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There are tons of Keurig-compatible decaf coffee pods to choose from, and many of them are as flavorful as their caffeinated counterparts.

All K-cup brands are not created equally. With hundreds of products on the market, it is difficult to know what pods are caffeine-free and deliver that smooth coffee flavor.

In this guide, I’ll provide you with all the best decaf K cups on the market for at-home coffee drinkers trying to cut back on caffeine.

OUR TOP PICK!

Illy Decaffeinated

Taste

5.0

Size Options

4.5

Value For Money

4.0


Our Score

4.5

sustainable OPTION

Starbucks House Blend

Taste

5.0

Size Options

2.5

Value For Money

4.5


Our Score

4.0

Most flavorful

Original Dunkin Donuts

Taste

5.0

Size Options

4.5

Value For Money

4.5


Our Score

4.7

In the past, die-hard coffee lovers strayed away from decaf coffee, myself included! For me, it was simply because it didn't have the bold and rich flavor of regular coffee beans.[1]

Nowadays, that's not the case at all. I've noticed that many decaf coffee producers have taken it upon themselves to create delicious decaffeinated brews with the same bold and rich taste as regular coffee.

As someone who can't handle too much caffeine, I'm not complaining!

After trying dozens of highly rated decaf K cups, these are my top 13 regarding taste, price, and availability.

1. Illy Classico Decaffeinated - Best Tasting 

Taste

5.0

Size Options

4.5

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

4.5

Roast Level

Medium

Taste

Balanced acidity and bitterness with notes of toasted bread

Price Per Count

$1.30

Region Of Origin

Italy

Bean Type

Arabica

The best tasting decaf pod is the Illy classico. It offers excellent value for money, tastes fantastic and is a great choice for everyday coffee lovers who do not want caffeine in their systems.

I found the taste of these pods to be rich and bold, yet it still has a balanced aftertaste.

That’s exactly what I want from my morning brew, and Illy’s use of 100% Arabica beans is what contributes to this smooth flavor.

I immediately noticed a toasty flavor when sipping on these medium roast beans. It’s very light on the taste buds, making it the perfect choice for a delicious cup of morning coffee.

The price is a bit high when buying one-off purchases - about $1.30 per pod - but I was able to save money by opting for a bulk package instead of the standard 10-pod pack.

If you buy a bulk package of 60 pods, the price comes down to about $1 per pod. Additionally, when purchasing through the Illy website, you can save 30% and get free shipping when choosing a subscription option.

It’s not the most expensive option, especially compared to Lifeboost’s decaf pods, but there are certainly cheaper pods out there, like pods from the Original Donut Shop or Krispy Kreme.

If you're on a budget, maybe these shouldn't be your main decaf pod option unless you take advantage by subscribing to their reoccuring purchase plans.

Even so, these pods deserve the #1 because of their amazing taste. It’s definitely a product worth purchasing, but consider treating it as your “special” decaf option if you’re on a tighter budget.

You can then go for one of the cheaper options - like Original Donut Shop (number 3 on our list) - for regular sipping.

Pros

  • Amazing flavor of toasted bread
  • Sustainably sourced coffee beans
  • Finishes with a balanced aftertaste
  • Authentic Italian taste

Cons

  • Pricy at $1-$1.20 per K-cup
  • Brews very dark, although its medium roast

2. Starbucks House Blend Decaf - Best Sustainable

Taste

5.0

Size Options

2.5

Value For Money

4.5


Overall Rating

4.0

Roast Level

Medium

Taste

Toffee and cocoa

Price Per Count

$0.90

Region Of Origin

Latin America

Bean Type

Arabica

Anyone who can't go without Starbucks but wants to avoid the pricy coffee shop is in luck.

Thanks to these pods, Starbucks has made it easy to brew their house decaf blend in a Keurig coffee maker.

This 100% Arabica medium roast coffee offers notes of toffee and chocolate. Even as a decaf version, these pods produce delicious coffee with great flavors.

You can buy a 22-count box for $20 from the Keurig website, which is just under $1 per pod. As far as price goes, this is about middle-of-the-road. If you want to start with the cheapest decaf option, try the McCafe Premium Decaf K-Cups, which is number 10 on my list.

You can confidently say that you’re buying from an ethical, sustainable coffee provider if you go with the Starbucks blend.

Although it’s a massive corporation, the coffee is ethically grown and responsibly traded.

Pros

  • Ethically sourced and traded
  • Balanced flavor with a sweet finish
  • Easily accessible online or in-store

Cons

  • Pricy compared to most pods
  • Slightly bitter aftertaste

3. Original Dunkin Donuts Decaf - Best Flavored

Taste

5.0

Size Options

4.5

Value For Money

4.5


Overall Rating

4.7

Roast Level

Medium

Taste

Chocolate and roasted nuts

Price Per Count

$0.80

Region Of Origin

Central America

Bean Type

Arabica

Some of the best decaffeinated K-cups come from Dunkin Donuts, particularly in terms of flavor.

