This Editor-Favorite Coffee Subscription Makes Mornings More Bearable — Plus, It’s on Sale Right Now

updated Feb 17, 2023
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When the pandemic started and non-essential businesses were closing their doors, I knew I had to figure out a way to get my usual coffee (among many other things, of course) with limited social interaction. So, I spent a ton of time researching the best coffee subscriptions and decided to try Bean Box, a Seattle-based company that works with thousands of small-batch roasters to handpick the best coffee beans around the world. Three years later, I still love my morning (and afternoon) cup with Bean Box’s roasts.

What’s So Great About Bean Box’s Coffee Subscription?

When I first tested the service in 2020, Bean Box offered a four-bag subscription, and each bag included 1.8 ounces of freshly ground beans based on a few preferences. Now it’s even more personalized; the bags are larger; and you can choose between whole or ground beans, six tasting profiles that go beyond roast levels, the quantity of bags in each subscription, and the frequency of the subscription itself. For coffee newbies, this might sound intimidating but it’s actually a great way to figure out your palate and taste preferences. In fact, new Bean Box subscribers can take 10% off their first subscription and get a free seasonal coffee tasting flight with the code “PRESIDENT” at checkout now through February 20.

My first subscription box included a few different roasts, so I was excited to try each one with various brewing techniques. The first coffee I tasted was a dark blend of Colombian, Guatemalan, and Sumatran beans that gave off a highly intense aroma when I opened the resealable pouch. I gave them a quick grind, put them in my French press, and the result was a truly invigorating cup of bold coffee that made early mornings worth it — or at least more bearable.

The next bag I sampled was a medium roast, which I used to make cold brew in my drip coffee maker. The coffee had notes of strawberry, melon, and fruit nectar that was delicious over ice and even better with a drizzle of coconut creamer. My third and fourth bags were both light roasts, which I brewed in my everyday coffee maker and served with a splash of milk and a sprinkle of coconut sugar. At this point, you’ve probably figured out that I love coffee and have a lot of gear.

Kitchn’s Shopping Director, Jada Wong, who tested Bean Box more recently, loved the Cloud City and Colombia Lomaverde blends in her medium-roast subscription. The former was rich and aromatic with flavors of chocolate and marshmallows (yes, marshmallows!) coming through, while the latter was brighter with notes of apricot and tangerine.

In addition to the coffee subscription, you can buy bags of whole or ground beans à la carte. This way you can stock up on a favorite roast, try a new one, or grab a gift for a fellow coffee stan. In my experience, the subscription is the way to go because you’ll never run low on caffeine. But if you want the best of both, you might want to take advantage of Bean Box’s Presidents’ Day sale for 10% off your first subscription and a free tasting flight — just remember to use the code “PRESIDENT” at checkout.

Buy: Bean Box Coffee Subscription, starting at $20