These Coffee Subscription Boxes Make Mornings So Much Easier

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Let's face it: Whether you're a coffee connoisseur who prefers artisanal roasters or you take pride in drinking a tried and true favorite, the morning ritual would not be complete without a fresh cup of coffee. If you love to explore new flavors and blends, a subscription box ensures you're always on your A-game when it comes to your morning cup of joe.

Not only do they make the dizzying number of coffee choices easier to navigate, but subscriptions pair you with flavors tailored to your preferences and introduce you to new blends. And, coffee these boxes aren't just for those who are looking to expand their palate—after all, if you drink a lot of it, a subscription box guarantees you'll never run low (depending on the frequency of the shipment you choose).

To help you choose the best coffee subscription box, we rounded up our top picks.

Best Coffee Subscription Boxes of 2021

Best Overall: Mistobox

Mistobox

Mistobox

Why We Chose It: Mistobox is every coffee lover's dream of a subscription box. It reigns supreme for its extensive library of flavors, flexible delivery options, and convenience.

What We Like 

  • Has more than 600 coffee flavors
  • Very customizable
  • Fresh, roasted-to-order coffee
  • Ability to manage subscription with Alexa

What We Don't Like 

  • Free shipping not available

If Mistobox is giving you deja brew, you were probably introduced to it on Shark Tank when it made its debut in 2013.

Whether you're a coffee aficionado with refined taste buds or a complete newbie when it comes to roasts, Mistobox truly has something for everyone. Upon subscribing, you'll get matched with a coffee curator—aka a pro who will select coffee catered to you. Or, if you already know what flavors you love, you can choose your own. Either way, Mistobox features over 600 flavors from more than 50 of the country's best roasters including Verve, Intelligentsia, and Olympia Coffee.

A short quiz designed to get to know your coffee preferences ensures you only get exactly what you love. Feel like getting involved? You can rate each coffee you receive to help filter future boxes. We love that users can build a Brew Queue of beans that pique their interest (think of this like your Netflix watch list). And, Mistobox is tech-friendly—you can ask Alexa for status updates on your box, manage your subscription, place a quick reorder of your favorite roast, and control your delivery schedule. 

Each box comes with a 12-ounce bag of freshly-roasted coffee (enough for 25 cups), and you can choose the frequency of deliveries (every one, two, three, or four weeks). Boxes start at around $10 for a 12-coffee plan, $11 for a six-coffee plan, and $12 for one bag of coffee.

Best for Large Quantities: Peet's Coffee

Peet's Coffee

 Peet's Coffee

Why We Chose It: Peet's Coffee offers three different subscription models and is perfect for the person who drinks multiple coffees a day (and doesn't ever want to run out).

What We Like 

  • Users can choose from whole bean or ground coffee
  • Fast shipping
  • Small batch, single-origin, or blend subscription options
  • One-, two-, and three-pound options

What We Don't Like 

  • Limited to just Peet's coffees
  • Only delivers once a month

You'll be excited opening your door each month to a box of fresh-roasted coffee from everyone's neighborhood favorite: Peet's Coffee. While you're limited to only their flavors (most other coffee subscription boxes feature brews from a variety of roasters), this is music to your ears if Peet's is the one to fill your cup anyways.

Peet's Coffee offers three subscription boxes to choose from, and they're all available in one, two, or three-pound options. If you're the adventurous type with a knack for new experiences, go for their Small Batch Series, which starts at about $18 a month and sends you rare and unique finds each month, selectively sourced in small batches.

The Single Origin Series, which starts at about $17 per month, delivers beans from various coffee-growing regions (think: Colombian and Ethiopian coffees). Finally, there's the "safe" option: the Signature Blend Series, which is roughly $16 per month and features the brand's signature, best-selling blends.

Best for Gifting: Verve

Verve

 Verve

Why We Chose It: For those who need their Verve fix, this subscription box fits the bill. With eye-catching packaging and a convenient website design, you're sure to win friendship points with this box.

What We Like 

  • Free shipping
  • Premium specialty coffees
  • Flexible shipping options
  • Excellent customer service

What We Don't Like 

  • Limited to just Verve's coffees
  • High price points
  • Not much variety

Whether they're a longtime coffee brewer or are diving into the luxe world of craft coffee, Verve’s coffee subscription makes the perfect gift.

Besides the easy-to-use (and aesthetically pleasing) subscription selector, you can choose the coffee (Roaster's Choice or Blend), bean preference (whole, coarse, medium, or fine), quantity (one 12-ounce bag for roughly $16, two 12-ounce bags for about $31, or one kilo for about $46), and length of subscription (three, six, nine, or 12 months). After choosing your preferences, you can then send it to your favorite trend-setting friend for a unique gift that lets them sip on blends from around the world—all from the comfort of their own home.

There are only 12 coffee flavors to choose from, and while that may feel limiting, it takes the guesswork out of figuring out what your pal will like. Some of our favorite flavors include Verve's bestselling 1950, which is straight down the middle when it comes to roast level and uses rotating components chosen for its candied taste. Buena Vista, a full-body dark roast perfect for the long-time coffee aficionado, is another favorite.

