands make a roast to satisfy every craving, GLORYBREW focuses on perfecting a limited amount.

Their flavors range from medium roast to extra dark, and the intense flavor of The Noble Extra Dark has an espresso-like quality. Drink it black, for a real punch to the morning.

As well as making good coffee, GLORYBREW is an environmentally friendly brand. Rainforest Alliance Certified, the coffee pods are compostable and biodegradable.

The Noble has a low acidity and a balanced full body, with some subtle chocolate notes adding a slight complexity to the flavor.

Pros

  • Rainforest Alliance Certified.
  • Biodegradable K-Cup capsules.
  • Intense, with a full-body and a smooth finish.

Cons

  • Biodegradable packaging can let some fine grounds into the coffee.

The Best K-Cups  For Cappuccinos

A frothy and creamy cappuccino can be a hassle to make, and a Keurig is all about ease. The K-Cups combine the two, for an instant cappuccino with plenty of body.

OUR TOP PICK

Gevalia does the cappuccino slightly differently. The two-step system uses the K-Cup and a froth packet to create a latte that tastes café quality. Creamy and foamy, the incredible brew is an indulgent mid-morning drink.

If the thought of a two-step process puts you off — don’t worry. Your Keurig still does most of the work, as both steps are unbelievably easy.

First, empty your froth packet into a mug. Second, brew your K-Cup using the Keurig, into the same mug. And your cappuccino is done!

The rich froth completes the cappuccino, adding an exceptional creaminess to the full-bodied flavor.

Pros

  • Creamy and frothy finish.
  • Bold coffee flavor, not overwhelmed by froth.
  • Recyclable K-Cup capsules.

Cons

  • Expensive.

EDITORS CHOICE

A decadent flavor and smooth finish make these French Vanilla Cappuccino Pods by Grove Square feel like a sip of luxury. And all for a low price and easy use!

The K-Cup pods will quickly become a daily treat, thanks to a rich finish that you can enjoy for much of the day.

The cappuccino drink mix by Grove Square is made using the same process as a regular coffee pod. But the end result is a frothy and foamy mixture with a sweet hit of vanilla.

On a cold day, this warming beverage offers a cozy protection against harsh weather. But it’s just as lovely when enjoyed in the sunshine. A versatile cappuccino, easy enough for the everyday.

Pros

  • Clear vanilla flavoring.
  • Kosher certified.
  • Quick and easy to make.

Cons

  • Too sweet for some tastes.

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Not a single flavor but a variety pack, the Smart Sips Cappuccino K-Cups are the ideal choice for someone who likes to play around with their mid-morning pick me up.

The variety sampler pack includes the flavors Almond Cookie, Cinnamon, Hazelnut, and French Vanilla. So, you always have a cappuccino to match your mood that day.

The Smart Sips K-Cups come already mixed to perfection, making them an easy on-the-go treat.

These are also a low calorie, low-sugar, and low-carb K-Cup, so you can enjoy your indulgent coffee treat regularly. It’s still packed with frothy flavor, but without any of the guilt.

Pros

  • Low-sugar, low-carb, and low calorie.
  • 100% landfill degradable.
  • Variety pack with multiple flavors.

Cons

  • The flavors can taste artificial.

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Pumpkin Spice isn't just for fall with these Indulgio K-Cups, which can provide you with the crisp seasonal flavoring, year round.

The flavor is bold and fresh, with plenty of that classic pumpkin spice sweetness sitting alongside the hit of coffee.

These K-Cups can quickly dispense a frothy spiced cappuccino, with none of the effort of heading to your local coffee shop.

We recommend enjoying these on a crisp fall morning, wrapped up in a blanket, and reading a good book. But the sweet and playful flavor could be just what you need to power you through a working week.

Pros

  • Fresh pumpkin spice flavoring.
  • Creamy finish.
  • Quick and easy to use.

Cons

  • Some drinkers report the K-Cups have issues with the Keurig 2.0.

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Victor Allen’s is a budget brand with a popularity much larger than its price tag. The rich roast provides the perfect base for these creamy cappuccinos, which complement the sweet caramel with a twist of salt.

