On a budget, finding great coffee can be difficult. In addition to the different types of coffee, there are hundreds if not thousands of brands that produce them like Tim Hortons, Starbucks, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Despite this being a daunting task, we can make it much more manageable with our help. We’ve played in the grinds, gotten dirty, and burned our mouths more than we care to admit, but we did it all for you.
These are the best of the best when it comes to affordability and flavor. Regardless of your budget, we think you’ll find a delicious coffee brand on this list that won’t break the bank. Start brewing as soon as you finish reading!
The 10 Best Budget Coffee Brands
Best Overall: Lavazza Super Crema
Whatever your taste in espresso, there’s a lot to love about Lavazza’s Super Crema. Brown sugar and almonds mingle with honey in these dark-roasted Italian beans. Both work equally well in an espresso machine and in a drip coffee maker. Of course, they are also very reasonably priced!
The 2.2-pound bag comes in whole beans, which will keep it fresh, and the bulk price is very attractive. This isn’t a specialty coffee that will blow your mind, but it is one of the best whole bean coffees you can buy on a budget.
Best Budget Ground Coffee: Lion Coffee French Roast
The French Roast from Lion Coffee is dark and complex without being bitter. Even better, it comes in a bulk bag at a very affordable price, pre-ground for your convenience.
In Hawaii, Lion’s coffee is grown in volcanic soil, giving it a distinctive, rich flavor. You’ll get a hint of the exotic without the price! This French Roast is on the light side of medium, but the coffee has a lot of complex flavors and aromas.
Because it’s pre-ground, this coffee won’t stay fresh as long. Bulk purchases are great for your wallet, but not so great for your taste buds.
Top Decaf Pick: Folgers Black Silk Coffee
No matter how much it costs, decaf coffee is hard to find. Caffeine is removed from coffee beans at the expense of flavor. In this process, many of the things we love about coffee can be lost. Speaking of coffee beans, we also have compiled a guide that will help you choose the best coffee beans for espresso.
The followers may not have the answer, but they have a pretty good idea. They have a few decaf blends, but we prefer the Black Silk. The coffee is flavorful and has plenty of body, which is difficult to achieve with a lot of decaf coffees. Caffeinated coffee beans are usually rendered lifeless when decaffeinated. Folgers has found a way to make a perfect decaf blend, and that’s why it’s our top pick.
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Tim Horton’s 100% Arabica Original Coffee
Most Canadians know Tim Horton’s coffee as the most predictable brand. You won’t be disappointed with a cup of this. The flavor is nice, it is neither too dark nor too light.
Specialty coffee usually works best with alternative brewing methods, but we’ve found that this coffee does very well in a French press. Your water should have a minimum temperature of 212 degrees.
Caribou Coffee ‘Caribou Blend’ Ground
There is a certain contradiction in the Caribou Blend. While it’s marketed as a medium roast, it’s lighter than a lot of medium roasts on the market, and it’s not very acidic (light roasts tend to be more acidic).
It is not an especially bold or evenly-bodied cup, but rather a light one. This might be your pick if you want a little coffee flavor, but not too much. You may want to keep your beans in a separate container because the bags rip quickly.
Coffee Bean Direct Poor Man’s Blend Coffee
We’re about to get into some stuff that maybe only true coffee lovers will appreciate. We’re not talking about people who are fussy and like the high brow stuff; we’re talking about people who will drink just about anything. The Poor Man’s Blend from Coffee Bean Direct is indeed “anything.”
The basic, diner-style coffee goes well with cream and sugar. The bulk five-pound bags are very affordable. If you don’t make a lot of coffee every week, you may not use these beans before they become stale.
McCafe Decaf Premium Roast K-Cups
Although we don’t go to McDonald’s every day, rumors have it the decaf is the best. There’s also a rumor that if you’re used to the decaf you get at the restaurant, you’ll be disappointed with the Keurig pods. McCafe is not a bad cup. You won’t be bothered by it. However, you might be disappointed with the taste.
Maxwell House Master Blend Ground Coffee
We think of Maxwell House Master Blend as a light roast that tastes nice to drink. Others have called it “hot water”. It tastes the same every time, and it’s amazingly affordable. I don’t think it’s the best. It’s also not the worst, and that’s the whole point of this list!
When shopping for coffee on a budget, what factors should you take into consideration? You should be able to come up with a pretty pleasing setup with the right mindset and a little knowledge. Affordability is the most important factor in buying.
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