The Best Dark Roast Decaf Coffee K Cup - Our Top Picks!

The Best Dark Roast Decaf Coffee K Cup – Our Top Picks!

Last updated on October 26th, 2023 at 13:27

Thanks to the third wave of coffee, there is a fresh interest in great tasting decaffeinated coffee and, thankfully, bland tasting decaf is no longer necessary.

This article is focused on the best dark roast decaf coffee K Cup that are currently available, low in caffeine and will still produce a flavorful coffee with no degradation in the quality of the cup of coffee when compared to an equivalent cup of coffee with caffeine.

K-Cups and their Keurig coffee maker make it very easy for you to make great decaf coffee, literally at the touch of a button.

Keep reading to find out about great tasting dark roast decaf K-cups!

*naturally, catering to all tastes, we mention other roasts.

#1 Organic Black Knight By Fresh Roasted Coffee Dark Roast Decaf Coffee K Cup – Our Top Pick.

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Black Knight organic decaf coffee is Swiss water processed coffee by fresh roasted coffee that is full-bodied, bold and has an exceptional great caramel flavor coming through.

This decaffeinated coffee is rather punchy, and is certainly every bit as good, if not better, than a fully caffeinated coffee.

This is my favorite decaf coffee hands down!

Organic Black Knight By Fresh Roasted Coffee
Organic Black Knight Decaf Coffee

Read: Light roasts decaf K cups.

#2 Beaver Rock Dark Roast Decaf Coffee K Cup – Runner Up!

This coffee is a very close second to Black Knight and, like the above coffee, it is roasted from 100% Swiss water processed decaffeinated coffee beans. It has a very balanced aftertaste. It’s smoky, woody and yet no ash or burnt tastes at all.

It is deep, full-bodied and very enjoyable.

Beaver Rock Dark Roast Decaf Coffee
Beaver Rock Dark Roast Decaf Coffee

#3 Starbucks Caffè Verona Decaf K Cup (Dark-Roast)

Naturally, the global leader has a range of decaf coffee beverages for Keurig K-Cups. Their Caffe Verona is a great blend of Indonesian and Latin American coffee beans roasted to an Italian roast level.

This coffee has a rich aroma, full body and goes well with chocolate.

Starbucks Caffè Verona Decaf K Cup
Starbucks Caffè Verona Decaf

#4 Peet’s Coffee Decaf House Blend K-Cup – Peet’s Decaf K-Cups Dark Roast

Peet’s coffee decaf house blend is a great tasting cup of coffee that is full-bodied, great tasting full-bodied dark roasted coffee with notes of spice, citrus and toasty. These K-cups are every bit as tasty as any caffeinated coffee that you will find and is perhaps a perfect introduction to decaf coffee beverages. It is a rich and balanced blend of Latin American coffee beans.

If Only Peet’s put some more effort into making more options for Decaf blends…wait they do, It’s Peet’s decaf Especial! But seriously – they should have more than two options.

Peet's Coffee Decaf House Blend K-Cup
Peet’s Coffee Decaf House Blend

Read: Decaf coffee pods

#5 Maud’s Tall, And Handsome Dark Roasted Decaf K-Cup – Best Ecological Choice.

This K-cup will produce a cup coffee that is silky in texture with notes of roasted nuts and full-bodied. The 100% Arabica coffee beans are sourced from premier growing regions from across the globe and roasted and processed in their 100% solar-powered facility in California.

Maud’s are 100% carbon neutral.

Maud's Tall, and Handsome Dark Roasted Decaf K-Cup
Maud’s Tall, and Handsome Dark Roasted Decaf

#6 Barista Prima Coffeehouse Decaf Italian Roast

Just outside our top 5 is Barista Prima’s decaffeinated Italian roast. This Keurig K-Cup will produce a coffee that is heavy-bodied with notes of berries and ripe fruit. A 100% Arabica coffee from a company owned by the Green Mountain coffee company.

It is rich and very enjoyable.

Barista Prima Coffeehouse Decaf Italian Roast
Barista Prima Coffeehouse Decaf Italian Roast

#7 Brooklyn Beans Fuhgeddaboutit Decaf Dark Roast

Full-bodied, bold, rich and smoky and a great coffee you can drink right up until bedtime as it is fully decaffeinated.

Slow roasted in small batches ensures maximum freshness. You can be confident that your 100% Arabica coffee is fresh by the time it hits your cup!

Brooklyn Beans Fuhgeddaboutit Decaf Dark Roast
Brooklyn Beans Fuhgeddaboutit Decaf

#8 Green Mountain Dark Magic Decaf (Dark Roast)

Mountains and their high elevation are a very special place for coffee to grow – this is a deep, intense full-bodied dark roast with sweet notes of chocolate, dried fruit and is slightly nutty and, despite being decaffeinated, it is a very lively coffee.

