What Is The Best Coffee For Non-Coffee Drinkers?

The best coffee for non-coffee drinkers is often those that are flavored. The less coffee flavor in the cup, the better.

Best coffee for non-coffee drinkers
Read on to know some of the best coffee for non-coffee drinkers

I’ll tell you a secret – my husband hates coffee. So the only “coffee drinks” he typically drinks are those that are hardly coffee at all – think venti Frappuccinos from Starbucks with only one espresso shot. 

However, after many attempts on my part, I have managed to find some types of coffee that he likes – and that I’m comfortable actually calling coffee. 

Below, I’ll take a look at some of the best coffees for non-coffee drinkers on the market. So whether you’re trying to open a loved one’s eyes to coffee or looking for a coffee that you might enjoy yourself, I hope you find something suitable below!

How To Rate Non-Coffee Coffee

Rating coffee for non-coffee drinkers is a bit complicated. After all, you can’t rate it as you would normally rate coffee – as those are the exact coffees that non-coffee drinkers don’t like!

Typically, you’ll want a flavored option for most non-coffee drinkers.

Therefore, part of my criteria inevitably was, “how much does this taste like real coffee?” I wanted it to taste similar to coffee, but not so close that non-coffee drinkers wouldn’t like it. 

Best Coffee For Non-Coffee Drinkers

Here are the best coffee for non-coffee drinkers in the market:

Organo Gold Gourmet Cafe Mocha

Organo Gold is easily one of the best ground coffees out there that is accessible to most people. It is widely available. You can even purchase it on Amazon! 

Their Cafe Mocha flavor is perfect for those that don’t really like coffee. It tastes closer to a cup of hot chocolate than it does coffee. The coffee flavors are extremely subtle, making it perfect for those that don’t like the taste of coffee.

If a non-coffee drinker likes this coffee, it isn’t terribly difficult for them to branch out, either. For instance, there are peppermint mochas make a popular choice during the winter months. 

Don Francisco’s Vanilla Nut Flavored Ground Coffee

pouring vanilla milkshake on a glass place on top of a wooden table
Vanilla coffee has a stronger coffee taste

Vanilla coffee is going to have a bit of a stronger coffee taste than Cafe Mocha. After all, vanilla just isn’t as good at covering stuff up as chocolate is. But, with that said, some people just prefer the vanilla flavor. 

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I recommend this flavor for non-coffee drinkers that don’t like overly sweet things. The cafe mocha can be a bit too chocolate for some drinkers. In these cases, Vanilla Nut can be a much better option. 

This specific vanilla nut coffee is 100% arabica coffee. Furthermore, this coffee is decaffeinated. Therefore, if the non-coffee drinker doesn’t like the caffeine content of coffee, this may be a suitable option as well. 

Door County Chocolate Caramel Truffle

This coffee by Door County is extremely well-flavored, which is exactly why I recommend it for non-coffee drinkers. It doesn’t taste much like coffee at all. 

Door County Coffee - Chocolate Caramel Truffle
$11.99 ($1.20 / Ounce)
  • Chocolate Caramel Truffle
  • Chocolate Caramel Truffle Flavored
  • Ground Coffee
  • Medium Roast
  • 10 oz
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It is extremely sweet, and the flavors are full and pleasantly smooth. It is excellent for those trying to watch their calories, as it doesn’t include any added sugar, despite the flavor. 

Door County also offers a range of other flavored coffees, giving you plenty of non-coffee tasting coffee options. 

I love that this coffee is made in small batches, as this improves the quality. So often, when it comes to those who don’t like coffee, you need to find very high-quality coffee. Most people who proclaim themselves “not coffee people” just haven’t tried anything but Folgers. 

With that said, this coffee is quite sweet, so those without a sweet tooth may not like it. 

New England Coffee Pumpkin Spice

Can you get a pumpkin spice latte without coffee?
The pumpkin spice covers the coffee flavor

Pumpkin spice has become a perennial coffee shop favorite. It is an easy introduction to coffee for non-coffee drinkers, as the pumpkin spice will cover up much of the coffee flavor. 

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While this isn’t the best coffee in the world, it is inexpensive, so great for those on a budget. It is made from arabica coffee, as are most of the coffees on this list. You can typically find this brand at most major stores, though the pumpkin spice flavor is seasonal. 

I recommend getting some actual pumpkin spice to finish off this coffee – with perhaps some whipped cream as well. In many cases, this will help tone down the coffee flavor even more for non-coffee drinkers. 

This flavor will likely work best for those who already like pumpkin spice. Otherwise, you may want to choose a different option on this list. 

Caribou Coffee Daybreak Morning Blend

Yes, this is just regular coffee. However, it has an extremely light roast, so it won’t be nearly as bitter as other coffees out there. Therefore, if you’re looking for a plain coffee for non-coffee drinkers, these grounds by Caribou Coffee are probably your best option. 

Caribou Coffee, Light Roast Ground Coffee
$10.94 ($0.55 / Ounce)

Contains one 20 Ounce Bag of Caribou Coffee Daybreak Morning Blend Light Roast Ground Coffe. 100% Arabica coffee, small batch roasted and hand-packed in Minneapolis

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This coffee does provide some subtle fruit sweetness. It actually tastes a lot like cherries. While some non-coffee drinkers will prefer the lighter roast, there is a chance they will not be able to taste the subtle flavors in the beans. 

Because this ground coffee still tastes quite a bit like coffee, we recommend it mainly for those who have branched out to flavored coffees and are looking for something a little closer to real coffee. 


  • Kristin Hitchcock

    Kristin first fell in love with coffee on a trip to Brazil - where she learned that the ground coffee found on American shelves was not the end-all. Today, she loves educating other coffee-lovers on how to make the best cup of coffee, no matter what you enjoy.