Coffee lovers, our day is fast approaching! National Coffee Day is Wednesday, September 29 (and October 1 for International Coffee Day). Whether you are a fan of coffee from your local shop or brew your own at home, there is a cup waiting for you. Since I drink most of my coffee at home, exploring new brands and ways to enjoy my favorite beverage flavor is a challenge I welcome. So, on this special day designed for coffee fans, I am sharing a selection of 14 coffee flavored drinks, sweets and snacks for you to sample.
Now, some people drink coffee for the energy boost – thanks, caffeine! But for me, it is all about the flavor. Whether you drink your coffee black, with a splash of milk (how about oatmilk?), seasonally flavored (hello Pumpkin Spice), in a bottle on-the-go, instant (we have come so far on this one), a purist’s espresso, from a pod, nitro cold brewed or as a “hard” coffee, this post is for you. And while you are enjoying your coffee this National Coffee Day, it is important to be aware of how the beans are farmed, produced and distributed and encouraging the use of Fair Trade practices.
Whether you buy Methodical Coffee beans for yourself or receive them as a gift, the first thing you notice is the artistically designed bag. Then, the fragrance of the roasted beans shines through. The floral artwork is done by a local Greenville, South Carolina, artist. Now that is a most welcome present!
Methodical has received national acclaim including being designated in Food & Wine as one of the “Best Coffee Shops in America: 2019” by Bon Appetit as “one of the country’s best coffee shops,” and by Architectural Digest as “the most beautiful coffee shop in South Carolina.” In November, 2020, they were acknowledged in Yahoo News as the “The Coffee Shop Everyone is Talking About In Each State,” for South Carolina. Additionally, they are ranked Number #1 on Bean Score Top 100 for 2021.
One of the most popular coffees from Greenville, South Carolina roaster Methodical Coffee is Blue Boy, named for the classic painting. Tasting of chocolate, graham and brown sugar, this 70% Guatemala, Ixlama, 30% Honduras, El Rincon Del Sabor blend embodies a smooth, chocolatey, sweet character with a velvety soft body. Sourced from family producers in Guatemala and Honduras, the beans are roasted in Greenville, S.C.
Stop by the cafe in Greenville or order your coffee beans directly from their website.
Price: $17.00 (12 oz.) or subscribe and save 10%.
Brand new collaboration from two Greenville, South Carolina makers, coffee roaster Methodical Coffee and chocolate company, Lumineux Chocolate. The bar tastes of brown sugar, vanilla and berry, featuring 65% Ghana cocoa.
The Play Nice coffee blend from Methodical Coffee is present in the dark chocolate bar. The packaging is beautiful, with the Methodical Coffee signature floral artwork, done by a local Greenville, S.C. artist.
Price: $7.00 (1.8 oz)
Coffee lovers rejoice this National Coffee Day! Kahawa 1893 coffee brings the rich aromatic flavors of Kenya, which produces some of the most abundant and distinctive coffee on earth, directly to you.
Kahawa 1893 coffee beans are grown and harvested by women in Kenya and roasted fresh in California by a third-generation female Kenyan coffee farmer. Directly sourced, Kahawa 1893 is available in whole beans, ground, and convenient, eco-friendly single-serve coffee packs — coffee bags that steep within 5 minutes. Offered in a variety of blends and roasts, including Kenyan Peaberry, Serengeti Blend, Ethiopian, Safari, 1893 Espresso, Decaf, Single-Serve Coffee Packs, Cold Brew, and more.
As a Black female-owned business, Kahawa 1893 supports the hardworking Kenyan female coffee farmers through its online “customer tipping” program, allowing 100% of proceeds to go directly to the female coffee producers they work with. Kahawa 1893 matches all tips to double the impact.
Kahawa 1893 is available on Amazon, at Trader Joe’s and from the website. Price: $12.99 and up.
GRACE FARMS FOODS DRIPs
Grace Farms Foods offers 100% not for profit coffee that are perfect for every coffee lover.
A coffee that keeps on giving, Grace Farms Foods Drips are organic whole bean coffees handpicked, sorted and roasted to peak flavor, that invest in female farmers and entrepreneurs from women-led co-ops in Ethiopia, Colombia, and Indonesia. Grace Farms Foods Drips allow imbibers to nourish their mind, body and spirit while supporting a vision for a better world each morning.
