Boost Your At-Home Coffee Game With These Subscription Services – Forbes

The December Dripper will change how you brew coffee at home. So will these subscription services.

Prima Coffee

Whether you push buttons or spend five minutes as a pourover artisan, brewing your own coffee saves money. Nowadays, there are hundreds of subscriptions services available. Single roaster, multi-roasters, well-known brands, and options for even the pickiest bean counter. Looking for American-only roasters? Check. How about Japanese? Check. Need quality decaf choices? Check.

The following list provides an awards-show take on the proliferation of businesses that want to keep you out of the café and in your kitchen.

The envelopes have been handed out for the following:

For those who want to explore U.S. based roasters: Stay Roasted

Stay Roasted is your virtual American road trip through local independent coffee shops. This week, customers could review 50 local roasters with not a Stumptown, Intelligentsia, or Blue Bottle in the mix. For all but the most avid and traveled, selecting among them is a journey into the unknown (on a national stage) specialty coffee world. That Stay Roasted exists is a testament to the flourishing coffee scene nationwide over the past decade.

Roast: multi-roasters

Grind Format: whole bean only

Delivery: weekly, biweekly, or monthly

Cost: $15.99 for a 12 oz bag, $14.99/12 oz bag for 2 shipments, $13.99/12 oz bag of 3. Shipping is free in the US

For those who fear commitmentAngel’s Cup

Angel’s Cup uses their own customers to crowd-source ratings and then ships a 12 ounce bag to those who opt in. Over a full year, weekly subscribers will have a different coffee each week. Shipments are guaranteed fresh, never more than a few days past the roast date. For those who are unsure about what they like, there are also two sampler subscription formats – a Cupping Flight of 4 small samples, a “Black Box” of 4 larger samples.

Roast: multi-roasters

Grind Format: whole bean, coarse, fine

Delivery: weekly, biweekly, or monthly

Cost: $19.99 for a 12 oz bag, 4 samples for $10.99. Shipping is free in the US

For those looking to save $3,000 on a trip to JapanKurasu

Japan has had a coffee history for well over a century, as the first coffees shop opened in the 19th century. Japan today is just behind the US in consumption per capita, and the specialty coffee scene is well developed.  Brands such as Hario, Kalita, and Porlex  (and those are some that are easy to pronounce) produce quality brewing equipment for in-home use.  Kurasu gives coffee drinkers access to a series of businesses that roast in Japan and would otherwise be inaccessible.

Roast: multi-roasters

Grind Format: whole bean only

Delivery: monthly, with arrival at your door ranging from 3 business days to 2 weeks

Cost: 3500 Japanese Yen (~$31 in USD as of May 2019) 200 grams (7 ounces). Shipping is free

For those who need decaffeinated optionsIdecaf Coffee Company

One of the few subscription companies that markets its decaffeinated choices, Idecaf was started in 2014 with emphasis on sustainable sources.  During a given period, there may be seven choices of decaffeinated (as well as caffeinated) and their subscriptions services give customers the option of deliveries at 1, 2, 3, or 4 week intervals, and just 24 hours after they roasting.

Yes, they may also have flavored coffee and thus are blasphemous in the eyes of purists, but the market has spoken and it still wants pumpkin spice, dammit.

Roast: in-house

Grind Format: whole bean, drip, espresso

Delivery: Weekly interval from 1 to 4

Cost: $19.79 for 16 ounces on subscriptions (10% off a one-time purchase)

For the ultimate customer of convenience: Sudden Coffee

For those who don’t want to leave the house other than to pick up the mail, doesn’t want to grind or measure their beans, and even further, doesn’t want to wait longer than it takes to heat water, I recommend Sudden Coffee, the most prominent instant coffee solution by subscription. Ever. They don’t offer dark roasts – this is Third Wave Instant, not a back-to-the-nineties nostalgia play – but what they do offer is the finest single origin crystallized coffee available. This is not an incremental improvement over Folgers (which used a different species of bean) or over Via, but a new innovation – specialty coffee brewed for immediate drinking but freeze dried for a taste akin to a hand-brewed cup. It’s a significant as sliced bread. Camping trip coffee quality and weight issues solved.

Roast: in-house with some guest roasters (though it’s not so relevant in this case)

Grind Format: not relevant

Delivery: monthly

Cost: $16.00 for an 8-cup pack

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