According to a recent study, 64 percent of Americans drink a cup of coffee every day. From lattes and cappuccinos to cold brews or plain black coffee, most of us can’t start the day without this caffeinated beverage. But finding the best brew on the market can be a bit of a challenge. Not only do we want bold, rich blends to savor, but we also want to be sure our beans are sustainably and ethically sourced in a manner that benefits both farmers and consumers. Thankfully, we’ve curated a selection that checks all of these boxes and would please even the most discerning coffee connoisseur.
Coffee Making Tips
Keep your coffee game strong with these helpful hacks:
- To keep your coffee maker clean and working efficiently, run a solution of one part white vinegar, white wine vinegar, or champagne vinegar to two parts water through it once a month.
- Make coffee ice cubes by pouring brewed coffee into ice trays for delicious iced coffee that’s not watered down.
- Whip up cold brew in your blender, which can be used as both a grinder and a brewing pot.
- Coffee too bitter? Add a pinch of salt, which can make the flavor seem more mild.
Top Coffee Brands
Hit the grounds running with these premium coffee brands.
Ethical Bean Coffee
Since 2003, Ethical Bean has worked hard to make Fair Trade, organically grown coffee available to all while ensuring farmers are properly compensated. The brand also makes a big effort to grow, harvest, and package beans as sustainably and responsibly as possible.
For over 20 years, Kicking Horse coffee has delivered exquisite brews roasted right in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Every batch of beans is organic, Fair Trade, and delivers deep richness in every sip.
As its name suggests, this progressive brand fosters mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers. This is how Equal Exchange works to demonstrate how worker cooperatives and Fair Trade practices contribute to a more equitable, democratic, and sustainable world.
Best Fair Trade Coffee
These Fair Trade Certified selections are ethically sourced and exceptionally delicious.
Equal Exchange Organic Love Buzz Coffee
Love is in the air thanks to this dark and smoky blend, which has notes of chocolate brownie, carmel corn, malt, and toffee. It’s the perfect addition when you’re looking to sweeten up your cup.
Ethical Bean Coffee, Super Dark Roast
If you’re looking for coffee that means business, meet your new pantry staple. This Certified Organic, full-bodied, dark roast has you covered. It’s blended for balance and has a pleasant cocoa finish.
Mt Hagen Organic Instant Coffee- Single Serve Sticks
Instant coffee sometimes gets a bad rap, but this organically grown, instant freeze dried coffee sets the bar high thanks to 100 percent Arabica beans that are carefully selected and harvested.
Best Sustainably Farmed Coffee
Perk up your day with these responsibly produced blends.
Thrive Market Organic Breakfast Blend
Our Certified Organic, ethically-sourced Breakfast Blend is smooth and mild and includes flavors of dark chocolate, toffee, and caramel. It’s no wonder this brew is so beloved by our members.
Four Sigmatic Mushroom Mocha Mix
This unique blend brings together the brand’s famous mushroom coffee with chaga and criollo variety cacao for a chocolatey mocha-mushroom mix. The soothing, antioxidant brew can be enjoyed morning or night.
Kicking Horse Smart Ass Whole Bean Coffee, Medium Roast
This bright and chocolatey blend of organic arabica beans is so smooth, you can probably enjoy it without cream or sugar. The lively brew has notes of sweet syrup, vanilla bean, and stone fruit.
Best Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brew coffee refers to low-acidity coffee that’s steeped in room temperature water for about 24 hours and then diluted with water by about 50%. Here are a few of our favorites!
Bhakti Iced Chai Cold Brew Coffee CashewMilk
Fans of dirty chai lattes will love this version made with clean ingredients like cold brew coffee, cardamom, ginger, and rich cashew milk. It’s a dairy-free drink to sip on the daily.
Califia Farms Cold Brew Concentrate
Need a morning boost without tummy troubles? Mix this concentrate with equal parts water and almond milk and you’re ready to enjoy an energizing cup of jo without disrupting your digestive tract.
Wandering Bear Coffee Cold Brew Coffee on Tap
Whether you’re hosting a brunch or just have a lot of coffee drinkers in your household, this Certified Organic boxed cold brew offers up to 16 full servings of coffee and is so smooth, you can easily enjoy it black.
These java-infused recipes will put a little pep in your step.
This refreshing sip combines cold brew coffee with coconut milk, vanilla bean, dates, cardamom, and maple syrup. Pour it over ice and enjoy a calming moment in your busy day.
Shake things up with a caffeinated slant on the traditional sophisticated cocktail by mixing cold brew coffee with orange liqueur, a splash of heavy cream, and a shot of vodka.
Dig into this superfood-loaded pudding of chia seeds that are mixed with coffee, cocoa powder, macadamia milk, coconut milk, and honey. Top it all off with chocolate chips and cocoa nibs for a sweet treat.