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Coffee at the Moment by Mark Prince
2012 Holiday Coffee Subscription Suggestions
Posted: November 29, 2012
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2012 Subscription Suggestions

New this year is our suggested list for coffee subscriptions from around the world that you can choose from to give a "gift that keeps on giving" to the loved one in your life who loves coffee! We've had a chance to sample coffees from many of these roasters, and can attest to the great quality they're producing. Others that we haven't been able to try out come highly recommended. Right at the top, we'll give our own list for our favourite roasters, but don't let that sway you from trying any of these great coffee suppliers and their monthly, bi-weekly, and even weekly coffee delivery programs.

Remember though, the most important gift you can give this holiday season is a gift that helps others. For this reason, we're asking you to donate to CoffeeKids. No matter the donation, be it $20, $5, or even $1, it means a lot, and even if just $1, it's a buck more than the organization had before you click the link. Donate today.

Also, a note on the Price per.... you will find at the end of each listing. We wanted to give consumers a fair comparison of how much these subscription services would cost you, per bag, including shipping or any other charges. Since most roasters have moved to the 12oz bag model, we're using 12oz for all the US and Canadian roasters. We use grams for the UK roasters. In some cases, we had to do some detailed calculations because of more complex subscription plans. We try to present the highest possible price and the lowest possible price for each roaster. This should give you a good indication of the value you're getting.

Lastly, a note: none of the companies listed below have paid for these listings - these are completely independent listings we've built, based on personal experience with the roasters, or worthy recommendations from coffee professionals and coffee enthusiasts from around the world.

 
Our Top Picks!
Posted by Mark Prince, 1:05am Permalink to this blog entry

While we've strived to give you plenty of choice on this list, and attempted to curate a selection for you that features reputable roasters and vendors, the entries on this list should not automatically be considered a full and unabashed endorsement by CoffeeGeek.

Many on this list are here because we've tasted great coffee from them in the past, but others are also on the list because we've heard from fans of these roasters and vendors who loved their offerings. Rest assured, if they are on this list, they're doing good coffee.

We do want to single out a few roasters though: These are either roasters we have our own subscriptions to at CoffeeGeek, or roasters who have produced absolutely exceptional coffees that we've had around our home, office and lab in the past. They include:

Honourable mentions go to two roasters we also subscribe to, but don't currently have a public subscription program: Social Coffee Company and Batdorf and Bronson.

With that said, we're pretty confident that you will do well by choosing any of the roasters or vendors on this curated list.

 
Roasters in the United States
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 3:00am Permalink to this blog entry

The following is a list of some companies who offer coffee subscriptions in the United States. Many are roasters, but a few are coffee "curators", taking coffees from various sources and offering up different selections with each shipment. And one is a UK-based roaster who does have a global shipping program.

 
Case Coffee Roasters
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 3:10am Permalink to this blog entry

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $90 for a biweekly (6 bags total) delivery of 12oz bag

Price does not include delivery, but delivery is a one time fee of $5 no matter how long your subscription is. Case is a highly transparent specialty coffee roaster offering up a frequently changing seasonal offering of coffees including a drip or espresso program. You can choose from a mix of single origin and their Epiphany Blend, or all single origin each month.

Price per 12oz including calculated shipping: from $15 to $14.61.

 
Verve Coffee Roasters
Posted by Mark Prince, 3:20am Permalink to this blog entry
Verve

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $126.75, 1lb of Roasters Choice espresso every 2 weeks, for 3 months.

Verve offers an exceptionally large number of subscription choices that still remain pretty clear and concise for the customers. You can order from12oz up to 1kilogram (NICE! Metric!). Their pricing model is also really simple - same prices as single bag orders, but you get the shipping for free. On the downside of this, there's no additional discounts for multiple-month orders (so pricing for a 3 month subscription, per bag, is same as 12 months). The upside is, you save a bit more if you up your frequency to delivery every 2 weeks. Verve is also one of those super-transparent roasters, offering a lot of information about their coffees.

Price per 12oz including shipping: from $18.75 to $14, depending on coffee chosen.

