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The 20 Best Coffee Brands of 2022

Organic, gourmet, or cold brew?

the 11 most flavorful coffee brands money can buy
Alyssa Gray

We've all grown more familiar with our kitchens these last few years, and even the biggest Starbucks and Dunkin' addicts have to admit: Making coffee at home these days can be an excellent experience. That's due in large part to a new generation of brands that specialize in coffee shop-quality beans meant for use at home.

There are generally two types of beans you'll encounter in a grocery store's coffee aisle: Arabica and Robusta. Arabica beans tend to be more expensive, but that bump in price gets you fantastic acidity and a sweet, soft flavor with undertones of fruit and berries. Robusta beans, on the other hand, usually have a brasher flavor and nutty aftertaste, plus they pack twice the caffeine of Arabica beans. But since they're easier to grow, Robusta beans tend to be less expensive.

If you start with whole beans—which is always our go-to choice, because they're fresher and more flavorful than ground blends—we recommend investing in a quality coffee grinder. Once you've got those items sorted, there's a whole world of coffee just waiting to be brewed. Whether you're conjuring dark and roasty morning cups or whipping up iced and sugary-sweet treats, there's a just-right coffee brand for the Chemex crew, for those who swear by their French press, for electric percolator aficionados, and of, course, the folks who rely on a good old-fashioned Mr. Coffee.

No matter how you do it, brewing your own cup at home can be so rewarding. Here are some of our favorite brands for transforming your kitchen into the hottest coffee shop in town.

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Best Every Morning Coffee Brand
La Colombe Corsica
La Colombe

Sometimes, you just don't have enough time to grab a La Colombe draft latte on your way to work. In that case, brew a cup at home of this Philadelphia-based brand's flavorful coffee blend, Corsica. The bold and chocolatey flavors will certainly wake you up in the morning.

Best Light Roast Coffee
Amazon Fresh Just Bright Light Roast

Did you know lightly roasted coffee has more antioxidants than its dark roast counterpart? If that doesn't convince you to start sipping light roasts, then the sweet, toasted grain flavor of this Amazon brand will. Reviewers love it brewed in a French press or in cold-brew form.

Best Medium Roast Coffee
Melitta Colombian Supreme

Rich without being overpowering, these Arabica grounds make for a balanced cup of medium-roast coffee—great for a late afternoon pick-me-up. These grinds come in a fine texture and brew a full-bodied cup with flavors of French vanilla.

Best Dark Roast Coffee Brand
Death Wish Organic Whole Bean Coffee
Death Wish Coffee Co.

Fair warning: This dark roast is not for the faint of heart. The producer, the upstate New York-based brand Death Wish, claims that it's the world's strongest coffee. With a deep nutty flavor and a smooth finish, this brew doesn't taste as harsh as one might expect from a cup of coffee with double the average amount of caffeine.

Best Packaging
Superlost Supernatural Natural Process Coffee

Not only does each bag of Superlost Coffee specify exactly from where the beans within come (and how many bags of those beans are in existence), it also features a different colorful, quirky, and downright fun illustration. This bag of beans comes from Ethiopia and has notes of black cherry and port wine.

Best Espresso Coffee Brand
Lavazza Espresso Italiano
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Reviewers love Lavassa's dark roast Crema e Gusto, but the Italian brand's medium roast espresso beans may be some of the best you can get for homemade cup of espresso. None of the bitterness or bite that turn people off of espresso exist here—you'll taste fruity notes in this coffee. Plus, there are 45,000 Amazon reviewers who gave it five stars, so safe to say it's a popular choice.

Best Pour-Over Coffee Brand
Peet's Coffee Big Bang
Peet's Coffee

Peet's Big Bang, a blend released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alfred Peet's influential Berkley coffee shop, captures what people love about this fair-trade brand. Extra smooth with a sugary sweet aftertaste, this rich coffee is best enjoyed with a pour-over coffee maker.

Best Instant Coffee Brand
Canyon Instant Coffee

Okay, hear us out: We know instant coffee doesn't have the best reputation. Some of that infamy is rightfully earned from brands who make batches of what tastes like coffee-flavored water—but Canyon is not one of those brands. Take these portable bags of freeze-dried Ethiopian coffee with you anywhere. The result tastes as fresh as a just-ground cup with flavors of peach, cacao nib, and lime-like acidity.

