K-cup coffee flavors that don’t trade taste for convenience

Fill up your pod coffee maker with bold, diverse, and, yes, flavorful coffee.

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Coffee pods that don't taste like dirt.Annie Spratt via Unsplash

When pod coffee makers first started gaining in popularity, the focus was clearly on the convenience and flexibility they offered and not on, well, the flavor of the actual coffee. But as the devices have taken more of a foothold, brands have started putting in that extra effort to make sure they provide a cup of Joe that tastes like an actual cup of Joe.

To get your pod coffee maker firing on all cylinders, load it up with some of these power cups. You can also fill up your own eco-friendly pods with your favorite ground beans.

Green Mountain Coffee Sumatra Reserve

Green Mountain Coffee Sumatra Reserve
When convenience just isn’t enough.Amazon

When reputable coffee brands started to embrace this new format, you started to see the quality level rise considerably. Green Mountain brings a genuinely bold dark roast to the table, with the added benefit of still being fair trade certified organic. This is the kind of warm, slightly spicy cup that’ll make you a convert to the pod coffee way.

Starbucks Pike Place Roast

Starbucks Pike Place Roast
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Another name that you can rest assured won’t steer you wrong, Starbucks’ signature Pike Place Roast actually translates pretty well from store to drip machine to pod. The same smooth and balanced flavor is intact, and the K-Cup convenience makes this a perfect “middle of the day” coffee where you don’t necessarily want to brew a whole new pot but you definitely need something to kick up up a notch. Obviously if you don't like Starbucks coffee, you should not opt for this blend.

Peet’s Coffee Major Dickason’s Blend

Peet’s Coffee Major Dickason’s Blend
Major, in minor size.Amazon

Major Dickason’s Blend, named after a longtime, loyal customer of Peet's Coffee, is another varietal that gets treated pretty well in the transition from beans to K-Cups. In fact, Peet’s goes so far as to claim outright that there is no difference between the pod version of the Blend and the regular, drip coffee version. Bold words, backed up by a nice bold cup of coffee.

Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend

Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend
America runs to their pod machines.Amazon

Quite possibly the most famous and revered cup of coffee behind only Starbucks, Dunkin’ is so confident in its brew that it’s even dropped “Donuts” from its official name. And if a Dunkin’ on every corner and gas station on the Eastern seaboard just isn’t convenience enough for you, you can confidently get your fix with a pod version that tastes just like the real thing. Plus, when you brew at home you’re less likely to be tempted into a Boston Creme impulse buy and that’s just a healthier option for everyone.