Lifestyle Food 12 Coffee Subscriptions That Should Be on Your Radar This Season With so many blends and brews to choose from, let us help you narrow the field By Madison Yauger Madison Yauger Instagram Twitter Website Madison Yauger is commerce writer at PEOPLE. People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 1, 2021 02:24 PM Share Tweet Pin Email We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best products—learn more about our process. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission. Photo: Super Coffee Sometimes you need that extra kick of caffeine to get your day started, but instead of using energy to walk to a coffee shop, wouldn't you rather have coffee just show up at your door in bulk? Coffee subscriptions, like those at Blue Bottle Coffee and Bean Box, offer customers a wide assortment of blends, cold brews, espressos, and more to help keep your pantry stocked and your brain alert. Best Coffee Subscriptions of 2022 For Overall Coffee: Trade Coffee For Artisan Coffee: Bean Box For Organic Coffee: Chamberlain Coffee For a Diverse Selection: Super Coffee For Espresso: Blue Bottle Coffee For Cold Brew Coffee: Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. For Single Origin Coffee: Oakland Coffee For Sustainable Coffee: Driftaway For Female-Powered Coffee: Bean & Bean For Vietnamese Coffee: Nguyen Coffee Supply For Pour-Over Coffee: Copper Cow Coffee For International Coffee: Atlas Coffee Club How Much Caffeine Should You Have a Day? Like many adults, you may need a boost of caffeine to get through the day (maybe more than one). But how much caffeine do experts recommend you have each day, and how much caffeine is in an average cup of coffee? According to the Mayo Clinic, around 400 milligrams of caffeine is a safe amount for adults to consume every day. Because the average cup of brewed coffee (8 milliliters) has about 96 milligrams of caffeine, that adds up to around four or five cups of coffee per day. Espresso is brewed in smaller batches (about 1 milliliter), meaning it's more concentrated — one cup of espresso contains about 64 milligrams of caffeine. A serving of instant coffee is similar in size to brewed coffee (8 milliliters), but has just 62 milligrams of caffeine. All in all, it's not bad to drink a few cups of coffee a day, and with coffee subscriptions, your supply is less likely to run out. Research Reveals What Your Coffee Preference Says About Your Personality Best Overall Coffee: Trade Coffee Trade Why We Chose It If you need a cup of coffee (and not just any will do), then Trade Coffee might be for you. To get started, you'll take a personalized quiz to create a customized coffee profile from over 50 local and independent coffee roasters. From there, you can select from several bag size options, as well as delivery frequency and grind preference. Pros Free shippingVariety of plansDiscounts for members Cons Plan on answering a few questions to cancel subscription The team at Trade Coffee specially selects coffee blends from more than 55 small roasters across the country. This exposes subscribers to hidden gems like Atomic Coffee Roasters (Salem, Massachusetts), Tandem Coffee Roasters (Portland, Maine), and Congregation Coffee Roasters (New Orleans, Louisiana), to name a few. Simply take a short quiz to determine your coffee preferences, then customize details like delivery frequency, grind level, and the amount of coffee per order. The team at Trade Coffee will also assess your current coffee knowledge, what additions you prefer (sugar, cream, or black), your ideal roast level, favorite flavors, and what price range you're comfortable staying in. This will guide your recommendation to one of two levels: more accessible blends for $14.75 per bag and premium blends for $15 to $22. All subscriptions come with free shipping, and customers can manage their subscription through their account, with the ability to cancel any time after their first three deliveries. Get your first bag of coffee for free when you sign up with the code FIRSTBAGCOFFEE. Buy It! Trade Coffee, $14.75–$52.50; drinktrade.com For Artisan Coffee: Bean Box Bean Box Why We Chose It Wake up with pep in your step knowing that your coffee beans from Bean Box are sourced from small-batch, artisan roasters, and have been carefully screened and quality-tested. Boxes also come with samplers, so you can try new beans without committing to a full pound. Pros Personalized coffee experienceEasily pause, skip, or cancel subscription in profileFree shipping for subscribers Cons On the pricier sideCurated coffee model Calling all coffee lovers! Bean Box is an artisan coffee company that features