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I tested 45 different K cups to find the best high-caffeine coffee available. From there, I narrowed it down to the best tasting, highest levels of caffeine, and readily available.

After extensive research, I ordered and tested the market of ultra-caffeinated options and some incredibly strong options.

I'll share the 15 strongest K-cup coffee pods on the market. This will give you some great options for the caffeine fix you've been craving.

Super StrOng

Devil Mountain Coffee
Black Label

Taste

4.5

Size Options

4.0

Value For Money

4.0


Our Score

4.2

Very Strong

Black Insomnia Coffee Extreme

Taste

4.5

Size Options

3.0

Value For Money

4.5


Our Score

4.0

Also STrong

Death Wish Coffee
Blue And Burried

Taste

5.0

Size Options

3.0

Value For Money

4.0


Our Score

4.0

K cups are convenient for making high-quality coffee at home, but your average K cup doesn't give you a big caffeine hit.

Below is my definitive list of the 15 strongest K-cup coffees. Note that the caffeine levels listed are an approximate level and should indicate the strength of the coffee but are not going to be exact for every single pod.

Just be warned, some of these are dangerously strong (particularly the first 5 on the list) and should only be consumed in moderation.

1. Devil Mountain Coffee Black Label K Cup

Taste

4.5

Size Options

4.0

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

4.2

Price Per Count

$1.44

Roast Level

Dark

Taste

Rich, heavy, with dark chocolate notes. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste

Region Of Origin

South America

Bean Type

Blend of Arabica and Robusta beans

Caffeine Per Cup

1,555 mg (12 fl oz)

Are you ready to have your head blown off and give up sleep? Then the Devil Mountain Black Label K cup is what you need.

This devilishly strong K cup has enough caffeine to keep you up for a week, and it's perfect for coffee drinkers who want a massive energy boost.

Everything about the Devil Mountain Coffee K cups is bold. The intensely dark roast beans give it a rich aroma and an incredibly bold flavor.

The key to their strength is in growing. Devil Mountain Coffee blends Arabica and Robusta beans that combine strong flavors and robust harshness.

Everything is grown organically and at high altitudes.

This allows the coffee beans to thrive, enhancing the taste and strength of the coffee.

Devil Mountain Coffee also adds an extract to their coffee to enhance the caffeine levels (the same used in the Black Insomnia Coffee K cup).

This extract doesn't impact the taste but does add a serious caffeine kick.

Despite the intense dark roast and high caffeine levels, it’s still quite easy to drink. There's a smoothness to the coffee, and it's not as bitter as some other dark roasts.

It is harsher than the Starbucks, Peet’s, or EKOCUPS K cups, but it's not overpowering.

This potent brew is dangerously strong and has nearly 15 times as much caffeine as your standard K cup. It's perfect for all-nighters or long days and will give you a massive caffeine fix.

A word of caution, be careful with this one because it is insanely strong.

Even experienced coffee drinkers may experience side effects because of the high caffeine consumption, and I would not recommend having it daily.

Pros

  • Incredible energy boost from added extracts
  • Rich, bold, and intense coffee flavors
  • Surprisingly smooth finish
  • Amazing coffee aroma
  • USDA-certified organic and Fair Trade

Cons

  • Extremely strong - needs to be handled with care
  • Poor quality seals on some K cups

2. Black Insomnia Coffee Extreme Caffeine K-Cups

Taste

4.5

Size Options

3.0

Value For Money

4.5


Overall Rating

4.0

Price Per Count

$1.15

Roast Level

Dark

Taste

Caramel, hazelnut, and dark chocolate

Region Of Origin

South Africa

Bean Type

Blend of Arabica and Robusta beans

Caffeine Per Cup

1105 mg (12 fl oz)

Black Insomnia Coffee doesn’t mess around when it comes to caffeine.

Like the Devil Mountain Coffee K cup, this coffee packs a serious punch and is 4 or 5 times stronger than other K cups on the list.

These K cups are a little rough, but they’re great for anyone who needs a serious energy boost to improve their mental alertness.

