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.
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:
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!
Whole Beans ...
Offers 400+ roasted-to-order craft coffees from the nation's top roasters
“Farmer Feedback” Program allows customers to send feedback directly to the farmers
Selected from small batch roasters in Seattle and Portland
Beans are roasted at 50+ artisan coffee roasters around the U.S.
Crema makes a donation to Food4Farmers for each bag of coffee purchased.
Blends will be same order every time unless changed by customer
Portion of proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Postcard, brewing guide and flavor notes included with each shipment
Free app that lets you track the coffee you’ve tried
Offer welcome packet that includes filters, dripper, tote and exclusive content
For every subscription, Brothers donates $1 to Grounds for Health, a nonprofit aimed at reducing cervical cancer in developing countries.
There's something special about each subscription
One of our absolute favorites on this list is Trade Coffee. Unlike some of the other coffee subscription services on this list, Trade Coffee takes a different approach. You sign-up for an account, select "get matched", fill out a brief survey indicating your coffee preferences, and then BAM -- they deliver right to your door.
The folks at Trade Coffee were kind enough to send us some sample bags, and we were very impressed with the selection. It should also be noted that Trade selects from over 400 different coffees, so the variety is endless. Additionally, the roast date appeared on every bag, so there was no doubt that they were sending me only the freshest coffee.
To date, Trade Coffee has helped over two million (!) coffee lovers find the coffee that's right for them, so we're confident that you'll be happy with the experience. They even created a special coupon for Coffee or Bust! readers. Simply enter code COFFEEORBUST for 30% Off + Never Pay Shipping (when starting your subscription). And to make the deal even sweeter, Trade Coffee offers a First Match Guarantee, which means that if you don't love your First Match, the second bag is on them.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.