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    As a dedicated real coffee drinker and aspiring home barista, you’ll probably buy your coffee from your local grocery store or coffee shop. But did you know that Amazon is rapidly becoming the go-to retailer for specialty roasts?

    At A Glance: Our Top 6 Picks for Coffee on Amazon

    Just so you know, if you click on a product on and decide to buy it, we may earn a small commission.

    Buying your coffee from Amazon has several advantages including a massive variety, exclusive specialty coffees, plenty of fair and direct trade options, and fast shipping. You’ll never run out of different, fresh coffees to try if you spend a while browsing Amazon’s selection.

    Don’t Feel Like Reading? You can’t go wrong with Coffee Bros., based in NYC they roast your coffee fresh after you order and have tons of tasty varieties. Click here to check it out on Amazon.

    Sounds great, right? We’ve gone ahead and saved you valuable coffee brewing (and drinking) time by sifting through Amazon’s extensive range of coffee offerings to bring you the definitive guide to their best-selling ground and bean coffee.
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    Roasty Recommends

    Our Top 5 Whole Coffee Bean Brands on Amazon

    Coffee Bros., Espresso Coffee Beans, Whole Bean Coffee, 100% Arabica Coffee Beans, Gourmet Coffee, Vibrant & Smooth, 12oz…Coffee Bros. Light Roast Gourmet Coffee
    • Guaranteed freshness
    • Supporting local roasters
    • Roasted when you order
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    Java Planet - Organic Coffee Beans - Colombian Single Origin - a Gourmet Medium Dark Roast of Arabica Whole Bean Coffee USDA Certified Organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified - 1LB BagJava Planet Colombian USDA Organic Coffee
    • Organic coffee
    • USDA Organic
    • 100% chemical and pesticide free
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    Lavazza Super Crema Whole Bean Coffee Blend, Medium Espresso Roast, 2.2 Pound (Pack of 1)Lavazza Super Crema Whole Bean Coffee Blend, Medium Espresso Roast
    • Mild and creamy
    • Blended and roasted in Italy
    • Best used with Espresso machine
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    Kicking Horse Coffee, Kick Ass, Dark Roast, Whole Bean, 2.2 Pound - Certified Organic, Fairtrade, Kosher CoffeeKicking Horse Coffee, Kick-Ass, Dark Roast, Whole Bean
    • Dark roast
    • Tasting notes, brew method
    • Roasted in the rocky mountains
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    SF Bay Coffee Hazelnut Crème Whole Bean 2LB (32 Ounce) Flavored Medium Roast (Packaging May Vary)San Francisco Bay Coffee, Hazelnut Crème – Whole Bean
    • 100% Arabica
    • Slightly nutty-flavored brew
    • Quality coffee
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    Now, for those of you who prefer to grind your beans yourself, here are some products that you really must try.

    Coffee Bros. Light Roast Coffee

    The “Coffee Bros” have names, and they are Nick and Dan Hunnewell from New York. They are on a mission to send out ethically sourced, freshly roasted coffee (roasted when you order) and shipping it to your doorstep.

    I was fortunate enough to connect with Dan to get free samples of Coffee Bros. Espresso roast, Medium and Light roasts. Here are a few photos of the (rather fantastic) unboxing experience and packaging.

    Coffee Bros Sampler

    Though all 3 were good coffees, I particularly enjoyed the light/bright aspects of their light roast coffee. It had a bit of fruitiness to it, which I really enjoyed.

    Coffee Bros Light Roast Bag Coffee Bros Light Roast Coffee Bros Packaging

    Besides the 3 I tried, they’ve got several others you can check out on Amazon.

    Java Planet Colombian USDA Organic Coffee

    Java Planet’s medium-dark roast Columbian coffee is an excellent choice if you enjoy a low-acid coffee that’s fresh and full of body.

    These gourmet beans tick plenty of boxes for discerning coffee drinkers; they’re grade-A quality, Fairtrade, organic, and shade-grown. The resulting taste is clean and full of flavor, and you can be confident that you’re not drinking pesticides or any other unpleasantries.

    Lavazza Super Crema Whole Bean Coffee Blend, Medium Espresso Roast

    Lavazza Super Crema Whole Bean Coffee Blend is one of Amazon’s best sellers.

