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    33 Things For People Who Are Sick Of Paying For Bad Coffee

    You shouldn't have to hold your nose while you imbibe your caffeine.

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    1. Death Wish Coffee (yep, that's the name!) that'll make you scarily alert in case you find yourself chugging the regular stuff to keep your heavy eyelids open and operating.

    person holding bag of coffee

    Your caffeine content will still depend on how you brew, but if you use these beautiful beans you'll get about 660 milligrams per 12 fluid-ounces.

    Promising review: "OK folks, words of warning....if you have heart conditions, ration out your coffee. I'm serious; heed my warning or you could end up cleaning your entire house, doing all your yard work, making love to your partner, waxing your car, building a garage, or single-handedly raising the Titanic; all in the first hour after drinking this wonderful coffee. You have been warned!" —ITsTheXFactor

    Get it from Amazon for $19.96 (also available in whole beans, K-cups, and canned cold brew).

    2. Or an equally morbid Bones Coffee variety pack in case you want to keep it interesting by switching out all kinds of flavors of coffee.

    bags of coffee

    Promising review: "Excellent coffee! My wife and I weren't really big coffee drinkers but wanted to try something new, so we ordered some flavors from here. Absolutely the best coffee we have ever had and we are hooked on it! Smooth and rich flavor without the bitter after taste. We just ordered a second sampler pack and can't wait to try those as well." —Ryan

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in whole beans or ground).

    3. An "ultra coffee" concentrate if you'd rather just add water (and milk, in case you take it that way) for a quick, delicious caffeinated that is waaaay effective.

    hand holding bottle of Jot
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    This stuff is super new to the market and is 20x more concentrated than regular coffee. So if you always have to go for a second or third cup in the morning then you could use this stuff. I'm currently working my way through a bottle of this magic stuff and it's sooo tasty. It's made of *just* organic coffee and water. I drink my coffee black and can vouch that the FLAVOR of this is fantastic.

    Get a bottle from Jot for $24 (enough for one cup a coffee a day for two weeks; also available in other quantities and on a subscription model for a discount).

    4. A trio of Ghirardelli squeeze bottles so you can artfully swirl caramel in your own coffee without awkwardly asking a barista for more. Go WILD in the privacy of your own home!

    three bottles of syrup
    coffee drink made with the syrup

    It comes with chocolate, caramel, and white chocolate.

    Promising review: "Love these for making my own lattes and specialty drinks at home! Or just over ice cream." —kelli thompson

    Get them from Amazon for $17.82.

    5. A cold brew maker that'll work on tomorrow's caffeine fuel for 8–12 hours in the fridge as you reap the benefits of today's while you annihilate your to-do list.

    the cold brew maker beside a pint glass of cold brew

    Read up on why we love this in our full review of Takeya cold brew maker!

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    6. Or a HyperChiller, in case you're impatient but ADORE ice cold coffee. This is for you!

    the hyperchiller
    iced coffee beside the chiller

    Promising review: "It does exactly what it says. It has clear instructions of how to fill the compartments to what level to prevent spilling, you just keep it in the freezer and anytime you need any drink cooled quickly without dilution, this does the job.

    For those not fully familiar with how it works, what it's accomplishing is trying to surround your liquid with as much ice-behind-metal as possible. So, it has a center chamber of ice behind the metal, then and outer chamber of ice. The inner chamber fits inside the outer with about a cup's worth of space that's between the inner and outer chamber. This exposes your liquid to the greatest surface area of super-cold metal that they can, and since your liquid is only touching metal, and not the ice itself, it doesn't matter the temperature of the liquid poured in. You can pour in boiling water and while it may end up melting a bunch of the ice behind the metal, none of that water will mix with your drink. So, whether you're chilling a wine, dropping hot coffee to cool it off, or just wanting to rapidly drop the temp of that fresh lemonade you made without making it watery, this will get that done." —P. Ericksen

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    7. A salted caramel Vietnamese pour-over latte kit if you aren't beholden to the clock when it comes to indulging a bit.

    using the kit

    Copper Cow was founded by Debbie Wei Mullin as a way to share her Vietnamese culture through sustainable, delicious coffee. 

