Whether you’re a coffee connoisseur or a brand new coffee drinker, trying new coffee flavors can be a delicious way to change up your morning routine.
If you’re looking for the best tastes to add to any type of coffee roast, you’ve come to the right place. Hot or cold, we’ve rounded up the most popular, and most delicious, coffee flavors on the market today.
Most Popular Coffee Flavors
The most popular coffee flavors commonly come from the type of coffee beans used, added ingredients, or flavored syrups. From nutty hazelnut to an autumnal pumpkin spice latte, there’s a broad range of potential flavors to add into your daily cup (or K-cup).
Some of the most popular coffee flavors include:
- French vanilla
- Pumpkin spice
- Pumpkin spice
There are certainly hundreds of flavors available, but these remain classics in the U.S. and all around the world, year after year. With the gourmet coffee craze of the 90s, flavorful options are more widespread than ever before.
Thankfully, detailed information is available about the types of coffee roasts as well, which is an important contributor to overall flavor.
No matter how you like your cup of coffee, there are options for black coffee, ground coffee, iced coffee, and some special treats for your taste buds.
Best Flavors for Black Coffee
With black coffee, the flavors, commonly referred to as notes, often speak for themselves. Factors like using Robusta or Arabica beans can dramatically affect the taste of a cup of coffee, as can the region in which the coffee was grown.
There are also the factors of roasting style, blend or single origin, and whether your coffee is large or small batch.
Some of the most popular black coffees include flavors like:
- Original Gold Coffee, for a smooth, nutty taste and exceptionally light roast
- Kona Coffeefor a fruity flavor
- Ethiopian and Kenyan blends for their tartness
- Medium roasts like approachable American and breakfast blends
- Blonde roast coffee for its reduced bitterness
Most of our clients prefer to drink Golden Ratio products “black,” though really, it looks and tastes like gold. It’s very low acid, making it easier on the stomach than more bitter dark roasts.
If you’re committed to drinking black coffee, you’ll want to find your preferred type of bean, region, and roasting style for a cup of joe suited to you.
Ground Coffee Flavors
Ground coffee flavors are typically made by coating roasted whole beans with flavoring oils before grinding them. The result is a coffee with added flavor when brewed.
Some of the most popular ground coffee flavors include:
- Irish cream
Hazelnut ground coffee is an extremely popular flavor, whether in a single serve setting like a Keurig or a traditional brewing method. Thai nutty, buttery taste is the perfect complement to a dark roast, and you can also find hazelnut syrups available at most coffee shops.
Another crowd favorite is caramel ground coffee. This toasted sweet treat is common to see around supermarkets, and can be a good introductory flavor for new coffee drinkers.
Caramel macchiatos are increasing in popularity as well. Unlike the ground coffee flavors here, its base is espresso and is a variation on a latte, marked with caramel syrup.
In colder months, it’s also popular to find butterscotch or toffee flavored ground coffee available in stores. These flavor profiles are commonly associated with winter and can even make an excellent after-dinner treat. (Decaf, ideally, unless you like to live on the edge.)
It’s also standard to use any of these flavors as a creamer in warm coffee drinks, though perhaps the most popular creamer flavors are caramel and French vanilla. Making a traditional flavored coffee and adding in one of these flavors can make for a more subtle cup.
Irish cream ground coffee is the final addition to our list of ground coffee flavors, flavored with a non-alcoholic take on the liqueur. This blend boasts notes of whiskey flavoring, sweet cream, and vanilla, and is a favorite among fans of brown sugar as well.
Buyer beware though, when selecting ground coffees flavored using this method. Make sure you are purchasing from a reputable brand that isn’t using the flavor to disguise cheap bad tasting beans. You might find the aftertaste not worth the initial pleasure.
Iced Coffee Flavors
In iced coffee, bright and bold flavors shine. While this drink is associated with summer, there’s a small but dedicated subsection of coffee lovers that drink it all year round.
Popular flavors include peppermint for a refreshing sip, pecan for a fall treat, or even peanut butter for the adventurous palates among us.
Iced and cold brew coffees tend to be less bitter, with a gentler flavor profile. That often makes it an ideal starting point for people who don’t like coffee.
One thing to note: The iced coffee at Starbucks already includes a sugary syrup as a sweetener. Factor that in for your sugar intake when adding other flavorings.
If you love chilled coffee but want to skip added sugars and syrups, you might love our Vanilla Coconut Gold for a taste of the beach. With natural flavors, it doesn’t need syrup to be delicious.
Unique Coffee Flavors
While there are popular flavors like caramel and vanilla coconut, some people like to try a more unique offering.
In the way of coffee shop offerings from your local barista, you can find the following espresso and foamed milk combinations:
- Pumpkin spice lattes or cappuccinos.These famous fall beverages have become the subjects of memes, but for good reason.
- Chocolate raspberry mochas.This exciting mix of flavors tastes like a dessert in a glass.
- Amaretto flavored beverages.
- Chai Spiced Gold coffee. The rich taste of warm spices make this a subtly sweet treat that’s reminiscent of the beloved tea.
- Golden Milk Gold coffee. This comforting blend tastes mellow with a bit of spice at the end of each sip. Unlike traditional golden milk, this version is more coffee and no milk.
Ingredients to Avoid
In your quest for the tastiest flavored coffee, there are some ingredients that it’s best to avoid. Here are the flavors you’ll want to avoid:
- Aspartame.This replacement for sugar may increase appetite, increase the risk of metabolic diseases, and disrupt the balance of bacteria in the gut.
- High sugar syrups. Many common syrups used for coffee flavoring contain almost the daily limit of sugar recommended by the FDA.
- Processed creamers.Many flavored creamers contain hydrogenated oils, also known as harmful trans fats.
We recommend finding your favorite flavors of coffee that don’t need any additives, or using a healthy sweetener as an alternative.
Healthy Flavored Coffee
For flavored coffees that don’t come loaded with chemicals, you’ll want to reach for a coffee that’s flavored naturally and doesn’t need added sugars or creamers for an incredible taste.
Golden Ratio coffees are crafted from 3 single origin coffees that are sourced ethically and sustainably, so your coffee is healthy for you, growers, and the earth. It’s also packed with 50% more caffeine than darker roasts.
If you’re looking for a range of tastes in your morning cup, we’ve got just the place for you to start. Our variety pack lets you sample three of our unique flavors to find your very favorite coffee flavor.