Best Light Roast K-Cups 2019 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

a light roast K-Cup

K-cups are convenient for making coffee because they don’t require any grinding of beans or filters. Everything is premeasured and contained in one little cup.

K-cups are fantastic for offices or families with different tastes. You choose the flavor you want, insert the cup, and brew. That’s it. The next person does the same, so you never have to worry about how others like their coffee.

There are a ton of K-cups on the market to choose from. We all know that Keurig makes a quality product, but K-cups also come with a sizeable price tag. We have reviewed many other brands to find the best available to you. Here are our top five.

Comparison of Our Favorite Products

ModelPriceWeightEditor Rating
Caribou Coffee ‘Daybreak Morning Blend’ Light Roast K-Cups
Caribou Coffee ‘Daybreak Morning Blend’ Light Roast K-Cups(Top Pick)

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3 lbs4.9/5
Starbucks Veranda Blend Blonde Roast K-Cup Pods
Starbucks Veranda Blend Blonde Roast K-Cup Pods

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1 lb4.7/5
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Breakfast Blend (Light-Roast)
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Breakfast Blend (Light-Roast)

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3 lbs4.6/5
Victor Allen Morning Blend Keurig K-Cups

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3 lbs4.4/5
Laughing Man Ethiopia Sidama Single-Serve K-Cups
Laughing Man Ethiopia Sidama Single-Serve K-Cups

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1 lb4.2/5

5 Best Light Roast K-Cups 2019 – Our Reviews

1. Caribou Coffee ‘Daybreak Morning Blend’ Light Roast K-Cups – Top Pick

Caribou Coffee ‘Daybreak Morning Blend’ Light Roast K-Cups

The Caribou Coffee ‘Daybreak Morning Blend’ Light Roast K-Cups are intended for use with Keurig K-cup brewers. There are 24 pods in each case.

The Daybreak Morning Blend is a light fruity blend with a hint of a nutty taste at the end. It has an excellent taste and isn’t too overpowering, but the flavors could be slightly stronger. We found this to be an okay coffee, but not one to write home about.

Pros
  • Light fruity blend with slightly nutty finish
  • 24 pods
  • For Keurig K-cup brewers
Cons
  • Just an okay coffee

2. Starbucks Veranda Blend Blonde Roast K-Cup Pods – The Runner-Up

Starbucks Veranda Blend Blonde Roast K-Cup Pods

The Starbucks Veranda Blend Blonde Roast K-Cup Pods are made to use in Keurig Single Cup Brewing Systems. It’s the lightest roast that Starbucks offers. It’s flavorful, yet not overpowering as other roasts can be.

Though this coffee has good flavor when you’re drinking it, we found some of the pods have a slightly bitter taste. The quality of the coffee isn’t what we would expect from Starbucks. Every pod should make the same flavor of coffee.

Pros
  • Lightest roast
  • Flavorful without being overly bold
  • For Keurig Single Cup Brewing Systems
Cons
  • Some pods have bitter taste
  • Not the quality you expect from Starbucks

3. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Breakfast Blend (Light-Roast)

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Breakfast Blend (Light-Roast)

The Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Breakfast Blend has a rich, citrusy taste that will satisfy your taste buds and get your day started on the right foot. It’s also Kosher certified by the Orthodox Union.

This coffee comes in a case containing 96 pods, so it’ll last you a little while. The pods will work in any K-cup compatible coffeemakers.

We’ve had several boxes of this coffee, and the last batch we got wasn’t as strong as the others. There were more defective cups too. We aren’t sure if Green Mountain has changed its brew or quality control standards, or if this was just a fluke. It seems that many others are having these issues too.

The coffee has a rich taste, but the flavors are barely there. There’s just enough to make each coffee a little different, but if you like to taste the flavoring, we suggest finding a company that puts more into each pod. We also noticed that this coffee leaves a bitter aftertaste after you have finished your cup.

Pros
  • Rich, citrusy taste
  • 96-count case
  • Works in all K-cup compatible machines
  • Kosher certified
Cons
  • Coffee is getting weaker
  • Defective cups
  • Weak flavors
  • Bitter aftertaste

4. Victor Allen Morning Blend Keurig K-Cups

Victor Allen Morning Blend Keurig K-Cups

The Victor Allen Morning Blend Keurig K-Cups come in a pack of 80 pods containing a variety of flavors. They’re made from 100% Arabica coffee beans and are Kosher certified by the Orthodox Union. They’re also GMO-free and gluten-free.

This coffee has a good, light flavor, but it doesn’t have that full-bodied flavor most people like. Even the flavoring is weak. We found that we had to add caramel creamer in the caramel coffee to taste it.

When we were brewing these pods, a couple came open, allowing grounds to get into our coffee, but it wasn’t a high enough percentage to keep us from purchasing them again. When reading reviews from others, some have had 50% or more of the pods open, while others had no problems at all.

Pros
  • 80-pod variety pack
  • 100% Arabica coffee beans
  • Kosher certified
Cons
  • Not a full-bodied taste
  • Weak flavoring
  • Pods open

5. Laughing Man Ethiopia Sidama Single-Serve K-Cups

Laughing Man Ethiopia Sidama Single-Serve K-Cups

The beans that make the Laughing Man Ethiopia Sidama Single-Serve K-Cups have been cultivated on small farms for centuries by farmers who know their coffee beans. The coffee has bright citrus flavors of bergamot and lime and a beautiful floral aroma.

This coffee has great flavor, but it’s weaker than other light brews. If you like your coffee black without a robust flavor, this may be for you. If you put cream in your coffee, though, you’ll want a stronger blend. This one is weak enough that if you add any cream at all, the cream will overpower the taste of the coffee.

The foil seal on the top of the pods doesn’t stay sealed very well. It sometimes comes loose and allows grounds to get into the coffee. This brand of K-cups is more expensive than others, so we would expect them to work without leaking grounds.

Pros
  • Floral aroma
  • Citrus notes
  • Beans cultivated on small farms
Cons
  • Doesn’t have a full flavor
  • Coffee gets overpowered when using cream
  • Foil seals come loose
  • Expensive

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Conclusion

K-cups are available in almost every possible flavor and brew-strength you could ever want. That’s what makes them unique and desirable. Every blend is slightly different. A large assortment of flavors is available within the light roast combinations. It’s trial and error to find your favorite one, but once you find it, you’re sure to start the day out right.

1. Caribou Coffee ‘Daybreak Morning Blend’ Light Roast K-Cups – Top Pick
2. Starbucks Veranda Blend Blonde Roast K Cup Pods – The Runner-Up
3. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Breakfast Blend (Light-Roast)
4. Victor Allen Morning Blend Keurig K-Cups
5. Laughing Man Ethiopia Sidama Single-Serve K-Cups

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