Coffee Brands Starting With K

Coffee beans are grown in various areas globally in the Equatorial zone called “The Bean Belt” between latitudes 25 degrees North and 30 degrees South.

High altitudes, a moist, tropical climate, rich soil, and temperatures around 70°F (21°C) will enable the coffee beans to thrive and produce the best coffee beans.

The regions where the best coffee is grown are 

  • Central and South America
  • Africa 
  • Middle East 
  • Southeast Asia

Central and South America

Central and South America is the largest producer of coffee with Brazil and Colombia being the top exporters of coffee. 

Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Panama produce mild medium-bodied, and aromatic coffee beans.

Colombia is the best-known coffee-producing country that is grown by small family farms. The competition between the farms is stiff leading to consistently high-quality beans.

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya and the Arabian Peninsula are the best producers of coffee beans in Africa and the Middle East. Kenyan coffee is full-bodied and fragrant while Arabian beans are known to have a fruity flavor.

Although Ethiopia is where coffee found its origin around 800 C.E it may not be the best found in Africa but still rates highly among the top coffees. Coffee produced in Ethiopia is both full-flavored and full-bodied.

Southeast Asia

Java coffee is so popular that a computer programming language was named after it. This and Sulawesi are famous for their rich, full-bodied coffees with “earthy flavors.

Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Indonesian islands of Sumatra are the top producers in Southeast Asia.

Indonesia is renowned for storing its coffee beans in warehouses to age. It has since become highly valued for its unique flavor.

In addition to the additional flavor, it also allows the Indonesian growers to sell their coffee at a bigger profit.

List of Coffee Brands Starting With K

Now that we have looked at what kind of coffee goes into the perfect brew, in this article we will take a look at coffee brands starting with K along with a breakdown of some of our favorites.

  1. Kona Blend Coffee
  2. Kringle Krunch Flavored Coffee
  3. Kicking Horse Coffee
  4. Klatch
  5. Koa Coffee
  6. Koffee Kult
  7. Kayumas Coffee Estate 
  8. Keurig

1. Kona Blend Coffee

kona blend coffee

Coffee plants from Brazil were introduced to the Kona district on the Island of Hawaii in 1828 by Samuel Reverend Ruggles. English merchant Henry Nicholas Greenwell moved to Kona where he established Kona Coffee.

When the coffee market crashed in 1899 plantation owners leased their farms out to workers in portions of 5–12 acres (2–5 hectares). This enabled the workers to large, quality crops.

Today there are approximately 800 Kona coffee farms that are smaller than 5 acres (2 ha). 

The Kona Coffee Belt is located on Hualapai Mountain and Mauna Loa, located between 500 to 3200 feet above sea level that receives 60+ inches of rainfall per year on average.

The slightly acidic, well-drained volcanic soil and mild temperature swings allow the coffee trees to flower in the dry season and bear coffee beans during the wet season.

After hand-picking the beans are pulped, dried, and hulled. An automated process sorts the beans into various grades by size and shape. 

Peaberry beans are the most sought after and are formed when the sides of the flower fuse together producing only one bean in the coffee cherry. This provides a more concentrated flavor. 

After the automated process, Kona beans are sun-dried and roasted.

The oxidation process begins just after the sun-dried process when the coffee is at its freshest to produce:

  • Dark roasts
  • Medium roasts 
  • Flavored coffee – the flavor is either sprayed or powdered immediately after roasting. 

Kona Coffee only produces 100% Kona products and no blended coffee. Beware as some scrupulous dealers sell Kona blended coffees.

Products

  • 100% Kona Coffee Award Winning Estate Medium Roast 
  • 100% Kona Coffee Extra Fancy Private Reserve Medium Roast 
  • Estate Dark Roast 100% Kona Coffee
  • 100% Kona Coffee Award Winning Estate Dark Roast 
  • Extra Fancy Dark Roast Kona Coffee
  • 100% Kona Coffee Extra Fancy Private Reserve Dark Roast
  • Estate Decaf Medium Roast 100% Kona Coffee
  • 100% Kona Coffee Estate Decaffeinated Medium Roast
  • Peaberry – Medium Roast
  • Peaberry – Medium / Dark Roast 
  • Peaberry – Medium / Dark Roast 
  • USDA Certified Organic Estate Medium Roast 100% Kona Coffee
  • USDA Certified Organic Extra Fancy – Medium Roast
  • Medium Roast Variety Pack

2. Kringle Crunch Flavored Coffee

Kringle Krunch is known for its holiday flavors of coffee. The coffee can be bought in whole bean, Melita, automated drip, perk, French press, and espresso options. There is also an option to buy any of the aforementioned grinding types as decaffeinated. 

