More and more often we are seeing less of the traditional drip coffee makers and more of the Keurig brand and other brewers that make use of the ever-popular K-Cups. Why is that? Because of how simple it is to make your favorite cup of coffee. As with the traditional drip coffee brands, there are the ever-popular brands and flavors that are considered the best of the best. While Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Folgers and Maxwell House are all popular amongst those still using the more traditional coffee makers, are they still consider the best Keurig coffee brands?

In order to answer that question, we will have to take a look at all that Keurig has to offer. Granted, most coffees currently on the Keurig market isn't actually created by the Keurig brand; they do make use of the K-Cup design, making them compatible with the Keurig machines.

Before we take a look at the best Keurig coffee currently on the market, it is essential that we take a look at Keurig and learn a little bit about the company and what they offer consumers.

About Keurig

Keurig Dr. Pepper is a leading coffee and beverage company in the United States and has annual revenue more than $11 billion. In 2018, Keurig Green Mountain and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group came together in a merger. Together, the company holds a leadership position in not only coffee and tea but also water, juice, juice drinks, soft drinks, and mixers.

Not only is Keurig Dr. Pepper the marketer of the number one single serve coffee brewing system in the United States, but they also have more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands with a wide range of hot and cold beverages for all consumers to enjoy.

Brands that fall under the Keurig Dr. Pepper company include:

  • Keurig
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
  • Canada Dry
  • Snapple
  • Bai
  • Mott’s
  • The Original Donut Shop

While the company is known for it’s Keurig machines, they are also known for their accessories, such as their machine cleaning solutions, K-Cup storage systems, Carafe’s, travel mugs, K-Cup reusable coffee filters and universal reusable coffee filters.

K-Cup or Pod – The Great Keurig Coffee Debate

This may seem like a silly topic to cover, and some may be asking if there is really any difference between a coffee pod or a K-Cup. The truth is, there is a significant difference between the two, even though K-Cups are often referred to as pods.

Both coffee pods and K-Cups are considered single-serve coffee brewing options. The big difference between the two is how they are packaged. Coffee pods are actually just single servings of ground coffee beans wrapped in a round paper filter, similar to the materials that tea bags are made of. That’s it. There is nothing more to them. Water is forced through these mesh filters to produce your cup of coffee.

This same concept is used with K-Cups, but the construction is set up differently. K-Cups are made up of a plastic cup, an aluminum lid, and a filter. Each cup is filled with a single serving of coffee, tea or other beverage. Keurig machines, and those that use similar K-Cup construction brew the beverage by piercing the aluminum seal with a spray nozzle at the top and then pierce the plastic bottom with a discharge nozzle. Hot water is then forced through the spray nozzle through the cup’s contents (the coffee or tea and the filter) before it is dispensed through the discharge nozzle and into your cup.

So why does this all matter? Simply because of the fact that K-Cups are often called pods, and yet, true coffee pods are not suitable for the use in Keurig machines. Alternatively, K-Cups are not usable in machines that coffee pods are used for.

Other single-serve brewing machines make sure of other “pods,” but they each have their own distinctions. The Nespresso machines use capsules, and the Tassimo uses T-Discs.

So, while the term “pod” is used rather generally, it is important to know which single-serve device your brewer uses in order to avoid purchasing the wrong thing.

The Top 15 Best Keurig Coffee K-Cup

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When it comes to finding the best Keurig coffee K-Cup, there are hundreds of different options out on the market. So how can you truly know what the best Keurig coffee options are? Some chose their favorite big-name brand; others prefer lesser known brands that are Keurig compatible.

In order to find out which Keurig coffee is considered the best, we turned to the consumers to see what they had to say. Below, we have listed the top 15 Keurig coffee K-Cups that the consumers rated as their favorites. This can be seen by looking at the customer ranking listed below each coffee K-Cup summary.

In the case of a tie in the customer ratings, we took the price of the coffee K-Cups and divided by the total amount of K-Cups available in one order to give us a basic price per K-Cup. The lowest price per K-Cup was ranked higher on the list. However, the prices shown are that of the full package.

That being said, check out what fellow consumers believe to be the best Keurig coffee K-Cups currently on the market.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Breakfast Blend

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Breakfast Blend, Single-Serve Keurig...
  • BRAND STORY: The mountains are a special place. It's where Green Mountain Coffee Roasters was born. It's where we...
  • TASTE: An eye-opener as delightful as the dawn itself. Clean and bright, with balanced sweetness, nutty flavor, and a...
  • ROAST: Light roast caffeinated coffee made with 100% Arabica beans and is certified Orthodox Union Kosher (U)

This Breakfast Blend is one of the companies most popular blends. A crisp and citrusy Central American profile is mixed with the sweetness, body, and depth of an Indonesian bean to create a classic and vibrant New England breakfast cup made with 100% Arabica coffee.  

