Your morning routine could use a little boost.
In our opinion, the morning doesn’t really begin until you have your first swig of coffee — and preferably espresso since when it comes to coffee, we believe the stronger the better.
Although espresso is technically just a style of coffee (and not a different type of coffee bean), what sets espresso apart from your average drip coffee is the specific method in which it is prepared. Brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiled water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans, espresso is usually served as a smaller shot since the flavor is more robust and concentrated. For your coffee beans, you’ll want to stick to an espresso roast, dark-to-medium roast, or a French roast.
To get your morning started with a proper caffeine buzz, we’ve compiled a list of the best espresso brands based on hyper-enthusiastic Amazon reviews plus our own tried-and-true cult favorites.
1. Lavazza Gran Crema Espresso
This Gran Crema blend from Italian brand Lavazza is an Amazon best seller based on overall quality and taste. Many reviewers describe being completely “hooked” on Lavazza after their first cup.
With rich notes of hazelnuts and brown sugar, this best-selling espresso brand tops our list as Editor’s Choice.
2. Starbucks Espresso Dark Roast
Starbucks Espresso Roast has a rich caramel flavor that provides the perfect base for a morning latte. If you love Starbucks but hate waiting in line, this dark whole-bean coffee blend will make your morning routine that much smoother.
3. Illy Espresso Medium Roast Finely Ground Coffee
Italian espresso brand Illy has a bit of a cult following here in the States, and for good reason. This finely ground espresso coffee is made from slow-roasted 100% Arabica beans for a rich, super smooth taste.
4. Coffeeza Coffee Capsules, Favorites Variety Pack
Let your taste buds explore a variety of coffee flavours from around the world with this specially designed Assorted Box.
Experience premium Italian coffee that has been meticulously crafted to bring out irresistible flavour profiles and aromas from its origins in Ethiopia, Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, India, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia & Vietnam.⠀This also works as a perfect gift for a gourmet coffee lover.
5. Kicking Horse Coffee
This unique blend of beans from Africa, Indonesia, Central America, and South America has a flavor that is described as “kickass dark” by multiple reviewers.
Plus, with a name like Kicking Horse, this espresso blend should give you a proper wake-up call! You can thank us later after you have the most productive day of your life.
6. Nespresso OriginalLine Livanto Capsules
In case your at-home coffee-making machine of choice happens to be a Nespresso, we highly recommend these Livanto Capsules for your daily espresso fix.
A round and balanced medium-roast blend of Central and South American Arabica beans, these capsules are quick, convenient, and damn delicious.
7. Davidoff Crema Intense
Carefully selected and masterly blended, Café Crème Intense promises an immersive coffee drinking experience. With a full-bodied, intense aroma and a velvety texture, its flavor is designed to indulge your senses. A truly well-rounded blend that will help you find joy in the little things in life.
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