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From drip coffee makers to French presses to pour-overs, there are numerous ways to make a quality cup of coffee. But avid coffee drinkers know that the beans are the most important, which is why subscription services that expertly curate artisanal and locally-sourced beans are so worth the money.
Plus, in honor of National Coffee Day, a coffee subscription makes a thoughtful and personalized gift for anyone in your life looking to try out new blends every month. From Trade Coffee, which sources their beans from more than 450 roasting companies, to Seattle-based Bean Box, whose mixes are put together by their in-house curator, here are eight of the best coffee subscription services to check out this year.
Trade Coffee is the best choice for those looking to support small businesses, one of the reasons it boasts more than 300,000 rave reviews on its website. From San Francisco’s Ritual Coffee to Boston’s George Horwell, there are more than 450 roasting companies to choose from. When signing up, you’re asked to complete a seven question quiz that they use to recommend three types of beans for your first delivery. Plus, if you aren’t happy with their selection you get replacement bag on the house. Depending on delivery frequency, prices range between $13 and $22.
Founded by Green Day frontmen Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool, Oakland Coffee has been a cult favorite since its founding. Aside from its rock-and-roll founders, it’s also popular because of their impressive sustainability practices. The East Bay company sells beans that are certified, organic and fairly traded, and are stored in 100% compostable coffee bags. Recently, they launched two different subscription services so you can get their beans delivered fresh to your door: an expert-curated mix and a build-your-own box.
Blue Bottle Coffee
Blue Bottle, known for treating coffee as high art, road the rising wave of artisanal coffee. Their subscription service options are almost as extensive as their menu, offering deliveries for Single Origin, Blend, Espresso, cold brew and decaf. If you aren’t familiar with all of Blue Bottle’s blends, worry not: you can take their extensive quiz to get suggestions and subscribe from there.
Chamberlain Coffee, founded by mega-popular Youtube vlogger Emma Chamberlain, is both aesthetically- pleasing and eco-friendly. Their beans, which are fair trade and USDA organic, are made fresh in their California roastery and packaged in compostable bags. After taking a flavor quiz, you’re all set for a personalized delivery that allows you to choose the blend, number of bags and frequency.
MistoBox is perfect for coffee lovers looking to try out new blends. From Equator Coffees to Verve, their mixes include roasting companies from across the country, curated by experts. Considering the variety of award-winning roasters they offer, Misto arguably promises the best bang for your buck at only $11 per month. Plus, their gift box, which allows recipients to select their own blends, makes the perfect present as the holidays near.
Driftaway promises the some of the most personalized boxes, sent over after customers are given the chance to test up to four different blends in an initial test-run. Future boxes are then curated based on your reviews and ratings, always with the option to swap out beans you aren’t happy with.
Grounds & Hounds
If you have a Keurig at home, you’ll want go with Grounds & Hounds, whose delivery boxes come with single-serve pods in addition to fresh beans. The sustainable company not only boasts USDA-organic beans but donates 20 percent of its profits to rescue dogs in need. Their diverse blends, which are bold, smooth and flavored, cater towards a variety of preferences. Their most popular are the Madagascar Vanilla and Morning Walk.
Just like Driftaway, Bean Box is a great way to try out different beans from across the world. The Seattle-based roaster offers two subscription services: A Coffee Tasting Plan and Coffee Bag plan. The Tasting Plan offers four different blends per month, curated by their in-house curator and Cup of Excellence juror Maryna Gray, while their Coffee Bag Plan allows customers to select blends on their own.