    Promising review: "I have searched the world for my favorite coffee. Vietnam is easily my favorite country to have coffee in. However, living on the west coast and having tried at minimum a dozen Vietnamese restaurants I have yet to find one that makes hot Vietnamese Coffee like they do in Vietnam. Most serve cold Vietnamese (more like Thai) coffee. This surprisingly is the closest I've found to in country coffee. Cool concept! Great design! Definitely worth trying!" —KH

    Get a kit for five lattes from Amazon for $15.

    8. A four-pack of Starbucks flavor syrups because hey, you're your own barista rn and should keep what ya' like stocked.

    Promising review: "I love all the flavors! I use Starbucks Verismo coffee machine with the Verismo cups from Starbucks to brew my coffee, and add those syrup to flavor and sweeten my coffee. It makes my coffee taste just like Starbucks coffee! Love them <3" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

    9. A New Orleans-style coffee kit for those morns when you want something a lil' more decadent than your standard black coffee.

    glass of coffee
    Blue Bottle

    The kit includes the coffee, roasted chicory, and a recipe. You add the whole milk, sugar, and ice to get it ready for drinking.

    Get it from Blue Bottle for $18.

    10. Or Cafe Du Monde coffee because you've been to the New Orleans establishment and want to bring some of that flavor to your breakfast routine.

    can of coffee
    World Market

    Get it from World Market for $9.99. Go ahead and get the beignet mix too while you're at it ;).

    11. Nutpods dairy-free creamer made from almond and coconut can give your coffee a smooth taste without messing with your stomach. Plus, some reviewers say it makes your coffee a bit sweeter, so you could even skip other additions!

    the creamer and coffee

    The pack comes with original, hazelnut, and French vanilla flavors. Nutpods are free of carrageenan, dairy, soy, and added sugar, and are certified vegan, kosher, gluten-free, Whole30 compliant, and non-GMO.

    Promising review: "I was dismayed when my doctor insisted that I go sugar- and dairy-free as I love coffee but cannot drink it without creamer. I searched and searched for a dairy-free alternative but only found the soy, almond and coconut milk options. YUCK! By chance I came across Nutpods and decided to give it a try. I love this product! It is the creamy texture I want and the flavor I crave. Definite home run, and I vow to never run out." —A. Anson

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $14.95.

    12. A coffee tasting trio to help (pleasantly) surprise your taste buds and maybe discover your new go-to coffee beans!

    three coffee packages
    Rwanda Bean

    Rwanda Bean is a Black-owned small biz founded in 2013 to help support Rwandan coffee growers and, to date, has helped more than a thousand farmers get health insurance. You can read more about the company's mission here.

    Get it from Rwanda Bean for $11.25 (whole bean, each package is enough for five cups of coffee). 

    13. Rise nitro cold brew oak milk lattes that I could LIVE off of if I had to. They're that tasty! And in case you've never tried oat milk, let me intro you to the tasty coffee add-on.

    can of the latte

    I'm not dairy-free or anything, but tried an oak milk latte to give it a go at the start of the craze. They're delish, including specifically these! They're also non-GMO, USDA organic, vegan, and have low acidity.

    Promising review: "I've been searching for a quality at-home nitro cold brew, and this is it baby. I will ashamedly admit that I was drinking Starbucks for a long time before I realized how terrible their coffee is. Just because it's popular, that doesn't mean it's quality or worth your money! I started buying Rise on a whim when I saw them on the shelf at Raley's here in California — I'm never turning back. Crack a cold one and go for it. Or make your own sweet cream at home and make your own wannabe Sbux. You will save money and your tastebuds." —LC

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $37.99.