The unusual salty finish cuts through the caramel sweetness that could become cloying, creating a balanced drink with a complex flavoring. And all for a low price! Incredibly affordable, this is for anyone with an expensive coffee shop habit, looking to cut down costs.

Pros

  • Affordable price.
  • Salty finish helps balance the sweet drink.
  • 100% gluten-free and non GMO.

Cons

  • Lacks body.

The Best Biodegradable K-Cups

K-Cups can produce a massive amount of waste, and cleaning the recyclable pods is time-consuming. These biodegradable K-Cups are good for the environment, and packed with flavor.

OUR TOP PICK

Tayst are one of the most popular biodegradable coffee brands around, making coffees known for a simplicity of flavor that doesn’t lack heartiness.

We’re recommending the Medium and Magnificent roast, but anything from Tayst is worth having a look at.

What Tayst does best is make everyday coffee, so the biodegradable capsules are a real advantage.

Regular coffee drinkers - those who enjoy more than two cups a day - will have noticed how quickly waste can stack up. With the Tayst compostable K-Cups, you don’t have to cut down, but you’re still doing something for the environment.

Plastic-free and plant-based, these cups can make a real difference in your waste output.

Pros

  • Biodegradable and compostable K-Cups.
  • Fruity nuances to the Medium Magnificent blend.
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Cons

  • Fine grounds can come through the eco-filter.

EDITORS CHOICE

San Francisco Bay makes some of the best K-Cups around, and the fact that they’re biodegradable is the hit of cream on top of a rich and full-bodied cup of coffee.

These K-Cups by SF Bay are made of entirely plant-based materials, including the outer bag and one-way coffee valve. Fully commercially compostable, these fantastic cups are compatible with all single serving brewers.

SF Bay does a range of remarkable flavorings, and you’ll struggle to decide between Fog Chaser and French Roast. For a morning cup that leaves you ready to take on the day, we have to give the edge to Fog Chaser.

Pros

  • Family run company.
  • BPI certified.
  • Large flavor range.

Cons

  • Variable packaging quality.

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A sweet blend from Central America, Java Love by the Organic Coffee Co. is a wonderful everyday blend with some eco-credentials. Not only are the pods commercially compostable, including the outer bag, the coffee is certified USDA organic.

The medium-light blend is delightfully elevated by notes of milk chocolate, cinnamon spice, and caramelized sugar.

It’s a coffee you can sip on throughout the morning, with pleasing notes that will appeal to any guests you might have over. A big crowd-pleaser, with some complex layers that you might not expect.

Pros

  • Flavors of milk chocolate, cinnamon, and caramelized spices.
  • Eco-friendly compostable packaging.
  • Certified USDA Organic.

Cons

  • Can go stale quickly.

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Cameron’s Coffee Kona Blend used to be the go-to for an eco-friendly Kona coffee, and possibly one of the best Kona coffees around, but the reworked Hawaiian Blend can’t compare. But don’t write off the brand just yet!

There’s more to Cameron’s Coffee than the Hawaiian Blend! And the Jamaican Blend is well worth a try.

The Jamaican Blend has a complex flavoring, with a delicate spicing that enhances the richness. A smooth finishing blend, the slight twist of spice adds a playfulness to the body.

Certified compostable in industrial composting facilities, Cameron’s Coffee is a blend you have to pay attention to.

Pros

  • Delicate spiciness.
  • Compostable K-Cup pods.
  • Smooth finish with 5% Jamaican coffee.

Cons

  • Packaging quality can vary.

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The French Roast is one of the darkest around, finishing with a smokiness that really sets the roast apart.

The organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified French Roast by Beaniac is aromatic and smooth, with a full on flavor that’s impossible to overlook.

Beaniac also uses commercially compostable, BPI-certified coffee pods. The dark roast uses 100% organic and Rainforest Alliance certified Arabica beans. This gives the roast it’s premium quality, as well as the fantastic taste and aroma.

There are many good roasts available from Beaniac, but the French Roast is possibly the best. You’ll be surprised by the depth of flavor contained in the compostable capsule!

