Keurig Snags And Snaffles – Keurig Troubleshooting 101, Our Essential Rundown

Keurig Snags And Snaffles – Keurig Troubleshooting 101, Our Essential Rundown

Ah, Keurig. It’s one of those companies that’s pretty much revolutionized the way we prepare and imbibe our daily Joe. With its sheer range of flavors for coffee, black tea, green tea, hot chocolate, cocoa, herbal tisanes, and pretty much any beverage you care to think of, for many homes, it’s become a “must-have” on the kitchen counter.

Did you know it’s that over a quarter of Americans say that a single-serve coffee machine is their favorite way to make a brew? And Keurig leads the field. That’s not to say, however, that Keurig coffee machines always behave as they might.

With so much sophisticated technology under the hood, as it were, occasionally things can go south. So, we thought we’d take a little look at some of the ways to cope with some of the most commonly encountered Keurig troubleshooting issues.

Why Buy A Keurig?

Although the company was founded in the early 1990s, it wasn’t until 2004 that Keurig first made its technology available to the home market. Now, there’s a machine to suit pretty much any small to medium size workplace, domestic environment, dorm room, or RV.

At their best, Keurig coffee makers combine the convenience of instant coffee with the taste profile of drip coffee or filter coffee. The company is known for constantly innovating, and as a result, there’s a vast range of models on the market. From the space-age K-Duo Plus to the K-Elite which has even added iced coffee to the repertoire.

Although Keurig is no longer creating numbered coffee machines, pretty much the whole range is still widely available. There are a few fundamental differences between model types.

 

Super Short Overview Of Keurig Coffee Machines

The K-Duo Plus, for instance, has a movable water reservoir. You can pretty much position it where you like to make maximum use of your counter space – to the side, to the front, to the rear. While the Plus incorporates a thermal carafe.

Water reservoirs vary in size from 52 fluid ounces to 75 fluid ounces. And if all you need is a small but perfectly formed machine without a water reservoir, then the Keurig K10 Mini will fit the bill perfectly. Some of the reservoirs are removable, some are not, and you need to check which type you’re dealing with when you’re troubleshooting.

The brew size varies too, from 4 ounces to 12 ounces, depending on the machine. And some models have more bells and whistles, or rather buttons and programmable screens, than others. All of these can affect the approach you might need to take to troubleshoot your Keurig.

 

Keurig Troubleshooting – Some Common Issues

When your Keurig isn’t working, the majority of issues fall into a couple of categories. They’re either mechanical, technical, or (it has to be said) user error. In the first case, if it’s mechanical, this can result in your coffee tasting bad, or at least, not as good as it should.

If it’s a technical error you’re dealing with, your Keurig machine might not even turn on in the first place. And if it’s a user error, then it might be something as simple as not having descaled the machine as often as the user manual recommends or not using the right K-Cups.

I thought it was high time to take a look at some of the regular issues that crop up most frequently. And before you start, I’d thoroughly recommend having your manual and warranty to hand. Oh, and maybe a few towels or napkins just in case there’s more mess to sort out than you were anticipating.

Oh, yes, and another vital tool in your Keurig troubleshooting toolbox is a paperclip. Yes, we really did say a paperclip. Or other items with a sharp point, like a needle or a large thumbtack. It needs to be reasonably long, though. Read on, and all will be revealed…

 

My Keurig Won’t Turn On

Yeah, it’s really elementary, but it’s a phrase beloved of tech-geeks up and down the nation, indeed around the globe, for a reason. Have you tried turning the machine on and off?

Give it a try with the power button first, and, if necessary, disconnecting from the mains electricity, removing the plug, and switching it all back on again? (My theory is that kitchen appliances, like computers, sometimes benefit from a gentle reboot and a little downtime. We’re not talking about sending them away to the local spa for the day, but a short period off-duty might just help.)

Something else that might mean your Keurig refuses to turn on is mineral build-up in the pipes and components. This can be an especial issue if you’re using water straight from the tap and you live in a hard water area.

There are a couple things you can try here. One is to descale the machine thoroughly. You can either use the proprietary Keurig descaling solution and follow the recommended process. Alternatively, a solution of warm water and vinegar will work.

Then run a few cycles just with water to see if that helps. Or you can try different water – filtered or bottled. Don’t use distilled water, though. Wondering about the reason for that? Well, the sensors in Keurig machines are pretty sensitive. They’re so sensitive, in fact, that they can detect minerals in the water. And this can stop them from working.

You can also try blowing air through a straw around the needle. This should dislodge any little flakes of loose minerals or coffee grinds, though it’s not really an option I’m keen on. I’d usually choose other options ahead of this one if I’m honest.

 

My Keurig Won’t Turn On/My Keurig Won’t Turn Off

Imagine the scene. It’s cold. You’re tired. You really need that morning boost or that afternoon pick-me-up. And the Keurig won’t turn on.

In this case, start by checking that the plug hasn’t gotten dislodged or a power switch flicked to off inadvertently. Make sure the water reservoir has enough water and is clicked or sealed into place.

Hold in the power button for a few seconds to see if that will bring up the welcome screen. If not, there may be a touchscreen issue.

And if your Keurig coffee machine won’t turn off, again, try holding the power button for a few seconds. As a last resort, you can also try unplugging it, waiting a couple minutes, and then plugging it back in. You might also like to choose a different power socket, just to determine if that’s the root cause.

 

My Keurig Coffee Machine Isn’t Heating Up

There are a few reasons you might come up against this issue. It could be that the water pump is not working properly. This may be due to debris in the machine including dirt or dried coffee. If that’s the case, a good solid clean is recommended, either with the Keurig descaling solution or with vinegar.

 

Keurig Not Pumping Water

Vinegar isn’t only good for descaling, it’s also excellent for general cleaning, with a few exceptions. As long as you don’t mind your home smelling a little bit like a traditional fish and chip shop. (What do you think they used in the olden days before we had all these fancy chemicals?)

Another option you can try is to hold down the “brew” button for a few seconds. This should get the pump working at maximum efficiency.

 

My Keurig Won’t Brew

This is probably one of the most common issues, and there are a few reasons why this might happen. It could be that there’s a build-up of debris in the moving parts or the water or dispenser line. In this case, again, try the cleaning options above.

It could also be that the various parts of the machine aren’t necessarily sitting as tightly in place as they should. This is the bit where you really do need to consult the manual, as every Keurig is slightly different. Two general tips though – make sure anything that should “click” into place is firmly in place and make sure that you’re allowing enough warm-up time for the water.

 

Hubble Bubble, Toil And Brew

You might also find you’re getting air bubbles and this is affecting the brewing. If this is the situation, then switch off your machine and unplug it. Leave it for a few minutes. Meanwhile, fill the water reservoir to the top and give it a few gentle shakes. This should get rid of any bubbles. (Think of it like very gently ”burping” a baby.)

And while we’re fairly sure this wouldn’t be a mistake you’d make, just check the pods you’re using. Make sure they’re the right technology for the Keurig model you’ve got. This really applies to Keurig 2.0 machines in particular.

 

Water, Water, Everywhere – Why Is My Keurig Leaking?

Ah yes, water. And the host of problems it can cause. If you’re wondering what the best type of water to use is, well, ideally, if you use soft filtered water or bottled water your coffee will taste especially good. Most tap water, however, will benefit from being run through a filtration system of some kind.

 

Keurig Not Dispensing Water

Even if you use the best water for the job, sometimes you’ll find that your Keurig coffee maker doesn’t dispense any water at all. Or sometimes you have the opposite issue and the machine leaks. You’ve got 3 main options here.

Before we take a look at these 3 tricks that might just work as a Keurig troubleshooting solution, though, it probably helps to have a clear picture of how your Keurig brewer works.

Basically, the water that makes that delicious beverage has to trickle through a very small needle, which pierces the pod. The water then continues on its merry way through the pod, and the pressure produces the fresh-tasting final brew.

 

Top 3 Tips To Stop Your Keurig From Leaking

One of the selling points of K-Cup pods, after all, is that they keep your drink tasting freshly brewed due to the way they’re packaged. So, what are those 3 options again? If you want to try to stop your Keurig from leaking?

Number 1 – descale. We know, we mention this a lot. It could be due to having lived in hard water areas quite a lot. It really can help, though. Hard water is something of a menace for building up scale in your machine and other domestic devices.

Not only can it clog up the moving parts and prevent the water from running as freely as it should, but it can also mean the life of your coffee maker is shortened.

Number 2 – Run the brewing cycles without any pods, just with clean water. This can also help flush the system. You might need to do this a few times.

Number 3 – And then there’s the paperclip trick. (While we’re on the subject, does anyone remember Mr. Clippy? He was one of those Marmite characters, you either loved him or hated him.) Anyway, back to the paperclip plot! Keep it handy, keep it clean, and unplug the machine. Then gently unclog the drain and the dispensing spout of the Keurig device.

 

How To Deal With “Add Water”

If you’re regularly getting “add water” messages even though it looks like there’s enough water in the reservoir, try cleaning the water tank thoroughly as well. You may need to drain it thoroughly first. Give it a wash in warm water with a little dish soap, and rinse well with clear water.

And if that doesn’t work, you may need to check with Keurig’s customer service team. They can help you establish if the pump needs repairing or replacing, or if it’s time to look at a new coffee maker. We’ve put their details at the end.

 

How Do I Unclog My Keurig?

There’s a whole host of issues that might arise to prevent you from enjoying your usual level of great service from a Keurig. One of the very common issues, however, no matter what model you have, is how to unclog your Keurig. This can often be the key to sorting out all kinds of problems.

These problems might range from your Keurig not brewing; it refusing to turn on or switch off too little water being dispensed; or, conversely, it leaks, which we covered a little earlier. When you think about it, those little moving parts have to work really hard to get the coffee through those tiny pods. It’s no wonder that on occasions a little coffee gets stuck in there.

The recommended solution here is to gently remove the grounds from the dispensing line with a paperclip. Do make sure, though, that you’ve turned the machine off first.

 

Still Leaking….

Sometimes, however, none of the tricks above will sort things out. And in that case, it might be a case of something a little more complex under the hood. Sometimes, the upper gasket in the machine might be out of alignment.

The gasket is the bit that fits snugly around the needle in the machine. The needle is the mechanism that pierces the pod and through which the water runs.

If you’re having an issue with leakages, check the placement of the gasket. Ensure it hasn’t slipped out of place and that the seal between the K-Cup and any incoming water is perfect. You might find that moving the gasket down by about ¼ of an inch closes the tiny gap between the needle and the K-Cup.

In some extreme cases, the gasket may also have become lost or perished, in which case you’ll need to think about purchasing a replacement. We’d recommend talking to Keurig first if that’s the case unless you’ve got experience in this area or you know someone who has.

 

More Technical Keurig Troubleshooting

Still coming up against Keurig troubleshooting issues? Tried everything? Has nothing worked so far? Feeling real brave? You can also consider looking into disassembling the machine and replacing the pump.

Be aware that if it’s a new machine you’ve purchased or a reconditioned model with a warranty, then it’s likely this would invalidate the warranty. I’d only suggest even looking into this approach if everything else has failed, or if you’re looking for a project to keep you occupied.

 

Different Keurig Models, Different Approaches

There are so many different ranges of Keurig coffee makers it can get a little bewildering. So, if you have one of the following models, the key to sorting out that “won’t turn on” or “won’t turn off” sticking point might vary.

 

Keurig Special Edition/Keurig Platinum

If you’re the proud owner of a model in this range, and your machine keeps turning itself off for no apparent reason, check your Auto-Off. If this is set, the machine will turn off all on its own.

If you want to switch this off, you’ll need to access the Auto-Off program via the menu. Look for the left-hand button (small cup) which needs to be pressed a few times. When it says “Off”, the “Auto Off” has been disabled.

While it’s unlikely that machines in this range will suddenly stop in the middle of a brewing cycle, it’s not unknown. If this happens, check the magnet on the water reservoir. Occasionally it can get dislodged via the vibrations from the brewing process.

 

Keurig Mini

If the brewer has been left unattended or has had nothing to do, for over 90 seconds, it will turn off under its own steam, as it were. To get it started again, you’ll need to press the Power button. You might need to hold it in for a few seconds.

 

Keurig Elite

If the Auto-Off green light is lit up, it’s fairly likely the brewer is going to turn itself off automatically after 2 hours. That’s if there’s been no activity.

Want to disable the “Auto switch off”? Press the Auto-Off black control; this button will turn off that persistent green light.

 

Landed In Hot Water – Only Not Hot Enough For Coffee

The recommended brewing temperature for coffee, suggested by many coffee associations around the globe, is between 195 degrees and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. And in theory, Keurig machines should hit this sweet spot pretty much every time.

The only thing is, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they even get stuck in preheat mode. And if this fate befalls your Keurig coffee maker, try cleaning the needle and adding hot water to the water reservoir rather than cold.

 

What To Do When You Get the Keurig “Prime” Message

And then, sometimes, the “Prime” message pops up. In this case, make sure that everything is nicely clipped in place. Then try removing the filter, refill and try again with the brewing process. You might also need to turn the machine off and gently “burp” any little air bubbles that have gotten trapped.

 

Coffee, Coffee, Everywhere, But Not A Drop To Drink

We didn’t think Samuel Taylor Coleridge would mind us adapting the words of his poem a little for this one. It’s quite a problem, it seems, with some models of Keurig. Rather than the coffee grounds ending up where they should, which is still in the K-Cup, they end up in your cup.

In this case, we’d advise cleaning the needle to make sure the pod is being punctured correctly. You could try a different batch of pods too.

If you’re using your own choice of ground coffee in one of the reusable pods, don’t fill them too full. You could also try using a coarser ground blend. Unless, of course, you’d like a stronger cup of coffee.

If that’s the case, give more finely ground coffee a try, or even a darker roast. The reusable pods can potentially save you hundreds of dollars across the year, but it’s probably going to take you a little trial and error at first.

 

My Keurig Carafe Won’t Work

Firstly, have you got the correct carafe for the machine? Since you have to buy the carafe separately from a Keurig coffee machine, make sure you consult your manual or your supplier before you purchase. And check that the drip tray is removed so the carafe has enough space.

If you’re using K-Carafe pods, are they compatible with your machine? Also, is the carafe firmly in place? Only the 2.0 series will accommodate this type of pod.

 

Finally, Our Top Five Tips For Clever Keurig Troubleshooting

That’s the run-down, then, of some of the most common Keurig troubleshooting issues. More often than not, the problem can be solved by giving one of the following a try. First, try descaling and cleaning the machine thoroughly.

Second, try running a few brewing cycles through the Keurig machine with clean water on its own, no pod in place. Don’t use distilled water though, for reasons we’ve already covered.

Third, make sure all the parts of the machine are connected correctly. And check that any water reservoirs have at least the minimum recommended amount in them. If there’s a magnet in the reservoir, check the placement.

Fourth, make sure the coffee maker is getting enough warm-up time. They may look sturdy, but Keurig coffee makers are marvels of delicately balanced engineering. And the water needs to reach a certain temperature to be effective at brewing your coffee.

Five, check that you’re using the right type of pods and/or coffee grind for your Keurig coffee maker. And if you’re brewing into a carafe or a travel mug, is there enough space under the spout for your drinking vessel?

 

Keurig Troubleshooting – Bonus Suggestion

Bonus suggestion, check that the nozzle isn’t blocked. Have your handy little paperclip ready and waiting. I mean, who doesn’t have a whole little container of paperclips in their home, just waiting to be pressed into service?

Where socks disappear in a household, paperclips sometimes seem to materialize out of thin air. Hm, maybe that’s what happens to all that stray hosiery in the laundry basket; they don’t disappear after all, but somehow transform… (We know. Technically, that’s six tips. But who doesn’t love a bonus?)

 

Last Resort

If all else fails, you can always get in contact with Keurig themselves. To contact Keurig’s customer care directly, their number is 1-866-901-BREW (2739).

It’s a toll-free helpline, available from 7 am to 12 am EST 7 days a week. Or if you prefer there’s always the option of contacting them via their online form.

Whatever option you choose, troubleshooting your Keurig as appropriate for the issue can prolong the life of your machine. And even more importantly, troubleshooting can keep your coffee tasting fresh and delicious. Whatever the time of day or occasion.

Five, Four, Three, Two, One – We Choose The Best Single Cup Coffee Maker With Grinder

Five, Four, Three, Two, One – We Choose The Best Single Cup Coffee Maker With Grinder

For many of us, efficiency is really important when it comes to coffee. We need our beverage, and we need it fast. So why not combine efficiency with quality, and opt for a coffee maker with grinder combo?

Selecting a model with options to use whole beans or pre-ground coffee offers even more flexibility. Having narrowed choices down to my top 5 device shortlist, come with me on a whistle-stop tour to discover the best single cup coffee maker with grinder option.

Gorgeous Grind, Classic Coffee

You remember I mentioned efficiency? Well, let’s not hang about any longer. For me, the best coffee machine with grinder comes from Cuisinart.

It’s exceptionally well-priced, surprisingly sturdy, and manages to pack a whole host of features into a pretty compact package. We review it in more detail below. Just so you know what it was up against, though, let’s take a look at the features of the entire top five.

Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder, Glass Carafe , Black , 15.5" x 9.5 "x 9.75"
Best Value
Cuisinart DGB-800 Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew, 12 Cup, Silver
Top Performer
Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel, Medium
Budget Option
KRUPS Grind and Brew Auto-Start Maker with Builtin Burr Coffee Grinder, 10-Cups, Black
10-Cup Drip Coffee Maker, Grind and Brew Automatic Coffee Machine with Built-In Burr Coffee Grinder, Programmable Timer Mode and Keep Warm Plate, 1.5L Large Capacity Water Tank, Removable Filter Basket, 1025W, Black
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
9.25 x 9.25 x 15.25 in
10.88 x 14.38 x 20 in
12.5 x 8.5 x 16.3 in
13.78 x 11.57 x 17.52 in
7.01 x 5.75 x 7.87 in
Weight
10 lbs
16 lbs
16 lbs
12.2 lbs
10 lbs
Prime Benefits
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Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder, Glass Carafe , Black , 15.5" x 9.5 "x 9.75"
Product Name
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
9.25 x 9.25 x 15.25 in
Weight
10 lbs
Prime Benefits
Best Value
Cuisinart DGB-800 Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew, 12 Cup, Silver
Product Name
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
10.88 x 14.38 x 20 in
Weight
16 lbs
Prime Benefits
-
Top Performer
Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel, Medium
Product Name
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
12.5 x 8.5 x 16.3 in
Weight
16 lbs
Prime Benefits
Budget Option
KRUPS Grind and Brew Auto-Start Maker with Builtin Burr Coffee Grinder, 10-Cups, Black
Product Name
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
13.78 x 11.57 x 17.52 in
Weight
12.2 lbs
Prime Benefits
10-Cup Drip Coffee Maker, Grind and Brew Automatic Coffee Machine with Built-In Burr Coffee Grinder, Programmable Timer Mode and Keep Warm Plate, 1.5L Large Capacity Water Tank, Removable Filter Basket, 1025W, Black
Product Name
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
7.01 x 5.75 x 7.87 in
Weight
10 lbs
Prime Benefits

 

Capricious Or Capacious - Capresso 464.05 

Such an intriguing name. Is it a cappuccino maker, an espresso machine with grinder, or a combination? The slow-motion of the conical burr grinder means you get the maximum aroma and a more uniform, finer grind. The technology also means there’s a direct feed of beans right into the burrs.

With the Capresso 464.05 coffee maker you get a choice of glass or stainless steel carafe. There’s a maximum capacity of 10 cups, and the coffee bean container holds 6 ounces at a time. With the built-in filter you don’t need to worry about paper filters; plus many parts are dishwasher-safe for cleaning and maintenance. The filter is an attractive gold color.

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Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder, Glass Carafe , Black , 15.5' x 9.5 'x 9.75'
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Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder, Glass Carafe , Black , 15.5" x 9.5 "x 9.75"
  • FRESH COFFEE: Grinds fresh, whole beans right before brewing for freshest flavor
  • CONICAL BURR GRINDER: Integrated conical burr grinder with direct-feed technology - compact space saving design
  • CAPACITY: 10-cup glass carafe, 6 ounce bean container
  • GOLD TONE FILTER: Eliminates the need for messy paper filters and is dishwasher safe.Watts:900W
  • PROGRAMMABLE: Set the machine to automatically grind the Coffee then brew at your programmed time

Weighing just 10 pounds, this square delight was one of the two lightest machines we looked at. You need to allow 9.25 inches wide by 9.25 inches deep by 15.25 inches high. It wasn’t the cheapest machine on the list but it wasn’t the most expensive either. At the time of writing, it sat nicely mid-market. The glass carafe version is usually very slightly pricier.

Not only can you set this programmable machine to brew your coffee, but you can set it to auto-grind as well. The timer lets you set your time to grind, and brew automatically (AM or PM).You don’t have to use the grinder on the machine though – you can also use pre-ground coffee beans.

Your choices are “brew” if you’re using pre-ground coffee, or grind/brew mode for the whole bean. And the stop-and-serve means if you’re really in a hurry, you can even remove the carafe in the middle of brewing.

It’s super-easy to see what’s happening with the ground coffee thanks to the see-through cover, which is also detachable. The grinder channel is also really easy to keep clean. There’s a charcoal water filter, so over 80% of chlorine and any other impurities get filtered out. With the 2-hour shut-off, your coffee stays hot for a couple of hours after it’s brewed.

You can also choose your coffee strength: mild to strong, and how much coffee to brew at a time. All together now: 2, 4, 6, 8 – or 10.

It’s even possible to set one program for automatic operation, and one for manual. There are 5 grind settings too. The LCD panel shows at a glance the grind, strength, and time settings you’ve selected.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

Water repository has a water level indicator on the inside

Extremely easy to clean

Conical burr grinder

2-hour auto shut-off

You can use with or without the grinder

What we don't like

✗ The display is super bright to the point of being dazzling

✗ Limited one-year warranty

 

Classy Cuisinart Coffee Maker With Grinder 

This one was top of the pops, as it were. The Cuisinart Burr Grind and Brew Automatic Coffeemaker looks great, performs consistently, and is amazingly easy to clean. (It’s self-cleaning, in fact.)

