Whether you prefer a perfect french press or regular ol’ drip, when it comes to the morning time, it’s really about getting some form of caffeine into your bloodstream ASAP. In order to make your early a.m. routine the best it can be, we’ve rounded up 11 of the best subscriptions that do practically everything except brew the coffee. From single-origin offerings to blind tastings, read on to find your new cuppa joe.1. The World Traveler
This java startup might be based in Austin, Tx, but Atlas Coffee Club’s goal is to take customers on a trip around the world—one cup at a time. Each month highlights a new country’s unique culture and coffee. From Tanzania to Burundi to Congo, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll receive coffee from the chosen country in a bag design inspired by local textiles and landscapes, a postcard from each country, a card with coffee facts, tasting notes, and the recommended brewing method. For a true coffee connoisseur who thinks they’ve actually tried it all, you can’t go wrong with this one!
Why You’ll Love It: In addition to serving up a killer cuppa Joe, this subscription gives customers access to coffee gear giveaways, as well as other perks.
Cost: $17.95/month; $59.95/3 months; $108/6 months; or $199/year.
Subscribe at atlascoffeeclub.com2. No Bad Cups
Crema’s motto is “life’s too short for bad coffee.” And they’re right. Each month (or however frequently you want your coffee), you’ll get a bag of amazing coffee from around the world—and you rate it. As you continue to try and rate different coffees, Crema will learn your preferred tastes and start sending you recommendations. With a system like that, it’s almost impossible to ever have a bad cup of coffee.
Why You’ll Love It: Not only does Crema give customers the option to give their coffee as a gift (via emailed gift card), they also have a subscription service for offices. See you later K-cups!
Cost: 12 oz. bags start at $16.
Subscribe at crema.co
3. The Fresh Maker
Freshness is the name of Moustache Coffee Club’s game. Unlike most services that ship within 48 hours, Moustache roasts their beans and ships their coffee the same day. Each bag even comes with a “Start Drinking On” date on it to ensure you don’t brew your coffee too soon after the roast. Moustache was started out of frustration over paying a premium for “two-week-old” coffee, so their prices are hard to beat. Also, rarely will they send you the same coffee, which means you’re guaranteed new and interesting coffee every shipment.
Why You’ll Love It: In an effort to support small business, Moustache Coffee Club will actually let you redeem your Starbucks gift cards on their website! They also offer a “try it for free” option, where they’ll send you one 2 oz. bag at no cost.
Cost: $13—$19 every two weeks.
Subscribe at moustachecoffeeclub.com
4. The Risk Taker
If you want to give your palate superpower-like abilities when it comes to telling where your coffee comes from, a subscription to Angel’s Cup is the answer. Each week, four new samples arrive at your doorstep; you can conduct blind coffee tastings and use the accompanying app (available on iTunes and Android) to make tasting notes and compare findings with the pros. If there’s a sample you don’t like, the 100% refund guarantee and no cost return policy means you’ll get your hard-earned cash back without any stress.
Why You’ll Love It: The same sample is never shipped twice, which means you’ll be able to taste upwards of 208 different roasts.
Subscribe at angelscup.com5. The Can’t-Go-Wrong Deal
Blue Bottle Coffee roasts your coffee to order and ships it to your home within 48 hours, so you know your morning cup will always be super fresh. But that’s not the best part. Blue Bottle lets customers try their coffee for free for the first time—all you need to cover is the cost of shipping. Choose from their famous coffee blends or espressos; it’s completely on them. Now that’s a win-win.
Why You’ll Love It: In addition to their coffee and espresso selections, Blue Bottle also sells some pretty sweet products on their site, including a carafe for making the oh-so-popular cold brew at home. They also periodically offer events, classes, and seminars. Check their website to see what’s brewing in your area.
Cost: A changing selection of their blends is $15 for 12 oz. of whole beans; single origin selections are $18 for 12 oz. of whole beans.
