Best K-Cup Coffee Flavors Reviewed

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If you’re looking for the best K-Cup flavors, then you need to check out our top ten favorites below to start enjoying your cup of coffee again.

Our reviews focus on the wide variety of tastes, potency, and caffeine intensity from popular brands of the best K-Cup coffees.

Best Keurig Coffee Pods

Cafe Don Pedro Low-Acid Coffee Pods

Cafe Don Pedro Variety Pack Arabica Low Acid Coffee Pods - Compatible with Keurig K-cup Coffee Maker, 6 different flavors, 100% Arabica, Battles Heartburn, Acidic Reflux, 72 Coffee K Cups

The Cafe Don Pedro line of K-Cup pods are high in flavor and low in acid. For those who suffer from acid reflux or any intestinal issues related to coffee intake, this may be a great brand to consider.

Additionally, if you’re purchasing this brand for a pop of flavor such as French Vanilla or Hazelnut Cream, be aware that all of the flavors in this coffee are mild.

You may want to add a flavored creamer to your cup for a stronger pop of flavor.

However, the basic coffee flavor is good in each variety and will not lead to stomach upset.

It should be noted that while Cafe Don Pedro wasn’t usable in a 2.0 machine, the manufacturer is now in the process of supplying K-Cup pods and carafe packs that will fit in the latest Keurig coffee makers.

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The Original Donut Shop Medium Roast K-Cup Pods

The Original Donut Shop Regular Keurig Single-Serve K-Cup Pods, Medium Roast Coffee, 72 Count (6 Packs of 12)

There’s nothing fancy about Donut Shop coffee, and that’s just how fans of this basic, delicious coffee like it!

This is a medium roast coffee with a fairly strong concentration.

While some coffee drinkers associate “strong” with “bitter”, be aware that Donut Shop coffee is not harsh. It’s simply a robust, rich flavor.

Because it’s a medium roast, this coffee has a full-bodied flavor and pleasant odor without being harsh or producing an acidic bite. Donut Shop coffee pods are built to work in all Keurig brewers and are certified Kosher.​

San Francisco Bay Fog Chaser K-Cups

San Francisco Bay Compostable Coffee Pods - Fog Chaser (80 Ct) K Cup Compatible including Keurig 2.0, Medium Dark Roast

If you enjoy strong coffee flavor with a bit of bite at the end, this is a great blend for you.

San Francisco Bay Fog Chaser will lift your spirits and elevate your focus with a hearty dose of medium and dark roast coffee, loaded with smoky flavor and plenty of caffeine.

However, San Francisco Bay coffee offers K-Cup fans the chance to enjoy their single cup of coffee without environmental concerns.

These pods are nearly 100% biodegradable and will compost down to the mesh filter. Even the plastic ring that holds the pod in the Keurig will break down over time.

It should be noted that the mesh bag that keeps the grounds together is not airtight, so storage of these pods may be an issue. When possible, keep them in an airtight container so the coffee inside the mesh pod doesn’t become stale.​

Donut Shop Victor Allen Coffee Pods

Victor Allen's Coffee Donut Shop Blend, Medium Roast, 80 Count, Single Serve Coffee Pods for Keurig K-Cup Brewers

Victor Allen Donut Shop coffee is made from medium roast Colombian Arabica beans.​

The Donut Shop variety is unsweetened and produces a strong cup of medium roast coffee.

The Victor Allen line of coffee products is available in bulk.

Many users find it to be slightly more bitter than other donut shop lines, but many drinkers prefer their coffee with a bitter edge, particularly those who don’t care for overly sweet beverages.

While many 80 count K-Cup pod sets offer a wide variety of flavors, some of which you may enjoy more than others, the Victor Allen product line sells large quantities of one flavor.

Caza Trail Coffee Kona Blend Single Serve Cups

Caza Trail Coffee, Kona Blend, 100 Single Serve Cups

Kona coffee refers to coffee grown on the big island of Hawaii, but Caza Trail coffee blends Kona with Arabica beans grown in Latin America.

If you’re looking for traditional big, dark Kona flavor, this coffee may not fill the bill.

That being said, Caza Trail Coffee is loaded with robust dark roast flavor. While Kona coffee flavor is quite hearty, the dark roast of the beans can make this a very strong and rather bitter cup of coffee.

When trying to figure out which roast of coffee to purchase, it’s best to start light. If you’ve never developed a taste for dark roast coffee, dark roast K-Cup coffee will likely be far too strong for you.

Try a morning blend or a medium roast, and if you like it, stay in that roasting range. If you find that coffee bland, move up to a dark roast.​

Related | Kona Coffee

Eight O’clock Coffee The Original K-Cup Pods

Eight O'Clock Coffee The Original, Keurig Single Serve K-Cup Pods, Medium Roast, 72 Count (6 Packs of 12)

The Eight O’clock Original Roast may be an ideal cup of coffee for fans of dark roast or espresso coffee.

