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The very best canned coffee to crack in the a.m.

Canned coffee is better than ever. Here's what to stock up on this spring

Stumptown Original Cold Brew Coffee Roasters
Stumptown Original Cold Brew
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Lavazza Organic Cappuccino Cold Brew Coffee - (8 Fluid Ounce - Pack of 12)
Lavazza Cappuccino Cold Brew
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Illy Ready to Drink Coffee CLASSICO Cold Brew
illy Classico RTD Cold Brew
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BOSS Coffee by Suntory - Japanese Flash Brew Coffee with Milk
BOSS Cold Cafe au Lait
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RISE Brewing Co. Oat Milk Nitro Cold Brew Latte
RISE Oat Milk Latte
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UCC Coffee

These days, coffee comes in all forms, shapes, and sizes. The coffee maker or French press may be popular, but you can also enjoy a good roast in capsule form, pouch form, and even in a can. Those of who aren't morning people or just struggle to make the time to get properly caffeinated in the a.m. are especially drawn to these instant coffee formats.

That's where canned coffee really shines. It's ready-made caffeine, it comes in a recyclable format, and it has been improving significantly in terms of quality over the years. And right now, as milder temperatures set in, canned coffee is all the better, as it can be great chilled down or poured over a little ice. It's not the most expensive coffee in the world, but it's convenient and very tasty.

We love ready-to-drink (RTD) sippers from your favorite canned cocktails in the evening to coffee versions in the morning. Here are some of the latter to look out for.

A can of Nitro Cold Brew from Stumptown.
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Stumptown Original Cold Brew

Stumptown Roasters of Portland makes a few tasty canned coffee options but the Nitro is the best. It's unbelievably smooth and is best served straight out of the fridge. It's a coffee roaster's coffee, without any additives or sweeteners. That means you can taste the beans, and they're very good.

Stumptown Original Cold Brew Coffee Roasters
Stumptown Original Cold Brew
Lavazza canned cappuccino.
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Lavazza Cappuccino Cold Brew

Like Stumptown, Lavazza has a nice lineup of canned coffees. While they're all worth exploring, we're extra drawn to the cappuccino. It's a balanced number, hit with a little skim milk and cane sugar to round out the strong organic coffee backbone. Equal parts nutty and chocolatey, it's a delightful way to get the day going.

Lavazza Organic Cappuccino Cold Brew Coffee - (8 Fluid Ounce - Pack of 12)
Lavazza Cappuccino Cold Brew
illy Classico canned coffee.
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illy Classico RTD Cold Brew

A slower brew time tends to yield a more flavorful cold brew and that's definitely the case here. Brewed for half a day, this patiently made RTD coffee is earthy and round. No preservatives and entirely Arabica beans — the way it ought to be.

Illy Ready to Drink Coffee CLASSICO Cold Brew
illy Classico RTD Cold Brew
Suntory Boss canned coffee.
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BOSS Cold Cafe au Lait

This option comes from BOSS, which has been making tasty coffee in its native Japan since 1992. It's since become available in the States, great news for coffee fans. The black version is good but we really like the au Lait, hit with some milk. The company operates under the Suntory umbrella, behind some great Japanese whiskies.

BOSS Coffee by Suntory - Japanese Flash Brew Coffee with Milk
BOSS Cold Cafe au Lait
Rise Oat Milk canned coffee.
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RISE Oat Milk Latte

Oat milk is finding its way into more and more canned coffees, which is music to the ears of those who don't do well with lactose or just want a different flavor profile. This latte is stellar, with that cereal flavor imparted by the oat milk pairing with the latte perfectly. It's a nitro version, meaning it's fun to crack and pours as smooth as satin. Look out for the London Fog version, too, made with Earl Grey tea.

RISE Brewing Co. Oat Milk Nitro Cold Brew Latte
RISE Oat Milk Latte
A can of UCC Coffee.
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UCC Coffee

Maybe it's the retro can, maybe it's what's inside. Either way, we're all about this canned coffee from UCC. You'll find it at most Asian food stores, packaged in a fashion that likely hasn't changed in 50 years (and we mean that as a compliment). The Japanese company claims to have released the first canned coffee, back in 1969. Clearly, if it ain't broke, don't tinker with the recipe.

UCC Coffee
UCC Coffee

That's a wrap, the best canned coffee you can get right now. While we're on the subject, check out the best coffee beans available, to be enjoyed when you have a bit more time and can prepare a proper cup. However you enjoy the stuff, you won't go wrong with these options and you'll be energized to take on what's ahead.

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Mark Stock
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