The Kringle coffee has sweet toffee and crème flavors which are suited for a cost holiday feel. The roast comes in regular and decaffeinated options and can be bought in 1-pound bags. 

3. Kicking Horse Coffee

kicking horse coffee
Image: Kicking Horse Coffee

Kicking Horse Coffee was established in the mid-nineties in a garage somewhere in the middle of nowhere out in the Canadian Rocky Mountains by Elana Rosenfeld who is still the CEO of the company

The company roasts and blends 100% certified Organic Fairtrade Arabica coffee beans producing light and dark roasted coffees that hold USDA organic certifications.

Products

  • Whole Bean Coffee – The Bean. The Whole Bean. And Nothing But The Bean. 
  • Grizzly Claw – Rich / Dark Chocolate / Decadent
  • Three Sisters – Smooth / Savory / Seductive
  • Smart Ass – Cheeky / Bright / Precocious
  • Kick-Ass – Sweet / Smoky / Audacious
  • Decaf – Swiss Water Process
  • 454 Horsepower – Velvety / Earthy / Spirited
  • Three Sisters – Smooth / Savory / Seductive

4. Klatch

klatch
Image: Klatch

Klatch Coffee is a family-run business that was started by Mike Perry and his wife Cindy back in 1993. All coffees are produced from their offices in Southern California and shipped globally. 

Today their 2 daughters are involved in the roasting business that has grown from strength to strength.

Mike Perry travels extensively around the globe sourcing the best organic coffee beans. These beans are used to produce grinds such as whole beans, French press, auto drip, and cone filter. 

Selected beans are roasted and brewed by Klatch using the scientific process that Mike Perry developed using his background as a Chemical Engineer. This produces what Klatch calls their “peak of flavor method.” 

The company has won several awards for its excellence in producing roasted coffee beans.

  • Gear Patrol Top 25 Roasters in America 2019, 2021
  • Good Foods Award Winner 2012, 2016,2017, 2020
  • Coffee Review Top 10 Coffee of the Year 2018
  • Golden Bean Overall Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Products

Family Favorites

  • Vino Blend – Baking Spice + Black Cherry + Plum
  • Belle Espresso – Blackberry + Brandy + Chocolate
  • El Salvador Las Mercedes Pepinal 1 – Cantaloupe + Caramel + Mandarin
  • Crazy Goat Blend – Dark Chocolate + Spice + Toffee
  • Organic House Espresso – Molasses + Toasted Marshmallow + Walnut

Other products

  • Organic House Espresso – Molasses + Toasted Marshmallow + Walnut
  • Hawaii Rusty’s Ka’u – Macadamia + Milk Chocolate + Molasses
  • Lion’s Pride Blend – Heirloom Tomato + Lemon + Pear
  • Brazil Klatch Diamond Reserve – Blood Orange + Chocolate + Vanilla
  • Organic Sumatra Ratu Ketiara Mandheling Gr1 Fair Trade – Bell Pepper + Cacao + Cedar
  • El Salvador Las Mercedes Pacamara Washed – Blood Orange + Caramel + Meringue
  • Sumatra Mutu Batak – Bell Pepper + Cacao + Cedar
  • Decaf Colombia Palo Rosa Sugarcane – Chocolate Cookie + Date + Lemon Verbena
  • Belle Espresso – Blackberry + Brandy + Chocolate
  • WBC World’s Best Espresso – Berry + Orange Citrus + Sweet Dark Chocolate
  • Organic Honduras Manos De Mujer Washed Fair Trade – Chocolate + Red Apple + Toffee

5. Koa Coffee Plantation

Koa Coffee started as a grower and processor of Kona coffee in Hawaii. It was acquired by the Paradise Beverages DBA Hawaii Coffee Company in 2009 but was initially established as a coffee plantation in 1997.

The brand has received accolades over the years when it was producing and selling hand-picked Kona coffee which was 100% from the estate and included organic Kona coffee and the heritage blend. In 2001 the Koa Plantation was named as America’s best coffee by Forbes. 

Koa coffee is offered in several ranges including the Estate Kona Coffee, Grande Domaine Kona, Peaberry Kona Coffee, and the Private Reserve Kona. There are several new offerings by the company that can be found in medium roast, dark roast, and decaffeinated options. 

The beans to produce these beverages are hand-picked and expertly roasted. The coffee options are offered in both beans and ground coffee options. 

