8 Best Coffee Subscription Services 2019 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

a coffee subscription serviceDo you want coffee delivered to your door every month? Of course you do! Coffee subscriptions send you great coffee, along with other perks. Finding the perfect subscription can be difficult, but luckily, we have made it easier for you. We reviewed over 20 different coffee subscriptions, and thereafter handpicked our 8 favorite choices for 2019. We’ll give you a breakdown to let you know about the subscription basics, then we’ll give you our overall thoughts. Are you ready to say yes to gourmet coffee delivered straight to your door? Check out our reviews and decide which subscription is right for your coffee lifestyle.

A Rundown of our Favorites:

ModelPriceEditor Rating
Driftaway Coffee
Driftaway Coffee(Editor's Choice)

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4.85/5
Crema Coffee

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4.65/5
Angel's Cup
Angel's Cup

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4.60/5
Atlas Coffee
Atlas(Best for the Money)

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4.50/5
Bean Box
Bean Box

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4.30/5

8 Best Coffee Subscriptions – Reviewed in 2019:

1. Driftaway Coffee – Editor’s Choice

Driftaway

Driftaway is our number one for many reasons. The first is its dedication to expanding the minds of coffee drinkers everywhere. It wants people to explore the world of coffee the easiest way possible, by getting it delivered to their door. It starts by sending you a sampler pack with four coffees in it. You choose which ones you like the best out of the four, so Driftaway knows your preferences. Then you get coffee every month based on the flavors and roasts you like. Not only will they be your preference, but the coffee is the freshest you can get because it’s sent right after Driftaway roasts it in Brooklyn, NY.

We mentioned the highlight of this company is the personal connection with the farmers. This type of relationship isn’t something many subscriptions have. Driftaway wants customers to have a similar experience, which is why it opened a forum on its website that lets you talk to the farmers growing your monthly coffees. If you want a subscription with check marks across the board, plus a way to interact with the ones making your morning coffee, this is the one to get.

Who Should Subscribe: Anyone who enjoys trying gourmet international coffees with great quality from a company that has ethical practices for a good price.

What You Get: Choice of receiving a seven-ounce, 11-ounce, 16-ounce, or 32-ounce bag of coffee.

Highlight: Driftaway has a special relationship with its farmers that allows customers to talk directly to them.

Coffee Quality: This coffee is our top pick because of its superior quality and taste.

Frequency: Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

Cost: $$ Great price for the amount of gourmet coffee you get.

Customization: After you try the sampler pack, you tell Driftaway your preferences for roast and flavor profiles.

Pros
  • Outstanding flavor and quality
  • Great price
  • Many subscriber resources
  • Online coffee community/coffee tasting
  • Can contact coffee farmers directly
Cons
  • They only ship whole beans so you will need a grinder

2. Crema Coffee

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We love this coffee because we know it comes from carefully hand-selected farmers and a wide range of roasters. Crema’s website has pages specifically about the farmers and roasters it partners with, so you can learn more about who handles your brew.

Crema’s subscription is unique because you get to choose exactly what coffees you want every month. There’s nothing better than that. Crema even offers to send you a free three-sample pack for you to decide if you really like them enough, but we think you will. The complex flavors of these coffees are interesting and delicious.

Who Should Subscribe: Coffee lovers who want to choose the coffees they receive

What You Get: A 12-ounce bag

Highlight: Crema lets you make a “coffee playlist” to choose which coffees you want delivered.

Coffee Quality: The quality gets an A here. The coffee is freshly roasted before being sent.

Frequency: Weekly, bi-weekly, every three weeks, or monthly.

Cost: $$$ The price range is slightly higher than other subscriptions, but the quality of coffee is worth it. Most of the coffees have different prices and can vary by about $8. However, since you pick the coffees, you also choose the price you pay.

Customization: The biggest aspect of the customization is choosing the coffees for your “playlist,” because only the ones you select will end up at your door. You pick the roast, flavor, amount, and price.

Pros
  • Coffee playlist provides preferences for your deliveries
  • Great quality, flavor, and selection of coffee
  • Resources highlight the coffee farmers/roasters
  • Free shipping
  • Fair price
Cons
  • Only whole bean

3. Angel’s Cup

Angels’ Cup Coffee Tasting Kit

Getting four coffees means you’re getting lots of variety. The coffees Angel’s Cup sends have complex tasting notes, and are often different from each other so people can tell which is which for the tasting game. This means you always have something new to try.

Angel’s Cup wants to make your coffee tasting experience different from any other you’ve had by making you guess which coffee is which. First you brew the coffees, then read all the coffee cards with the tasting notes and origins on them. After you taste the coffees, match up the card with the coffee. You can check your answers and even add your tasting notes online to share with everyone else. If you like a challenge or a little adventure in your coffee subscription, this is the one for you.

