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Do you want more from your Keurig coffee maker? Are you ready to sample the delights of light roast coffee at home? Good, then you're in the right place!

In this guide, I'm going to open your eyes to the absolute best light roast K cups.

As an avid light roast coffee lover, I've tried and tested over 50 light roast K cups for Keurig machines and discovered 13 exceptional coffee options.

These offer superior flavor and a bigger caffeine boost, making them perfect for true coffee lovers.

OUR TOP PICK

Atlas Coffee Club Light Roast

Taste

5.0

Size Options

4.0

Value For Money

4.0


Our Score

4.3

CHEAPEST OPTION

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Breakfast Blend

Taste

4.0

Size Options

4.0

Value For Money

4.0


Our Score

4.0

Most Popular

Starbucks

Veranda Blend

Taste

5.0

Size Options

3.5

Value For Money

4.0


Our Score

4.2

1. Atlas Coffee Club Light-Medium Roast - Our Top Pick!

Price Per Count

$29 for 24 ($1.21 per pod)

Taste

Bright, fruity, and floral

Region Of Origin

Latin America

Bean Type

Arabica beans

Caffeine Per Cup

200 mg

Going out to grab a coffee has quickly become a thing of the past.

These Nicaraguan light roast pods from Atlas Coffee are my all-time favorite pods.

For a light and blonde roast coffee lover such as myself, these carefully crafted and full-bodied pods helped replace my barista-brewed coffee cravings.

The Nicaraguan light-medium roast K-Cup pods hit the spot with delightful tasting notes of fruit (particularly banana) and a bright, floral flavor profile. 

It was so smooth and delightful; I just knew I had found my go-to light roast K-Cup.

The best thing about the Atlas Coffee Club pods?

You can become an Atlas coffee member of their club and receive monthly shipments of various types of coffee from all over the world.[1] Ethiopia, Costa Rica, India; dark roast, medium, roast, light roast - whatever floats your boat!

The pricing can vary depending on where you purchase but the most affordable option is to sign up for a subscription on the Atlas Coffee Website.

For your first purchase, you can get 50% off which means the usual price per cup of $1.21 is halved to $0.60c. Such good value!

This deal takes Atlas' pods from the second most expensive ones behind Lifeboost's USDA Organic pods to one of the cheapest. Sipping away on your first box will taste even better knowing you got them at such a steal!

Pros

  • Bright, floral tasting notes
  • Smooth and acidic
  • Fresh and consistent in every pod
  • Sign up to become a member and taste coffee from all over the world

Cons

  • More expensive than some other K-Cup options

2. Starbucks Veranda Blend - Most Popular Option

Taste

5.0

Size Options

3.5

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

4.2

Price Per Count

$24 for 42 ($0.72 per pod)

Taste

Subtle chocolatey notes

Region Of Origin

Latin America

Bean Type

Arabica beans

Caffeine Per Cup

270 mg

Everyone loves Starbucks drinks - especially when you can get your favorites from the comfort of your own home.

Starbucks are coffee pros, and you can see it in the Veranda blend. The balance of flavors works wonderfully, giving you a rich flavor that isn't easily overpowered.

This beautifully light, mellow, and slightly malty K-Cup has smoothness without bitterness.

It works well with milk, cream, or sugar but can also be enjoyed without any additions.

Plus, it's got a huge caffeine kick (more than a Red Bull) to wake you up.

You get about 270mg of caffeine per cup, which is almost triple what a standard cup of coffee provides. This puts these Starbucks pods at the top of the charts when it comes to caffeine levels compared to others on our list.

It's the perfect morning cup and gives you barista-level quality without having to step foot outside.

I recommend the Starbucks Veranda K-Cup to anyone who loves quality coffee that gives you a noticeable buzz.

Pros

  • Barista-level quality
  • Smooth and flavorful cup of coffee
  • Big caffeine hit
  • Fresh and consistent in every pod
  • Kosher Certified

Cons

  • Fairly expensive, better ordered in bulk

3. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Breakfast Blend - Cheapest Option

Taste

4.0

Size Options

4.0

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

4.0

Price Per Count

$70 per 96 ($0.72 per pod)

Taste

Nutty and slightly acidic

Region Of Origin

Latin America/South America

Bean Type

Arabica

Caffeine Per Cup

150 mg

Green Mountain is another high-quality brand that knows how to make a great K-Cup.

