Most coffee lovers can appreciate the challenge of scouring the net to find a brew that matches their specific taste profile. But even beyond taste, there are many other factors that come into play when shopping for that perfect blend. Factors such as recyclability, delivery form, fair trade certification, and organic status are just some of the many coffee qualities that weigh in on a customer's buying decisions. While all of us here at Best Quality Coffee each have our own preferences, there is one type of coffee category that we can all agree on: Fair Trade seasonal K-Cups ®.
First off, we are big fans of the convenience made possible by K-Cups ® and coffee pods. Secondly, we acknowledge the importance of fair trade coffee especially in a global industry where margins can supersede morals. And lastly, we love the seasonal coffee flavors that are just some of those simple things that improve one's quality of life. Fair Trade seasonal K-Cups ® and coffee pods are a unique category in and of themselves. Seasonal flavors are by nature rare and many of them lack the fair trade certification that many coffee drinkers look for. We were actually surprised by how few seasonal k-cups were Fair Trade Certified which was one of the main driving forces behind our putting together this Fair Trade seasonal K-cups ® guide.
Our top fair trade seasonal K-cups ®.
Starting off our list is a major fan-favorite and for good reason. Green Mountain's Pumpkin Spice K-Cup® is easily one of the brand's most popular seasonal blend. What's kind of crazy about this flavor is that you don't actually have to like pumpkin in order to like pumpkin spice coffee. The proprietary mixture of spice infuses the coffee with a warm and zingy experience while the coffee's body remains deep, creamy, and rich. Let me be the first to say that I'm not a pumpkin fan but am a fan of Pumpkin Spice coffee.
Even though summer may have come to and end, you can still enjoy the bright and uplifting flavor of the Summer Sunrise K-Cup®. While all coffee generally makes any coffee lover happy, this particular blend is precisely the type of flavor I look for to start my day. It's crisp and clean flavor is energizing inducing within the drinker an irresistible urge to smile. What's especially nice about this blend is that even though it's bright, it's also bodied. This medium roasted seasonal K-cup achieves a great balance of strength and smoothness.
Like the Pumpkin Spice K-Cup, the Spicy Eggnog has garnered a huge following. In my opinion, just how much you'll like the Spicy Eggnog K-Cup will depend on how you like your eggnog. Some like it super sweet while others like it mild. The Spice Eggnog K-Cup isn't super sweet. Based on my preferences, this is a good thing because sometimes seasonal blends can have the tendency to go overboard on sweetness making the taste seem artificial. Green Mountain's Spice Eggnog is different in that it strikes a middle ground. It's has just enough sugar in it to make it taste like authentic eggnog.
The Holiday Blend K-Cup is made with a mixture of medium and dark roasted beans. Similar to the Summer Sunrise, the Holiday Blend is very uplifting and bright. Even with its cheerful qualities, this blend is robust and deep enough to make you feel like you haven't gone soft with your coffee drinking 🙂 If I were to describe a taste in terms of emotions, it's that feeling you get when you wake up on Christmas Eve with the heat and warmth of the fireplace livening up the home. This blend will make you feel warm and tingly not because of the coffee temperature; but rather, because of the emotions that the flavors will evoke.
Rounding out our list of fair trade seasonal K-Cups is the Cinnamon Sugar Cookie K-Cup®. I think the name speaks for itself. To say that there are hints of cinnamon and vanilla would be an understatement. Green Mountain was heavy-handed in adding flavor to this blend and they did an exceptional job at it. This delicious light roast still retains its mild nature while being explosive in flavor. The taste of cinnamon sugar cookies is exhilarating but never overwhelming.
Incidentally, our top five Fair Trade seasonal K-Cups and Coffee Pods are all made by Green Mountain. There are certainly more out there but these were some of our favorites. If any of our readers would like to suggest new flavors and brands that fit this category, please shoot us a message and let us know. We encourage our readers to pay Fair Trade coffee whenever possible. Sure, there's a small premium for it, but we think it's well worth it for all parties involved.