Coffee subscription services are services that regularly deliver fresh coffee right to your door. They’re pretty amazing!
The thing is, how do you know which one to choose from? Which ones have the best coffee, the best prices, the most personalization? Which ones are worth subscribing to, and which ones are better skipped?
I’ve resolved to find these answers. I’m trying all of the coffee subscription services I can find and I’m sharing my reviews with you, to make it easier to find the subscription service that’s perfect for you.
Today, I’m reviewing Bean Box.
Sign-up & Delivery
Signing up for Bean Box was easy. The process started with a simple, three-step quiz that started off with a choice between receiving a sample box every month that contains four 1.8-oz bags at $16.50/month, or if I preferred to get a single 12-oz bag either monthly ($24), weekly ($20), or biweekly ($22). Next, I had to choose my roast preferences. I had eight options to choose from: light, medium, dark, various combinations of those, espresso, decaf, or a mix of all roasts. Lastly, I had to choose if I wanted whole bean or ground coffee.
From there, all I had to do was check out. The whole process was super simple, but still covered all the important questions. I chose to get the 4-bag monthly sample box from any of the roasts. I always recommend grinding your own whole-bean coffee grounds, but if you don’t have a coffee grinder yet, it’s awesome that the pre-ground coffee option exists too.
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Packaging & Presentation
The design of the packaging on and presentation of everything was clean and simple. My delivery came in a clearly marked box, and I opened it to find three cards. The first contained a banner with a fun iced-coffee fact (that the first recipe was an Algerian drink called mazagran, that became popular in Paris and was essentially coffee lemonade). The other side contained contact info and directions for measuring out the correct coffee-water ratios.
The next card contained a reminder of everything they offer – that you can customize your taste profile as often as you’d like, and modify if you want the sampler bags or whole bags, the frequency you want your coffee delivered, that you can text to order more coffee, and about the rewards you earn when you buy.
The last one was an offer for $45 off a first box of Bright Cellar wines. With the cards came a caramel sweet, sitting atop of the four different samples, the inclusion of which I found to be a really nice touch.
Each sample is here is enough coffee in each of the sample sizes for one full 12-cup pot of coffee.
The first sample I decided to try was the Johnson House Blend, or Roast 95. The label describes it as a medium roast coffee with notes of baker’s chocolate, toffee, and nostalgia. Yes, nostalgia.
The Johnson House Blend was super strong-tasting. It’s listed as being a medium roast, but it almost tasted like a dark roast – it’s also very, very bitter. The taste of baker’s chocolate was immediately evident, as it’s definitely the strongest flavor, adding a lot of bitterness. I couldn’t really detect any toffee flavor and – as I’m not sure what it supposedly tastes like – I couldn’t taste nostalgia either. I tried to figure out if it reminded me of anything, and it did seem reminiscent of classic diner coffee, so I can only assume that that’s the flavor they were trying to describe. All in all, it was pretty good coffee, but I don’t think it matches its description very well. I like bitter flavors, but if you don’t, then this is definitely not the roast for you.
The next sample I tried was the Roaster’s Choice, which is Roast 2. It’s described as being a darker roast, and is noted to have a “bold, rich, complex, [and] clean” flavor. This roast was pretty much as described – it was definitely bold and clean tasting, but I didn’t notice much complexity – I thought the flavor profile was actually quite simple.
Next, I tried Roast 255, Brazil Canaan Estate. It’s listed as a medium roast and is listed as having earthy, nutty, chocolate, and brown sugar notes. The description was pretty accurate – it definitely tastes earthy and nutty. The chocolate and brown sugar flavors were much more difficult to taste, though they were subtly detectable.
The last sample was Roast 458, called Guatemala Hunapa. I saved this sample for last, because I was honestly a little nervous about it – it’s a blonde roast, and it’s listed as having notes of milk chocolate, fruit punch, and pineapple. The fruit punch and pineapple flavors were what made me a little nervous; I was pretty sure I was going to hate it. However, it turns out that I needn’t have worried so much. The flavor was definitely unique – I could taste the chocolate flavor subtly, and it definitely had an interesting tartness to it – but I definitely didn’t hate it. I actually couldn’t really decide whether I liked it or not, and I drank an entire pot of it. In the end, I noticed that I liked it when it was hot and fresh out of the pot, but if I let my cup sit too long and it got closer to room temperature, the tartness and fruity flavors got much stronger and I liked it significantly less.
All in all, the products – the coffee – were bold, but quite tasty. I love that I got to try four different roasts in one batch – had I ended up with just last one, I probably wouldn’t have recommended this subscription, because I would have thought that their coffee was just ‘okay’, based off of the one roast I tried. Instead, I appreciate that this service pushed me out of my comfort zone to try a flavor blend I would never have purchased on my own.
Incentives & Rewards
When you buy anything through Bean Box, you get 10% of that purchase back in Bean Box credits that you can then use towards even more future purchases. You can also earn these credits by referring friends to
This is all I could find for incentive or reward programs, but the website also lets us know that there is ‘free shipping on coffee orders over $30’ under their ‘rewards’ tab.
Bean Box was actually the first coffee subscription service I tried, years ago. The reason I had stopped using it was because I had somehow unknowingly pre-ordered six months’ worth of deliveries. I was working as a barista then, so I didn’t make my coffee at home every day or have the money to easily buy 6-months worth of subscriptions, so I was pretty unhappy about it. I ended up with way too many samples to get through, and canceled as soon as I could.
I tell you this as a note of caution. I didn’t have any issues this time around, so it might not be possible to accidentally do the same thing nowadays – I suspect that had something to do with the ‘free trial’ I had signed up for at the time – but I’m still not really sure how I ended up prepaying that much. I suspect it was a condition of the free trial I had done, and I just hadn’t read the fine print.
That said, I really loved several things about Bean Box:
1. The quiz they had me take to sign up was great! I feel like I was able to customize my experience pretty well, but I do wish I could have added a ‘flavors I don’t like’ option that I could have used to avoid the one with pineapple. Or, perhaps they could at least include a preferred-crazy-flavors scale where you could select just how experimental of roasts you want to get.
2. I absolutely LOVE that Bean Box gives you the choice between one full-size bag in each shipment or four different samples! I love that I don’t have to commit to a full bag of a crazy flavor; I feel like have room to experiment, flavor-wise, because I don’t have to worry about wasting an entire bag of coffee if I really don’t like it.
3. I really appreciated the extra little touches that the company included in the shipment. The caramel was delicious and – with the extra coffee facts and cute little good morning messages – really boosted my mood and gave my morning a pleasant start.
In terms of how it compares – I’m not sure if I prefer Bean Box or the other service I’ve reviewed so far, Atlas Coffee Club. They’re both very, very different. I think Bean Box has a lot to offer, but might not be for everyone, especially people who aren’t crazy adventurous coffee drinkers.
If you want to try coffee from all over, but you want to avoid crazy flavors like pineapple and nostalgia in your coffee, Atlas Coffee Club is your best bet. If you are super adventurous and you do want to really really unique blends, I think Bean Box is a great option for you.
If you have any more questions or you’ve already tried Bean Box, please, drop a comment below!