 
Clive Coffee
Posted by Mark Prince, 3:30am Permalink to this blog entry
Clive Coffee

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $46 per month (three 12oz bag delivered)

Price includes shipping, no discounts offered for multiple months, but the 2nd (and subsequent) coffees in each order are discounted (first is at full price). Clive sources from three different local Portland roasters, offering up what they've picked as their best coffees. There's also a special limited edition coffee offered each month for $22 for the first bag, $15 for each additional bag. Coffees are 12oz bags except for selections from Coava coffee, which are 250g (8.8oz). Delivery options every month or every 2 weeks.

Price per 12oz including shipping: from $22 to $14.75.

 
Red House Roasters
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 3:40am Permalink to this blog entry
Red house

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $89 for 6 months (one 12oz bag a month)

Price includes shipping. Other options (3 months, 1 year) available. Choice is roaster's choice. Small roaster offering medium-dark roasts, blends and single origins, with good information on the website.

Price per 12oz including shipping: from $15.83 to $14.58.

 
PT's Coffee Roasters
Posted by Mark Prince, 3:50am Permalink to this blog entry
PT's Coffee

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $15-$20 per bag, Pay per order

Not a pre-paid monthly subscription, but a monthly billing club. Shipping free if you order 2 or more coffees per order. No multiple-month discounts. You can pick and choose what coffees you'd like and how often you want them delivered, but are billed on a per-order basis. Coffees range from 8oz selections for $10 up to $23 per lb or higher. Shipping is not included in the price. They offer one of the most wide ranging and complex subscription programs out there that you can completely customize to your needs, right down to delivery every week.

Price per 12oz (calculated w shipping estimate): TBA.

 
Craft Coffee
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 4:00am Permalink to this blog entry
Craft Coffee

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $135 for 6 months, each month get three 4oz bags of coffee.

Includes shipping in US. Different from most subscription programs, Craft Coffee "curates" coffees from many different roasters across North America, and puts together a monthly subscription program that mails you 3 bags of coffee, 4oz each, from 3 different roasters (12oz total). Each shipment also includes extensive educational information about each coffee and cards detailing different brewing methods. They offer Canadian shipping too, but price climbs quite a bit.

Price per 12oz including shipping: $22.50 down to $20.

 
Coffea Roasterie
Posted by Mark Prince, 4:10am Permalink to this blog entry
Coffea Roasterie

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $63 for 12oz each month for 3 months.

Shipping included in US. Other pricing options available up to $198 for twelve months (12 bags). Coffee is roasters' choice. We've tasted Coffea coffees in the past and they've always been really good. Small batch roaster offering seasonal coffees.

Price per 12oz including shipping: $21 down to $16.50.

 
MKE Coffee Guild
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 4:20am Permalink to this blog entry
MKE Coffee Guild

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $68 for 4 months (12oz coffee 1 bag/month)

This vendor sources coffee from Milwaukee's best roasters for sale each month. They offer 1 year, 6 month, and monthly options, and for Christmas have an introductory 4 month subscription. Prices include shipping.

Price per 12oz including shipping: from $22 to $16.77.

 
Roseline Coffee Roaster
Posted by From Twitter, 4:25am Permalink to this blog entry
Roseline

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $164 / 3 months, bi weekly delivery of two 10oz bags (not including shipping)

This one comes recommended by the owner of Able Brewing. A small micro roaster working off a 1.5kilo roaster, Roseline does a seasonal variety of single origin coffees each month in two roast profiles - one for drip, one for espresso which shows serious attention to the craft. You can order in 1 month or three month increments, with delivery every two weeks. Various single origins are available each month, as well as a roasters' choice option. Delivery is unfortunately not included in the subscription price ($30.60 for 3 months, $10.20 for 1 month) and is factored into the estimated 12oz price below.

Price per 12oz including shipping (calculated): From $23.46 to $18.86

 
Tonx Coffee Roasting
Posted by Mark Prince, 4:30am Permalink to this blog entry
Tonx

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $38/month, 2 deliveries of 12oz bag per month.

Tonx delivers every second week either one 6oz or one 12oz bag, and bills once a month. No discounts for multiple months. Coffees constantly change, are almost always single origin. Tonx is very transparent about the coffees with a lot of information provided. They will also ship you one free 2oz bag just to try their coffee before subscribing.