Most Sustainable: Red Rooster Coffee

Red Rooster Coffee

 Red Rooster Coffee

Why We Chose It: Red Rooster Coffee offers two subscription boxes—The Classic and The Fix—that deliver high-quality coffees, all while paying farmers high premiums, using biodegradable bags, and recycling.

What We Like 

  • Free shipping for The Classic box
  • Free gifts for those with an annual The Fix plan
  • Has sustainable and environmentally-friendly values

What We Don't Like 

  • Only ships once a month
  • Free shipping unavailable for The Fix box

If sustainability is the name, then Virginia-based Red Rooster Coffee is the game. Red Rooster Coffee is a family-owned, specialty coffee company that roasts the highest quality beans from around the world—from Nicaragua to Ethiopia. Not only does the brand make a positive social impact at the coffee origin by paying high premiums to farmers and giving back to social programs, but it mostly uses Organic and Fair-Trade coffees. And if the beans are not Organic and Fair-Trade, it makes sure to only source from estates and farms that are known to treat workers equitably and take care of the land.

There are two subscription boxes to choose from: The Classic, where subscribers can select from the brand's current offerings, or The Fix, which features coffees that are exclusive to this type of box. (Choose The Fix if you're a globetrotter who needs to fulfill an international coffee craving.) Subscribers of The Fix pay about $22 for a monthly plan, $20 a month for an annual plan, or $18 a month for a two-year plan. You can choose your preferred frequency, quantity, flavor profile (fruit, chocolate, or both), and grind type. What's more, those with an annual plan get brag-worthy brew gear throughout the year as a free perk.

Even better? Red Rooster Coffee offers biodegradable coffee bags that are hand-printed locally using water-based inks. The company also composts its chaff with local organic farms and minimizes its carbon footprint by recycling and reusing within its facilities.

Best Cold Brew: Rise Brewing Co.

Rise Brewing Co.

 Rise Brewing Co.

Why We Chose It: If cold brew is your jam, Rise Brewing Co.'s nitro coffee will become your new go-to. The subscription model is straightforward, the coffees don't contain additives, and they're made to last.

What We Like 

  • Coffees are brewed with nitrogen
  • Long shelf life
  • USDA-certified organic ingredients

What We Don't Like 

  • Not too much variety
  • Limited customization features

What sets Rise Brewing Co.'s cold brews apart is the fact that it uses nitrogen to enhance the naturally-sweet, chocolatey flavor of its Peruvian-sourced organic coffee. That ensures its cold brews have a delicate, smooth texture and a slightly fizzy taste—think of it like a caffeinated stout. Also, because nitrogen acts as a natural preservative, the coffees have a six-month shelf life, allowing you to stock up (without fear it will go bad).

Don't worry about excess sugar, calories, or hard-to-pronounce chemicals in your cold brew—every ingredient is organic and transparently laid out under each flavor.

Rise Brewing Co. has a different subscription model than most. Rather than taking a quiz to determine your coffee match, you get to select your flavor from five coffee options available. And thanks to an active community of reviewers, this should be easy.

We're loyal to the Oat Milk Mocha, which uses organic, low-fat cocoa powder and silky oat milk as its hero ingredients. It also offers a straight-up black, oat milk vanilla, classic latte, and oat milk latte. Subscriptions are about $27 and include 12 seven-ounce cans, which are available for delivery every 14, 30, or 60 days, depending on how bubbly of a coffee fix you crave.

Final Verdict

If you're looking to try new flavors or get your coffee fix without leaving home, a coffee subscription box is your golden ticket. We recommend Mistobox for its wide variety of flavors and roasters, and Red Rooster Coffee if sustainability is important to you. If you easily get decision fatigue, go with Verve or Rise Brewing Co.—the companies won't bombard you with options but you'll still end up with a great-tasting coffee.

Who Should Get a Coffee Subscription Box?

If you work from home or are finding that the daily runs to your local coffee shop are taking a toll on your wallet, a coffee subscription box will get you the most bang for your buck, plus it ensures that your taste buds are always satisfied and that you never run out. Coffee subscription boxes are also a great way to discover new flavors and learn about coffees from around the world.

How Much Do Coffee Subscription Boxes Cost?

The cost of a coffee subscription box can vary greatly. Some subscription boxes only offer a monthly delivery, which can range from about $10 to $40, while others have more frequent shipments and a per-bag rate, which can run from roughly $12 to $18. While some companies offer a better value the longer you commit to a subscription and the more frequent your deliveries are, others come with perks like free shipping, discounted rates, and coffee gear depending on which box you subscribe for.

How We Chose the Best Coffee Subscription Boxes

We focused on price, variety, customization options, and speed of delivery. Coffee starts to lose its pungent flavor and smell after it's been roasted, making fast shipping crucial to its quality.

We also considered how the box tailors its pairings for you over time. With the exception of Rise Brewing Co., all of these subscription boxes are highly customizable, ask you questions about your distinct palate, and take your feedback into consideration for future boxes.

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