The 6 Best Espresso K-Cups (2022 Updated)

Espresso from a K-cup seems like breaking one of the ten commandments of coffee to some.

Until they’ve tried it that is. Who would have thought that espresso could be easily attainable with such a simple and effective device? That’s right, you don’t actually have to own an espresso machine in the home to get that energizing and delicious drink in the AM.

Using just a Keurig brewer and a K-cup you’re able to achieve some of the same high octane qualities of a true espresso, at the convenience of your morning routine. This comes without the lines that seem to plague the early morning coffee house, as well as the price tag.

Here are our picks for the top espresso style K-cups on the market today.

Café Bustelo Espresso Style K-Cup

Cafe Bustelo has been known to create some very impressive Cuban-style espresso in its run as a company. Now that they’ve transcended to this format of coffee brewing, the Keurig hasn’t been the same. Inspired recipes make for a rich espresso experience, without having to actually go through the work of roasting and grinding beans to a specific size.

Cafe Bustelo is also known for perfecting instant coffee, and if that’s not proof enough for their coffee mastery, then I don’t know what is. Check out the Cafe Bustelo Keurig version of espresso if you want something convenient without sacrificing taste.

San Francisco Bay OneCup Espresso Roast

A unique combination of Central and South American coffees roasted to perfection with hints of sweetness in which is unusual in darker roasts. Its result: a very rich, full-bodied coffee that is perfect for either regular coffee or espresso. San Francisco Bay OneCup Espresso Roast is a product of perfect. The company strives to sell only the best coffee and tea products while pioneering a Community Aid program to improve the environment and communities of San Francisco and surrounding areas.

Like many of the Keurig cups, there is a special technique to grinding the espresso rich grinds and packaging them in a special way to preserve freshness and deliver a unique espresso drink to those in need of a morning pick-me-up.

Barista Prima Espresso K-Cups

Enjoy the bold, savory taste of your favorite Italian café drink with Espresso Roast from Keurig’s Barista Prima Coffeehouse. This delicious mix offers a European-style espresso with soft, woody and bittersweet chocolate notes.

If you need a strong tasting coffee, and other K-cups just don’t seem to be delivering on bold coffee without a burnt aftertaste, then this is the right espresso K-cup for you. Barista Prima Espresso K-cups were developed by the same folks responsible for putting the Keurig technology itself in your home. They likely have some of the best techniques for packaging the very K-cups they worked to develop.

Start off your morning quickly and be bold!

Green Mountain Rainforest Espresso

The company that brought you Keurig technology in the first place uses their once-proprietary k-cup to deliver a robust espresso. This take on espresso is meant to showcase a fine collection of coffee beans and flavors from South America. Where we have come to understand some of the nuances of intense, rich espresso flavors.

Green Mountain Rainforest Espresso is 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified, a choice you can feel good about, and composed of 100% Arabica coffee. For the convenience and cost, this is among the best options out there.

Brooklyn Beans Express-O Coffee Pods

Fresh roasted and filter brewed, using only the highest quality 100 percent Arabica beans. One will find this to be a high caffeine-fueled espresso to supercharge your day. Perfect for those living in the big city and in need of an extra boost in the morning.

Hold-on-to-the-overhead-subway-strap-for-dear-life-type of strong. Rich, full-bodied, and smoky, espresso was originally invented for people in a hurry to get their morning fix of strong coffee.

Brooklyn Bean Roastery Express-o pods are a convenient way to have their trademark espresso in a quick way. Espresso beans are carefully roasted until they are bursting with big, bold flavor, so go ahead, hop on the express line for a super big taste.

Lavazza Espresso Classico

Crafted by Lavazza, the Espresso Classico is a full-bodied medium roast with notes of tropical fruit and sweet floral qualities with a lingering fruity finish.

The Keurig Rivo single-cup brewing system uses a special packaging for espresso and espresso-based beverages called Rivo portion packs or Rivo packs. Each Rivo pack is an airtight, mini-brewer that locks out oxygen, light, moisture, and humidity while locking in freshness and flavor. Simply insert the no mess Rivo pack into the brewer and hit the brew button for a fresh-brewed, perfect cup of espresso in under a minute.

Additionally, the Keurig Rivo brewing system allows you to brew cappuccinos, lattes, and other espresso-based beverages in one machine with an attached milk frother. Please note that the Keurig Rivo portion packs are only compatible with the Keurig Rivo brewing system. So make sure to look out for those details when selecting your K-cups. These are some very convenient ways to brew coffee, but you’ll want to make sure you have the right gear.

If you’re searching for reviews and information on some of these brewers and brewing processes, feel free to take a gander at our blog.