Price per 12oz including shipping: from $24 to $19.

 
Ethnos Coffee
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 4:40am Permalink to this blog entry
Ethnos coffee

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $16.50/month for 12oz House Blend coffee.

$16.50 to $21.50/month/per 12oz bag. Many options available; not really a full subscription service, but a pay-by-month plan that you sign up for and can opt out anytime on. Deliveries once or twice a month. Coffee is toll roasted by PT's Coffee. 33% of the profits from sales donated to charity. No multi-month discounts. Offers different coffees than PTs Coffee.

Price per 12oz including shipping: from $21.50 to $16.50.

 
Conduit Coffee Roasters
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 4:50am Permalink to this blog entry
Conduit Coffee

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $180 for 12oz every two weeks for six months.

Price Includes shipping. Other options available including by the month, by every two weeks, or by twelve months. Subscription is for roasters choice, they offer up a variety of blends and single origins. In Seattle, they offer an even cheaper subscription via bicycle delivery for $135 for 6 months of delivery.

Price per 12oz including shipping: from $15 to $13.75; Local Bike Delivery: From $11.25 to $10.

 
Utopian Coffee Roasters
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 5:00am Permalink to this blog entry
Utopian Coffee

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $13+ shipping per (16oz) bag.

You can sign up for a variety of delivery options, including weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Cannot determine if there are discounts for longer subscriptions. You can pick and choose the types of coffee you want. Nice selection of well-detailed single origins. Undetermined shipping costs. Liked by some folks we follow on twitter. Price per pound: $19 (assuming $6 shipping).

Price per 12oz including shipping (estimated): $14.25.

 
Counter Culture Coffee
Posted by Mark Prince, 5:10am Permalink to this blog entry
Counter Culture Coffee

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $117.30 / 6 months (two 12oz bags per month, billed monthly)

Price does not include ($5 flat rate) shipping per shipment. Fairly basic subscription choices, two coffees per month, choose from their Farmhouse blend or Single Origin program. The SO program delivers you two different coffees each month in the same shipment. Counter Culture is recognized for their transparency and quality, and working with famous forward-thinking farmers like Aida Batille. Their programs bill you monthly, and they offer a 10% discount if you sign up for a six month subscription.

Price per 12oz incl shipping: from $13.32 to $12.78.

 
Rival Brothers Coffee
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 5:20am Permalink to this blog entry
Rival Brothers Coffee

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $205 for 6 months, (two 12oz bags per month)

Price includes shipping. A $20 add on to get "all single origin" deliveries. You can mix and match this subscription via email, otherwise go with your own hard wired choices or leave it up to roasters' choice. Recommended via folks on Twitter.

Price per 12oz, including shipping: from $18.75 to $17.08.

 
The Refuge Coffee Company
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 5:30am Permalink to this blog entry
The Refuge

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $47.50 for 3 months (1lb/month)

Price includes shipping. 3 month and 6 month packages available. A darker-roast style roaster. Fair Trade coffees mainly. Some organic/FT offerings. It would be good to see more transparency in the coffees used (info about farmers / coops in blends). Price per lb: $15.83 down to $14.92.

Price per 12oz including shipping: from $11.87 to $11.19.

 
Regular Coffee
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 5:40am Permalink to this blog entry
Regular Coffee

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $20 for 1.5lb coffee per month.

No multiple month discounts. A bit different from other subscription / sign up programs: no options, not much information, just a tube of coffee containing 1.5lbs delivered for $20. Per month billing cycle. Some folks on twitter love the quality; we'd like to see more transparency about what coffee they're using. Still, it's a good price.

Price per 12oz including shipping: $10.

 
Square Mile Coffee (UK)
Posted by Mark Prince, 5:50am Permalink to this blog entry
Square Mile

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: 73 / six months (350g bags once per month)

This popular UK roaster does ship worldwide so we're also listing them in this US section because the prices are quite reasonable considering they also reflect the crazy shipping costs they (we) have to endure. A great option though for a coffee most people will never otherwise taste in the US. The price above is for the six month option of single origin; there is also 12 month programs that reduce the cost per bag a bit.