If you’re not a big fan of dark roasts, try brewing this into a travel cup or other tall mug so your get a bit more water to stretch the flavor.

It’s important to use Keurig K-Cups or refillable K-Cups that are rated to fit into your Keurig or you can damage the clamping mechanism that pierces the foil and releases the coffee. Additionally, the time and heat involved in brewing are specific to Keurig machines.

The Eight O’clock Coffee pods offered by this company are built to work in Keurig 1.0 and 2.0. Monitor the expiration dates for the best and freshest brew and enjoy a hearty cup of Eight O’clock Coffee.​

Death Wish Coffee Single Serve Coffee Pods

Death Wish Coffee Co., Dark Roast Single-Serve Coffee Pods, 10 Count

Death Wish Coffee is for serious caffeine fans that like a strong coffee flavor and don’t fear the bite of bitterness.

If you struggle with reflux or any stomach issues, Death Wish coffee will not help your digestive tract.

If you’re struggling and really need a punch of coffee, Death Wish may be a great option.

In addition to providing a jolt of caffeine, Death Wish pods are made of recycled materials and can be recycled again.

All coffees used by Death Wish are fair trade and organic, and this coffee is Kosher.​

Related | Death Wish Coffee Review

Green Mountain Blueberry Coffee Keurig K-Cup Pods

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Wild Mountain Blueberry Keurig Single-Serve K-Cup pods, Light Roast Coffee, 72 Count (6 Packs of 12)

Green Mountain K-Cups are certified for Keurig use and will work well with any Keurig machine per the packaging.

The blueberry flavor in this coffee is quite potent and will linger in the cup for the next brew no matter what coffee you drink next. Cleaning your Keurig is ideal before switching.

This coffee blend is based on a very mild roast. The flavor is quite gentle and the fruit aroma and flavor are very pleasant.

Many of the products offered by Green Mountain are fair trade and organic, though the pods generally cannot be recycled.

Mad Monkey Coffee K-Cups

Mad Monkey Single Serve Coffee Capsules, Swingin Bold, 100% Arabica Bold Roast, Compatible with Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 48 Count

Mad Monkey K-Cup pods have a Flavor Max filter inside each pod. This adds to the air protection and means your coffee is fresh and read to brew.

This coffee is not for the faint of heart. While not as powerful as Death Wish, Mad Monkey is a true dark roast with plenty of kick and a strong, bold coffee flavor.

If you like a strong pop of flavor and a chance to recycle your K-Cup, Mad Monkey may be a great choice.​

In addition to freshness, this filter makes it possible to easily clean and recycle your coffee pod.

Grove Square Cappuccino French Vanilla Single Serve Cups

Grove Square Cappuccino Pods, French Vanilla, Single Serve , 24 Count (Pack of 1)

A cup of Grove Square Cappuccino offers fans of French Vanilla a yummy and robust burst of sweet flavor.

These pods are sweetened with sucralose and may be a bit much for some fans of bold coffee flavor.

However, many coffee drinkers will mix this with a batch of dark roast for great flavor and sweet vanilla.

Many users were surprised to find that this K-Cup contains syrup, not coffee grounds.

Because the combination of longer-term exposure to hot water in addition to the sweetener might lead to a burnt sugar taste, the Grove Square Cappuccino French Vanilla is a liquid pod, similar to other sweet treats that can be made in a Keurig.

Final Thoughts

Investing in a Keurig, filling it with filtered water and using Keurig certified pods is a great choice to keep all your coffee drinkers happy.

The options for coffee once you have access to any of the Keurig models are endless. Depending on your flavor preference, you can enjoy a variety of coffee flavors as well as other hot beverages including hot chocolate or apple cider.

There has been a great deal of concern regarding K-Cups and their impact on plastic waste. While dumping a full pot of unused coffee is a waste of water and the power used to heat it, K-Cups can be a burden on landfills.

For recyclable cups, consider the San Francisco Bay line of products, which are not only recyclable but will compost down to the mesh filter used to encase the coffee grounds.

From mild Green Mountain Blueberry to the dark Death Wish, we hope that coffee fans will be able to find something they love from our list.​

Written By Tara Williams

Tara Williams is a seasoned food writer and editor who's been with KitchenSanity since its beginning. With a knack for experimenting with food and creating delicious recipes, she's your go-to for straightforward kitchen advice and practical tips from personal experiences. As a mom of two, Tara understands the value of time. She crafts articles that enhance your cooking skills and free up time for what matters most—like family moments.

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