The Green Mountain breakfast blend is a clean, fresh brew with a sweet nuttiness.

I find the flavor much more palatable than other strong K-Cups and love that it has less acidity in the aftertaste. Green Mountain has a more mild flavor than the Starbucks Veranda, but it's still distinctive.

Each cup also has a fairly high caffeine hit to perk you up in the morning. At 150 mg per cup, you get a stronger buzz than usual - but not quite the punch of Starbucks' Veranda pods.

The Green Mountain coffee pods also offer great value.

At just over $0.70 a pod, it is the same price as Starbucks' Veranda blend and cheaper than Lifeboost's pods. It's an affordable pack that's great for everyday coffee drinkers and won't break the bank.

I would recommend this light roast K-Cup to anyone who wants an affordable, silky brew.

If you drink a lot of coffee and want consistent quality, the Green Mountain light roast K-Cup is the one for you. It's perfect for anyone new to light roasts.

Pros

  • Not too complex, good for anyone new to light roasts
  • Very affordable
  • High-quality coffee beans
  • Kosher certified

Cons

  • Less distinctive flavor
  • Batch brewed and less fresh

4. Lifeboost Coffee USDA Organic

Taste

5.0

Size Options

2.5

Value For Money

2.5


Overall Rating

3.3

Price Per Count

$16 for 10 ($1.60 per pod)

Taste

Sweet, citrusy, and bright flavor

Region Of Origin

Central America

Bean Type

Arabica beans

Caffeine Per Cup

95 mg

While light roast coffees are typically known for their acidity, Lifeboost has mastered the art of creating a milder brew that's gentle on your stomach.

So, even if you suffer from heartburn and indigestion, you can still enjoy this light roast K-Cup.

What sets Lifeboost coffee apart is the quality. It's free from pesticides, heavy metals, mycotoxins, and other harmful chemicals.

One thing that is important to me is that Lifeboost also has a commitment to sustainable farming practices. Every cup supports hardworking growers who receive a fair wage - everyone wins!

The light and vibrant flavors are very noticeable in this light roast K-Cup, with invigorating citrus notes that awaken your senses.

The balance of flavor with the absence of overwhelming bitterness makes it suitable for practically any coffee drinker.

In terms of caffeine, Lifeboost's pods offer 95 mg per cup - this is at the high end of average for a cup of joe and the lowest end of this list.

It isn't the most caffeinated K-Cup available, but it's the perfect cup for those who want a gentle and less acidic light roast.

If you prefer to steer clear of deep and intense coffees, this K-Cup is the perfect match for your palate.

Pros

  • Less acidic and easier on your stomach
  • Very light and energetic flavor
  • Clean and sustainable growing practices
  • Kosher certified

Cons

  • Not as heavily caffeinated

5. Caribou Coffee Daybreak Morning Blend

Taste

4.0

Size Options

4.0

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

4.0

Price Per Count

$34 for 72 ($0.46 a pod)

Taste

Sweet, nutty, caramel

Region Of Origin

East Africa & South America

Bean Type

Arabica

Caffeine Per Cup

175 mg

Caribou Daybreak Morning Blend is the lightest roast on the list and has a mild but complex flavor. I love the smooth taste with its notes of nuts and caramel.

It's great for drinking without milk or additives and pairs well with toast and breakfast pastries.

Plus, it's Rainforest Alliance certified, so you know that it's great quality.

With 175 mg of caffeine per cup, it may not pack the same punch as the Starbucks Veranda, but it's still strong enough to get you on your feet and out the door.

This pack is the most affordable option on this list at just over $0.42 a pod, making it an excellent pantry staple.

This gentle brew is perfect for anyone who enjoys a delicious cup of coffee with a sweet aftertaste. If you're bored of your usual bitter coffee at home, then you should try the Caribou Daybreak Morning Blend.

