The 9 Best Coffee Subscriptions of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Peet’s Coffee & Tea

"If you are already familiar with Peet’s Coffee & Tea and know what you like, you can opt to use its Frequent Buyer subscription program."

Best for Variety: Trade Coffee

"Every roaster that works with Trade has to take their Roaster Pledge, agreeing to a set of standards on sourcing, sustainability, and quality."

Best for International Flavors: Atlas Coffee Club

"When you subscribe, you will receive coffee from a different country each month in a beautifully-designed bag, inspired by world landscapes and textiles."

Most Eco-Friendly: Driftaway Coffee

"Coffee is packaged in 100% compostable packaging, made from sugarcane waste and plant fiber that also blocks out natural elements."

Best for the Tech Savvy: MistoBox

"Thanks to MistoBox's innovative Brew Queue web feature, you can add specific varieties to your queue for future deliveries."

Best Organic: Java Presse

"The coffee is completely free of pesticides, additives, and preservatives."

Best for the Office: Crema.co Coffee

"Crema.co offers subscriptions specifically designed for the workplace."

Best Instant: Sudden Coffee

"Once packaged, each tube has a shelf life of nine months or longer and doesn’t lose flavor over time."

Best Pour-Over: Copper Cow Coffee

"Copper Cow Coffee sources its beans from farms in Vietnam that use only organic, agricultural processing methods."

Best Overall: Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Peet’s

Peet’s

In business since the 1960s, Peet’s Coffee & Tea now offers a coffee subscription so that you can enjoy coffee beans shipped to you within 24 hours of being roasted. 

Peet’s is known for its commitment to sustainable sourcing through its Direct Trade program and selection of certified organic, fair trade, and Rainforest Alliance coffees. If you are already familiar with Peet’s coffee and know what you like, you can opt to use its Frequent Buyer subscription program to set up a regular order for your favorites.

And, if you are new to Peet’s and want some guidance on which of its coffees are right for you, there's a short quiz you can take on your flavor preferences and coffee habits to “find your match.” Then, you can add it to your subscription. 

Feeling more adventurous? Try Peet's Curated Program which includes a Small Batch Series (about $18 per month), a Single Origin Series (around $17 per month), and a Signature Blend Series (approximately $16 per month). The Signature Blend program will feature a different coffee that Peet’s is featuring in each series for any given month.

Peet’s does offer free shipping with subscription orders of around $29. No matter which subscription you select, the company allows you to choose how much coffee you want, how often you want it, and which grind is right for you, leaving plenty of options for customization. 

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Best for Variety: Trade Coffee

Trade Coffee

Trade Coffee

If you are more interested in domestic brews, Trade Coffee offers a subscription service that connects you with over 50 coffee roasters around the U.S. 

Every roaster that works with Trade has to take its Roaster Pledge, agreeing to a set of standards on sourcing, sustainability, and quality. Trade’s commitment to having an ethical business is visible across all aspects of its brand including its eco-friendly packaging and shipping material.

Trade boasts a collection of over 400 types of coffee, including single-origin blends and roasted-to-order coffees, all shipped within 24 hours. You're guaranteed high-quality fresh beans delivered to your doorstep. 

After taking a brief quiz about your coffee habits and preferences—including how you most frequently brew your coffee, what type of roast you like, and how adventurous you are in terms of flavors—you will be matched with your first bag of beans. You will get 30% off your first match and 15% off subsequent orders. Plus, shipping is always free. 

After your first order, you have an opportunity to give feedback which then informs your next match, making for a truly personalized experience. Trade is also one of the few subscription services that offers a separate Cold Brew Subscription, delivering coffee specifically ground for cold brewing and packaged in individual eco-friendly bags. 

Best for International Flavors: Atlas Coffee Club

Atlas Coffee Club

Atlas Coffee Club

Want to try coffee from around the world without leaving your home base? Atlas Coffee Club offers sustainably-sourced, single-origin coffee from over 50 countries around the world.