Customer Ranking: 4.8/5

Death Wish Coffee

DEATH WISH COFFEE Dark Roast Coffee Grounds [16 oz.] The World's...
  • WORLD’S STRONGEST: Our ground coffee beans will transform your basic cup of joe into a delicious, bold, and intense...
  • QUALITY BREW: Hands down, the best coffee grounds in the world. One sip of Death Wish Coffee will have you saying...
  • BOLD FLAVOR: Immerse yourself in a smooth, subtle, never bitter cherry and chocolate flavor profile. We've carefully...

Claiming to be the world’s strongest single serve cup, this premium green coffee is both USDA organic and fair trade certified. The Death Wish company then packages the coffee into eco-friendly, recyclable capsules that provide a coffee that is both delicious and ultra-strong.

Customer Ranking: 4.7/5

Caribou Coffee

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Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend, Medium Roast Ground Coffee, 20 Ounce...
  • BLENDS FOR ALL TASTE: Start the morning with our light breakfast blend, Daybreak, with a sweet caramel & nut finish....
  • COFFEE BREWS COMMUNITY: Drinking coffee is social: buying sustainably sourced coffee beans, brewing a pot for breakfast,...
  • BREW YOUR BEST: Brewing the best cup of coffee for your household starts with finding your favorite roast, blend or...

This smooth, medium roast has a rich, syrupy body with balanced sweet, spicy, and berry notes and a bittersweet cocoa and cedar finish. This Caribou coffee blend is both rainforest alliance certified and orthodox union kosher.

Customer Ranking: 4.6/5

Folgers Classic Roast

Folgers Classic Roast Ground Coffee, Medium Roast, 30.5 oz
  • Made from rich, mountain-grown, 100% Arabica beans
  • Interlocking AromaSeal lid for fresh-tasting coffee every time
  • Inner seal for easy-peel opening

Made from Mountain Grown beans, Folgers Classic Roast is allegedly one of the world’s richest and most aromatic medium roast coffee blends.

Customer Ranking: 4.6/5

Newman’s Own Special Blend

Newman's Own Special Blend Coffee, Medium Roast Coffee K-Cup Portion...
  • 80 K-cups for Keurig brewers
  • 100% Arabica coffee for full-bodied flavor
  • special blend

This medium-roasted Central American coffee is blended with a darker-roasted Indonesian blend to create a rich and robust special blend. Its ample body stands up to all the cream and sugar that coffee drinkers may want to add to it. This blend is fair trade certified, USDA organic and orthodox union kosher.

Customer Ranking: 4.6/5

The Original Donut Shop Regular

The Original Donut Shop Regular, Single-Serve Keurig K-Cup Pods,...
  • Convenient 96-count case
  • Bold coffee; bold personality
  • Medium roast classic

This medium roast blend is full of flavor and easy going. Each Keurig K-Cup is filled with the freshest ground coffee and brews a perfect, amazingly tasting cup of coffee, every single time. This K-Cup is certified Orthodox Union Kosher and contains no artificial ingredients.

Customer Ranking: 4.5/5

Eight O’Clock Colombian Peaks

Eight O'Clock Ground Coffee, 100% Colombian Peaks, 33 Ounce (Pack of...
  • Made from the finest blend of award-winning 100% Colombian beans
  • Medium roasted coffee
  • Cultivated exclusively at high-altitude in Colombia’s rich volcanic soils, beans are harvested at their optimum...

This is a medium roast coffee with winey notes and a rich, elegant aroma and a full-bodied finish. Cultivated as a high altitude in Colombia’s rich volcanic soils and harvested at their optimum ripeness. This blend is certified Kosher.

Customer Ranking: 4.5/5

Café Escapes Café Caramel

Café Caramel
  • Buttery rich. Silky smooth. Captivatingly caramelly
  • Contains milk
  • Caffeine content less than 10mg

This blend is buttery rich, silky smooth and captivatingly caramelly. That being said, this blend is artificially flavored, but oh so delicious and makes for a sweet treat either morning or afternoon.

Customer Ranking: 4.5/5

Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll

Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll, Single-Serve Keurig K-Cup Pods,...
  • Swirled with Cinnamon cinnamon, brown sugar, and frosting
  • Light Roast
  • Caffeinated

This blend is a smooth, light-roast brew that is mixed with the decadent flavors of Cinnabon cinnamon, brown sugar, and the legendary Cinnabon frosting. This blend is certified orthodox union Kosher.