    Blended and roasted in Italy, these beans are not genetically modified and are organically grown too. The flavor you can expect is reminiscent of dried fruit, almonds, and honey, making it a perfect brew to enjoy over breakfast or with biscotti on the side. The characteristically creamy finish to the mouth of the brew is what makes the brand so popular.

    These beans are ideal for fine grinding for drip coffee or espresso.

    Kicking Horse Coffee, Kick-Ass, Dark Roast, Whole Bean

    Although Kicking Horse offers a wide range of coffee products that you can buy through Amazon, their Kick Ass Dark Roast is the most popular.

    As the more perceptive among you may have gleaned from the name of this coffee, the brew it delivers packs a punch that’s guaranteed to get you up and going.

    The blend of beans originates from South America and Indonesia, and the brew it delivers is ideal for coffee drinkers who enjoy a strong-flavored brew with smoky, sweet overtones to offset the bitterness.

    All Kicking Horse coffee products are sourced from Fairtrade plantations; they’re organic, and kosher too. The beans are roasted in the Canadian Rocky Mountain town of Kicking Horse.

    San Francisco Bay Coffee, Hazelnut Crème – Whole Bean

    We finish our review section with something a little bit off-the-wall. Flavored coffees have established themselves as a popular niche product, although it’s fair to say that coffee drinkers either love them or hate them.

    San Francisco Bay make a few flavored coffees, but this is their most popular. The beans are 100% Arabica and are drawn from single Fairtrade estates where organic cultivation is used.

    These beans make a creamy, slightly nutty-flavored brew that’s ideal for a breakfast drink or to make a hazelnut latte, without the need to add flavored coffee syrup, unless you like your beverage very sweet.

    Our Top 5 Ground Coffee Brands on Amazon

    Death Wish Coffee Company Ground Coffee, 16 ozDeath Wish Organic USDA Certified Coffee
    • Organic
    • USDA Certified Coffee
    • Has a strong, ready-to-go flavor
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    Eight O'Clock Ground Coffee, The Original, 24 OunceEight O’clock Ground Coffee, The Original, 24 Ounce
    • Sweet and fruity notes
    • One the most popular ground coffee products in the US
    • Well-balanced combination
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    Koffee Kult Medium Roast Ground Coffee, 32ozKoffee Kult Medium Roast Ground Coffee 32oz
    • Medium roast ground coffee
    • Low on acidity
    • Made from a blend of specialty-grade Brazilian and Columbian Arabica beans
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    Sant Eustachio Ground Coffee in Can, Moka, 8.8 OunceSant’ Eustachio Ground Coffee in Can, Moka, 8.8 Ounce
    • Authentic Italian coffee
    • Superior-quality ground coffee
    • Vacuum-sealed
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    100% Pure Kona Coffee-All Purpose Ground, 12oz BagMark Ferrari Specialty Coffees 100% Pure Kona Coffee
    • Grown in the USA
    • Premium quality
    • Roastery fresh
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    We’ll start with five of the most interesting and flavorsome ground coffees that are available on Amazon. If you fancy giving any of these bad boys a whirl, click the handy product link to check out other buyers’ reviews and to see the full low-down on the coffee.

    Death Wish Organic USDA Certified Coffee

    Right at the top of the tree and purportedly the strongest coffee in the world is Death Wish Organic USDA Certified Coffee.

    The coffee has a strong, ready-to-go flavor and is packed with caffeine (double that of other coffees), making it the first choice of coffee drinkers who need a hefty kick to get their day started.

    Death Wish is sourced from only Fairtrade plantations and is USDA approved. It’s also organic, helping to keep the dark roast, deep flavor that characterizes a successful bean.

    Death Wish is also available from Amazon as a whole bean and in their outrageously popular Keurig coffee pods.

    Eight O’clock Ground Coffee, The Original, 24 Ounce

    We’re staying in the best-selling territory for our next offering, Eight O’clock Coffee’s original ground.

    The sweet and fruity notes of this brew combined with drier notes of the Columbian Arabica bean used makes it one the most popular ground coffee products in the US. The well-balanced combination and mild mouth give the coffee a very broad appeal.

    You can also buy Eight O’clock Coffee through Amazon as whole beans and Keurig coffee pods.

