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I’ve always been a coffee lover since I was a teenager, but I was also a creature of habit. I’ve only really cycled through a handful of different brands and roast types, but I was feeling ready to expand my horizons and see what other coffees are available. Unfortunately, with hundreds of brands and varieties available, I started to get overwhelmed.
The good news is it’s easy to sign up for a coffee subscription, especially in Canada. This way, I can receive curated samples from a mix of local and international companies to expand my palate and see what I’ve been missing. Even better, I’ve compiled a list of the best coffee subscription services in Canada and those that ship to Canada so you can do the same. You might also be interested in our round-up of the best coffee subscription services in Washington, DC.
What To Look For In A Coffee Subscription Service
If you’re like me, you want to explore different coffee options so you can make the best brew at home. However, you may prefer to order your favorite coffee from a single retailer. Both options are valid, and you can even sign up for multiple subscriptions to get the best of both worlds.
Other elements to look for in a coffee subscription service include:
- Easy Cancelations: If you want to pause your order or cancel it entirely, you should be able to do that without any problems.
- Adjustable Order Schedule: You can order coffee weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. But you should also have the option to switch to a new delivery schedule as necessary.
- Preferred Coffee Types: Do you drink decaf, espresso, or blends? The best coffee subscriptions allow you to choose your preferences, so you’re more likely to enjoy what they send.
How To Pick A Coffee Subscription Service
Although I’ve covered the basic elements to look for in a coffee subscription, here are some additional features to compare when looking at multiple options:
- Price: I like high-end coffee, so I’m willing to pay a little more per bag. However, you might prefer something a bit more affordable.
- Customization: The best coffee subscription services allow you to customize everything from the roast level to the size of your bag. You may also be able to add and remove items from your subscription before it ships.
- Purchasing: If you find a coffee you like, you’ll want to be able to buy it individually. Otherwise, you’ll need to do some legwork to find it again.
Coast To Coast Coffee
Coast to Coast Coffee produces its own beans and grounds, so you’re not going to get boxes from different companies or countries. Coast to Coast Coffee is one of the most highly-rated roasters in Canada.
Part of what sets CCC apart from the pack is the fact that the coffee is roasted a few hours before being packaged and shipped to your front door. While you can’t necessarily control how long it takes for the beans to reach your address, you know they haven’t been sitting in a warehouse for weeks or months beforehand.
As a Canadian roaster, Coast to Coast offers free shipping anywhere in the country. If you live outside Canada, you’ll have to pay additional shipping fees, which change based on your precise location.
If you want to have more control over your coffee subscription, Detour Coffee is an excellent choice. You can pick from one of three subscription options:
- Single Origin: Pick coffee beans from different parts of the world so you can see how variables like climates and soil composition can affect the flavor.
- Coffee Blends: These blends may use beans from multiple sources, so it’s harder to tell how the region affects the taste. Blend boxes are ideal if you prefer consistency and reliability.
- Monthly Coffee Club: If you’re not sure what you want, you can let Detour Coffee curate your box for you. As the name suggests, this option is only available as a monthly subscription. The other two can be weekly or bi-weekly.
Overall, this Ontario-based roaster sources some incredible beans, so you get a wide variety of flavors, roasts, and tasting notes. If you can afford it, we recommend picking your favorite blend (or single-origin bean) and then adding the monthly coffee club so you can experience a wider variety of beans.
Craft Coffee Canada
Craft Coffee isn’t just a roaster; instead, the brand shares coffee from four main brands; Oughtred Crest, Craft Coffee Roaster’s Tug, Farm & Forest, and Notch Coffee. So, you can try dozens of blends until you discover your perfect match.
Compared to going to a coffee shop every day, signing up for a subscription is much more cost-effective. However, if you’re already buying and grinding your own beans, you’ll notice that some plans can be relatively pricey. Single coffee bags can be pretty expensive, so a subscription is a great way to try quality coffee without breaking the bank.
The Roasters Pack
Closing out our list is another Canada-based coffee subscription service that curates blends and beans from around the world. The Roasters Pack comes with three unique blends every month, so you can sample a wide variety of coffee in a relatively short period.
One thing we really like about the Roasters Pack is that each bag is roasted specifically for shipment to your house. So, you’re not getting beans or coffee grounds that have been sitting in a warehouse, waiting to get bagged and transported.
As with other services, you can choose the types of coffee you receive, as well as the size of your bags. Finally, some of these options are pretty cheap, although all of the subscriptions come with free shipping.
Technically, Bean Box isn’t a coffee producer or provider. Instead, it sources the best beans and grounds from around the Seattle area. If you know a few things about the “Emerald City,” you know it’s the birthplace of Starbucks and it has some of the best coffee shops in the country.
So, getting a curated box of samples from local Seattle roasters sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Better yet, you can get free shipping when you sign up, so it’s even more cost-effective. When signing up, be sure to check the frequency of your shipment – either weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.
The layout and user-friendliness of the website are part of the reason we like Bean Box. However, the coffee samples you get are also much better than other subscriptions, so you get what you pay for (in a good way). Finally, Bean Box is committed to working with Fair Trade and sustainable coffee farms, so you can feel even better about drinking your cup of Joe.
I listed the coffee subscriptions based on these criteria:
- Reliability: Boxes ship on time, and you know what to expect with each one. I prefer subscriptions that let you know what’s coming ahead of time.
- Variety: Although not all of these subscriptions send unique coffees from around the world, I tend to look for those organizations that curate blends from different spots.
- Customer Service: If you have an issue, you should be able to speak to someone immediately. So, I looked for coffee subscriptions with excellent customer service options.
Why You Can Trust Me
In addition to being a coffee connoisseur, I’ve written about coffee extensively over the last few years. Although I have specific preferences, I can distinguish between good and bad coffee based on the roast, origin, and grinding method. I’m passionate about the entire coffee-making process, from harvesting the bean to watching the liquid pour from my drip press.