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Best Tasting K-Cups for Keurig Coffee Makers

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K-cups are a quick way to get a delicious cup of coffee. Which are the best?

K-cups are a quick way to get a delicious cup of coffee. Which are the best?

Why K-Cups Are Awesome

Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, which makes the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world. It is also the second most traded commodity in the world. How do you drink your coffee? K-cups are changing the coffee-drinking landscape as we know it.

K-cups are phenomenal. You get the perfect amount of ground for a cup of coffee. The coffee is stored fresh, protected from the sun, and protected from drying out. All you do is pop the cup in the cartridge, slide your mug underneath, and hit serve. Seconds later, you have a hot cup of coffee, and the only clean-up needed is popping out the K-cup and tossing it in the garbage.

My favorite brewer is the Keurig B31 mini. It's smaller and cheaper than the other Keurig models, which is great for counter space. The large water reservoir is handy on the other models, but without it, you don't have water sitting around overnight waiting to be used, which helps things stay cleaner.

Best Tasting K-Cups

  1. Donut Shop
  2. Caribou Coffee Blend
  3. Donut House—Chocolate Glazed Donut
  4. Wolfgang Puck Breakfast in Bed
  5. Brooklyn Beans Variety Pack
  6. Green Mountain Naturals® Hot Apple Cider
  7. Gloria Jean's Hazelnut Coffee
  8. Green Mountain Coffee Wild Mountain Blueberry

I've tried so many of these K-cups. They aren't all winners, so let me help you through the clutter and allow me to list my favorites. Enjoy!

1. Donut Shop

This is the #1 best-selling coffee on Amazon, and for a good reason. This roast is rich, smooth, and bold without being bitter. For some other K-cups, you will enjoy a few at the start and then start to fade; the Donut Shop K-cup is a staple that remains. Sure, you will want to sample some others here and there, but you will always want to have these on hand for a great cup of joe at the press of a button.

2. Caribou Coffee Blend

Coming in at number two, this coffee is the smoothest on my entire list. Caribou blend is the perfect blend, delicious with milk, with absolutely no bitterness and no acidity. This coffee is the perfect medium roast that you must try. The brand does have some extra products, but the basic Caribou blend is the one they really got right.

Chocolate Glazed Donut is another great variety.

Chocolate Glazed Donut is another great variety.

3. Donut House—Chocolate Glazed Donut

This coffee is a light roast. If you are looking for a strong chocolate flavor, this isn't quite that. It is great-tasting coffee that leaves a nice chocolate aftertaste. The aroma of this coffee is rich and smells delicious. Having a few of these on hand always makes me excited to have a Keurig.

This blend is perfect for a morning cup of coffee.

This blend is perfect for a morning cup of coffee.

4. Wolfgang Puck Breakfast in Bed

Delicious aroma and taste, the Breakfast in Bed coffee is a great morning blend. This has a great roast and body. Give it a try.

5. Brooklyn Beans Variety Pack

Brooklyn Beans is new to the K-cup scene but has taken Amazon by storm, moving up into their top five best-selling K-cups. For a variety pack, this is my recommended pick for 55 cents/count each.

100% Arabica coffee beans fill each cup. The Variety Pack includes 40 K-cups, which include: light, medium, and dark-roast blends: Breakfast Blend, Boardwalk Blend, Brooklyn Bridge, Colombian, Cyclone, Donut Shop, Fugheddaboutit, French Roast, and more, including some flavored brews like Oh Fudge, and Vanilla Skyline.

This hot cider is made with real fruit.

This hot cider is made with real fruit.

6. Green Mountain Naturals® Hot Apple Cider

Something unexpected, hot apple cider, makes an appearance on my list. One of the tastiest non-coffee choices you can make with your Keurig. This brand uses real fruit with no artificial flavors or preservatives. Within seconds, you get a warm, comforting mug of cider with a hint of brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon flavor.

If you're a fan of flavored K-cups, the hazelnut is my recommendation.

If you're a fan of flavored K-cups, the hazelnut is my recommendation.

7. Gloria Jean's Hazelnut Coffee

I'm not a huge fan of flavored coffee, but I know several of you must be. Hazelnut as a flavor works pretty well with coffee. Gloria Jean's brand strikes a great balance of Arabica-style coffee and Hazelnut. If you are going to go with a flavored coffee, this is my pick.

Wild Mountain Blueberry

Wild Mountain Blueberry

8. Green Mountain Coffee Wild Mountain Blueberry

If you want to try a wild flavor, check out Green Mountain's blueberry coffee. It sounds a little bit weird, but it's actually pretty good. It tastes like coffee with a blueberry muffin aftertaste.

K-cups Come in All Flavors!

You can make much more than coffee with your Keurig!

Here are some K-cups to try and the brands I recommend:

  • Hot chocolate—Grove Square Hot Cocoa
  • Cappuccino—Grove Square Cappuccino
  • Chai Tea—Celestial Seasonings India Spice Chai Tea
  • Green Tea—Celestial Seasonings Green Tea
  • Lemonade—Green Mountain Naturals Lemonade
  • Iced Tea—Celestial Perfect Iced Tea Southern Sweet

You can even get Starbucks' French Roast k-cups if you want that Starbucks punch in your coffee.

You can make your own K-cups.

You can make your own K-cups.

Make Your Own K-Cups

If you want to save money or experiment with your own blend of freshly ground coffee beans, you can actually buy refillable K-cups. With a refillable K-cup, you help save the environment, too, by avoiding all the plastic k-cups you throw away. I use the Eko-brew Refillable K-cup. You open the top, pour in the coffee, close the lid, and run it through your Keurig system. Clean-up is as easy as opening the lid and rinsing it with your faucet.

The refillable K-cup makes a great gift as well to anyone you know with a Kuerig. There's a 20% off coupon available at Amazon you can click to clip if you are interested.

Maintaining Your Keurig

Descaling your Keurig will extend the life of your machine and ensure consistent quality. Keurig itself has provided a video about the descaling process. You should descale your machine about three times a year based on the hardness of your water.