These Dunkin pods create a flavorful cup every time; even the decaf version packs a powerful punch.

Because of its recognizable flavor that Dunkin's popular brand is loved for, this pod is great for making Dunkin iced coffee drinks at home.

This medium roast brews with a rich aroma, and you'll definitely taste notes of chocolate and nuttiness as you sip.

I can't tell a difference between the pods and the decaf blend I buy in-store. However, I have found that when I brew a larger cup than 8 ounces, it tastes a bit weak.

So avoid the 12-ounce Keurig cup size setting!

Best of all, you can get 54 pods for about $45, which comes out to about $0.80 per pod.

Pros

  • Manufactured by a trusted brand
  • Excellent flavor of nuts and chocolate
  • Tastes just like the original special blend
  • Ideal for a midrange budget

Cons

  • Too flavorful for some
  • Not the most high-quality Arabica beans

4. Lifeboost Decaf Coffee - Best Organic Option

Taste

5.0

Size Options

3.0

Value For Money

3.0


Overall Rating

3.8

Roast Level

Medium

Taste

Chocolate, caramel, fruit

Price Per Count

$1.60 - $1.80

Region Of Origin

Central America

Bean Type

Arabica

Lifeboost may not be a well-known brand, but it certainly delivers when it comes to decaf K-cup coffee.

This small business cares about quality, which explains why they produce great coffee!

Along with being 100% organic, these medium roast pods are non-GMO, single-origin, and low in acid. If you have a sensitivity to acidity, this is a great choice for you.

The main thing that sets this product apart is the bean cultivation. The beans are sun-dried and spring water washed, leading to pure, natural coffee derived from nature.

In terms of flavor, you'll notice undertones of chocolate and caramel with mild fruitiness.

The only real downside to Lifeboost pods is the cost, so this brand can be considered the Crème de la Crème of no caffeine pods.

Creating such a natural product doesn't come cheap, and that's reflected in the price—a 10-pack runs at around $16, which is $1.60 per pod.

For another low-acid option that comes with a lower price tag, check out the Caribou Decaf pods

Pros

  • Small business focused on high-quality products
  • 100% organic and non-GMO
  • Sweet undertones
  • Low acidity - great for anyone sensitive to acid

Cons

  • Very pricy compared to competitors
  • Some reviewers find the flavor too strong

5. Original Donut Shop Decaf - Best Value For Money

Taste

5.0

Size Options

2.5

Value For Money

4.5


Overall Rating

4.0

Roast Level

Medium

Taste

Bold and smooth

Price Per Count

$0.60

Region Of Origin

Central America

Bean Type

Arabica

Donut Shop coffee makes it easy to enjoy a diner-style brew from home. When you think of diner coffee, you may associate bitterness and an unpleasant aftertaste.

With Donut Shop Decaf, that's not the case at all.

These pods are fresh, bold, and flavorful, all without harshness or bitterness. Each pod brews a simple yet potent cup of coffee, and it’s dirt cheap.

Just like the next product on my list, the Krispy Kreme Decaf pods, these K-cups are 100% Arabica beans.

Out of all the products in this review, Donut Shop offers the best value for money. A 12-pack costs between $7 and $8; that’s only about $0.60 per pod!

Pros

  • Not harsh or bitter
  • Amazing value
  • Easily accessible
  • Pairs well with food - like donuts!

Cons

  • Occasional complaints of grounds clumping in pod

6. Krispy Kreme Classic Medium Roast Decaf - Affordable Option

Taste

4.0

Size Options

4.5

Value For Money

5.0


Overall Rating

4.5

Roast Level

Medium

Taste

Bright and smooth

Price Per Count

$0.52

Region Of Origin

North America

Bean Type

Arabica

Krispy Kreme is another popular donut shop well-known for its original blend of fresh roasted coffee. These decaf pods are another budget-friendly option that feature bold flavor with a smooth finish.

This brand has been brewing coffee since the 1930s, so they know how to deliver a bold taste as well as anyone.

Although the beans are medium roasted, these pods taste similar to the Peet's dark decaf pods.

I haven't even gotten to the best part; you can get a bulk package of 96 decaffeinated K-cups for just $48.

With this budget-friendly deal, each single-serving pod is less than $0.52.

Pros

  • Cheapest Keurig decaffeinated coffee
  • Easy to buy in-store or online
  • New K-cups are recyclable
  • Trusted brand since the 1930s

Cons

  • Not the highest quality
  • Differences in taste compared to buying decaf at a Krispy Kreme location

7. San Francisco Bay Decaf K-Cups - Best French Roast

Taste

4.0

Size Options

4.0

Value For Money

5.0


Overall Rating

4.3

Roast Level

Dark (French Roast)

Taste

Bold and strong

Price Per Count

$0.55

Region Of Origin

South America

Bean Type

Arabica

French roast coffee is extremely dark, even more so than dark roast.

The beans are roasted for long periods of time, which removes acidity but also creates an extremely strong flavor.

