With the Fall here and the holidays just around the corner, coffee lovers around the world wait anxiously for the release of seasonal 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 seasonal 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.
Seasonal Coffee – Ground & Whole Bean
Peet's Coffee Holiday Blend – Dark Roast
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. Buy Pete's Coffee Holiday Blend
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Out of the Grey Coffee Organic Pumpkin Snuggle – Medium Dark Roast
Next up on our list of best seasonal 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.
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Starbucks Holiday Blend Coffee – Medium Roast
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. Starbucks's 2018 Holiday Blend make for a deeply sweet and multi-layered coffee experience accented by herbal and maple notes.
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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.
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Seasonal K Cups and Coffee Pods
Maud's Coffee Holiday Blend 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.
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Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice K-Cup Pods – Light Roast
No list of best seasonal 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.
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Peet's Coffee Holiday Blend K Cups – Dark Roast
Although we've already covered Peet's Holiday blend, we couldn't finish a list of the best 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.
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Maud's Coffee Pumpkin Spice Coffee Pods
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.
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Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) Holiday Blend K Cups – Medium Roast
CBTL's Holiday Blend storied blend was originally conceived in 1996 by the company's Master Roaster and since then has earned its status as a fan favorite. By combining Guatamelan, Costa Rican, and Brazilian beans together, CBTL has produced a Holiday blend that's uniquely dark, distinctive, and delightful. If you're interested in buying these K-Cups in bulk, be sure to use the code CAPPOD6. You'll get 25% and free shipping off of your order if you purchase more than 6 boxes.
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Green Mountain Holiday Blend K Cups – Light Roast
Green Mountain's Holiday Blend rounds out our list of best seasonal K Cups. Similar to their Pumpkin Spice blend, their Holiday Blend is also a seasonal fair trade K-Cup that delivers a very refined coffee experience. Unlike the Pumpkin Spice, this is a light roast which helps accentuate the coffee's sweetly-spiced aroma and hints of fruit and spices. This cheerful blend is similar to Green Mountain's Breakfast Blend but with an festive kick.
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Last but least on this list of best seasonal coffees is a Green Mountain seasonal K Cup variety pack that includes 4 wildly popular seasonal blends: Cinnamon Sugar Cook, Maple Pecan, Peppermint Bark, and the Holiday Blend. Indulge in an assortment of impressive coffee flavors for the holidays while these flavors are still available.
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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. 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.