There are two types of people in the world, those who love coffee and those who will drink anything as long as it has caffeine in it. If you’re the former, you’re probably like us in the sense that you want to try as many great coffees as possible. The problem is, coffee companies have really upped their artisan coffee game over the past couple of decades. It can be super hard to keep up with the country, its region, how it’s processed, and if it’s a blend or single origin.
Thanks to technology and the huge demand for subscription-based services, it’s now like there’s a roastmaster at your home. Now the hard part is not pinning down your favorite type of coffee from your favorite roaster, but how to figure out which coffee delivery service is best for you. Some companies roast beans they source from all over the globe, and some hook you up with hundreds of different roasters.
The holidays are here, and there are few gifts better than coffee. Whether it’s a coffee subscription, or a nice holiday bundle, many companies are offering great holiday deals. But, you’ll want to make your mind up quick if you want anything to arrive before Christmas day. Thanks to the pandemic, holiday gift deliveries are already swamping all major parcel delivery services. Hopefully, our list below will help you choose how you get your coffee delivered straight to your (or someone else’s) door.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Stumptown is an institution, not only in Portland but across the U.S. It’s renowned for its extremely high-quality beans, exquisite roasting methods, and richly nuanced blends. Stumptown’s bi-weekly subscription service only offers its bestselling blends like its Hair Bender blend. If you want to be surprised, you can choose their Roster’s Choice to try what the roasters are into at the moment. The beans are roasted and shipped every other Monday, ensuring freshness and lasting flavor. Rates start at $11 a shipment. If you require some top-of-the-line, single-origin beans, you can still get them; you just have to order direct from the store.
The brand also recently launched a new cold brew collaboration with OATLY, offering cartons of its classic Cold Brew mixed with OATLY oak milk. The regular flavors are regular, chocolate, and horchata. You can purchase a variety pack and try them all for $24. Also, be sure to check out their fun holiday horchata and cold-brew flavors.
Blue Bottle is one of the pioneers of the third-wave coffee movement. Headquartered in Oakland, California, it’s laser focus on using only the finest, single-origin beans and working directly with farmers helped shift the coffee narrative. They help educate their consumers on where the beans come from, who farms them, and how it’s processed. By doing so, Blue Bottle makes people feel more connected to what they’re drinking, giving it less of a commodity feel and more of a farmer’s market vibe.
Blue Bottle’s subscription service is also bi-weekly but offers a bit more variety in what you get. It offers single-origin, organic blend, or espresso assortment subscriptions. You don’t exactly get to pick your beans, that’s left to the roastmasters. They follow the Earth’s rotation and procure beans from the top producers during the best harvest times. They then roast them to perfection and deliver them to you in peak condition. Subscriptions range anywhere from $11 to $52 per shipment, depending on the type and quantity of coffee. All the subscriptions are prepared and roasted to order and delivered within 48 hours to ensure maximum freshness. Plus, Blue Bottle will give you your first bag of beans on them if you sign-up now!
Atlas Coffee Club
Suppose you want to feel like you’ve traveled to all the different bean-growing regions worldwide and tried them directly from the source. In that case, Atlas Coffee Club is an excellent option. Their subscription service allows you to choose the roast type (light/medium, medium/dark, or all), grind type (ground or whole), amount (6-24oz), and frequency (every 2 or 4 weeks) of your coffee shipments. With every box, they send you a postcard describing the country of origin and the region. Included are also tips for the best brewing methods, which can vary based on coffee type.
Like Blue Bottle, the roastmasters at Atlas Coffee Club curate their beans from select regions during the best time of year. So, you’ll not only get a variety of regions, you’ll get guaranteed freshness. Subscriptions range from $9-$28 per shipment. Right now, they’re offering a holiday sale giving you $10 off your first shipment.