microlot coffees. These are highly specialized coffee beans produced separately from the rest of a batch to create a more curated flavor. Bean Box offers two subscription options for its microlot coffees. The coffee tasting subscription delivers four coffees per month, each in a 1.8-ounce sample size for $16.50. Each bag of coffee makes up to six cups. The coffee bag subscription includes a larger 12-ounce bag that can make 24 to 36 cups. This subscription can be delivered on a monthly, biweekly, or weekly basis, and starts at $20. For a more personalized experience, you can choose whether you prefer whole bean or freshly ground coffee as well as your roast preference, including all roasts, light roast, medium roast, dark roast, espresso, or decaf. These plans automatically renew, but you're able to cancel at any time. All orders come with free shipping. Buy It! Bean Box, $16.50–$24; beanbox.com For Organic Coffee: Chamberlain Coffee Chamberlain Coffee Why We Chose It Not only are the coffee beans certified USDA organic, but influencer Emma Chamberlain's coffee subscription is sustainably sourced and packaged in California. Have fun finding your perfect cup of joe with several customized options, as well as delicious add-ons such as teas, cocoa, and coffee-brewing accessories. Pros Unique flavor quizCurated bundles and setsRewards and points for future discounts Cons Occasional delayed response time from customer servicePeriodic shipping If you like your coffee to be produced sustainably, Chamberlain Coffee offers certified USDA organic blends. To determine the best flavor for your order, take the flavor quiz and answer questions about your brew preference, caffeine intake, what time of day you typically crave coffee, and favorite roasts. Based on your results, the brand will recommend various blend options to help you find the perfect flavor combo. There's also an option to build your own subscription by choosing from seven blends like rich medium roast ("Family") and creamy dark roast ("Night Owl"). Select your coffee type (ground, whole bean, or steeped), how much coffee you want (one, two, or three bags), and how often you'd like to receive it (every seven, 14, or 30 days). Subscribers receive 15 percent off all orders, and can cancel at any time. Buy It! Chamberlain Coffee, $14–$148; chamberlaincoffee.com For a Diverse Selection: Super Coffee Super Coffee Why We Chose It Looking for the ultimate fresh shot of at-home espresso? Blue Bottle Coffee showcases single-origin assortments and unique blends, with whole beans that are roasted within 48 hours before shipping. For those interested in trying out the service, the company offers a three-month welcome kit with beans, filters, dripper, and a tote. Pros Works directly with farmersSubscribers get free giftsU.S. roasteries are certified organic by CCOF Cons Whole beans only, no pre-ground option If you want super flavors, then you need to try Super Coffee. Pick from four categories of coffee products: ready to drink, creamer, grounds, or pods. Then choose your flavors from a vast variety, such as mocha, French vanilla, hazelnut, dark roast, caramel, and seasonal favorites like maple pumpkin. Customers love the taste, with one reviewer writing about the [insert flavor], "So delicious. It's got enough of a caramel sweet pop to it with a good taste of coffee to balance it out. It's not sugar sweet, but a rich smooth sweet." Save 15 percent when you subscribe, and you can pause or cancel your subscription whenever you want. You also have the flexibility to add one-time products to your order, swap flavors, and change the frequency of your deliveries to best accommodate your schedule. All subscriptions automatically renew and come with free shipping. Buy It! Super Coffee, $9.99–$33.99; drinksupercoffee.com For Espresso: Blue Bottle Coffee Blue Bottle Coffee Why We Chose It Looking for the ultimate fresh shot of at-home espresso? Blue Bottle Coffee showcases single-origin assortments and unique blends, with whole beans that are roasted within 48 hours before shipping. For those interested in trying out the service, the company offers a three-month welcome kit with beans, filters, dripper, and a tote. Pros Works directly with farmersSubscribers get free giftsU.S. roasteries are certified organic by CCOF Cons Whole beans only, no pre-ground option Blue Bottle Coffee offers an espresso assortment subscription box that'll give you the pick-me-up you need in the morning. Simply choose how many bags you'd like per shipment — half a bag, one, two, or three — and you'll have a consistent espresso stash for one to four weeks, depending on the quantity you order. You also