If you drink coffee, you know the importance of keeping your favorite grounds in stock. And, sure, you can buy some generic sludge in a 16-pound tin that’ll get you through, but you deserve more.
Luckily, there are delicious, small-batch coffees available at the click of a button, each one with enough strength to send you hurtling into your morning commute like a Viking.
This coffee has attained status among—and I can’t believe we’re writing this—“Peetniks.” Rich and bold, Peet’s signature blend was, according to lore, developed in 1969 with the help of a loyal customer, a retired Army major named Key Dickason.
Like ordering a renowned chef’s signature dish, a nice place to start with a coffee brand is the blend that carries its name. If they’re proud of it, find out why. In the case of Caribou, it’s a lighter blend intended to ease you into your morning rather than shouting at you to open your eyes. It's got notes of caramel and nuts.
Read that name again. If you’re the kind of person who has trouble getting going in the morning, you need a coffee that sounds like an Icelandic caffe that caters solely to death metal frontmen. A little bit of a pricey option, but this dark, hefty roast hits you like Mjolnir.
In case you haven’t noticed, coffee companies tend to take their roasts seriously. Like, violently so. Not into the Teutonic warlord blend of Death Wish? How about an equally jolting offering themed after bloody thirsty pirates? If you prefer to start your day with a hearty “Yo ho!” rather than barbaric yawp, this is for you.
There’s something to be said for simplicity, and the confidence in your product that allows you to serve it in essentially a brown paper bag. Although definitely on the pricey side, Real Good Coffee Co uses USDA-certified organic beans and delivers a thoroughly energizing blend. If you don’t mind shelling out a little extra, this is a tasty and effective option.