Who Should Subscribe: Anyone who enjoys variety and playing games, or wants to become better at coffee tastings.

What You Get: Four coffee samples with 2.75 ounces each.

Highlight: You get to guess which brew is which in a fun tasting game.

Coffee Quality: Pretty excellent; the flavors are interesting and it tastes fresh.

Frequency: Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

Cost: $$$$ This subscription can be on the pricey side, but the high-quality coffee and the tasting game are worth it.

Customization: You get to pick the roast and grind.

Pros
  • 100% Arabica coffee
  • Four different varieties every time
  • Tasting game is exciting
  • App is good resource
  • Website is easy to use
Cons
  • Expensive

4. Atlas Coffee – Best for the Money

Atlas coffee image

When you subscribe to Atlas, you get a wide variety of freshly roasted single-origin coffees that you won’t find in stores or on other websites. Atlas can provide these coffees because it has partnered with many international micro-lot coffee farms. Your delivery also includes in-depth facts about the country your coffee was grown in and what the coffee culture is like there, along with great tasting descriptions. If the quality and winning price tag weren’t enough, the educational aspect continues the perks.

Who Should Subscribe: Coffee lovers who want to try coffee from all over the world and save money, because it’s voted as our “Best for the Money.”

What You Get: A six-ounce, 12-ounce, or 24-ounce bag.

Highlights: Offers a world coffee tour with Atlas as the guide right to your doorstep.

Coffee Quality: The quality from Atlas is just what you expect when you hear “gourmet coffee,” because it’s sourced from micro-lots and roasted fresh before being delivered.

Frequency: Bi-weekly or monthly.

Cost: $$ This subscription has the best price for what you get out of all the gourmet coffee subscriptions we reviewed.

Customization: You select the roast level, grind, and amount of coffee.

Pros
  • High-quality and flavorful
  • Many customizations available
  • Includes info on the country and coffee
  • Great online resources
  • Good price point
Cons
  • Expensive shipping charges
  • Company chooses coffee

5. Bean Box

Bean Box Coffee Subscription

Bean Box strives to give you a diverse selection of coffees from roasters in only the Seattle and Portland areas. It sends you great international artisan coffees every month. The flavor notes in the coffee can be simple, complex, and sometimes surprising. The complexity of the coffees you receive from Bean Box will broaden your coffee tasting skills. Another great part of Bean Box’s coffee experience is that it sends little free gifts and a fun fact in each delivery.

Who Should Subscribe: Coffee lovers who are fans of diverse gourmet coffees, or those who don’t mind paying a little more for the Bean Box quality of hand-selected coffee.

What You Get: Choice between four sample bags with 1.8 ounces each, or a 12-ounce bag.

Highlights: Coffee is freshly roasted in Seattle and Portland before being shipped to you along with fun coffee facts and small free gifts.

Coffee Quality: The quality of the coffee is pretty high, because it arrives at the peak of freshness.

Frequency: Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

Cost: $$$$ The price point for this subscription is a little steep, but the high quality is worth it for some coffee enthusiasts.

Customization: You get to choose from eight roast preferences.

Pros
  • Experts choose coffees from your preferences
  • Coffee is fresh and has interesting flavors
  • Choose between coffee of the month or multi-packs
  • Customizable subscription options
  • Sometimes includes free gifts
Cons
  • Whole bean only
  • Too expensive unless you pay for six months

6. JavaPresse Coffee Subscription

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JavaPresse’s coffee subscription offers good quality, freshly roasted coffee with unique names and flavor notes to keep it interesting. This company gets its coffee from small farms it supports. JavaPresse’s belief is that every customer should enjoy fresh ground coffee. This determination for freshness is why a manual burr grinder is included as a free gift with your first bag of coffee. Grinding your coffee fresh allows you to better taste the flavors in the coffee, especially since JavaPresse’s coffee is at peak freshness every month! Don’t worry, you get more than just one free gift. The company has weekly giveaways too!

Who Should Subscribe: Coffee lovers who value freshness and love getting free gifts!

What You Get: A 12-ounce bag.

Highlights: JavaPresse sends you free gifts and has weekly giveaways.

Coffee Quality: The coffee is fresh and has great quality.

Frequency: Weekly, bi-weekly, every three weeks, or monthly.

Cost: $$$ The price isn’t the lowest, but it’s pretty decent, especially for the level of freshness you receive.

Customization: There aren’t any customizations with this subscription.

Pros
  • Coffee is very fresh
  • Great flavors/selection
  • Great customer resources
  • Giveaways
  • Coffee from small farms
  • Free grinder included
  • Fantastic customer service
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Can’t customize

7. Larry’s Coffee – Most environmentally-friendly

Larry's coffee subscription

This subscription is the best for Earth-conscious coffee lovers. The coffee is ethically sourced and produced in a way that doesn’t leave a carbon footprint. Larry’s Coffee also lets customers choose the coffee they want from the selection and customize everything about the coffee they receive, so it’s perfect for them when it arrives. If you’ve never tried organic gourmet coffee, now is the time to start getting it delivered to your door.