The burr grinder means great consistency – practically professional. And the design of the assembly, incorporating a direct flow or auto rinse, means that grounds go straight into the brewing basket.

The hopper takes half a pound of beans at a time, and the sealed top means the beans stay fresh. You can opt for regular, bold, or if you’re really in the mood for strong coffee extra-bold flavor strengths.

Cuisinart DGB-800 Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew, 12 Cup, Silver
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Cuisinart DGB-800 Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew, 12 Cup, Silver
  • 12-Cup glass carafe with comfort-grip handle ; MC Cubic Feet: 1.997 ; UC Cubic Feet: 1.764
  • Professional-style burr grinder for uniform consistency
  • Direct flow grind assembly seamlessly dispenses grounds directly into the brew basket
  • Auto Rinse ensures all the coffee grounds enter the brew basket
  • Half-pound bean hopper with sealed lid - keeps beans fresh

There’s an option to set a program from 4 cups to 12 cups, and you don’t have to use the grinding option if you’d rather use your favorite pre-ground. Just select grind-off instead. There are 3 coffee strengths on offer.

The LCD display is decently sized and super easy to use. You get a crystal clear overview of how you’ve customized your choices. There’s an adjustable auto shut-off function, and a 24-hour brew start program. The permanent filter is gold-tone, and the charcoal water filter removes impurities to produce great-tasting coffee.

This Cuisinart coffee maker with grinder model has a capacity of 4 to 12 cups of coffee at a time. It’s amazing value for money and packs a lot of capacity and features into just 10.88 by 14.38 by 20 inches of space. It weighs 16 pounds and you get a 3-year warranty (with some limitations).  There’s a choice of black or silver.

There are a few small niggles, like having to make sure that you’ve measured the beans you’re using really carefully. You also have to ensure that any paper filters you use fit exactly and that the basket is facing the right way to avoid mess. And the main niggle was that you have to grind coffee for at least 4 cups of coffee at a time.

This machine has so many excellent features it was hard to decide which to highlight. Here are just a few: the burr grinder gives you a uniformly consistent grind; the grounds are dispensed straight into the brewing basket due to the DirectFlow technology and dispensed directly into the brewing basket thanks to the AutoRinse.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

Sealed lid on bean hopper for maximum freshness

Program between 4 to 12 cups

Auto shutoff is adjustable

Carafe handle designed for a comfort grip

Self-cleaning grinder

Permanent filter basket is very durable

Keeps your coffee hot for 4 hours (max)

What we don't like

✗ The grinder is very loud

✗ Can’t adjust the grind of the beans

✗ Some limitations on the 3-year warranty

 

Beautiful Breville Coffee Machine With Grinder 

As best coffee maker with grinder options go, I was also pretty taken with the Breville BDC650BSS – I’d class this stainless steel classic as the top performer in this selection. You get a whopping 8 strength settings from this Breville coffee maker with grinder. Alternatively, opt for the pre-ground coffee selection.

The bean hopper has a capacity of half a pound of coffee, and the locking system means it’s really easy to remove, store, and transfer. You can get real-time feedback on your choices from the LCD screen. This includes brewing time, grind size, grinding time, strength selection, and water level.

Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel, Medium
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Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel, Medium
  • The Breville Grind Control creates third wave specialty coffee by capturing freshness and essential oils from beans by grinding before you brew with Steep and Release technology; Choose to brew...
  • PROGRAMMABLE AUTO START: Set the time you'd like your coffee and the Grind Control will start the brewing process automatically; Delivers brew water at the right temperature from the start to the...
  • INTEGRATED AND ADJUSTABLE GRINDER: Adjust the grinder output to suit any bean from anywhere and customize the grind size to suit your taste
  • STEEP AND RELEASE TECHNOLOGY: Brew your coffee directly into a large carafe, tall cup or travel mug with equal balance and flavor profile
  • LCD DISPLAY: A clear and concise LCD screen shows grind setting, grind time and number of shots or cups you have selected

The auto start is programmable so you don’t need to worry about the grinding and brewing cycle: it’ll happen automatically as per your instructions. You can control the temperature before you brew as well, even if you start with cold water.

The water tank has a generous capacity of 60 fluid ounces, although for best results the manufacturers recommend filtered water. They suggest you stay away from demineralized water, that is, reverse osmosis or distilled.

You can brew as little as a single serving or as much as 12 cups at a time. It measures 12.5 inches by 9.5 by 16.3 inches high. The drip tray is removable, so you’ll get a standard 7.5-inch travel mug or tall cup under there.

What comes with it? You get the coffee maker itself, complete with its gold-tone permanent filter, a user manual and quick start guide, a booklet outlining techniques and tips, and a thermal carafe.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

60-ounce water tank with level indicator

Choose from a single cup to 12 servings

Stainless steel burrs

6 settings on the burr grinder from coarse to fine

“Steep and Release” function

Simple to read LCD panel

What we don't like

✗ Carafe must be totally empty before you start brewing

✗ Not compatible with distilled, reverse osmosis, or other demineralized water

✗ Don’t risk running through the dishwasher – manual recommends hand washing

 

KRUPS Espresso Machines With Grinder 

KRUPS is another well-known name in the coffee world, and when it comes to budget options, this is a strong contender for the award of the best coffee maker with grinder. The KRUPS Grind and Brew Auto-Start Maker has a built-in conical burr coffee grinder. It allows you to brew from 2 cups up to 10 cups at a time. The grinder means your beans are ground just before you brew.

It’s surprisingly customizable. You get 5 grind choices, from coarse to fine, and you can also choose from 3 strength flavor options. It’s programmable, so if you feel like waking up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, you can. And there’s a 2-hour “keep warm” function. The filter receptacle and the glass coffee pot are dishwasher-safe, but only in the top rack.

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KRUPS Grind and Brew Auto-Start Maker with Builtin Burr Coffee Grinder, 10-Cups, Black
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KRUPS Grind and Brew Auto-Start Maker with Builtin Burr Coffee Grinder, 10-Cups, Black
  • 10 CUP COFFEEMAKER W/ BUILT IN GRINDER: Brew great tasting coffee at home — built in conical burr grinder grinds beans right before brewing for enticingly rich aroma and full bodied flavor (no need...
  • EASY CUSTOMIZING: 2 to 10 cup grinder setting for customizing the amount, 5 grind settings (coarse to fine) for choosing the intensity, and brew strength selector with 3 flavor options (mild, medium,...
  • AUTO START & KEEP WARM: Schedule the brew cycle to start whenever you want (great for wake up coffee); 2 hour keep warm for delicious hot coffee from first cup to last. The glass coffee pot and the...
  • BREW PAUSE & PRECISE POURING: No need to wait — pause and serve function allows for pouring a cup at any time during the brew cycle; carafe with curved spout ensures drip free pouring down to the...
  • USER FRIENDLY DESIGN: Intuitive controls and a crystal clear LCD screen ensure easy programming and use; removable gold tone filter included for hassle free cleaning

And the Brew Pause option means you can pour yourself that much-anticipated cup of coffee whenever you feel like it. Even if the brewing cycle isn’t complete.

And while I love coffee in all its forms, I’m not a huge fan of it dripping where it shouldn’t – and the carafe on this machine is really cleverly shaped. The spout is curved, so the pouring is (hurrah!) drip-free. Got your tape measure ready to check how much space you’ll need for this one? The base measures 13.78 by 11.57 inches and it’s 17.52 inches high.

There’s an LCD screen which means it’s super-simple to program and use, and the basket filter is removable so you can clean it easily. (It’s also a rather attractive gold tone.)

You do need to clean the channel now and then that passes grinds from the burrs to the filter as it can sometimes get a little caked. It’s also easy to buy replacement pots on their own. You can use either whole bean or pre-ground coffee.

You do need to use quite a lot of coffee (though that could just be because I really like strong coffee, of course).

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

Brew as few as 2 or as many as 10 cups at once

Curved spout means pouring is delightfully drip-free

Filter and pot are described as dishwasher safe (top rack only)

2-hour “keep warm” function

5 grind choices, coarse to fine

What we don't like

✗ On the noisy side

✗ You need to check that there are enough beans to make your coffee

✗ Build is very light

 

Beautiful Beverages From Barsetto 

Bringing up the rear in this mini contest for the best coffee maker with grinder is the Barsetto 10-Cup Drip Coffee Maker. This Grind and Brew Automatic Coffee Machine has its own integral Burr Coffee Grinder. There’s a keep warm plate, a timer mode which can be programmed, and a removable filter basket.

The water tank has a respectable 51 fluid ounce capacity. You can choose to brew 2 cups or 4, 6, 8, or 10 servings at a time, or just go with the default, which is 10 cups.

You can choose to make a drink with pre-ground coffee or whole coffee beans. In the latter case, the burr grinder does its job very well. You get 8 different grind choices, from fine to coarse, and 3 strength settings, strong, medium, and mild. You can also control the grind with the “Grind Off” button.

Speaking of control, you’re in charge of when the machine starts brewing as well: you can decide when the brewing process starts. And the prompt bell after brewing is super useful too. The warming plate means that coffee can be kept hot for 60 minutes.

There’s a 2-year warranty, and the pack contains a drip coffee maker, glass coffee pot, scoop, and instruction manual. The machine gets to the optimum temperature for coffee brewing quickly – in case you’re wondering, that’s 172.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

There’s a Brewing Pause option too. If you remove the coffee pot while the device is still brewing, it will auto stop its dripping process for 30 seconds.

The coffee hopper can hold around 7 ounces of beans. The LED screen means you can keep track of what’s happening via simple controls. If you decide you’d like a stronger coffee, this will take longer than if you select mild or medium.

It’s a pixie of a machine, measuring just 7.01 by 5.75 by 7.87 inches high.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

8 grind settings

3 coffee strength settings

Prompt bell when brewing is done

Reaches perfect coffee brewing temperature super-fast

Keep coffee hot for 60 minutes

What we don't like

✗ Stronger coffee takes longer to brew than medium or mild

✗ Brewing Pause option only stops pot for 30 seconds

 

What Is A Single Cup Coffee Maker?

The history of coffee makers goes back hundreds of years, and you’ll probably not be very surprised to learn that Italy was very much involved. When it comes to coffee machines, sometimes, simple is best. And sometimes, you don’t want to brew up a whole pot of coffee; you want it as fresh as possible. Which is where single cup coffee makers come into their own.

What’s a single cup coffee maker, then? The name gives it away. A single cup coffee maker is a coffee machine that allows you to brew just one or two servings of coffee. Math is more important than you might think when it comes to the perfect ratio, brewing temperature, and grind.

With many single cup coffee makers, you also get the option to brew a larger pot of coffee if you prefer. And for maximum flexibility, some machines also have built in grinders. Some even incorporate a choice of grind, from fine to coarse.

 

Why Choose a Coffee Maker With Built-In Grinder?

It’s fairly well-known that the fresher the coffee beans, in general, the richer the flavor of the coffee. After all, the longer coffee is stored, the more it denatures, although you can minimize the effects with careful choices of containers.

It makes sense, then, that the more recently ground the coffee beans, the fresher the beverage will taste – a theory backed by the National Coffee Association. With a coffee maker with a built-in grinder, there’s an absolute minimum of delay between you (or rather the machine) grinding the beans, and the water filtering through to produce that delicious cup of Joe.

Quite apart from that, there’s the cost angle. Then there’s the cleaning and maintenance and descaling and storage. You only need to find space and time for one device if you opt for a coffee maker with a built-in grinder. The sheer convenience of buying a coffee maker with an integral grinder will win many folks over. (Including me.)

 

How Do You Select the Best Coffee Maker With Grinder?

As with any purchase, it helps if you’ve got a checklist to make sure you get the right model of coffee maker with a built-in grinder to suit your needs. Do you have your heart set on a particular brand, for instance?

And what type of grinder would you rather have – a coffee maker with a burr grinder or a conical grinder? How important is it that you have the option to use pre-ground coffee as well as whole beans?

Then there are the aesthetics and the practical aspects of the machine, including the overall “look” of the machine. Do you want a simple button interface or a more hi-tech LCD dashboard?

While there’s no substitute for trying out a machine personally, it’s not always an option, so another solution is to weigh up the content of reviews of the device. I’d personally be a little wary of any review with no negatives at all, though, since there’s no such thing as a totally perfect coffee machine. (Although some come pretty close.)

 

Before You Buy. Ask Yourself The Following:

How often will I be using this machine?

What capacity do I need, in terms of how much coffee it can grind at once?

How much water does the reservoir hold?

What type of water is, or is not, recommended by the manufacturer – filtered, distilled, reverse osmosis?

What size cup or mug can it accommodate?

How long does it take to brew a cup of Joe?

(And where does the “cup of Joe” name come from, anyway?)

How easy is it to clean?

How much space do I need?

What’s the cost, and can I get replacement parts and accessories easily?

Finally, what about aesthetics? Will it fit with my kitchen and my lifestyle?

 

What Is The Best Single Cup Coffee Maker With Grinder?

Having decided to look at what was the best single-serve coffee maker with grinder for me, and taking a sort of simplified balanced scorecard look at the pros and cons, my best overall match remains the Cuisinart.

Packed with positive features, it would have seemed kinda nit-picky to let the niggles allow me to see this one slip away. (And the niggles, in fairness, were tiny.) So choose the Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew Automatic Coffeemaker as your best bet for a classic cup of coffee.

Cuisinart DGB-800 Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew, 12 Cup, Silver
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Cuisinart DGB-800 Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew, 12 Cup, Silver
  • 12-Cup glass carafe with comfort-grip handle ; MC Cubic Feet: 1.997 ; UC Cubic Feet: 1.764
  • Professional-style burr grinder for uniform consistency
  • Direct flow grind assembly seamlessly dispenses grounds directly into the brew basket
  • Auto Rinse ensures all the coffee grounds enter the brew basket
  • Half-pound bean hopper with sealed lid - keeps beans fresh

Cool As A Cucumber: We Help You Choose The Best Coffee Beans For Cold Brew

Cool As A Cucumber: We Help You Choose The Best Coffee Beans For Cold Brew

Like your coffee strong but not acidic? Then the cold brew method is the obvious way to go.

As with every vessel of the world’s favorite dark and delicious drink, choosing the right beans is absolutely crucial. We give you the rundown on the very best coffee beans for cold brew.

At A Glance: Our Top 5 Best Cold Brew Coffee Brands Of 2021

For those of you who don’t have the time right now to read our complete guide, check out our top picks just below.

 

Beautifully Bizzy 

We’re not going to hold back: Bizzy was undoubtedly our first choice when it came to selecting the best ground coffee for cold brew. This smooth, sweet blend, coarsely ground, makes excellent cold brew coffee. You can buy it in one pound or two pound packs, or, if you prefer, 12 ounces. The coarse grind means the cold brew comes out extra smooth.

You can choose to add more water if you’d like your cold brew on the weak side, or less water if you like the flavor round and robust. The coffee is 100% USDA certified organic. The Arabica beans are ethically sourced from Peru, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.

Bizzy Organic Cold Brew Coffee | Smooth & Sweet Blend | Coarse Ground Coffee | 1 LB
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Bizzy Organic Cold Brew Coffee | Smooth & Sweet Blend | Coarse Ground Coffee | 1 LB
  • ENGINEERED FOR COLD BREW - Using the first micro-sifted coarse ground coffee optimized for cold brewing for a consistent, extra smooth cold brew
  • BREW YOUR WAY - Brew your cold brew how you would like. Add more water for a less strong cold brew or less water for a stronger beverage.
  • 100% ORGANIC - USDA Organic, ethically sourced coffee from Guatemala, Peru, and Nicaragua.
  • SMOOTH AND SWEET - Arabica beans roasted medium with notes of caramel and hazelnut.
  • BIZZY COFFEE FOR BUSY PEOPLE - Mastering the cold brew craft, Bizzy Coffee will give you the highest quality cold brew coffee at the best price

You can choose from light, medium, or dark roasts, and the end result is 67% less acidic than traditionally-brewed coffee. Once brewed, the concentrate keeps very well in the fridge, ready to be used to get you going in the morning.

The medium roast has a sweet, nutty profile: you’ll be able to detect caramel and a hint of hazelnut (though the blend contains no hazelnuts). The long duration of the extraction method minimizes any bitterness while retaining the maximum of taste. It produced consistently delicious results.

 

The Pitter Patter Of Tiny…Footprints? 

How can you resist a coffee called “Tiny Footprint”? Well, our suggestion is, don’t even try: we all know resistance is futile. This certified USDA organic cold press elixir is a ground coffee that’s practically perfect for cold brew.

You have a choice of one pound or three pound packs, and ground or whole bean. This is also the world’s first carbon negative coffee. For each pound of coffee sold, a portion of the proceeds are donated to fund reforestation of the Mindo cloud forest in Ecuador.

Tiny Footprint Coffee USDA Organic Cold Brew & Press Elixir, Ground Coffee, Carbon Negative, 16 Ounce
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Tiny Footprint Coffee USDA Organic Cold Brew & Press Elixir, Ground Coffee, Carbon Negative, 16 Ounce
  • FLAVOR PROFILE: Sweet, silky richness with subtle bright fruit and floral tones infused in a cocoa like body.
  • ORGANIC: 100% Organic Shade-Grown Arabica Coffee
  • COLD BREW BLEND: A blend crafted perfectly for cold brew -- our Cold Press Elixir is a mix of our light and dark roasts spiked with our best Ethiopian coffees.
  • CRAFT ROASTED in our vintage 90 kilo German-built Probat drum roaster retrofitted with modern fuel-efficient ribbon burners, delivering perfectly roasted coffee every time
  • THE PERFECT BREW: Each pound brews 1.35 gallons of ready-to-drink cold brew (1:6 brew ratio and 1:1 dilution)

It’s shade grown and 100% organic. This blend combines dark and light roasts with the best coffees from Ethiopia. The body of the drink is cocoa-like, and the mouthfeel of the brewed beverage is silky, rich and sweet, with floral and fruity overtones.

The coffee is craft roasted, and each pound of coffee will give you around 230 fluid ounces of cold brew ready to enjoy. That’s assuming a ratio of 1 part coffee to 6 parts water, and once the brew is ready, diluting 1 part coffee solution to 1 part water.

The roasting all happens in Minneapolis, where the green credentials continue in everything from packaging to composting and waste reduction.

 

Cold Brew Classic 

Cold brew is one of those coffee varieties that benefits immensely from using a coarse grind, and we’re sticking with organic and coarse grounds for the Cold Brew Lab option. This Columbian Supremo from Cold Brew is a dark roast, and ships in a one or two pound coarse grind or whole bean option.

Cold Brew Lab Organic Coarse Ground Coffee, Bold Dark Roast Blend, Colombian Supremo, 2 LB
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Cold Brew Lab Organic Coarse Ground Coffee, Bold Dark Roast Blend, Colombian Supremo, 2 LB
  • CUSTOM CRAFTED FOR COLD BREWING: Look no further for the perfect cold brewed cup of coffee. We source, roast, & blend our beans for optimal cold (slow) brew extraction – creating a well-rounded,...
  • ORGANIC 100% ARABICA COLOMBIAN COFFEE: We only use pesticide free USDA certified organic coffee because we care about the quality of our product. Specialty-grade, 100% Arabica, Colombian Supremo.
  • PROPRIETARY ROAST BLEND: We use a blend of medium & dark roasted coffee beans to create a unique roast level that is perfect for cold brewed coffee flavor. This creates a cup that is extremely smooth,...
  • 2 LB BAG - EXTRA COARSE GRIND: This is the larger bag of our top selling 1 LB bag of Coarse Ground Coffee. Great way to save when purchasing in bulk!
  • COLD BREW LAB: is an artisan coffee roaster located in the city that never sleeps – New York City, NY USA.

The beans are 100% Arabica, and the coffee is pesticide free. It’s the blend of dark and medium roasted coffee beans that provide the delectable mingling of flavors that are ideal for cold brew. You get the smoothness of beautifully brewed coffee, with low acidity and a mellow flavor profile.

Artisan coffee roaster Cold Brew Lab is located in the Big Apple, aka the City That Never Sleeps – or New York City. Opt for this blend if you’re in the mood for a classic, no-fuss, classy cold brew.

 

Summoning The Muse – Inspired Coffee 

Have you ever heard the theory that, once dismissed, it isn’t possible to just summon up the artistic muse at will? Well, we might not be so sure about the artist’s muse, but if you’re looking for inspiration, this coffee is a serious contender.

It takes a special palate to appreciate the understated elegance of French vanilla as a flavor – and half the delight is in the scent. As you’ll experience in this beautiful, subtle cold brew coffee blend from the aptly named Inspired Coffee Co.

French Vanilla - Flavored Cold Brew Coffee - Inspired Coffee Co. - Coarse Ground Coffee - 12 oz. Resealable Bag
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French Vanilla - Flavored Cold Brew Coffee - Inspired Coffee Co. - Coarse Ground Coffee - 12 oz. Resealable Bag
  • INSPIRED COFFEE CO: The cold brew that inspires you.
  • 12 oz. RESEALABLE BAG: Our stand up resealable bag includes a degassing valve to maintain freshness.
  • COLD BREW: Specially crafted to create excellent cold brew and iced coffee.
  • COFFEE ORIGIN: Single origin, coarse ground Colombian Supremo - 100% Arabica.
  • Our French Vanilla has nutty undertones.

This coarsely round coffee ships in a 12 ounce bag which is resealable, with an incorporated degassing valve to keep your coffee as fresh as can be, as long as can be. It’s not the cheapest option we investigated, but it is truly delicious.

It’s a 100% Arabica, and what’s more, it’s a single origin coffee. Colombian Supremo, to be exact. Not only with that lovely French Vanilla hint, but with lovely undertones of nutty flavor too. You might also detect just the merest soupçon of chocolate in there too. (We love the word soupçon. We think it’s especially appropriate for French vanilla.)

