We at Roasty love a big cup of coffee from a café or coffee shop as much as the next guy, but we’ll also be the first to acknowledge that spending five dollars a day on Joe can start to add up pretty quickly. That’s one of the reasons why we’re such big advocates of brewing your coffee at home.
Save your time and money; run down to your local Walmart and pick up a bag of java to make at home. Yup, you read that right — we said Walmart!
Believe it or not, good coffee doesn’t have to be expensive. You’d be surprised what gems are hidden on the shelf at your grocery store, and we went mining at Walmart just for you. Read on to discover our list of top coffees available in-store or online at the powerhouse retailer.
Seattle’s Best Coffee Portside Blend
Though the name of this Seattle’s Best blend has changed from Signature Blend No. 3 to Portside Blend, the taste of this well-rounded medium roast remains the same. As you’ve probably guessed by the name, these 100 percent Arabica beans were roasted on the upper corner of the United States’ west coast and make a solid choice for the coffee enthusiast who wants a smooth and hearty drink.
The Portside Blend is one of Walmart’s bestselling coffees and is available pre-ground or as whole beans, but if you prefer a darker roast, we recommend giving Seattle’s Best Coffee’s 6th Avenue Bistro blend a try. Where the Portside is hearty, 6th Avenue is roasty with a hint of chocolate — a bold choice for strong coffee lovers.
Peet’s Coffee Major Dickason’s Blend
When Alfred Peet introduced opened his first coffee bar in 1966, customers were immediately enthralled by his signature dark roast. Now, you can enjoy the rich roast from the comfort of your own home; just pick up a bag of Peet’s from your local Walmart!
Major Dickason’s is a Peet’s all-time top seller, and if you love sipping a delicious dark roast, you’ll fall in love with this ground coffee’s spicy and complex taste. This blend utilizes beans from the world’s premier growing regions, combining each region’s unique flavor characteristics to create a smooth and well-balanced coffee.
If you’re itching to grind your own coffee, you’re in luck, as Major Dickason’s is available as a whole bean. And not to worry, friends with single-serve machines, Peet’s didn’t forget about you; there are K-cups, too!
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Boyer’s Coffee truly delivers with this whole bean, medium roast selection sourced from two single origins. This coffee has it all, from the rich, dark chocolate tones of Honduran beans to the clean fruity tones of Costa Rica’s plums, and the overall flavor and semi-sweet aftertaste make this drink a perfect pairing to any meal.
Death Wish Coffee
If you’re no stranger to Roasty’s reviews and buying guides, you’ve more than likely heard us talk about Death Wish Coffee a time or two. But we bet you had no idea the world’s strongest coffee could be found on the shelves of your local Walmart.
Every cup of this well-rounded dark roast is made of fair trade, USDA certified coffee beans, but it’s definitely not for the faint of heart; one cup of Death Wish contains twice as much caffeine as the typical cup of Joe. If you can handle the extra boost of caffeine, you will get hooked on the subtle cherry and chocolate flavor, and the bold yet refreshing taste will no doubt have you reaching for a second cup.
Death Wish has become a favorite among coffee enthusiasts for sure, but in comparison to other Walmart coffees, it’s on the higher end of the price scale, so keep that in mind before adding the ground coffee, whole beans, or pods to your cart.
New England Coffee Blueberry Cobbler
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New England Coffee is no stranger to the market, and continuously wows their fans with their suite of tasty selections. This brand uses 100 percent Arabica beans sourced from Central America, Eastern Africa, and the East Indies to ensure that you can taste the quality in each cup you brew.
New England Coffee has an impressive roster of flavored blends, perfect for more adventurous coffee enthusiasts. For a distinctive flavor without being overpowering, try the Blueberry Cobbler blend. Complete with the taste of sweet blueberries and various spices, this unique brew is sure to be a treat.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Nantucket Blend
If you love the mountains, transport yourself there with a cup of Green Mountain Coffee’s Nantucket blend.
This full-bodied coffee is a complex mix of rich flavors of berry-hued African beans, Indonesian beans, and a bit of a French Roast, and you’ll notice notes of caramel, chocolate, and dried fruit throughout this hearty blend.
One of the perks? It’s certified Orthodox Union kosher and is 100 percent responsibly sourced. Great taste and good for the environment? Sounds like a winner to us!
Community Coffee Coffee and Chicory
The Community Coffee company was born in Louisiana in 1919, but since then, the family-owned brand has spread to reach coffee drinkers all across the United States.
Made with Arabica beans and chicory, Community Coffee’s Coffee and Chicory roast is a New Orleans tradition and a Walmart top seller. Sweet and flavorful, this medium-dark roast has just the right balance of sweetness, spice, and body. Good on its own or in a cafe au lait, this classic coffee brings a taste of the bayou to your home every time it’s brewed.
