Last Updated: Jun 5, 2023 @ 7:03 pm.

There's nothing that feels like fall more than a hot cup of pumpkin spice coffee! Who makes the best pumpkin spice K cups? We ordered 10 of the top brands and had a blind taste test with pumpkin spice coffee enthusiasts. Here are the winners!

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Best Pumpkin Spice K Cups

Rich aroma, smooth flavor
We liked the flavor notes of cinnamon and nutmeg in this pumpkin spice coffee, which topped our taste tests! Sustainably sourced, light roast. Caveat: more spice than pumpkin flavor, say critics.

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Best Pumpkin Spice K Cups: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Let’s talk pumpkin spice coffee K cups!

Our blind taste test pitted the top brands of pumpkin spice K cups against each other in a coffee smackdown! Which had the best aroma? Smooth flavor? What if you want a variety pack with other fall flavors?

After the dust settled, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Pumpkin Spice Coffee K Cups topped the taste test results. Here’s why:

What We Liked

• Best pumpkin spice aroma!

• Smooth flavor.

• Notes of cinnamon and nutmeg.

• Light roast.

• Sustainable coffee sourcing.

What Needs Work

• More spice than pumpkin flavor. Some of our testers liked more pumpkin in their pumpkin spice coffee . . . but that was a minority view.

Best Variety Pack

No GMO's, 100% Arabica beans
We liked the rich aroma of this budget-friendly variety pack, which includes pumpkin spice, apple crumb donut, pecan pie, and cinnamon bun K cups. No sugar added.

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Best Variety Pack: Autumn Favorites Variety Pack

Victor Allen’s Autumn Favorites Variety Pack came in second place in our taste tests—their pumpkin spice K cup is excellent. And this variety pack also includes apple crumb donut, pecan pie, cinnamon bun . . . in case you’d like to sample other fall-friendly flavors. Here’s more:

What We Liked

 Pumpkin spice flavor was best, but testers also liked cinnamon bun.

• Great aroma.

• Good gift.

• Affordable. The price per pod is roughly 40% less expensive than Green Mountain.

• No GMO’s.

• Gluten free.

• No sugar added.

What Needs Work

• Some flavors (notably pecan pie) were a bit bitter.

• Oddly, not an even split between flavors. We thought this variety pack would have an even number of each flavor, but some were more numerous than others in the test pack we ordered. There are supposed to be 24 cups per flavor. We’re not sure if this is an isolated incident, but we do see a few other reports from folks with the same issue.

• Not as strong a flavor as our top winner. Some of our testers thought the pumpkin spice flavor was a bit weak, compared to other brands. However, other folks preferred that!

Best Light Roast

Great gift idea
Loved the flavor here! For those who prefer a lighter roast coffee, this one is from 100% Arabica beans. Loved the notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. Critics wish it had more pumpkin.

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Best Light Roast Pumpkin Spice: Starbucks K Cup Coffee Pods Pumpkin Spice

If you prefer a light roast pumpkin spice decaf coffee, we’d recommend this brand: Double Donut. It tasted best among the handful of light roast pumpkin spice coffee K cups we brewed for our taste tests. Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Loved the flavor!

• Sugar free.

• 100% Arabica beans.

• Gluten free.

• Dairy free.

What Needs Work

• Blend changes from year to year. So if you liked last year’s Starbuck’s pumpkin spice, it may not be exactly the same this year!

Best Budget-Friendly

100% Arabica beans
This medium roasts pumpkin spice coffee has good flavor at a price that is easy on the wallet. Another bonus: it is generally available year-around (other brands are only seasonal).

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Best Budget-Friendly: Victor Allen’s Coffee K Cups Pumpkin Spice

The top winner in our taste tests (Green Mountain) is great, but rather pricey. For a more budget-friendly option that still makes a respectable pumpkin spice coffee, we’d recommend Victor Allen’s pumpkin spice. Good flavor at a price that is easier on the wallet.

What We Liked

• Smooth pumpkin flavor.

• Affordable. These pods are about 27% less expensive than our top taste winner . . . but still quite tasty!

• Medium roast.

• 100% Arabica beans. 

• Kosher.

What Needs Work

• A bit too heavy on the clove flavor notes, in our opinion!

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do extensive research, evaluating products with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability. When we purchase a product for hands-on testing, we do so with our own money.

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