Price per 350g bag including shipping: 12.17 down to 12.08. 500g bag: 19.17 down to 18.75.

 
Roasters in Canada
Posted by Mark Prince, 1:00pm Permalink to this blog entry

The next roasters listed are all based in Canada, though some of them may ship internationally. As the holiday moves on, this list may get expanded.

 
49th Parallel Coffee Roasters
Posted by Mark Prince, 1:05pm Permalink to this blog entry
49th Parallel

Subscription Page
Example Subscription: $170 for 3 months, (three 16oz bags of Epic Espresso each month).

Prices includes shipping. Discounts for multiple months are available. Several subscription options available, including our fave, the $180 mixed pack for espresso. Very transparent about their coffee sourcing, recognized as one of the best roasters in Canada. The first shipment comes in a beautiful wine-case style wood box. Subscriptions can be customized.

Price per 12oz including shipping (calculated from both 16oz/12oz): from $18.89 to $11.45 (!!!).

 
Transcend Coffee
Posted by Mark Prince, 1:15pm Permalink to this blog entry
Transcend Coffee

Subscription Page

Example Subscription: $125 for 6 months (one 12oz bag per month).

Price includes shipping. Many other options and delivery frequencies available. Based in Edmonton Alberta, Transcend sources a lot of top quality coffees and provides a near unprecedented amount of transparency with every coffee they deliver, including a full page of information and cupping notes for each bag. They offer a wide variety of subscriptions involving up to 4 bags of coffee a month (2 deliveries of 2 bags each month), and up to 18 month terms. You can subscribe to roasters' choice single origin, or their espresso blend.

Price per 12oz including shipping: from $21.66 to $17.08.

 
Detour Coffee Roasters
Posted by Mark Prince, 1:20pm Permalink to this blog entry
Detour

Subscription Link (scroll down).

Example Subscription: $168/3 months, two 12oz bags every two weeks.

Pricing includes shipping. Detour is a roaster in the Toronto area making a quality name for themselves, and they offer a 1, 2 or 3 month subscription program with additional options to select coffee bag sizes, frequency and whether you want coffees designed for drip, for espresso, or for both. Each shipment has two bags of coffee, either in 12oz or 1lb sizes. Detour's selection is primarily seasonal offerings for single origins, but they also have well developed blend profiles for espresso that maintain a specific taste (while using different beans throughout the year).

Price per 12oz including shipping (calculated): From $15.50 to $13.87

 
JJ Bean Coffee Roasters
Posted by Mark Prince, 1:25pm Permalink to this blog entry

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $109 / 3 months (2x 12oz bags each month) for espresso blend program.

JJ Bean is an iconic and well loved Vancouver Roaster that in the past few years has expanded their coffee programs to include shipping. They offer a few different subscription programs that include a nominal one time shipping fee (usually around $10 or less, but dependent on where in Canada it is being shiped to). You can subscribe to their espresso blend program or single origin program, and get bi-weekly or once monthly shipments of two 12oz bags of coffee. They source great single origins, and continually develop their espresso blend program.

Price per 12oz including shipping: from $20.66 to $17.25.

 
Te Aro Coffee Roasters
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 1:30pm Permalink to this blog entry
Te Aro Roasters

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: $125 / 6 months, one 12oz bag per month.

Shipping included in subscription prices (assumed). Te Aro is one of the roasters we met while out at a Canadian Coffee and Tea expo a few years ago in Toronto. They're doing good coffee and like many other newer roasters in Canada, have a great seasonal program with varied coffees, but are also working hard on their blend programs for espresso. Two subscriptions available - their standard espresso blend, or a roasters' choice single origin. 3, 6, and 12 month plans available. Prices locally (Toronto) for their coffees are also quite excellent, though the subscription program prices are some of the more expensive ones we're listing.

Price per 12oz including shipping: From $21.67 to $18.75

 
Phil and Sebastian Coffee Roasters
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 1:35pm Permalink to this blog entry
Phil and Sebastian

Subscription Link (nb this is to a "duration select" link page).

