The 10 Best Canned Coffees

Aug 27, 2020

Category: Vices

The early morning struggle is certainly real, and if you’re anything like us, the slow ascent from your sleeping area is made a bit more expedient when coffee is involved. For some, the first caffeinated beverage of the day is akin to ritual, acting as a catalyst for personability, intellectual growth, and social readiness; for others, it’s a flavorful boost that seems undeniably traditional, offering up a bold, rich taste that we’ve all come to know and love. Regardless of the camp that you fall into, there’s one thing that we all have in common: we’re coffee lovers, and without our favorite early-morning brew, who knows what kind of trouble we might get ourselves into.

Sure, our adoration of the caffeinated medium is honest, true, and substantial, but there are times where the process can be a bit much. Instead of sourcing your favorite beans, slaving over the grinder to produce the perfect consistency for brewing, and taking on the (sometimes) complex process of coffee-making, many of us settle for something less involved. This can mean a quick jaunt to your favorite local coffee shop, a visit to your gas station’s refrigerated beverage aisle, or the procurement of pre-made coffee from one of your favorite grocery stores. Over the years, we’ve seen the bold beverage transition from cartons and glass containers, all the way to small, unassuming cans, allowing us to forgo the long lines, wait times, and unintuitive brewing basics so that we can enjoy our liquid gold at the drop of a dime. Below, we’ll outline a handful of our favorite canned offerings from throughout the space, focusing heavily on the brands that remain devoted to our morning grind. So sit back and pull out your favorite notebook — we’re about to pop the top on our favorite canned coffees.

Sail Away Coffee Co. Nitro Unsweetened

Sail Away Coffee is a trusted brand that takes pride in the production of some of the world’s finest canned coffee. That being said, the company also takes pride in its sleek design terminology, gluten/dairy-free ingredients, and sublime “cold brew” style, offering beverage lovers everywhere a unique experience. Instead of springing for the sweeter end of the spectrum, Sail Away’s ‘Nitro Unsweetened’ is a surefire hit for the genre’s most hardcore aficionados, thanks to its organic commitment, robust flavor, and no-frills style.

Purchase: $27

BOSS by Suntory Japanese Flash Brew

Suntory is one of the most revered beverage companies in the world, and when it comes to Japanese Flash Brew, there are few who can challenge their authority. One of the most interesting offerings in the company’s lineup just so happens to be BOSS — an interesting alternative that utilizes high brewing temperatures and rapid chilling to create one of the genre’s most lauded canned coffees. But the brewing style isn’t just there to sound cool; it also helps to alleviate bitterness in the final beverage and promote a smoother aftertaste when compared to its cold-brew competitors. If you’re looking for an interesting alternative to the Nitro grind, Suntory’s expertise within the brewing industry might be what you need to break away from the brands that have dominated the space in North America. The best part? It’s free of sugar, light on sodium, and sourced from some of the finest Brazilian beans around.

Purchase: $33

Illy Ready-To-Drink Cold Brew

Illy might be a bit under the radar for some, but there’s no denying that the brand’s Ready-To-Drink Cold Brew is among the best in the industry. Since it’s one of the company’s newest offerings, it makes sense that it’s not as renowned as some of the other examples on this list. Luckily, it more than makes up for it with notable taste, balanced flavors, and mild bitterness. Thanks to the brew’s 12-hour production process, the coffee takes on a naturally sweet aroma and flavor, allowing buyers to revel in the taste of their favorite cold-brew coffee without the unrelenting acidity of traditional offerings. Each can boasts 100% Arabica ingredients, no preservatives, sweeteners, or flavors, and a 190-milligram caffeine content that’ll keep you on your toes throughout the day.

Purchase: $35

Rise Brewing Co. Nitro Cold Brew

When it comes to Nitro-style coffee, Rise Brewing Co. knows exactly what it takes to create the perfect can of bittersweet sustenance. Don’t believe us? Take a look at their award-winning track record, where beverages like the Nitro Cold Brew have helped to carve their name in the annals of coffee history. While the brand’s Nitro variant isn’t as blunt as some of the darker offerings we’ve included here, it strikes the perfect balance between creaminess, sweetness, and bitterness, resulting in an inherently smooth drinking experience. Plus, each can is filled with some of the finest cold-brew coffee around, thanks to Rise Brewing’s utilization of a state-of-the-art water purification process and organic beans sourced from some of the most renowned operations in the world.

