The Best Coffee

Real Simple

Whether you favor light, medium, or dark roast coffees, these winners are all buzz-worthy.

Photo : Bob Hiemstra

Light Roasts, Best Ground

Allegro Coffee Organic Breakfast Blend

Grown without pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers, this fragrant mix has “delicious hints of blackberry,” said a tester. “It wakes up your mouth,” added Jonathan Rubinstein, owner of the Joe cafés, in New York City.

To buy: $11 for 12 ounces.

More from
Real Simple

The Best Chocolate Bars

The Best Kitchen Trash Bags

The Best Chocolate Chips

Photo: Bob Hiemstra

Light Roasts, Best Whole Bean

Newman’s Own Organics Nell’s Breakfast Blend

This delicious concoction “is smooth, mild, bright, and refreshing,” said Rubinstein. Said a fan: “Love the citrus tang.”

To buy: $9 for 10 ounces.

Photo: Bob Hiemstra

Medium Roasts, Best Ground

The Organic Coffee Company Zen Blend

“I adore the aroma,” said a tester of the chocolate and nut notes. “And it’s pleasant to drink from start to finish.” Bonus: The company helps fund schools for the growers’ kids.

To buy: $9 for 12 ounces.

Photo: Bob Hiemstra

Medium Roasts, Best Whole Bean

Tully’s Coffee House Blend

Processing in small batches in a vintage cast-iron roaster renders these beans, in the words of one coffee lover, “buttery and silky, with delicate sweet tones.”

To buy: $11 for 10 ounces.

Photo: Chris Bartlett

Dark Roasts, Best Ground

Peet’s Coffee Major Dickason’s Blend

“The “earthy, robust punch” of this full-bodied coffee impressed several testers, who went back for seconds. Said one, “It’s strong but smooth.”

To buy: $11.50 for 12 ounces.

Photo: Bob Hiemstra

Dark Roasts, Best Whole Bean

Starbucks Coffee Italian Roast

As with most Italian-style coffees, the beans of this intensely smoky brew are roasted very dark, making any espresso lover happy.

To buy: $9.50 for 12 ounces.

Photo: Bob Hiemstra

Decaffeinateds, Best Ground

Maxwell House Decaffeinated Original

This arabica coffee has “none of the chemical flavor some decafs have,” said a staffer. Others called it “one hundred percent smooth,” “balanced,” and “a good medium roast.”

To buy: $5 for 11.5 ounces.

Photo: Bob Hiemstra

Decaffeinateds, Best Whole Bean

Eight O’Clock Coffee Decaffeinated 100% Colombian

This entry has an almost flowerlike flavor that our testers found “delightful and mellow, with no bitter aftertaste.”

To buy: $7 for 12 ounces.

Photo: Bob Hiemstra

Best Cult Coffees

The following coffees were recommended by Rubinstein:

Counter Culture Coffee 21st de Septiembre. A cherry- and nut-scented coffee.

To buy: $12.25 for 12 ounces,

Stumptown Coffee Roasters Hair Bender. A complex, citrusy morning roast.

To buy: $11 for 12 ounces,

Blue Bottle Coffee Co. Three Africans. An extremely smooth dark roast with a chocolate aroma.

To buy: $19 for 16 ounces,

Recommended for You

  • Dancing With the Stars Week 7 Recap: Did the Right Couple Go Home?

    We’ve reached Week 7 of Dancing With the Stars‘ 23rd season, and you know what that means: It’s become very clear which contestants stand a chance at the Mirrorball… and which ones, well, don’t. As the remaining couples performed iconic styles from different eras in history, a handful of duos proved exactly why they should be […]
  • Doctors thought he just had jock itch. Then it spread.

    Late Friday afternoon on Dec. 4, 2014, Stephen Schroeder was waiting to board his packed flight from Philadelphia to Las Vegas for a much anticipated long weekend with his son when his cellphone rang. On the line was an unexpected caller: his doctor, reporting test results sooner than Schroeder had expected. Listening intently, Schroeder was flooded with disbelief as he struggled to comprehend what he was hearing. Using the lip of a trash can as a writing surface, he scribbled notes on the back of his boarding pass, making the doctor spell out each unfamiliar word. Then he sent a terse text to his wife, who was at their home in the Philadelphia suburbs, and got on the plane. Onboard, Schroeder,

    Washington Post q
  • Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says replay decision was the ‘worst call he’s ever seen’

    Jim Harbaugh has been known for using a bit of hyperbole from time to time but it sounds as though he was really, really, really upset at a call in the final few minutes of No. 2 Michigan’s 41-8 win over Illinois on Saturday. Wolverines quarterback John O’Korn had completed a third-and-nine pass to Drake Harris that officials […]

    NBC Sports q
  • A Royal rift as Princes Charles and Andrew row over Beatrice and Eugenie's taxpayer-funded duties

    The Queen is said to be at the centre of an extraordinary row within the Royal Family as her two eldest sons have come to blows over the futures of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie as taxpayer-funded working royals.