Pros

  • Blend of beans to give a more interesting flavor
  • Very smooth cup of coffee
  • Great value
  • High-quality (Rainforest Alliance certified)

Cons

  • Batch brewed and less fresh

6. Peet's Coffee Light Roast

Taste

4.5

Size Options

2.5

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

3.7

Price Per Count

$43 for 60 ($0.71 a pod)

Taste

Floral

Region Of Origin

African and South American

Bean Type

Arabica coffee beans

Caffeine Per Cup

220mg

Peet's light roast K-Cup pods are the ultimate companion for all-day coffee lovers.

The sweet and floral notes combine with the mellow flavors to give something very different to your standard coffee.

The balance of delicate flavors makes them perfect for those seeking a nuanced, but not overpowering, brew.

It's smooth too, with a caffeine punch of 220 mg per serving. A cup of Peet's will jolt you awake even more than the Caribou or McCafe K-Cup pods.

At just over 70 cents per cup, you get a nuanced brew for the same price as the Starbucks Veranda and Green Mountain blends.

These are some of the best light roast K-Cup pods for anyone who wants a break from their standard dark roast coffee beans. 

Pros

  • Delicately balanced floral flavors
  • Best light roast coffee for everyday drinking
  • Great value
  • Kosher certified

Cons

  • Fairly acidic

7. McCafe Breakfast Blend Light Roast

Taste

4.0

Size Options

5.0

Value For Money

4.5


Overall Rating

4.5

Price Per Count

$43 for 72 ($0.59 a pod)

Taste

Citrus flavor

Region Of Origin

South America

Bean Type

Arabica coffee beans

Caffeine Per Cup

150 mg

This vibrant coffee is a brighter way to start your day.

It's perfect for coffee drinkers who want a caffeine-boost without any bitter aftertaste.

McCafe light roast coffees capture all the best Colombian flavors. They have herbal, fruity notes and a citrus finish.

The acidity comes through, too, giving a complex flavor that dances on your taste buds. 

It's smoother than their in-store blends, and I actually prefer the K-Cup McCafe for my morning coffee.

The McCafe breakfast blend has a wonderful lightness to it, but it isn’t the most aromatic coffee and has less depth of flavor than the New England or Maud's blends.

However, this is one of the best light roasts for those who want a mild brew. Its 150 mg of caffeine per cup will give you a gentler buzz than the likes of Peet's, which has 220mg a cup.

If you prefer a gentler wake-up call with more subtlety, this is the best light roast coffee option on the list.

Pros

  • Mild and very smooth
  • Not overly strong
  • No bitter aftertaste at all
  • Kosher certified

Cons

  • Slightly weaker brew, with less caffeine and less bold flavors

8. Donut House Collection Light Roast

Taste

4.0

Size Options

3.0

Value For Money

4.5


Overall Rating

3.8

Price Per Count

$66 for 96 ($0.70 per pod)

Taste

Hints of chocolate and caramel

Region Of Origin

Latin America

Bean Type

Arabica

Caffeine Per Cup

130 mg

Donut House light roast coffee is a good, straightforward coffee that does the job. Donut House makes a lot of different brews, but I’ve always found their dark roast to have a slightly bitter taste.

However, this light roast is much sweeter and perfect for drinking at any time of day.

The Donut House light roast has hints of chocolate and caramel with a slightly citrusy aftertaste. There's no harsh acidity either, so you can enjoy multiple cups without impacting your stomach.

The sweetness of the light fruity blend makes it easy to drink, and it's mild enough for even newbie coffee drinkers.

Plus, its caffeine content is only slightly above the norm at 130 mg per cup, which means you get a pleasant gentle buzz instead of a gut punch. This puts it slightly above New England's pods and slightly below McCafe's ones.

This isn't the strongest blend of coffee and doesn't have the rich taste of brands like Caribou or Starbucks. However, if you enjoy basic, no-frills coffee, then this is the best light roast K-Cup for you.

Pros

  • Fresh and mild, with a much less bitter taste
  • Easy on your stomach with lower acidity and caffeine
  • Mixes well with milk, cream, sugar, and additions
  • Kosher certified

Cons

  • Has a slightly weaker taste - best in 6oz or 8oz sizes

9. Gevalia Signature Blend Mild Roast K-Cup

Taste

4.0

Size Options

4.0

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

4.0

Price Per Count

$35 for 36 pods ($0.97 per pod)

Taste

Citrus blossom

Region Of Origin

African

Bean Type

Arabica

Caffeine Per Cup

mg

Gevalia has over 150 years of experience making coffee, and they have done an amazing job transferring the freshness of their coffee into their K-Cups.

