If you tend to drink the same kind of coffee day in and day out and want to liven it up a bit, a coffee syrup is an excellent way to do that. You can make it at home, but if you’d like to buy syrup, you’re in luck! There are all kinds of flavors available, and they’re suitable for everything from putting a splash of flavor in a cup of black coffee to adding a new layer to the taste of a carefully crafted latte.
We took a look at some of the syrups you might run across and wrote reviews to give you a better idea of what they have to offer. We also included a quick buyer’s guide at the end so you can make an informed choice. Keep reading for our list of the best coffee syrups!
Comparison Table (Last updated in 2022)
|Best Overall||Torani 4x Set||
|Best Sugar-Free||Jordan’s Caramel Pecan||
|Best Organic||Monin Vanilla||
|DaVinci Hawaiian Salted Caramel||
|Upouria French Vanilla & Caramel||
The 10 Best Coffee Syrups
1. Torani 4x Coffee Syrup Set – Best Overall
Vanilla and hazelnuts pair well with the robust flavors of dark roast coffees, and some of the best vanilla and hazelnut syrups available are in this four-pack from Torani. When you add caramel and French vanilla, this package includes all the best Torani coffee syrups.
Torani’s reputation for outstanding coffee syrups is well deserved. The all-natural ingredients the company uses give these outstanding flavors. There isn’t a dud among them. When you break the price down to cost per ounce, it’s also an excellent value.
The one thing we didn’t like is that it’s a big upfront investment. Not in terms of money, but commitment. This is four bottles of coffee flavoring. If you buy this, plan to flavor a lot of coffee to make sure you get your money’s worth.
The bottom line? This is our favorite coffee syrup available right now. Enjoy it!
2. Jordan’s Caramel Pecan Coffee Syrup – Best Sugar-Free
Jordan’s Skinny Syrups Caramel Pecan is one of the top sugar-free syrups for lattes and other types of coffee. The flavors of caramel and pecan go well together, and they also complement the frothy complexity of a latte.
The most attractive thing about this syrup is that it’s a healthy alternative to sugary sweeteners. It’s also Atkins- and Keto-friendly, and even kosher. While you’re probably not going to buy a syrup based purely on price, at what it costs for the size of the bottle, it’s also a really good value.
That comes with a cost, however. While it tastes great, like a salt alternative that doesn’t taste quite the same as salt, the flavor of this one is just off a little bit.
3. Monin Vanilla – Best Organic
Vanilla is among the most versatile flavors. It pairs well with robust dark blends, and it also goes well in complex chai lattes. Monin is among the best makers of syrup, and its Organic Vanilla is our pick for best organic option.
Using all-natural ingredients gives it a natural taste. With some sweeteners, the artificial ingredients come through in the finished product and you can taste them.
There are two things we didn’t much care for. The first is that once it’s open, you have about a month to use it up before it goes bad. If you’re an occasional user, that might mean wasting money. The second is that you need to use a lot of it to get the flavor right. If you’re only an occasional user, that means you might still be able to use it up before it goes bad. If you use it frequently, however, you’ll run out of it frequently.
4. DaVinci Hawaiian Salted Caramel Coffee Syrup
DaVinci’s Hawaiian Salted Caramel mixes a little savory into its sweetness in this all-natural ingredient coffee syrup. Those natural ingredients help prevent any of the “off” aftertastes of syrups made from artificial ingredients.
One thing we like is that it mixes well into cold drinks. Some syrups have trouble doing that, leaving most of what you put into your glass as sludge on the bottom. This one blends perfectly to give your morning cup of cold brew just a whiff of the exotic.
The salted caramel flavor is a bit weaker than our top coffee syrup choices, and we could see where some people might not be able to detect the actual caramel flavor unless you dump half the bottle in. Also, while the bottle itself is pretty reasonably priced, the per-ounce price is a bit more than the other syrups we’ve looked at.
5. Upouria French Vanilla & Caramel
A two-pack with one bottle of each popular flavor, Upouria’s French Vanilla & Caramel Flavored Syrup combination is great for anyone who likes lattes, cappuccinos, or any other drink in that category.
