Coffee beans definitely fall into the category of “You get what you pay for.” One of the ways to ensure your beans are freshly roasted is by opting for the best coffee subscriptions out there.
Any coffee enthusiast would know that freshly roasted coffee beans are one of the most important factors (besides patience) when it comes to brewing coffee at home that rivals what your local coffee shop is doing. Your daily $6 cup of Joe might give you the serotonin boost you need to finish your day but receiving your beans only a few days after they come off the heat is next level.
Not only do you gradually get to discover which coffee beans and which roast your taste buds prefer with each subscription box, but you also get to be your own main character and be your own barista, instead of the barista being a supporting role in your life.
However, if you don’t trust your own coffee-making ways, subscription services can make amazing gifts for the lucky coffee lovers in your life who prefer not to leave their house to satisfy their caffeine cravings. Regardless of your reason, below we’ve rounded up the best coffee subscriptions that you should definitely try at least once.
This subscription is probably the most familiar, especially if you follow influencers in the food space or watch cooking YouTube. Trade is best known for introducing coffee from smaller boutique roasters throughout the U.S. to our cups. They offer more than 400 coffees and roast to order so they are delivered at peak freshness. You get started by taking a little quiz to narrow in on what you like drinking no matter how much or little knowledge you have about the topic. From there they recommend beans. Then all you have to do is figure out your order frequency, grind setting, and how many bags you’d like to receive. Trade is also one of the few subscriptions to offer decaf.
If you or the coffee lover in your life is looking to try beans from outside the U.S., Atlas is a subscription for single-origin beans from all over the world. They roast all their beans in Austin, TX, and then get to you ASAP. Atlas offers more of an exploratory experience where you are getting tasting notes and brewing tips along with your beans each month, and all you have to do is just decide how many beans you want, frequency, roast preference, and grind type.
For the coffee drinkers that are all about supporting and connecting with small farmers while learning about different beans, Driftaway is the perfect option. They start the coffee subscriptions with the coffee explorer kit, which has four single-origin coffees belonging to fruity, classic, balanced, and bold flavor profiles. From there, you report back on the ones you love so you can better discover beans you’ll enjoy in the future.
This subscription is not messing around: There are 590 coffees from 52 roasters to choose from. Like other subscriptions, you start out with a quiz to narrow down what you like and an expert will learn and select the coffee you’ll love. There are two tiers: basic and deluxe, with options for single-origin beans for those who really take their brew seriously. This one is also tech-friendly where you can ask Alexa to control your delivery schedule and reorder beans.
This early-stage startup based in Seattle is bringing smart to coffee. If subscriptions do not work for you because you always have too many or too few beans, this might be the answer. Like with the rest of these subscriptions, the startup process involves taking a quiz to designate your coffee preferences, but the unique offering here is setting up the included smart scale on your wifi. The idea is that you put the bag of beans (or your own airtight container) on this scale and your next order is automatically triggered when you are running out so you can ensure you always have the freshest roasted beans. They offer over 1000 products from roasters all around the country so you will never get bored.
If you are ready to really graduate into discovery territory and try beans that you for sure cannot pick up at your local market, this subscription gives you access to those rare micro-lots from all across the globe. The Coffee Tasting Subscription lets you discover four expertly-curated coffees every month with a tasting format that brews 4-6 cups per coffee for a total of 16-24 cups total each month. You just need to pick your preference from light to espresso to decaf, and if you want your beans whole or ground. Bean Box also offers a more traditional coffee-of-the-month option with those same curated beans, just in a bigger size.
For those who want to explore what is beyond Dunkin’ and Starbucks, but are feeling a little intimidated by all the options, Crema’s simple and playful preference quiz is great for newbies. There are also plenty of guides on the site that break down brewing methods and other words you hear like “single origin.” Crema is for the preexisting coffee lovers too will appreciate being able to select beans by brew methods, from Aeropress to coffee makers, to pour over to cold brew.
If you are looking to really spice up your morning routine, Angel’s Cup coffee subscriptions involve blind tasting as all the beans come in branded black bags. This allows you to really develop your tasting skills and get to know and love what you are drinking without any biases. Once you are done drinking, you file your notes and check on the app to see more details about the beans. They have three options: The Cupping Flight, All-Stars, and The Black Box ranging from variety to quality.
Being from California, Blue Bottle is one of the first roasters that really made me aware of the drink beyond a caramel macchiato from Starbucks. From the sleek build of their stores to the low acidity, perfectly smooth cups expertly brewed, Blue Bottle has always felt like they do it right, and their subscription services employ the same standards of excellence. They have a ten-question quiz that includes questions like “Which herbs and spices are you most drawn to?” and “Which kind of chocolate do you prefer?” to help pair you with coffees. They also offer a Welcome Kit Subscription that is perfect for someone looking to get into coffee. Included in the kit, you get a different 12 oz bag of fresh-roasted whole beans every other week for 3 months, a coffee dripper, filters, and a tote to tell everyone around you how much you love coffee.
If Blue Bottle is not your speed, and you already have a beloved coffee roaster you know and love, check out their website because most places offer subscription plans on their beans that save you money and make sure you are getting the freshest beans possible.
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