have options for delivery frequency. Not sure what kind of coffee you want? Take the coffee match quiz to be paired with a delicious brew. You'll answer questions about your brewing methods, how you take your coffee, how much coffee you drink, and your taste preferences. Then, you'll receive several coffee recommendations from the Blue Bottle team to help you build your subscription. For whole bean coffee, roasts occur within 48 hours of shipping to maximize freshness. You can skip deliveries and cancel your subscription at any time. Buy It! Blue Bottle Coffee, $11–$45; bluebottlecoffee.com For Cold Brew Coffee: Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. Why We Chose It Grounds & Hounds sources small-batch, organic, and traceable coffee from around the globe, giving your homemade cold brew coffee a worldly element. And best of all, while you're sipping on your joe, you can feel good about supporting canine rescue organizations. Pros Single-serve pods availableProceeds support animal rescue initiatives Cons Shipping can take several business days Are you a coffee drinker who loves animals? Check out Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co.. The company motto is "save a pup with every cup." When you sign up for the coffee subscription, 20 percent of proceeds from every order goes to animal rescue initiatives and organizations around the U.S. All coffee at Grounds & Hounds is arabica — premium quality and sustainably grown. To start, choose from an assortment of coffee blends (such as the Sunny Spot Cold Brew), then indicate the type of coffee you want (ground, whole bean, single serving), the quantity, and the frequency of the delivery. All subscriptions come with free shipping. Once you're finished ordering, you can see how much of an impact your single subscription will have on shelters across the country. Proceeds from Grounds & Hounds have provided 2.1 million shelter meals and counting, and every order helps the cause! Buy It! Grounds & Hounds Coffee Club, $12.99–$155.96; groundsandhoundscoffee.com For Single Origin Coffee: Oakland Coffee Oakland Coffee Why We Chose It Oakland Coffee features several single-origin roasts, including beans from Mexico and Guatemala. Rock music lovers will also enjoy reading personal coffee snippets and descriptions from Green Day band members. Pros Compostable packagingSubscription reward program, including free vinylsCustomizable subscription Cons Minimal light roast options Apparently, the Boulevard of Broken Dreams leads to coffee. Oakland Coffee is the brainchild of the band Green Day, who, after years of late nights on tour scouting for a good cup of joe, created their own — which they claim is "the best damn coffee on the planet." Working with sustainable farms, the brand offers a wide variety of organic single origin blends. When you join the Oakland Coffee Club, you can either request to build your own subscription or have the team select a mix for you. Pick from ground, whole bean, or single serving options, then determine your delivery frequency and an initial commitment — either month to month or three-month prepaid (which converts to a standard month to month plan after the third month and includes a welcome gift). All subscriptions come with periodic rewards and free shipping for orders over $35. Buy It! Oakland Coffee, $14.50–$127.89; oaklandcoffee.com For Sustainable Coffee: Driftaway Driftaway Coffee Why We Chose It Driftaway is dedicated to being a sustainable source for coffee delivery, with the ultimate goal being a carbon-neutral footprint. All packaging is plastic-free and 100% recyclable or compostable, and each shipment arrives with in-depth tasting notes and personalized stories from the coffee farmers. Pros Virtual and in-home coffee tasting opportunities New coffees each month Cons Customers won't know what coffee is included before shipping With its compostable packaging and use of ground transport, Driftaway is an energy-efficient and sustainable company that produces quality coffee. When signing up for a Driftaway coffee subscription, first indicate if the coffee is for you, a gift, or for your office. Then, select ground, whole bean, or cold brew bags. The first shipment arrives in the form of a "Coffee Explorer Kit," with three to four bags of fresh coffee to sample and review. This gives the Driftaway team an idea of your preferences. If you're confident about which coffees you like, you can also skip the explorer kit and specify the blends you want to receive. Select the amount of coffee for each order, a delivery frequency, and a billing frequency (six-month and annual prepaid subscriptions can save you 10 percent