You can have just about anything sent to your door on a reoccurring schedule these days, but no auto-delivery makes more sense than coffee. The benefits of joining a coffee subscription or coffee-of-the-month club are obvious -- at least to me. For one, you'll never have to go without. If you know how much coffee your household consumes every month you can coordinate your coffee bean deliveries so you're always looking at it and never looking for it. Coffee clubs and subscription also open up a vast world of specialty roasters from every corner of the coffee-producing world. If you feel limited by or are a bit bored with the coffee selection at your local market, the right coffee subscription will expand your roaster roster -- sometimes by 50-fold or more.
There are many coffee delivery services to choose from in 2021, so finding the best coffee subscription or coffee-of-the-month club takes a little comparison shopping and we're here to make that easier. Different coffee subscriptions have carved out their niche in the category, whether that means delivering really (really) good and rare coffee beans from small roasters, a fun theme or charitable element or an emphasis on ethical, fair-trade coffee. But the best coffee subscription for you is the one that delivers the beans you love most with the least hassle and also fits within your budget.
Maybe you're a coffee creature of habit and like to have the same -- or similar -- coffee beans sent to you monthly. Or perhaps you're a more adventurous coffee drinker looking try as many new styles, blends and roasts as possible. The good news is all of these online coffee delivery outfits let you join without long-term commitments or complicated contracts. Many also have flexible plans or allow you to make one-time purchases if you have a subscription phobia. (I blame those CD clubs from the '90s.)
And if you need a no-brainer gift for a coffee lover, this is totally the thing to get. Remember, caffeine stimulates dopamine, which is one of the main chemicals the brain and body use to feel pleasure. So yeah, being responsible for good coffee showing up to a java-loving friend or family member's doors is likely to land you in their good graces.
Besides gaining access to quality, new and interesting coffee beans, a coffee subscription decreases your likelihood of ever running out, which may the best reason of all to join one. Once you're getting freshly roasted coffee delivered to your home every week or month, the risk of a dreaded decaffeinated morning starts to dwindle down to zero. We've all been there and it's not fun.
Whether it's a gift for yourself, a coffee-loving Dad onor a soon-to-be grad, read on to learn more about the most popular coffee subscriptions available in 2021. We've tested several but not all of these services and made note of the ones we did. As we continue to try more coffee clubs, we'll update this list with the things we liked and those we didn't.
Some folks can be particular about their coffee beans and Mistobox understands that. Celebrates it, even. When you join this slick coffee subscription club, it'll take you through a tasting quiz to hone in on exactly what types of coffee you like. You'll answer questions about the preferred roast level and intensity, blends versus single-origin and more. MistoBox even wants to know how you take your coffee -- black, with cream or espresso-style. From there it'll pull from a roster of over 50 roasters and get the best beans in your hands monthly. The service will then use an algorithm based on what you liked and didn't like to keep the coffee you do like -- and similar roasts -- rolling in.
With shipping ($5 per order) a 12-ounce bag of beans will run you in the neighborhood of $15 a bag but you can save a little by paying up front for a longer subscription. I tried this subscription and found it had one of the most impressive rosters of producers including cult favorites such as Methodical, Bixby Brothers and Ritual.
If supporting women-owned businesses and drinking good coffee are both important to you, Bean & Bean is the best option for a coffee subscription. This NYC-based roaster sends some of the best organic, fair trade coffee from various regions around the world to you in signature bright purple packaging. Many of the service's producers are female-owned and you can use a filter to narrow your search to include only those.
The subscription process starts off with a quick questionnaire in which you can select a specific roast or you can choose to have Bean & Bean send a variety of female-powered coffees each month. They'll even grind the beans to the exact consistency you want -- or they can send whole beans. I tried the organic Peru Las Damas (chocolate lemon and orange notes) and a female-owned Santa Felisha Purple Gesha honey coffee from Guatemala and both were fresh-tasting, complex and flavorful.
This is one of the pricier services and breaks down to about $19 a bag (inclusive of shipping). But considering it's mostly organic and fair-trade coffee that supports female-owned businesses and the coffee is all roasted and ground to order, I think it's worth the extra few bucks a month. Bean & Bean also has an online marketplace with other products like tea, matcha, instant coffee, honey coffee and more.
Atlas Coffee Club delivers single origin craft coffee from one of 50-plus countries of independent coffee roasters where amazing coffee is produced. Not only is the coffee high quality -- I got two incredible roasts from Peru - but every coffee subscription box delivery comes with a postcard featuring its country of origin, as well as a message with tasting notes and some brewing tips. It's a feature I loved and makes the subscription service giftable too.
A full bag of coffee costs $14, and a sample shipping cost is $4.95 (to Chicago, for example), making this specialty coffee subscription a bit pricier. But it's a fun and delicious way to try different coffees with variety and freshness from around the globe.
