Within the global coffee community, there's a word that is guaranteed to solicit smirks and subtle looks of deep disapproval. That word is “decaf“. Decaf coffee drinkers are often regarded as sub par coffee drinkers, a statement to which I personally take exception. To these folks, the term best decaf coffee is at best an oxymoron. The reason for this is that decaf coffee has a reputation for being watered down due to the process it must undergo to remove the caffeine. But in this modern era of coffee technology, coffee lovers simply no longer have to sacrifice taste in order to be caffeine-free.
One of the best decaffeinating processes is the Swiss Water Decaf process which doesn't use chemicals and preserves the flavor profiles of the coffee beans.
We've included in this article a brief list of some of the best tasting decaf coffee beans available.
Best Decaf Coffee (Ground / Whole Bean)
Lifeboost Coffee takes the first spot on this list with its commitment to delivering full-flavored decaf coffee. This Lifeboost Decaf brew sources single origin beans which means you won't get a blend of different quality beans. In this case, they are ALL premium quality and harvested from a single farm. To no surprise, Lifeboost opted for the Swiss Water decaf process so you can be sure the beans are chemical-free. In my opinion, French Vanilla flavors can sometimes taste artificial with a chemical aftertaste. Not so here. Lifeboost Coffee's offers an exceptionally clean and natural French Vanilla flavor that will win over the hearts of any coffee lover. As a huge bonus, this coffee is also low acid so it's gentle on the stomach and goes down very smooth.
- Hand picked, Spring water washed, Sun Dried
- Hand roasted
- Mycotoxin free
- Mountain Shade Grown
At the top of our list is a brand that needs no introduction especially to those who are true coffee connoisseurs. Koa Coffee is the world's renown coffee brand for kona coffee, long considered some of the best coffee in the world. Their decaf kona blend uses the Swiss water decaf method and as a result, retains its impeccable richness and flavor. Make no mistake. This is premium gourmet coffee at its finest and simply some of the best decaf coffee on the market. You can definitely expect to get what you pay for with Koa's Swiss Decaf Coffee.
- Medium roast
- Kona Coffee
Volcanica Coffee has a reputation for producing phenomenal coffee. Their decaf is no exception. Using the Swiss Water decaffeinating process, they've been able to preserve all the best aspects of their famed Tarrazu coffee. This is full flavored decaf coffee is a great fit for anyone who appreciates a high-end Costa Rican coffee.
- Medium roast
- Rain Forest Alliance Certified
- Shade Grown
- Flavor Notes: Crisp, toasty Tarrazu, Apple
- Cup Notes: Balanced, medium body and acidity
Peet's top-selling coffee is available in decaf form. Major Dickason's has been a fan-favorite for a long time and coffee drinkers will be delighted to know they offer a decaf version. This will easily be one of the most flavorful decaf coffees you'll ever try. Peet's is known for packing a strong punch when it comes to flavor and we're happy to report their decaf coffee is no exception.
- Dark Roast
- Flavor Notes: Spicy and Complex
- Bold and Full Bodied
- Very Robust Flavor
We recently discovered Currency Coffee and were impressed by the complexity and smoothness of their gourmet coffee. Their decaf preserves this uniquely flavorful experience and delivers it in full but without the caffeine. Check our full review of Currency Coffee for more information on this lesser known but very impressive coffee brand.
- Dark Roast
- Very Smooth
- Colombian Coffee Beans
- Complex flavor notes
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I actually had the opportunity to try this organic decaf coffee last week. Since then, I've been drinking it 3 times a day. It's an incredibly smooth and mellow coffee that still offers the deep body of a good caffeinated brew. The best tasting decaf coffees will usually use Swiss Water Processing to decaffeinate their coffee beans. This is a very natural and chemical-free way of removing caffeine, and is pretty much the exclusive method of choice for many organic specialty coffee brands. Hunter Bay is no exception. I love the fact that this coffee is also USDA organic. Hunter Bay has produced a tasty decaf blend that's medium roasted to perfection and full exceptional flavor.
- USDA Organic
- Medium Roasted
- Heavy Body
- Extremely Smooth
- Montana Coffee company (made in Montana)
Best Decaf K Cups ® and Coffee Pods
Maud's Decaf Collection
Maud's Coffee has been around for a few years now and in a short time, left a very strong mark on the coffee industry. The only thing more impressive than their caffeinated K Cups are their full flavored decaf K Cups / Coffee pods. We've had the pleasure of sampling many of the decaf coffees in this bundle and can wholeheartedly recommend them. To be quite honest, we've never come across a decaf coffee bundle with such incredibly creative and delicious flavors. You won't be disappointed.
Decaf French Toast Roast, Decaf Sister Hazelnut, Decaf Gone Banana's Fosters, Decaf Raspberry Choco-Latte, Decaf Salted Caramel, Decaf Cinnamon Roll
- Very smooth
- Extremely full flavored
Peet's Decaf House Blend K cups®
Anyone who is familiar with the bodied and pleasantly smoky flavor of Peet's House Blend will be happy to hear that their decaffeinated version is just as enjoyable. Their House Blend in particular offers a robust dark roast experience with enjoyable accents of bright sweetness (a rare combination for a dark roast.) There are no signs of being watered down and the bold flavor that's so often associated with Peet's is in equally full force. Their decaf house blend has a very crisp finish that serves as a distinct accent to a very bold dark roast.
- Smoky and full flavored
- Bright / Sweet
- Bold Dark Roast
Moving along with our best decaf coffee list is Maud's Coffee Tall Dark and Handsome K cups®. This is a tasty brew that contains all the body and flavorful richness you'd expect in a pure unadulterated dark roast. If you aren't into “flavored” coffees, this is a superb option. There's a smoothness to it that's reminiscent of Gevalia's decaf blend. Maud's Coffee also has a decaf offering in a medium roast that's appropriately named “Mellow Mood”. It's smooth and particularly well-balanced. Check out our full Maud's Coffee Decaf review on these two decaf blends for more details. Easily one of my favorite decaf coffees, you can't go wrong with Maud's Decaf.
- Very Smooth
- Deeply flavored
- Medium Roast
- Affordably Priced
- Ultra Smooth
Regardless of your reasons for drinking decaf (health, personal preference), the above list of best decaf coffees will still deliver all the robust flavor of coffee but without the caffeine.