    14. Or La Colombe iced lattes – they're what I buy on the go when I need some coffee really quick and find myself at a gas station or drugstore. They're SO GOOD.

    person holding a can of the coffee
    La Colombe, Amazon

    Get an 12-pack of four flavors from Amazon for $29.99.

    15. An instant mushroom coffee in case regular coffee is a lil' too strong for ya'. It's made to help you clear your head and increase your productivity (without tasting the least bit mushroom-y).

    person putting mix into a mug

    The coffee comes in individual packets that you mix into hot water. The organic instant coffee also contains lion's mane mushrooms to help support memory and concentration and chaga mushrooms to support the immune system. It has half the caffeine of traditional coffee, so say goodbye to those morning jitters!

    Promising review: "I have no idea if there will legitimately be any real benefits to ingesting these 'super-'mushrooms in my coffee, but what I do know is this: They taste good, and they leave me less jittery than regular coffee. That could be just the result of drinking slightly less coffee in my coffee, but either way, it satisfies my craving for coffee and it tastes good." —Kate O'Neill

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $11.67+ (available in three types).

    Learn more in our full review about this coffee.

    16. A travel espresso maker that'll keep the flavor going, even if you're not stuck to your home or desk.

    person holding handheld espresso maker
    person holding shot of espresso

    The espresso maker is compact and easy to travel with. It has a built-in cup and scoop and is hand-operated, so you don't need electricity to use it!

    Promising review: "Bought this for the husband when he goes on fishing trips in Costa Rica and Panama. We have an espresso addiction, so I thought he would love it. We recently went to Ireland and brought this with us, along with a can of our favorite espresso. It worked fabulously and saved us when we stayed in places that weren't near a cafe. It's so easy to use and to clean. Very clever invention!" —For the love of type

    Get it from Amazon for $54.90.

    17. Skull sugar cubes in case you like to keep it sweet and spooky. 

    tray of skull-shaped sugar cubes
    Dem Bones / Etsy

    Dem Bones is a Tracy, California-based Etsy shop that specializes in gothic gifts and sells an array of caffeinated goods and accessories. 

    Get them from Dem Bones for $10+ (available in white, pink, or purple). 

    18. A handheld milk frother to help you whip up a DIY latte or cappuccino in case your regular ole drip isn't what you're into atm. (Oh hey, and it also works with nondairy milks!)

    person holding frother
    coffee made with the frother

    The frother requires AA batteries and comes with a cute stand.

    Promising review: "The PowerLix has revolutionized my coffee routine and allows me to make lattes like Starbucks at home. I have used it exclusively with plant-based milks (coconut, almond, etc.) and it perfectly froths non-dairy milks. I can't tell you how much money I have saved not having to go to the coffee shop every time I want to have a delicious latte. The only other option for at-home milk frothing would have involved spending a grand on a fancy espresso machine with a steam wand, but I think the PowerLix works even better at making beautiful, delicate foam that holds up for the whole cup of coffee. I love that there's still foam even in the last sip. I couldn't go back to just coffee and cream after having tried a perfect lattes made by the PowerLix." —Lindsey Catherine

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89+ (available in 14 colors).

    19. A tinted airtight coffee container that'll help keep your precious coffee beans in (flavorful) fighting shape. (They're sensitive to light and air, so it's best to keep 'em in a dark place like this.)

    container with scoop built into lid

    Promising review: "I have been looking for a nice container to keep my coffee fresh and this fits the bill! I buy my ground coffee at Costco and it’s nice to store a smaller amount in this container so the whole bag doesn’t get repeatedly exposed to air and it stays fresh. This container has good suction/air tight lid and it’s great that there’s a spot for the scoop so I don’t have to go digging through the coffee to find it each morning. It’s the perfect size for our pantry." —Amazoning Drew

    Get it from Amazon for $9.78.

