The best coffee liqueur to serve after dinner
If you like your booze to come with an extra kick, coffee-flavoured liqueurs, often made with tequila or other spirits, are the way to go. Here are 10 of the best bottles for caffeine lovers.
Coffee liqueurs are diverse, and balance sophistication with decadence. While liqueurs themselves are usually sweet spirits drunk after meals, coffee-flavoured liqueurs act as both a dessert and digestif.
Coffee liqueurs combine the best of both worlds (and save you the cost of ordering both coffee and a digestif). These bittersweet tipples are the perfect way to round off any hearty meal, satisfying your sweet tooth and calming your stomach.
Here are the best coffee liqueurs on the market – they're sure to please guests and keep them going after dinner. For more, visit our review section to find over 200 buyer's guides, including taste tests of gin, whisky, vodka, rum, brandy and more.
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The best coffee liqueurs at a glance
- Best for strong coffee flavour: Mr Black cold brew coffee liqueur, £23
- Best London-based coffee liqueur: Cold & Blac coffee liqueur, £29.95
- Best tequila-based coffee liqueur: Cazcabel coffee tequila, £21.39
- Best intense coffee liqueur: Manly Spirits Co. BlackFin cold brew coffee liqueur, £32.95
- Best high ABV coffee liqueur: Sierra Milenario cafe tequila, £31.99
- Best classic coffee liqueur: Kahlua, £15.95
- Best after dinner coffee liqueur: Bepi Tosolini Expré espresso coffee liqueur, £28.45
The best coffee liqueurs to buy 2023
Mr. Black cold brew coffee liqueur
Best for strong coffee flavour
This Aussie offering is made with Australian grain spirit and a trio of coffee bean varieties from around the world. Deep black in colour, this digestif demands respect, and its complex bitter notes range from strong espresso to comforting chocolate. It's a benchmark for coffee liqueurs.
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Cold & Blac coffee liqueur
Best London-based coffee liqueur
Fresh out of ultra-hip Dalston is London’s first coffee liqueur, from Cold & Blac. Photographer and mixologist Tem Mellese launched this finely balanced botanical brew that matches fresh coffee with caramel and chocolate. It's a refreshingly sweet tipple that will keep you chatting into the small hours. Enjoy with tonic to fully experience all this complex concoction has to offer.
Cazcabel coffee tequila
Best tequila-based coffee liqueur
Hailing from the Jalisco mountains of Mexico, this liqueur blends coffee with Cazacabel's tequila blanco. It's the perfect marriage of sharp tequila and bitter coffee, which combine for a rounded spirit that fits perfectly into a black coffee. It makes a fun base for eccentric cocktails – this is one of the best coffee liqueurs for an espresso martini.
Manly Spirits Co. BlackFin cold brew coffee liqueur
Best intense coffee liqueur
Born of the world-famous Manly Beach waves, this Australian tipple is rewarding, but not for the faint of heart. Bold, bitter flavours mingle with a welcome, redeeming sweetness to produce a rounded and layered liqueur. Coffee beans are brought in from Brazil, India, and Indonesia to formulate the blend used in BlackFin, which was meticulously crafted to emphasise notes of caramel, chocolate and brown sugar.
Sierra Milenario café tequila
Best high ABV coffee liqueur
This bottle is a part of Sierra Milenario tequila’s premium range. Coming in at 35% ABV, this liqueur certainly packs a punch, but it is decadently moreish, drawing on notes of chocolate orange and refreshing vanilla.
Best classic coffee liqueur
This is one of the most ubiquitous coffee liqueurs on the market. A Mexican mashing of sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and coffee, this is an affordable, reliable and thoroughly satisfying tipple that can be enjoyed over ice or in a white russian.
Bepi Tosolini Expré espresso coffee liqueur
Best after dinner coffee liqueur
Bepi Tosolini is revered for its pioneering work with the traditional grappa spirit. This coffee liqueur blends grappa with carefully selected and traditionally roasted Arabica coffee beans to produce a sophisticated digestif that will appeal to the elders of the table. Demanding a refined palate, saccharine reprieves are forgone in order to give full attention to the bitter majesty of proper coffee beans.
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