Intense coffee connoisseurs can be precious about the brands and regions they devote themselves to, and even a casual coffee drinker understands that a good cup of joe needs to start with quality beans.
No matter what roast you prefer, there is a bean that will deliver the sophisticated flavor and bracing caffeine boost you want from your morning (or afternoon or evening or late night) coffee. Here are some of the best we’ve found.
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If nothing short of a jackhammer to your headboard will get you up and going in the morning, consider these beans. Delivering a rich, dark chocolate-y brew (without being acidic), this is the kind of intense dark roast you’d expect from something called “Kicking Horse Grizzly Claw.” Clearly, this is not some wimpy corner store coffee. Each bag contains 10 ounces of fair trade, organic, shade-grown beans direct from the Canadian Rockies. Kicking Horse recommends using a French press or pour-over for the best results.
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A full-bodied medium roast made up of a blend of Central and South American beans, the Fog Chaser promises to clear the morning haze with hints of milk chocolate, Mandarin orange, and toffee. Produced by Rogers Family Co., SF Bay is committed to sustainable farming techniques and social outreach. So you can feel good about what you’re putting in your cup, in addition to getting that morning pick-me-up.
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For those who don’t need unleaded fuel to get their day started, the Daybreak Morning Blend from Caribou is a lighter, gentler way to get your coffee fix. Its slightly sweet caramel and nut finish with hints of cherry goes down smooth, and pairs well with just about any traditional breakfast meal from pancakes to omelets without being overpowering. Caribou is Rainforest Alliance Certified for sustainable production, and the beans are small batch roasted for optimum flavor.
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In general, if you’re looking for wild and unusually flavored coffee, you need to head directly to Bones Coffee Company. They offer a wide variety of flavors like “Shark Bite” (featuring hints of rum), “Highland Grog” (butterscotch and caramel), and of course, “S’Morey Time,” which is infused with chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker flavors. Each variety comes packaged in distinct black bags with cool, hipster goth artwork. S’Morey Time doesn’t overwhelm with the flavors, as sweet and intense as they can be, allowing it to taste like you’re still drinking coffee and not just a cup of melted candy. All of Bones’ coffees are vegan and keto-friendly, and are low acid and allergen free. It’s an easy, delicious way to spice up your morning.