Black Insomnia Coffee has a hands-on approach to coffee that I don’t see from many other brands.

They use a blend of organic and specially selected Arabica and Robusta beans grown for their high caffeine content.

They also take a gourmet approach to the roasting using an old-school barrel roaster. It's small batches, which helps ensure the beans aren't overroasted or burnt.

This helps to give a consistent and smooth flavor that makes this dark roast easier to drink.

I respect the care that Black Insomnia take in their coffee, but they still use an additional extract to add to the caffeine levels.

This bold coffee is much smoother than a drink this strong has any right to be. It's still harsher than Starbucks or Peet's K cups, but I love the buzz it gives me.

If you've got a big day ahead, a looming deadline, or just need a big energy boost - this is the K cup I recommend.

Again, just a note of caution. This is a seriously strong K cup, and having even 1 cup of coffee this strong could cause some caffeine-induced side effects.

Pros

  • Massive caffeine boost to improve your alertness
  • Organic and Fair Trade certified
  • Hands-on processes for a smoother, more consistent brew
  • Bold but flavorsome

Cons

  • The rough edge to the coffee that some people won't enjoy
  • Extremely high caffeine content- handle with care

3. Death Wish Coffee Blue And Burried K-Cup

Taste

5.0

Size Options

3.0

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

4.0

Price Per Count

$1.80

Roast Level

Dark

Taste

Blueberry, with strong dark chocolate notes

Region Of Origin

India and South America

Bean Type

Blend of Arabica and Robusta

Caffeine Per Cup

728 mg (12 fl oz)

Death Wish Coffee K cups pack a serious punch. They follow that up with some strong and bold flavor and are perfect for those who like strong, black coffee.

Death Wish Coffee understands how to get the most from coffee beans. They exclusively use organic beans that are shade grown at high altitudes.

This allows them more opportunity to grow, developing their natural flavor and caffeine.

Death Wish Coffee also uses specialist roasting techniques. It's done in small batches and is very hands-on.

This preserves the natural oils and caffeine levels, giving a cup of coffee that’s 5 or 6 times stronger than a standard dark roast.

What I really love about this strong K cup is the blueberry flavor. It does taste slightly artificial, but the slightly sweet flavor cuts through the bold coffee.

There is some bitterness, but it’s much less acidic than the Black Insomnia or Devil Mountain coffee K cups.

Death Wish Coffee K cups make a balanced cup of coffee that's easier to drink than many other strong dark roasts.

If you love drinking thick, bold, and strong coffee with just a hint of sweetness, I recommend the Death Wish Blue and Burried K cups.

Pros

  • Great balance of sweet blueberry and bold coffee
  • Naturally high in caffeine - no extracts
  • Organic and Fair Trade certified
  • Very smooth with no acidity

Cons

  • Still very strong, needs to be consumed in moderation
  • Expensive

4. Death Wish Coffee Valhalla Java

Taste

4.5

Size Options

3.0

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

3.8

Price Per Count

$1.20

Roast Level

Medium roast

Taste

Rich, earthy, slightly spicy notes

Region Of Origin

Indonesia and South America

Bean Type

Blend of Arabica and Robusta beans

Caffeine Per Cup

420 mg (12 fl oz)

The Death Wish Coffee Valhalla Java is similar to the Blue and Burried K cup in that it’s highly caffeinated, but it has a very different flavor profile.

It's the best K cup for those who like rich, earthy coffees that pack a strong kick.

Death Wish Valhalla Java is made with a medium roast blend (rather than the dark roast blend used for the Blue and buried K cup).

This comprises 5 different medium-roasted coffees, many from Southern Asia and Indonesia.

The organic growing of the beans means that Death Wish Coffee truly captures the regional flavors, and this medium roast has smoky, earthy, and slightly spicy notes.

It’s much bolder than your average medium roast, with more complex flavors than the Black Insomnia or Devil Mountain coffee K cups.

What I love about this strong K cup is how gentle it is on your stomach.

The high quantity of Robusta beans in the blend makes it less acidic, and it's counterbalanced by the smooth Arabica bean flavors.

