The demand for coffee is so high that coffee is second only to oil as the world’s largest international commodity. That means that there are dozens of brands out there for coffee drinkers to enjoy, and there is no excuse for getting into a coffee rut.
If you enjoy your morning trip to Starbucks or brewing something instant at home, you are definitely not alone. But we’d like to introduce you to 15 popular coffee brands that you won’t find at the big coffee chains or in the instant coffee section of your grocery store. Take some time to discover these delicious and unique coffee brands that are full of flavor and will help you start your day in the best way possible.
1. Death Wish
One of the most popular coffee brands on Amazon, Death Wish Coffee contains an incredible 650 milligrams of caffeine per cup (your standard cup of coffee contains a mere 150 milligrams). Death Wish coffee beans are United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-certified organic and fair trade, and the coffee comes in bags of whole beans or grounds as well as in Keurig cups.
Some of the brand’s most popular blends include Valhalla Java and Cauldron-Aged Pumpkin. According to the reviews, Death Wish coffee gives you a lift and gets your creative juices flowing without making you feel hyper or on edge.
2. Variety Coffee Roasters
If you prefer a cold brew, the High Hopes For Cold Brew from Variety Coffee Roasters is one of the most popular options on the market. This Ethiopian coffee has a cookies-and-cream aroma with flavor notes of dark chocolate and tropical fruit.
It may be the perfect drink during the summer, but it is delicious any time of year.
This fair trade coffee brand from England has won more than 30 Great Taste Awards over the last eight years, thanks to the company’s commitment to quality. Cafédirect’s most popular blends include Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, and Cauca Valley.
The company meets face-to-face with its farmers every year, and it has made 90 percent of those farmers shareholders in the business. Cafédirect also reinvests one-third of its profits into its producers and their communities.
4. Sträva Craft Coffee
Peace & Wellness Focus Coffee from Sträva Craft Coffee not only has caffeine, but it is also roasted with cannabidiol oil (CBD). CBD comes from the hemp plant, but it won’t get you high. Instead, it soothes your caffeine buzz, gets rid of your jitters, helps you focus, and calms minor aches, pains, and inflammation.
After drinking a cup of Focus, you will feel alert, calm, and focused. The coffee features taste notes of brown sugar, ripe cherry, and natural cacao, and it just might be the healthiest coffee you could drink.
5. Sudden Coffee
The quality and taste of instant coffee can be less than spectacular. But if it’s the style that you prefer, try Sudden Coffee. This coffee brand was developed by a champion barista and a techie, and you will be surprised by how good it tastes.
There are no additives, and Sudden Coffee fully roasts the beans before it dehydrates and packages them in recyclable vials to preserve flavor. If you need a quick pick-me-up at work, this might be your best option.
Another popular brand on Amazon, Bulletproof, comes from farmers who grow coffee with traditional methods and without herbicides and pesticides. The coffee is Rainforest Alliance-certified. The coffee berries are hand-picked at peak ripeness, and only the best and cleanest beans are medium roasted in small batches.
Bulletproof sells bags of whole beans or grounds, coffee pods, and cold brews, as well as InstaMix creamers, grass-fed ghee, collagen protein, and brain octane oil. The company also sells items for those on the keto diet, and it makes a delicious decaffeinated option.
The original blend has taste notes of cinnamon, orange, and chocolate with a cocoa hazelnut finish. Another popular blend, The Mentalist, is a darker roast with notes of vanilla, almond, and caramel.
Each package comes with directions on how to make the perfect cup of Bulletproof coffee. And the vast majority of reviews say the company offers some of the best coffee products on the planet.
7. Paramount Coffee
There are a few different subsets of Paramount Coffee, including Paramount Roasters, A.M. Coffee For Tired People, Sweetie Pie, Fall In Love, and Joe Knows Coffee. So it is possible you have tried Paramount Coffee without even knowing it.
There are so many flavor options within the different subsets that it’s impossible to list them all. They come in bags of ground coffee or Keurig cups in either medium or dark roast. Some of Paramount’s bestsellers include Joe Knows Coffee’s Tall, Dark, and Handsome, A.M. Coffee For Tired People’s Salted Caramel, and Fall In Love’s Pumpkin Spice. Once you start experimenting with Paramount Coffee, you won’t be able to stop.
