Like any average American, I start my day with a strong cup of coffee and regret that I’m up before 10am. I even have a pour over so I can get all fancy about making my coffee. I buy from local coffee shops that make a killer brew…and then pour it directly into a Starbucks mug. Oh, the irony.
Best Gluten-Free Coffee
Is coffee gluten free? Regardless of any BS that you may read about coffee being “cross reactive,” plain coffee beans, ground into coffee is gluten free. This means plain black coffee, brewed by itself, is safe for those with celiac. Yes, coffee makes you poop – but it makes everyone poop, not just those of us with celiac disease. Coffee is gluten free.
However, a few rare flavored coffee may contain gluten thanks to barley malt. Barley malt is a cheap and delicious flavoring that might appear in flavored coffee varieties. Look for additional ingredients like added “natural or artificial flavors” on the label. If you can’t contact the manufacturer directly, avoid purchasing flavored coffee beans. However, as Gluten Free Living states, any flavoring added to the beans during roasting would probably be less than a detectable amount of gluten present.
My favorite coffees are from Stumptown coffee roasters out of Portland, OR. You can find this at many Whole Foods locations. If you’re looking for a quick buy online, purchase their infamous Holler Mountain blend on Amazon (affiliate link). If you’re in Portland, OR, don’t forget to pick up their Trailblazers blend!
Best Gluten-Free Flavored Coffee
Like I said, flavored coffee can be tricky. Some add flavors that you simply cannot tell the ingredients, when, and how much flavoring is added in the process. Look for brands that state directly that they are gluten free. One exciting brand that states that their coffee is gluten-free is Expedition Roasters. This Disney-themed coffee brand has some tasty flavor-packed blends – offered in an easy sampler pack before you fully commit.
Best Gluten-Free Instant Coffee
I’m an ambassador for Alpine Start, a company founded because people are sick of disgusting instant coffee. This is high-quality coffee, just in instant form. It’s 100% Colombian Arabica beans – that just require a cup and some hot water. That makes them perfect for camping and traveling! Never again be stuck with airport or hotel room coffee! Alpine start can be purchased on Amazon Prime using my affiliate link.
Best CBD Coffee
I recently had a chance to try Strava Craft Coffee*, beans infused with CBD. I’ve had many CBD cold brews, but this is the first sampling of beans that I would definitely buy again simply on taste. *Purchase these beans from my affiliate link on Amazon.
I try to enjoy my coffee black whenever I can, because it’s just better that way IMHO, but creamer is always my favorite pick to spice up my coffee (as putting Kahlua in coffee at 8am is generally frowned upon). As a celiac, we learn to read all labels for everything – and the same goes for what I put in my coffee.
There really shouldn’t be any gluten in your coffee creamer, but like we learned about flavored coffee, you just never know. A number of dairy-free coffee creamers tout their gluten-free status.
- Coffee-Mate is gluten free, according to Nestle
- International Delight is gluten free, according to their website
My sponsor Alpine Start coffee also makes dairy-free instant latte versions of their instant coffee I wrote about above. You can purchase a Dirty Chai Latte and a Coconut Creamer Latte in an instant easy-open sleeve. Just dump, add water, and stir! Buy these on Amazon prime (using my affiliate link)
If you’re looking to add a non-dairy creamer that packs more than just flavor, try Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer. This creamer contains beef collagen along with coconut milk to create a protein-packed morning in your cup of joe. Buy these on Amazon using my affiliate link.
I also love Laird Superfood Coffee Creamer – a paleo creamer with unique ingredients! They were a sponsor for one of our #GFBloggerRetreat. It’s a powdered creamer that’s dairy-free and vegan. It contains coconut milk powder, organic coconut sugar, Aquamin (red marine sea algae with lots of nutrients – don’t worry your coffee won’t taste like seaweed), and organic extra virgin coconut oil. I am hooked on it. Buy these on Amazon using my affiliate link.
Other dairy-free coffee creamers that are also gluten free:
- So Delicious Dairy Free coffee creamers are gluten free and vegan
- Silk soy-based dairy-free creamer
- Ripple half & half is gluten free and vegan
- Nutpods is gluten free and vegan (contains nuts)
- Califia Farms is gluten free and vegan
How do you have your morning java?