This isn't the most balanced coffee, but it's rich, strong, and smooth.

It's great for those with sensitive stomachs, and I recommend it to anyone who loves a strong cup of coffee every morning.

Pros

  • Amazing flavor from 5 different coffee beans
  • Less acidic
  • Loads of caffeine but still suitable for everyday drinking (in moderation)
  • Fair Trade and organic

Cons

  • Rich, earthy notes are too intense for some

5. Wake The Hell Up! Single Serve Coffee Pods

Taste

4.0

Size Options

3.5

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

3.8

Price Per Count

$1.25

Roast Level

Medium-dark

Taste

Smooth, subtle cocoa notes

Region Of Origin

Indonesia and South America

Bean Type

Arabica and Robusta blend

Caffeine Per Cup

300-350 mg (12 fl oz)

Wake The Hell Up! K cups are the most balanced on the list and provide high-quality and strong coffee. They're around 3 times stronger than your typical cup of coffee but not as overpowering as some other brands.

These are best for anyone who wants a strong K cup for everyday drinking.

Wake The Hell Up! Use a blend of Robusta and Arabica beans, but have far fewer Robusta beans than Death Wish Coffee, Insomnia Black, or Devil Mountain Coffee blends.

This means there’s slightly less caffeine, but the flavor is much less harsh.

Wake The Hell Up! is owned by Utica coffee roasters, one of the most inspiring coffee brands.

They don't just make specialty coffee; they support the local community. Plus, they're organic and a Fair Trade coffee brand that operates sustainably.

All of this means that you can enjoy a delicious coffee knowing you’re supporting one of the most ethical coffee companies in the world.

Wake The Hell Up coffee is the strongest K cup that I think is suitable for everyday drinking. I recommend them to anyone who wants a lot of caffeine without a harsh taste.

Pros

  • Balance of strength and quality
  • Suitable for everyday drinking
  • Recyclable pods
  • Ethical and responsible company supporting local communities

Cons

  • Small batch roasting, so less consistency between K cups
  • Less bold flavor because of the medium-dark roast

6. Red Alert Coffee Extra Strong Coffee Pods

Taste

4.0

Size Options

3.0

Value For Money

5.0


Overall Rating

4.0

Price Per Count

$0.95

Roast Level

Dark

Taste

Full-bodied, slightly sweet, with chocolatey notes

Region Of Origin

South America

Bean Type

Blend of Arabica coffee beans

Caffeine Per Cup

300 mg (12 fl oz)

Red Alert K cups are filled with premium coffee with tons of flavor. These K cups are best for those whose primary focus is getting great coffee but also want an extra kick.

Unlike Devil Mountain, Wake The Hell Up, or Death Wish Coffee, Red Alert Coffee only use Arabica beans.

Arabica coffee beans are considered the highest quality and add the most flavor. That's why this K cup has more flavor than other dark roasts on the list.

Red Alert Coffee also uses a small-batch roasting process to preserve the beans.

This limits any burnt or bitter flavors getting into your cup of coffee and makes this coffee pod smoother than most.

Red Alert Coffee actually adds liquid caffeine to the ground coffee once the roasting is done. This gives it twice the caffeine compared to their standard K cup and gives you an extra energy boost.

If you want high-quality coffee with lots of flavor and a bit of an extra energy kick, you’ll love this K cup.

It’s perfect as an occasional alternative to your daily brew when you want the same flavor but a bit of a bigger caffeine kick to get you through the day.

Pros

  • Premium Arabica beans
  • Flavorsome and easy to drink
  • More affordable than other brands
  • Good caffeine boost, but not overpowering

Cons

  • The flavor can be too intense; best with milk or creamer

7. Double Donut Coffee Pods

Taste

4.0

Size Options

3.0

Value For Money

5.0


Overall Rating

4.0

Price Per Count

$0.45

Roast Level

Dark

Taste

Rich, smoky, with burnt caramel notes

Region Of Origin

South America

Bean Type

Blend of Arabica beans

Caffeine Per Cup

190 mg (12 fl oz)

Double Donut Coffee offers an affordable way to get a big energy kick. These K cups are perfect for anyone who wants a cheaper caffeine fix.