8. Koffee Kult
You might think you know coffee, but trying a blend from Koffee Kult will change your life. This whole-bean Colombian coffee is packed with flavor, and you will feel like you have brought the coffee shop home.
Koffee Kult features blends like Road Dog, White Lightning, and ThunderBolt. Nearly every review ends with a recommendation. This bold, strong coffee has a smooth, clean finish, and it is perfect for any brew method, even an espresso machine.
9. Café Monteverde
The Honey Process Medium Roast from Café Monteverde is special because it is honey-processed in a Costa Rican cloud forest. With notes of honey, pear, and cinnamon, this coffee has a delicate tea-like finish flavor with plenty of body.
This brand features meal-replacement products that are protein and real coffee in one. CLICK Coffee Protein is low in calories, and it will curb your appetite, keep you energized, and promote fat-burning. Perfect as a breakfast replacement, midday pick-me-up, or a pre- or post-workout drink, CLICK comes in flavors like vanilla latte, mocha, and caramel. And you can enjoy it hot, iced, or blended.
If you are thinking that this is just a coffee-flavored drink, think again. Each CLICK drink includes 150 milligrams of caffeine from a double shot of espresso coffee, so there are no synthetic flavors or stimulants. This coffee drink will help you achieve your weight loss or workout goals while giving you the coffee flavor that you love. It may seem too good to be true, but many reviewers claim that the taste is great and that the drink is perfect for coffee fans.
11. New England Coffee
New England Coffee has been around for over 100 years, and it sells 100-percent Arabica blends that are medium roasted, gluten-free, and certified kosher. Some of the most popular flavored blends include Blueberry Cobbler, Donut Shop, French Vanilla, Chocolate Cappuccino, and Hazelnut Creme.
New England Coffee is ground (not whole bean), and it will brew beautifully in everything from a conventional drip coffee maker to a percolator to a French press. With its rich taste and low price, this coffee brand is definitely worth a try. Even if you aren’t a big fan of flavored coffee, the reviewers say New England Coffee blends will exceed your expectations.
If you want to add some luxury to your morning coffee routine, try this single-sourced blend from the Colombian countryside. Gevalia promises that its coffee will satisfy your taste for adventure while letting you “experience the delicious flavor that moist air, rich soil, and tropical sunshine can bring.”
Gevalia sells more than 30 varieties available in Keurig cups, iced coffee, and packets. The company sells directly to customers instead of through retail, and the premium brand also has its own coffee makers. Try Gevalia’s Signature Blend, Colombia, Dark Royal, Mocha Latte, or Cappuccino Espresso, and you will experience delicious flavor at a good price.
If you are indecisive when it comes to coffee, you can try beans from all over the world with a Driftaway subscription box. Start off with a tasting kit that features four different profiles, and then rate the flavors on the company’s app or website. Then Driftaway will send you new coffees that match your flavor profile, which you can keep track of on the app.
The tasting kit includes fruity, classic, balanced, and bold flavors. After a few months with this subscription service, you might just turn into a coffee snob.
14. Four Sigmatic
The Mushroom Coffee Mix from Four Sigmatic is for the more adventurous coffee drinker, because the organic, dark coffee beans are roasted with Lion’s Mane and Chaga mushrooms. That means this coffee blend will improve your focus and boost your immune system, but it doesn’t taste like fungus.
This coffee brand is perfect for those on the vegan, paleo, keto, gluten-free, or dairy-free diet, and there are no artificial flavors.
15. Kicking Horse
The Hola Light Roast by Kicking Horse Coffee is a light roast with a complex flavor. This blend from the Canadian coffee brand has notes of creamy honey and juicy red currant, which the company claims will help you “wake up and kick a**.” Roasted in the Rocky Mountains, this coffee comes in a bag of grounds and has a clean, smooth taste.
There are a number of coffee brands on the market, and these 15 options are some of the most popular out there. Don’t be afraid to try something new — you might just be surprised by what you find.