100% Arabica and certified Kosher.

Green Mountain Dark Magic Decaf
Green Mountain Dark Magic Decaf

#9 Beaver Rock Black Cherry Decaf (Medium Roast)

This is a 100% Arabica coffee that is roasted by the famous Canadian coffee company, Beaver Rock. It’s delicious and has a lovely black cherry kick to this decaf blend of Swiss water-processed coffee. It certainly makes for a very tasty coffee that retains some notes of the origin.

This K-cup will certainly catch the interest of your taste buds and pallet.

Beaver Rock Black Cherry Decaf
Beaver Rock Black Cherry Decaf

#10 Peet’s Decaf Especial K-Cup Pods (Medium Roast)

This is a decaf coffee blend is grown at altitude, the greatest quality while masterfully roasted and Swiss water processed to produce a decaf coffee pod that is 99.9% decaffeinated.

It is sweet, bright and with tangy citrus notes and makes a very neat medium roast decaf coffee.

Peet's Decaf Especial K-Cup Pods
Peet’s Decaf Especial K-Cup Pods

#11 Illy Decaf K-Cups (Medium Roast)

There is no question at all that this is one rich decaf coffee option, and while not a dark roast, you will not be disappointed with this strong, medium roasted decaf option as a single served coffee that is easily popped into a Keurig K-cup brewers to produce the rather complex flavor that the best known Italian coffee company is famed for.

Despite being strong, it has a rather balanced flavor and with lovely notes of caramel coming through. According to illy 99.9% of the caffeine is removed.

Expect a very rich decaf coffee that will taste exactly the same as one of illy’s fully caffeinated coffee equivalents.

Illy Decaf K-Cups
Illy Decaf K-Cups

French Roast Decaf K-Cups.

The following coffees are 100% French roasted, great tasting decaffeinated K-cups you can try and enjoy.

#1 Tully’s Coffee French Roast Decaf K Cups – Our Top Pick!

Intense, powerful, potent and full-bodied with light notes of plums, anise and rich flavors of chocolate from a signature slow roasting low temperature process that brings the beat out of these decaf beans to make it a delicious single-serve coffee that you can happily stick in your Keurig K-cup coffee maker and enjoy the distinctive aroma.

Made with exotic coffee beans from Guatemala and Uganda.

Tully's Coffee French Roast Decaf K Cups
Tully’s Coffee French Roast Decaf K Cups

#2 Van Houtte French Roast Decaf K Cup – Runner Up!

Van Houtte most certainly knows how to make a delicious coffee from decaffeinated coffee beans. With over a century of experience of refining and perfecting their process. This decaf blend boasts a rich flavor, full body and is bold with subtle hints of caramel.

Van Houtte French Roast Decaf K Cup
Van Houtte French Roast Decaf K Cup

#3 Starbucks Decaf French Roast

This is a great but muted decaffeinated French roast yet oddly, and rather unusually light-bodied and low in acid and with a lingering intense smokiness. There is a great talent to achieving that combination in any dark roasted coffee. It is testament to the skills of the master roaster.

Starbucks Decaf French Roast
Starbucks Decaf French Roast

#4 San Francisco Bay Coffee Decaf French Roast

99.99% Caffeine free and 100% tasty! This Keurig K-cup is full of coffee sourced from South America and Central America. It is roasted to a very dark profile which creates a distinctive full-bodied, bold taste that has great smoky finish that I suspect you will enjoy.

San Francisco Bay Coffee Decaf French Roast
San Francisco Bay Coffee Decaf French Roast

 #5 Double Donut Coffee French Roast Decaf

Double donut Coffee French Roast is a very smooth, yet bold decaffeinated French roast coffee that is balanced and medium-body. Made with premium quality coffee beans. This K-cup pod goes great as an iced coffee so that you can enjoy the subtle spicy notes all year long.

It is keto-friendly, vegan and Kosher. Each pod is made of 100% recyclable material.

Double Donut Coffee French Roast Decaf
Double Donut Coffee French Roast Decaf

How To Make Your K-Cup Coffee Taste Much Better

Single serve coffee fans love the convenience of great quality gourmet coffee in an instant. With a number of top quality coffees of all roasts, styles and with and without caffeine from well known brands you can still improve the taste of the end product slightly.

All it takes is a little common sense.

The first tip is as simple as keeping your coffee machine well flushed and clean. Flush it out at the end of each day and clean it at least once per fortnight. This ensures that no old coffee gets stuck inside your machine and affects the flavor of subsequent cups of coffee.

The second tip is just as simple. Use the best possible quality of water as you can. Distilled water is best; the next best is mineral water and, at the very least, use filtered water. The better the quality of your water, the better your coffee will taste.

