9 Best Coffee Subscription Boxes We’ve Tasted (2022): Gifting, Fresh, Decaf, Single-Origin
Delivery options: One, two, three or four weeks
For the fastest and freshest delivery
Blue Bottle is one of the older coffee subscriptions. It’s still great, although its selection isn’t as extensive as some of the newcomers. What sets Blue Bottle apart is freshness — the company promises to ship your coffee within 24 hours of roasting.
Blue Bottle has a 10-question poll it uses to pair you with coffee you’ll love. His questions aren’t just about coffee; They ask for your favorite chocolate and even salad dressing. It may seem strange, but it works. WIRED senior reviewer Scott Gilbertson found excellent pairings that are among the best coffees he’s sampled for this guide. Blue Bottle also has a decaffeinated option.
Delivery options: One, two, three or four weeks
Grounds and Hounds offers small-batch roasted blends and single-origin coffee, with 20 percent of its profits benefiting animal shelters. The brand has some of my personal favorite coffees, especially the dark roasts. (Try the Snow Day Winter Roast when it’s available.)
There are two types of subscriptions at Grounds and Hounds – a traditional plan where you choose what you want to try and a gift plan when you’re buying for someone else. We tested the former and opted for whole beans (ground and single-serve pods are also options) and its Roaster’s Select beans, which allowed us to sample a few different varieties. Once we found what we liked, we switched the subscription to that bean.
When you sign up, Grounds and Hounds tells you how your money helps animal shelters. In the case of a single bag, a weekly subscription will deliver approximately 800 meals a year to animal shelters.
Delivery options: One, two, four or eight weeks
Great coffee to reduce heartburn
Trücup is not a classic subscription service and shouldn’t really be on this list. But it has really low acidity. This makes it a great option for coffee lovers with sensitive stomachs who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease or heartburn. However, if you’ve been diagnosed with GERD, talk to your doctor before trying Trücup.
Trücup is worth your time even if you are lucky enough to have a stomach that can handle regular coffee. It is a top choice for drinking in the afternoon and evening as it is smooth and easier on the stomach. You can log in at checkout after selecting a bag or making a one-time purchase.
Delivery Options: One to 12 weeks
Subscription beans vs. locally roasted beans
These subscription services all produce killer coffee beans, and they all taste great. But none of them taste better than locally roasted coffee. For the tastiest coffee that makes a direct impact on your community, you’re best served by looking for local coffee roasters — whether it’s a coffee shop in the same city, state, or geographic region.
Coffee is best shortly after roasting. The longer it stays on a shelf or on a delivery truck, the less flavorful it becomes. Plus, ordering coffee locally minimizes the environmental impact of shipping stuff from across the country (or across the continent). The best way to do this is to go to your local coffee shop and take a look at what coffee they serve. (They may even roast and sell their own!)
As we tested and as you should
To test these subscriptions, we brewed each sachet a different way to see which beans worked best for which brewing method. It’s worth doing the same if you have access to different brewing methods, especially if you opt for a subscription that offers a lot of variety. A roast that makes a great shot of espresso isn’t necessarily the best pour-over coffee.
In the same way, make notes about what you like and don’t like. Some of these services have very nice websites where you can jot down your notes and tag specific coffees that you liked. Take advantage of these features because you will probably forget them. The coffee never stops coming with these subscriptions, which is both a blessing and a curse. If you want more pointers, be sure to read our guide to brewing better coffee at home.
Let’s destigmatize decaf
Coffee lovers are a fickle bunch, and they tend to happily dip into people drinking decaf. But here’s the thing: decaf can be good. Yes, the decaffeination process changes the taste, and yes, you often miss delicate floral notes. It’s unfair to bar people from enjoying coffee, period, and it can also be impossible to talk about decaf. Drinking caffeinated coffee throughout the day can seriously affect your sleep, and some people cannot tolerate caffeine for medical reasons or just don’t like the way it feels or how it interacts with certain medications.
Coffee is for everyone! There is such a thing as Well decaf, and three of our favorite services on this list offer a selection of decaf (Trade, Mistobox, and Cometeer). Even if you’re a caffeine fanatic, it can be nice to unwind with a cup of decaffeinated coffee in the evening – it’s particularly good for espresso-style mixed drinks, where the typically bold chocolatey and smoky notes can really bring a mocha to life . Even in a French press or pour-over context, decaf (or a mix of decaf and caffeinated beans) is a good choice for afternoon coffee service. You don’t have to worry about afternoon jitters or insomnia.
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