When you subscribe, you will receive coffee from a different country each month in a beautifully-designed bag inspired by international landscapes and textiles. Each delivery even comes with a postcard featuring the country of origin with information on how it was processed from bean to bag, flavor notes, and brewing tips. 

You have the option to select between a half-bag (6 oz), a single bag (12 oz), or up to four bags (48 oz) per order. You can also choose between delivery every two weeks or every four weeks.

Want to buy in bulk for an office or event? Contact the company, and they can create a customized order for you. You also have the option to specify which kind of roast you prefer: light, dark, or opt for all roast types. Lastly, you can choose if you want your beans to come ground or whole. At around $14 a full bag plus about $5 in shipping, Atlas is slightly pricier than other brands, but few others offer such a global variety.

Most Eco-Friendly: Driftaway Coffee

Driftaway Coffee

Driftaway Coffee

Known for being coffee with a conscience, Driftaway Coffee strives to deliver complete transparency about where and how its beans are grown and sourced and what price the brand paid for each single-origin coffee it sells.

Based in Brooklyn, NY, whole beans are roasted on-site once a week. Driftaway does not offer a tremendous variety compared to some other brands (four choices are currently listed, plus a separate line of cold brew bags).

However, Driftaway includes more detail than you could imagine about the beans in each bag, including when and how the beans were harvested, roasted, packaged, and delivered. Plus, Driftaway offers information on the region the coffee was grown in, flavor notes of the beans, and brewing tips. 

As a way of giving back, for every pound of coffee roasted at Driftaway, five cents is donated to the World Coffee Research (WCR). Coffee is packaged in 100% compostable packaging, made from sugarcane waste and plant fiber that also blocks out natural elements such as moisture and oxygen to maintain coffee’s freshness.

And, if you are wondering how sustainable it is to be shipping beans from across the world, Driftaway has an answer for that too with detailed information on what the carbon footprint is of their entire operation and how they work to offset it.

When you sign up for a subscription, Driftaway will send you a tasting kit of four small bags of coffee. You taste and share your favorites, and then the company matches future orders to your taste. You get to choose between seven to 32 oz of coffee per order, delivered in weekly, bi-monthly, or four-week shipments. You can also select recurring billing plans to save money on your orders. 

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Best for the Tech Savvy: MistoBox

MistoBox

MistoBox

With close to 600 coffees from 50 of the country’s best roasters, MistoBox offers a tremendous variety for you to choose from when you sign up for a plan. 

With MistoBox, you can choose from single-origin coffees, blends, light roasts, dark roasts, beans for cold brew, certified organic coffees, and almost 70 varieties of decaf. To help you filter through the hundreds of coffees, MistoBox offers two tiers of coffee selections, Basic or Deluxe.

Basic is around $10 to $12 per 12 oz bag and consists mainly of blends and darker-to-medium roasted coffees. Deluxe is about $12 to $15 per 12 oz bag and consists mainly of single-origin coffees, espresso, and medium roasts. For additional cost savings, you can opt into a payment plan and commit to six or 12 bags, instead of paying for one at a time. 

Delivery schedules are customized based on how much coffee you drink per week. If you're an avid coffee drinker, you may want to choose for weekly delivery, but if you only drink five or six cups per week, you might opt for monthly delivery. 

Thanks to MistoBox's innovative Brew Queue web feature, you can add specific varieties to your queue for future deliveries, or opt to be surprised with every order and let MistoBox do all the curating for you. And, if you have Amazon Echo, you can manage your subscription with Alexa, requesting updates, changes in your delivery schedule, or reordering specific roasts.  

Best Organic: Java Presse

Java Presse

Java Presse

If you only drink organic brews, Java Presse offers rare, small-batch, Fair and Direct Trade beans from around the world. The company's selection is small, with only four varieties listed at a time, but well-curated.