Eight O’Clock The Original
You know what they say: it’s eight o’clock somewhere! Okay…so maybe that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but for 150 years, it’s been all about Eight O’Clock coffee.
Known for bringing the best coffee taste right to your door, with this brand, you’ll find coffee selections available in a mild, medium, or dark roast. The Original is the signature blend, boasting a sweet, fruity, and well-balanced taste.
Designed to align with any time of day, this medium roast can start the day, pair well with a mid-morning snack, and round out dessert after dinner. Find it pre-ground, as a whole bean, or in a K-cup.
Gevalia House Blend
With more than 30 roasts on the market, there’s a Gevalia coffee perfect for everyone, and if you’re searching for an intense, low acidity bag of ground coffee, Gevalia’s House Blend just may become your new favorite drink.
Just like all of Gevalia’s products, this medium roast coffee is crafted in the Swedish tradition and made with 100 percent Arabica beans sourced from around the world. This medium-bodied coffee is bright and aromatic, with notes of sweet caramel and a slight citrus finish.
Kauai Coffee Coconut Caramel Crunch
Did you know Hawaii is home to around 790 coffee farms?
Kauai Coffee Company is one of them, and with millions of coffee trees spanning across 3,100 acres, this estate is the largest coffee farm in the United States. It’s here that the 100 percent Arabica beans needed to make Kauai’s Coconut Caramel Crunch coffee are grown and roasted to perfection.
This naturally flavored coffee would no doubt please anyone in need of a coffee that’s a bit sweet. Not all brick-and-mortar Walmart stores have this ground coffee in stock, though, so if you want to give it a try, you may need to order it online.
Great Value Ethiopian Single Origin
We would be remiss if we failed to mention a product from the retail giant’s very own brand. Rounding out our list is the Great Value Ethiopian Blend coffee. Unsurprisingly, this is a popular pick, and with its sweet, fruity, and floral taste and relatively low price point, we definitely understand why. If you’re looking for something natural that needs no extra additions, this might be the brew for you.
Great Value’s coffee lineup doesn’t stop here, however. The generic store brand is home to dozens of flavor profiles, so there’s no doubt every budding barista on a budget can find something that suits their tastes. On days when you crave a smokier, darker drink, pick up a bag of Great Value French Roast; it’s strong and delicious on its own, but also pairs well with your favorite creamer.
Grocery Store Buying Guide
Feeling a bit wary about buying coffee from a grocery store? We understand; brewing the best cup of coffee possible is important, and you want to be certain you spend money on a good product. Here are a few things to consider while roaming up and down the coffee aisle to make your experience a bit less daunting.
Check the Roast Date
No, old coffee won’t necessarily make you physically ill, but the flat taste and dull flavors just may leave you feeling a bit queasy. For the most assurance that the coffee you’re buying is fresh, check for a roast date on the label. This is different from an expiration date, as it tells you exactly when the coffee was prepared rather than when it goes bad.
Unfortunately, not all grocery store coffees print this on the label, but whenever you do stumble across this bit of information, note that you’ll get the best tasting brew from 4 to 14 days after the roast date.
Whole Beans vs. Pre-Ground
Purchasing pre-ground beans definitely makes for a quicker and more convenient experience, but in the instances that whole beans are available — for example, with Seattle’s Best, Peet’s, or Death Wish — add them to your cart instead.
Coffee beans begin to lose flavor after they’ve been roasted, and unfortunately, this process is accelerated once they are ground. Because beans retain flavor longer than grounds, your best bet for freshness is to grind them yourself.
We realize grinding coffee at home isn’t for everyone, though, and if that’s the case for you, be sure to keep your grounds in a cool, dark area to keep all the flavors intact for as long as possible.
Origin and Roast
Coffee beans vary in taste depending on the region they were grown in, so any time you’re buying coffee, whether ground or whole bean, pay attention to where it comes from.
Noting the roasting levels, ranging from light to dark also gives you valuable information about what your java will taste like. Lighter roasts tend to be more on the mild side and generally contain a higher concentration of caffeine, while darker roasts are typically stronger and more bitter.
When it comes to origin and roast, there aren’t any wrong answers, only differences in preference, so do your research beforehand to help you buy a coffee you know you’ll enjoy.
There you have it, our top picks for the best coffee at Walmart! We know everyone loves a good specialty Joe, but if you’re in a pinch or can’t exactly afford to buy that bag of ultra-expensive beans you’ve been eyeballing, a bag of grocery store brew will do just fine in meeting your coffee needs.