- River Roast whole bean – full bodied blended from Columbia, Ethiopia and Indonesia with flavors of citrus, chocolate, tropical fruits and floral notes
- Asoprosierra whole bean – Fairtrade, single origin from Santa Marta, Colombia with notes of chocolate and bright acidity
- Ketiara whole bean – Fairtrade, single origin from Sumatra, Indonesia, with notes of cocoa, cinnamon and cedar
Pricing from $14.99.
This National Coffee Day, give to the World Vision Fund and get an organic coffee blend from One Cup Coffee Co. you can sip to stay cozy, or give to warm the heart of a friend. This 12-ounce bag of whole beans has rich notes of berry and dark chocolate, and comes with a beautifully patterned cotton bag and mango wood scoop — both handcrafted in India by artisans who are thriving thanks to fair trade wages. Each scoop and bag are unique and may vary slightly.
How does your gift create lasting change? Your donation of $75 or more helps meet critical needs both today and tomorrow, equipping people to rebuild in the wake of disasters and helping empower communities to lift themselves out of poverty.
Order your World Vision organic coffee here. Please note your gift is tax-deductible less the fair market value of $20.
BROOKLYN ROASTING COMPANY
In Brooklyn, NY, there is a namesake coffee roaster called Brooklyn Roasting Company. Their business philosophy is easily summarized as serious but not snobby, practical not pretentious, accessible not exclusive. Like Brooklyn, they are bold, brave, colorful and creative.
They believe that making delicious coffee is a fundamentally simple proposition: Grind freshly-roasted, high-quality beans into clean brewing equipment and add near-boiling filtered water. Wait a couple of minutes and voila! A perfect cup of piping-hot coffee. Their employee and wholesale training programs stress the importance of trusting one’s senses rather than relying upon digital equipment. Developing a feel for how to create flavor in a cup is paramount.
Iris is for those who crave an espresso, cappuccino or macchiato. A competition-caliber espresso from Ethiopia, Peru and Sumatra. Each component is roasted separately to preserve origin character and achieve extraction and consistency. Brooklyn Roasting Company suggests letting these beans rest for a few days after roasting before pulling any shots. Named after the founder’s daughter, Iris, this signature blend reflects her colorful, radiant personality. In the cup, jammy, spicy, balanced with notes of bakers chocolate, root beer, flowers and figs.
Along with their extensive collection of coffee varieties, they also produce a Coffee Peanut Butter spread that is the perfect blend of these rich flavors. Creamy, fresh roasted peanuts simply mixed with just the right amount of fresh roasted Turkish ground single-origin coffees. Coffee and peanut butter work together for this National Coffee Day!
Perfect on fruit wedges, in smoothies, on toast, waffles, or straight from the spoon. The characters of these unique coffees really shine through.
- Sumatra Ketiara Peanut Butter: Rich, creamy, nutty, roasty, packed with Sumatran coffee character
- Ethiopian Natural Peanut Butter: Creamy, fresh roasted peanuts perfectly paired with blueberry-tinged Ethiopian natural processed coffee
Brooklyn Roasting Company believes coffee is an inspirational beverage and supports the life of the mind in general. Their commitment to supporting local institutions, like the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library stand out as examples. They celebrate Brooklyn’s centuries-old coffee heritage and aim to advance it in their own inimitable way.
No morning is ever complete without a good cup of coffee, especially on National Coffee Day. This year, celebrate the world’s most loved beverage with Cambio Roasters, an eco-friendly, people-powered, profit-sharing coffee pod company.
Kevin, the founder of Cambio, left his job as CIO at Keurig® to start something much more rewarding. Through extensive experience and research, he knew that people love their Keurigs®, but over 30 million K-Cups® end up in our landfills every day. Beyond that, coffee farmers struggle to have enough food to feed their families for at least six months each year.
Have you ever tried to recycle your K-Cup? It’s not easy — until now. Cambio has easy-peel lids, recyclable pods and, they donate 20% of profits to the folks that grow the coffee beans.
Try the variety box which includes all of their popular flavors like Donut Blend, French Roast, Hazelnut, and many others or the Colombian Roast for a classic cup of coffee. Prices start at $4.99.
