The Most Popular Coffee Flavors That You MUST Try!

The Most Popular Coffee Flavors That You MUST Try!

Last updated on October 24th, 2023 at 20:00

There is every reason for you to want to try the most popular coffee flavors and find out which one is “your” coffee. And if you are a true coffee lover, you will know that it is simply just not possible to try all the different coffee flavors that there are.

Having travelled quite extensively and lived in a number of different countries and cultures, I can tell you that coffee unites people and the whole range of different tasting coffees and ways of brewing is what got me really into coffee.

This article is focused on the best-flavored coffee drinks and the most popular ones with the flavor profile that western and Asian people are most likely to enjoy.

Keep reading as I dig down on this topic.

The Most Popular Coffee Flavors

Let’s not beat about the bush and get straight into talking about the most popular flavor options that are available.

#1 French Vanilla

Understandably, French vanilla is the king, the undisputed and most popular coffee flavor in the world. There is not a country or major city or town that you will visit that does not sell French vanilla coffee or plain vanilla coffee.

The rich taste and sweet aroma is what makes it stand out. It is also an excellent compliment to the strong, robust flavors of a medium-dark roast. To enjoy this flavor more, look for light roast coffee beans.

You will find French vanilla coffee in a variety of products, including flavored syrups, flavored beans and flavored instant coffee and K-cups.

Vanilla is so versatile that you can make any coffee with it, and it will be just fine. Cappuccino, latte, and exotic cold brew, an amazing iced coffee or macchiato are all very enjoyable with that aroma, hint and flavor of French vanilla.

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#2 Hazelnut

That nutty flavor is one of the most distinct flavors and is a very robust flavor which makes it very popular amongst coffee lovers. Like French Vanilla, Hazelnut coffee is another global coffee flavor that you will see everywhere.

It is distinctively nutty, with a buttery taste and a peculiarly enticing aroma that draws you in. If you really want to experiment, the lovely nutty taste of these coffee beans goes great with chocolate and vanilla.

#3 Pumpkin Spice

Guys, if it is autumn, this is your ladies go to coffee flavor. Treat her, heck even bless her with a pumpkin spice latte – she will love you for it!.

If Pumpkin spice was more of a year-round flavor than a seasonal blend, it would certainly be higher on this list.

Nothing beats the fine blend of autumn spices in your coffee during chilly fall evenings. Make sure you use a good quality, as best as you can get, if and when you are making your own pumpkin spice latte.

#4 Peppermint

This is more of a popular flavor of tea than it is a coffee, but don’t overlook or dismiss a peppermint-flavored coffee with a very distinctive menthol aroma.

Add a touch of dark milk chocolate, and you are looking at coffee that resembles an after eight mint. It’s a great hot coffee and a fantastic taste that despite being a seasonal blend is also great as refreshing summer.


you can get creative and whip up a cold brew coffee to enjoy on the hotter days. Be aware that it is a very strong flavor and can be overpowering.

A Homemade Peppermint Coffee

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#5 Butterscotch

This heady concoction of melted butter and brown sugar is addictive and is a popular coffee flavor and coffee drinker understandably love it and coffee fans rave about it.

The acidity of a strong coffee is toned down with butterscotch. This is great with light roast coffee beans and dark roast coffee too.

Try an amazing caramel macchiato by adding a shot of butterscotch syrup.

#6 Mocha

A mocha is light in caffeine content and is a very popular coffee flavor. The combination of chocolate, coffee and milk and a light sweet flavor combined with the bitter notes from the coffee make it a very enjoyable and rather smooth coffee to enjoy.

Those that are new to the coffee scene enjoy the chocolaty flavor and blend of sweetness.

#7 Kona

Kona, although very popular and one of the most expensive coffees that you will find in the world, is strictly speaking, not a flavor. It is a Hawaiian volcanic coffee that is incredibly rich in flavor.

Lastly, we’ve included Kona on this list, even though it is technically not a coffee flavor. Despite their cost, these Hawaiian beans are something to try at least once in your life.

Coffee aficionados insist that you will love kona coffee.

Kona Coffee
Hawaiian Kona Coffee

#8 Amaretto

The coffee liquor that is famous for its distinctive almond flavor also has a coffee flavor that takes on the toasted almond flavor.

Even though this Amaretto sweetener should be exactly that – sweet, you should expect a slight trace of bitterness.

You can make an Amaretto coffee yourself by buying flavored coffee beans, Amaretto syrup or by combining evaporated milk, condensed milk and Amaretto in equal ratios, mixing them well together and cooking, boiling them until they have reduced. Then cool the mixture and use it until you are ready to make an Amaretto coffee.

#9 Highlander Grogg

This is another sweet, buttery coffee and is best enjoyed with light roast coffee beans. Highlander Grogg brings a peculiar pancake taste to your coffee.

It’s a very sweet, almost syrup like taste. This is a coffee that has the potential for making those that don’t like coffee actually enjoy a cup of coffee.

Highlander Grogg is also an effective tool for helping you to make that transition to drinking your coffee black.