In a health-conscious world, these are vegan and gluten-free and made from all-natural sweeteners. One thing you’ll also like is that they come with pumps for each bottle for easy application to your drink. A couple of pumps and your drink takes on another layer of flavor complexity.
They’re also a little on the watery side. It’s less like adding syrup and more like adding flavored water. The bottles are also pretty big. If you buy these, you should go in knowing that you’re getting quite a bit of coffee flavoring.
6. Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
A little splash of cinnamon is probably a seasonal thing, more tied to cooler weather than some of the other coffee syrups we’ve looked at that have year-round appeal. So, it’s good that Starbucks gave its Cinnamon Dolce Syrup a long shelf life. That way, when you spend the money for it, you won’t feel rushed to use it all up.
It does impart a nice sweet flavor to whatever you put it in. It’s a bit different than other syrups, but we’re not sure whether most people would consider it real cinnamon flavor. We’d call it “cinnamon-y.”
It’s also pretty expensive. You’re paying for the brand name.
7. Amoretti Peppermint Coffee Syrup
A little splash of peppermint right around the holidays can turn a basic cup of coffee into something more festive without having to spend a lot of money on overpriced heavy creamers. That’s why we like Amoretti’s Premium peppermint syrup. It’s a bottle of holiday cheer.
We also like the flavor. It’s solidly peppermint, so you’re getting what you pay for.
It’s also pretty expensive, and most people won’t want to put peppermint in their drinks throughout the year. That means that if you’ve got stuff competing for counter space, you’ll probably want to find a place to store it or get something with more year-round appeal.
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8. D’arbo Syrup (Elderflower)
We find the Elderflower syrup from D’arbo interesting. It’s not like anything we’re used to flavoring our coffee drinks with. If you’re really into experimenting, it’s not prohibitively expensive.
That said, it is expensive compared to other syrups. For something that will require some experience to get the most out of, that might be too much for normal users for whom it’ll be a little too exotic.
We also found ourselves overwhelmed a bit by its lemon flavor. That might work in coffees from the lightest roasts, but anything more and it’ll probably result in a cup of coffee thrown down the drain.
9. Autocrat Coffee Syrup
In an age where people prefer simple ingredients, Autocrat’s Coffee Syrup is a throwback to a time when people didn’t much care. We won’t wade into the arguments about what is fashionable. We’ll just share what’s in the product.
It’s made largely from high fructose corn syrup, not from cane sugar like most of the pricier syrups we looked at. We won’t debate the merits of the two, but we will say that this one is just too sweet. Plan to either use only a little of it, use it to cut a bitter iced coffee or cut it with alcohol like rum. We are also put off by the packaging, which frightens us a little (we don’t know why).
The one thing in its favor is that it’s one of the most affordable syrups. It’s less than half the per-ounce price of most of the all-natural products we’ve looked at.
10. Ghirardelli Syrup Squeeze Bottle Set
What happened so that Ghirardelli’s Squeeze Bottles of caramel, chocolate, and white chocolate rounded out our reviews at the bottom? It wasn’t the flavor. All three have pretty good flavor.
It wasn’t the price. Despite being a well-known brand name, they came in at pretty affordable in per-ounce pricing.
It was the shelf life. Once you order these and open them, you’ve got a very narrow time to use them up before they expire, as in a few weeks. That sets you up for a race in how to use as much of this in as short a time as possible, versus the looming deadline by which you need to toss it all in the garbage.
Buyer’s Guide: How to Find the Best Coffee Syrup
Choosing the perfect coffee syrup is all about your personal preferences. It starts with a pretty simple decision: What tastes good to you? You probably want your coffee to taste as good as possible, so buying a syrup that looks good on paper but doesn’t work for your taste buds isn’t going to do you any good.
Finding a flavor you like can either be your destination, or it can be the launching point for an adventure trying out different kinds of syrups and ingredients. You might always go back to your one true love, but at different times and in different moods, something else might be perfect.
What is coffee syrup, anyway?
