The 10 Best K-Cup Coffees

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Why Do You Like Keurig?

  • It is so fast.
  • Everyone can have the flavor that they most like.
  • The taste.
  • I can have one flavor in the morning and another later on.
  • It is safe and easy to use.
  • A little of all the above.
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The one downside of owning a Keurig Brewer is the dazzling choice of coffees. I mean how much time can you spend drooling over stuff you want to buy? If you are like me, the answer to that is: plenty, and, also too much.

None of that time is wasted though. There are not many really lousy coffees that come in K-cups, though I avoid anything that says it is a cappuccino. I also have a thing about strong coffee so maybe I picked out more bold K-cup coffees in my top ten list than I should have.

I took advice on making this page, though, to eliminate some of the personal bias. I asked everyone I knew and checked the forums.

I also checked around the review sites to help cut out anything that might be just too quirky. None of the coffees on this page get anything less than 4 stars from coffee buyers online.

So, feel free to dive in and see what think. If you hate my choices let me know.


Not sure what you might like? Want to sample something new? Try this selection.
Not sure what you might like? Want to sample something new? Try this selection.

For People Who Want To Experiment

Before we get into the best ten...

If you are new to a Keurig and not sure what kinds of coffee you might like, one of the easiest ways forward is to buy a varied sample of fine coffees.

If you are tired of your tried and tested brands this is not a bad way to branch out, either.

Personally, I like to have a good variety of coffee to offer guests. With fifty, absolutely unique brewers, to choose from, every visitor will find something that they like.

The 10 Best Coffees for a Keurig

My personal choice, sort of (I took plenty of opinions here!)

There is also a great cocoa at the end!

Coffee People's Donut Shop and Extra Bold Donut Shop

Some of the most popular K-cups around come from Coffee People. Almost everybody who owns a Keurig will have tried at least one of their products. At the same time, there will a few people who haven't and Donut Shop will be a treat for them.

Coffee People K-cups are a bit special. For one thing they use the Diedrich kind of K cup that seems to get more taste from the coffee. The diagram below is how Diedrich explains what they do. It seems to make sense.

What really stands out, is that even really strong coffees from Coffee People have a genuine full taste. Too often the extra bold coffees are extra bitter and sometimes I wonder if they use some kind of coloring to get the darkness. This Donut Shop blend is strong because of the full range of tastes not just a full range of bitterness or acidity, Perfect for Starbucks lovers,

The fifty count packs, only available online (and only at Amazon as far as I know) will save you some money.

Emeril's Big Easy Bold Coffee

This one is guaranteed to open your eyes in the morning. It is thick very black and strong. I reckon I let slip my preference for Coffee People above but this gets more votes from more people who need strong and wont settle for anything less. It certainly has a great aroma.

It also uses 50 per cent Rainforest Alliance certified coffee so you are probably helping to save a tree, somewhere.

Timothy's World Coffee, Kona Blend

I would recommended this for anyone getting bored with their usual coffee. It has a pleasant, refreshing, slightly exotic taste. The coffee beans are grown in Hawaii and roasted in Canada so they have certainly seen the world before they sacrifice themselves for your taste buds.

The blend is kona coffee and arabica so don't expect a dark roasted, I've-been-shot -in-the- mouth type blast of coffee adrenalin. This coffee is medium strong, subtle and flavorful. Some people say it tastes of fruit and chocolate. I don't see coffee that way. I can just say that it is perfect for a relaxing afternoon.

Surprising what pumpkin spices can bring to good coffee!
Surprising what pumpkin spices can bring to good coffee!

Green Mountain Limited Edition with Pumpkin Spice

This is a warming blend for a cold spell or a pleasant companion as the days lengthen in the Fall.

It is not easy to get cinnamon and nutmeg spices balanced just so with a fine coffee but this is one of the most successful attempts you will find anywhere.

And of course it makes a very enjoyable change at any time of the year.


Emeril's Jazzed Up Decaf Coffee


OK, I am not a big fan of decaf but for some, people with medical conditions, like pregnant women etc. it might be the only option. So here is a decaf that is drinkable. It is a strong flavored coffee and people who like decaf rate it highly. I managed to finish my cup which is more than I can say for many decafs..

Timothy's German Chocolate Cake


This is probably the best flavored coffee for a Keurig that you will find. It is genuinely chocolaty and has a medium strength, full bodied taste. The beans are high quality arabica which is good base for any coffee and the blend works in the machine.

Recommended if you feel you deserve a reward for a difficult day- it's a good substitute for a big slice of Black Forest Gateau. Unfortunately, the coffee has no cherry.

Gloria Jean's Coffee


The Swiss Chocolate Almond is the main rival to the German Chocolate Cake from Timothy's World. It is has plenty of devotees who say they never get tired of it. I would recommend it as an occasional drink when you are not looking for anything too strong. It is great when it is iced.

On a par is the Hazelnut coffee from the same company. Fresh tasty and a pleasant change from bold coffees some of have to have in the mornings. It is also an economical coffee at a couple of dollars less than most K-cups for a pack.

For a Change of Pace...

Perfect for winding down...
Perfect for winding down...

A Satisfying Cocoa!

Cocoa is wonderful for kids any time. For adults it is a fine antidote to too much excitement and genuinely aids sleep.

This has a rich milk chocolate flavor that is perhaps not as satisfying as a cocoa made with full cream milk and spoonfuls of sugar. But it is quick to make and very smooth on the tongue.

Keurig Reusable Coffee Filter

The Diedrich filter that Coffee People use. However it works it seems to bring the taste through even the strongest coffee.
The Diedrich filter that Coffee People use. However it works it seems to bring the taste through even the strongest coffee.

Before I quit. here is a quick plug for the reusable Keurig filter. If you grind you own coffee you can load it into the filter, slip the filter in place and hey presto! Fresh coffee for one. This can be a useful feature for dealing with coffee snobs. Tell then to bring their own ground coffee!

The results are pretty good,

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Comments 7 comments

Mike 23 months ago

Lavazza Classico K cup is by far the best out there!!


Jeff 4 years ago

Lol - or just buy the reusable k-cup?


Harry 5 years ago

BE ON GUARD! Bargain shops like Big Lots, carry K-cup styles that are just filled with instant coffee! No grounds or filters - check the weight and list if the rattle - DO NOT BUY! They taste like dishwater.


Mike Chronos 6 years ago

What's a Tea man doing on a coffee lover's page? If you haven't yet converted to coffee it's probably because you haven't had Chronos Coffee. Tea is great don't get me wrong but you haven't had coffee until you've tried some blends from Chronos.


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Yes, indeed, I'm a Tea man...A Tea Party man...A red-blooded, rootin' tootin', Yankee Doodle Dandy of a Tea Party man...Go Sarah, Beat Blue...Larry

( Man, I have to cut down on that caffeine..)


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Will Apse 6 years ago Author

Somehow, I thought you might be a tea man, Larry but if you enjoy the Jet Fuel, I think you will enjoy the Donut Shop Coffee.


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Will...Thanks for this informative coffee Hub...I'm looking forward to tasting the Donut Shop coffees...never heard of them before...my favs are Jet Fuel and Black Magic...

Interesting vid on reusing the K-cup...Thanks, Larry

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