If that’s what you’re into, the San Francisco Bay Decaf pods are perfect for you.

These pods are high in flavor, low in acidity, and eco-friendly. The company uses the Swiss water process for removing caffeine, a method that uses only water, heat, and time -- no chemicals. Caribou employs the same clean system in their Caribou Blend Decaf.

In addition, these pods are compostable, making this the most environmentally-friendly option.

Surprisingly, the rich taste and sustainability are also budget-friendly. You can purchase an 80-count pack for just over $43, so that's about $0.55 per pod.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Extremely sustainable
  • Swiss water decaf
  • Company values giving back

Cons

  • Not ideal for those who like lighter coffee
  • Difficult to find in stores (but can be ordered online)

8. Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend Decaf - Best Low Acid 

Taste

4.5

Size Options

2.5

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

3.7

Roast Level

Medium

Taste

Bittersweet chocolate

Price Per Count

$0.83

Region Of Origin

Central America

Bean Type

Arabica

Caribou Coffee is a Minnesota-based coffee shop chain that was founded in 1992.

It now has more than 600 locations, and better yet, it's easy to find decaf Caribou pods online or in stores, depending on where you live.

The stand-out feature of this product is its low acidity. There's no bitter, acidic taste, and it's very unlikely that you'll experience any acid reflux from drinking this.

Just like the previous coffee producer, Caribou uses the Swiss water process to decaffeinate. That means no chemicals or solvents are used to create this blend.

As you sip, you'll taste nothing but clean coffee, but eventually, you'll experience an aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate. Expect to pay about $40 for a pack of 48 pods - $0.83 per pod, a price most comparable to that of the Decaf Dunkin K-Cups.

Pros

  • Low acidity decaf coffee
  • Swiss water decaffeination
  • High-quality Arabica beans
  • Fair price at ~$0.80 per pod

Cons

  • Difficult to find in stores depending on location

9. Gevalia Signature Blend Bold Decaf - Best Light Roast

Taste

4.5

Size Options

2.5

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

3.7

Roast Level

Light

Taste

Crisp and mild with a smooth finish

Price Per Count

$0.74

Region Of Origin

Europe

Bean Type

Arabica

Gevalia’s Signature Decaf Blend features a light, mild taste thanks to the lightly-roasted Arabica beans. As long as you can handle a bit of acidity, this is a great option.

Gevalia may not be a household name, but the Swedish company has been around since 1853.

They’ve had plenty of time to perfect each cup of coffee, which is apparent through the beans’ flavor and aroma.

All in all, this is the best choice for light roast decaf, and you can get 84 pods for about $62 (about $0.74 per pod).

If you love the taste of Illy Decaf K-Cups but don't want to pay the steep price, these are a great option.

Pros

  • High-quality yet affordable
  • Ideal light roast option
  • Swedish company founded in 1853
  • Extremely flavorful

Cons

  • Not easy to find in stores
  • Too acidic for some

10. McCafe Decaf Premium Medium Roast - Cheapest Decaf K-Cups

Taste

4.0

Size Options

4.5

Value For Money

5.0


Overall Rating

4.5

Roast Level

Medium

Taste

Chocolate and nuts

Price Per Count

$0.43

Region Of Origin

Central/South America

Bean Type

Arabica

Considering the low price, McDonald’s coffee is pretty darn good. I myself have gone through the drive-thru to order a coffee a time or two.

Nowadays, it’s easy - and cheap - to make McDonald’s medium decaf coffee from home.

The medium roast blend is smooth and rich. The Keurig version tastes almost exactly like what you’d get at a McDonald’s location, so you’re not missing out by making coffee at home.

You can order an 84-pack of these pods for about $36, which is only $0.43 per pod. This is certainly not the best Arabica decaf blend out there, but the price is right! 

So if you’re looking for more coffee pods at a low price, I recommend this one.

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Smooth and rich decaf blend
  • Easy to find in stores and online
  • Pairs well with additives (cream, sweeteners, syrups, etc.)

Cons

  • Not the best decaf K cups in terms of quality

11. Peet's Coffee House Blend - Best Dark Roast Option

Taste

4.5

Size Options

2.5

Value For Money

4.5


Overall Rating

3.8

Roast Level

Dark

Taste

Lively, rich, and sweet

Price Per Count

$0.63

Region Of Origin

Central/South America

Bean Type

Arabica

While it may be hard to find a Peet’s coffee shop near you, the company’s decaf K-cups are sold pretty much everywhere.

The dark roast house blend is my favorite from Peets, all thanks to the rich and lively flavor profile. It's almost as dark as the decaf French roast by San Francisco Bay.

This is by far the best dark roast decaf option for Keurig. Every pod makes a quality cup, and it’ll only cost you $38 for 60 pods (about $0.63 per pod).

Pros

  • Tons of flavor
  • Great value for money
  • Easy to buy online or in-store
  • Low in acidity

Cons

  • Too strong for some coffee drinkers

12. Folgers - Best Colombian Decaf Blend

Taste

4.0

Size Options

2.5