We found the best ratio for this coffee was 1 part coffee to 3 parts water for the initial brew and then, when ready, 1 part water to 1 part coffee solution. You can drink it black, of course, or with syrup, sugar, or any other additive you feel like. Including ice.

 

Stone Cold Sober – Stone Cold Jo 

Just because something’s described as “Stone Cold” doesn’t mean it has to be heartless. Quite the opposite, in fact, when it comes to Stone Cold Jo. This coarse ground, dark roast organic coffee will give you the characteristic low acid, smooth, silky flavor profile you crave in your cold brew.

It’s both USDA and Fair Trade Certified, as well as Non-GMO and Kosher. We found that it also worked great in a French Press as a hot brew.

STONE COLD JO: 2 lb, Cold Brew Coffee Blend, Dark Roast, Coarse Ground Organic Coffee, Silky, Smooth, Low Acidity, USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, NON-GMO, Great French Press Hot Brew
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STONE COLD JO: 2 lb, Cold Brew Coffee Blend, Dark Roast, Coarse Ground Organic Coffee, Silky, Smooth, Low Acidity, USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, NON-GMO, Great French Press Hot Brew
  • STONE COLD JO PROFESSIONAL CUPPING NOTES: SILKY SMOOTH | LOW ACIDITY | DARK ROAST | HINTS OF TOFFEE CARAMEL CHOCOLATE GRAPE | Descriptive flavor terms are naturally occurring undertones in the coffee...
  • Each batch of this fresh roasted organic coffee is hand-crafted, by artisan coffee roasters, in our micro-roastery.
  • Available in 12 oz or a 2 lb money-saving package, both packaged with resealable tin-tie for convenient storage. For a cold brew we recommend a 4:1 water to coarse ground coffee ratio in a cold...
  • Our organic coffee is specialty grade coffee, which is the top 2% specialty grade of organic Arabica raw coffee. This specialty grade coffee is sourced worldwide through direct sourcing and through a...
  • This coffee is USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, and Kosher Certified. Contact us for our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

The flavor profile of this blend is complex and gorgeous. We could detect toffee, grape, chocolate, and caramel in there. It ships in a 12 ounce pack or a 12 pound bag; there are even single-serve Keurig K-Cup brewer options available too. And the name tickled us too – why not brew up a batch of Joe with the aid of Stone Cold Jo?

Just a quick note about Jo Coffee – they’re a subsidiary of Specialty Java Inc., which was founded in 2002. Specialty Java belongs to the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

For this blend we found that the best ratio was 4 parts water to 1 part coffee, and either a French Press or a Mason jar worked pretty well. You mix, you stir, you cover. You refrigerate the mix for a minimum of 12 hours. You press. You filter. You enjoy.

We also found it was pretty scrumptious as a hot brew as well, and for that we used 2 tablespoons of coffee for every 6 ounces of water in our French Press. Steeping time was around 4 to 5 minutes.

 

Stoney Brewed And Twice As Fragrant – Stone Street Coffee 

We’re staying with the stone theme for our next choice, which is another Colombian Supremo. Stone Street Coffee is a dark roast, whole bean coffee, coarsely ground. It makes for a truly kicking cold brew.

Need to get going in the morning? Need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up? Need an after dinner delight or an al fresco summer refresher? Stone Street Coffee’s your guy. Or rather, your coffee.

Stone Street Cold Brew Coffee, Strong & Smooth Blend, Whole Bean Coffee, Dark Roast, Colombian Single Origin, 1 LB
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Stone Street Cold Brew Coffee, Strong & Smooth Blend, Whole Bean Coffee, Dark Roast, Colombian Single Origin, 1 LB
  • CRAFTED FOR COLD BREWING – Our cold brew coffee blend uses fresh gourmet arabica coffee beans from Colombia. You can coarse grind them right before brewing for the freshest flavor. Perfect for using...
  • DARK ROAST COLOMBIAN SUPREMO – Our beans are classified as ‘supremo’ which are the largest and highest quality beans from Colombia. When these beans are dark roasted, it brings out the...
  • STRONG & SMOOTH BLEND – Our coffee is specially formulated to make a bold, balanced, low-acid, slightly sweet cold brew or iced coffee. You can easily adjust the strength to make it extra strong...
  • 1 LB RESEALABLE BAG (16 Ounce) – Our 3-layer natural kraft bag is foil-lined and has a one-way valve for optimal coffee freshness. The wide top opening makes for easy scooping and the seal keeps...
  • FRESHLY ROASTED IN BROOKLYN, NYC – Stone Street Coffee Company is specialty small-batch roaster, we’ve been making artisanal coffee since 2009.

You can opt for a 1 pound, 2 pound or 5 pound pack, and the 1 pound foil bag is resealable. So your beans stay fresh, fresh, fresh.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what the coffee bean variety is, it’s 100% Arabica. The coarseness of the grind allows for that long, slow extraction method that is key to a great cold brew.

You can find specialty roaster Stone Street right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York City. They’ve been there since 2009. Small batches are roasted fresh, so you know each bean literally gets individual attention.

It’s a sweet yet strong, super-smooth coffee. (We’re talking verging on suave here.) With this blend we found a ratio of 4 parts water to 1 part coffee worked well. And using a Mason jar gave us a good, robust brew which we could safely leave to steep in the fridge overnight. It was then ready for straining via strainer or cheesecloth (we’re purists. We often like to use both.)

 

Keeping It Real. Real Good, That Is. 

Keeping it simple with the next option, the variety we tried was a lighter roast than some of the others we tried, but perfect for breakfast time. There’s a choice of blends with Real Good Coffee – Breakfast Blend Light, Donut Shop Medium, French Roast Dark, or Organic Dark.

The company’s coffee beans come from Central and South America. After being grown, sourced and packed up responsibly, they’re shipped to Seattle, where the Real Good Coffee company craft roasts them to perfection. (They’ve got over 30 years of experience.)

Real Good Coffee Co Whole Bean Coffee, Breakfast Blend Light Roast Coffee Beans, 2 Pound Bag
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Real Good Coffee Co Whole Bean Coffee, Breakfast Blend Light Roast Coffee Beans, 2 Pound Bag
  • Light Roast Coffee: Our Breakfast Blend light roast whole bean coffee is the perfect morning coffee to ease you into your day
  • Sustainable Light Roast Coffee Beans: Our coffee is made with premium quality Arabica coffee beans from Central and South America. They are grown, sourced and packaged responsibly, after being roasted...
  • Tasting Notes: Our Breakfast Blend coffee delivers a smooth flavor that brings together a brisk citrus taste with smooth aromatic notes of milk chocolate and cream
  • Works With All Coffee Brewers: This classic whole bean light roast coffee is suitable for any good coffee machine: drip machines, espresso maker, French press, Aeropress, pour over and moka pot
  • Real Good Coffee Co: With over 30 years’ experience of coffee sourcing and craft roasting in Seattle, we make coffee, real good coffee, it’s that simple

The Breakfast Blend has a fresh and fruity citrus flavor with just a hint of cream and milk chocolate. It works well in moka pots, pour over machines, a French press, espresso machine, drip machine, and an Aeropress. And we can also vouch for it making great cold brew.

You need a coarse grind for a really good cold brew. (Medium will work fine in a drip pot, French press, or if you’re using the pour over method.)

 

Making The Grade – Grady’s Cold Brew 

We’re keeping it cool with the final choice in the main sequence, our Grady’s Cold Brew Iced Coffee Cold Brew Kit. This super-convenient pack of 12 adds up to a pound of coffee. It’s keto-friendly, unsweetened, and non-GMO.

If you want to give cold brew a try but you’re not sure about ratios of coffee to water, then this super easy brew-it-yourself kit is a great starting point. You’ll get 36 cups from every reusable “pour’n’store” pouch. All you need to do is add water direct to the pouch and leave in the fridge for the recommended amount of time.

Grady's Cold Brew Coffee, Pour & Store Kit with 12 (2oz.) Bean Bags + 1 Pour & Store Pouch, 36 Total Servings
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Grady's Cold Brew Coffee, Pour & Store Kit with 12 (2oz.) Bean Bags + 1 Pour & Store Pouch, 36 Total Servings
  • BREW-IT-YOURSELF: Pour-and-Store Pouch makes 36 servings of cold brew coffee - Just add water
  • EASY TO USE: No need to buy expensive coffee when Grady's makes it simple to make delicious, New Orleans Cold Brew right from your own refrigerator
  • GRADY'S COLD BREW: Famous Grady's New Orleans-Style Flavor is a special blend of coffee, chicory, and spices
  • BREW WHILE YOU SLEEP: Steep in cold water for at least 12 hours (no more than 24), remove bags, and your cold brew concentrate is ready to enjoy
  • HEALTHY & DELICIOUS: Grady's products are All Natural, Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO, and low calorie

The brewed beverage has a New Orleans style flavor, and if you’re in the mood for hot coffee rather than cold brew, you can still brew up a storm in these bean bags. All you need to do is make sure the bag is in a vessel that’s heat-resistant, and add 4-6 cups of boiling water depending on your taste.

So you can either wake up to a beautifully brewed breakfast beverage, steeped overnight, or you can wait 90 seconds or so and enjoy a hot drink. It’s a tiny bit pricier than some of our other options, but it’s oh, so worth it for the sheer convenience.

 

Dark And Desirable – Death Wish Cold Brew Cans 

Okay. We fibbed. Only a little though. And it wasn’t a malicious fib. That last choice wasn’t our real last choice after all. We couldn’t resist slipping in our first bonus: Death Wish Coffee, which is now available in – wait for it – cold brew cans.

This is marketed as, officially, the world’s strongest coffee, and you can buy a 4 pack of this very slightly sweetened delightful black beverage. Each can has 8 fluid ounces, containing 300 mg of caffeine. That’s around two times stronger than the “standard” cup of coffee.  (You can also opt for an unsweetened version.)

DEATH WISH COFFEE Canned Organic Iced Cold Brew, Slightly Sweetened Black [8 fl oz | 4 pack | 300mg of Caffeine] The World's Strongest, Dairy Free, Low Carb, Keto Friendly Energy Drink
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DEATH WISH COFFEE Canned Organic Iced Cold Brew, Slightly Sweetened Black [8 fl oz | 4 pack | 300mg of Caffeine] The World's Strongest, Dairy Free, Low Carb, Keto Friendly Energy Drink
  • ORGANIC POWER: Every 8 fl oz can of Death Wish cold brew is jam-packed with Fair Trade, USDA Certified Organic coffee, giving you a natural caffeine boost all day long.
  • ENERGY ON THE GO: For those breakfast on the go kind of days, jump-start your morning by grabbing our ready-to-drink coffee cans and be out of the door in a matter of minutes. Fuel your day with 300...
  • QUALITY BREW: Our cold brew canned coffee is expertly made using low carb, dairy-free, and keto-friendly ingredients that ensure you get the highest quality energy with every sip.
  • BOLD AND STRONG: We've carefully selected and expertly roasted premium Arabica and Robusta coffee beans from around the world to deliver you a coffee beverage with a bold taste of caffeine. Its...
  • TRY IT RISK-FREE: Thousands of satisfied customers will tell you just how awesome our canned coffee drinks are. But we'll let you be the judge. If you don't love our coffee, we'll refund your order,...

If you need an absolute lift on the move, as it were, or a super-convenient pick-me-up straight from the fridge, Death Wish Cold brew is just the ticket. Death Wish is USDA Certified Organic. It’s also dairy free, Keto friendly, and low carb.

Despite its strength, Death Wish is not a bitter coffee. It’s robust, sure, and boldly beautiful. You’ll pick up hints of chocolate and cherry. And it’s a combination of both Arabica and Robusta beans. They’re slowly roasted in Loring Roasters, state-of-the-art machines, to a dark roast. It’s low in acidity.

 

Brewing The Best: The Best Cold Brew Coffee Maker 

Okay, this really is our final bonus. We’ve touched on various methods of making cold brew, including pouches and a French press. For perfect cold brew every time, however, it’s worth considering the Bean Envy Cold Brew Coffee Maker.

Bean Envy Cold Brew Coffee Maker - 32 oz - Premium Quality Glass - Perfect For Homemade Cold Brew and Iced Coffee - Includes Unique Non-Slip Silicone Base
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Bean Envy Cold Brew Coffee Maker - 32 oz - Premium Quality Glass - Perfect For Homemade Cold Brew and Iced Coffee - Includes Unique Non-Slip Silicone Base
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We especially like the non-slip silicone base as well as the tight fitting silicone cap. (Both are BPA-free.) It’s ideal whether you’re making cold brew or iced coffee. Typically, this cold brew system will produce coffee with acidity levels around 70% less than typical hot or iced coffee.

It’s super-easy to use. All you need to do is pour in the appropriate amount of coffee – coarsely ground – add the water, and leave to brew for 12 to 24 hours. Don’t worry – there’s a manual. Typically the filter will hold just under 4 ounces of coarsely ground coffee; you add around 34 fluid ounces of water.

It’s also super-simply to clean. All you have to do is rinse. The food grade metal filter meets FDA standards and the company is so confident in its product that the item ships with a lifetime warranty. The bottom of the carafe base is around 4.5 inches wide.

 

The Best Coffee Beans For Cold Brew: Practical Buying Guide

You’ve probably noticed a few common themes in the different beans we’ve sampled. If you’re new to the world of cold brew, though, how do you make that decision for yourself?

Fear not. We’re here to guide you through the maze of cold brew coffee beans.

 

What Is Cold Brew?

Although it’s been around since the 1840s, it’s not surprising that cold brew has become so popular in recent years. It’s one of the simplest, least labor intensive, and most elegant ways to make coffee. You need no heat, and the bare minimum of specialist equipment – unless you want to invest in the kit, of course.

In its simplest form, cold brew coffee is exactly what it says on the tin, as it were. It’s coffee, usually coarsely ground, steeped in cold water and stored in the fridge for at least 12 hours, sometimes up to 24 hours.

The best grind for cold brew is coarse – it makes for a long, slow extraction method. So you get all the flavor, with minimal, if any, bitterness.

 

The Right Coffee For Cold Brew – How To Choose

It goes without saying that great cold brew coffee starts with great coffee beans. You might have noticed we recommended a couple of Colombia Supremo options in our round-up – Colombian coffee is amongst the best. And this is where your personal taste comes in. When it comes to overtones, do you like fruity or floral? Chocolate or nuts?

Would you rather have Arabica beans only, or a divine melding of Arabica with Robusta? We know you’re looking for the best cold brew coffee beans, but is it also important that the blend you choose is suitable for hot coffee too? And if so, what brewing method is going to suit you – boil in a bag, with one of the kits, or a more traditional method like a French Press?

And then there are the certifications. Do you need Kosher, USDA Organic, Rainforest Alliance? (And why ARE frogs so important in that last case?)

How important is the roast – do you like it light, medium, or dark? Bear in mind that typically, and a little counter-intuitively, dark roasts are usually less bitter than light roasts.

The size of the pack might also be important. Do you need a large pack for a household of coffee drinking fiends, or a smaller pack for those who indulge only occasionally? And how about the ability to keep your beans fresh – look for the degassing valve on the packaging if that’s a factor.

 

Tricks And Tips For Great Cold Brew Coffee

We’ve established you need the best beans, to suit your palate. You also need fresh, cool water, preferably filtered. And a container with a lid so the coffee can steep in peace. Something like a mason jar, or a dedicated brewing mechanism, is perfect.

You’ll need to experiment a little with this, but typically the perfect ratio of coffee to water is something along the lines of 1 part coffee to 3 or 4 parts water. You can always add more water if you like it weak, or more coffee if you like it stronger.

 

Five Fun Facts About Cold Brew

  1. Even the unsweetened variety tastes sweeter.
  2. It’s higher in caffeine but lower in acidity than most regular coffee.
  3. Due to the lower acidity it’s not quite so harsh for those with sensitive stomachs.
  4. It makes great ice cream flavoring.
  5. The high caffeine content means it’s extra effective when it comes to dieting.

 

Best Coffee For Iced Coffee: Conclusions

Let’s be clear – cold brew coffee is not iced coffee. Iced coffee is traditionally made by pouring hot coffee over ice cubes or crushed ice.

With cold brew, the beans and the coarseness of the grind are of prime importance.  The best beans for cold brew have a robust flavor and typically produce a consistently smooth and delicious brew.

This is why our final recommendation of the best coffee for cold brew is Bizzy coffee. It makes a beautifully buzzy beverage for beautifully busy people.

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  • 100% ORGANIC - USDA Organic, ethically sourced coffee from Guatemala, Peru, and Nicaragua.
  • SMOOTH AND SWEET - Arabica beans roasted medium with notes of caramel and hazelnut.
  • BIZZY COFFEE FOR BUSY PEOPLE - Mastering the cold brew craft, Bizzy Coffee will give you the highest quality cold brew coffee at the best price

Full Of Beans – Our Straight-talking Cappuccino Vs Coffee Comparison

Full Of Beans – Our Straight-talking Cappuccino Vs Coffee Comparison

It’s not so long since being able to order a cappuccino was relatively rare. (Outside continental Europe, anyway.)

Now, however, it’s a rare coffee shop or coffee stall that doesn’t feature cappuccino on its menu. So how do you decide between coffee vs cappuccino? And what’s the difference, anyway?

What Is A Cappuccino?

Not quite sure what cappuccino is? The key thing to remember about a cappuccino is the formula. That’s 1 part coffee, 1 part steamed milk, and 1 part foamed milk. If it’s served in a glass, you get to see the layers. It’s a drink that requires surprising delicacy and precision.

As with so many coffee drinks, a cappuccino starts with an espresso. And an espresso starts with the beans: the fresher the better. A cappuccino is usually made with 1 or 2 shots of espresso coffee.

If it’s made with 2 shots, then you need to make sure you use the same volume of foamed milk and steamed milk. If the proportions aren’t perfect, you end up with a latte (too much milk) or a macchiato (not enough milk).

You might also see the name spelled in several different ways – cappuccino, capuccino, cappucino, cappacino, capachino, or cappachino. In case you’re wondering about the origin of the name, it’s taken from the color of the robes of Capuchin monks.

 

What Is A Coffee?

The term coffee can cover so many different types of drinks, from Americano to iced coffee, from latte to lungo, from cold brew to cappuccino. What many people think of, however, when they think of a coffee, is a caffeinated drink with an espresso shot as the foundation.

One feature shared by most coffee drinks is that they will, at some point, have started life as a coffee bean. There are two main types of coffee beans, Arabica and Robusta. Arabica usually produces a milder brew, while Robusta, as the name suggests, results in a strong-tasting drink, even slightly bitter.

The original beans or seeds of the coffee cherry are processed in various ways to produce roasted coffee beans or instant coffee.

 

How To Make A Cappuccino

If you’re really in a hurry, you could opt for a ready-made stick. Just be aware that most of them don’t taste much like a full-bodied cappuccino. You could also pay a visit to the coffee chain with the mermaid logo, and enjoy a special, seasonal or limited edition Starbucks cappuccino.

Start by making your espresso shot, using either a Moka pot, AeroPress, or espresso machine. Espresso doesn’t refer to the type of beans so much as the method of extraction. Each coffee shop, even each barista, is likely to have its own cappuccino recipe.

Following this, it’s time to steam the milk. Whole milk steams easiest. We suggest starting with cold milk in a pre-chilled container. For an 8 ounce cappuccino, you’ll need between 10 and 12 ounces of milk.

 

Steaming Hot

Using a wand? Turn it on briefly to purge any liquid. Once it’s steamed for a few seconds, turn it off again and place it in the container of milk. Tilt the milk pitcher slightly so that the contents swirl as they heat. The milk will continue to heat a little even after you’ve turned off the wand.

No steaming wand? Heat the milk over a medium heat, allowing it to simmer until you see bubbles around the edge of the pan. Don’t allow the milk to boil though! Then froth with a whisk. You’ll get more bubbles using this method.

You could even use a microwave, although the foam doesn’t last very long; add the milk to a container with a lid, shake for about a minute, remove the lid, and microwave for about 30 seconds.

 

Crafting The Cappuccino

Once steamed, tap the container of milk gently on a flat surface. This should pop any larger bubbles, leaving only microfoam. Give the jug a little swirl before you pour.

Have your espresso ready in your cup; pour the milk over the top. You could also hold the foam mix back with a long stirring spoon to give a little extra control over when the foam lands on top of the coffee. Serve at once.

 

What Is In A Cappuccino?

A cappuccino, in its simplest form, is coffee and steamed milk. Although we also like a sprinkling of chocolate powder on top.

Want to add even more pizzazz to this delightfully showy coffee? How about a shot of syrup? We’re huge fans of caramel, butterscotch, and chocolate, but there are many others. For a slightly more unusual flavor, how about hazelnut, cherry, or peach?

 

Does Cappuccino Have Caffeine?

Given the amount of milk in a cappuccino, you might be forgiven for wondering whether a cappuccino has caffeine in it. The answer’s yes – typically over 65mg of caffeine in that luxuriant, silky liquid. Depending on the type used, a decaf coffee would be much lower – at least 50% lower in most cases.

For comparison, an ordinary 8 fluid ounce serving of caffeinated coffee has around 100mg. A single shot of espresso has around 65mg of caffeine, and a Starbucks cappuccino has about 75mg of caffeine.

 

Cappuccino Calories

Coffee can be surprisingly good for your health, and you may know it can help weight loss, especially as part of a calorie-controlled diet. Once you start adding cream, and sugar, and syrup, and chocolate sprinkles, however, the calorie count climbs pretty quickly.

With most cappuccinos, the calorie count is relatively high to start. The calories in the coffee shot itself are negligible. (A plain black cup of coffee has around 5 calories.) The calories come from the milk, the chocolate sprinkles, and anything else you decide to add.

So a typical cappuccino, with full cream milk, breaks down as follows, calorie-wise: coffee – 5 calories; milk – anywhere from 40 to 150 calories, depending on the type of milk – almond milk was one of the lowest; low-fat chocolate powder – 4-5 calories; 1 teaspoon of syrup – around 12 calories (we used caramel for the example).

Making the possible calorie count of a serving of cappuccino over 170 calories.