Despite the affordable nature of the coffee pods, there's still a lot of flavor. Their dark roast is made from Arabica beans that capture the smoky, sweet flavors of the growing region.

The dark roast is harsher than Solimo or Peet's K cups but works well with milk, creamer, or sugar.

The caffeine level is good too, and even though the Double Donut double caffeine K cups aren’t anywhere near as strong as Devil Mountain or Insomnia Black coffee, they still pack a healthy caffeine boost.

These K cups are great for those who like strong coffee but don’t want to be awake for days.

What impressed me most about Double Donut was the quality of their pods. They are Keurig K cup specialists, and their pods are high-quality and well-made.

They're compatible with almost all coffee maker models, too.

The Double Donut coffee pods may not be the strongest or boldest option, but they offer amazing value.

I recommend these K cups to anyone who wants affordable, reliable, and consistently strong coffee.

Pros

  • Really affordable - great for bulk buying
  • Sweet, smoky flavors
  • High-quality coffee pods
  • Compatible with almost any coffee machine
  • Easily recyclable pods

Cons

  • Slightly bitter flavor - best with milk or creamer
  • Less caffeine than other brands

8. EKOCUPS Organic Coffee Pods

Taste

3.5

Size Options

3.0

Value For Money

4.5


Overall Rating

3.7

Price Per Count

$0.65

Roast Level

Dark

Taste

Strong, bold, slightly nutty notes

Region Of Origin

Not Disclosed

Bean Type

Arabica and Robusta blend

Caffeine Per Cup

125 mg (12 fl oz)

If you want a high-caffeine coffee that tastes just like your regular brew, the EKOCUPS dark roast K cup is the one for you. It’s strong but well-balanced and suitable for relaxed coffee drinking.

EKOCUPS operates a sustainable company and is Fair Trade and USDA Organic certified. All their pods are easily recyclable, so you can limit your waste and protect the environment.

EKOCUPS source high-quality beans and use hands-on processes to get the most from the beans.

They don’t produce coffee as robust as Death Wish Coffee or Wake The Hell Up, but it has a deeper, richer flavor.

The growing and brewing methods add to the caffeine content, but EKOCUPS coffee pods are also one of the strongest coffees because they use larger K-cup pods.

Every capsule contains about 35% more coffee, giving you a superior flavor and a larger caffeine fix.

Plus, the pods can be used for iced drinks, so it’s the perfect K cup for summer coffees. Just brew, pour over ice, and add milk, cream, or sugar as needed.

This is the best strong coffee K cup for those who want a smooth taste, heavy mouthfeel, and bold coffee flavor.

There’s no bitterness, and I recommend these to more casual coffee drinkers who want a pick-me-up.

Pros

  • Rich and bold taste
  • Great for iced coffee
  • 35% more coffee in each pod
  • Easily recyclable K cup
  • Fair Trade and organic

Cons

  • K cups aren’t the best quality

9. Starbucks Caffè Verona

Taste

4.0

Size Options

4.5

Value For Money

4.5


Overall Rating

4.3

Price Per Count

$0.65

Roast Level

Dark

Taste

Rich, with dark cocoa and caramelized sugar

Region Of Origin

Central America and South Asia

Bean Type

Blend of Arabica beans

Caffeine Per Cup

100-140 mg (12 fl oz)

Starbucks are coffee experts, and the rich flavors in this K cup blew me away. This tall, dark, and handsome coffee is perfect for those who love authentic coffee flavors.

This K cup may not be as strong as the Death Wish Coffee or Devil Mountain Coffee blends, but it has all the flavor.

Starbucks uses a blend of Latin American and Asian Arabica beans that combine different flavors in one bold cup.

I love how full-bodied the Starbucks Verona dark roast is. No matter the size or how much coffee you decide to make, it has the same bold flavors and smooth texture.

It’s the ultimate morning cup for true coffee drinkers who love the authentic coffee taste.