Already known for ready-to-drink cold brews and multi-serve cold brew concentrates, Lucky Jack Coffee, a small batch, hand-crafted, independently owned, organic, sustainable coffee company, is expanding its product offerings to include Nitro Cold Brew Lattes with Oatmilk.
The lattes are available in four delicious flavors, all of which are certified organic, gluten-free, nut-free, and kosher: Caramel, Mocha, Vanilla, and Golden Milk + Turmeric (a blend of cinnamon and turmeric).
“The Lucky Jack Nitro Cold Brew Oatmilk Lattes offer consumers a coffee beverage with functional and plant-based ingredients,” says Lucky Jack Coffee CEO Raymond Cole. “In addition to the functional ingredients, our product is just 80 calories, 5 grams of sugar, and low carbohydrates, making this the healthiest coffee latte on the market.”
Lucky Jack’s first canned offering, the lattes follow the same slow cold-steep brew process to remove acids and tannins while maximizing taste, helping the drinks to live up to the promise to be “never burned, never bitter, always better.” The ready-to-drink beverages are a winning combination of Lucky Jack’s frothy nitro cold brew, made from organic, small batch-roasted beans, and a blend of smooth oat milk and superfood ingredients.
Each 7.5 fl. oz. can packs a punch with 130 mg of organic caffeine per serving, and just 80 calories or less, no more than 5 grams of sugar. Lucky Jack’s Nitro Cold Brew Lattes don’t need to be refrigerated, making them a shelf-stable drink to take on the go. When you’re in need of a caffeine fix, drink the flavored lattes directly from the can or pour it over ice.
Available on Amazon, Lucky Jack Coffee Website, and select retailers with pricing starting at $3.49 per can, or $29.99 for a 12-pack of 7.5 oz cans.
RISE BREWING CO.
RISE’s cold-brewed coffees are made with nitrogen, offering a frothy, refreshingly smooth texture. Nitrogen is an organic preservative, keeping the coffee fresh and enhancing the naturally sweet and chocolatey texture – sans any hard-to-pronounce chemicals, additives, or too many added sugars. In fact, all products are organic, diary-free and plant-based.
RISE Brewing Co. core offering
- Original Black – This award winning nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee is made with only purified water and organic coffee. Nothing else. It’s creamy, naturally sweet and refreshingly smooth. 0g sugar, 180mg caffeine.
- Oat Milk Latte – This nitrogen-infused cold brew latte enhances the signature organic coffee with a dash of oat milk. 7g sugar, 80mg caffeine.
- Oat Milk Vanilla Latte – Same as the Oat Milk Latte, with organic vanilla extract from Madagascar. It’s all good. 7g sugar, 80mg caffeine.
- Oat Milk Mocha – This nitrogen-infused cold brew latte enhances the signature organic coffee with silky oat milk and rich cacao for an indulgent coffee experience. 8g sugar, 80mg caffeine.
- Pricing starts at $29.99/12 pack
Additionally, RISE’s newest collaboration is with AAPI- and woman-owned Thai tea brand, Emshika’s, to launch Thai Tea & Coffee Lattes. The new collaboration products include the Emshika’s x RISE Brewing Co. Oat Milk Thai Coffee Latte and Thai Tea Latte, which are both now available on by-emshika.com for $27 for a 6-pack. The new Oat Milk Thai Coffee Latte and Oat Milk Thai Tea Latte offer a little taste of Thailand in the form of a sustainable caffeine kick. Made with wholesome quality ingredients – like RISE Brewing Co.’s plant-based Organic Vanilla Oat Milk – that don’t compromise on flavor, the new Oat Milk Thai Coffee Latte and Oat Milk Thai Tea Latte can be enjoyed on its own or used as a unique addition to mixed drinks.
Civilized Coffee launched their Instant Cold Brew Coffee in February 2021. It is a massive success on Amazon gaining #1 Organic spot and Amazon’s Choice.