overall). For gifted subscriptions, you can choose three months, six months, or a year with delivery frequencies of biweekly or monthly. Unlike subscriptions for you, these do not automatically renew. Free shipping is available. Buy It! Driftaway, $16–$1,557.80; driftaway.coffee For Female-Powered Coffee: Bean & Bean Bean & Bean Coffee Roasters Why We Chose It Bean & Bean is passionate about mitigating gender disparity in the coffee world and is trying to help bridge the gender gap bean by bean. Nearly half of the coffee roasted at Bean & Bean is sourced from women-led farms. Pros Provides online resources on gender inequality and sustainability Helpful search filtersSurprise monthly coffee club available Cons $35 minimum order for free shipping Bean & Bean is a mother-daughter-owned coffee company that puts an emphasis on female empowerment. This New York-based brand offers five unique blends in its subscription: Downtown Blend, Peru Las Damas, Indonesia Sumatra, Decaf, and Female Powered (which is a mix of women-produced coffees). All of Bean & Bean's coffee supply is rooted in sustainable and fair trade practices. Simply choose your blend, grind preferences (whole bean, coarse, medium, fine, or espresso), delivery interval, and the amount of coffee you'd like. Then select a monthly, three-, six-, or 12-month subscription. Coffee arrives within a few days of roasting to deliver the freshest product to your doorstep. Buy It! Bean & Bean, $16.20–$936; beannbeancoffee.com For Vietnamese Coffee: Nguyen Coffee Supply Nguyen Coffee Supply Why We Chose It If you love rich, strong, and flavorful coffee, then you may appreciate Vietnamese coffee from Nguyen Coffee Supply. Roasted in Brooklyn, this award-winning, women-led coffee company sources directly from a fourth-generation Vietnamese farmer, bringing specialty organic coffee directly to you. Pros Mission-driven company Resourceful online Vietnamese coffee FAQsDiscovery kit subscriptions offer free Phin filter Cons Decaf coffee not available$50 minimum for free shipping Despite being the second largest coffee producer in the world, Vietnam isn't always represented in the coffee industry. That's why Nguyen Coffee Supply is working to create more awareness as the first specialty Vietnamese coffee company in the U.S. Offering both the traditional arabica bean and robusta bean, the brand's subscription box has three brews to choose from in a variety of strengths. The Moxy is a medium-strength sweet blend, the Loyalty is a strong, bolder blend, and the TrueGrit is an extra-strong blend with twice as much caffeine as the Moxy. To sign up for a subscription, select your coffee blend, choose whole bean or ground, the number of coffee bags you want to order, and your preferred delivery schedule. New customers can get 10 percent off their first three shipments with the code REUPCREW10. Buy It! Nguyen Coffee Supply, $20–$53; nguyencoffeesupply.com For Pour-Over Coffee: Copper Cow Coffee Copper Cow Coffee Why We Chose It Copper Cow Coffee brings luxurious, customized coffee to your mug each morning. With a unique pour-over system complete with flavorful creamers, you can have cafe-quality coffee without leaving your kitchen. Pros Variety of flavors and creamersFree shippingSamples and discounts for subscribersCoffee brews in 90 seconds Cons Non-biodegradable filter and wrappers Only some organic products Dairy-only creamers Copper Cow Coffee is another brand that specializes in Vietnamese coffee and it's known for its pour-over varieties. With flavors like lavender, vanilla, churro, and salted caramel, you'll be treated to a range of delicious brews. Each box of coffee is $14, but when you subscribe, you save 20 percent, lowering the price to $11.20. You can also opt for a subscription box with 24 pour-over coffees and 24 creamers for $48.90. These ship every month or every other month, depending on your selections. For a more personalized box, take Copper Cow's short quiz that includes questions about your go-to coffee shop order, cream and sugar preferences, and what flavors you'd be willing to try. Free shipping is available on orders over $30, and you can adjust or cancel your subscription at any point. All subscriptions are monthly and automatically renew. Buy It! Copper Cow Coffee, $11.20–$48.90; coppercowcoffee.com For International Coffee: Atlas Coffee Club Atlas Coffee Importers Why We Chose It Atlas Coffee Club will make you feel like you're on vacation as you sip your morning joe and peruse the cheerful accompanying postcards from around the world. Each month, experience a curated fairly-traded coffee from far-flung locales, such as Burundi and Tanzania. Pros