    Koffee Kult Medium Roast Ground Coffee 32oz

    South Florida-based Koffee Kult sells a few different coffees on Amazon, including whole beans. This medium roast ground coffee is a really popular choice that consistently does well on Amazon and suits a range of different brewing methods.

    This coffee is low on acidity and big on body. The ground is made from a blend of specialty-grade Brazilian and Columbian Arabica beans, giving a smooth mouthfeel but bold flavor. You can enjoy this gourmet coffee via your drip coffee maker, espresso machine, or French press.

    Sant’ Eustachio Ground Coffee in Can, Moka, 8.8 Ounce

    Our next choice is a genuine, authentic Italian coffee experience, coming to you directly from Rome. This superior-quality ground coffee offers something a little different from the usual run-of-the-mill roasts and is absolutely worth a try.

    To keep the coffee fresh for longer, it comes in a vacuum-sealed tin. The coffee is fine-ground, wood-roasted Arabica and is specially prepared for brewing in a Moka pot. (For more Moka Pot coffees, check out this article.)

    Dedicated self-grinders will be pleased to know that Sant’ Eustachio also sells their coffee in bean form, which is also available through Amazon.

    Mark Ferrari Specialty Coffees 100% Pure Kona Coffee

    Mark Ferrari Specialty Coffees are renowned for producing single origin coffee, grown on the Big Island in Hawaii’s Kona region.

    Although this coffee is more expensive than other brands due to the low yield, this easy-drinking coffee is perfect for a refreshing cup of Joe any time of the day or evening. This unique, domestically produced coffee gives a very distinct flavor with notes of nuts and chocolate. Delicious.

    So, now that you know what’s out there, how do you pick your ideal roast?

    So many roasts, so little time …

    Experienced home baristas and longstanding coffee fans will already be familiar with the kind of roast they prefer. However, those of you who are still catching up may find it tricky to decide what roast to go for. That can make it doubly difficult to narrow down the wide choice of coffee available on Amazon.

    Not to worry, we have your back. Here’s a quick overview of what to expect from each type of roast.

    Light roast

    Light roast is designed to draw out the flavor of the coffee, not the taste of the roasting process. For this reason, light roasts are best enjoyed black. Typical flavor notes in a good light roast can include floral, earth, citrus, and moss.

    If you like a very robust brew, are a dedicated espresso fan, or you like your coffee with lots of enhancements/pollutants such as crème, milk, sugar, or syrup, you’ll probably find that these additions will overwhelm the flavor of a light roast.

    Medium roast

    Medium roasts are the most popular choice for everyday brewing. The roasting process ends before the coffee becomes too burnt or bitter. Flavors retain the best of the beans while adding a layer of aroma and roasting flavor.

    Tasting notes can range from floral and citrus through to nuts and chocolate, depending on the length of the roasting process.

    Dark roast

    Dark roast coffees mean dark flavors, which can be too bitter and burnt-tasting for some palates. These are perfect if you like your coffee robust and kicking.

    Good-quality dark roasts have flavor notes of caramel and chocolate, depending on the skill of the person doing the roasting. Dark roasts are the favorite for espresso, but they can also happily tolerate the addition of cream, milk, and sugar.

    Okay, so now you have a clue as to what roast to choose. But should you go for ready-ground coffee or whole beans?

    Ground coffee versus whole beans

    Coffee connoisseurs have long debated whether ground coffee or whole beans are best. There are pros and cons to using both.

    The advantages and disadvantages of using ready ground coffee are:

    The advantages and disadvantages of using whole bean coffee are:

    The bottom line

    When it comes to light, medium, or dark roast, that’s a matter of personal taste and depends on what kind of brews you enjoy making. Sometimes, trial and error is the way to go here.

    On the other hand, the primary considerations when deciding whether to buy ground coffee or whole beans are convenience, freshness, and control.

    Here at Roasty, we prefer whole beans. You get a fresher brew that’s packed with flavor and you can choose on how coarse or fine you want the ground to be. That said, if you don’t always have the time to grind your own, ready-ground coffee is a handy alternative.

    Also, you do have the option to grind a little in advance, and the grounds would still be fresher than if you purchased pre-ground beans.

    Now, armed with all the information in this guide, get to it and check out the coffees we’ve found on Amazon. Brewing times a-wastin’!

    Happy caffeinating!


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