10 Editor-Favorite Coffee Brands Perfect for Celebrating National Coffee Day

updated Sep 28, 2022
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In case you weren’t aware, National Coffee Day is right around the corner! Happening Oct. 1, it’s the perfect excuse to have an extra cup of Joe or treat yourself to a speciality drink from your favorite cafe. But, if you’re anything like our editors here at Kitchn, we consider every day to be National Coffee Day. Needless to say, we have our favorites when it comes to which frothers and gadgets we like to use for our morning lattes, our go-to espresso and coffee makers, and a standing list of the most-loved coffee brands to fuel our daily grind. Yes, we have some opinions on coffee.

Below, we rounded up some of our editors’ current favorite coffee brands. From classic whole-bean coffee blends to a bold coffee concentrate we absolutely swear by, here are 10 editor-approved coffee picks that are keeping us buzzing this fall.

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Partners Coffee

Brooklyn-based Partners is a favorite among several editors, especially with releases such as the Rockaway Cold Brew and Specialty Instant Coffee. What better way to sample the brand than with their Brooklyn blend, a great go-to medium-roast coffee with hints of creamy cocoa, sweet toffee, and dried fruits?

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Waka Coffee

For an instant coffee that will really knock your socks off, check out Waka Coffee's array of quality brews. They use freeze-dried, 100-percent Arabica beans for a rich, complex blend that requires zero brewing — just pour hot or cold water and enjoy! We found that it delivered on flavor and convenience when our contributor, Su-Jit, tried it out early this year.

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Stumptown sources high-quality beans from across the world for a huge variety of blends to suit your preferences. The Hair Bender is a sweet, balanced espresso coffee with notes of citrus and dark chocolate and was actually the first blend introduced to the original Stumptown cafe. You can use it in a French press or automatic drip.

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We're huge fans of Jot coffee concentrate and love it for making barista-style cold brew at home. Jot sources their beans directly from fair-trade and sustainable farms in Central and South America and extracts the maximum flavor to create highly-concentrated coffee. Use it for hot or cold drinks for the easiest setup in the morning. Because you use just one tablespoon per cup, it'll last you a while, too!

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Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co.

Grounds & Hounds is an amazing coffee company not only for their ultra-smooth blends, but also for giving back to a good cause with every sale. A portion of all proceeds go to help rescue animals across the country, so you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and know you're doing a small part to help pets in need. There are a few standouts for our editors, including the seasonal Pumpkin Spice and this Sunny Spot blend specifically designed for making cold brew.

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If you're looking for a smooth cup that's still full-bodied, BLK & Bold's dark roast is perfect for you. We love it because you won't find any acidic, bitter, or burnt tastes here — just an amazing cup of coffee made from 100-percent Arabica beans. It's micro-roasted with subtle notes of lemon and bell pepper that come through for a clean, bright sip. It grinds up easily and works well in a French press or drip coffee maker.

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La Colombe

One of La Colombe's best-selling blends, Corsica, is a dark roast with notes of red wine, lush red cherries, and chocolate. It's a cozy blend, perfectly rich and smooth and ideal when enjoyed for cooler temperatures. Because La Colombe is already such a highly-acclaimed coffee brand, you can imagine that getting one of their top blends is really getting the best of the best!

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Copper Cow Coffee

Copper Cow Coffee has been a hit among editors for their pour over coffee kits, which are great for vacations, camping, or slow mornings at home because it doesn't require any equipment besides boiling water. This Classic Black kit features their signature Vietnamese coffee in eight convenient packs, plus an option to add a creamer to make it exactly how you want.

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These Woken Eco Italian Espresso Pods are 100-percent compostable and compatible with many Nespresso machines, for a more eco-friendly option. After testing, we found the Cremoso to be the standout of the bunch with its dark, rich, and smooth taste.

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Fire Department Coffee, a veteran-owned coffee brand run by firefighters, offers incredible freshly roasted small-batch coffee in both ground and pods. We found the Skull Crushing Espresso, made from a Honduran blend, to seriously pack a punch for our morning espresso shot.