My third tip, probably overkill but certainly does not do any harm – store your K-cups in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge. Even though each coffee pod is nitrogen sealed for maximum freshness, this protects them against oxygen but not against heat which can degrade the quality of the grounds.

Will this 3rd tip make much of a difference?

Probably not a noticeable one, but it is worth trying and ensuring your pods are in the best possible condition. Coffee is food too.

My fourth tip. If your coffee pods are a little old and starting to taste a little bitter, you can add a pinch, I mean a tiny pinch of salt, to tone down the bitterness of stale coffee. It sounds like a joke – seriously, it is a coffee lovers trick for jazzing up old coffee!

Is Drinking Decaf Coffee Good For You?

The good news for die-hard coffee drinkers is that caffeine and coffee, with the accepted 400 mg daily limitation, is not detrimental to your health.

In fact, there are numerous peer reviewed studies by well – respected institutions like the NIH, Pub Med, The Lancet, New England Medical Journal and more that indicate that coffee with caffeine is beneficial for your health.

There are a lot of studies that also indicate the health benefits of coffee (decaf or fully caffeinated) is good for your health due to various compounds and potent antioxidants that are present in coffee beans.

The health benefits include cardio health, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, a reduction in type 2 diabetes, reduced inflammation and less depression and anxiety.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dark Roast Decaf Coffee K Cup

Is There A Dark Roast Decaf Coffee?

Yes, there are many dark roast decaf coffees available from a number of different brands including Kicking Horse, Organic Black Knight, to name just two of many choices. Both are Swiss water processed meaning they have 99.9% of the caffeine removed.

Does Dark Roast Have More Caffeine K-Cups?

There is a misconception in the coffee world that dark roasts have more caffeine. In fact, the opposite is true: dark roasts have slightly less caffeine than light roasted coffee beans. This is the case, be it a Keurig K Cup or a regular coffee.

What Decaf Coffee Has The Least Caffeine?

The decaf coffee that has the least amount of caffeine will be a coffee that is dark roasted and Swiss water decaf processed. This process removes 99.9% of caffeine from the coffee beans. Dark roasts are the beans that contain slightly less caffeine than others and, thus, by definition, Swiss Water Processed dark roasted beans will have the least caffeine content.

What Is The Healthiest Decaffeinated Coffee?

In my opinion, the healthiest decaffeinated coffee is the lifeboost organic medium roasted Swiss water processed decaffeinated coffee. The company, Lifeboost is dedicated to producing organic healthy coffee that is toxin free and processing their decaffeinated beans using the chemical free method of the Swiss water method.

Does Decaf Coffee Have Caffeine?


decaffeinated means exactly that, a process that removes caffeine. It does not mean uncaffeinated. By FDA Regulations, a coffee must remove 97% of the caffeine to be classed as decaffeinated. This means that an average decaffeinated coffee has 2 mg to 4 mg of caffeine on average. A Swiss water processed decaffeinated coffee has 99.9% of caffeine removed and thus significantly less caffeine, most likely less than 1 mg per cup of coffee.

Can You Get Dark Roast Coffee In Decaf?

Yes, Caribou coffee and other well established brands have dark roast and French roast decaffeinated coffee.

How Much Caffeine Is In A K-cup Of Decaf Coffee?

The amount of caffeine that you can expect from a decaf coffee K Cup ranges from a trace amount to 2 mg per cup of coffee. It depends of the decaffeination process used. A Swiss water processed decaffeinated coffee will have 99.9% of the caffeine removed.

Why Drink Decaf Coffee At Night?

If you drink decaf coffee at night you have a better chance of a good night’s sleep than had you drank a cup of caffeinated coffee.

Frappé-Ing It All Up – Dark Roast Decaf Coffee K Cup

In this article we have listed quite a few of dark roast decaf coffee K Cup for you to try with a special section for French roast decaf K cups for those of you that love deep, dark roasted decaffeinated coffees.

Did you try any of these coffees? If you did, let us know what your thoughts are? Which did you consider to be your favorite dark roasted decaffeinated K cup coffee? We’d love to know.

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Derek Marshall, a certified barista by the Specialty Coffee Association possesses over two decades of experience in specialty coffee shops. He holds professional certifications for coffee brewing and barista skills. Derek is also an author with authoritative books covering various coffee topics including specialty coffee, sustainability and coffee, coffee brewing, coffee recipes, coffee cocktails and books focusing on Brazilian coffee, Vietnamese coffee, Indonesian coffee and Malaysian coffee. As a barista for over two decades, Derek Marshall has worked in specialty coffee shops across the United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. His expertise extends to the distinct coffee cultures, specialty beverages, and brewing techniques of each nation. Functioning as a coffee consultant, Derek charges US$50 per hour. To learn more about Derek Marshall and Latte Love Brew, visit his About Me Page. For coffee inquiries, contact him at +34-639-410-375 or, mentioning your name and location

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