Civilized Coffee is launching a game changer in the Cold Brew Coffee world. Our “Instant Cold Brew Coffee Granules” are made with 100% Arabica premium coffee beans that have been cold brew extracted and spray dried into easy to dissolve granules. We have captured the same delicious flavors of traditional Cold Brew Coffee while maintaining the desired low acidity. Smooth and full-bodied with a complex taste profile of rich dark chocolate & sweet caramel. Perfect straight-up, over ice or in a frozen drink. No more overnight brews, messy filters & grounds to deal with.
Create your Cold Brew the way you like it. We recommend 1 tbsp for 10 oz water (cold or hot) – add more for a richer flavor or tone it down by using a little less. Looking to incorporate another layer of flavor to your baked goods or protein shakes just add a teaspoon or two. Available in both a 5 oz jar and 10 oz jar on Amazon. Pricing starts at $12.95.
BERRES BROTHERS COFFEE ROASTERS
Veteran- and family-owned, Berres Brothers has been providing smooth and flavorful coffee since 1970. Based in the Midwest, the brand offers over 50 coffees and more than 40 unique flavored varieties to fit each drinker’s preference including the following newly launched seasonal packages.
Sea Salt Toffee Crunch
- Sea Salt Toffee Crunch coffee highlights the toffee flavor with a light nutty taste featuring hazelnut notes. Its delectably sweet flavor is perfect for both an early morning pick-me-up and a scrumptious after-dinner treat. Imagine a caramel drizzle with a pinch of salt! It is available in both 10 oz and 1.5 oz single pot sizes.
- The most sought-after seasonal flavor, Pumpkin Caramel coffee has a subtle pumpkin flavor with a delightful caramel blend. These two winning flavors bring out the best in each other without overwhelming your sweet tooth. The smooth pumpkin and creamy caramel combination has everyone begging for more. It is available in both 10 oz and 1.5 oz single pot sizes.
- A combination of two bold Berres Brothers flavors, Southern Pecan Cream and Highlander Grogg, with a taste of butterscotch and a hint of nuts, Doe Eyes offers a balanced, smooth flavor for all to enjoy. It is available in 10 oz bags.
- A rich and bold version of the infamous Black and Tan, Rack Attack offers a combination of Berres Brother’s De-foginator and House Blend. It features a smooth mix of perfectly roasted beans from Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Brazil. The natural notes of caramel and chocolate blend together to create a delicious, warm delight for any time of day. It is available in 10 oz bags.
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REBEL HARD COFFEE
Socializing over coffee has taken a turn with the introduction of REBEL Hard Coffee in August, 2020. REBEL Hard Coffee began with a history of artisanal coffee roasting, and a quest for something new and different. Much like other coffee brands, Twelve5 Beverage company (REBEL producers) loves coffee, but they also thrive in social settings as well. They wanted coffee with a “kick”. Something more than your typical morning cup of joe and afternoon pick-me-up.
With this in mind, they came up with REBEL Hard Coffee. A coffeehouse beverage that takes you anywhere you’d want to go – whether you’re looking for a relaxed vibe or want to keep the party going, REBEL pairs with every occasion.
Made with natural ingredients including a blend of cream, malt, natural flavors, and Arabica coffee, REBEL comes in a variety of flavors including Mocha Hard Latte, Salted Caramel Hard Latte, and Vanilla Hard Latte.
Rebel also offers a hard coffee variety 8-pack with the above fan favorites as well as Maple Pecan Hard Latte.
Finally, REBEL also comes out with a seasonal favorite every quarter – for this fall, it is Pumpkin Spice Hard Latte!
To find REBEL in your area, visit here. REBEL also has a sweepstakes taking place for a chance to win the ultimate trip to Costa Rica! For more information, click here.
Read more about the coffee roasting process from my visit to Colectivo Coffee.
Happy National Coffee Day!
“I thought I loved coffee, turns out I really love creamer.” I saw that on a meme once. It’s totally me! But I do love the flavor of coffee and would be interested in learning more about it and trying different kinds the enthusiasts swear by.
It’s such an interesting subject as where and how the beans are grown and roasted makes such a difference in the flavor in the cup. Hope this list gives you some new brands to try. Thanks!
How did I not know National Coffee Day was coming up?! I love how some of these companies are starting to make more recyclable products such as K-cups!
Yes! Isn’t that great news?! Thanks.
I had no idea there was a National coffee day…but I’m not surprised! These all sound great! I’m not a coffee drinker but I love the smell of it