New year, new subscription boxes. It seems like new ones are popping up all the time, and while most of them end up being much of the same, occasionally a subscription box worth checking out does come along. On the menu today – coffee subscription boxes.
If you’re anything like us, you find few things more exciting than waking up with a hot cup of coffee. Or cooling down in the afternoon with a cold one. Maybe you like espresso and frothy cappuccino. It doesn’t really matter – coffee is delicious anyway you like it.
But if you’re a coffee connoisseur, you enjoy tasting new blends and roasts from all over the world. You probably ran out of choices at your local grocery store, and are looking for more – but don’t have time to spend tracking down and purchasing various blends all the time.
Enter coffee subscription boxes. These services take all the hassle and work out of exploring new coffees, by sourcing premium coffee roasts and blends from the most exotic corners of the world and shipping them straight to your door, for you to enjoy.
Like most subscription boxes, you select a flavor profile you like most, with the particular coffee roasts and foods you enjoy. They’ll then pair you with a new roast once a month; some boxes let you get them more or less often (depending on your budget and individual drinking habits).
Coffee subscriptions will usually come with some backstory on the roast, where it’s sourced from, and some tasting notes.
Sound like a deal? Grab a cup and read on. Here’s our roundup of the 8 Best Coffee Subscription Boxes of 2018.
When you sign up for Driftaway Coffee, they send you a tasting kit, consisting of four different 2-ounce bags, which you try out and pick your favorites from. They then match your future coffee boxes with that selection.
Every week, two weeks, or month, as you select, they’ll send you a personalized coffee roast that matches the ones you selected above – and it will be shipped within 6 hours of roasting, so it arrives on your doorstep as fresh as can be, and you can enjoy the flavor as it was meant. You’ll get tasting notes, and some backstory on the farmers who grew the coffee.
Driftaway Coffee also has a cool new feature –“Farmer feedback” program, which lets you send feedback directly to the farmers. And for every pound of coffee they ship, 5 cents are donated to long-term coffee sustainability research.
You can literally taste how fresh Driftaway Coffee is, and it’s definitely worth checking out if you value freshness in your roasts.
Cost: Either $13.71 for 11 ounces, or $18.86 for a pound, billed in 6-month increments. Pay every month, and the price goes up to $16 and $22, respectively.
Atlas Coffee Club prides itself on providing a world tour of coffee beans, sourced from the best growers all over the world. If you like Costa Rican Tarrazu, or Ethiopian Sidamo, Atlas Coffee Club has it.
While not quite as fresh as Driftway Coffee, Atlas Coffee Club also makes sure to ship their coffee within one week of roasting, so it never shows up stale. And they guarantee it; should it show up stale, they will replace that month’s coffee free of charge.
In each box, you will find a bag of delicious coffee, tasting notes, brewing recommendations, a postcard for the country from which the coffee hails.
Cost: $14 a month for one 12-ounce bag of coffee.
Crema is a cofree subscription box that is just a little bit different. When you sign up, you create a “Coffee Playlist,” which is a list of coffees you want to try. You can sort by origin, style, and roaster. Select a shipping frequency, and they’ll deliver it straight to your door.
All Crema’s coffees are sourced from well-known roasters, such as Onyx Coffee Lab, Mast Coffee Company, and Ritual Coffee in San Francisco. You can even read detailed backstories on each of the coffees they offer, as well as bios of the growers – making each cup a much more personal experience.
Crema also drop-ships the coffee directly from the roaster to your door, ensuring a fresh roast every time.
The only downside to this is, of course, that you have to put a little effort in; if you prefer to just have a new box shipped to you without ever knowing what’s coming, Crema may not be for you. Otherwise, their coffees are beyond excellent.
Cost: $16 and up. Choose from 1, 2, 3 or 4 coffees a month.
Coffee Crate is a North Carolina-based subscription service, that selects coffee from the best roasters throughout North Carolina and deliver it to your door every month. Local is the name of the game here, and if you like your coffee with a bit of Southern charm, Coffee Crate is the box (excuse us…crate) you’re looking for.
You can sign up in 1-month, 3-month, 6-month or 1-year increments, and every crate has 3 different roasts from 3 different North Carolina roasters to try out (4-ounces each). Tasting notes and a few special treats come in each box, too.
Cost: Starting at $23 a month, up to $29.
Citizen Bean’s mission is to send you the best coffee from the best roasters throughout the country – the closest thing to coffee celebrities. These names include Kevin Cuddeback of Gimme! Coffee and George Howell, who founded the legendary Coffee Connection. Citizen Bean was the first subscription box to include multiple roasters, and they are proud of that.
In addition to delicious roasts, they will also send you some gifts to enhance your coffee experience; the 12-month subscription includes a stainless steel Bodum French Press, a timer and a few other goodies. Pretty cool.
Cost: Citizen Bean starts at $79 for 3 months, and $259 for a year.
Nomad Coffee Club roasts all their own coffee, at their own facility in Los Angeles. Every month is a different bean, chosen to keep you on your toes, and you can choose from 1, 3, 6 and 12-month subscriptions. In each box, they’ll include tasting notes and information on exactly where the coffee was grown, and they pride themselves on full-transparency when it comes to sourcing their coffee; everything is sourced from sustainable sources. Origins you might get include Ethiopia, Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala.
Oh, and every bag is roasted to order, and then shipped within 48 hours.
Cost: $19 for one month, 3 months for $56, 6 months for $111 and 12 months for $217.
White Tale Coffee Sources their coffee from various artisan growers in different parts of the world, focusing on sustainable practices and high-quality roasts.
To get started, you choose from Light, Medium or Dark Roasts, and then 3 of your favorite general food flavors – sweet, roast, floral, nutty, to name a few. Decide between whole bean or ground, how often you would like it delivered – every week, every 2 weeks, or every month – and how frequently you’d like to pay. One of the more customizable coffee boxes out there.
Included in each box is a 12-ounce bag of coffee, tasting notes, and the history and profile of your coffee and where it was grown.
Cost: $20 per month, and you can pay monthly, or for 3, 6 or 12 months at a time.
One of the more well-known names in the coffee box game, Bean Box, like Coffee Crate, sends you a very particular kind of coffee – Seattle’s best brews. Seattle is known for its coffeehouse culture, and there’s a seemingly endless number of roasters in the city. The beans come from all over the world, of course, and you’ll never get tired of the various coffees they offer.
When you subscribe, you’ll get to choose your favorite style – light, medium, dark, espresso, medium-dark. You also get to choose how often you’d like it delivered and can skip months or cancel anytime. You’ll get a 12-ounce bag with all the notes you need.
Oh, and they’ll let you start with a free trial of 4 artisan coffees. Sounds like a deal to us.
Cost: $23 a month.