Pros

  • BPI-certified commercially compostable coffee pods.
  • 100% Organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified Arabica Coffee.
  • Premium quality for a smooth finish.

Cons

  • Some packs come with the pods individually wrapped, which defeats the point of compostable cups.

The Best Organic K-Cups

Certified organic coffee is grown without using synthetic substances or GMOs that are often found in fertilizers and pesticides. 

OUR TOP PICK

Newman’s Own Organics Special Blend is a K-Cup so good we’re surprised we didn’t mention it earlier.

The medium roast is one of the best around, and the decaf variety still packs a punch of flavor. But it’s the organic credentials that really set Newman’s apart. Which is why we’ve listed it here!

This isn’t an organic coffee that sacrifices flavor for eco-certification. Instead, it’s a blend that recognizes good coffee comes from sustainable sources.

The medium roast of the special blend is almost perfect. It brings a full-body and plenty of strength, tempered by a smooth finish and nuanced flavoring. A fantastic morning roast.

Pros

  • USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade Certified.
  • Recyclable K-Cup pods.
  • Certified Orthodox Union Kosher.

Cons

  • If buying online, be careful to choose a reputable vendor.

EDITORS CHOICE

The USDA certified organic coffee from Caza Trail is an extra bold pick me up for hectic mornings.

The taste is toasty and bold, with a lingering nutty note that goes particularly well with chocolate. You’ll enjoy this medium roasted coffee throughout the morning, thanks to an easy finish.

Caza Trail sells organic coffee with Fair Trade certification for a sustainable cup. The certified Kosher coffee is a real crowd pleaser, and one that you’ll enjoy getting out of bed for. It’s also well priced, for a daily coffee that’s better for the world.

Pros

  • USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade Certified.
  • Extra bold flavor, for a cup with a hearty punch.
  • Kosher Certified.

Cons

  • A slightly bitter finish.

BEST VALUE

You know those mornings when you just can’t get out of bed? When keeping your eyes open and your brain chugging along seems to take extra effort? It’s on those mornings that you need Valhalla Java by Death Wish Coffee.

Valhalla Java is the world’s strongest coffee, with enough high-quality caffeine to get you buzzing through a day that’s been dragging on.

By combining smooth Arabica beans with powerful Robusta beans, Death Wish has made a coffee that tastes good, while fuelling you up.

The flavor of this is all coffee. A hearty punch of taste that matches the bold effects that Valhalla Java brings to the cup.

Pros

  • Extra-strong coffee, for extra-difficult mornings.
  • USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade Certified.
  • Recyclable K-Cup pods.

Cons

  • Expensive.

RUNNER UP

The single origin organic beans used to create this organic coffee by Real Good Coffee Company fill the cup with an invigorating flavor and some unusual tasting notes.

The eco-friendly beans from Sumatra are responsibly grown, roasted to perfection, and are now waiting to brighten your morning.

The dark roast of this organic coffee has a bright taste, lightened by a citrus acidity that gives the cup a crisp finish. Beneath that are woody flavors of cedar, and a fun freshness with a bell pepper twist.

Pros

  • USDA Certified Organic.
  • Single Origin coffee beans.
  • Recyclable K-Cup pods.

Cons

  • Can go stale quickly.

RUNNER UP

Wandering Bear coffee is stronger than your average cup, fitting double the amount of caffeine into the K-Cup capsule.

This organic dark roast provides an intense hit of caffeine, alongside a smooth flavor and a full body.

Using a rigid pod to ensure the best cup every time, Wandering Bear is a coffee for when you need something to brighten a morning.

What makes Wandering Bear stand out is the 15.5 grams of coffee they fit in every pod. This delivers an impressive 250 mg of caffeine, double what you find in the average cup.

By increasing the coffee count, they increase the caffeine, building a bold flavor without an overly bitter edge.

Pros

  • Extra caffeine thanks to a fuller coffee pod.
  • Made from 100% organic Arabica beans.
  • Recyclable K-Cup pod.