Example Subscription: $204/6 months, two 12oz bags per month (1 delivery)

Shipping is included in the prices. Phil & Sebastian are highly respected roasters and cafe owners in Calgary, and baristas from the company have done exceptionally well at recent barista competitions. They are a highly transparent, seasonal coffee company, with their coffee line changing frequently to focus on fresh crops. Phil and Sebastian's subscription program is available, but can be a bit tricky to get to online - the main link off their coffee listing page goes to a static 3 month subscription where you can choose coffees for drip, for espresso, or both and mentions something about promo codes. The link we provide above goes to a page that lets you choose 3, 6 or 12 month programs, but not the type of coffee. Contact them direct to fine tune any subscription.

Price per 12oz including shipping: From $17.50 to $16.75.

 
Roasters in the United Kingdom
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 4:00pm Permalink to this blog entry

Much thanks to our forum members and followers on Twitter for introducing us to a few of these roasters and curators! We knew of a few, but it's always delightful to discover more! Here are some subscription choices available in the UK!

 
Eight Point Nine Coffee
Posted by , 4:10pm Permalink to this blog entry
eight point nine

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: 5.89 per 150g delivery, flat rate

Eight Point Nine includes either a "bespoke" coffee blend or single origin every delivery, or a unique way to dial in the flavours you want and customize a blend to your liking. Fair Trade only by the looks of it. There may be additional discounts depending on how long you lock in, but I couldn't find them.

Price per 250g including shipping: 9.82.

 
Dosebox
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 4:20pm Permalink to this blog entry
Dose Box

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: 19 per month (two 250g bags per month).

Wide range of prices: 120 to  444 for a year. Dosebox "curates" coffees from different roasters, and offers a range of coffees sizes on a 12 month delivery program. The cost is as little as  10 a month for 2 bags of 125g coffee, to 37 a month for 2 bags of 500g coffee. You get two different coffees each month. Price includes shipping.

Price per 250g including shipping: from 10 to 9.25.

 
Londinium Coffee Roasters
Posted by CoffeeGeek Staff, 4:30pm Permalink to this blog entry
Londinium Coffee

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: 26.20 per month for 1.25kg of coffee.

Londonium only sells per month in lots of 5 or 10 bags of 250g coffee; it is not a subscription per say in that you're pre-paying for a set amount of months, but setting up an auto-billing cycle via Paypal. No discounts for multiple months. Coffee is a variety from their various espresso blends and single origins, and may include duplicates. They offer tied pricing for different types of delivery, including 37.10 for courier delivery to the US.

Price per 250g including shipping: 5.24 to 4.62.

 
Square Mile Coffee
Posted by Mark Prince, 4:40pm Permalink to this blog entry
Square Mile

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: 75 / 6 months (500g each month)

Squaremile offers several six month and twelve month subscription programs for both non espresso and espresso coffees. Their non espresso programs are for 350g bags; the espresso programs is for 500g bags. The coffee is seasonal. They have three pricing tiers - UK, Europe and Worldwide. Prices include shipping in UK. Price per bag, 350g: 9.17 to 8.75. 500g: 12.50 to 12.08.

Price per 250g including shipping: from 6.25 to 6.04.

 
Hasbean Coffee Roasters
Posted by Mark Prince, 4:50pm Permalink to this blog entry
Hasbean Coffee

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: 71 / 3 months, (weekly deliveries of 250g bags)

Hasbean offers a different kind of subscription program, delivering new coffees every week (there is also one program for 1 coffee per month for 12 months). These are coffees from their weekly video series called "In My Mug", and you can get 12 (3 months) or 52 (12 months) delivery subscription bags of coffee. A great chance to try a lot of different coffees. Shipping included in price. No international shipments.

Price per 250g including shipping: from 5.91 to 4.81.

 
Volcano Coffee Works
Posted by Twitter Submission, 5:00pm Permalink to this blog entry
Volcano

Subscription Link

Example Subscription: 28 per month for two 400g deliveries (every 2 weeks)

Volcano is another roaster recommended via Twitter as doing good coffee and seasonal offerings. They only offer subscriptions on a monthly basis (delivery every two weeks), and no discounts for multiple months. Shipping appears to be included in the price, but confirm. Based on their web listings, they occasionally buy Cup of Excellence coffees.

Price per 250g including shipping (calculated): 8.75

Article rating: 9.8
Posted: November 29, 2012
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