Best Coffee Subscription Boxes In 2019

A coffee subscription box can be a great way to explore new flavors and blends. You can try flavors from around the world without even having to leave your house. The frequent shipments can also ensure that you’ll never run low on coffee (yikes!). Even better, you don’t have to drive to the store to pick up a bag -- it’ll come right to your door! Subscription boxes can also make a great birthday gift for a fellow coffee connoisseur in your life. Sign me up!

If you spend any time on the internet, you probably know that subscription boxes are the latest trend.

From food to makeup to vinyl records, you can pretty much get anything you can imagine in a subscription box. It’s no wonder that subscription services are growing in popularity.

Besides the joy of getting a present in the mail every month, these subscription boxes curate items that you normally may not have purchased for yourself. They’re also a great way for you to expand your horizons (and your palate).

For us coffee lovers, there are a multitude of subscription services for coffee.

How do I choose what is good for me?

The great thing about having so many options is that you can find a box that is perfect for you. Overall, it’s going to boil down to your personal preferences and taste.

Here are some questions to keep in mind as you peruse what services are out there:

  • Do you like surprises? If so, you may want to choose a service that offers a different coffee every month or week so you can experiment with different flavors. If you were never one for surprises, you may want to consider a service that gives you more autonomy in picking what you want.
  • What kind of coffee are you looking for? There are many different options, from organic to single-origin to blends to whole bean or ground. Some coffee lovers prefer getting whole beans so they can grind the beans themselves, while some of us would prefer to skip that step. If you have strong feelings for one over the other, you may want to choose the subscription based on this. (Don’t have a grinder but fell in love with a subscription service that only sells whole beans? Or maybe you want to switch to whole beans to keep your coffee fresher? You might want to consider buying a grinder. Here is a guide of our best manual grinders.)
  • How much coffee do I want a month? Is the box going to complement your existing coffee stockpile or replace it completely? If the former, you may want to consider a service that sends samples or small bags. If the latter, some services offer full-sized bags. Frequency of shipments is also important to consider so you don’t end up with too much or too little coffee. (Accidentally order too much coffee? Here are some tips for keeping your coffee beans fresher longer.)
  • How much am I willing to spend? We know that a coffee addiction can be an expensive one, but it is possible to keep it within a reasonable budget. Where your box will be shipping from or the quality of the beans are some of the factors that can affect the price you would pay per box.

We put together a list of our favorite coffee subscription services. Hopefully after reading this list, you’ll be getting coffee delivered to your door in no time.

Best Coffee Box Subscriptions in 2019

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Drift Away Coffee Logo

“Farmer Feedback” Program allows customers to send feedback directly to the farmers

Bean Box Logo

or ground

Selected from small batch roasters in Seattle and Portland

Mistobox Logo

Beans are roasted at 50+ artisan coffee roasters around the U.S.

Crema Co Logo

Crema makes a donation to Food4Farmers for each bag of coffee purchased.

Counter Culture Logo

Blends will be same order every time unless changed by customer

Java Presse Logo

Portion of proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Atlas Coffee Club Logo

or ground

Postcard, brewing guide and flavor notes included with each shipment

Angels' Cup Logo

or ground

Free app that lets you track the coffee you’ve tried

Blue Bottle Coffee Logo

Offer welcome packet that includes filters, dripper, tote and exclusive content

Brothers Coffee Logo

For every subscription, Brothers donates $1 to Grounds for Health, a nonprofit aimed at reducing cervical cancer in developing countries.

Sensploration Coffee Logo

There's something special about each subscription

Driftaway Coffee 2

Driftaway Coffee has become one of the most popular coffee subscription services, and for good reason. Driftaway brings coffee from around the world to your front door. Each bag is labeled with a vintage-styled baggage tags with the country of origin. Every shipment contains the story of your coffee, so you learn about where your coffee is from. Your first shipment contains four 2 oz. bags and Driftaway will customize your future shipments based on your favorites.

FEATURES
  • Single-origin beans directly from farmers
  • Whole beans only
  • 5 cents for every pound of coffee is donated to World Coffee Research
  • Ships within 6 hours of roasting for peak freshness
  • Highly customizable
  • Can choose frequency - weekly, every two weeks, or monthly
  • First month sampler is ideal for people who are unsure of their preferred coffee type
  • “Farmer Feedback” Program allows customers to send feedback directly to the farmers
Bean Box Coffee

The brainchild of two Seattle-based software engineers, Bean Box has generated a lot of buzz since its launch in 2014. Bean Box offers a ‘Gourmet Sampler’ that comes with four handpicked gourmet coffees from some of Seattle and Portland’s finest roasters. Each box also comes with a profile of the roaster, tasting notes, and even a brew guide with tips on how to best enjoy your various roasts.

Bean Box also get high marks for excellent customer service. You can skip months, change up your coffee preferences, and cancel your subscription at any time (without penalty!).

FEATURES
  • Selected from small batch roasters in Seattle and Portland
  • Handpicked for quality
  • Large variety of both single origin and blends
  • Freedom for the customer to adjust their subscription to their liking
Mistobox Coffee Subscription

Mistobox has been a staple in the coffee subscription field since its Shark Tank debut back in 2011. Mistobox provides a customizable experience for all different types of coffee lovers -- from connoisseurs with discerning taste buds to those who depend on an average cup of joe every morning. Before you subscribe, the customer can take a quiz so every box is customized to his or her preferences. After that, sit back and let the coffee come to you.