Best Grounds
Cafe Bustelo Espresso Dark Roast Ground Coffee Brick

You know it. You love it. Go with it. People love the vacuum-packed brick this coffee comes in. Reviewers say it helps seal in freshness and makes a great espresso or latte.

Best Decaf Coffee Brand
Folgers Black Silk

Weening yourself off a multiple-cup-a-day coffee addiction? This silky black blend lives up to its name, and the caffeine-free coffee is worth drinking just for the taste. "I could hardly believe the deep rich flavor, without any chemical after taste, as is so often the case," one Amazon reviewer raves.

Best Budget Coffee Brand
Tierra del Sol Medium Roast

The sophisticated, complex taste of Target's in-house brand of coffee is a pleasant surprise. Hints of the fruity and floral taste make for a cup coffee that tastes way more expensive than it really is.

Best Sustainable Coffee Brand
Intelligentsia House Blend

If you drink your coffee black, go with this bag of Intelligentsia. The fruity and chocolatey flavors don't need to be covered up with excess cream or sugar to be enjoyed, as it's plenty tasty on its own. And with the company's Direct Trade practices, these beans are ethically sourced. One reviewer notes that it "produced a great cream with a silky smooth chocolate & cherry taste that made the both of us immediately go back to make more." If that doesn't convince you, I don't know what will.

13 Blue Bottle Temescal Blend
Blue Bottle

If you're not from New Orleans, you not be familiar with the city's rich and decadent roasted French chicory coffee—but once you have it, there's no going back. So when summer reaches full swing, take a hint from the people of New Orleans, who know a thing or two about staying cool. Blue Bottle describes this Temescal blend as intricate, warming, poetic with notes of sun-kissed berries.

Most Creative Blend
Zabar's Light Dark Roast

Take it from someone who requires a ton of coffee each morning but always wants to mix it up a bit: The light-dark roast from Zabar's is the best of both worlds. Each cup of coffee hits you with mellow beginnings and super strong ends...but you never know how each sip in between is going to go down.

Most Relaxing Blend
Copper Cow Lavender Latte

The gorgeous packaging doesn't lie—each pour-over cup will slow down your mornings and give you an overwhelming sense of calm. Each 10.5g of fresh coffee is combined with 1.5g of real lavender, so if you like floral notes in your morning brew, we recommend giving this a try.

Nuttiest Beans
Counter Culture Big Trouble

You know it's good when the quantity is limited. Per Counter Culture's site, "Big Trouble is one of the most challenging year-round products for us to source due to the quality and seasonality of coffees with these characteristics." The finished cup is described as nutty and round with notes of caramel and dark chocolate. Counter Culture recommends it in milk-based beverages.

Best Fair Trade Coffee
Equal Exchange Organic French Roast Coffee

Not only can you feel good about buying from Equal Exchange (more on their practices and worker-owned business here), but you can also rest easy knowing you have an excellent chocolate-heavy cup of coffee with notes of cherry tobacco and smoke and a dense mouthfeel waiting for you in the A.M.

Best Paired With Vegan Creamers
Dope Coffee Organic Guatemalan

Dope Coffee is a Black-owned, Atlanta-based business that specializes in coffee great for "both novice and coffee connoisseurs." What's gorgeous about all of their beans—but primarily these ones—is that they go perfectly with whatever it is you like to throw in your coffee. This medium-roast is full-bodied with hints of dark chocolate and apricot blossoms. The brand recommends making a cup with a drip brew, pour-over, or double-filtered french press.

Best Smelling Beans
Seattle's Best Coffee Post Alley Blend
Seattle's Best Coffee

Take a minute to waft this coffee before you take even your first sip—just do it, OK? It's Seattle's Best most intense dark roast coffee. For best results, use cold, filtered water when brewing. The result? A cup with smoky flavor and a velvety, smooth finish.

Best for Cold Brew
Bizzy Organic Cold Brew Coffee Smooth & Sweet

Specifically engineered for cold brew, Bizzy's grounds, when perfectly steeped, will yield the loveliest, least acidic cup of cold, cold coffee you'll have all summer. This Smooth & Sweet blend is just that. The arabica beans are medium-roasted with notes of caramel and hazelnut.

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