Each bean is professionally-rated as “Specialty-Grade,” the highest grade possible. Because they are organic, the coffee is completely free of pesticides, additives, and preservatives. And, because of the Java Presse's careful sourcing, they are also sustainably grown.

To top it off, beans are shipped to you within two hours of roasting, so they are the freshest out of any other subscription we reviewed. The company even claims to have special roasting techniques designed to optimize the coffee’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. 

The Java Presse subscription plan defaults to a monthly delivery of one bag every 30 days, however, this can be customized upon request. You can choose from light, medium, or dark roast blends available year-round. Or, you can opt for the Brewer’s Choice subscription, which features small-batch coffee from a different country each month.

Beans start at around $19 per 12 oz bag, and as an added bonus, you get a free Burr Grinder on your first shipment.  

Best for the Office: Crema.co Coffee

Crema.co Coffee

Crema.co Coffee

Want to share great coffee with your office mates? In addition to individual subscriptions, Crema.co offers subscriptions specifically designed for the workplace.

You can choose from less than 5 lbs. to over 20 lbs. of coffee per week, delivered as whole beans, ground for espresso, pour-over, or French press. You then have the option to choose some preferred tasting notes, such as sweet, floral, or fruity, along with what kind of roast you want. 

Have office mates that drink decaf? Crema.co has a field for that option, too. After filtering your preferences, you can select which coffee you want to start with, from a selection of curated choices. Once you set up an account, you can create a Playlist where you can adjust the frequency you want to get your coffee, add favorites for future deliveries, and rate the ones you have already received.

And, if you don’t want to be the only one in charge of your entire work team, you can invite colleagues to sign up on the account as “Team Members” where they can rate their favorites and add coffees to the Playlist.  

Best Instant: Sudden Coffee

Sudden Coffee

Sudden Coffee

Thanks to Sudden Coffee, founded in 2015, instant coffee has gotten a makeover.

This innovative company sources single-origin coffee from some of the best roasters in the world, including the well-known Intelligentsia in Chicago, Ozo Coffee in Colorado, and Summit Coffee Co based in Charlotte, N.C., as well as a roaster based in Melbourne, Australia. Using their unique methods, coffee is gently brewed and then dehydrated at sub-zero temperatures to maintain maximum flavor.

The freeze-dried coffee is then packaged without any additives in single-serving, air-tight tubes made from recyclable plastic. Once packaged, each tube has a shelf life of nine months or longer and doesn’t lose flavor over time like other instant coffee stored in large jars.

Sudden Coffee offers a subscription plan that allows you to choose between light and medium roasts, from eight to 32 cups and delivered every one to six months. Like other subscription services, you get to choose the amount and frequency.

Don’t want to commit without trying it? You can buy a single eight-cup pack before signing up for the on-going subscription.

Best Pour-Over: Copper Cow Coffee

Copper Cow Coffee

Copper Cow Coffee

If you haven’t heard of Vietnamese coffee, it is used to either describe coffee made from beans grown in Vietnam, or it describes a specific style of java that is served with sweetened, condensed milk.

Copper Cow Coffee offers a subscription service specifically for Vietnamese style pour-over coffee. The company's coffee is a blend of 70% Robusta and 30% Arabica beans—what they claim is the “concise ratio of a strong, yet silky brew.” 

Copper Cow Coffee sources its beans from farms in Vietnam that use only organic, agricultural, processing methods without chemicals or pesticides. And, the company pledges to pay farmers a fair wage as a part of its commitment to sustainability. 

On top of careful sourcing for their coffee, all milk in the company's coffee creamers are sourced from local farms in California. Coffee subscriptions include a beautifully packaged box of 20 individual pour-over coffee packets and 20 creamers delivered on a monthly schedule.

What is most unique to Copper Cow compared to other subscription services is the variety of flavors offered, including the Cardamom Latte, Churro Latte, Mint Latte, and Lavender Latte, among others.

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