 

Cappuccino Vs Coffee

The type of beans used in the espresso shot will make a difference to the final flavor of a cappuccino. So, too, will the water used, whether it’s filtered, and the type of milk used. In recent years many types of plant milk have become increasingly popular, with some, like almond, making a difference to the taste profile.

Cappuccino coffees, in general, also score relatively low on the acidity scale.

When it comes to “ordinary” coffee, different brewing methods can also have a profound effect on the result. Some, like cold brew, are low in acidity. Other options are drip coffee, percolator coffee, French Press, and many others.

For “ordinary” coffee, the type of beans, origin, and the lightness or darkness of the roast can all affect the end taste. The grind makes a difference too: the finer the grind, the more intense the flavor, usually. Espresso traditionally uses a fine grind whereas drip coffee uses a coarser grind.

And while some coffee purists may throw up their hands in horror, there are also some excellent instant coffees available now. The same applies to decaffeinated varieties.

There’s one other difference too – cappuccino is traditionally served around breakfast time. In many countries, it’s not served at other meal times. In Italy, the story goes that you may be met with consternation if you try to order a cappuccino after 11 am.

 

Cappuccino Vs Espresso

What about cappuccino vs espresso, then? Espresso is the base for so many coffee drinks, including cappuccino. One of the distinctive features of an espresso shot is the espresso foam, that brownish froth on the top of the coffee known as crema.

Another feature to note when it comes to espresso vs cappuccino is that espresso will usually taste much stronger. The coffee flavor isn’t diluted by the milk as it is in a cappuccino.

 

Charming Cappuccino Or Classic Coffee?

In the end, it’s your choice whether you opt for a coffee or a cappuccino. In our experience, however, we’ve generally found that cappuccino is a coffee drink to savor, to sip, to linger over. It’s just not the same if you gulp it down.

While you can, of course, enjoy coffee at your leisure too, it’s also an ideal way to get the day started when you’re in a hurry. In the end, though, it’s your choice – whether you decide on an everyday Americano, a capricious cappuccino, or a simple cup of coffee. Whatever you choose, enjoy it!

The Best Decaf Coffee – Decanted And Delightfully Described

The Best Decaf Coffee – Decanted And Delightfully Described

The world loves coffee. In recent years, however, the world has also become much more health-conscious, and every now and then there’s a little scare in the world media about whether drinking too much caffeine is bad for you. Enter, if you dare – the world of decaf coffee.

At A Glance: Our Top 5 Best Decaf Coffee Options Of 2021

With so many delicious varieties on the market, though, just how is a discerning coffee drinker to decide? Welcome, then, to our short and snappy guide to some of the best decaf coffee beans we could find.

 

The Most Delicious Decaf – Don Pablo At Your Service  

Dark and delicious with a hint of caramel, citrus, and cocoa, Café Don Pablo was our very favorite decaf coffee. The decaffeination process uses water to remove as much caffeine as possible from this Colombian gourmet whole bean coffee, which ships in 2 or 5-pound bags.

While the packs are not vacuum sealed, there is a one-way degassing valve – CO2 is allowed out, but no oxygen is allowed in.

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  • All Natural Swiss Water Process decaffeinated Colombian Supremo
  • Caramel and cocoa with a hint of citrus. Smooth, clean finish with low acidity
  • Medium-Dark Roast - Whole bean Arabica Coffee - GMO Free
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The acidity is low. The finish is clean and smooth. We’ve mentioned the caramel, cocoa, and citrus hints, but we’re pretty sure there’s a bit of walnut in there too.

These 100% Arabica beans are roasted in small batches. Due to the decaffeination, the beans may appear to be a little darker than you’d typically expect. The end result is 99.9% caffeine-free. Not that you’d know it from the taste – the flavor really is like the real thing. Just without the caffeine. Oh, and they’re GMO-free too.

The company grows, harvests, and processes their own coffee beans in Colombia. Through the Sharing Certified Program, the company also manages the production of over 1 million coffee plants. The coffee is never, ever blended with Robusta, past crop, or sub-par beans. We found it worked beautifully in a traditional drip machine, a hand drip mechanism, French press, and cold brew.

 

Victorious And Vigorous – Verena Street 

We also loved this medium roast decaffeinated Arabica Sunday Drive coffee from Verena Street. Shipping in 2-pound packs (or 32 ounces, if you prefer), the caffeine is removed via the Swiss Water Process. It’s Rainforest Alliance Certified.

You can also buy 80 ounce, 12 ounce, or 11-ounce bags. The Swiss Water decaf method means this coffee has a full-bodied aroma and robust flavor without any bitterness. They’re also kosher certified by the Orthodox Union.

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Verena Street 2 Pound Whole Bean, Swiss Water Process Decaf Beans, Sunday Drive Decaffeinated, Medium Roast Rainforest Alliance Certified Arabica Coffee
  • 2lb. medium roast whole bean (32oz.); naturally decaffeinated coffee beans; rich yet mellow flavor
  • The Swiss Water decaf process gives this a full-bodied flavor and aroma without any bitterness
  • Sustainably sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms to protect farmers, wildlife and environment
  • Freshly roasted and packaged in Dubuque, Iowa at an independent, family owned coffee company
  • Kosher certified by the Orthodox Union, the world’s most trusted and recognized kosher certification

On arrival in the US, the beans are craft roasted and packaged as soon as possible in Iowa, at an independent family firm in Dubuque. And if you’re wondering why it’s called Verena Street, it was the name of a lane in the peaceful, quiet neighborhood down by the Mississippi River, back in the day.

The decaf variety tastes relaxing and smooth – there’s no need to sacrifice flavor just because it’s low in caffeine. The flavor is pretty creamy, dark, and smooth, something akin to a typical espresso. Taste-wise, it’s also pretty close to Folgers decaf coffee. The Swiss Water process used removes 99.9% of the caffeine.

The company also takes pride in sustainable sourcing: including agricultural methods that aim to protect soil, waterways, and wildlife, and support the well-being of farmers.

100% Arabica beans are expertly blended to create unique and delicious flavors. You’ll get the very best results with cold, clean water, ideally filtered or bottled. Use around 2 tablespoons of water for every 6 ounces of water, depending on your brewing method (we like this one with the drip method in particular).

 

Kicking Kirkland – Decaf Arabica 

If it’s a dark roast, fine grind coffee you’re looking for, then give Kirkland’s signature decaf Dark Roast a whirl. It ships in 48-ounce packs, and it’s all Arabica. If you want something to compare it with, it’s pretty close to Starbucks.

Arabica beans usually produce a smoother, less bitter coffee than Robusta, the other variety, although how the coffee is roasted makes a difference too. Perhaps counter-intuitively, dark roasts are usually more mellow than light roasts. And decaffeinated coffees are often dark-roasted.

This coffee works especially well in a French press or in a drip coffee maker, the slower the better. The slower the extraction method, the less acidic the end coffee. If you combine a slow brewing method with a fine grind, you’ll also get maximum flavor.

We have to confess we also love the packaging on this one – it ships in a metal can, sealed at the factory. It’s a decent, all-round decaf coffee.

 

Best Decaf Instant Coffee: Starbucks 

No overview of modern coffee, caffeinated or not, would be truly complete without a nod to the world’s most familiar coffee shop, with one of the world’s most famous mermaids. If you want a super-convenient decaf coffee, then may we suggest Starbucks VIA Instant Decaf, now over a decade old? It’s an Italian roast, dark roast, and you get 50 servings in a pack.

Only Arabica coffee beans are used, and the flavor is sweet and rich. You’ll be able to pick up hints of caramelized sugar in there. It’s super-convenient and good value for money. You don’t need any specialist equipment for this one, just hot water, 10 seconds, oh, and your favorite coffee cup. Each packet gives you an 8 ounce serving of coffee.

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Starbucks VIA Instant Decaf Coffee Packets — Italian Roast — 100% Arabica — 1 box (50 packets)
  • Made only with high-quality arabica coffee beans
  • Starbucks VIA Instant Decaf Italian Roast Coffee is roasty and sweet with a rich, deep flavor and notes of caramelized sugar
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  • Includes 1 box of 50 packets

You can even use it to make a cool coffee, if you prefer. You just need to allow a little more time for the beverage to dissolve, and make sure you give the final result a thorough stir.

The best way we can describe this coffee is that it’s sort of a darker Espresso roast, but without that smoky aftertaste that you find in French roast. There’s no sugar in these sticks.

 

No Need To Wait For Eight O’Clock  

It might be called Eight O’Clock Whole Bean, The Original Decaf, but you can enjoy this coffee at any time of the day or evening. Or even through the night, if you’re one of those night owl types.

It’s a 50% decaf blend, so a little higher than some others, and there’s a range of sizes including 24 ounces.

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Eight O'Clock Whole Bean Coffee, The Original Decaf, 24 Ounce
  • Great Testing since 1859 – Winey notes and a rich, elegant aroma with a full-bodied finish. All of roasting is done at our own facility in Maryland, USA
  • True Decaf: Same great taste and balanced flavor as our Original blend without all of the caffeine
  • Mild Roasted Coffee: Delivers sweet and fruity notes with a well-balanced finish
  • Quality Guaranteed: 100% Arabica beans for premium quality and taste, Kosher certified
  • Commitment to Environment: Through partnerships with different coffee organizations, we hope to support the coffee farming community with the goal to help improve the quality of life for all people...

Eight O’Clock coffee has been produced for over 150 years. It’s kosher certified and roasted with love and care by master roasters. In many countries, eight pm is the time of day associated with supper, but it varies around the world. And should it be after eight, there’s more than one dark mint chocolate which goes especially well with after-dinner coffee, decaffeinated or otherwise.

 

Jeremiah's Organic Decaf Coffee  

You’ve probably picked up by now that many of the decaf roasts we sampled are dark roasts, which retain maximum flavor with minimum bitterness. And Jeremiah’s Pick Coffee is no exception. This water processed coffee is organic and ships in 10-ounce bags – you get three in a pack.

Like many of the decaf coffees we investigated, the Swiss Water process was used to extract the caffeine. We detected dark chocolate. We detected caramel. And we definitely detected 100% Arabica beans – both in aroma and flavor.

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Jeremiah's Pick Organic Coffee, Dark Roast, 10 Ounce (Pack of 3)
  • Pack of three 10-ounce bags (total of 30 ounces)
  • Ebony-roast ground coffee decaffeinated by chemical-free Swiss Water process
  • Flavors of caramel and dark chocolate with bittersweet intensity
  • Ground from 100% arabica beans: more flavorful/aromatic than robusta beans
  • Roasted and ground in San Francisco, CA

It all starts with the bean. “Right Roast. Right Taste” is more than just a slogan here. The color profile of each batch is matched to bring out the subtleties of the character and origin of each coffee.

This coffee is CCOF certified organic and certified kosher by Northern California’s Vaad Hakashrus. Once the caffeine has been all but removed, the beans are roasted in the French style. This gives the end product a smooth flavor profile. The coffee is also Rain Forest Alliance certified.

 

Fabulously Flavorful – No Fun Jo  

The name of this coffee couldn’t be further from the truth – it’s far from no fun. This medium-dark roast with the name of No Fun Jo Decaf takes whole bean Arabica coffee. The caffeine content is then reduced via the Swiss Water Process.

It’s Fair Trade and Organic certified Kosher Certified, and Swiss Water Process Certified.

Jo Coffee is one of the subsidiaries of Specialty Java Inc.

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NO FUN JO DECAF: 12 oz, Organic Decaf Coffee, Whole Bean, Swiss Water Process, Fair Trade Certified, Medium Dark Roast, 100% Arabica Coffee, Certified Organic, Chemical Free Gluten Free, Decaf Espresso
  • NO FUN JO DECAF PROFESSIONAL CUPPING NOTES: SWEET BLUEBERRY | MILK CHOCOLATE | COMPLEX | FULL BODY | NO FLAVORING ADDED | Descriptive terms are simply subtle undertones in the coffee itself and no...
  • Each batch of this fresh roasted organic coffee is hand-crafted, by artisan coffee roasters, in our micro-roastery.
  • Available in 12 oz or a 2 lb money-saving package, both packaged with resealable tin-tie for convenient storage. We recommend using 2 tablespoons of ground coffee to 6 oz of water for optimal...
  • Our organic coffee is specialty grade coffee, which is the top 2% specialty grade of organic Arabica raw coffee. This specialty grade coffee is sourced worldwide through direct sourcing and through a...
  • This coffee is USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, and Kosher Certified. Contact us for our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

It ships in small 12 ounce bags or in larger 2-pound bags. So let’s get down to the fun bit – the taste. You’ll pick up milk chocolate. You’ll pick up sweet blueberry cupping notes. And other than that, it’s round and robust and delightful.

The processing method uses temperature, time, and of course, water, to bring you a 99.9% caffeine-free product. To be granted USDA Certified Organic status, coffee has to be cultivated on farms that comply with the high standards of the United States Department of Agriculture.

No contamination by chemicals is allowed. All farming operations are subject to an annual compliance inspection, as are any roasting operations.

 

Glorious Gevalia 

It’s another 100% Arabica for the Gevalia Decaf House Blend, which ships in a 6 pack of 12-ounce bags. The beans are dark roasted, and the coffee is 99.7% caffeine free.

This Swedish coffee has 150 years of expertise behind it and is known for its mellow, never bitter taste.

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  • Six 12 oz. bags of Gevalia House Blend Medium Roast Decaf Coffee Ground
  • Gevalia Decaf House Blend Medium Roast Ground Coffee provides the perfect care for the perfect cup
  • Our bag of Decaf House Blend medium roast ground coffee releases an aroma that will fill your home.Does Not Contain Any of the 8 Major Allergens
  • Each bag of decaf is crafted from Arabica coffee beans sourced from around the world
  • All of our ground coffee bags use slow roasted, snap cooled beans to lock in flavor and aroma

There’s a gorgeous hint of caramel, and we found this blend was most delectable when brewed with water between 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit. It worked especially well in a percolator and a French press. We reckon it would be pretty good in a drip machine too.

If you’re wondering about the hints of caramel, it’s all to do with the roasting process. It starts with the Maillard reaction, which takes place between 302 degrees and 392 degrees Fahrenheit. The caramelization of the sugars in the beans occurs when the roasting temperature is between 338 degrees and 392 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Kick Like A – Horse? 

The name of this decaf coffee gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect. Yes, this isn’t a Kicking Horse so much as a kicking coffee. It’s dark roast and whole bean, decaffeinated via the Swiss Water Process method.

It ships in 10-ounce packs, and it’s certified Fairtrade, Kosher, and Organic. The company doesn’t believe, just because a coffee has had the caffeine taken out, that the flavor should be any less delightful. And we can vouch for the fact that it’s just as delicious as an “ordinary” coffee.

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Kicking Horse Coffee, Decaf, Swiss Water Process, Dark Roast, Whole Bean, 10 Oz - Certified Organic, Fairtrade, Kosher Coffee
  • Dark roast, whole bean: Swiss water process. Decaffeinated coffee should be exactly like every other one of our blends: Deep, dark and delicious. Tip-top taste with a mellow finish.
  • Tasting notes, brew method: Roasted hazelnuts, chocolaty balanced body and a long lasting finish. Recommended methods: French press, drip machine, pour over, espresso and cold brew.
  • Origin Central & South America: Grown in a socially and environmentally responsible way, by farmers with sustainable businesses they can depend on.
  • Organic, Fairtrade, kosher, shade grown, Arabica coffee: Coffee that is good and fair for the coffee drinkers, the farmers and the planet. 100% certified.
  • Roasted in the rocky mountains: It’s all deep, dark and delicious, roasted right below the towering Canadian rocky mountain peaks.

You get a mellow tasting, delicious, dark, deep brew. Your taste buds will be able to discern roasted hazelnuts. Plus, a chocolate sort of balanced body. It works especially well in a drip machine, French press, and pour over mechanism. It even makes a decent cold brew and espresso.

The beans are grown in Central and South America and then roasted with the breath-taking scenery of the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop. We loved the Fairtrade credentials – it’s fair for farmers, and profits are reinvested in the community for sustainable future growth.

 

Best Bonus: Decaf K-Cups 

As we all know, there are times when the sheer convenience of a Keurig machine provides everything you need from a coffee, at the touch of a button. And now you can enjoy decaf the Natural Water way, with this San Francisco Bay decaf French Roast pods.

SF Bay Coffee OneCUP DECAF French Roast 80 Ct Natural Water Processed Dark Roast Compostable Coffee Pods, K Cup Compatible including Keurig 2.0 (Packaging May Vary)
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SF Bay Coffee OneCUP DECAF French Roast 80 Ct Natural Water Processed Dark Roast Compostable Coffee Pods, K Cup Compatible including Keurig 2.0 (Packaging May Vary)
  • DECAF FRENCH ROAST: We blend water processed decaffeinated beans from Central & South America & roast dark for a bold, full-bodied, decaf coffee you'll love.
  • KEURIG COMPATIBLE: Designed for use with K cup style single serve brewers including Keurig 2.0. SF Bay Coffee is not affiliated with Keurig Green Mountain.
  • ECO-FRIENDLY, COMMERCIALLY COMPOSTABLE: OneCup pods, including the outer bag and one-way coffee valve, are made from plant-based materials and are certified fully commercially compostable by BPI.
  • Packaging: Due to the current circumstances and material supplier constraints, the packaging may vary. The product ingredients, roast, amount of coffee, etc. have not changed and the product quality...
  • SF BAY COFFEE is a family owned, American made company with a rich tradition. Our reputation reflects on us as a family so if you're ever not happy with your purchase, call us at 1(800) 829-1300 and...

They’re K-Cup compatible, no less. Not only that, but they’re also compostable. Fully, commercially compostable. Certified by BPI. You get to enjoy the convenience of a Keurig K-Cup with the conscience of a composter.

The beans hail from Central and South America. They’re roasted dark. They’re 100% Arabic. They’re also certified Kosher.

What’s more, San Francisco Bay Coffee is family-owned. The company takes real pride in the customer service and products they provide. Coffee farmers are paid a fair price for their crops, and the company also takes the high ground in social and environmental responsibility, giving back to the community wherever possible.

As part of their Community Aid Program, thousands of acres of rainforest have been restored. Only shade-grown farms are used. The company has also planted their own coffee on their own organic farms.

 

What is Decaf Coffee?

Let’s just take a little time out to cover how decaffeinated coffee is created, so you can keep the process in mind when you’re choosing your decaf beverage. In fact, let’s take a (virtual) trip back in time, to find out how it all began.

At the start of the 20th century, a ship carrying a precious cargo of coffee was swamped by seawater. It resulted in the caffeine content of the beans being literally washed out, but the taste of the coffee, and its other properties, were not affected.

We also owe thanks to Ludwig Roselius, founder of Kaffee HAG. After some thought and experimentation, he worked out that the caffeine content of coffee could be almost removed if you steam the beans with various acids.

He used benzene as the solvent to remove the caffeine, and, hey presto! Decaffeinated coffee to go. Almost. Modern decaffeinated coffee making methods have advanced a little – but, perhaps surprisingly, not all that far.

 

How is Coffee Decaffeinated?

Let’s take a look at how decaf coffee is made. There are several methods of removing caffeine from coffee.

The most common way used today is to soak the coffee beans in water and then add a solvent, typically ethyl acetate. This is a natural fruit ether found in fruit such as apples and pears. The solvent draws the caffeine out of the beans while they are still green.

 

Benefits of Decaf Coffee

There are many benefits to be had from drinking decaf coffee. Quite apart from the joy of the aroma and taste. While decaf coffee might not have quite as many antioxidants as the caffeinated version, it’s still high in antioxidants.

If you belong to one of the groups who is advised not to drink coffee, decaf allows you to enjoy the benefits of coffee. These groups include pregnant or breastfeeding women, or those taking prescription meds that might interact with coffee.

 

Be On The Alert For….

Beyond the taste profile, certain factors will help you choose the best decaf coffee for you. The region where coffee is grown, the altitude, and the type of soil, all have an effect on the coffee beans and how they taste. The roasting process also affects the flavor – so you might want to think about these factors as you’re making your selection.

There’s also the amount of caffeine. And then there are other considerations, such as sustainability, or the breadth of certifications. These might range from kosher to USDA organic, Rainforest Alliance to Fair Trade. Only you can decide if these will affect your buying choices.

 

Is There Caffeine in Decaf Coffee?

In short, yes, there is caffeine in decaf coffee. Decaf coffee doesn’t mean “caffeine-free”. It’s more accurate to think of it as “caffeine reduced”. Some processes reduce the amount of caffeine by 50%.

Some processes bring the amount of caffeine down by over 97%. And still others reduce the caffeine content by as much as 99.9%.

 

How Much Caffeine Is In Decaf Coffee?

Decaf coffee caffeine levels aren’t zero. There’s usually at least a trace of caffeine in there.

Let’s just take a look at how much caffeine in decaf coffee is typical. For comparison, a typical 6 to 8 ounce serving of ordinary coffee has around 100mg of caffeine. An equivalent serving of decaf coffee has around 7 mg of caffeine.

 

Less Caffeine, Less Taste?

It’s a myth that all decaf coffees taste weaker than caffeinated coffee. Some do, some don’t. And deciding on what is the best tasting decaf coffee is a matter of personal taste – no two palates are identical.

It all comes down to personal taste. Some taste of citrus, some of chocolate, some of hazelnut or walnut. You are likely to detect a hint of caramel in many decaf coffees, though – due to the roasting process.

 

Is Decaf Coffee Good For You?

There’s a lot of confusion about whether decaf coffee is bad for you, or is decaf coffee good for you? Well, in the main, it’s good for you. You get the pleasure and benefits of coffee, including the aroma and the taste. Just with less of the side effects from caffeine that are sometimes talked about.

While it may have been true that some of the chemicals used in the decaffeination process might not always have been the most benevolent substances you could ingest, many methods in use retain all the good bits of coffee. The antioxidants, the flavor – just not the same amount of caffeine.

 

So What Is The Best Choice?

We came. We sniffed. We sampled. We compared the amount of caffeine. And the convenience. And the brewing methods.

