Since the late 1800s, ground coffee has been packaged in sealed tins. Here are our 8 favorites.
Started in East Harlem in the 1930s by Gregorio Bustelo, a Spanish immigrant, this ground espresso roast has a rich, bold taste that, along with its affordability, has made it a longtime corner store favorite. Add warm milk and sugar for a great cafe con leche. Cafe Bustelo, $7.99 for 10 ounces at amazon Amazon
Cafe du Monde Coffee and Chicory
Facing a coffee shortage during the Civil War, New Orleanians made do, using chicory as a supplement. Roasted chicory root still lends this dark roast joe a nice woodsy kick. It’s best prepared au lait, with equal parts coffee and hot milk, just as it is at the namesake Big Easy cafe. Cafe du Monde Coffee and Chicory, $6.22 for 15 ounces at cafedumonde.com cafedumonde.com
Jittery Joe’s Sumatra Wahana Natural
A single-source coffee from Sumatra, this is one of the most complex canned coffees we’ve tasted–layered berry and tropical fruit flavors give way to a nutty brew. Cafe Altura Fair Trade Dark Roast Blend, $14.99 for 12 ounces at jitteryjoes.com jitteryjoes.com
Morning Star Fair Trade Organic Breakfast Blend
Roasted in Minneapolis, this medium-bodied blend is made with beans from Central America and Mexico. We like its smooth flavor: both sweet and slightly citrusy. Morning Star Fair Trade Organic Breakfast Blend, $8.99 for 10 ounces at morningstarcoffee.com Michael Kraus