The 12 Best Coffee Brands to Get You Up and Out of Bed in the Morning

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Some days, the smell of freshly brewed coffee is the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning. Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true since I actually have to get up to make my own coffee, but the thought of freshly brewed coffee definitely does it.

It can be difficult to sort through all the options to find the best coffee brands out there. That’s why I did it for you. Whether you just want to buy a single bag to start, or you’re looking for a coffee subscription service that has fresh coffee showing up on your door regularly, there’s something here for you.

Here, the best coffee brands you can buy online.

Equator Coffees

Equator Coffees
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Around since 1995, Equator Coffees was one of the first major coffee brands to focus on sustainability and social responsibility. Over 20 years later, the brand has more than three dozen roasts, blends, and flavors, including espresso, decaf, and iced options.

Choose between a 12-ounce or two-pound bag, or sign up for a subscription and have your brew delivered on your preferred schedule at 10 percent off. Equator also stands out for having a variety of different grind options, from whole bean and espresso to coarse (for a French press) and fine (for an Aeropress). No matter what you're looking for, it's pretty much a guarantee that you'll find it here.

Nguyen Coffee Supply

Nguyen Coffee Supply Blends
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Nguyen Coffee Supply is the very first Vietnamese-American-owned roaster of Vietnamese coffee beans in New York, and happily their blends are available to ship nationwide. While beans grown in South American and African countries tend to get all the attention in the coffee world, Vietnam is actually the second-largest coffee producer in the world—you just might not know it.

Vietnamese coffee is low-acidic, strong, and smooth, and all of Nguyen Coffee Supply's blends are varying degrees of a medium roast. Choose from three different flavor profiles (bold & strong, bold & smooth, or light & fruity) and three sizes, or buy a subscription to get your coffee delivered every one, two, or four weeks.

La Colombe Coffee Roasters

La Colombe Coffee Roasters
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The iconic coffee brand sells a huge variety of coffees, including dark, medium, and light roasts, single origin blends, and even cold brew varieties. Each one is broken down by its flavor notes, so you know exactly what you’re getting before you purchase.

The coffees are sold in 12-ounce or five-pound bags, or as single-serve ready brew pouches. Several blends can be purchased on a subscription basis, and there are even gift sets available if you're looking for the perfect present for the coffee lover in your life.

Blue Bottle Coffee

Blue Bottle Coffee
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If you're looking to experiment with different blends on a constant basis, you'll definitely want to check out Blue Bottle Coffee's subscription service. Start with a blend assortment and then stick with your favorites once you've tried them all, or take the coffee match quiz to figure out which one is best for you. Looking for something specific? There are also subscriptions for espresso, single origin, and even decaf blends. Coffee is delivered in half bag, standard bag, double bag, or triple bag varieties, and you get to choose how often you want your coffee delivered.

Not looking for a subscription? You can also buy your blend of choice as a one-time purchase, including Blue Bottle's collection of cold brews. There are also a variety of gift sets and boxes that are ideal for any serious coffee drinker, as well as coffee tools and accessories.

Dope Coffee

Dope Coffee
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Dope Coffee is, well, dope. It’s Fair Trade-certified, organic, and full of bold flavors that make it a lot easier to get through your day. Aside from the fact that it’s delicious, it was also born from a really great mission: to eliminate the pretentiousness that surrounds good coffee and the misinformed stereotypes about the people who drink it.

The CEO and co-founder of Dope Coffee, Michael Loyd (also a former Marine officer), makes products and blends inspired by Black culture. Aside from coffee, the company also sells body scrubs, candles, and more—but you'll definitely want to start with the coffee first. You can purchase single bags, individual cups, or two- and four-pound bags in a range of roasts.

Jot Ultra Coffee

Jot Ultra Coffee
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Jot does coffee a little differently. Rather than offering whole or ground beans, Jot is a concentrated form of liquid coffee. It’s made with a specialized process that extracts more flavor than traditional brewing does and gives you 30 percent more yield per bean. 

Each 6.8-ounce bottle gives you 14 cups of smooth, bold coffee—all you have to do is mix a tablespoon of the liquid coffee with water or milk. You can even mix it with ice cream and gelato for a rich, caffeinated dessert. And although it seems like there’s some weird science involved, the only ingredients in Jot are high-quality, organic, Fair Trade coffee (sourced from Central and South America), and water.

Huckleberry Roasters

Huckleberry Roasters
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Huckleberry Roasters, called “Huck” for short, is a socially-conscious coffee business based out of Denver. They prioritize working with smaller farms and coffee co-ops to bring you the best-tasting and most sustainable coffee possible.

They have several different blends that you can purchase in 12-ounce, two-pound, and five-pound bags—but take note that they only sell whole bean coffee. You can also sign up for their coffee subscription service, where you get coffee delivered right to your door either monthly or twice a month.

Cafe du Monde

Cafe du Monde
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Cafe du Monde was one of the first coffees on the scene, popping up at the New Orleans French Market in 1862. While you can still visit some of the original locations in person, you can also order their traditional coffee online, either by the can, full case, or single pod.

True to their roots, they only offer two roasts—Coffee and Chicory, which is the lighter option, or French Roast, which is the darker choice. Either way, you'll get a heritage blend that has stood the test of time.

Golden Ratio Coffee

Golden Ratio Coffee
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Golden Ratio coffee is more than a name. It’s actually gold, and appears more like tea than coffee. To make the gold coffee, Golden Ratio combines beans from Brazil, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua and roasts them at low temperatures for longer than other types of coffee. The end result is a smooth, light coffee with a rich flavor that’s about five times less acidic than regular coffee.

Each bag has seven individual coffee pouches that are attached to a string, just like a tea bag. All you have to do is pour boiling water into a mug, steep for five to 10 minutes, and enjoy. In addition to the regular roast, Golden Ratio offers Vanilla Coconut and Chai Spiced along with several seasonal flavors.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
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Stumptown Coffee Roasters offers organic, direct trade, and hand roasted coffees that change with the natural coffee growing seasons. Stumptown doesn’t add any flavorings to their coffee, but each one has natural flavor notes that are indicated on each package so you know what to expect.

For the freshest delivery, they only ship whole beans within 48 hours of ordering—although they aim to get everything out the door in less than 24 hours. They also have a delicious partnership with OATLY! where they combine cold brew coffee with different flavors of oat milk, like chocolate, horchata, and nog, that you can drink straight up or pour over ice.

Ruby Coffee Roasters

Ruby Coffee Roasters
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Ruby Coffee Roasters is a micro-roaster that started in a garage in Wisconsin. Since then, they’ve moved into a 4,000 square foot warehouse where they roast sustainable coffees sourced from places like El Salvador, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, and Guatemala.

Their slogan is “colorful coffees”, and all of their blends have a little flair. Their coffees have unique profiles and change seasonally based on the coffee harvest cycle of the countries they’re partnered with, so you'll never get the exact same flavor twice. You can purchase in 12-ounce or 5-pound bags as either a single purchase or on a subscription basis.

Onyx Coffee Lab

Onyx Coffee Lab
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Onyx Coffee Lab was born out of the desire to “seek quality, truth, and accountability in coffee.” Each blend is not only Fair Trade-certified, but also comes with transparent pricing and trade data, which means you can see where it came from, how it rates as far as quality goes, and a breakdown of how much it costs.

Onyx Coffee Lab creates their roasts using solar energy from their roof, and offers over a dozen varieties and flavors in four different sizes—four ounces, 10 ounces, two pounds, and five pounds. They roast and ship their coffee on the same day to ensure freshness, and offer subscriptions on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. Plus, the packaging is just really cool.

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