    20. Caffeine-infused chocolate you can keep within arm's reach in case your appetite for chocolate and caffeine get along quite nicely.

    candy bar

    Promising review: "I am a working mom with two very active young children. Sometimes I nap when they do, just because I'm so exhausted after hanging out with them all day. I would always wake up from the nap groggy and miserable, and I'd try to drink a cup of coffee or a soda, only to have it upset my stomach. Now instead of that, I eat half a bar of this chocolate and I feel absolutely fantastic the rest of the day! It has definitely made taking a quick nap worth it for me." —John S.

    Get 12 bars from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in milk, dark, caramel, or peanut butter).

    21. A bag of Mickey Mouse Classic Blend coffee to help give you a Walt Disney World-ish caffeine kick without having to travel. 

    two bags of coffee with mickey on the packaging
    Joffrey's Coffee

    If this sounds familiar, it's because this is the brand of coffee served in Disney Parks and resorts! Be sure to check out the entire Disney Speciality Coffee Collection.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (an 11oz ground bag) or Joffrey's Coffee for $11.99 (available in ground, French press, or whole beans).

    22. And (I've got your Disney adults!) a Halloween pastel reusable iced coffee cup to help you start off spooky szn. IMO, it's never too early for that. 

    Halloween theme DIsney iced coffee cups
    For The Love of Pixie Dust

    For The Love of Pixie Dust is a woman-owned small business based out of New Jersey that sells a *ton* of Disney-inspired cups.

    Get it from From The Love of Pixie Dust for $24 (or if you wanna get fun, pay $15 for a surprise color option). 

    23. A pretty-in-pink K-Cup coffee maker made to work with a ~variety~ of coffee pods. Plus, it'll look rather nice sitting on your kitchen countertop!

    a pink and black k-cup coffee machine
    a gif of the pink k-cup coffee being made
    Cool Coffee Clique, Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

    Cool Coffee Clique is a Black woman-owned business that sells an array of coffee products and accessories with an extra *flair* added to them. My colleague Heather Braga owns one and here's what she has to say about it: 

    "I own the coffee machine (seen above) and it makes me happy every morning. I just really enjoy that it's pink and from a small business! It works perfectly well and it's really simple to add more water into the tank when needed."

    Get it from Cool Coffee Clique for $129.99.

    24. An assortment of K-Cups because some mornings you're feeling v Breakfast Blend and the next extremely No Surrender.

    K cups with cups of coffee

    Promising review: "I love this variety pack. There are three of us in the house and we all have our types of coffee we like, I prefer the lighter to medium, my son prefers the medium to darker coffees and my daughter likes mainly medium so it gives us exactly what we need to suit our different tastes." —onlinemom

    Get 40 pods from Amazon for $25.49+ (available in several flavors and size combos).

    25. Or a reusable coffee pod so you're not beholden to whatever's available in a K-Cup to you. *Plus* using ground coffee with this can help you cut down on waste and costs drastically!

    the cups

    Compatible with Keurig models: B10,B30,B31,B40, B44, B50, B55, B60, B66, B70, B77, B77, B79, B100,B130,B135,B140,B145,B150,B200,K10, K45, K65,K75, K145. DOES NOT WORK for Keurig Cuisinart version and K155, K250 (after 2016).

    Promising review: "This is the best purchase I could’ve made. They work perfectly and the amount of money I’m saving in coffee is insane, I drink coffee every day, sometimes two pods and 10 pods in the supermarket from the brand I like are around $6, so now if I buy a $6 coffee bean package it can last so much longer because you use very little amount in the reusable pod vs a coffee filter. Oh and I love my coffee strong and with these reusable poda my coffee is strong and intense. The only con I could say is that you might get bored of drinking every day the same coffee if you like the K-pod variety flavors, but problem solved if you buy a couple different coffee packages it will still be more affordable and save tons of money. These work perfect with my Keurig machine and they are super easy to clean." —Maia

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.95.

