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Best Coffee Subscription Box: These Aren’t Your Average Joe

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Drinking a cup of Joe is a great way to explore other regions of the world without leaving your home. The smell of beans and the rich taste of the various types of roasts transport your senses while keeping you caffeinated. Whether you’re too busy to go to the store, you like getting stuff in the mail, or need a gift for someone; subscription boxes are a great solution. Coffee monthly subscriptions are fairly new, but are quickly becoming a hot item (no pun intended) for both java lovers and gift giving (for your boss, in-laws, grandparents, etc.).

Many of these companies roast the beans themselves and ship them out within 48 hours, making the coffee fresher than the Folgers or Eight O’Clock you’ve got in your cupboard now. (Hey, I’m not judging you. I’ve got a jumbo bag of Dunkin Donuts coffee in my kitchen.) Whether you’re sending a one-time box or giving a year long subscription — it’s completely up to you. Without further ado, our top picks for best coffee subscription boxes to get you up and moving in the morning.

Craft Coffee Review

Craft Coffee boxes and pouchesVisit Website

#1

Craft Coffee is our pick for best coffee of the month club subscription. Choose your go-to brand that you pick up at the grocery store and Craft Coffee will suggest a similar style coffee for you to try. Craft Coffee ships its coffee to you between 24 and 72 hours after roasting. Given their shipping times, this means that your coffee is delivered to your doorstep five to seven days after roasting on average. Although you can have Craft Coffee grind the beans for you, they recommend that you purchase whole bean coffee, so it stays fresher. You can select how often you want the java delivered. Each blend comes in a 12-ounce bag, or you can select the three coffee sampler, which includes three bags of coffee, four ounces each. One thing that makes Craft Coffee stand apart from the competition is their Price-Match Promise, which means they price their coffee within $0.08/ounce of the price you pay for your “regular” coffee at the grocery store, so you’re paying for fresh coffee without paying double the price for it. Craft Coffee also has coffee gift baskets that you can send to that coffee lover in your life.

Pros

Cons

  • Fresh roasted coffee
  • Price-Match Promise
  • Free shipping in the U.S.A.
  • Decaf available
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Phone, email, live chat and FAQs
  • No organic option

Pricing

  • Coffee sampler: $24.99
  • 12 ounce bag: $9 to $20

Coupon

Get $15% off your first Craft Coffee order - all you have to do is us coupon code mua-r9c via via this link!

Don’t Feel Like Yourself Until You’ve Had a Cup of Joe?

This ad cracks me up; I just had to share. Some of us are not morning people and don’t feel like ourselves until we’ve had that first cup of coffee in the morning. Unfortunately, this guy had a rough start to his day. 😉

Bean Box Review

Bean Box on counter: Bean BoxVisit Website

#2

Bean Box is our runner up for best coffee of the month club. Bean Box coffee is from 21 of Seattle’s top-rated, award-winning roasters. Bean Box is shipped within 48 hours of roasting. You can select your style based on the roast you like (light to dark), origins, and blends/single origin coffees. They only sell whole bean coffee, so you’ll need to make sure you have a grinder. Many of their sample boxes include four 1.8 ounce bags of coffee, which makes about 16 cups of coffee, depending on the strength you make it.

Pros

Cons

  • Fresh roasted coffee
  • Free shipping in the U.S.A.
  • Decaf available
  • Phone, email, live chat and FAQs
  • Partners with small, independent roasters, which often include organic and fair trade certificates
  • Can only purchase whole bean coffee

Pricing

  • Bean Box “sampler” box includes 4 1.8 ounce bags: starting at $19.55/month
  • Coffee of the Month: $23.00/month for 1 bag/month; $41.40/month for 1 bag/2 weeks; $78.20/month for 1 bag/week
  • 12-ounce bag: $10.50-$23.00
  • Deluxe Seattle Coffee Tour includes 16 1.8 bags: $87
  • World Coffee Tour includes 16 1.8 ounce bags: $87
  • Iced, Decaf, Light, Medium, or Dark Roast or Espresso Sampler includes 4 1.8 ounce bags: $23
  • Ultimate Coffee Gift includes 4 1.8 ounce bags: $23

Coupon

There are no Bean Box coupons at this time.

Moustache Coffee Club Review

Moustache Coffee Club pouches on counterVisit Website

#3

Rounding out our top three for the best monthly coffee club is Moustache Coffee Club. Moustache roasts coffee and ships it on the same day. They guarantee your coffee will be at your doorstep within three days of roasting so you can have the freshest java around. Before spending money, you can try Moustache Coffee Club by getting a two ounce delivery of their coffee. They have limited chat at the moment but improvements are coming soon in case you have questions or need to get in touch with someone.

