La Colombe Corsica Blend
This blend is made from a mix of beans ethically sourced from Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, and Mexico, and is named after the ancient Mediterranean island. The Corsica blend has deep, dark, chocolatey notes and a robust flavor, making it a bold roast many love to drink first thing in the morning. Many reviewers specifically note that this is their “go-to morning blend” since it’s both strong and versatile. The cocoa notes in this blend make it pair especially nicely with milk or cream, although it can certainly stand alone and be sipped black.
With consistently positive reviews, a bold yet balanced flavor, and a smooth chocolatey finish that will leave you wanting another sip, La Colombe’s Corsica blend gets our vote for best overall.
Blue Bottle Coffee New Orleans Iced Kit
If you’ve never had sweet, creamy, chicory-infused New Orleans-style iced coffee, it’s time to treat your taste buds and order this New Orleans Iced Kit from Blue Bottle Coffee. The brand may have been founded in Oakland, but this iced coffee will take you right on down to The Big Easy.
This all-inclusive kit comes with a pound of Blue Bottle’s signature coffee beans, an envelope of pre-measured, roasted French chicory, and a copy of their recipe scaled down to be user-friendly for home baristas. All you’ll need to add is milk, sweetener, ice, and a little bit of your time.
Death Wish Coffee Co. Whole Bean Coffee
Made with a blend of ethically sourced beans, Death Wish Coffee is both Fair Trade and USDA-Certified Organic. Described as a “high-octane” coffee with a high caffeine concentration, the brand swears this coffee will “bring you back from the nights you thought you’d never wake up from,” and reviewers seem to unanimously agree.
Beyond being incredibly potent and highly caffeinated, this dark roast is well-balanced and flavorful, with sweet, nutty, chocolatey notes and a surprisingly smooth finish. We feel a disclaimer is in order here: This is not a blend for those who are sensitive to caffeine, but if you’re on the hunt for a dark roast that will wake you up, look no further.
Peet’s Coffee Big Bang Medium Roast
This blend is crafted from Fair Trade, USDA-Certified Organic Latin American and East African beans and gets a bright, fruity lift from Ethiopian Super Natural coffee beans that are added to the mix. Many reviewers call out lush, sweet, citrusy notes in this blend’s flavor and aroma.
Roasted to medium-bodied perfection and then ground for user-friendly ease, Peet’s Big Bang easily gets our pick for the best medium roast.
Lavazza Super Crema Espresso
Beloved and best-selling Italian brand Lavazza gets our vote for Best Mild Roast thanks to their velvety Super Crema Espresso blend.
A mix of Arabica beans from Brazil and Colombia, and India and robusta beans from Indonesia and Vietnam, this blend is mild, creamy, and medium- to light-bodied. According to the brand’s 2016 Sustainability Report, the beans that Lavazza uses are all ethically sourced, USDA-certified organic, and Rainforest Alliance-certified.
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