    26. Cleaning cups to remove built-up coffee grinds and residue from your Keurig machine because maybe the reason you're feeling a bit meh about your morning cup is because something's up with your machine. 

    the cups
    three glasses with different opacities of coffee water

    Promising review: "Okay, so these cleaner pods are awesome! I didn't know how gross our Keurig was until today. The big mason jar on the left (pictured above) is when I actually ran the cleaner through plus one rinse cycle. The middle one is another rinse cycle and the last one, on the right, is the last one I did. So yes, I would suggest running two or three rinse cycles instead of the recommended one. But it's still an awesome product for the price!" —Mads0421

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $9.95.

    27. A stove top espresso maker in case you yearn for a smooth, rich espresso you can whip up yourself in less than five minutes. Color me impressed!

    the mocha pot on a stove

    IMO, you haven't LIVED until you've made your own espresso.

    Promising review: "So happy with my espresso pot purchase. Excellent and simple. It makes the best coffee ever. It's streamlined, sleek, and attractive sitting next the stove without cluttering up counter space with some electronic digital nightmare to deal with. It's a breeze to clean — no disposable filters either. Everyone who drinks coffee needs this." —melanie m. pool

    Get it from Amazon for $11.87+ (available in five sizes and also in red).

    28. A super tasty Daily Harvest almond coffee latte with an extra energy boost thanks to ashwagandha and cordyceps. Gimme energy, gimme tasty coffee bevs.

    the latte
    Daily Harvest

    I'm a big fan of this brand thanks to their smoothies, harvest bowls, flatbreads, and more! Their lattes are no exception and are way fancier than I know I could whip up at home. This one tastes like an almond milk latte and has the strength of about two shots of espresso.

    Get two single-serve pods from Daily Harvest for $5.99 (also check out their matcha lemongrass latte, ginger turmeric latte, and chaga chocolate latte).

    29. A matcha oat milk latte for starting the day with something besides your standard cup.

    the can of latte

    Get six cans from LaDiDa for $38.

    30. Atlas Coffee Club that'll help deliver some delicious caffeination straight to your doorstep and give you all the info on where it's sourced. I've tried several different coffee variations (I drink my coffee black too) and can vouch for its amazing ability to perk ya' right up.

    various coffee beans
    @atlascoffeeclub / Via

    Get a subscription from Atlas Coffee Club for $9+ (available in three sizes, ground or whole beans, three roast types, and bi-weekly or monthly).

    31. A Ninja coffee bar to do the heavy lifting for ya' when it comes to making most any kind of coffee drink.

    the bar in a kitchen

    It can make lattes, iced drinks, single cups, whole pots, custom brew sizes, speciality brews, and more. Need some frothed milk? Yep, it's got you covered.

    Promising review: "I've had my Ninja Coffee Bar for a few weeks now. Originally, I was in the market for a Keurig product. I am always in a hurry in the morning, so I needed something simple and quick. I was looking for something that was capable of both single-serves and larger servings of coffee. Additionally, I was looking for a machine that was capable of automatically brewing at a certain set time. Not only did the Ninja Coffee Bar meet these needs, it exceeded my expectations! I'm now convinced that I could never find a Keurig that comes anywhere close to this amazing machine! The machine is also large enough that you can brew directly into your large travel mugs, something that many Keurig machines are too short for. And if you're using an average size coffee cup, simply flip out the stand so it fits more snugly near to the top of the machine!" —Olivia

    Get it from Amazon for $339.99.

    32. Bourbon-infused coffee that'll help narrow the gap a bit between happy hour and the crack of dawn.

    the bag of coffee
    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20.

    33. And a 5-pound bag of chocolate-covered espresso beans because I can't be the only one who enjoys dessert for breakfast?!

    bag of chocolate covered coffee beans

    Promising review: "Warning, these espresso beans are addictive! With an entire 5 lb. bag, I had to hide them in the back of the pantry! Seriously, they're delicious — the milk chocolate are my favorite but that's okay because my husband prefers the white chocolate and dark chocolate beans. The actual coffee beans are pretty small so they are covered in a pretty fair amount of chocolate coating. You've been warned!" —Book Reader

    Get it from Amazon for $48 (available in a variety of flavors).

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