This Starbucks K cup is perfectly balanced, with rich and sweet notes. Unlike Black Insomnia K cups, it blends really well with additions.

It's great with milk and sugar but also pairs wonderfully with flavored syrups. I love it with sweet vanilla to contrast with the bold, dark flavors, but it will work well with any sweet syrup.

It’s not the most caffeinated, but it’s one of the strongest-tasting K cup options.

If you love rich, deep, and intense coffees with an unbeatable aroma and strong caffeine boost, this is the K cup I recommend.

Pros

  • Authentic coffee taste and amazing aroma
  • Full-bodied coffee that's balanced and smooth
  • A reliable coffee brand with high-quality K cups
  • Pairs well with milk, sugar, or syrups

Cons

  • Not as strong as other brands

10. Java Factory High Caffeine Coffee Pods

Taste

4.0

Size Options

3.0

Value For Money

5.0


Overall Rating

4.0

Price Per Count

$0.55

Roast Level

Dark

Taste

Deep and fresh with cocoa notes

Region Of Origin

South America

Bean Type

Blend of Arabica beans

Caffeine Per Cup

100-140 mg (12 fl oz)

Clean, fresh, and extra strong. The Java Factory K cup is perfect for anyone who loves a pure coffee taste that's delicious and easy to drink.

Java Factory high-caffeine coffee pods are made with double the amount of caffeine compared to their standard K cups. They give you an extra boost while providing the same delicious flavor.

Java Factory created their 'Da Bomb' extra bold K cups with double the amount of caffeine. They use a very dark blend with a bold profile and bittersweet flavors.

It produces coffee similar to an espresso roast (or dark French roast), with the same flavor profile you would expect from a freshly made espresso in a coffee shop.

The purity of Java Factory coffee comes from its unique built-in filtration system. This keeps some of the bitter oils and grounds out of your cup of coffee, leaving you with a less acidic final brew.

It still has strong dark notes, but it's one of the cleanest cups of coffee I’ve made at home.

Whether you're pulling an all-nighter or want to set yourself up right for the day, this highly caffeinated coffee will help you.

I recommend it to anyone who wants a strong, clean brew that doesn't upset their stomach.

Pros

  • Clean brew with less acidity
  • Available in a multi-pack to try different flavors
  • Smooth and full-bodied
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not as strong as other brands
  • Some synthetic flavors

11. Atlas Coffee Club K Cup Pods

Taste

5.0

Size Options

3.0

Value For Money

4.0


Overall Rating

4.0

Price Per Count

$1.25

Roast Level

Dark

Taste

Fig, molasses, and hazelnut notes

Region Of Origin

Central America

Bean Type

Single-origin Arabica Coffee

Caffeine Per Cup

70-150 mg (12 fl oz)

Atlas Coffee is one of my favorite brands because they love coffee just as much as I do.

The coffee they use is some of the best in the world, and this K cup is best for those who love unique and interesting coffees.

Atlas Coffee has taken dark roast coffee and created a brew with delicate flavors. There’s sweetness and spices in every sip and complexity that you usually only see in light roasts.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a robust cup of coffee, but it’s very different from the Java Factory or Starbucks dark roast blends.

Not only does this Atlas Coffee have something new for your taste buds, but it also has double the caffeine of your standard K cup.

It’s not as strong as Devil Mountain or Black Insomnia coffee, but it’s all-natural. The extra caffeine all comes from how they grow and care for the beans.

If you love interesting coffee, I definitely recommend Atlas Coffee. This K cup will give you a big energy boost and tons of flavor, making it perfect for those who want something different.

Atlas Coffee also does a subscription service where you can get different blends every month. If you love variety, I recommend checking it out.

Pros

  • Unique, delicate flavors - great without milk or creamer
  • Highest-quality single-origin Arabica beans
  • No bitterness
  • Fair Trade, organic, and sustainable
  • Fully recyclable coffee pods

Cons

  • More expensive brand
  • Less caffeine than other brands

12. Café Bustelo Espresso Style