    International Business Times UK q
  • NFL morning after: The decline of Colin Kaepernick

    Colin Kaepernick is the NFL’s most significant player off the field, a player whose simple act of declining to stand during the national anthem has led to wide-ranging discussions across America about race, police brutality, free speech and the role of sport in society. That has been the subject of thousands of commentaries. But it’s…

    NBC Sports: ProFootballTalk q
  • When the ‘love of your life’ is no longer interested in making love

    Carolyn Hax is on leave. This column originally ran March 18, 2013. Dear Carolyn: Although we’ve had sex before, my boyfriend of two years has zero interest in sex with me or anyone else. He just doesn’t feel the need (we used to have sex often, before the relationship was committed). This makes me feel unwanted, unloved and incredibly self-conscious and paranoid. He’s been to therapy (I am also in therapy), but his psychiatrist flat-out told him she didn’t know how to help him (!), so he stopped going. He turns down every other suggestion I make to try to overcome this issue, and talking about it leads to his anxiety and my tears. Yet, he says he loves me and he would spend the rest of his life

    Washington Post q
  • Germany Warns of the Danger of War

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Oct. 8 that the situation between the U.S. and Russia today is more dangerous than it was during the Cold War. As he put it, "It's a fallacy to think that this is like the Cold War. The current times are different and more dangerous." Since most of us think of the Cold War as by far the most dangerous time we have known, Steinmeier's view is startling. It is important to understand what he is saying, not simply because he is the foreign minister of an important country, but because he is a smart man. In the interview, Steinmeier discussed the Russian intervention in Syria, the standoff with the United States and the frozen but still dangerous confrontation

    The Huffington Post q
  • Civil rights hero from 60s takes criticism as Trump backer

    HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — Clarence Henderson was hailed as a hero nearly 60 years ago when as a young black man he participated in a sit-in at a segregated North Carolina lunch counter.

    Associated Press
  • Mariah Carey Kicks Off Halloween 2016 (3 photos)

    From the hottest Halloween parties of the year to the best A-list Instagrams, check back as we round up the best celebrity costumes of 2016. From Harper's BAZAAR

    Harper's Bazaar
  • Teen indicted in death of stepmother; report says boyfriend committed suicide

    Jenna Oakley, the 15-year-old girl who went missing the day her stepmother was found dead, has been indicted as an adult on a charge of murder in connection with the death. A Boyle County grand jury returned the indictment Thursday. Jenna is also indicted on a charge of theft by unlawful taking of more than $10,000. She’s accused of taking a vehicle owned by her stepmother. Rhonda Oakley, 52, was found slain Sept. 1 inside her home in Danville. Her 13-year-old stepson found her body when he came home from school. Each count says Jenna committed the offense “or that another person did so by acting in complicity with the defendant to commit this crime.” Jenna and her boyfriend, Kenneth Nigh, 21,

    Miami Herald q
  • 4 Reasons Why a Man Breaks Up With His Partner

    Wondering why a man breaks up with his partner? Here's why.

    The Cheat Sheet q
  • What 'The Walking Dead' Just Did With Negan Is A Trick They Should Never Pull Again

    'The Walking Dead's year-long cliffhanger finally ended last night as Negan's decision was revealed, but AMC has to seriously rethink the ways they're trying to manipulate and deceive their audience going forward.

    Forbes q
  • Nurse who survived Ebola settles with Texas hospital system

    DALLAS (AP) — A nurse who contracted Ebola two years ago while caring for the first person to be diagnosed in the U.S. with the deadly disease settled a lawsuit Monday against the parent company of the Dallas hospital where she worked.

    Associated Press
  • Pregnant Mila Kunis Goes Grocery Shopping With Ashton Kutcher Weeks Before Her Due Date: Pics!

    The couple looked laidback ahead of welcoming their second child.

    Entertainment Tonight
  • 4 Dead Giveaways That Your Partner is Cheating on You

    Are you just a side dish, or the main entrée? Here's how to find out if your partner is cheating on you with someone else.

    The Cheat Sheet q
  • Donald Trump just got some of his best polling news in weeks

    A CNN poll released on Monday showed Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinton by five points...

    Business Insider
  • Rob Van Dam Revealed He Walked Out On Vince McMahon In 1997 Rather Than Sign With WWE

    If you’ve been regularly reading our vintage Best and Worst of WWF Raw columns (and if you’re not, you’re doing yourself a serious disservice as a wrestling fan), you’ll know that just a couple of weeks ago, we tackled the beginning of the landmark “ECW invasion” angle that the then-WWF experimented with in early 1997. One of the ECW stars who was notably absent for that episode was “Mr. Monday Night,” Rob Van Dam. RVD would eventually show up on WWF television in May of that year, but the star of 3-Headed Shark Attack recently revealed that WWE wanted him to stick around, and he opted to take a walk instead.

  • Now Galaxy S7 Edge Is Reportedly Catching Fire (Update: Samsung Responds)

    Samsung's troubles have apparently just spread from the Note 7 to another flagship phone. According to Android Headlines, a Canadian man says his Galaxy S7 Edge caught fire while he was driving home from work. Separately, Phone Arena reports that an employee of one of the big U.S. wireless carriers told the site that one of its customers' Galaxy S7 Edge devices had exploded while it was charging overnight using the included charger.

    Tech Media Network (Tom's Guide)
  • 13 Ultra-Comforting Potato Casseroles (14 photos)

    These hearty recipes need to be in your fall casserole rotation. From Delish