And above all, we compared the flavors. And we concluded – yes, our first choice is still Don Pablo. So, all that remains is to get brewing.

2LB Don Pablo Colombian Decaf - Swiss Water Process Decaffeinated - Medium-Dark Roast - Whole Bean Coffee - Low Acidity - 2 Pound (2 lb) Bag
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2LB Don Pablo Colombian Decaf - Swiss Water Process Decaffeinated - Medium-Dark Roast - Whole Bean Coffee - Low Acidity - 2 Pound (2 lb) Bag
  • All Natural Swiss Water Process decaffeinated Colombian Supremo
  • Caramel and cocoa with a hint of citrus. Smooth, clean finish with low acidity
  • Medium-Dark Roast - Whole bean Arabica Coffee - GMO Free
  • Artisan Roasted in Small Batches for Optimum Freshness
  • REFUNDABLE - Try Don Pablo Risk-Free: Buy now, and if you don't love our coffees, contact Burke Brands LLC directly through our Amazon Seller page, and we will happily refund your order.

Is Elevate Coffee Safe? Our Earnest & Energizing Elevate Coffee Reviews Help You Decide

Is Elevate Coffee Safe? Our Earnest & Energizing Elevate Coffee Reviews Help You Decide

“Elevate”. It’s such an elegant-sounding word. It comes from the Latin “elevatus”, meaning to lift or raise above the usual position. And we don’t know about you, but when it comes to lifting our spirits, coffee is our beverage of choice.

Caffeinated coffee is well known for its ability to raise levels of alertness. It’s also very popular for those who are attempting to lose weight. And coffee – black coffee, that is, without any cream or sugar or syrup added – has hardly black coffee.

Then there’s the next stage: the coffee drinks which are specifically designed to help you lose weight. Drinks like Elevate.

What Is Elevate Coffee?

Elevate Coffee is produced by the US-based company, Elevacity. If you’re looking for “a thousand smiles in every cup”, as the company has it, look no further. This micro-ground coffee contains a unique mix of what are called “nootropics”. The Elevacity company started life in Frisco, Texas, in 2014 and is still based in the Lone Star State.

These fat burners, choline, and amino acids it contains are all-natural. You’ll typically find them in foods that are high in protein, but sometimes it can be a little tricky to know if you’re getting all you need from your everyday diet. Nootropics are known to help with energy, memory, and mental clarity. And Elevate Coffee, also known as Elevate Smart Coffee, is packed with reviving ingredients with proven benefits.

Elevacity - Elevate Smart Coffee with Nootropics - Happy Coffee to Support Weight Loss, Mood, and Energy - 4.8 Oz Powder Mix, 30 Servings
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Elevacity - Elevate Smart Coffee with Nootropics - Happy Coffee to Support Weight Loss, Mood, and Energy - 4.8 Oz Powder Mix, 30 Servings
  • Elevate Smart Coffee is delicious tasting, micro-ground, functional coffee that contains a proprietary blend of Nootropic ingredients designed to assist with mental clarity, memory, and energy.*
  • Nootropics are all-natural amino acids, choline, and fat burners typically found in protein-rich foods but not always easy to get from diet alone.*
  • Elevate Smart Coffee helps with weight management and dieting by "hacking" your hunger cravings, satisfying your brain without the need for comfort foods.*
  • Enjoy Elevate Smart Coffee hot or cold, by itself or mixed into coffee or other beverage of your choice. Elevate Smart Coffee contains 130mg of caffeine per serving.
  • Our mission at Elevacity is simple – to provide you with the safest, most efficacious products to help you elevate your life. Products are formulated by a team of MDs, PhDs, Pharmacists, Chemists,...

 

What Is Smart Coffee?

You know those “nootropics” we mentioned just now? Well, they’re also sometimes referred to as “smart drugs”. They’re natural substances – or synthetic ones – which healthy people can take to improve mental performance. Caffeine is an example of a nootropic. Others include creatine, Panax ginseng, and, believe it or not, nicotine.

Smart Coffee offers a unique combination of ingredients and extracts to enhance your energy and suppress your appetite. While Elevate Coffee isn’t the cheapest dietary supplement on the market, one bag will provide around three and a half weeks’ worth of servings of stimulation in a cup. Just for clarity, that’s somewhere between 24 and 30 servings.

It’s not just a fat burner, though; it’s also marketed as a beverage that will allow you to have your memory boosted, cravings curbed, and mood elevated. It also claims you’ll see an increase in energy levels. And while that may seem a little far-out, when we started looking at the ingredients, we could see the foundation for the claims.

 

Elevacity Coffee – A Snippet

Elevacity was registered in 2014, and the company specializes in health and wellness products. Pretty much all the ingredients used in the products have documented health benefits.

We have to confess we love the wordplay in the company name as well. That’s whether you say Elevaci-tea, or Elevacity (as in electricity and elevate?). That’s our reading, anyway.

 

Elevate Coffee Ingredients – The Lowdown

We knew the ingredients were top-notch, but to reassure ourselves we took a peek at the January 2020 product label to confirm the ingredients. As well as the premium coffee itself, we found sunflower lecithin, PEA, organic cocoa, L-theanine, and A-GPC.

We’re just going to take a look at a few of those in more detail. Lecithin is a known emulsifier. Essentially, it means that fats are suspended, and prevented from mixing with other substances.

Then there’s PEA, or phenethylamine, to give it one of its many aliases. Like lecithin, it occurs naturally in the body, and can also be created synthetically. In the correct dosage amounts, PEA can help with athletic performance. It can also help with mood, weight loss, and attention.

 

Excellent Extracts

Moving on to the extracts section, we spotted Kucha tea, Griffonia simplicifolia, bacopa monnieri, green coffee bean, green tea, and cocoa bean. Plus chromium polynicotinate.

Kucha tea, also known as bitter tea, contains a substance known as theacrine. It’s thought to have similar effects to caffeine. Green coffee beans and green tea are both known to be packed with antioxidants.

Griffonia simplicifolia has also been shown to have positive effects on mood, while bacopa monnieri is often used in Ayurvedic medicine, often as a memory enhancer. And chromium polynicotinate is known to enhance the action of insulin in the body.

Another ingredient in Elevate Coffee is L-Theanine. While L-Theanine is an amino acid, its beneficial effects are mainly seen at higher doses. These benefits include increasing mental clarity and reducing levels of stress. And then, of course, there’s the caffeine.

 

Caffeine Content Of Elevate Coffee

It’s likely that Elevate Coffee will affect each individual differently, just as coffee does. In a single serving, which is a 0.16-ounce stick, you’ll find 0.1 ounces of espresso coffee, rich dark roast coffee, and green tea.

A single serving of Elevate coffee typically contains 140mg of caffeine. You can drink it as an instant coffee – you just add water. If you’re not using one of the pre-measured stick servings, then you need one level scoop of Elevate Coffee to every 4 to 8 fluid ounces of water or milk, cocoa, hot chocolate, or other fluid.

You might also sometimes see it listed as Elevate Brew. This dark-roast instant coffee, made with Colombian beans, focuses on cognitive function and weight loss, according to the company website. Colombian coffee is known for its clear, bright taste profile (although in Colombia, as in many other parts of the world, farmers are adapting to climate change by introducing new crops).

And if you’re wondering about the “dark roast” aspect of the beans, it’s all to do with the length of time that coffee beans are roasted. Beans are stored green, to minimize loss of taste and aroma, and roasted just before they’re shipped.

Elevate Coffee can be enjoyed as a coffee or as a dietary supplement. It’s not advisable, however, to take this supplement with other caffeinated drinks. Don’t add it to coffee – instead, opt for hot or cold water, milk, hot chocolate, or one of the many plant milk options now available. You might experience a slight aftertaste.

 

Is Elevate Coffee Safe To Drink?

As long as it’s used as directed, and not taken in excess amounts, consumers with no underlying health issues should find Elevate Coffee perfectly safe. While some countries are conducting further research into the PEA to ensure that the amounts are appropriate, in the USA none of the ingredients in the blend are banned officially. Nor are any designated as unsuitable for humans.

It’s long been known that caffeine can help you become more alert and “with it”. It’s also known to increase the heart rate in some people. And then there’s the green tea. As well as the antioxidant properties of green tea, some clinical studies suggest that it can give rise to slight weight loss in some obese or overweight adults.

 

Is Elevate Coffee Safe For Everyone?

Elevate Coffee is safe for most people. As ever, however, there are a few caveats. Pregnant women, or those who are breastfeeding, are advised not to drink Elevate Coffee. General advice when it comes to coffee is for expectant moms to keep caffeine consumption to a minimum.

Those under the age of 18 years should also avoid Elevate Coffee. And while it might seem like erring on the side of safety, those with pre-existing health conditions should consult a health professional first. Conditions include heart issues, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease.

Elevacity - Elevate Smart Coffee with Nootropics - Happy Coffee to Support Weight Loss, Mood, and Energy - 4.8 Oz Powder Mix, 30 Servings
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Elevacity - Elevate Smart Coffee with Nootropics - Happy Coffee to Support Weight Loss, Mood, and Energy - 4.8 Oz Powder Mix, 30 Servings
  • Elevate Smart Coffee is delicious tasting, micro-ground, functional coffee that contains a proprietary blend of Nootropic ingredients designed to assist with mental clarity, memory, and energy.*
  • Nootropics are all-natural amino acids, choline, and fat burners typically found in protein-rich foods but not always easy to get from diet alone.*
  • Elevate Smart Coffee helps with weight management and dieting by "hacking" your hunger cravings, satisfying your brain without the need for comfort foods.*
  • Enjoy Elevate Smart Coffee hot or cold, by itself or mixed into coffee or other beverage of your choice. Elevate Smart Coffee contains 130mg of caffeine per serving.
  • Our mission at Elevacity is simple – to provide you with the safest, most efficacious products to help you elevate your life. Products are formulated by a team of MDs, PhDs, Pharmacists, Chemists,...

 

Elevate Coffee Side Effects: What Do You Need To Know?

As we mentioned, any side effects of Elevate Coffee may vary between individuals, although the side effects we’ve come across in reviews from happy users are minimal. A very small number of Elevate Coffee drinkers might experience an upset stomach, diarrhea, or nausea, an increased heart rate, or appetite loss.

It’s also possible that Elevate Coffee might result in dizziness or headaches. It’s recommended that you don’t drink too much, but then that applies to ordinary coffee too. Most government-sanctioned dietary advisory bodies agree a maximum of 400mg of caffeine a day is the maximum suggested amount for an adult to consume.

And since one serving of Elevate Coffee contains, on average, around 140 mg of caffeine, just a couple of servings mean you’ll have ingested over half your daily “allowance”.

And if it’s weight loss you’re hoping for, don’t expect miracles. This might be an instant coffee, but it’s best not to expect instantaneous results.

 

Elevate Smart Coffee Reviews – What’s The Real Deal?

Elevate Coffee gets a pretty high approval rating overall. Those who’ve enjoyed its benefits speak of the convenience of the product, and the effect on their mood. Gym bunnies and those who enjoy physical activity also speak especially well of Elevate Coffee.

Some Elevate Coffee drinkers found it an effective part of their weight loss program, others less so. (We did say different people found it affected them differently.) And while some folk found there was a very slight but distinctive aftertaste, others didn’t notice it at all.

Many reviewers described the effect on their levels of alertness, which increased noticeably. And others said it reduced their food cravings, especially in between meals. Reviewers were, however, clear that this is not a cheap option.

 

Tell Me Where To Buy Elevate Coffee?

The best place to obtain your Elevate Coffee fix is via Amazon. As the world’s largest single online marketplace, Amazon is home to millions of transactions every minute. Since its first appearance in 1996, it has grown at an amazing rate – the marketplace alone is like an online bazaar, department store, and personal shopper all rolled into one.

You know you’ll always get a good deal via Amazon, as well as the fastest possible delivery, depending on availability. You can buy Elevate Coffee in various sizes although our favorite is the 6.6-ounce pack. (It does also come in those nifty little single serve sticks.)

 

Elevated Expectations?

If you’re looking to elevate your cognitive function, you’ll find this dietary supplement has a fast-acting effect. If, however, you’re looking for weight loss, by all means, incorporate Elevate Coffee into your diet, but don’t expect instant magic.

And don’t exceed the recommended dosage. With around 140mg of caffeine in each cup, you’ll find 1 serving per day, 2 at the most, more than enough. With those caveats in place, however, pop the kettle on, and let’s have a brew!

Elevacity - Elevate Smart Coffee with Nootropics - Happy Coffee to Support Weight Loss, Mood, and Energy - 4.8 Oz Powder Mix, 30 Servings
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Elevacity - Elevate Smart Coffee with Nootropics - Happy Coffee to Support Weight Loss, Mood, and Energy - 4.8 Oz Powder Mix, 30 Servings
  • Elevate Smart Coffee is delicious tasting, micro-ground, functional coffee that contains a proprietary blend of Nootropic ingredients designed to assist with mental clarity, memory, and energy.*
  • Nootropics are all-natural amino acids, choline, and fat burners typically found in protein-rich foods but not always easy to get from diet alone.*
  • Elevate Smart Coffee helps with weight management and dieting by "hacking" your hunger cravings, satisfying your brain without the need for comfort foods.*
  • Enjoy Elevate Smart Coffee hot or cold, by itself or mixed into coffee or other beverage of your choice. Elevate Smart Coffee contains 130mg of caffeine per serving.
  • Our mission at Elevacity is simple – to provide you with the safest, most efficacious products to help you elevate your life. Products are formulated by a team of MDs, PhDs, Pharmacists, Chemists,...

Top Of The Crops – Best Low Acid Coffee Options: We Review 10 Contenders

Top Of The Crops – Best Low Acid Coffee Options: We Review 10 Contenders

There are many reasons to seek out a low acid coffee. Some are health-related, others simply a matter of taste. Most coffees are naturally slightly acidic, however, so your choice might be a little constrained.

There are, however, some truly delectable and delicious options on the virtual grocery shelves. Come with us as we sample some of the best low acid coffee choices out there.

At A Glance: Our Top 5 Low Acid Coffee Brands Of 2021

For those of you who don’t have the time right now to read our complete guide, check out our top picks just below.

 

Simply The Best (Low Acid Coffee)

Our low acid single-origin Sumatran Gayo Coffee was our pick of the low acid coffee crops. The medium roast ground produces the maximum taste profile with the minimum acidity. It’s packed and sealed straight after roasting, so you know you’re getting super-fresh flavor.

 

Volcanica Sumatran Gayo Coffee 

Volcanica Sumatran Gayo Coffee, Ground, Low Acid, Fair Trade, Fresh Roasted, 16-ounce
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Volcanica Sumatran Gayo Coffee, Ground, Low Acid, Fair Trade, Fresh Roasted, 16-ounce
  • A fine Indonesian coffee that is delightfully smooth, described as sweet and clean with low acidity
  • Authentic Sumatran Coffee, Fair Trade Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified
  • Medium roasted ground coffee allowing the true flavor characteristic to come through for a remarkable taste.
  • Low Acid Coffee, Medium Roasted, Ground Coffee, Fresh roasted then immediately packed and sealed to assure freshness.
  • 100% Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

This delectable dark caffeinated drink has a clean, sweet taste, with a delightfully robust body. The aftertaste is gloriously syrupy. We also detected notes of cacao nib, caramel, peach, and wisteria. And okay, we might have just closed our eyes and stood for a few delighted minutes while we literally smelled the coffee.

This coffee is wet-processed before being sun-dried. It’s not only Fair Trade, but Rainforest Alliance certified. It’s not the cheapest on the market but it is extremely good value for money. This family company started life in a garage and now has its own roastery. It offers over 130 gorgeous specialty coffees.

 

Perfectly Pure And Palatable: Puroast House Blend 

Next up is this exceptionally pleasant House Blend from Puroast. Acidity levels for Puroast coffee are 70% lower than other coffees. Not only that, but it also has 7 times more antioxidants than you’ll find in green tea.

The company takes pride in working with local co-ops, gourmet shops, and natural food stores. Oh, and if you’re wondering about that “70% less” claim, Dr. Taka Shibamoto from the University of California at Davis tested the brewed coffee and found it had a pH of 7.99.

Puroast Low Acid Ground Coffee, House Blend, High Antioxidant, 2.5 Pound Bag
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Puroast Low Acid Ground Coffee, House Blend, High Antioxidant, 2.5 Pound Bag
  • 70% LESS ACID: Puroast low acid coffee is perfect for every coffee lover, especially those with heartburn, acid reflux and other gastrointestinal issues. However you prefer your coffee, Puroast offers...
  • 7X HIGHER ANTIOXIDANTS: It turns out there is a connection between antioxidant levels and how coffee is heated during roasting. Published research from UC Davis shows that Puroast coffee has 7X the...
  • PURE TO THE POUR: From our humble origins in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, Puroast's secret to crafting smooth, rich coffee is rooted in roasting the way that coffee growers do. We roast for...
  • FEEL BETTER, NEVER BITTER: Take on the daily grind with a smooth, aromatic cup of coffee that tastes great and makes you feel good! Our unique roasting method creates a low-acid blend that won't...
  • QUALITY IN EVERY CUP: Not all coffee is created equal. Our high elevation grown coffee beans are sustainably sourced, kosher and chemical/pesticide free, so you can feel great about what you're...

Interested in some serious coffee study? This university has a whole department dedicated to coffee science.

Wondering how many cups of coffee you’ll probably get from a 2.5-pound bag? It obviously varies according to your taste, but it’s around 28 to 30 cups on average. That’s using 1.5 scoops – each scoop is around 2 tablespoons.

 

Selectively Sublime: Cafe Don Pablo 

Like your low-acid coffee with a hint of chocolate? You’ll love the Subtle Earth organic gourmet coffee from Café Don Pablo. This medium-dark roast is USDA Organic Certified, and typically ships in 2-pound bags, either pre-ground or whole bean.

These 100% Arabica beans originate in the Marcala region of Honduras. No chemicals are used. The cherries themselves are used as fertilizer and for vermiculture (that’s earthworms to the rest of us). There are relatively few insects in the region, so insecticides are not used; instead, farmers use natural methods like planting peppers where necessary.

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2LB Subtle Earth Organic Coffee - Medium-Dark Roast - Whole Bean - Organic Arabica Coffee - (2 lb) Bag
  • Certified Organic by CCOF - 100% Arabica Coffee - GMO Free
  • 2LB - Whole Bean - Medium-Dark Roast
  • Rich and chocolatey with profound depth of flavor, velvety body, and low acidity
  • Origin: Honduras, Sharing Certified Program
  • REFUNDABLE - Try Don Pablo Risk-Free: Buy now, and if you don't love our coffees, contact Burke Brands LLC directly through our Amazon Seller page, and we will happily refund your order.

The brewed coffee has a lovely, deep flavor profile, with a hint of velvet in the body. As well as the chocolate, we detected caramel and honey. Don Pablo roast to order. There’s also a hint of vanilla in the aftertaste and a smidge of caramel. There’s a very palatable aftertaste, and there’s a choice of blends – light, medium-dark, and dark.

This company is proud of its family ties – the beans are grown, harvested, and processed in Colombia. Over a million coffee trees are managed under the Sharing Certified Program, and great care is taken to make sure that the coffee is 100% Arabica and not adulterated with past crop or sub-par beans.

 

Mellow Belly Beverages From Lovely Lucy Jo 

It’s hard to resist a coffee with a name like Organic Mellow Belly. So we suggest you don’t even try. Just give in to your instincts, brew up a cup (or a travel mug, or a pot), sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Lucy Jo’s Coffee Roastery, family-run and in Upstate New York, produces this lovely low acid organic blend, which ships in 11-ounce packs. There’s a sublimely subtle hint of dark chocolate in this blend, which has a lovely, round, smooth overall taste. Although the acidity is mild, the taste is strong. We got our best results with about 1.5 tablespoons of coffee to every 6 ounces of water.

Lucy Jo's Coffee, Organic Mellow Belly Low Acid Blend, Ground, 11 oz (11 OZ)
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Lucy Jo's Coffee, Organic Mellow Belly Low Acid Blend, Ground, 11 oz (11 OZ)
  • Certified Organic low acid coffee blend easy on the tummy
  • 100% Organic Arabica Beans from Indonesia and Brazil
  • Smooth, sweet and earthy, with a hint of spice
  • Small batch roasted by hand for optimum flavor in our family-run facility
  • One 11 oz bag of Ground Coffee

It combines 100% Arabica beans from single-origin plantations in Brazil and Indonesia. The coffee is hand-roasted in small batches and has an earthy, smooth, sweet flavor profile. It’s a delightful medium-dark roast and works very well in a French Press. The pH is around 5.5 to 5.7.

We liked the packaging too, with a bag that protects the coffee bag as well as an outer box. The aroma’s also pretty great.

 

Java Planet 

We’re sticking with Arabica, organic, and single-origin for our next choice, Java Planet. This USDA certified organic Guatemalan coffee is also Smithsonian Migratory Bird Friendly (SMBC) certified.

The beans are grown without pesticides, GMOs or chemicals. They’re packed with healthful antioxidants. The Guatemala medium roast coffee has hints of caramel, chocolate, and fruit. The date of the roast is marked on every pack.

Java Planet, Organic Coffee Beans, Guatemalan Single Origin, Gourmet Low Acid Medium Roast of Arabica Whole Bean Coffee, Certified Organic, Smithsonian Bird Friendly Certified, 1LB
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Java Planet, Organic Coffee Beans, Guatemalan Single Origin, Gourmet Low Acid Medium Roast of Arabica Whole Bean Coffee, Certified Organic, Smithsonian Bird Friendly Certified, 1LB
  • ☕ Our Second Most Popular Low Acid Coffee! This single-origin Guatemala coffee is grown in the Huehuetenango region. It is shade-grown under guava, plantain, and banana trees which give the coffee...
  • 😝 No Pesticides! We use only 100% organic certified arabica coffee whole beans, grown without chemicals or GMOs. In drinking our coffee you will only absorb beneficial antioxidants naturally found...
  • 🐦 Peace of Mind! In addition to being certified Organic, our Guatemalan is also certified Bird Friendly and Fair Trade. These certifications ensure that safeguards fair pricing, workers' rights,...
  • 🤩 Whole Bean is Better! We only package whole bean coffee for the best flavor and so you may grind your coffee for any brewer - regular drip, pour over, French press, espresso etc...
  • 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family Owned and Operated! We want you to be happy! If you are not satisfied with your coffee please contact us so we can make it right!