Customer Ranking: 4.5/5

Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend

Dunkin' Original Blend Medium Roast Ground Coffee, 12 Ounces...
  • Contains 1 - 12 ounce bag of ground coffee. For a limited time, you may receive either bag while we update our...
  • Original Blend is the coffee that made Dunkin' famous, featuring a rich, smooth taste unmatched by others
  • Medium roast coffee, specially blended and roasted to deliver the same great taste as the brewed Dunkin' coffee...

Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend coffee is rich, smooth, delicious and ready to brew thanks to the convenient K-Cups for Keurig brewers. This blend uses 100% Arabica beans, an industry superior grade of coffee.

Customer Ranking: 4.5/5

Maxwell House House Blend

Maxwell House House Blend Medium Roast K-Cup Coffee Pods (100 Pods)
  • One box of Maxwell House Medium Roast House Blend Coffee K Cups
  • Maxwell House Medium Roast House Blend Coffee K Cups have a consistently great taste
  • Well balanced, lively medium roast ground coffee

This custom roasted blend is the perfect balance of strength and flavor. This blend is a medium roast that is made of 100% Arabica coffee.

Customer Ranking: 4.4/5

Starbucks Sumatra

Starbucks Dark Roast Ground Coffee — Sumatra — 100% Arabica — 1...
  • Sumatra coffee is a dark-roast, full-bodied coffee with spicy and herbal notes and a deep, earthy aroma
  • Dark-roast coffees have fuller body with robust, bold taste
  • Enjoy the Starbucks coffee you love without leaving the house

The Starbucks master blenders and roaster have created a blend so harmonious that no single characteristic dominates. This coffee is a smooth blend of Latin American coffees with subtly rich flavors of cocoa and toasted nuts.

Customer Ranking: 4.4/5

Coffee People Jet Fuel

Coffee People Jet Fuel & Napalm Coffee DARK Roast Variety Sampler...
  • Jet fuel - Dark Roast Full-bodied and bold
  • Napalm - A bold, dark, full-bodied coffee. Explosive Taste - 100% Arabica Coffee
  • 36 K-Cups total (24 Jet Fuel, 12 Napalm)

This coffee blend is a full-bodied, XX bold blend that allegedly packs one heck of a punch. The extra bold and dark roast is easy to use thanks to the Keurig K-Cups.

Customer Ranking: 4.4/5

Revv Turbocharger Coffee

REVV TURBOCHARGER Coffee Keurig K-Cup Pod (24 Count)
  • 1 Box of 24 Keurig K-Cups
  • Intense. Complex. Robust.
  • Dark Roast

Revv Coffee boasts to be a strong coffee. “Good-morning-kiss-from-a-jackhammer strong.” The Turbocharger coffee is an extra bold, robust dark roast of “electrifying intensity.” This blend is orthodox union kosher.

Customer Ranking: 4.2/5

Green Mountain Kenyan AA

Green Mountain Coffee, Kenya Keurig K-Cup Pods (48 count)
  • 2 boxes of 24 Keurig K-cups (48 total)
  • Full, Fruity
  • Medium Roast, Caffeinated

This blend has a fruity and winey aroma and a medium to heavy body with a rich blackberry finish. The beans come from the slopes of Mt. Kenya, through the Rift Valley, to the shores of Lake Victoria. This blend is made of the finest beans, graded AA.

Customer Ranking: 4.1/5

Is Any One Keurig Cup Really Better Than the Next?

When it comes to single-serve brewers currently on the market, Keurig is one of the most popular brands. They are available not only online, but at nearly every top retailer out there, including Walmart, target, bed bath & beyond and even Kohl’s.

Because of their immense popularity, companies are scrambling to get their beverages into these nifty K-Cups because that will help get them out to the masses in a way that other machines just haven’t been able to do as of yet. Favorite brands such as Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme, and even Cinnabon all have gotten their coffee blends into the K-Cup system for Keurig’s. This way they can become a part of not only the single-serve fad but be a part of coffee making revolution.

That being said, is there really any single brand that can be considered as the best Keurig coffee? That answer is a resounding no.

Why?

This is because every person is an individual and has their own taste. That being said, there is no way for us to claim that any single brand, flavor or roast is any better than the next. Hence why we let the consumers do the talking!

So, to all the Keurig coffee addicts out there! What is your favorite Keurig brew?

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