#10 Birthday Cake

The most unusual but popular coffee flavor is birthday cake-flavored coffee. Imagine a coffee that tastes of strawberry jam, cream filling and sweet vanilla sponge.

It is definitely a coffee for the once a year event and special occasions.

#11 Caramel

There is no doubt that caramel is one of the most popular coffee flavors in the world.


it is not really all that popular outside the Western Hemisphere and large Asian cities. Got to the smaller cities and towns in Asia and Caramel coffee is still on the menu. it is simply not as popular as it is in the west.

The sweetness of caramel and the luscious richness and the very satisfying experience makes coffee lovers enjoy this coffee.

Artificial And Natural Coffee Bean Flavors: How Are They Made?

Flavored coffee is made in a couple of different ways. You make them with natural flavors or with artificial flavorings. For a quicker, more instant way, you can use flavored syrups.

Let’s now talk about those.

Artificial Flavor

Coffee beans that are artificially flavored are the ones that you will find online. They are made with the use of chemically flavored oils. Coffee beans that you have at home, you can add a teaspoon or two of the oil to the beans, depending on how many you wish to make and toss and stir your beans to evenly spread the flavor.

Leave them to dry for a few hours and then pat dry with paper towels. Some people like to add a little heat to the process while.

Natural Flavor

Natural flavor is the healthiest and the best way of making flavored coffee beans. It is incredibly simple.

All you need to do is take the food item, the flavor that you want to be added to your coffee beans. For example, you want vanilla flavored beans. Take a vanilla pod or two, split it down the middle and chop it.

Add those into an airtight container with the flavoring item added. Wait 12 to 24 hours for your beans to absorb and take on the flavor.

Brew a cup of coffee and test to find out if it has the right strength of flavor that you want. If it has, then remove the spice or flavoring item from your beans as they will continue to take on the flavor of the coffee beans.

Vanilla Pod
Use Vanilla Pods To Make naturally flavored beans

Frequently Asked Questions About Most Popular Coffee Flavors

What Is The Most Popular Coffee In The World?

The following is a list of the coffee brands by revenue and, thus, we can determine which coffee brands are the most popular coffee in the world.

Top Coffee Brands in the World by Revenue

Rank Coffee Brand Or Company Revenue (US$ billions)
1 Nescafé 99.71
2 Starbucks 26.5
3 McCafé 21.07
4 Tim Hortons 3
5 Keurig 2.86
6 Costa Coffee 1.54
7 Dunkin’ Donuts 1.37
8 Peet’s Coffee 1.1
9 Gloria Jeans Coffees 0.54
10 Maxwell House 0.4

What Are Good Coffee Flavors?

What determines a good tasty coffee flavor is a personal thing, a personal choice. Here is a quick run down the top 10 most popular coffee flavors.

Top 10 Most Popular Coffee Flavors:

  • French Vanilla. 
  • Hazelnut.
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Peppermint. 
  • Butterscotch. 
  • Mocha.
  • Kona. 
  • Highlander Grogg
  • Birthday Cake.
  • Caramel

What Season Is Coffee Most Popular?

Surprisingly, coffee is a seasonal drink. Most people live in the Northern Hemisphere and away from the tropical regions, ironically, where coffee is grown. Due to being mostly enjoyed warm or hot, it is enjoyed as a warm me up in winter. It is said by many coffee enthusiasts that the most popular season for coffee is autumn, which perhaps has something to do with that being Pumpkin Spice season!

In more recent times, coffee is becoming a year-round drink with many coffee lovers enjoying an iced coffee or cold-brewed coffee.

What Is The Best Selling Coffee In America?

Surprisingly, Folgers is the best-selling coffee in the United States Of America. Like many, I expected to see Starbucks topping the list. It’s not – in the US Folgers outsell Starbucks 2:1 currently.

(The chart above relates to global sales, not US sales).

What Coffee Flavor Is The Most Popular?

The most popular coffee flavor based on sales volume is caramel; the second most popular is mocha-flavored coffee.

Vanilla, cinnamon, hazelnut and pumpkin spice make up the top 6 flavors.

What Is World’s Most Loved Coffee?

Espresso is the most loved coffee in the world. Made from very finely ground coffee it is enjoyed on its own or as a base for many coffee beverages like a mocha, latte, cappuccino or more.

What Is A Rich Tasting Coffee?

A rich coffee is one that is full in body, flavor or acidity. Often people associate a rich tase with an intense and bold flavor associated with darker roasts.

What Is The Smoothest Coffee In The World?

The smoothest tasting coffee in the world is Sumatra Mandheling coffee, which has a low acidity and a full body, earthy and herbal flavor. It’s sweet and has a rich aroma.

Frappé-Ing It All Up – Most Popular Coffee Flavors

If you have read this far, you know exactly what the most popular coffee flavors are. Experiment with your coffee and enjoy all flavors.

I encourage you to make your own using the natural method. I’ve just made a batch of banana and chocolate flavored beans using that technique.

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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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