There’s a choice of sizes, 1 pound, 2 pounds, or 5 pounds. This coffee is only available as a whole bean pack, so you get to control the fineness of the grind. You’ll notice the benefits of the small-batch roast approach in the lack of bitterness or burnt flavor.

It typically takes about 4 months in total from the harvesting of the cherry to the receipt of the coffee. In the first 3 months, the cherries are harvested by hand, dried, rested, dry milled, and transported to the USA.

 

Verifiably Verena Street 

And now to another smooth medium roast, the Whole Bean Arabica Coffee from Verena Street. Yeah, we know. It’s a mouthful. But oh, such a delicious one.

The farms are Rainforest Alliance Certified, and once the beans have reached the USA, they are roasted and packed in Iowa. (Dubuque to be precise.) The coffee is decaffeinated via the Swiss Water method. This coffee is also Kosher certified by the Orthodox Union.

Verena Street 5 Pound Whole Bean Coffee, Medium Roast, Julien's Breakfast Blend, Rainforest Alliance Certified Arabica Coffee
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Verena Street 5 Pound Whole Bean Coffee, Medium Roast, Julien's Breakfast Blend, Rainforest Alliance Certified Arabica Coffee
  • 5lb. medium roast whole bean (80oz.); rich and bold with a smooth body and clean finish
  • Our signature coffee blend; exhibits a rich coffee flavor with low acidity and a smooth after taste
  • Sustainably sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms to protect farmers, wildlife and environment
  • Freshly roasted and packaged in Dubuque, Iowa at an independent, family owned coffee company
  • Kosher certified by the Orthodox Union, the world’s most trusted and recognized kosher certification

Blends have delightfully evocative names like Cow Tipper, Julien’s Breakfast Blend, Lock & Dam 11, Mississippi Grogg, and Sunday Roast Decaf. They’re all medium roasts, apart from Cow Tipper and Mississippi Grogg, which are flavored.

There are a couple of dark roasts too, with equally glorious names. Opt for Nine Mile Sunset, Shot Tower Espresso, and Sumatra. The taste of this coffee is glorious: creamy, dark, and smooth. Ideal proportions for a drip method are about a tablespoon of coffee to 6 ounces of water.

Pack sizes are 11 ounces, 12 ounces, 32 ounces, or 80 ounces. It’s not the cheapest option we looked at, but it’s worth it for the taste.

 

Peaky Blinder? Peak Performance Coffee 

Peak Performance is a Fair Trade, pesticide-free, single-origin, non-GMO medium roast. These beans are 100% Arabica and grown at high altitudes.

It’s USDA certified organic and ships in 12-ounce bags. It’s a measured medium roast although other variants are available too, like cold brew, decaf ground, and dark roast whole bean.

Peak Performance High Altitude Organic Coffee. Fair Trade, Non GMO, and Beans Full Of Antioxidants! Medium Roast Low Acid Smooth Tasting USDA Certified Organic Ground Coffee 12oz Bag
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Peak Performance High Altitude Organic Coffee. Fair Trade, Non GMO, and Beans Full Of Antioxidants! Medium Roast Low Acid Smooth Tasting USDA Certified Organic Ground Coffee 12oz Bag
  • Fair Trade - USDA Certified Organic - Single Origin - High Altitude. If We Could Make This Coffee Any Healthier We Would! Medium Roast. Also Comes With Free Special Report Called "How To Make The...
  • Healthy Coffee Rule #1) Always Go Organic. Why? Because conventional coffee is one of the most heavily treated crops. One of the many health risks is that they can act as "xenoestrogens" in your body...
  • Healthy Coffee Rule #2) Coffee Grown At High Altitude Is Better. Why? Because the higher the altitude the coffee is grown at, the denser the bean. You may have heard the term "Strictly Hard Bean"...
  • Healthy Coffee Rule #3) Single Origin Coffee Is Better. Why? Because while "Blended" Coffee like a "Breakfast Blend" might sound cool... there's a much higher likelihood that at least one of the bean...
  • Over 300,000 Happy Customers + 1-for-1 Donation To Vitamins Angels. Peak Performance is celebrating over 300,000 happy customers and we are also very proud of our 1-for-1 donation match program. For...

Oh, and if you’re wondering why high altitudes are such a good location for coffee growing, it’s connected to the fact that the higher the elevation, the denser the coffee bean. And SHB, which stands for “strictly hard bean”, tells you that these are particularly dense coffee beans.

In general, coffee that is grown at high altitude also has more antioxidants. And we’re sure we don’t need to convince you too much of how gloriously delicious single-origin coffee is. It has a lovely, smooth taste, and is very keenly priced.

If you’re worried about mold, don’t be. The coffee is tested not once, but twice, for signs of mold, and the importers and the company location are FSMA certified. Typically, beans are roasted then shipped (to Amazon) within a 24 to 48 time period.

 

Maternal Instinct: Mommee Coffee 

That saying about “Mother Knows Best” isn’t just a song from Disney’s take on Rapunzel. It definitely applies to Mommee Coffee, our next low acid coffee recommendation. Emilie was the mom who came up with the idea, in the course of a trip from San Francisco down to San Diego. (In case you’re wondering, that’s an 8-hour journey.)

The half-caff has a small amount of caffeine, so you get a little boost when you need it. It’s half-caff, organic, ground, Fair Trade, and water processed, and ships in 12-ounce packs.

Mommee Coffee - Half Caff, Low Acid Coffee | Ground, Organic | Fair Trade, Water Processed - 12oz.
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Mommee Coffee - Half Caff, Low Acid Coffee | Ground, Organic | Fair Trade, Water Processed - 12oz.
  • Half Caff - A small boost of caffeine for when you just need a little support
  • Designed for Moms - Guilt-free coffee for all stages of motherhood: trying to conceive, pregnancy, breastfeeding and beyond
  • Low Acid - Easier on your more-sensitive-than-usual stomach and your more-taxed-than-usual bones
  • Organic & Water-Processed - No harmful chemicals are used in our growing and decaffeination processes
  • Fair Trade Certified - Because we care about the health of your babies and the world they will grow up in

The low acid means you can enjoy it even if your stomach is playing up. Take additional reassurance from the fact it’s water processed – no nasty chemicals in this production! And it’s also a certified Fair Trade coffee. The beans are sourced from Columbia, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Peru. Per ounce, it’s not the cheapest choice, but the blend is sublime.

This coffee is five times lower in acid on pH levels alone, with 60% less chlorogenic acid. The pH levels are between 5.8 and 6 – 6 is the decaf version. Oh, and the decaf process is chemical-free. It uses water.

 

Fabulously Free: Tyler's Coffee 

We decided on Tylers Acid Free Organic for our next selection. It typically ships in 12-ounce bags and is marketed as the world’s first, indeed only, acid-free coffee. That’s right. Not low acid, but no acid.

It’s all to do with the roasting process – or “Z-Roasting”. It’s a relatively expensive coffee, but if you need the lowest acid coffee possible, it’s ideal. (Plus, you know, it tastes pretty good too.)

Tyler’s No Acid Organic Ground Coffee - 100% Arabica Full Flavor - Neutral pH - No Bitter Aftertaste - Gentle on Digestion, Reduce Acid Reflux - Protect Teeth Enamel - For No Acid Diets - 12 oz
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Tyler’s No Acid Organic Ground Coffee - 100% Arabica Full Flavor - Neutral pH - No Bitter Aftertaste - Gentle on Digestion, Reduce Acid Reflux - Protect Teeth Enamel - For No Acid Diets - 12 oz
  • ✔ THE CLEANER COFFEE … Ground low acid organic coffee is our whole foods initiative to enhance the health of coffee lovers across the world, without compromise to taste, quality, or tooth enamel.
  • ✔ A BETTER BELLY … Acid reflux can cause indigestion, bloating & other discomforts & health issues. Tyler’s is the only low acid organic coffee with near neutral pH suitable for acid-free diets.
  • ✔ TASTE MEETS HAPPINESS … Our secret roasting process strips harmful tannins & lipid acids present in every commercial coffee blend & enhances the aroma and flavor of select ground low acid...
  • ✔ A BREWED AWAKENING … Organic coffee ground low acid strikes a healthy balance. Finally, you can savor your morning coffee guilt-free, just the way you like it. No adverse effects or bitter...
  • ✔ 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE … We want to give you the most savory cup of organic coffee low acid you’ve ever tasted. But if you don’t love it, it’s free. Let us know and we’ll give you a...

The beans are single-source and come from the Chiapas in Mexico. The beans are USDA Organic Certified AAA, and they’re 100% Arabica. Nothing is added to these beans. There’s no compromise on caffeine content, either. The average 6 to an 8-ounce cup of coffee has around 95 to 100 mg of caffeine. Tyler’s, on average, has around 150-200 mg for the same amount.

We do need to draw your attention to the fact that you should use filtered or purified water with this coffee, however. And we also added a little coconut milk to reduce any risk of bitterness.

 

Fabulous Fusion: Tieman's Fusion 

Finally, we brewed up a lusciously lovely cup of Tieman’s Low Acid Dark Roast. We normally think of fusion in conjunction with the word cuisine, but it also applies to this deliciously divine whole-bean coffee.

There’s also a semi-dark roast decaf option, and a medium roast. Price-wise, it was one of our mid-range options at the time we sampled it. It comes packed in 10-ounce bags, either 1, 6, or 30 in a box. The average pH is 5.85%.

Tieman's Fusion Coffee, Low Acid Dark Roast, Whole Bean, 10 ounce bag
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Tieman's Fusion Coffee, Low Acid Dark Roast, Whole Bean, 10 ounce bag
  • Low acid, ultra smooth flavor, stomach settling benefits, with an average ph range of 5.85%
  • 100% premium Arabica coffee naturally fused with Matcha Green Tea for 5-7 hour sustained energy, no jitters; Rooibos Red Tea for stomach settling benefits, and Goji Berry powders with...
  • We use only 100% Arabica premium coffee from Central and South America
  • 5-times the body's daily requirement for anti-oxidant protection
  • 10 ounce bag of whole bean dark roast coffee making approximately 40-8 oz cups of coffee

The coffee is fused with matcha green tea, Rooibos red team, and goji berry powder. If you’re wondering why that’s such a big deal, the matcha is known for its antioxidant properties.

Rooibos is known to have stomach-settling properties. And goji berries are a “wonder food”, with anti-inflammatory aspects. If you’re at all sensitive to goji berries, one of the ingredients in this innovative blend, you might want to bear in mind that they’re high in lectins.

The coffee beans are grown in Central and South America and are 100% Arabica. On average you’ll get around 40 8 ounce cups out of a 10-ounce bag. You’re in charge of this one – you can grind the beans to the perfect consistency for whatever brewing method you’re using.

In terms of caffeine content, one average serving of the medium roast has 69 mg of caffeine. And those all-important pH levels are 5.75 for the decaf, 5.84 for the medium roast, and 5.97 for the dark.

 

Low Acidic Coffee Brands: How To Buy Well

First of all, while it might sound a little counter-intuitive, a light roast coffee will often be higher in acidity than a medium or dark roast. Other factors also come into play.

This includes the location of the coffee farm, as well as the altitude and soil acidity. Coffee grown in shady locations is also usually more acidic. Washing coffee beans also raises acidity.

 

Is Coffee Acidic Or Basic?

If you’re wondering what we mean by basic, it’s related to the pH scale. Anything below 7 is regarded as acidic; anything above is alkaline, or basic, also referred to as base. So, is coffee acidic or basic? Well, it’s to the acidic side of neutral, but not as much as other substances like wine or fruit juice.There are several different acids in coffee. Another question at the back of your mind might be is acid bad for you. And just how acidic is coffee, anyway? Well, most coffee has an acidity of between 4 to 5.

 

Is Decaf Coffee Acidic?

While decaf coffee, in general, is lower in acidity than ordinary varieties, you can have high acidity coffees that are low in caffeine, and high caffeine varieties that are low in acidity. So just because a coffee is decaffeinated, don’t assume that it’s automatically low in acidity. The key is the pH level.

We’re just going to explain the pH scale. Every substance we eat or drink will be somewhere between 1 (ultra-acidic – think hydrochloric acid) and 14 (ultra-alkaline – think drain cleaner). Water is usually a 7 on the scale. There are various ways you can check acidity, including test strips.

 

Suggestions On How To Make Coffee Less Acidic

Brewing methods affect the acidity of your final beverage. Hot brew coffee is usually more acidic than cold brew. Hot water releases the acids in the coffee, while cold water does not. If you’re using hot water, the temperature also makes a difference.

Opt for a medium or darker roast rather than light; the grind also makes a difference. More finely ground coffee generally produces a less bitter brew. The less time the beans spend in the water, the more acidity is released. (The cold brew method is usually something of an exception here.)

If you’re using a metal filter, try adding a paper filter. Another option is to add a little milk or creamer. If dairy isn’t an option, give coconut milk, rice milk or oat milk a try.

 

Coffee Acidity And Coffee Tamer

Back in 1996, one Ismail Macit Gurol took out a patent on what was described as a method “for reducing coffee acidity”. The trademark “Coffee Tamer” was registered in 2006.

All you do is add it to your coffee. A very few people might note a very slight aftertaste. Typically, you can buy packets of 400mg or a shaker bottle that contains 1.2 ounces of the powder.

There are other substances that you can use to make coffee less acidic, pretty close to an acid free coffee. Carefully crushed, dried eggshells added to coffee grounds can absorb some acidity. So can a little baking soda. Or salt.

 

Why Does Coffee Upset My Stomach?

Some research suggests stomach upsets can be caused by caffeine, catechols, and N-alkanoly-5-hydroxtryptamides. (Doesn’t that just trip off the tongue?) These little beauties are known to stimulate molecular mechanisms in the cells of the human stomach – cells responsible for acid secretion.

Our stomach acid is essential to allow us to digest and process our food and drink safely. The pH level of gastric acid is typically between 1.5 and 3.5.

 

Coffee And Acid Reflux

One condition that can cause issues is acid reflux. Symptoms can include heartburn, burning discomfort in the chest. And if this happens more than twice in a week, then you may have GERD, or acid reflux disease.

The lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, is a ring of muscle at the entrance to the stomach. Usually, when food passes through the LES, this valve closes immediately. If, however, it opens too frequently, or doesn’t completely close, the acid from the stomach might move up to the esophagus.

Several health conditions and dietary or medication habits can cause GERD. These include a hiatal hernia, being obese or overweight, and taking aspirin, ibuprofen or some muscle relaxants. Foods like tomato, chocolate, garlic, onions, or drinking alcohol, carbonated drinks, or coffee, can also cause issues.

 

How To Choose Low Acidity Coffee: What To Look For

There are many factors to consider when you’re deciding which low acidity coffee to plump for. The pH of the brewed coffee is important, as is the cost. Low acidity coffees typically run a little pricier than many everyday “run of the mill” coffees out there.

Then there’s the roasting process. Many of the low acidity coffees we looked at were roasted by hand in small batches. Whether the coffee is Fairtrade or not might be another deciding factor. Is it organic? Are other accreditations important – CCOF, Kosher, Rainforest Alliance, Smithsonian Bird Friendly?

 

Brilliant Brews

Another important consideration is your brewing method. Some methods, like percolators, produce relatively acidic coffee.

Some of our chosen coffees worked best with the drip method. Some also worked well with K-Cup reusable pods. It was often all in the grind.

 

What Is The Best Low Acid Coffee?

We’ve sniffed. We’ve compared. We’ve ground (where necessary). And we’ve brewed and tasted.

There are myriad reasons why you might be contemplating one of the low acidity coffee brands. That doesn’t mean you need to compromise on taste, or mouthfeel, or aroma.

All these are the main reasons Sumatran Gayo Coffee is our favorite low-acid coffee. You don’t need to compromise on any of the above. Plus it’s great value. That’s not to say the others aren’t fabulous too. We just liked this one best. So, pass the sugar, and drink on!

Volcanica Sumatran Gayo Coffee, Ground, Low Acid, Fair Trade, Fresh Roasted, 16-ounce
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Volcanica Sumatran Gayo Coffee, Ground, Low Acid, Fair Trade, Fresh Roasted, 16-ounce
  • A fine Indonesian coffee that is delightfully smooth, described as sweet and clean with low acidity
  • Authentic Sumatran Coffee, Fair Trade Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified
  • Medium roasted ground coffee allowing the true flavor characteristic to come through for a remarkable taste.
  • Low Acid Coffee, Medium Roasted, Ground Coffee, Fresh roasted then immediately packed and sealed to assure freshness.
  • 100% Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

The Best Home Coffee Roaster – An Honest Comparison Of Our Fabulous Top Five

The Best Home Coffee Roaster – An Honest Comparison Of Our Fabulous Top Five

If you’ve ever seen coffee cherries “in the wild”, you’ll know they look very different from the fragrant beans we associate with the world’s favorite caffeinated drink. In their natural form, the seeds of the cherries – which we know as coffee beans – are green and moist.

At A Glance: Our Top 5 Best Coffee Roasters Of 2021

Commercial coffee roasters have large specialized ovens to turn the cherries into coffee beans. But have you ever wondered about roasting your own coffee, in the comfort of your own home? We take a look at some of the very best home coffee roasters on the market.

Household Coffee Roasters Machine Electric Coffee Beans Roaster for Cafe Shop Home Use 500g (Upgrade 110V-120V)
Best Value
Fresh Roast SR540
Top Performer
KALDI Home Coffee Roaster Motorize Type Full Package Including Thermometer, Hopper, Probe Rod, Chaff Holder (Gas Burner Required)
Budget Option
Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster
NESCO 481825PR, Roaster Oven with Porcelain Cookwell, Stainless Steel, 18 quart, 1425 watts
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
13.7 x 13.7 x 6.3 in
14.72 x 8.35 x 8.35 in
14.1 x 8 x 22.1 in
9.9 x 6.4 x 3 in
24.75 x 16.75 x 9 in
Weight
6 lbs
4.7 lbs
9.2 lbs
12 ounces
17.5 lbs
Prime Benefits
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Household Coffee Roasters Machine Electric Coffee Beans Roaster for Cafe Shop Home Use 500g (Upgrade 110V-120V)
Product Name
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
13.7 x 13.7 x 6.3 in
Weight
6 lbs
Prime Benefits
Best Value
Fresh Roast SR540
Product Name
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
14.72 x 8.35 x 8.35 in
Weight
4.7 lbs
Prime Benefits
Top Performer
KALDI Home Coffee Roaster Motorize Type Full Package Including Thermometer, Hopper, Probe Rod, Chaff Holder (Gas Burner Required)
Product Name
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
14.1 x 8 x 22.1 in
Weight
9.2 lbs
Prime Benefits
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Budget Option
Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster
Product Name
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
9.9 x 6.4 x 3 in
Weight
12 ounces
Prime Benefits
NESCO 481825PR, Roaster Oven with Porcelain Cookwell, Stainless Steel, 18 quart, 1425 watts
Product Name
Amazon Rating
Dimensions
24.75 x 16.75 x 9 in
Weight
17.5 lbs
Prime Benefits
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And The Winner Is… 

Our Winner: Fresh Roast SR540 

You know we hate to keep you in suspense any longer than we need to. So now you know – we reckon the best home coffee roaster is the Fresh Roast SR540.

You can roast a decent amount of coffee beans at any one time. It’s easy to use and good value for money. There’s even a nine-way adjustment you can make on the settings to get just the right roast for you.

Fresh Roast SR540
359 Reviews
Fresh Roast SR540
  • Real-Time Temperature Display
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Roast 4oz/ 120 Grams
  • 9 Levels of Heat and Fan Settings
  • US 120V Certified only for US and Canada

 

Domestic Bliss - Jiawanshun Household Coffee Roaster 

The Household Coffee Roaster Machine is designed for a domestic setting, but it might also be suitable for a small coffee shop. It’s perfect for roasting between 11 and 18 ounces of coffee beans at a time, and you can also use it for nuts, peanuts, and popcorn. Amounts vary depending on what you’re roasting.

The temperature can be adjusted from 0 to 240 degrees, giving you great control over the items you’re roasting, and the food-grade coating reassures you that it’s safe to use and easy to clean.

Household Coffee Roasters Machine Electric Coffee Beans Roaster for Cafe Shop Home Use 500g (Upgrade 110V-120V)
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Household Coffee Roasters Machine Electric Coffee Beans Roaster for Cafe Shop Home Use 500g (Upgrade 110V-120V)
  • 1.【500g family capacity】Up to 500g/17.6oz/1.1lb can be baked at a time, the best baking capacity is 300-500g, temperature adjustment is 0-240℃(33-464℉), the appropriate temperature can be...
  • 2.【Excellent transparent cover】The top transparent cover has 4 vent holes, and the strong aroma of beans is continuously emitted through the holes. Every time you hear a popping sound, you can...
  • 3.【Becoming a coffee roast lover】Owning a coffee roaster is the prerequisite for becoming a coffee lover. When you have your own coffee roaster, you can not only roast coffee beans of various...
  • 4.【Multi-function】Not only can you use it to roast coffee beans, your families can also use it to roast pecans, almonds, peanuts,sunflowers,popcorn, etc. This nut roaster can meet the roasting...
  • 5.【Easy to clean and store】After the heating unit has cooled down, please use a rag to clean the bean chaff and grease in the machine, and the lid can be cleaned with water. The machine size is...

The second crack in this machine takes about 25 minutes. On average, it’ll take about 40 minutes for a dark roast of around 18 ounces of raw coffee. After about 35 minutes, the moderate roast is complete.

Once the beans are baked to your satisfaction, sieve any silver residue, or use a hairdryer on a cool setting to bring the temperature of the beans down. The machine has a one year warranty on all parts as long as it is used in line with manufacturers’ recommendations.