Pros

Cons

  • Free trial
  • Fresh roast coffee (within 3 days)
  • Free shipping
  • Limited customer service support
  • No online ordering of espresso or decaf
  • No organic option

Pricing

  • Duet (includes 12 ounces of coffee): $19/week
  • Solo Artist (includes 12 ounces of coffee): $19 every 2 weeks
  • Karaoke (includes 6 ounces of coffee): $13 every 2 weeks

Coupon

Get $10 off your first Moustache Coffee Club order - all you have to do is sign up via this link!

Other Coffee Subscription Boxes

Although these three companies didn’t make our top three, they may have the perfect roast for you, so be sure to check them out!

Blue Bottle | Drift Away | Misto Box

Blue Bottle Coffee Review

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Your subscription from Blue Bottle Coffee can be as often as once a week or as infrequent as once per month. They send coffee according to the natural harvest cycle, so it is the freshest when it’s delivered to your door. Blue Bottle offers a free trial where they’ll send you a two-ounce bag of their most recently roasted batch of coffee. This isn’t something offered by others, but please note that ten days after the trial bag ships, they will start you on a 12-ounce shipment bi-weekly. So if you don’t want this, you’ll need to adjust it or cancel.

Pros

Cons

  • Fresh roasted coffee
  • Ability to try for free
  • Phone, email and FAQs
  • Certified Organic by CCOF
  • Only one type of decaf coffee
  • Can only purchase whole bean coffee
  • Shipping is not free

Pricing

  • Half Bag (6 oz of beans, about a 1-week supply for 1-2 coffee drinkers): $7/shipment
  • Standard Bag (12 oz of beans, about a 2-week supply for 1-2 coffee drinkers): $14/shipment
  • Double Bag (24 oz of beans, about a 2-week supply for 2-3 coffee drinkers): $26/shipment
  • Triple Bag (36 oz of beans, about a 2-week supply for 3-4 coffee drinkers): $37/shipment

Coupon

Get Free shipping on your Blue Bottle Coffee order - all you have to do is sign up via this link!

Drift Away Review

Drift Away coffee boxVisit Website

Drift Away is smaller scale than some of the other coffee subscription companies we’ve reviewed here. Drift Away offers four different coffees each month that vary between four roasts: a fruity light roast, classic medium roast, balanced medium roast and bold dark roast. They roast the beans themselves, then ship to you within 12 hours. All coffee is shipped whole bean to keep it from going stale. If you choose to do a subscription, the first delivery is a tasting kit, which consists of four 2 ounce bags. You can choose to have a shipment every week, bi-weekly or once a month.

Pros

Cons

  • Fresh roasted coffee
  • Email and FAQs
  • No decaf available
  • Small selection of coffee
  • No phone support
  • Website doesn’t offer much information
  • No organic option

Pricing

  • Tasting Kit: $8
  • 7 ounce subscription: $12
  • 11 ounce subscription: $16
  • 32 ounce subscription: $34

Single bags:

  • 11 ounce: $16
  • 1 pound: $22
  • 2 pound: $34

Misto Box Review

Misto Boxes and coffeeVisit Website

Misto Box guarantees you’ll like your coffee or they’ll replace it for free. Each bag contains 12 ounces of whole bean coffee. If you’re unsure about what type of style you like, they recommend you try the Discover Box. The Discovery Box includes four 3 ounce bags of coffee: light roast single origin, medium roast single origin, medium/dark roast blend and dark roast blend. You can have your java shipped every week, two weeks, three weeks or four weeks. Unfortunately, we can’t find any information about how long after the coffee is roasted it is shipped. So, we’re not as sure about how fresh this coffee is.

Pros

Cons

  • Free shipping
  • Decaf available
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • Email and FAQs
  • Most coffee is organic and/or direct trade
  • Website doesn’t offer much information
  • Unable to compare against competitors clearly
  • No phone support

Pricing

  • 12 ounce subscription: starting at $13/shipment
  • Discovery Box (includes four 3 ounce bags of coffee): $20
  • Individual bags: $16 to $22

Fun Fact About Coffee

Red coffee berries

Photo courtesy CoffeeResearch.org

Wondering what coffee beans look like before they are roasted? Coffee beans are found inside the red coffee berries produced by the coffee tree (see photo to the right). AND, before they are roasted they are the color of peanuts. Just thought that was a fun tidbit to share!

What’s your favorite coffee? Do you take it black or like adding something to it?


About Kimberly Alt
Kimberly is always up for an adventure. She’s used to living out of a suitcase and travels consistently. Her first time out of the country was to Thailand, where she spent 4 1/2 months traveling throughout southeast Asia. Kimberly enjoys exploring new places and diving into new cultures. While Kimberly isn’t traveling you can find her baking, playing volleyball or just hanging out at home (since she’s rarely there!).
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Jo wants Mo

Great review thanks Kimberly! I’m really interested in organic coffee. Any chance you could share which of these providers offers organic beans? And, could a company such as Counter Culture be included in your review? They also offer bi-weekly shipping of different single-origin coffees.

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