Who Should Subscribe: People who prioritize fair trade organic coffee and environmentally friendly practices, or who want the ability to choose their own coffees.

What You Get: 12-ounce bags.

Highlights: This company has only fair trade organic coffees, and you get to choose which ones you want every month.

Coffee Quality: Larry’s Coffee products are high-quality, because of the care that goes into producing them. The fact that they’re organic and freshly roasted before shipment makes them that much better.

Frequency: Weekly, bi-weekly, every three weeks, or monthly.

Cost: $$ This subscription has a great price for any gourmet coffee, but especially considering that it’s organic and fair trade. There is a shipping rate, however.

Customization: You select the length of the subscription when you sign up. When choosing which coffees you want, you also select the grind, the size of the bag, and how many bags you want.

Pros
  • Quality coffee with complex flavors
  • Coffee is slow-roasted for unique taste and sent fresh
  • Good variety
  • Fair trade, organic, and low carbon footprint facilities
  • Lots of flexibility on subscription options
  • Can choose what coffees you want to try
Cons
  • Website needs better design and info
  • Shipping charge

8. Match Made Coffee – The best pairing subscription

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If you love sweets as much as you love coffee, this subscription is for you. You get both of your favorite things, quality coffee, and gourmet cookies. Getting to try all the flavors of coffees and cookies, along with the tasting combinations, makes this a fun subscription to participate in. Match Made Coffee does a great job pairing the coffees with cookies that highlight their flavor profiles. If you’re craving a little something extra with your coffee, subscribe to Match Made Coffee.

Who Should Subscribe: Coffee lovers with a sweet tooth who want a little something with their coffee.

What You Get: Two bags of coffee grounds with two ounces each, and one cookie per blend.

Highlights: You get a cookie pairing for every blend you try, so you can have a unique coffee tasting experience every time.

Coffee Quality: Fantastic! Both the coffee and cookies are fresh and flavorful.

Frequency: Monthly.

Cost: $$$$ This subscription isn’t cheap. The price is one of its weak spots.

Customization: There are no customizations with this subscription, and it’s only ground coffee.

Pros
  • Flavorful, high-quality coffee
  • Includes tasty pairings and guide
  • Gourmet cookies with classic and unique flavors
  • Easy signup
Cons
  • Small for the price
  • No brew guide
  • Ground coffee only
  • No customizations

What You Should Look For In A Coffee Subscription

The answer to this question is going to be based mostly on personal preference. However, there are some key things to pay attention to before you purchase a subscription. We think there are four important factors: freshness, good selection, price, and customizations.

Freshness is important, because you’re most likely being sent coffee from a long distance away, and you’ll want it to still be delicious when it gets to you. Many of the subscriptions in our reviews roast their coffee right before shipping it to you. This way, it’s at its peak freshness when it arrives. Some subscriptions, however, send their coffee weeks after roasting. The roasting date is often printed on the bag or available on the subscription website.

Good selection plays a large role in a subscription since you often can’t choose the coffee you receive. Therefore, get a subscription with a variety of roasts and flavor profiles that suit your preferences. You can usually check out the selection on the company website before signing up. We mentioned two subscriptions that do let you choose your coffees, Larry’s Coffee and Crema. If you want to completely control your selection, go with one of these.

Price can be tricky for a few reasons. When you look at the price of a coffee subscription, you also want to account for the amount you’ll receive. There are some subscriptions that give you enough coffee for a whole month and some that only give you enough for four pots of coffee, but for almost the same price. There are also a few subscriptions that add shipping charges, while others don’t, so this is something else to look out for.

Customizations can be key to your happiness if you’re even a little bit picky. Depending on the subscription, you can choose the frequency of delivery, the amount, the roast level, the grind, and even the flavor profiles you prefer. Some are more restricted or do not have any customizations at all. If you sign up for a subscription without customizations, you may run into problems. For example, there are a few subscriptions that only send whole beans. If you don’t have a grinder, that can be an issue. Other subscriptions may only send medium roasts, even though you prefer light or dark roasts. Check what you can and cannot change about the subscription on the website first.

Conclusion

Now you know the type of coffee lover we recommend for each of these eight subscriptions. Driftaway is our “Top Pick” because of the superior quality, the great price you get it for, and the ability to read about and talk to the farmers growing your coffee. Our “Best for the Money” is Atlas, which also delivers international coffee tastings to your door, but with the best price tag. We think we found something for everyone to love, and what’s hard to love about coffee coming straight to your door? Enjoy your new subscription!


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