The light, fruity flavor is present in every pod, giving a level of consistency that other brands can't match.

What sets this coffee apart is its prominent citrus notes. It's vibrant yet balanced, and the flavor profile pairs well with savory foods like cheese, bacon, or bread.

Gevalia's light roast has a bolder flavor than the Green Mountain and Starbucks Verdana blends yet maintains an extraordinary smoothness.

The K-Cup pods have a wonderful floral aroma, too, far stronger than other light brew K-Cup coffee pods on the list, so you can enjoy the brew before you even have your first sip.

At just under a dollar per cup, this is one of the pricier pod packs on this list, putting it up there with Lifeboost and Atlas Coffee.

While it may not pack the most robust caffeine punch, it stands as the perfect choice for coffee lovers seeking a light roast with complexity and character.

Pros

  • Bolder and more unique flavor
  • Incredible aroma
  • Low acidity
  • Consistent taste, fresh and flavorsome

Cons

  • More complex flavors that won’t suit some casual coffee drinkers

10. Victor Allen's Light Roast Coffee

Taste

4.5

Size Options

4.5

Value For Money

5.0


Overall Rating

4.7

Price Per Count

$38 for 80 ($0.48 per pod)

Taste

Milk chocolate and molasses

Region Of Origin

Latin America

Bean Type

Arabica

Caffeine Per Cup

150 mg

Love a good value cup of coffee? Then you’ll enjoy the Victor Allen light roast K-Cup pods. The blend gives a very smooth finish, and the 100% Arabica beans give it a richer depth of flavor.

That makes it an excellent choice for those who like light roasts without strong citrus-tasting notes.

The Victor Allen Keurig K-Cups also have decent caffeine content at 150 mg per cup. This gives an above-average buzz, but not as intense as Atlas or Starbucks' pods.

It’s not as overpowering as some light roasts, but still more than enough to perk you up, and it’s why I would recommend it as a morning coffee.

Victor Allen's morning blend K-Cup pods aren’t as complex as the Caribou or Starbucks blends and are actually slightly similar to some medium roasts.

Plus, they only cost just under 50 cents a pod, making them a super-affordable pantry staple.

This makes them the perfect light roast K-Cup as a middle ground for anyone who hasn’t tried many light roasts before.

So, if you're new to light roasts, this is the brand I recommend.

Pros

  • Deeper flavor than other light roasts
  • Smooth and balanced flavor
  • Healthy, but not overpowering, caffeine kick
  • Best value ground coffee pods

Cons

  • Less complex taste notes, fairly similar to medium roast

11. New England Coffee Donut Shop Blend

Taste

4.5

Size Options

4.5

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

4.3

Price Per Count

$19 for 32 ($0.52 per pod)

Taste

Smooth, slightly chocolatey, and mellow taste

Region Of Origin

South America

Bean Type

Arabica

Caffeine Per Cup

110 mg

This Donut Shop blend is designed to give 'diner-style' coffee, which is mild, light, and mellow. It's the perfect brew for anyone who loves a basic but delicious coffee.

The New England Donut Shop K-Cup coffee is high-quality and made with care. The packaging preserves the flavor, and it's one of the freshest-tasting K-Cups out there.

It's also really consistent and gives the same taste every time.

True coffee aficionados may prefer the Caribou or Starbucks blends for their unique flavors, but those who prefer a smooth flavor and balanced taste will love this K-Cup.

Donut Shop's K-Cup pods are also only $0.52 per pod, making them an excellent affordable alternative if Victor Allen's pods don't cut it for you.

110mg of caffeine per cup makes these pods the second-lowest caffeine boosters on this list behind Lifeboost's Organic pods. I love having these in the afternoon as a way to wind down on the caffeine high.

This blonde roast K-Cup is a great choice for those who brew coffee fresh daily and want consistent quality every day.

Pros

  • Tastes like it’s freshly poured
  • Consistent quality in every pod
  • Made from fully recyclable material
  • Kosher certified

Cons

  • Less unique or original flavor

12. Two Rivers Coffee Light Roast