This roaster has also been used to roast sesame seeds and hazelnuts, but make sure you clean it well before you go back to coffee to avoid any unwanted flavors.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

Ideal for batches of between 11 and 18 ounces of coffee beans

Can also be used for nuts, seeds, and popcorn

Lining is food-grade Teflon and very easy to clean

Easy to see how the roasting of the beans is progressing through the transparent cover

Temperature can be adjusted to 240 degrees

What we don't like

✗ Relatively flimsy build quality

✗ No digital temperature control

 

Pick Of The Coffee Crop Roasters – SR540 

So you already know that “new kid on the block” SR540 was our “roaster of choice”. Now we get to tell you in a little more detail why.

We love the real-time temperature display, one year warranty, and the 9 levels of settings for the heat and fan. It’s really easy to adjust the fan, heat, and roasting time – you just push the knob. The roasting chamber is larger, so you can roast 4 ounces of beans at a time.

Fresh Roast SR540
359 Reviews
Fresh Roast SR540
  • Real-Time Temperature Display
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Roast 4oz/ 120 Grams
  • 9 Levels of Heat and Fan Settings
  • US 120V Certified only for US and Canada

And the real-time temperature read-out option gives you huge amounts of control over your roast. Just turn the knob to the right. We found that the fan needed to be set at around a 6 for optimum movement of the beans. And a heat setting of 8 or above was best for roasting. Around 9 minutes at the highest heat setting results in a medium roast, and it took around 45-55 minutes for 4 batches.

Our only slight disappointment was that chaff baskets and top lids from earlier SR roasting models wouldn’t fit. We were pleased, though, to find out that it’s pretty easy to get replacement lids for the chaff collector. You might need to supplement the chaff collector with a colander to collect the roasted beans. During the roasting process, you don’t need to worry about stirring.

You get a handy cup to make sure you don’t overfill the roaster – once you’ve filled it four times, that’s plenty for a batch. The measuring cup is around one tablespoon, capacity wise. It measures 14.7 by 8.3 by 9.3 inches and weighs just 4.75 pounds.

The default timer is 8 minutes although we found that the first crack from the roasted beans was often a little before that. We liked the hands-on approach you had to take with this roaster.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

Wide roasting chamber

It’s possible to change the default start settings

Relatively little smoke

Ships with a measuring cup to make sure you don’t overfill the roaster

What we don't like

✗ Top lids and chaff baskets from earlier SR roasters won’t fit the SR540

✗ One year warranty valid only if shipping stays within the USA

 

KALDI Coffee Roasting Machine 

And so to our top performer. With the KALDI Home Coffee Roaster not only do you get the roaster, but it also ships with a thermometer, hopper, and probe rod; you even get a chaff holder. It’s not the cheapest machine we looked at, but you do get a lot for your dollars.

The name alone made us smile – Kaldi is the putative name of the original coffee aficionado. Legend has it that his goats were responsible for drawing attention to the invigorating effects of coffee beans.

KALDI Home Coffee Roaster Motorize Type Full Package Including Thermometer, Hopper, Probe Rod, Chaff Holder (Gas Burner Required)
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KALDI Home Coffee Roaster Motorize Type Full Package Including Thermometer, Hopper, Probe Rod, Chaff Holder (Gas Burner Required)
  • KALDI Motorize Coffee Roaster
  • Gas Burner Required
  • Body, Thermometer, Hopper, Probe Rod, Chaff Holder Included
  • Free Volt Adapter Included

We really liked that this can run on AC or DC. It’s made of stainless steel; the thermometer goes up to 482 degrees Fahrenheit. You can roast around 7 ounces of coffee at a time (the maximum is 8.8 ounces).  The whole machine measures 14.1 by 8 by 22.1 inches, with the dimensions of the stirring drum 4.72 inches by 4.53 inches, and a thickness of 0.8 inches. It weighs about 9.2 pounds ounces in total – this is a serious machine.

The roast time is easily adjustable from 10 minutes to over 15 minutes, and it’s suitable for use in a domestic setting with a gas burner and range hood. The open end of the drum is angled upwards, avoiding spilling of beans when rotating, and it’s super easy to hear the first and second cracks in the drum opening.

You even get a trier (probe rod) to allow you to sample beans while roasting. You get a good, rapid roast if you simply leave the burner set on medium. The convection airflow is very decent.

Plus, there’s only minimal maintenance required – cleaning of the chaff collector and surface. It’s a good idea to have fire-resistant gloves or oven mitts to hand though as this really does get hot.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

Roaster ships fully assembled

Packaging is well designed

Copper drum sleeve can be removed

Adjustable roast time

Minimal maintenance

What we don't like

✗ The drum rotation is on the noisy side

✗ The housing becomes very hot

✗ Thermometer that ships with the roaster isn’t always as precise as it needs to be

 

Best Budget Buy – Nuvo Eco 

If it’s a budget option you’re looking for, look no further. The Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster really helps stretch the pennies. You can roast between one ounce of beans and 2.5 ounces at a time – we found about an ounce gave the best results.

The waffle-shape of the internal structure means you know you are always going to get a great equal roast. The opening at the back means you can enjoy the lovely cracking noise that tells you your beans are roasting well.

Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster
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Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster
  • Material: Body- Ceramic, Grip-Genuine cowhide
  • Eco Ceramic Roaster: 100% ceramic
  • Waffle-shaped internal structure: equal roasting
  • Can enjoy a popping sound due to the rear hole
  • ontent: 1xCeramic Handy Roaster, Made in Korea

It measures 9.9 by 6.4 by 3 inches and weighs just 12 ounces. (It’s 1.15 pounds with shipping.)  The machine ships with a scoop to help you get just the right measurements. The body is 100% ceramic, so the heat conductivity is excellent. This is not, however, suitable for use with induction stovetops. The grip is made from genuine cowhide.

You’re likely to find around 10 minutes will result in a decent roast; if you’re using a gas burner, then the coffee will have reached the first crack and be about to start the second crack within that time. You need to keep a careful eye on the beans once they’ve reached the dark roast stage to make sure they don’t burn.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

Easy to clean with a small brush (such as a soft toothbrush)

Waffle-shape of the interior makes for even roasting

Super easy to hear the “crack” of your beans

Great for camping

Exceptional value for money

What we don't like

✗ You can’t see the beans roasting

✗ The handle is very short

✗ Only relatively small amounts of beans can be roasted at a time

 

In Need Of A NESCO? Try The 4818-12 For Size 

Our final contender for the title of the best home coffee roaster is the NESCO 4818-12. This classic 1425 watt roaster oven has a porcelain cookwell; the one we looked at was a mouth-watering red, with a capacity of 18 quarts, or around 692 fluid ounces.

You might think that the Nesco Roaster is only suitable for Thanksgiving turkey. Well, think again – not only is it ideal for roasts, cookies, cakes, pies, and stews – you can also use it to roast coffee.

NESCO 481825PR, Roaster Oven with Porcelain Cookwell, Stainless Steel, 18 quart, 1425 watts
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NESCO 481825PR, Roaster Oven with Porcelain Cookwell, Stainless Steel, 18 quart, 1425 watts
  • Exclusive "Circle of Heat" heating element
  • Removable coated steel cookwell
  • Adjustable thermostat to 425 degrees
  • Stainless Steel Body and Lid
  • 18-Quart capacity

This NESCO coffee roaster is available in other sizes and other colors – including stainless steel, silver/black, silver, and red/white/blue. It performs all oven functions except for broiling, and the temperature can be adjusted up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s a super-useful indicator light that turns off when the roaster gets to the appropriate temperature.

The cookwell surface is scratch-resistant, and also resists chips, corrosion, scratches, and stains. We love the unique “circle of heat’ heating element and the fact that the porcelain cookwell is removable. The dome of the cover is extra-high.

It measures 15.5 inches by 11.75 inches high, by 22 inches deep and weighs around 15.7 pounds. The removable steel rack has lift-out handles and the Circle of Heat technology makes for an even cooking experience.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

Circle of Heat technology makes for an even cooking experience

Very versatile

Available in a range of colors

Indicator light tells you when the roaster reaches the right temperature

Extra high dome

What we don't like

✗ Roaster needs to be cured for 60 minutes before first use

✗ Not a dedicated coffee roaster so a little trial and error will be required

 

Brilliant Behmor Coffee Roaster Overview 

While it’s not available right now, we need to give the Behmor 5400 1600 Plus Customizable Drum Coffee Roaster an honorable mention. You can roast up to a pound of beans at a time, and there are five customizable settings.

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  • Roast upto 1 pound per batch, five customizable roast profile settings, and manual roasting override

 

Best Home Coffee Roasters – Buying Guide

We’ve looked at five of the best in detail. Certain principles apply no matter what coffee roaster you choose.

 

Is The Effort Worth It To Roast Your Own Coffee?

If you’ve got the time and facilities to roast your own coffee, you’ll notice the difference at once. Still not sure? Think of the difference between fresh pasta and dried pasta.

There’s room for both, depending on your circumstances, but if you have the time, fresh is generally agreed to be best. Plus, it’s fun.

 

How To Choose Coffee Beans

As with any culinary activity, the key is to start with the best ingredients – in this case, green beans. In an ideal world, you’d try the beans first, but if that isn’t practical, there are a few things to bear in mind.

Start with the origin of the beans and the likely flavor profile. If you like a coffee that will produce a good dark roast, then Indonesia or Sumatra varieties might suit you.

For peaberry, try Kenya or Rwanda. There are some especially good decaffeinated varieties from Colombia or Ethiopia, and for a versatile all-rounder, we suggest Costa Rica or Mexico.

 

How To Choose Your Home Coffee Roaster Machine

You’ve found your supplier. You’ve decided on a flavor profile. Now it’s time for a little natural magic.

First, decide on your equipment. Do you need a home coffee roaster for use over a flame or gas burner? Or would you rather have an electric device?

How much space do you have available? How good is the ventilation in your kitchen? What are you going to do with the chaff that roasting produces? How much do you want to spend, how much are you going to roast at any given time, and how much time do you have for maintenance?

Assuming all of those questions have been answered, let’s get on with the task in hand. Most dedicated home coffee roasters will either provide you with a measuring scoop or give you very clear instructions on how much coffee to use.

Measure out your beans, consult your manual to see the best way to load your machine, and set the temperature, timer, and in some cases, the fan. It’s going to take a little trial and error at first, probably – but then, as with all things coffee, it’s as much an art as a science.

 

Light, Medium Or Dark – Your Guide To Roast Levels

At first, the beans will stay a sort of greenish color. Gradually, the green will give way to a light shade, not unlike that of hay, or peanuts. You’re likely to smell hints of hay or grass.

What you’re looking for next is the first crack. The surface of the bean becomes wrinkled as it dries out. You’re likely to smell toast or baking, and you’ll notice steam arising from the beans. And then you’ll hear it – that distinctive first crack.

Sugars are released. Water escapes. And if you like a delicate light roast, this is the time to stop the roasting process and progress to the next stage. (We outline it below in “Basic Steps”.)

If, however, you prefer a medium, medium-dark, or dark roast, then you need to keep going. It’s really up to you.

 

How Long Does It Take To Roast Your Own Coffee?

Depending on how dark a roast you want, the amount of time you need to spend roasting the coffee beans may vary between devices. Typically, however, for a small batch, you can expect the process to take around 10 minutes. For larger batches, you’re likely to need around 15 or 16 minutes.

Once caramelization has occurred, then you’re really listening for the second crack. The beans expand. The color darkens. And there’s a second, audible crack. We don’t recommend continuing to roast beyond that second crack, especially if you’re new to home roasting.

 

How To Roast Coffee Beans – The Basic Steps

So we’ve talked about measuring the beans, adding them to the roaster, setting the temperature, time, and fan. You’ve listened for one or two cracks. You’ve watched the color deepen and you’ve smelled the glorious scents of freshly roasting coffee. And now your beans are ready for the next part of the process.

You now need to remove the coffee beans from the roaster and add them to a metal colander. You know how an omelet or scrambled eggs keep cooking that little while longer, even when removed from the stove?

Well, the same applies to coffee beans. There’s a substantial amount of latent heat. This really is the bit where artistry and practice come in as you probably want to remove the beans from the roaster just before they reach your optimum roast.

The next stage is to cool the beans. You may have purchased a home coffee roaster that incorporates a fan; if not, you need to get the temperature down.  Slowly. We even know of folk who use fans or even hairdryers on a very cool setting. This blows away the chaff. (For obvious reasons, we’d recommend doing this outside.)

Once your beans have cooled to room temperature or below, think about storage. Around a day’s venting should get rid of any stray carbon dioxide before they’re stowed away snug and safe in an airtight container. If you’re going to use your beans for espresso, we’d recommend a few days of venting.

Once your roasted beans are stored in a cool, dry, airtight container, they should stay good for around 6 months. The same applies to unroasted green beans.

 

Is It Worth It, Roasting Your Own Coffee?

While it depends on your own circumstances, roasting your own coffee gives your brew a truly personal touch. So yes, we think it’s worth it. (Obviously not if you’re in a mad rush, but if you’ve got a little time to spare, then yes, give it a go. And with the new model best home coffee roasters out there now, it’s easier than ever.

Since at least one of the home coffee roasters we investigated offered an option to make popcorn, you might be wondering, can I roast coffee beans in a dedicated popcorn maker? Well, the answer’s no.

 

Best Home Coffee Roaster – Our Verdict

Our Winner: Fresh Roast SR540 

We loved putting this selection of the best coffee roasters through their paces. While they all essentially get you to the same end result – delicious roasted coffee beans, ready to grind – they all offer slightly different features.

For ease of use and overall performance, our choice of five remains the Fresh Roast SR540. It’s great value, you get a decent amount of space to roast, and above all, the beans come out tasting, and smelling, utterly delicious. So, really, wake up and smell the coffee!

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Coffee In A Pod? Find The Best Nespresso Reusable Capsules [The Greener Solution]

Coffee In A Pod? Find The Best Nespresso Reusable Capsules [The Greener Solution]

Coffee pods are an ultra-convenient way to get your daily dose of delicious Joe (as it were). It’s fresh, the temperature’s just right, and it’s perfect for a single serving.

At A Glance: Our Top 4 Reusable Nespresso Pods Of 2021

Recycling or disposal of the pods can, however, be a headache. Besides, you’re limited to the flavors and varieties the manufacturers make available.

This is where Nespresso reusable pods, or Nespresso refillable pods if you prefer, come in. Using reusable capsules means you can also take advantage of decaffeinated varieties. We investigated eight best options, though you can find the 4 best below.

 

Which Nespresso Reusable Capsules Came Out Best?

Our Winner: Recaps Capsules

We’re not going to waste time prevaricating. (There’s coffee to be drinking, after all!)

Our overall winner? Recaps stainless steel refillable capsules, compatible with Nespresso Original Line machines. You get 3 pods, 120 lids, and 1 tamper.

They’re durable, easy to use, and great value for money. Plus, they fit pretty much any OriginalLine Nespresso coffee maker.

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  • 5.Item Included: 3*Pods + 120*Seals(Diameter:37mm) + 1*Tamper + 1*Plastic Scoop + 1*Brush.

Recaps are our favorite, then. The pods aren’t compatible with every Nespresso machine, but with the majority. That includes CitiZ, CitiZ Milk, Concept, Breville Creatista Plus BNE800BSS, Essenza mini, most of Inissia, Lattissima and Lattissma+, most of Le Cube, Gran Maestria and Maestria, Nespresso Creatista Plus, most of Pixie series, and U&Umilk.

They aren’t compatible with the VertuoLine range, or with Dolce Gusto machines. If you’re not sure whether the pods will work with your machine, contact the company.

The 3-pod pack ships with 120 lids and 1 tamper. Both pods and tamper are stainless steel and each pod holds around 0.176 ounces of coffee. We found it wasn’t a good idea to overfill – leaving a little space at the top reduces the likelihood of water leaking.

What’s in the box? As well as the pods, tamper, and seals (diameter 1.46 inches), you get a brush and a plastic scoop.

 

Sealing The Deal With Seal Pods 

Our second option involved the Seal Pod Reusable Nespresso Capsules. While these pods are compatible with the OriginalLine Nespresso machines, this does mean the later models. The Nespresso D series from the 1990s are not compatible.

There are 2 pods in the pack and 100 lids. The foil Espresso Lids allow pressure to build up in the capsule during the brewing process. You even get crema.

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Seal Pods help you enjoy coffee in an economic and sustainable way. Stainless steel means the pods will last a lifetime. They’re easy to fill, and the lids fit well.

The Seal Pods ship with lids, a scoop, and silicone FreshCovers. You can buy additional lids. We love that you can pre-fill the capsules with grounds, pop a FreshCover over the top, and have it ready to go as you need.

You’ll get the best results with a fairly fine grind. For stronger coffee, use a finer grind or espresso bean. We also found making a small number of pinpricks around the outside of the lid next to the metal lip improved the flow of water.

 

Coffee With I Cafilas 

We love the sound of our next choice, and we were pretty impressed with the capsules themselves too. Staying with stainless steel, the i Cafilas refillable crema coffee capsule pods have reusable lids. The pods come with O-rings for a perfect fit. You need to allow about an eighth of an inch space between the top of the pod and the lid.

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  • 3,Crema coffee style design,Advantage than others reusable capsules,you will get more crema on your cup of coffee by Several tests
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The pods are compatible with most Nespresso machines, but won’t work with the D110 or Prodigio Krups, Dolce Gusto or Nespresso Vertuoline models. The capsules ship with a coffee spoon and a small cleaning brush. They’re super easy to clean, all you need to do is rinse out the pod. They’re also very keenly priced.

 

Is It A Kind Of Magic? Well, Alchemy, Anyway 

If you’re entertaining and need to have more than a pod or two on hand, this pack of 6 Alchemy Bar Goods will be ideal. These refillable Nespresso capsules work with OriginalLine coffee makers and any type of coffee. The refillable Nespresso pods are the same shape as the usual Nespresso pods, only with a flip-top lid so you can use your own coffee.

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Each pod holds between 0.176 and 0.21 ounces of ground coffee – use the scoop for best results. The capsule incorporates a micro-mesh filter. It’s dishwasher safe and very durable. There’s no BPA either and the stainless steel is food grade.

The seals are effective, but they’re not vacuum sealed in the same way the single-use pods are. You can fill the capsules in advance and store to be used later, but it’s not recommended to leave them too long.

 

Coffee Capsule Capmesso 

We’re staying with the stainless-steel theme for our next choice, the Capmesso coffee capsule. This refillable capsule is compatible with the Vertuoline GCA1 as well as the Delonghi ENV135.

It’s not, however, compatible with the OriginalLine. (The two types of pod are shaped very differently.) As well as the single coffee pod, you get a spoon and a cleaning brush in the package.

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The food-grade stainless steel is super-durable and rust-resistant. The coffee filter is precise and produces a delicious brew. You can have a 2.5-ounce cup of excellent espresso in around a minute with this system, or buy a separate pod to produce an 8-ounce serving of coffee.

The pod will hold 0.22 ounces of grounds. You’ll get up to 10,000 uses out of each pod. (Fine and medium espresso should give you the best results, although opt for too fine a grind and you’ll likely find your filter blocked.) The silicone gasket ring minimizes the chance of messy leaks while your coffee brews.

 

Great Geesta 

We’ve looked at the various refillable pods available, so let’s examine the most essential accessory – the seals. Geesta’s reusable foil seals are compatible with the Nespresso Vertuoline range and come in packs of 80. You also get a brush, a holder, and a scoop to help you measure out just the right amount of coffee.

The foil is food-grade and very resilient – no ripping here during the brewing process, thank you! There’s also an ergonomically shaped wooden holder to help you attach the foil quickly, correctly, and securely. Just use the reference notch as a guide. The seals line up with Vertuoline Nespresso pods without covering up the barcode.

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It’ll take less than a minute to refill the capsule ready for a grand brew. Use the wooden holder to attach the foil, use the brush handle around the inside of the rim to flatten and secure the seal. Then just pop the pod into the machine, and hey presto! Coffee time.

Once you’ve used the pod, just remove the seal, empty the grounds, rinse the capsule, and you’re all ready to repeat the process.

 

Alchemy Bar Goods 

We’re sticking with food-grade stainless steel for our next set of reusable Nespresso capsules, and if 6 are too many, opt for the Alchemy Bar Goods pack of 3, compatible with the OriginalLine Nespresso machines. That’s the coffee makers that use the classic pods.

These pods produce a decent crema, and the stainless steel of the capsule means the taste of the coffee is not affected. One of the most distinctive features of these pods is that they are super-easy to clean; just a quick 20-second brush and simultaneous spray with water will keep the pod running clear.

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This is another OriginalLine compatible pod, and there’s even a 1-year warranty. What’s in the box? You get 3 reusable pods, 150 foil lids, a scoop, and a brush.

The case is well designed, and you can keep everything in it, and everything in its place; the scoop is just the right size to get coffee into the pods; and the rubber seals are bright orange so you can spot them easily. (Though make sure you know where they are when you’re emptying the grounds!)

 

Brilliant Bluesea 

No need to feel blue with the Bluesea Coffee Capsules, designed for the Vertuoline GCA1 and the Delonghi ENV150 Coffee Maker. (We couldn’t get it to work in the VertuoPlus.)

These rust-resistant stainless-steel pods are easy to clean and durable and work with most Vertuoline Nespresso coffee machines. The capsule holds approximately 0.32 of coffee grounds, and fine coffee gives the best results, although beware of it being too fine.

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The package includes a brush, spoon, and coffee capsule – there’s a choice of espresso serving, at 2.5 ounces, or coffee cup, 7.5 fluid ounces. You do need to reset your machine for a full serving of coffee (around 6 ounces). We also tried it with tea and it was surprisingly successful.

 

Best Buy – What To Know Beforehand

All reusable Nespresso pods are not created equal. Some are food-grade stainless steel, some aluminum, some plastic.

Lids vary too. Some have sticky labels, others have silicon bands or gaskets to keep the lids in place. Some even come with special gadgets to make sure you can position the lids perfectly.

Then there’s size. Some allow you to add enough coffee to make an espresso; others a full cup of coffee.