Purchase: $35

La Colombe Coffee Roasters Single-Origin

La Colombe Coffee Roasters hails from the sunny beaches of San Diego, California — one of the most notable coffee capitals on the west coast. With years of industry experience at its back, the brand has introduced a plethora of commendable caffeinated beverages, including its Single-Origin canned coffee. Each pack delivers a robust blend of interesting flavors, thanks to its fresh-roasted, specialty-grade coffee, overnight brewing process, and purified result. After being cold-pressed and filtered, the brand’s appetizing beverage is packaged to deliver a smooth, clean taste, semi-sweet undertones, and a strong flavor, while remaining free of preservatives, sugars, and unnatural ingredients. But heed our warning — La Colombe’s Single-Origin is said to rival the caffeinated potential of two cups of your favorite brew.

Purchase: $36

Kitu Super Espresso Keto Can

Kitu’s Super Espresso can is certainly unique. If you haven’t already surmised, this stylish brew is Keto-friendly and boasts a suite of organic ingredients that are both pesticide-free, and full of natural antioxidants. Each can utilizes a selection of high-tier beans that have never been treated with harmful chemicals, including herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and synthetic fertilizers, maintaining taste, flavor, and robustness, thanks to its conscious process. Instead, you’ll be treated to organic Columbian coffee, ample caffeine, and peace of mind knowing that you’re drinking one of the purest canned coffees on the market today.

Purchase: $40

Stumptown Cold Brew

Stumptown is one of, if not the most, recognizable outfits in the canned coffee business. While their notoriety is defined by equal parts controversy and adoration, the all-American company has continued to brew some of the finest coffee in North America, thanks to its enduring commitment to the craft. Like La Colombe’s offering, which we mentioned above, Stumptown utilizes a 12-hour overnight brewing process; however, it’s completely devoid of heat. Instead, the brand cold-brews the entire batch before filtration, resulting in a chocolatey, ultra-smooth finish. Aside from the can’s inherent caffeine content, the brand has also infused its beverage with Nitrogen, making it yet another notable addition to our Nitro-savvy list.

Purchase: $40

Blue Bottle Cold Brew

Whether you’re a fan of deep, bold flavors, clear, radiant palettes, or sweet, Single-Origin sheens, Blue Bottle’s aesthetically-enticing Cold Brew is here to save the day. While the brand is known for its carton- and bottle-based coffees, its seamless transition to can-contained beverages has been well-met, offering avid drinkers fruity, bright blends, chocolatey textures, and sippable supplements that cater to every type of coffee fan. In the mood for something bit more robust? Try Blue Bottle’s BOLD blend. What about something cheerful and lightweight? The BRIGHT style should suffice. Building an espresso that’ll knock you off your feet? The Columbian Single-Origin is the one for you. It’s nice to have options, especially when we’re talking about one of the day’s most important drinks.

Purchase: $48

Taika Macadamia Latte

Taika’s Macadamia Latte is a staunch departure from the dark, concise offerings that we’ve introduced thus far. For those of you who enjoy a sugary vice every now and then, this sweet, flavorful coffee is as close as you’re going to get to canned ice cream. But what makes this brew so unique is its ingredients. It utilizes just the right amount of caffeine to make thins interesting, while adaptogens, mushrooms, and other plant-based ingredients do their part to create a succulent blend of flavors without any of the sugars you might find in traditional canned lattes. That’s right, we said “without” — Taik’s Macadamia offering boasts zero sugar, one gram of net carbs, and just 60 calories per can.

Purchase: $60

UCC Original Blend Coffee

If you’re looking for the true Japanese coffee experience, look no further than the UCC Original Blend Coffee can. This ever-popular beverage brings the allure of Eastern coffee to your doorstep, offering the perfect blend of sweetness, creaminess, and boldness that you might expect from some of Japan’s leading brewers, without having to deal with the language barrier. You’ll be able to drink this stylish Brazilian-sourced coffee either hot or cold, helping to jumpstart your morning in the most authentic way possible.

Purchase: $60

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