Cons

  • Expensive.

The Best Low Acid K-Cups

The acidity of coffee can cause stomach issues, heartburn, and acid reflux. But those with a sensitivity don’t necessarily have to give the drink up. These low acid coffees are a gentler alternative.

OUR TOP PICK

Those who suffer from conditions such as heartburn, but who love the intensity of a strong cup of coffee, will love the dark French Roast by Puroast.

The aromatic coffee contains all the rich flavoring you expect from a French Roast, but with 70% less acid.

With a careful heating and roasting process, Puroast is also able to bring out 5X more antioxidants in their coffee, compared to leading coffee brands.

This unique roast lowers the acidity level, heightens the antioxidants, and brings an aromatic finish to a fantastic coffee.

Pros

  • 70% less acid.
  • 5X more antioxidants than leading coffee brands.
  • Aromatic finish.

Cons

  • Lacking in body.

EDITORS CHOICE

Trying to find a low acid coffee can often feel like a limiting task. There are few options available, and many brands specialize in just one low acid roast. If you like some variety in your coffee, this can be disheartening.

But with the Café Don Pedro variety pack, low acid coffee comes alive. Featuring six different blends and roasts, including some fun flavored varieties, this is coffee for those with an adventurous palate and a sensitive stomach.

The 100% Arabica beans are carefully roasted for a finish that’s gentle on the stomach and teeth. Order the variety pack, and choose between the Breakfast Blend, Colombian Supremo, French Roast, Southern Pecan, French Vanilla, and Hazelnut Cream.

Pros

  • Variety pack offers a range of flavors.
  • More coffee per K-Cup.
  • Low acid.

Cons

  • K-Cups leak occasionally.

BEST VALUE

Coffee by HealthWise is low in acid, high in essential minerals and micronutrients, and delicious. There’s no bitterness, but instead a smooth finish that comes from high grade Arabica beans.


HealthWise offers a few other flavors, including a Hazelnut and Chocolate Coconut, but the Colombian Supremo is a wonderful coffee for the everyday.

Those with stomach issues can often struggle to find a decent replacement for daily habits.

Although this coffee may not be ideal for every morning if you suffer from acid reflux, the smooth taste works well as an easy drinking cup.

Pros

  • Low acid.
  • High in minerals and micronutrients.
  • 100% Colombian Supremo beans.

Cons

  • A weaker body.

RUNNER UP

Caribbean Delight by Manatee Gourmet Coffee is low acid coffee with a difference. The rich flavor of Central and South American beans are given a fun twist with the addition of Tropical Coconut, Hazelnut, and Caramel.

A fantastic aroma will draw you into the cup, where a superior flavor from 100% Arabica beans awaits.

The small batch crafted coffee from Manatee provides a taste of the tropical, with nuances of flavor that enhance this low acid medium roast.

Pros

  • Gentle roasting process for low acid.
  • Hints of coconut, hazelnut, and caramel.
  • Purchases support manatees.

Cons

  • K-Cups have exploded for some users.

RUNNER UP

Stuck in the Middle by Trücup is an excellent medium roast, hitting just the right balance of body, flavor, and complexity.

With a subtle sweetness that emerges during the roasting process, this low acid coffee is a mellow brew, easy on the stomach and the palate.

Trücup uses a proprietary water and steam process that removes naturally occurring tannic and lipid acids from the bean. But this unusual process does nothing to sacrifice flavor, as this is a cup with a smooth and clean taste.

As a final bonus, Trücup makes their K-Cups with a biodegradable design. Eco-friendly, stomach-friendly, and taste bud friendly.

Pros

  • Low acid.
  • Biodegradable K-Cups.
  • Small roasted batches for consistent quality.

Cons

  • Some users report issues with the Keurig 2.0.

Final Thoughts

Best K-Cup Coffee - The Most Delicious K-Cups You Have to Try

Trying as many K-Cups as possible is one of the highlights of owning a Keurig. Being able to discover a world of new flavors, straight from your kitchen, is a true luxury. With these 47 options, you’re sure to find something that becomes a new favorite.