Features coffee from over 50 countriesRoasted to orderHelpful, detailed brewing guides Cons Shipping can take up to a weekCustomers cannot make their own selections If you like to pretend you're sipping coffee at a little Parisian cafe or in the heart of the jungle in Bali, then you're in luck. Atlas Coffee Club lets you try coffees from around the world, with a fresh international brew arriving at your door each month. Examples of previously featured locations include Kenya, Brazil, Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Colombia. When you sign up for this coffee club, you'll receive coffee selections from a new country each month as well as tasting notes, brewing tips, and a fun postcard from the highlighted region. You can choose half-a-bag, one-bag, or two-bag shipments (one bag makes roughly 30 cups). If you want more than just a monthly order, you also have the option to get a delivery every two weeks. Select your roast preference (light to medium, medium to dark, or all roasts) and the grind type (roasted vs. whole bean). Customers can manage their subscription through their account, pausing or canceling orders at any time. Buy It! Atlas Coffee Club, $9–$28; atlascoffeeclub.com Final Verdict Having coffee delivered to you can not only save you valuable time in the morning, but it can also expose you to unique beans and brews. With a bevy of coffee subscription boxes available, you can enjoy the fun of tasting unique roasts from all over the world. Many companies send tasting notes and have brewing instructions and coffee merchandise online, so you can brew the perfect cup every day. Trade Coffee was our pick for best overall coffee subscription, offering subscribers plenty of customization options with curated selections from independent roasters at wallet-friendly prices. Frequently Asked Questions How Do Coffee Subscriptions Work? While each coffee subscription is unique, most companies will ask you a few questions to understand the type of roast and flavor profiles you prefer. Depending on the service, you may be able to customize how often you receive your coffee, as well as how many bags you'd like in each shipment. Some services have you select the coffee you want from a coffee menu, whereas other services focus on different types of coffee each month, and will send you a curated shipment based on the in-house barista's choice. Many coffee subscriptions also offer membership rewards and discounts, as well as gifting options for family and friends. Are Coffee Subscriptions Worth it? If you want to cut down on your daily jaunt to the neighborhood coffee shop or your hectic morning car ride to the drive-through, coffee subscriptions can be a worthy investment. Having coffee shipped to your door every few weeks can save you the time and hassle of leaving the house for your morning coffee fix. Also, by buying in larger quantities, you can save money. In addition, many services are mission-driven, supporting a wide range of issues ranging from environmental to wage inequality to animal rights, which is something to consider if helping others is your cup of tea (or should we say coffee?). How Much Do Coffee Subscription Boxes Cost? The cost of coffee subscription boxes varies widely, but are typically less than the total monthly cost of your daily macadamia flat white. Most subscriptions start at $15 and can run as much as $50. For larger kits and boxes that may include brewing gear and accessories, shipments can be upwards of $150 or more. Generally, count on spending about $35 per shipment, and depending on the service, shipping may or may not be included. What Kind of Coffee is Available in a Coffee Subscription Box? Each coffee subscription service is unique, but generally, most companies have a variety of roasts. Many companies will also offer you the option of whole roasted versus ground beans. Companies may also focus on sourcing fairly-traded and organic coffee directly from a coffee farm. Some coffee may be single-origin, meaning it's coming from one country or even a single farm, or some coffee may be a blend, meaning it is a mix of beans found in several locations. There are also boutique coffee subscriptions that specialize in sourcing from a specific producer or country. Methodology Our team of researchers independently reviewed dozens of online coffee subscription services in order to make our selections. Some of the criteria included price, membership details, shipping fees, types of products available, sourcing information, customer service options, and delivery times. Our goal was to deliver a list of coffee subscription services that fit a variety of needs and budgets.