With the holidays upon us, coffee lovers around the world wait anxiously for the release of holiday coffees. Part of why seasonal coffees are so highly sought-after is because of their limited supply and availability. In fact, some of the best seasonal coffee flavors make their debut for a few weeks only never to be seen again. The window of opportunity for these rare blends is small so acting promptly is key. Check out our list of this year's best holiday coffees and stock up on uniquely crafted blends designed to capture the mood of the season.
Whether you're looking for seasonal whole bean coffee or seasonal K-Cups and coffee pods, we've got your covered. If you're not in the mood to read through all the reviews, we've included the top 3 picks.
Seasonal Coffee – Ground & Whole Bean
This year's holiday blend is a trinity of three exotic beans taken from South Ethiopia, Northern Indonesia, and San Martin Jilotepeque. This fusion makes for a superbly fragrant, deep, and rich coffee that captures the essence of what I seek in Holiday Blends. Each bean was selected for its unique qualities. South Ethiopian beans are known for their citrusy aroma, Northern Indonesian beans are tobacco-spiced and lively, and San Martin Jilotepeque beans are revered for their defined yet no overpowering chocolate flavor. If you're looking for strength, depth, and body in your coffee, then Peet's Holiday Blend is an ideal choice.
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Next up on our list of best holiday coffees is a premium organic brand we've grown very fond of over the years. Unlike some brands that produce a one-hit wonder, Out of the Grey Coffee consistently produces mighty fine brews. Their seasonal Pumpkin Snuggle is no exception. A mix of Colombian Supremo, Guatemalan Antigua, and Costa Rican Tarrazu, this blend is made up of coffee beans sourced from the some of the best coffee-producing regions in the world. It produces a vibrant pumpkin flavor augmented by cinnamon and sweet brown sugar. Pumpkin-flavored coffees, like most flavored-coffees, tend to be lighter roasts so as to maximize the expression of flavor. However, Out of the Grey Coffee's Pumpkin Snuggle is a medium dark roast that offers the pumpkin flavor experience in the context of a bolder roast.
Equator Coffee, a company well-known for their high quality coffee, just released its 2020 Holiday Blend. This blend is a light to medium roast allowing the drinker to savor the full range of natural flavors from these carefully curated beans. Equators Holiday Blend balances delicate fruit and floral notes punctuated by a crisp acidity. We recently had the opportunity to review some of Equator's most popular blends. Let's just say, it's no surprise to us that their Holiday Blend is a hot seller.
Sweet and spicy are common flavors associated with many seasonal coffee brews. However, few do Holiday Blends like Starbucks. Whether you're a fan of their regular coffee or not, there's much to savor and appreciate with this latest offering. This Starbucks Holiday blend is sweet and layered seasonal blend of medium-roast coffee with herbal and sweet maple notes. As with all of these seasonal coffees, they're only around for a limited time so be sure to grab them while you can.
You may or may not have heard about Lifeboost Coffee, but the coffee brand is known best for its use of incredibly pure and clean coffee beans. Lifeboost Coffee uses premium organic beans and leverages their natural flavor for very clean-tasting brew. Their peppermint mocha single origin coffee captures the essence of the holidays with its delightfully rich, creamy, and chocolaty mocha flavor. The refreshing mint flavor is the perfect complement to the coffee's deep flavor.
Next up on this list is a pricier item, but if you value incredible coffee, it's well worth it. Lifeboost Coffee just launched its holiday coffee bundle and it's quite the impressive collection of seasonal coffees. This ultimate seasonal coffee variety pack comes with the following flavors. Pumpkin Spice, Toasted Chestnut, Peppermint Mocha, Eggnog Latte, Gingerbread Latte, Cherry Mocha Truffle. The flavors in this bundle are sure to please even the most uncompromising coffee lover.
Seasonal K Cups and Coffee Pods
If you're looking for an low-acid extra and incredibly smooth medium roast for the holidays, we suggest checking out Maud's Holiday Blend. This seasonal coffee blend owes its deep earthen flavor to premium Sumatra beans that are used. Created by their 5th generation roastmaster, Maud's has created a delectable blend this year that offers a bold flavor with poignant citrus and spicy notes. I particularly recommend Maud's Coffee to those who appreciate silky smooth coffee with no bite.
No list of best holiday coffees would be complete without a pumpkin spiced coffee. Pumpkin Spice is one of those coffee flavors that even those who drink their coffee black are excited about. Green Mountain's wildly popular pumpkin spice brew is lively and poignant offering a crisp refreshing taste of autumn. This light roast coffee packs a spirited punch with its distinct and recognizable spicy notes. This is one of the few Fair Trade seasonal K Cups on the market.
Although we've already covered Peet's Holiday blend, we couldn't finish a list of the best holiday coffees and seasonal coffees without including the K Cup version. The same delicious trio of three exotic coffees (South Ethiopia, Northern Indonesia, and San Martin Jilotepeque) in one blend is now available in the convenience of a K-Cup Pod.
Last but least on this list of best seasonal coffees is another Green Mountain Holiday K Cup favorite. Their medium roasted holiday blend is a cheerful, bright, festive brew that offers delicious notes of mild fruit and toasted nuts which punctuate this hearty blend. With thousands of stellar reviews, this rare holiday blend captures the festive spirit of the holidays and will be sure to warm both your hearts and tastebuds.
In my opinion, one of Maud's Coffee's many claims to fame is that they produce an ultra-smooth brew. I don't particularly favor highly acidic coffees so it's no wonder that this is one of my favorite brands. Maud's Pumpkin Spice is a true classic with its warm medley of delicious spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. When you combine such a smooth brew with these lively flavors, it's a seasonal k cup / coffee pod that can't be passed up.
It goes without saying that this list of best seasonal coffees is not exhaustive. We'll be updating this article regularly with new exciting flavors as the season progresses. For a more extensive list of the best holiday coffees of 2020, check out our seasonal coffee guide. If you have any seasonal coffee recommendations that you think should be added to the list, we'd love to hear from you in the comments.
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