Variety is the spice of life, and Trade Coffee gives it to you (when it comes to coffee anyway). With Trade, you sign up for a subscription for free! Then, you fill out a short survey to determine your preferred flavor profile and brew methods. After that, Trade will set up your subscription queue with coffees from the hundreds of partnering rosters they think you’ll like. But, if you don’t trust anyone but yourself when it comes to your taste in coffee, you can build out your own subscription queue. They never charge shipping, and you can set your shipment frequency to every 1 to 4 weeks.
Another great thing about Trade is that if you happen to find your bean supply dwindling, you can order your scheduled coffee for the next day. However, when you get it will depend on when that specific roaster roasts their beans. The same goes for if you happen to be gifted tons of coffee, you can push your next shipment to up to 6 weeks out. One downside to trade is if you need to stick to a specific monthly coffee budget, that can be difficult, as every roaster varies in price. If you sign up right now, Trade will give you 30% off your first bag.
MistoBox is all about the personalized experience. They pretty much do everything except send a barista to your house. Like Trade, MistoBox quizzes you on your coffee preferences. Based on those preferences, you’re then assigned a coffee curator specializing in your specific flavor profile. From there, your curator sends you coffee based on your plan. One thing MistoBox offers that others don’t is a coffee rotation plan option. Meaning, you can pay per bag of coffee (which is the most expensive option), or you can rotate between 6 or 12 different pre-selected coffees a year, saving you 10% or 15%, respectively.
MistoBox prides itself on the roasters it partners with. Roasters must meet its stringent quality, ethical, and sustainability requirements to be considered. So, if you’re a roaster at MistoBox, it’s a big deal. Right now, it partners with 52 roasters, featuring 590 different types of coffee. Subscriptions at MistoBox start at $11 plus shipping.
When talking about the third-wave coffee movement, Intelligentsia should be in the same breathe as Blue Bottle. In the mid-nineties, owners Doug Zell and Emily Mange pulled coffee from the overly commoditized corporate grasps of companies we won’t mention *cough Starbucks cough*. They made people interested in where their coffee comes from, how it’s grown, and how it’s roasted. Therefore making coffee interesting and cool again. There are few coffee buffs out there that have not heard of Intelligentsia.
Its subscription service is fairly straightforward. Intelligentsia offers 3 different types of subscriptions with free shipping; blends/espresso, single origins, and Intelligentsia’s Choice. Intelligentsia’s Choice is a flat rate of $19 per shipment. Their experts send you an artisan-crafted blend based on your preferences every time; you just pick the frequency and amount. With the other 2 options, you pick the frequency then fill your queue with the beans of your choice.
If you’re in the South, it’s always cold-brew season. But really, you don’t have to let the weather dictate your coffee temperature. If you want cold coffee on a cold day, no one’s going to stop you. Cold-brew isn’t just “cold coffee.” Creating cold brew coffee is an intricate and time-consuming process that is better left to the experts. That’s where Wandering Bear comes in. Not only is its cold-brew coffee delicious, but it’s also distributed in easy-pour cartons that make it as simple as opening your fridge and pouring a glass.
In addition to small cartons that are perfect for on-the-go, the brand’s specialty is giant, 96-ounce boxes of refreshing, kick-in-the-pants cold-brew, either black or with flavoring like vanilla. A single box costs $30, and there are 2-month or 3-month subscription options. Shipping is free on orders over $25.
Port of Mokha
Good coffee is always worth the investment. It’s what sets the tone for your day, so splurging a bit on the finest coffee available that will help you start your day on the right note is well worth it. If you’re looking to experience some of the finest coffees in the world from your living room, then you should definitely give Port of Mokha a try.
Literary fans will likely recognize the name from The Monk of Mokha. This Dave Eggers book that recounts the true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a Yemeni-American determined to resurrect Yemeni coffee in the eyes of the world. Well, he did it and now offers Port of Mokha, an award-winning selection of high-end Yemeni coffee. The company’s monthly subscription is a five-ounce bag of whole beans that makes around ten cups. We know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but once you taste it, you’ll be a believer. A subscription is $28 a month, and you can prepay for six months or a whole year. Right now, Port of Mocha is offering 15% off all gift bundles.
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