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From drip coffee makers to French presses to pour-overs, there are numerous ways to make a quality cup of coffee. But avid coffee drinkers know that the beans are the most important, which is why subscription services that expertly curate artisanal and locally-sourced beans are so worth the money.
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Plus, it makes for the perfect gift for any coffee aficionado looking to experiment with new beans this year. From Trade Coffee, which sources their beans from more than 450 roasting companies, to the cult-favorite Oakland Coffee, which boasts impressive sustainability practices, here are the best coffee subscription services to gift this holiday season.
And for the non coffee-drinking friends and family? There are plenty more gifting options in these roundups here and here.
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In addition to their limited-time “Seinfeld” collection, Bean Box is also a great way to try out different beans from across the world. The Seattle-based coffee marketplace sends out full sized bags of beans, expertly curated by the Bean Box team, on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Each selection is not only based off seasonality, but is built around each subscriber’s personalized roast profile to ensure match that never misses.
Trade Coffee is the best choice for those looking to support small businesses, one of the reasons it boasts more than 300,000 rave reviews on its website. From San Francisco’s Ritual Coffee to Boston’s George Horwell, there are more than 450 roasting companies to choose from. When signing up, you’re asked to complete a seven question quiz that they use to recommend three types of beans for your first delivery. Plus, if you aren’t happy with their selection you get replacement bag on the house. Depending on delivery frequency, prices range between $13 and $22.
Founded by Green Day frontmen Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool, Oakland Coffee has been a cult favorite since its founding. Aside from its rock-and-roll founders, it’s also popular because of their impressive sustainability practices. The East Bay company sells beans that are certified, organic and fairly traded, and are stored in 100% compostable coffee bags. Recently, they launched two different subscription services so you can get their beans delivered fresh to your door: an expert-curated mix and a build-your-own box.
Blue Bottle Coffee
Blue Bottle, known for treating coffee as high art, road the rising wave of artisanal coffee. Their subscription service options are almost as extensive as their menu, offering deliveries for Single Origin, Blend, Espresso, cold brew and decaf. If you aren’t familiar with all of Blue Bottle’s blends, worry not: you can take their extensive quiz to get suggestions and subscribe from there.
MistoBox is perfect for coffee lovers looking to try out new blends. From Equator Coffees to Verve, their mixes include roasting companies from across the country, curated by experts. Considering the variety of award-winning roasters they offer, Misto arguably promises the best bang for your buck at only $11 per month. Plus, their gift box, which allows recipients to select their own blends, makes the perfect present as the holidays near.
Driftaway promises the some of the most personalized boxes, sent over after customers are given the chance to test up to four different blends in an initial test-run. Future boxes are then curated based on your reviews and ratings, always with the option to swap out beans you aren’t happy with.
Grounds & Hounds
If you have a Keurig at home, you’ll want go with Grounds & Hounds, whose delivery boxes come with single-serve pods in addition to fresh beans. The sustainable company not only boasts USDA-organic beans but donates 20 percent of its profits to rescue dogs in need. Their diverse blends, which are bold, smooth and flavored, cater towards a variety of preferences. Their most popular are the Madagascar Vanilla and Morning Walk.
Chamberlain Coffee, founded by mega-popular Youtube vlogger Emma Chamberlain, is both aesthetically- pleasing and eco-friendly. Their beans, which are USDA organic, are made fresh in their California roastery and packaged in compostable bags. After taking a flavor quiz, you’re all set for a personalized delivery that allows you to choose the blend, number of bags and frequency.
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