Which is the smoothest coffee?

by Jamie
(Toledo Ohio)

Smooth Coffee on a mild day outside.

Smooth Coffee on a mild day outside.


For several years I've been drinking Schuil's cappuccino blend coffee then suddenly last year they changed something (although they won't admit it).

I'm not sure if they've changed their roasting process or who they buy their beans from, but I use a French press and I'm fairly positive it's nothing on my end. ... Anyway, it was a "medium dark" coffee that had a rich coffee flavor with no bitterness or acidic aftertaste.

It was super smooth ... Since then I've tried myriad other coffees (Higher Grounds, Newman's Own, Eight O'Clock, Maddie & Bella, etc.).

Over the last year I've spent a TON of money trying to find a really good coffee and my question to you (or your girlfriend) is, ... what is the richest, smoothest coffee you've had and where can I get it?

Please help me if you can.

Thank you.


Interesting question. I bet – and hope – we’ll get a lot of suggestions below from people who have their own favorites.

And that’s the thing...one’s assessment of what constitutes “smooth” can be fairly subjective.

In my book a smooth coffee should never be a weak or mild coffee. It’s too east to be “smooth” when the taste is light and without body.

I look for a coffee that has a strong body, but is without harsh spikes of either acidity or flavor notes like citrus or even sweetness.

Smooth has to have body, but still be even, without jarring notes.

Some coffees, like Dunkin’ Donuts, have smoothness in the job description. When you are brewing for everyone, your coffee has to have a strong coffee taste, but without surprises.

Coffees our readers have recommended include Tully’s, Coffee AM, Choc Full O’ Nuts, Gloria Jean’s and Gevalia.

By region, you might want to try coffees from Central America.

And if you want to go high-end and expensive, get your hands on one of my my personal favorites,100% Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee.

I hope this helps.


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Sep 26, 2016
A few great choices
by: Anonymous

I don't know if you can buy all of these coffee's for a French press, but I do know they are readily available for the Keurig machines, as these are my all time favourites, and all of them are rich and smooth.

#1) Barrie House (kohna Hopa) - aka Hawiian
#2) (Bob) Marley Coffee - Get Up Stand Up
#3) Kahlúa (non- alcoholic of course)
#4) Van Houtte - original house blend
(Also available for French press)

Hope this helps a little bit.

Sep 06, 2016
Silverhook coffee the roast is called Kodiak
by: Anonymous

By far for me is the Silverhook brand from Alaska they have been my go to brand for whole beans with the roast called Kodiak is the smoothest.

Aug 07, 2016
Yo!,,, deathwish barista............
by: Anonymous

I Want That Girl !!!! [and the coffee!]

woo hoo!!!!

Aug 06, 2016
Try Deathwish
by: Anonymous

While I cannot attest to having tasted a great deal of coffee by brand, I, as a Starbucks employee, have tried nearly every coffee they have to offer (though most of the Reserve blends are out of my reach as a lowly barista) I can say that I truly believe Deathwish coffee out does them all. It's odd, but my method of experiencing coffee is rather like having an experience with a woman. Deathwish is like a Suicide Girls model, fully tattooed, covered in piercings, wearing small articles of black clothing that make this modest commenter require a cold shower and a good lie down - she's gorgeous. Sit down to a cup, naturally black, brewed at the recommended, powerful ratio of 2 and a half tablespoons per 6oz and take that first sip,powering through the heat, you're not about to wait for it to cool, and she slips her tongue down your throat- quickly, forcefully,but so gentle that, despite your instinct to push her away, you kiss her back, passionately sipping and guzzling your morning cup of coffee until it's finished and you're left with a bit, steaming, empty cup and a warm tingle, part fantasy, part admiration, part the tremendous caffeine content. That's right, I'm saying that Deathwish coffee is as smooth as an attractive woman's passionate kiss. I will recommend this coffee to anyone, in fact, a good reason why I'm writing my Starbucks job is because this coffee has ensnared me. Give it a shot.

Jul 23, 2016
Searching for the Holy Grail
by: gridflash

Searching for the smoothest full body coffee is like looking for the Holy Grail.

But I will say that Nick's recommendation of 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is about as close as most people are ever gonna get. Kona is probably a second choice although the acid is a little high.

Having said that, the Best I have ever had was on a coffee plantation in Costa Rico. There is a striking difference between what you buy in a store and what it tastes like when it's fresh.

Jun 21, 2016
We all agree that Monsooned Malabar is the smoothest
by: Anonymous

We all have way different preferences for our coffee in my family, but we all agree that Monsooned Malabar beans sold by Fresh Roasted something (I can't remember the vendor's whole name) on Amazon is as smooth as we have ever found. Their Tanzanian Teaberry is a close tie.