FEATURES
  • Espresso, single-origin, and blends available
  • Whole beans only
  • Beans are roasted at 50+ artisan coffee roasters around the U.S.
  • Customizable quiz to curate preferences
  • Can choose a specific coffee or have Mistobox choose
  • Four options of frequency - every 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks
Crema Co Coffee

If you are a discerning coffee enthusiast who knows exactly what you want or a newbie who just wants to specifically curate what new flavors to try, Crema may be the right subscription box for you. Crema allows the customer to choose new bags of coffee from around the world by adding to their “coffee playlist.” Customers can add bags based on flavor, roast, or country of origin. Also, Crema is committed to coffee sustainability through directly working with the farms where the coffee beans are grown.

FEATURES
  • Single-origin and direct trade beans
  • Whole bean only
  • Learn the backstory where coffee is grown before purchasing
  • Highly customizable “coffee playlist.”
  • Crema makes a donation to Food4Farmers for each bag of coffee purchased.
  • Coffee is roasted to order through micro-roasters in U.S.
  • Choose your own frequency.
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Counter Culture was founded in North Carolina in 1995 specializing in organic, single-origin coffees. Today, they address issues such as food security and sustainability in coffee communities. You can choose from one to eight bags per shipment, a variety of blends, and single-origin coffees.

FEATURES
  • Variety of flavor profiles available to choose from
  • Whole beans only
  • Single-origin roasts are curated and chosen by Counter Culture based on availability and season. Blends will be same order every time unless changed by customer.
  • Coffee is roasted to order.
  • Four options of frequency - every 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks.
Java Presse Coffee Subscription

When you subscribe to Javapresse, you aren’t just getting a subscription service. Instead, you are joining a “coffee club.” In addition to getting a selection of freshly roasted coffee beans, a member also gets a 24/7 coffee concierge, a loyalty program, and access to coffee-related guides, videos, content, and resources. Javapresse has some unique perks that differentiates it from other coffee subscriptions.

FEATURES
  • Coffee is shipped within two hours of roasting.
  • Whole beans only
  • Javapresse chooses the coffee to send to you each month.
  • Portion of proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • Members of the coffee club get access to a 24/7 coffee concierge, a loyalty program and other “members-only” resources.
  • Javapresse works with sustainability-minded farmers.
  • No added oils to beans
  • Four options of frequency - every 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks
Atlas Coffee Club

Atlas brings coffee from around the world to your front door with every shipment. In a shipment, you can expect to find a bag of freshly roasted coffee with designs from the local culture, a postcard from the coffee’s country of origin, a brewing guide, and flavor notes. You’ll become a “coffee world traveler” in no time!

FEATURES
  • Whole bean or ground
  • Postcard, brewing guide and flavor notes included with each shipment
  • Atlas sends coffee based on your roast preferences and country of the month.
  • All coffee is produced with sustainable farming practices.
  • Roasted to order
  • Rewards program where you can redeem points for free shipping and store credit
  • Customizable quiz at beginning of subscription
  • No added flavors
  • Two options of frequency - every 2 or 4 weeks
Angels' Cup

Angels' Cup is ideal for adventurous coffee drinkers who love the element of surprise. With over 200 coffees to try, Angels' Cup sends you a new flavor with every shipment. The coffee bags are nondescript so you can test out the coffee without bias. Angels' Cup even offers an app so you can track your preferences and compare flavor notes.

FEATURES
  • Whole bean, fine ground or coarse ground
  • Nondescript bags let you blind test the coffee
  • Free app that lets you track the coffee you’ve tried
  • Three options of frequency - weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly
  • Two tasting plans: four 32g samples or four 2.75 oz. samples. One whole bag plan (not blind tasting)
Blue Bottle Coffee

Blue Bottle is committed to variety and quality. There are 11 different subscription packages. So whether you want single-origin coffee, espresso or decaf, there is a unique subscription for you. Blue Bottle also offers a welcome kit that includes everything you would need to brew the perfect cup of coffee.

FEATURES
  • Coffee sourced by hand
  • Whole beans only
  • Roasted within 48 hours of shipping
  • 11 different subscription packages of various blends, single origins, and espressos
  • Highly customizable quiz at beginning of subscription
  • Offer welcome packet that includes filters, dripper, tote and exclusive content
  • Customizable frequency
Brothers Coffee Subscription

Started by two brothers in Vermont, Brothers Coffee works with roasters that are committed to solving a lot of the issues the coffee industry face from impoverished farmers to environmental disruption. If you subscribe to Brothers Coffee, you can expect a quality bag of coffee from a different roaster every month.

FEATURES
  • Ethically sourced coffee
  • Whole beans only
  • For every subscription, Brothers donates $1 to Grounds for Health, a nonprofit aimed at reducing cervical cancer in developing countries.
  • Brothers Coffee chooses what coffee to send based on your roast preferences.
  • Coffee is shipped beginning of every month
  • Plans start at $18 (12 oz.), $34 (24 oz.) and $45 (36 oz.)
Sensploration Coffee Subscription

When you receive a Sensploration box, you get more than just a bag of coffee. Each box is beautifully wrapped like a present where you will receive two different roasts of coffee and a small treat to enjoy.

FEATURES
  • Whole bean only
  • Each box includes two 5 oz. bags of freshly roasted coffee and one artisan item (honey, chocolate, candles, pastries, etc.)
  • Boxes shipped once a month
  • Coffee roasted 24-48 hours prior to shipment
  • Boxes are $30/month

In Conclusion

With so many amazing options out there, what you finally choose will boil down to your preferences.

If you want to be surprised every month, Angels' Cup, Javapresse, or Sensploration could be the one for you.

If you want to know exactly what you’re getting, Crema, Counter Culture, or Blue Bottle might be a good fit.


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