'Tis the season for curling up under a warm blanket (preferably a hand-knitted chunky one, preferably by someone in your family who's actually good at knitting) with something very, very hot to drink. Thanks to plunging temperatures and the general dip in mood that comes in the months after the holidays, motivation to actually leave the house for a coffee run is at an all-time low — but you're still entitled to a high-quality pick-me-up!
Check out these coffee recommendations from people who know their beans. They're all delicious and (most importantly, perhaps) all available for delivery directly to your doorstep.
- Death Wish Coffee, $19 for a 16-ounce bag: Described as "just plain fun" by John Thomassen — owner of Brooklyn's Marine Park Coffee — Death Wish Coffee is a smooth, dark-roast coffee that also calls itself "the world's strongest" cup of Joe. We'll leave it to you to decide whether that's true or not, but in any case, Thomassen throws the full weight of his expertise behind the brand. "Death Wish Coffee has a unique flavor profile all its own, and is bold enough to be paired alongside an equally bold maduro cigar or peaty Scotch," he tells us.
- Blue Bottle Coffee Three Africas Blend, $35 for a 12-ounce bag: This recommendation comes to you from Lindsey Reason, barista at Marshall's Landing in Chicago. Reason recommends Blue Bottle because of its bursting fruit flavor and creamy finish. While she specifically suggests the Three Africas Blend, the brand offers several other varieties on Amazon for your tasting pleasure, as well.
- Stumptown Hairbender, $25 for a 12-ounce bag: In her three years working as a barista and manager at HEJ Coffee in Southeast London, U.S. transplant Casey Cutting learned a lot about British coffees — but Stumptown remains one of her American favorites. Hairbender is the brand's signature blend, and Cutting loves its flavor balance. "I think it's a good coffee to have at home to serve to others, because, while I like fruity coffees, many other people find the taste sour and off-putting," she says. "Hairbender blends that fruitiness with other flavors to appeal to a broader audience."
- Onyx Coffee Lab Roaster Sample Box, $30 for four, 4-ounce bags: Crema's Emily McIntyre directs coffee-lovers to this sample box from award-winning Onyx Coffee Lab, which she says she relies on for consistently unique coffees. Ripe for gifting, this box includes four (four-ounce) bags of whole bean coffee from Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, and El Salvador.
- Toby's Estate Coffee, $14 for a 12-ounce bag: Available in a wide range of varieties on Amazon, Toby's Estate comes to us highly recommended from Thorsten Sahlin, lead barista at DropShot Coffee. "Toby's blends offer a series of sweet and savory counterpoints to the palate," Sahlin says. "They play off of one another well, creating a dynamic profile that appeals to coffee snobs and dilettantes alike."
Do you order your coffee on Amazon? What do you get?