Light to medium roast can make a smoother flavor, but some companies put Robusto beans in their lighter roast "Breakfast Blend" coffees, as Robusto beans are cheaper and tend to taste burnt. (Be aware: light roast increases caffeine content, and Robusto beans also have higher caffeine content, so both together can make you jittery, if you are not used to it.)

Jun 14, 2016
Baking Soda??
by: Anonymous


Really, it does sound Strange but as the main ingredient in TUMS and the remarkable way that Acid is immediately reduced the theory is great...

Still I wonder, does it adversely affect flavor??

[ and, ?is it fizzy? (LoL ! ) ]


Jun 12, 2016
smoothest I have found at a restaurant
by: kuhn77

Big Boys in Valleyview, Ohio...smoothest cup of coffee I've ever had. Won't talk about the food though.
Wish I could figure out what they have and where to get it.

Nov 03, 2015
Baking soda
by: Anonymous

I have not yet found the perfect coffee. Tully has been the best. I've resorted to adding a quarter of a teaspoon baking soda to the grounds. That helps immensity immensely

Oct 01, 2015
European coffee are famous for their smooth coffees
by: Anonymous

I have been looking for quite some time for a good cup of coffee that is not burnt and bitter and did a lot of research and found Dallmayr prodomo. I purchased the whole beans which are 100% arabica beans, the beans are mildly roasted which has no bitterness when brewed, you can taste the flavors in the coffee beans from the region it was grown, it is smooth and has no bitterness, it is truly a wonderful cup of coffee that you can drink black.

Sep 24, 2015
by: Anonymous

We love to drink Starbucks Columbia or the Breakfast Blend every morning. We have tried others but we just come back to this brand. I hope you enjoy your coffee as much as we do.

Sep 13, 2015
Tim hortons
by: Anonymous

For coffee on the go, Tim hortons is great. Bold, but not bitter. I'm going to try their ground beans today since my current eight o'clock coffee seems to have changed their process.

Sep 08, 2015
Life is too short to be Bitter
by: Pale Rider

Cowboy Coffee - ryanbroscoffee.com

Nov 22, 2014
Which is the smoothest coffee?
by: Jamie

Thanks so much for all of the comments ... they really do help.

Nov 17, 2014
Smooth coffee?
by: JuanG

Like the boss said, thats kinda subjective.
But if your smooth is like my smooth then your coffee has to be full spectrum flavour and balanced.
The roasting is important, because a dark roast on cheap beans always is going to be bitter... and a light roast on hard beans like guatemalans, always is going to be acidic... I mean not smooth.
So try a Dark Sumatra, a medium Mexican or a light uganda. Dont guarantee smooth... but is a good point to start.

Nov 17, 2014
Canned and ground...
by: luxlamf

I didn't know Gevalia had a secret stash of fine coffees the hide from the public, rather suspect that they also put their name on those really terrible products they send out with the free coffee makers trying to rope people into buying heir products.

Don is not bad in a pinch, drip obviously as that's what its ground for or Perc, but if I am going pre Ground Cafe Du Monde and Lavazza are always a treat. None of these work very well in my Chemex unfortunately...

Nov 17, 2014
smooth coffee
by: Alicia

Max Crema's COFFEE Roasters has a Kenya Peaberry, a Burundi and a Uganda that are all bold but smooth. It's in the bean but the roast is very important!

Contact them at 16108989001
They will ship!

Nov 17, 2014
by: Luxlamf

I am surprised anyone ever recommends Gevalia, it's quite possibly the Worst coffee I have ever had the misfortune to try. My Ex Wife used t sign up for the Free Coffee Pot offers they would give if you bought their coffee, so it was around and I would think "Hmmm it cannot be as bad as I remember" and I would do it again and "Blah".

Locally I enjoy several of the Trader Joes coffees, if you have a Traders their Italian, French, Bay Blend, Joe's Dark all very good. They also have a Ultra Dark Roast series I really enjoy.
I also order from Community Coffee, based out of Louisiana, available in stores in the South they run specials every few months of 20% off and free shipping, their Dark and French roasts are what I use most.

Nov 17, 2014
smoothest coffee
by: Anonymous

Matador, Phoenix, AZ

Nov 17, 2014
Don Francisco
by: pistachio


your in Ohio / I think you can avail yourself of this coffee if not on the shelves then on the net....

I am suggesting their regular and standard coffee / not their specialty blends or roasts........

I have had it and it was smooth and tasty..........

here is the URL:


if the url for some reason disappears just search Don Francisco Coffee....


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