For so many of us, the importance of a good morning cup of coffee cannot be overstated. The morning brew provides more than simply an energy boost; it also has health benefits. A bland beverage might not completely ruin your day, but a tasty one can give you a motivating start.
According to a study commissioned by the National Coffee Association that surveyed 3,000 Americans about their coffee drinking habits, 64 percent of Americans drink a cup of coffee every day. That's a lot of coffee being sipped at home and in coffee shops, and, though caffeine consumption habits are always evolving, there are a few manufacturers, roasters, and brands that always use the highest quality ingredients. We've highlighted the best of the best coffee brands that will deliciously fuel your morning routine.
Kicking Horse Coffee
If you see Kicking Horse roasts on your store shelves, scoop up those bags—this brew is mighty and committed to serving up excellent coffee. Since 2003, this Canadian coffee company buys, roasts, brews, and sells only 100% organic coffee beans. Acquired by Lavazza in 2017, Kicking Horse Coffee was named Canada's #1 selling Organic Fairtrade coffee brand 13 years in a row.
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Death Wish Coffee
The so-called "World's Strongest Coffee" has picked up plenty of fans since launching in 2012, and even fueled the astronauts at the International Space Station. Using a unique combination of beans paired with a specially designed roasting process, the makers of Death Wish Coffee have created a punchy blend that is extremely caffeinated thanks to both arabica and robusta beans sourced mainly from India and Peru.
Caribou Coffee began as a small roastery and shop in Minnesota, but these days their cafes and bagged beans can be found almost anywhere. In 2017 the brand set a clean label standard for its U.S. stores, meaning the company will not add artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, MSG, or high-fructose corn syrup to its beverages.
The national brand offers its coffee fresh brewed in shops and in stores to make at home, and hand-roasts 100% of their organic coffees "in the nation's first LEED Gold Certified roasting facility." Peet's sources from farms around the world and freshly roasts its beans by hand to create a delicious cup of coffee.
Blue Bottle Coffee
Blue Bottle Coffee, which was established in Oakland, California, in 2002, has made it its mission to work closely with growers all over the world to discover the most delectable and sustainable coffees and serve them when they are at their freshest. The brand has worked to shorten the supply chain, so you're drinking straight from the (sustainable) source, which means a fresher, richer flavor.
Claiming to be the healthiest coffee on the planet, Lifeboost promises that every pour is mold- and chemical-free, non-GMO, shade-grown, fairly traded, and single origin. Even more impressive? The single-origin roasts are smooth, easy on the stomach, and certified organic.
Partners Coffee Roasters
This relatively new brand (founded in 2012), touts that its beans are sourced sustainably from farmers around the world, and roasted at its headquarters in Brooklyn. All of its beans are single origin, from coffee farms in Brazil, Ethiopia, Colombia, Rwanda, and more.
If you know, you know. One of the pricier cups of coffee on the market, Bulletproof is one of the best organic ground coffees. It's clean, tested for toxins, and rainforest certified, with sustainably washed beans grown on high-altitude estates in Guatemala and Colombia. You can pair it with ghee from grass-fed cows and octane oil for the brand's coffee system, or just enjoy a regular cup of good coffee.
If you love espresso, you know Italy's best-selling coffee, Lavazza. The Classico is a coveted roast, but the Gran Selezione is perhaps their best roast, with chocolate-forward accents that make it worth savoring. Lavazza sources their beans from around the globe and offers single origin and blends for almost every palate.