Coffee syrup is pretty simple: a sweet syrup that adds flavor to your coffee. It might be flavored with vanilla, caramel, mint, or any other flavoring you can think of. And though coffee syrup is always sweet, some varieties are sugar-free and made with alternatives like stevia.
What kind of coffee do you drink?
So what kind of coffee syrup is the best? One big thing to consider is what kind of coffee you’ll be mixing it into. Do you usually buy strong, dark coffee or complex light roast beans? Some syrups will go better with your favorite kind of coffee than others. If you’re a dark roast drinker, rich flavors like caramel, hazelnut, or chocolate will probably complement your coffee best. But if you drink lighter roasts, you may want to try an unusual option like D’arbo’s elderflower syrup. If you’re a fan of homemade frappuccinos, lattes, or mochas, you may want to stick to a classic like salted caramel. When in doubt, we’d recommend buying a couple of different options and taste testing them. Your taste buds will make the decision for you!
Do you read ingredient lists?
Although many of us do our shopping without ever reading the ingredient lists on the sides of bottles, you may be paying attention to specific ingredients for the sake of your diet or health. For something like coffee syrup, you may want to think about whether you want to consume real sugar or find a sugar-free option. This is a sweet product, so the amount of sugar may be useful to know! Do you prefer all-natural syrups, or are you fine with artificial ingredients? Does high-fructose corn syrup bother you? Answering these questions can help you narrow the field of syrups.
Are your drinks hot or cold?
Do you drink cups of hot coffee, or do you prefer cold brew or iced coffee? Depending on the ingredients in your chosen syrup, you may have an easier or harder time mixing your drink. Most syrups dissolve more easily at higher temperatures, so if you like hot drinks, solubility probably isn’t a big issue. If you prefer cold coffee drinks, however, you’ll need to find a syrup that dissolves at lower temperatures. You’ll also want to make sure the syrup you buy doesn’t curdle milk or cream — if you use it. While you might like the taste of a specific syrup, your coffee drink is an experience that involves more than just flavored coffee.
The other side to this is that a syrup that dissolves in a wider range of temperatures and mixes well with lots of different ingredients is more versatile. Some syrups have expiration dates, and you’ll want to use all yours up so you don’t waste money.
How much are you willing to pay?
When it comes to purchasing anything, price usually matters. Coffee syrup alone is unlikely to break the bank, but if you’re cutting back expenses across the board, it’s certainly something to look at. You can find very inexpensive syrups for sale — as long as you don’t mind a little artificial flavoring or less attractive packaging. Or you can opt to spend a bit more in exchange for all-natural ingredients or more high-end flavors. It’s up to you! There’s a delicious coffee syrup out there to suit any budget.
In our reviews, we gave Torani’s 4-Pack of caramel, vanilla, French vanilla, and hazelnut our top pick because the flavors are wonderful. While it’s a big commitment to make at the time of purchase, it’s also a versatile assortment. Jordan’s Skinny Syrups Caramel Pecan is a great choice that goes well in lattes, but because it’s sugar-free, it might taste a little off. Monin’s Organic Vanilla was our top choice for organic coffee syrups. In addition to being organic, it’s also versatile, but it goes bad pretty quickly.
We hope that our reviews and buying tips help you find delicious coffee syrup for your tastebuds. Whether you’re looking for caramel, peppermint, or chocolate flavors, there are plenty of great syrups to choose from. Enjoy your flavored coffee!
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Table of Contents
- Comparison Table (Last updated in 2022)
- The 10 Best Coffee Syrups
- 1. Torani 4x Coffee Syrup Set – Best Overall
- 2. Jordan’s Caramel Pecan Coffee Syrup – Best Sugar-Free
- 3. Monin Vanilla – Best Organic
- 4. DaVinci Hawaiian Salted Caramel Coffee Syrup
- 5. Upouria French Vanilla & Caramel
- 6. Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
- 7. Amoretti Peppermint Coffee Syrup
- 8. D’arbo Syrup (Elderflower)
- 9. Autocrat Coffee Syrup
- 10. Ghirardelli Syrup Squeeze Bottle Set
- Buyer’s Guide: How to Find the Best Coffee Syrup
- Final Verdict: