Editor Rating: 4.6/5
Atlas Coffee Club is a travel-themed subscription service that’s great for an armchair traveler looking to try a range of coffees. It’s quick to order and doesn’t require many decisions, though you won’t get to customize the coffee to your personal taste.
The company offers appealing gift options and attractive, though not resealable, packaging. We found the beans very fresh and flavorful.
Atlas Coffee Company, based in Austin, Texas, is a subscription company that aims to show you the world through coffee. They source beans from 50 countries all around the world and roast them to a level that complements their flavors, so you’ll get to sample quite a range of flavors.
Atlas has a focus on ethically sourcing its beans, promising to pay above-market prices for all of the single-origin coffee it buys. The company offers brewing guides and a range of coffee-themed articles on its website.
The Atlas website is well-designed and easy to use. When you sign up, you’re given a choice of bag size (6 ounces, 12 ounces, or 24 ounces), frequency (every two or four weeks), roast level (light to medium, medium to dark, or all roast types), and grind type (whole bean or ground).
Atlas Coffee Club is very reasonably-priced, offering a lower price point than many comparable single-origin subscription services. They do charge a $5 shipping fee on every order.
This is a curated coffee club, so you don’t get to choose the specific variety you’ll receive each month. It’s not as much fun to order, and the coffee you receive isn’t customized to your personal preferences.
After you sign up, you’ll have access to an intuitive member portal, where you can add tasting notes, skip or edit shipments, and cash in your rewards points for things like store credit and free shipping. We especially liked that you’re not locked in to your original order date, so you can edit the shipment date of every order.
Atlas roasts your coffee on-demand, on the first business day after you order. They promise to ship your beans within 24 hours of roasting, and you can expect your beans four to six days after they ship. This is a longer shipping time than some subscription services, but still well within the ideal freshness period of one to two weeks after roasting.
We received dark roast coffee from La Palma-Citalá, El Salvador. The beans were aromatic and lightly oily, with bold flavors of chocolate, nuts, and oranges. They produced a very aggressive bloom, meaning the coffee was quite fresh.
The coffee bag was charming, minimal, and floral, with a degassing valve and made of high-quality material. It didn’t have a pull tab or resealing feature, so you may need an airtight, opaque container to keep your beans fresh.
With the coffee came an El Salvador postcard and a nicely-designed information card with tasting notes, recommended brewing method, and roast level, plus detailed information about the country’s coffee, including history and a map. It’s a great way to put your beans in context and learn something!
Atlas Coffee Club offers gift subscriptions lasting three, six, and 12 months. Given the beautiful, graphic packaging and the fun included information, this could be a good gift option. And if you’re not sure what type of coffee your gift recipient prefers, you may like this company, because you won’t have to guess.
Atlas Coffee Club offers adventurous, highly varied coffee beans from all over the world. The well-designed packaging includes a postcard from your coffee’s country of origin, plus tasting notes and history. The travel-themed subscription could be a great gift for the world traveler in your life.
You won’t get to customize your flavor preferences or choose a specific type of coffee, and there aren’t any sampler options. You’ll also have to pay shipping fees on each order.
By Kate MacDonnell