6. Koffee Kult

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Image: koffee kult

Koffee Kult was started as a hobby in Florida in 2010 by Jamie Mardis who then searched globally for the best coffee beans that would produce the coffee suited to his taste buds.

The first batch, a 15-pound Ambex knock-off named Little Blue, beans were roasted in 2012. Little Blue was the first roasting machine the company-owned and could produce 18 pounds of roasted beans at a time.

As Jamie introduced the coffee to friends and family the demand for the coffee grew. In response to the demand, Jamie created a company called Center Stage Coffee.

2013 Ecommerce

The local demand for his coffee and the e-commerce market were growing, and Jamie’s mother pushed him to sell his coffee on Amazon.

To avoid bad reviews and tarnishing the Center Stage Coffee brand, Jamie started listing his coffee on Amazon under the name of Koffee Kult.

2014 Koffee Kult Brand

In 2014 the brand of Koffee Kult was adopted by Center Stage Coffee and the company created KoffeeKult.com as an alternative sales channel which increased demand rapidly pushing the limits of what Little Blue could produce in a day.

2015 Big Red

February 2015 saw the acquisition of a pre-used bigger roasting machine called Big Red. 

This 60-kilogram Ambex coffee roaster could now produce 80 pounds of roasted beans per batch which was a huge improvement over the 18 pounds per batch roasted by Little Blue.

2016 Big Move & New Roasters

Growth after the acquisition of Big Red increased demand even more and by 2016 Koffee Kult needed more space and newer environmentally friendly roasters. October 2016 saw the company move into its current location with bigger roasters.

100% Arabica Beans

Only 100% Arabica beans are used in the creation of Koffee Kult products.

Now Accepting Cryptocurrency

After Jamie’s initial hesitancy to move to e-commerce the company has now decided that they will even take cryptocurrency as a payment method.

Products

  • Dark Roast Coffee Beans
  • Medium Roast Coffee
  • Thunder Bolt French Roast Coffee
  • Colombia Huila Coffee
  • Ethiopian Harrar Coffee
  • Colombian Decaf – Water Process Chemical Free Coffee
  • Tanzania Peaberry
  • Sumatra Coffee
  • Eye Cracker Espresso Beans
  • Guatemala Huehuetenango Coffee
  • Costa Rican Naranjo La Rosa – Medium Roast Coffee
  • Road Dog Coffee
  • Brazil Cerrado
  • Original Koffee Kult Dark Roast Coffee In Single Serve Cups
  • Mr Coopers Fiesta En La Finca
  • Original Koffee Kult Medium Roast Coffee In Single Serve Cups
  • Brazil Mogiana Decaf – Chemical Free Decaf Coffee
  • Frontera Decaf – Chemical Free Decaf Coffee
  • Original Koffee Kult Colombia Decaf Coffee In Single Serve Cups
  • Ethiopia Natural Yirga Cheffe Koke
  • Koffee Kult’s Pin Pack
  • Cult Coffee E115 Supreme Dark Roast Coffee Blend
  • Las Lajas Cumbres Del Poas Black Honey Costa Rica
  • Half Caff Dark Roast

7. Kayumas Coffee Estate

Kayumas estate comes from one of the four largest estates in Java in Indonesia. The farm was built in 1900 and has a long history of producing coffee in Indonesia.

The main harvest on the farm occurs between May and September each year and is handpicked and washed before it is sun-dried. 

The coffee has medium acidity with earthy and peppery notes to it. It has a smooth body and a hint of sweet chocolate. Depending on the harvest, some of the beans produce a peach finish while others have hints of cinnamon and nougat.

8. Keurig

Keurig is a brand of coffee and coffee machines that are suitable for home and commercial use. The Keurig coffee machines are produced by the Keurig Dr. Pepper company based in America. 

The primary offerings by the company are the K-Cup pods which are single-serve coffee pods, other beverage pods, and the machines produced to use with the pods. 

The coffee company offers beverages that range from hot and cold coffees, cocoa, lemonades, cider, fruit-based drinks, and dairy-based beverages. Keurig offers over 400 beverage options through its own production as well as collaborations with its partner brands. 

Keurig was founded in 1998 in Massachusetts and was initially targeting office workers who would need a strong coffee to get through the day. 

Home use brewers were introduced by the company in 2004 and, after the patent on the K-Cups expired, the brand shifted the production of their home brewers to only be compatible with Keurig-made coffee pods. The machines are offered in single-serve, SMART wi-fi enabled, brew over ice, and dual coffee makers. 

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