Best Starbucks K-cups


We can’t help but love Starbucks. They are one of the main influences in how Americans drink their coffee, a culture that’s also popular abroad, as thousands of Starbucks stores will confirm.

Their varied array of drinks turns Starbucks into a friendly coffee shop for coffee drinkers of all paths, and they have been recognized for decades for the high quality of their coffee beans.

So, it’s only natural that Starbucks coffee’s deliciousness and quality also extends to other types of coffee, just like K-cups. Luckily for us Keurig owners, 

Best Starbucks K-Cups for Keurig

Starbucks Breakfast Blend K-Cups

A fitting first item on our list, the breakfast blend, is one of the most balanced Starbucks options, which is a desirable trait one should always want in their first coffee of each day. Here on this same page, you’ll also find other selections if you’re feeling more exotic, like Sumatra and Caffé Verona. 

Mild, savory, and perfect for drinking black. 

Starbucks French Roast Coffee K-Cups

The French roast is the epitome of good taste. Since forever known for their discerning palate, the french roast was created by roasting at a different (lighter) level than the usual Italian roast. The result is a coffee that still feels roasty and smoky but is never overly bitter or outright undrinkable unless you’ve got Italian blood coursing through your veins. 

Rich, full of umami, and a great choice too for drinking with sugar & cream

Starbucks Plus ‘Madagascar Vanilla’ K-Cups Pods

This option is quite unusual and exciting. Usually, you’d shrug off vanilla-flavored coffee as something for people who like sweeter, milder coffee. Yet here we have this Madagascar Vanilla -which is delicious- with two times the amount of caffeine usually found in Starbucks’ K-cups. It’s sweet and wakes you right up. 

Sweet, energizing, bold. 

Starbucks Caramel K-Cups Pods

Caramel goes excellent with coffee because the taste of caramel is already innate to coffee beans. They contain natural sugar, which caramelizes during the roasting process. Although individual beans have more sugar than others, and specific roasts are better at bringing out this taste than others, it’s a fact that caramel is a great natural pair for coffee, which is why we adore caramel-flavored coffee. These Starbucks Caramel K-cups are, simply put, the bomb. 

Rich, sweet, intense flavor. 

Buyer’s Guide

One thing K-cups have going for them is that they’re pretty consistent when it comes to flavor. Coffee is famously volatile, and the amount of work that goes into keeping flavor consistent is more than you can imagine. This is especially true of K-cups. 

Still, that doesn’t make it any easier to choose from the many hundreds of different options that we find online- so let’s take a look at some of the most important things to take into account when deciding which to buy and how each might affect your decision. 


Coffee comes with many flavors and can always be flavored artificially. But when it comes to strength – that’s something you can’t just make happen. Strength in coffee, some would say, is everything. 

This means that first, you need to determine just how strong you like your coffee. This we mean in terms of bitterness. 

The roast level of a particular coffee will always determine its strength, as coffee beans get more bitter the longer they are roasted, so the darker a roast is, the stronger the resulting coffee will be. 

You have three main categories: light roast, medium roast, and dark roast. Choose according to your preferences, and remember: there’s always sugar & cream if you ever get a coffee too strong for you! 

Pack Size

When you buy whole bean coffee and even ground coffee, it’s a different feel than buying K-cups. Since K-cups are single-dose, meaning that each cup equals one cup of coffee, the number of cups in each pack can sometimes seem overwhelming. 

This is how a lot of us end up buying too little of a coffee that we might end up loving- and yet it runs out too quickly. 

So before placing an order, estimate how many coffees you think you’ll be drinking for at least two weeks. A 10-capsule pack won’t last a single week! Aim for quantities higher than 30, even if that feels like too much at first. 


Whether it’s a classic flavor, a traditional flavor, or something different altogether, you’ll probably find more than one type of coffee you like in Starbucks’ catalog. 

Don’t be afraid to experiment! 

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