Subscribe at bluebottlecoffee.com
6. The Die Hard
Not everyone wants their coffee delivered to their house ground—or even as a freshly roasted whole bean. In fact, some coffee fanatics like to do the roasting themselves. Enter Roast Coffee Company, which delivers green, unroasted coffee beans in bags ranging from one to five pounds. You obviously need a coffee roaster if you’re going to go this route, but hey, if anything is going to take your coffee game to the next level, it’s this.
Why You’ll Love It: Not only is it pretty dang cool to roast and grind your own coffee, you’ll save tons of money cutting out the middleman (Also, Roast Coffee has great deals on roasted coffee, as well.).
Cost: $4.99 for a one-pound bag of unroasted coffee; $9.99 for a one-pound bag of roasted coffee.
Subscribe at roastcoffeeandteacompany.com
photo: Citizen Bean via Facebook
7. The Bonus
Sometimes coffee just needs a little something, and Citizen Bean gets that. Each month that your coffee is delivered (in a one-pound, not 12 oz., whole bean bag), you’ll also receive a small bonus item, such as cookies or chocolate, herbs, or even coffee accessories. Your monthly delivery will also include roaster profiles, as well as a list of coffee How To’s. The roasts change with every delivery, and the coffee experts on staff curate the best of the best. Citizen Bean also has an impressive selection of coffee paraphernalia on their website, such as grinders, Chemex coffee makers, and stainless steel containers for retaining freshness.
Why You’ll Love It: What with its treat add-ons, Citizen Bean makes a great gift for the coffee freak in your life. And on a virtuous note, the company also asks its roasters to choose a charity each month, where they then donate a portion of their proceeds.
Cost: $17.99/3 months; $139.99/6 months; $239.99/year.
Subscribe at citizenbean.com8. The Best Bang for Your Buck
If you want to try a new and exciting coffee but don’t know where to start, let Craft Coffee do the work. Get started on the website by choosing your normal store-bought beans from a list, and they’ll suggest one of their roasters as a comparable choice. You like Major Dickason’s from Peet’s? Try the Streetlight Blend! There’s an option to choose their famous three-coffee sampler (each month, the expert tasting panel evaluates over 50 coffees and each month, only three make their way to your door), which will give you 4 oz. of three similar roasts. There’s no commitment, you can choose your own plan, and shipping is always free. Craft Coffee is also fierce about freshness. They roast their own beans in Brooklyn and ship it off to you within 24-72 hours.
Why You’ll Love It: Craft Coffee has a price match guarantee, which means they’ll match the price of your grocery store beans to the penny.
Cost: 12 oz. bags start at $8.99, the three-coffee (4 oz. bags) sampler is $24.99.
Subscribe at craftcoffee.com
9. The Best of the Pacific Northwest
Bean Box works exclusively with 21 small-batch, award-winning Seattle roasters such as Zoka, Slate Coffee Roasters, Herkimer Coffee, and more. There are over 300 different coffees, and you’ll choose between the Bean Box, which features four roasts (1.8 oz. each), or the Coffee of the Month (12 oz.). You’ll receive whole bean coffee (within 48 hours of roasting), tasting notes, roaster profiles, roasting tips, and even a dark chocolate Rip van Wafel cookie.
Why You’ll Love It: Bean Box survives and thrives in the land of Starbucks, so you know these folks are the real deal.
Cost: $60/3 months; $108/6 months; $204/year.
Subscribe at beanbox.co
10. The Cool Brew
Cold brew has taken the coffee world by storm and Grady’s is ahead of the game. Started by three guys who love java, their recipe is a New Orleans-style cold brew made with coffee, chicory, and spices. There are several ways to get your Grady’s. You can choose from a pour-and-store pouch, a bean bag can (DIY brew kit) or a bean bag single—whether you drink it straight, water it down or add milk is up to you.
Why You’ll Love It: You can do so much with a cold brew. Be sure to check out the online section with recipes for tasty eats like coffee cake, coffee popsicles, chocolate shakes and more. Yum!
Cost: Start with a single pour-and-store for $30, or save by ordering a 3, 6 or 12 month supply. Bonus: New York City residents can also order single servings, or concentrate brew to be delivered on a monthly basis.
Subscribe at gradyscoldbrew.com
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— Nicole Fabian-Weber & Gabby Cullen
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