With a slick website and fun marketing copy this is the cool kid coffee club, to be certain. The good news is that Trade has some great beans too. If you love traveling around the US, and always check out the local coffee scene when you do, a Trade coffee subscription box is a good one for you. They've got all the best coffee roasters from across the country, like Gimme! from the East Coast, Sightglass from the West Coast, Intelligentsia from the third coast and even more artisan coffee roasters.
As far as types of coffee subscription options go, you can get two 12-ounce bags of classic blends for $25 total per delivery ($12.50 a bag), or a single amazing coffee bag from one of 400 roasters for between $15 and $22 per delivery (shipping included for both options). Trade takes you through a few coffee onboarding questions to suss out your preferred coffee lover roasts, and if you need freshly ground coffee, it even lets you select your usual brew method for the perfect grind size. You can also sign up for a personalized cold brew subscription.
"Every pound saves a hound," is the slogan of Grounds and Hounds coffee company, which donates 20% of all profits to dog rescue organizations. With blends like Morning Walk, Paper & Slippers and even a decaf roast called Hush Puppy, this is the perfect subscription for dog lovers. The coffee I had when I tried Ground and Hounds was fresh, smooth and mild. A great roast to please a wide range of coffee drinkers across the spectrum. You won't find as many niche roasters with this service but what it does send is high-quality and consistently good.
You can join the Grounds and Hounds Coffee Club with a subscription starting at $14 a bag and $2 per shipment. It's the ideal way to keep a steady supply of coffee at the ready for those post-walk mornings in front of the fireplace, with your best buddy snoozing at your feet.
Jot is a simple concept but one that works well for all you iced coffee drinkers. It's quality cold brew concentrate delivered at a frequency of your choosing. From there you just add water and your favorite milk or nut milk (or nothing) and enjoy. The coffee actually tastes pretty good and you have total control over the strength. Honestly, sometimes all you want is a quick and easy cold brew and it don't get much easier than this.
As a bonus, Jot comes in these chic little apothecary bottles that make a very satisfying glug when you pour them. A 6.8-ounce bottle makes 14 cups and will run you $20 a month but Jot will send the first bottle for 50% off. So give it a whirl if you love cold brew but don't love paying $5 a cup at the coffee shop.
Completely worker-owned and established with the goal of building strong relationships with the coffee farmers from which they source their beans, Just Coffee Cooperative independent coffee roasters is a great option for those wanting a more sustainable coffee subscription. Shipping is included, and so when you select a 12-month monthly coffee subscription box, you get two 12-ounce bags each month for $26.
Crema.co puts a fun spin on coffee subscriptions by allowing you to set up your coffee "playlist." Peruse their list of coffee types or get started with a little guidance based on craft coffee roasts, types of coffee, and flavor notes. As you select coffees, they are added to your playlist to be delivered one at a time at your chosen frequency, with the option to pause deliveries at any time. Bags of roasted and blended coffee range from $15 to $19, and shipping is free. You can also send a flight of three 4-ounce bags for as little as $19.50. Just make sure you have a coffee grinder, as these bags are whole bean only.
Passion House embodies what we mean by really, really good beans. Go with the Roaster's Choice subscription for a different pick of coffee "genre" with each delivery, or keep it blend-free with the Roaster's Choice Single Origin coffee subscription. Whether you pick weekly, bi-weekly or monthly coffee box delivery, you're paying $17 per 12-ounce bag for freshly roasted coffee, plus a one-time shipping fee that averages out to be less than a dollar a bag (a single charge of $7.25). For delicious coffee made from beans this flavorful and aromatic, that is money well-spent.
Bean Box highlights renowned Seattle roasters and has two subscription options. The Coffee of the Month Club brings you 12 ounces of freshly roasted, hand-picked whole bean coffee (you choose the roast, or leave it open to all possibilities: light roast, medium, dark, espresso or decaf) with tasting notes and tips for freshly brewing roasted coffee to perfection, plus a sample of artisanal chocolate to enjoy with your joe. Plans start at a very affordable $69 for three months. Or if you like more variety of coffee, the Bean Box coffee sampler includes four 1.8 ounce bags of coffee in whole bean or ground format; again, you can pick your roast preference. You'll get a caramel with this option, which starts at $24 for one month. In any case, shipping is included and you can pause or skip deliveries at any time if need be.
If you don't have time to wait for drip coffee or pour-over, or if you want to ensure you have better quality coffee with you at all times (whether at work, on the road or even camping) you're in luck, because instant coffee has come a long way. Sudden Coffee is a subscription service that specializes in high-quality, single-origin coffee beans that are freeze-dried in small batches and shipped in recyclable, single-serving test tubes, so you can take them with you anywhere you go. Just add hot water (or cold if you want iced brew) and you have a shockingly great cup of amazing coffee. Deliveries come every month but you can adjust your frequency, and you receive a new variety of coffee blend each quarter (but can choose either light or dark roast). The price varies depending on how many servings you want and how frequently, but start at $20 for an 8-cup pack every month.