Lucky For Some: We Review 13 Of The Best Flavia Alterra Coffee Options

by | Feb 5, 2020

Chances are, if you’ve ever had to wait for an appointment where you’ve been offered a cup of coffee, you may well have come across the super-popular, super-convenient Flavia coffee range. There’s an eclectic range of single-serve flavors available.

With such gorgeous varieties on offer, which one should you choose if you want a great cup of coffee? Well, in the interests of research we’ve forced ourselves to savor 13 of the most delicious, fragrant Flavia coffee blends out there, so we can let you know which are the best.

So, without more ado, let’s get started. And our overall winner is….

At A Glance: Our Top 5 Flavia Alterra Coffee Options Of 2020

Whatever you choose, you know that choosing the Flavia brand means your coffee is always fresh-tasting. For those of you who don’t have the time right now to read our complete guide, check out our top picks just below.

 

Which Alterra Coffee Is The Best?

Our Winner: Barista’s Blend [star rating=”5″ numeric=”yes”]

This lovely, round Barista’s Blend is our pick of the Flavia coffee packets. Its round, bold flavor isn’t bitter, so if what you really enjoy is a medium blend with a great smooth flavor, this is the blend for you.

The flavor is always consistent, and you’ll get a decent 12 ounce serving of coffee from one of these packets. This dark and pleasant blend from Alterra consistently results in a robust drink. If you enjoy dark roasts this will be a perfect match.

Not only is there no bitterness in this blend, the coffee comes from Rainforest Alliance Certified plantations. It’s not quite espresso, but it’s strong and dark, and rich – hearty, you could say.

 

Barista's Blend 

FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Barista's Blend 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
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FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Barista's Blend 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
  • Add dove hot chocolate to make your mocha
  • Add Cappuccino/Latte Swirl to make your cappuccino
  • Add MilkyWay Swirl to make your latte

 

French Roast 

Or add a little French twist with the Alterra French Roast. It’s also intense and dark, with smoky overtones and a full body. Just under a third of the coffee in the Alterra French Roast packages originates from farms which are Rainforest Alliance Certified.

This coffee is not too sweet, and some coffee drinkers may find the flavor a little on the burnt side. It’s an ideal everyday coffee.

Although rich and full of flavor, it too lacks bitterness. One pack makes around 16 fluid ounces of coffee. The best way to describe the flavor of this blend is earthy.

FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, French Roast, dark and intense, 0.32 Ounce, 20-Count (Pack of 5)
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FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, French Roast, dark and intense, 0.32 Ounce, 20-Count (Pack of 5)
  • A delicious French Roast Cappuccino (Add Cappuccino/Latte Swirl to make your cappuccino)
  • A creamy caramel MilkyWay Swirl Latte (Add MilkyWay Swirl to make your latte)
  • Premium DOVE Mocha (Add DOVE Hot Chocolate to make your mocha)
  • Half-Caf with ALTERRA French Roast Decaf

 

House Blend 

On the topic of good all-round everyday coffees, the Flavia Alterra House Blend is another excellent choice. Like most Alterra coffees, it ships in packs of 5 x 20. It’s quite a mild flavor – some coffee drinkers might even find it a little too mild.

Think of the house blend as the coffee equivalent of the house red or house white wine you may be offered at a restaurant. It’s perfectly pleasant and serviceable.

FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, House Blend, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
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FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, House Blend, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
  • A delicious ALTERRA House Blend Cappuccino (Add Cappuccino/Latte Swirl to make your cappuccino)
  • Premium DOVE Mocha (Add DOVE Hot Chocolate to make your mocha)
  • Half-Caf with ALTERRA House Blend Decaf

 

Colombia 

For those who like a lot of kick with their coffee, the Flavia Alterra Colombia variety offers the perfect way to start the day. Flavia coffee packets let you sample coffees from around the world with the minimum of fuss.

This great “go-to” blend is likely to find favor with those who enjoy a pleasantly undemanding flavor. It’s strong enough, though, that you may well manage to get two cups of coffee out of one sachet. Did you know, by the way, that Colombia is consistently one of the top coffee-producing countries in the world?

FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Colombia, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
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FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Colombia, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
  • A creamy caramel MilkyWay Swirl Latte (Add MilkyWay Swirl to make your latte)
  • A delicious Colombia Cappuccino (Add Cappuccino/Latte Swirl to make your cappuccino)
  • Premium DOVE Mocha (Add DOVE Hot Chocolate to make your mocha)

 

Morning Roast 

Then, for those of us who really need to get going in the mornings, but don’t want the process to be too ferocious, there’s the deceptively mild-mannered Flavia Alterra Morning Roast coffee. This relatively gentle blend has a mellow flavor. It’s perfect for small offices or if you’re the sole coffee aficionado in your household or workplace.

This lovely light touch coffee is at the mild end of the scale. Although it’s a morning roast, it would be equally suitable for an afternoon pick-me-up.

FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Morning Roast, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
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FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Morning Roast, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
  • A delicious Morning Roast Cappuccino (Add Cappuccino/Latte Swirl to make your cappuccino)
  • A creamy caramel MilkyWay Swirl Latte (Add MilkyWay Swirl to make your latte)
  • Premium DOVE Mocha (Add DOVE Hot Chocolate to make your mocha)

 

Italian Roast 

Ah, Italian; the language of music; of fashion; and of coffee. If the flavor of Italian coffee appeals to you, then the Flavia Alterra Coffee, Italian Roast will be perfect.

The flavor is rich and round, with no bitterness. Use a sachet to make a gloriously strong cup of Joe, or use the same bag twice for a slightly weaker cup of coffee. This is one of the most keenly priced Alterra coffee varieties we sampled.

Alterra Italian Roast Coffee
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Alterra Italian Roast Coffee
  • Fresh, convenient single-servings
  • Sealed from light and air to ensure perfect cup every time
  • No cross-contamination for drink purity
  • Bold flavor from luscious blend of dark-roasted beans
  • Works in Flavia Creation 150, Creation 200 and Creation 500

 

Hazelnut 

So far we’ve concentrated on what might be termed the standard coffee blends. But should we stray into the realms of flavored coffee, you can’t really go wrong with the lovely Alterra Hazelnut. The nut flavor adds substance and body to your cup of Joe.

It’s a perfect coffee to wake you up in the morning. It’s especially delectable if you add one of the frothy milk creamers. It can occasionally sputter a little bit, so choose your cup with care. (And if trivia is your thing, did you know hazelnuts were one of the nuts used to make a form of coffee during rationing in World War Two?)

FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Hazelnut, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
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FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Hazelnut, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
  • A delicious Hazelnut Cappuccino (Add Cappuccino/Latte Swirl to make your cappuccino)
  • A creamy caramel MilkyWay Swirl Latte (Add MilkyWay Swirl to make your latte)
  • Premium DOVE Mocha (Add DOVE Hot Chocolate to make your mocha)

 

Sumatra 

The largest island governed by Indonesia, Sumatra is known for its tropical climate and beautiful mountains. Both Arabica and Robusta coffee varieties are produced here. The Arabica coffee produced here is typically full-bodied and low in bitterness.

So let the Alterra Sumatra coffee transport you to the island – in your imagination at least. Its rich flavor could help you through a tough morning, or keep you on track mid-afternoon. This coffee is strong, full-bodied and dark.

FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Sumatra, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
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FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Sumatra, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
  • A delicious Sumatra Cappuccino (Add Cappuccino/Latte Swirl to make your cappuccino)
  • A creamy caramel MilkyWay Swirl Latte (Add MilkyWay Swirl to make your latte)
  • Premium DOVE Mocha (Add DOVE Hot Chocolate to make your mocha)

 

French Vanilla 

Whether in the form of pods, essence, flowers, or oil, there’s something truly wholesome about the distinctive scent of vanilla. It’s a perfect base for, and complement to, other flavors.

We loved the adorable aroma of the Flavia Alterra French Vanilla. The gently rounded flavor profile is super subtle. Vanilla is an increasingly rare commodity, so if you drink this blend, you know you’re enjoying something very special.

FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, French Vanilla, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
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FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, French Vanilla, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
  • A delicious French Vanilla Cappuccino (Add Cappuccino/Latte Swirl to make your cappuccino)
  • A creamy caramel MilkyWay Swirl Latte (Add MilkyWay Swirl to make your latte)
  • Premium DOVE Mocha (Add DOVE Hot Chocolate to make your mocha)

 

House Blend Decaf 

We’ve already investigated the Flavia Alterra House Blend, but if you’re concerned about your caffeine intake, why not consider decaffeinated blends? The House Blend Decaf is the perfect option if, for whatever reason, caffeinated coffee is not on the menu.

It’s a blend that’s a great alternative to the ordinary House Blend; the taste difference is hardly noticeable. This full-bodied blend has such a smooth flavor you might not believe it’s decaffeinated when you first sample it.

FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, House Blend Decaf, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
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FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, House Blend Decaf, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
  • A delicious ALTERRA House Blend Decaf Cappuccino (Add Cappuccino/Latte Swirl to make your cappuccino)
  • A creamy caramel MilkyWay Swirl Latte (Add MilkyWay Swirl to make your latte)
  • Premium DOVE Mocha (Add DOVE Hot Chocolate to make your mocha)
  • Half-Caf with ALTERRA House Blend

 

Costa Rica 

While Costa Rica produces only a small percentage of the world’s coffee, it’s known for producing some of the very best. The country has grown coffee since the 19th century, and the crop remains one of the country’s major exports. This blend represents exceptional value.

So what better news than the Alterra coffee Costa Rica blend? It’s smooth and surprisingly light, so those who like a middle of the road, medium roast sort of flavor are likely to enjoy this coffee. We’d also recommend mixing it with a packet of hot chocolate for a truly lovely mocha.

FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Costa Rica, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
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FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Costa Rica, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
  • A delicious Costa Rica Cappuccino (Add Cappuccino/Latte Swirl to make your cappuccino)
  • A creamy caramel MilkyWay Swirl Latte (Add MilkyWay Swirl to make your latte)
  • Premium DOVE Mocha (Add DOVE Hot Chocolate to make your mocha)

 

Donut Shop 

You know how half the fun of donut shops is the coffee? (I mean, how many cop departments seem to run on the stuff, if TV is to be believed?) And you know how it’s specially blended to be not too strong, not too weak? Well, guess what: there’s a Flavia blend called Donut Shop.

This is a great all-rounder. Even the hazelnut is relatively bland-tasting compared to the Donut Shop variety. And as you’d expect, it goes just great with donuts, caramel, honey, berry and all things sweet. It’s a little darker than you’d expect a medium roast to be, and it’s lip-smacking good.

FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, DONUT SHOP, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
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FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, DONUT SHOP, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
  • Grab a cup of this delightful coffee and enjoy the balanced notes of caramel, berry and honey. A classic, reinterpreted!
  • Alterra Coffee Roasters provides "hard working coffee" to your Flavia Coffee Brewer
  • Premium DOVE Mocha (Add Donut Shop coffee to make your mocha)
  • A delicious ALTERRA Donut Shop Cappuccino (Add Cappuccino/Latte Swirl to make your cappuccino)

 

Ethiopia 

So last but not least, we have the Ethiopia blend. Legend has it that coffee started in Ethiopia with goatherd Kaldi and his flock of hyperactive goats, so it probably won’t come as any surprise that there’s an Ethiopia blend in the Flavia Alterra Coffee range.

This medium roast variety is not too strong, but the flavor is good. It produces the best cup of coffee with the one full cup setting on the Flavia Alterra coffee machine. It’s also one of the most cost-effective options in the range.

FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Ethiopia, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
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FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Ethiopia, 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
  • A delicious Ethiopian Cappuccino (Add Cappuccino/Latte Swirl to make your cappuccino)
  • A creamy caramel MilkyWay Swirl Latte (Add MilkyWay Swirl to make your latte)
  • Premium DOVE Mocha (Add DOVE Hot Chocolate to make your mocha)

 

Selecting The Best Flavia Coffee For You

When you’re deciding which Alterra coffee variety to choose, think about whether you like a mild blend of the world’s favorite beverage. Would you rather have a strong blend, or medium, or decaff? Like a little flavor with your cup of Joe? Do you have a particular country preference?

All of these can help you select the right Alterra coffee. Typically the coffee ships in packs of 5, multiplied by 20. When you’re choosing your blend, decide whether you want coffee for a great solo beverage, or as a cappuccino or latte base, or mixed with hot chocolate for a magical mocha.

 

What Are The Best Bits Of Alterra Coffee?

Flavia machines offer a carefully curated set of coffee options. They’re super-convenient and mainly mess-free. The packaging means you know you’ll get a great, fresh-tasting cup of coffee.

Alterra coffees come in a range of strengths, from mild to almost-espresso strong, although coffee is usually described in terms of light, medium, or dark roasts. One other lovely feature is the general lack of build-up of coffee grounds in the machine afterward. Cleaning the machines is a super-simple process.

 

Flavia Coffee Packets – When To Use

Alterra coffee is ideal for business meetings, mid-morning coffee breaks, mid-afternoon pick-me-ups, and, well, any time, really. While it helps to store the coffee in a cool, dry location, the specially designed sealed packs are ideal if you’re opting for single-serve coffee or you have several people all clamoring for different flavors.

Each sachet weighs 0.32 ounces, with the whole box weighing around 2.6 pounds. The packets measure 2.75 inches by 4 inches. They are only compatible with Flavia machines.

 

Precautions And Preparation: Using Alterra Coffee

Alterra coffee packages, or Flavia coffee packages, are designed exclusively for use with Flavia coffee machines. So you will need an appropriate coffee maker.

Although it doesn’t happen very often, occasionally packets have been known to sputter a little when the water is trickling through. One solution is to use a slightly larger cup. Another option is to hold your cup slightly closer to the dispensing tap.

No matter what coffee you’re using, it’s probably wise to have a cloth on hand to wipe up any stray grounds. (Did you know that coffee grounds have all kinds of uses, from helping the garden to being great for your skin and hair?)

 

What Is The Best Flavia Alterra Coffee?

Our Winner: Barista’s Blend [star rating=”5″ numeric=”yes”]

So we’ve investigated Alterra coffee: the mild, the strong, and the medium; blends from Costa Rica; Ethiopia; and Sumatra; French Vanilla; Hazelnut; decaf.

So what’s our winner? Well, we’re sticking with our best Barista option. It’s a solid all-rounder, with a consistently pleasant flavor. So just pop in a package, press a button, and enjoy the brew!

 

Barista's Blend 

FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Barista's Blend 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
54 Reviews
FLAVIA ALTERRA Coffee, Barista's Blend 20-Count Fresh Packs (Pack of 5)
  • Add dove hot chocolate to make your mocha
  • Add Cappuccino/Latte Swirl to make your cappuccino
  • Add MilkyWay Swirl to make your latte

  Last update on 2020-10-28 / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API.

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