What coffee machine do you have? Is it OriginalLine or VertuoLine? And which model? Make sure your model is compatible with the pod you choose.

 

How Do You Use Nespresso Reusable Pods, Anyway?

Typically you need to make sure the pod is clean and dry, and fill it on a flat surface. Most pods ship with a scoop, so use that to get the measurements right. (It’ll probably take a few attempts.)

Tamp the coffee down, making sure you leave a little space between the top of the coffee grounds and the lid itself. Add the lid. You’ll almost always get the best results with a grind that’s fine, but not too fine.

Pop the pod into the coffee maker. Make sure your favorite cup is in place. Then simply choose the brewing option you want on your machine.

Remove the capsule as soon as you can to take off the label and rinse the pod. Some of them are dishwasher-safe, some just need a quick spray and gentle brush.

 

Why Can’t You Just Reuse The Nespresso OriginalLine Capsules?

You might be wondering if you can’t simply reuse the OriginalLine capsules. There are several reasons why not.

First of all, the standard pods are designed for single use. They simply won’t withstand multiple uses. (Did you know that the inventor of the Nespresso system was an engineer?)

Secondly, as you’ll know if you’ve ever taken a Nespresso pod apart, they’re not the easiest devices either to empty or to refill.

Thirdly, the lids available are designed for use with reusable pods. They’re not suitable for reuse with standard pre-packed pods.

Finally, you risk damaging your coffee maker.

 

The Ecology Argument

Possibly one of the main arguments for swapping to reusable coffee pods is sustainability, an area where the Nespresso company has recently made huge progress. You can reuse refillable pods many hundreds of times before they need replacing.

You can ensure they’re well-sanitized before use. And you can add exactly the amount of coffee you like to the pods, within limits.

Often, you can even choose a different size. Opt for either an espresso shot size or a standard 6-ounce serving.

 

What Are The Best Reusable Coffee Pods?

Our Winner: Recaps 

We’ve looked at OriginalLine. We’ve looked at Nespresso Vertuoline refillable pods. We’ve looked at lids. We’ve looked at maintenance.

And we’re happy to announce that, if the question is, which are the best Nespresso refillable capsules, our final answer stands. Recaps are our first choice. They’re effective, efficient, durable, food-grade stainless steel, and easy to clean. Above all, they make your coffee taste delicious.

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Yearning For Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee? We Compare And Contrast Ten Of The Best

Yearning For Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee? We Compare And Contrast Ten Of The Best

You probably already know geography makes a huge difference to the taste of that gorgeous, fragrant beverage that splashes into your coffee cup. The elevation of the growing site above sea level, the soil, the way the beans are roasted – all of these affect the taste too.

At A Glance: Our Top 5 Yirgacheffe Coffees Of 2021

Let’s take a little trip to Ethiopia (in our imagination, anyway). Did you know it was apparently the coffee cradle of the world, according to the legend? And one of the most distinctive Ethiopian coffees is Yirgacheffe, known for its unique, flowery flavors. But when it comes to Yirgacheffe, how do you choose the best Ethiopian coffee? We highlight the top 5 below.

 

Top Of The Coffee Charts: Volcanica Ethiopian Coffee 

Okay, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. Of the ten Yirgacheffe coffees we selected, our overall winner was Volcanica. It’s organic and fresh roasted, and the delicious aroma of the whole beans is detectable from yards away.

We’ve mentioned the lovely, flowery undertones you’ll encounter in this coffee. Volcanica is notable for its hints of strawberry and cinnamon. This is a delicious medium roast. The beans are harvested from wild coffee trees and roasting takes place in the company’s own facility in Atlanta, Georgia.

There’s just the right amount of acidity in this delectable blend. As well as the cinnamon and strawberry, there are elements of chocolate, lavender, cedar, and pineapple guava. It’s full-bodied with a robust mouth-feel and there’s even a hint of wine in there.

Volcanica Ethiopian Coffee, Yirgacheffe Region, Organic, Whole Bean, Fresh Roasted, 16-ounce
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Volcanica Ethiopian Coffee, Yirgacheffe Region, Organic, Whole Bean, Fresh Roasted, 16-ounce
  • 100% Pure Ethiopian Coffee Beans - Yirgacheffe, Medium-bodied and brilliantly acidy with rough, fruity or winy tones. Thick body and an earthy aroma coupled with lemon, blueberry and blackberry notes.
  • Organically grown, Medium/Light Roast whole beans allowing the true flavor characteristic to come through for a remarkable taste.
  • Fresh roasted then immediately packed and sealed to assure freshness.
  • 100% Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed.

 

Fresh Roasted Coffee Organic 

Moving on, we investigated Fresh Roasted Coffee’s medium roast certified USA Organic and Fair Trade. If you like citrus flavors, especially lemon, you’ll adore this single-origin Yirgacheffe coffee. We also enjoyed the lime and sweet tangerine cupping notes of this beautifully complex coffee. The acidity is bright and robust.

It’s wash processed before being dried on raised beds. The company roasts all of its coffees in its Loring Roaster, a model known to be environmentally friendly and excellent at reducing the carbon footprint of the process.

Fresh Roasted Coffee, Organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Medium Roast, Fair Trade Kosher, Whole Bean, 32 Ounce
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Fresh Roasted Coffee, Organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Medium Roast, Fair Trade Kosher, Whole Bean, 32 Ounce
  • OUR ORGANIC ETHIOPIAN YIRGACHEFFE COFFEE IS AN ABSOLUTE FAVORITE With Notes of Bright Citruses And A Sweet Lemon Tea Finish.
  • USDA ORGANIC. FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED. Single-Origin From Gedeo Zone, Ethiopia. Wash Processed & Dried On Raised Beds. Medium Roast.
  • ALL FRESH ROASTED COFFEE IS Kosher Certified, Sustainably Sourced and Proudly Roasted, Blended, and Packaged in USA.
  • ALL OUR COFFEES ARE ROASTED  in Our Environmentally Friendly Loring Roaster to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint.
  • AVAILABLE IN WHOLE BEAN AS 12 OZ, 2 LB, and 5 LB Bags.

The roasting, blending and packaging processes all take place in the USA. This 100% Arabica coffee is Fair Trade, Kosher and USDA organic certified.

This coffee is produced by a cooperative of over 175 growers, founded in 2012. The farmers are assisted to maintain a sustainable life.

 

Lavanta Green Coffee 

Like your coffee beans green and unroasted so you can prepare them yourself? Lavanta’s 100% Arabica Green coffee will suit you down to the (coffee) ground. (Sorry. We know it’s a bad pun. But it’s a really good coffee, and keenly priced.) This blend is perfect for a breakfast beverage, and you’re likely to get the best results with a City roast.

This bright coffee, 100% Arabica, has perfect levels of acidity that sit well on the palate. There are strong overtones of citrus as well as floral notes, with a little toasted coconut.

Lavanta Coffee Roasters Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Green Coffee, 2lb
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Lavanta Coffee Roasters Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Green Coffee, 2lb
  • 100% High grade arabica coffee
  • Green Unroasted Coffee
  • 32 Full Ounces
  • Direct Trade with Farmers To Ensure Fair Compensation
  • Exquisite African Coffee

Family firm Lavanta trades directly with the farmers. They have a track record in helping women farmers and working with cooperatives which reinvest in education for children, clean water, and health initiatives. Lavanta is Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, and USDA certified and you’ll enjoy over 4 decades of coffee expertise in every cup.

 

Browny Ethiopia Yirgacheffe 

Moving on to an Artisan Roast, we’d also recommend Browny Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Roasted Coffee Whole Beans. We sampled the Medium Roast, which is prepared locally in New York City. A dark roast is also available (we should mention that even the medium roast tends towards the dark).

The company is owned by artists and baristas and is fresh and young, having been in operation for five years.

Browny Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Roasted Coffee Whole Beans - Premium Artisan Roast (Medium Roast, 5 Pounds)
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Browny Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Roasted Coffee Whole Beans - Premium Artisan Roast (Medium Roast, 5 Pounds)
  • Roasted locally in New York City.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Baristas and artists owned and operated roasting company located right in New York City. We provide fresh roasted coffee to espresso bars, cafes and offices throughout New York City.

The coffee is single-origin and Fair Trade Certified and the beans are hand-roasted. The coffee is also USDA Organic certified. Oh, and if you’re worried about what else might be roasted along with the beans, you can be reassured.

Only beans are roasted at any given time. The company roasts daily, and the majority of orders are packed and shipped the same day. The date on the pack refers to the expiration date, which is 1 year after the date the beans have been roasted.

This coffee will definitely wake you up in the morning. It’s a relatively oily blend, so the flavors are preserved well. There’s no bitterness that we could detect, and we found it worked especially well in an AeroPress.

 

Coffee Bean Direct 

Staying on the dark side, our next selection is the rather lovely dark roast offering from Coffee Bean Direct. The beans are precision roasted daily, before being hand packed.

This 100% Arabica blend is full-bodied and robust, with a delightfully fruity aroma. You’ll detect hints of lemon, blueberry, and chocolate. The acidity is just perfect, and the coffee hale and hearty.

Coffee Bean Dark Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Whole Bean Coffee, 5-Pound Bag
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Coffee Bean Dark Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Whole Bean Coffee, 5-Pound Bag
  • Ethiopian Yirgacheffe : This single-origin Ethiopian coffee offers a smooth yet surprisingly deep body and crisp acidity. Features subtle fruity undertones and a baker’s chocolate finish
  • Happiness is Brewing: We source coffee from Brazil, Costa Rica, Sumatra, Kenya and more to find the most flavorful beans for your next cup. Try iced, as cold brew, with a French press, AeroPress or...
  • So Many Choices: We're passionate about coffee. Try our product lines of Single Origin, Decaffeinated, Blends, and Tea. Also explore our light, medium and dark roasts
  • Expertly Roasted: Expect more from our beans than just a jolt of caffeine. We offer coarse, finely ground and whole bean options. Enjoy peak flavor and aroma in your latte, mocha, espresso or drip
  • Coffee Bean Direct: Our dedication to roasting expertise, modern convenience, and fair pricing allows us to bring you the best coffees and teas imaginable in artisanal blends and flavors

We do need to mention that the packaging was not completely easy to reseal, so we had to decant the coffee almost immediately into an airtight container. (Yeah, we know, we could also have used a little sticky tape. We just think great coffee deserves pretty containers.)

While we’re on the topic of how to store coffee, it’s a myth that you should store it in the fridge or freezer. (It’s the moisture, see.) Your coffee will be happier, and last longer, in a cool, dark place like a pantry, in a sealed glass, ceramic or metal container.

 

Lavanta Medium 

And it’s back to Lavanta for our next Yirgacheffe, the Freshly Roasted Direct Trade Coffee. This medium roast whole bean option wasn’t the lowest-cost option we looked at, nor the most expensive. The coffee is 100% Arabica, and high-grade.

The coffee is prepared in small batch roasters, and freshness is guaranteed since the machinery incorporates one-way degassing valves. The fact that the coffee cherries are harvested by hand makes a huge difference to the final taste of the beverage.

5lbs Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Freshly Roasted Direct Trade Coffee (Medium Roast Whole Bean)
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5lbs Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Freshly Roasted Direct Trade Coffee (Medium Roast Whole Bean)
  • 100% High Grade Arabica Beans
  • Freshly Roasted & Packaged Within Minutes
  • Direct Trade With Farmers To Ensure Fair Compensation
  • Small Batch Roasters
  • One Way Degassing Valves To Ensure Freshness

Like other Yirgacheffe offerings in Lavanta’s repertoire, this blend is bright and bold. The crisp, clean flavor refreshes the palate, and the citrus and floral overtones combine beautifully with the acidity. We were also pretty sure we could detect coconut in there too, making for a gorgeously nutty, sweet result.

Not only does the company roast with care, but each batch is cupped and tested. This makes for a consistent, delicious end result. With Lavanta you also know you’re helping to trade directly with farmers, meaning the compensation they receive for their labor is fair. (The company has helped to plant over 10 thousand trees.)

 

Fresh Roasted Coffee Green 

Enjoy a “hands-on” approach to coffee, including roasting your own? You’ll love the Green Unroasted Yirgacheffe Kochere Coffee Fresh Roasted Coffee LLC. These high-quality coffee beans are supplied raw and unroasted; they’re sourced sustainably, Kosher Certified, and packaged in the USA.

Fresh Roasted Coffee, Unroasted Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Kochere, Kosher, 5 Pound
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Fresh Roasted Coffee, Unroasted Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Kochere, Kosher, 5 Pound
  • Perfect for at-home coffee roasters.
  • High-quality raw unroasted coffee beans.
  • ALL Fresh Roasted Coffee Is Kosher Certified, Sustainably Sourced and Packaged in USA.
  • 5 lb. Bag
  • Our unroasted coffee selections are intended for roasting purposes. We do not recommend consuming unroasted coffee.

You’ll make out honey and lemon in this mild and lovely 100% Arabica coffee variety. It’s ideal for pretty much any roast: light, medium, or dark. The acidity is noticeable, and the overall flavor full-bodied and robust. This coffee offers extremely good value for money.

Kochere itself is just to the south of the town called Yirgacheffe, around 250 miles to the southwest of Addis Ababa. The coffee is grown in the mountains – the town is between 5,900 and 6,550 feet above sea level. Harvest time is between September and December, and the coffee is dry processed.

The coffee is roasted in a USA-manufactured Loring Smart Roaster, with cutting-edge technology that eliminates carbon emissions. The technology also just happens to bring out the full glory of the flavor of the coffee beans, and as soon as roasting is complete, the beans are packed and shipped.

 

RhoadsRoast Coffees 

If you’d rather your coffee came in the form of a light roast, then give RhoadsRoast Coffees’ Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee Beans a try. (Other roasts are available.)

This grade 1 coffee is hand-picked and wet-processed. After fermenting for 3 days (72 hours to be precise), natural methods are used to remove the fruit and pulp.

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Washed Grade 1 Coffee Beans (Light Roast (City), 3 Pounds Whole Beans)
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Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Washed Grade 1 Coffee Beans (Light Roast (City), 3 Pounds Whole Beans)
  • Fragrant and floral with wine and fruit overtones, the Yirgacheffe is one of the most prized East African coffees.
  • When roasted to a medium-dark level, it has a smooth medium body and long, lingering finish.
  • Fresh Roasted Each Morning & Shipped in the Afternoon! Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee is one of the worlds most sought after coffees.
  • Since Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee and it has embedded history as the first coffee growing region, it's no wonder these beans are incredibly popular.
  • Offering a softly fragrant aroma, these coffee beans have a subtle floral scent and a satisfyingly intensified finish that would leave any coffee drinker's palate wanting more.

The scent of this 100% single origin Arabica is redolent of fruit and wine. We could also detect hints of caramel and chocolate in there and there’s also a beautifully subtle hint of flowers in the fragrance.

The end result is medium-bodied and smooth. And yet it’s low in bitterness and acidity.

 

Stone Street Coffee 

If you need a low-cost, high-quality Yirgacheffe to add to your coffee cupboard, might we suggest checking out Stone Street Coffee? It’s another light roast, complex and unique. (It’s even won awards.)

This was one of the fruitiest blends we looked at, with overtones of flowers too and no bitterness. We also liked the fact it came packed in a resealable bag made of foil, which even includes a one-way valve for de-gassing, preserving the fragrance and freshness.

Stone Street Coffee is located in the heart of Brooklyn in New York, and this “micro-roasterie” has been roasting coffee for just over a decade, since 2009. Coffee is prepared in small batches, so it’s more of an art than a science. (Not that coffee science is ignored – the roasters are state-of-the-art.)

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Stone Street Coffee Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Fresh Roasted Coffee, 1 lb Whole Bean, Light Roast
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Stone Street Coffee Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Fresh Roasted Coffee, 1 lb Whole Bean, Light Roast
  • ETHOPIAN YIRGACHEFFE - one of the best coffee producing regions in the world! Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee is known for being a bright & beautiful cup of coffee.
  • ROAST LEVEL - Light Roasted Whole Beans
  • TASTE PROFILE - Floral bouquet, mellow smooth body, fragrant aroma
  • 1 LB BAG - Our 3-Layer natural kraft resealable foil bag ensures top quality freshness for your beans
  • NO SLEEP ‘TIL BROOKLYN - Stone Street Coffee Company is a specialty small-batch roaster located in Brooklyn, NYC and we’ve been roasting delicious coffee since 2009

The company also prides itself on its ethics, working closely with the coffee farms supplying the beans. Despite this, costs are kept affordable, and you’ll get around 65 average-sized cups of gorgeous brewed coffee from a 1-pound bag of beans.

For a light roast, this tends more towards the middle of the spectrum. Don’t be deceived by the relatively mild overture, as it were: stick with it, and you’ll find the main event delicious, and the epilogue and encore (aka the aftertaste) offer a great “kick”.

We were especially taken by the results in our French press, and we found we needed to use slightly less than we would use from other blends. This is not a coarse grind, and extraction levels are good.

 

Marquis Ethiopian Yirgacheffe 

And so, last but not least, meet the Marquis. No, not the title character in a Harlequin romance (though should you feel like indulging, feel free). The name of this coffee does, however, give you an idea of what to expect.

It’s rich and full-bodied, suave, and full of subtlety and fragrance. The roasting process also results in a certain amount of caramelization, which you can taste in the coffee.

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Whole Bean Coffee 2 lb bag
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Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Whole Bean Coffee 2 lb bag
  • Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Whole Bean Coffee 2 lb bag

The beans are roasted daily, and the packaging ensures a shelf life of a year (unsealed). The Yirgacheffe beans are medium roasted to minimize the acidity. We found it made an especially delicious beverage using the French press method. (It was delectable made with other equipment too, we just appear to be having something of a French press phase.)

 

7 Things You Never Knew About Yirgacheffe Coffee

  1. It mainly grows in the wild
  2. The berries are harvested by hand
  3. Yirgacheffe coffee beans are on the small side (close to peaberry)
  4. You’ll find it growing at around 5,600 to 7,200 feet above sea level
  5. It’s occasionally spelled Yirgachefe or Irgachefe.
  6. Citrus and flowers are two of the most common cupping notes

Yes, we know that’s 6 – we just thought we’d check you were still paying attention.

 

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee – Geography 101

Well, okay, this isn’t only about the geography. It’s about geology too. We thought we’d throw in a little bit of history for good measure. Since, you know, traditions are important when it comes to coffee.

Let’s start with geography. (It’s important, honestly – this is why Yirgacheffe coffee has its distinctive flavor profile.) The town that lies at the administrative heart of Yirgachefe woreda can be found in the Gedeo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region.

It lies between 6,168 and 6,296 feet above sea level. The climate is warm and temperate, although it rains more in summer than in winter.

And let’s finish with a little history. (Well, all right, it’s more like a legend.) Coffee was, so the story has it, first discovered in Ethiopia. Centuries ago, a goatherd by the name of Kaldi noticed that the animals in his care were much livelier when they had been munching the berries of a particular bush.

It came to the attention of monks at a local monastery. Monasteries have often been a hotbed of agricultural development so they decided to test it for themselves. (Did you know we owe much of our original understanding of genetics, specifically heredity, to a few gardening experiments carried out by a monk called Mendel?)

The monks found they could stay awake more easily with the help of the drink they brewed from Kaldi’s berries and the long path to coffee as we know it today began. With all those centuries of tradition, it’s hardly surprising that Ethiopian coffee beans are some of the best in the world.

 

Top Notes And Undertones – Coffee Cupping Notes

In many ways, coffee is like wine. Or perfume. And Yirgacheffe, one of Ethiopia’s specialist coffees, is no exception. We’ve already mentioned that citrus fruit and flowers are two of the most common flavors you’ll detect, but they’re not the only ones.

You might also decide that you’d like a Yirgacheffe with hints of berries – blueberries and cherries being two of the most common. And then there are the chocolate, coconut, and caramel flavors you’ll often find in the mix. All things to bear in mind when you’re choosing your Yirgacheffe.

 

Practical Considerations

We’ve outlined a few of the differences between some of the top Yirgacheffe coffees out there, including the flavor notes. Your decision-making process doesn’t stop there, though.

Do you want to buy your coffee beans ready-roasted, or green, so you can have the added fun of roasting them yourself? Do you want to buy beans roasted in the USA or elsewhere, and how important is the carbon footprint of the equipment used? Do you need the reassurance that the coffee is packaged as soon as possible once it’s been roasted?

What certifications would you like to see? Fairtrade, Kosher, USDA Organic? Do you need a single-origin coffee, and how important is it that the company you’re buying from gives farmers fair recompense and helps to encourage sustainability?

Price may also be a consideration, and this can vary dramatically between the varieties available. And of course, size might be a factor too – no point buying a 1-pound bag of coffee if you’re planning an industrial scale coffee morning.

There’s also the topic of storage to consider. Some of the coffees we examined were easier to reseal than others.

 

Yearning for Yirgacheffe – Coffee Conclusion

So, we’ve drawn up the shortlist. We’ve sniffed. We’ve roasted. We’ve ground. We’ve brewed. We’ve checked out a few certifications. And we’re still convinced – our best choice Yirgacheffe coffee remains the Volcanica. 

Our reasoning? It’s cost-effective and low in acidity. It’s hand-harvested and roasted in the USA. The aroma is impossible to resist. And above all, the taste profile is palate-pleasing delightful. So, get heating that water, we’ll be round in ten!

Volcanica Ethiopian Coffee, Yirgacheffe Region, Organic, Whole Bean, Fresh Roasted, 16-ounce
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Volcanica Ethiopian Coffee, Yirgacheffe Region, Organic, Whole Bean, Fresh Roasted, 16-ounce
  • 100% Pure Ethiopian Coffee Beans - Yirgacheffe, Medium-bodied and brilliantly acidy with rough, fruity or winy tones. Thick body and an earthy aroma coupled with lemon, blueberry and blackberry notes.
  • Organically grown, Medium/Light Roast whole beans allowing the true flavor characteristic to come through for a remarkable taste.
  • Fresh roasted then immediately packed and sealed to assure freshness.
  • 100% Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed.