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The 16 Best Coffee & Tea Subscriptions – 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards

Erin Pullmann
ByErin PullmannOct 21, 2022 | 12 comments

Every year we ask you, our readers, to tell us your favorite subscription boxes. The results of the 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards are in! This list features our fellow subscription fanatics’ top choices for delicious coffees, relaxing tea and more!

Many a morning ritual involves making and drinking a warm beverage. Coffee and tea subscriptions deliver the best beans and leaves directly to your home or office so you can focus on the best part of the process - drinking it! Almost every roaster and tea brand seems to have their own service, so how do you know which to try? We asked our readers to share the boxes that keep them stocked. Bonus: These boxes are also a foolproof gift idea for anyone who likes to cozy up with a cuppa, even if they only drink decaf, green teas, or third wave coffee. Ready to see which coffee and tea subscription boxes fueled our readers up?

Most Popular Coffee & Tea Subscriptions, Recommended by Our Readers

What'll it be, coffee or tea? Here are the sippable subscriptions our readers are loving right now:

1. Sips by

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Cost: $16.00 per month. Subscribe here!

ACTIVE DEAL: Save 50% off your first box!

What Our Readers Say:

"The personalization is what makes Sips By the standout for me!" - Cheryl

"I love Sips By because not only do they give you tea, but they give you more information about the tea, how to prepare it properly, and interesting little tidbits." - Crystal Trotter

About the BoxThe Sips by subscription is totally catered to your tastes! You'll share your preferences when you sign up, and each month you'll receive a selection of 4 teas from well-known and up-and-coming brands, with 15+ cups in each box. This female-founded company is dedicated to setting you up for steeping success by supplying you with the biodegradable filters (if you are sent loose-leaf tea), guides, and tasting notes in each box!

Check out our Sips by reviews to learn more. Ships free to the U.S., $9.50 to Canada, and to western Europe for varying costs.

2. Atlas Coffee Club

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Cost: Plans start at $9.00. Subscribe here!

ACTIVE DEAL: Use code MSA50 to Save 50% off your first subscription purchase

What Our Readers Say:

"By far the best coffee. So yummy." - Tonya

"Atlas coffee club is one of my favorite coffee boxes! Their coffee tastes amazing and you get a great amount for the money!" - Emmi

"Atlas is amazing with sales and how they cater to Canadians 🙂 " - Marj

About the Box: Take a moment to think of all the best coffees you've tasted, and the countries around the world from where they came. Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Kenya—all these countries of origin and more are represented in the single-origin coffee sent to Atlas Coffee Club subscribers! Choose the number of bags (half, one, or two) you'd like to receive, the frequency (every 2 or 4 weeks), your roast preference, and whether you'd like whole bean or ground coffee, and wait for your order to arrive in amazing packaging, and with info about the country featured.

Check out our  Atlas Coffee Club reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the US for $4.95 and to Canada for $6.99.


3. Bean Box

Bean Box June 2018 review featuring 4 coffees and a candy.

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Cost: Plans start at $16.50 per month for the Coffee Tasting Subscription and $24.00 per month for the Coffee Bag Subscription. Subscribe here!

About the Box: Hailing from Seattle, this coffee subscription company is out to share the best of their local roasters with coffee drinkers in other states. Bean Box works with small-batch, independent roasters, so you can be sure you’re getting thoughtful, high-quality blends in every box. Choose from light, medium, dark, and decaf roasts, choose whole bean or ground, and get ready to see which of their 712+ varieties will find their way to your mug!

Check out our Bean Box reviews and details to learn more. Ships free to the U.S. only.


4. Almost Tea

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Cost: Plans start at $26/month if you select the "Prepaid 1 Year" option. Month-to-month boxes cost $29/month. Subscribe here!

About the Box: This dessert tea company is brought to you by the creators of Universal Yums, who wanted to create teas inspired by bakeries and donut shops. The teas have no sugars and no artificial sweeteners (meaning no calories). Tea flavors include the likes of Brown Butter Bourbon Blitz, Raspberry Caramel Fudge, Double Chocolate Chunk, Cinnamon Toast Munch, Chai Caramel Latte, and Spiked Apple Cider. Each box contains 6 custom flavors in every box, and every blend is made from scratch.

Check out our Almost reviews and details to learn more. Ships free to the contiguous U.S. and military addresses (FPO/APO). 


5. Art Of Tea

My Art of Tea of the Month Review: Does This Live Up to Expectations? - Subscriboxer

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Cost: $70.00 for a 3 month plan. Save with longer subscriptions. Subscribe here!

ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% off your first box!

About the Box: Classics, rare finds, and specialty blends are all on the table with the Art of Tea subscription! Choose which is right for you, including options for caffeine-free teas and pyramid bags (as opposed to loose leaf), and expect to receive 2-4 oz. (about 30 servings) of rotating teas in each box. It's a great way to explore new tea flavors!

Check out our Art of Tea reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the contiguous U.S. for free.


6. Trade Coffee

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Cost: Starting at $14.75 per week. Save with greater frequency and volume subscriptions. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

"Incredible selection and outstanding customer support." - KL

About the Box: After taking a short quiz based on your flavor preferences and brewing techniques, Trade Coffee will play matchmaker to pair you with a small batch bag of coffee from one of 400+ roasters around the country. The beans are roasted to order and shipped directly to you from the roaster, so freshness is a guarantee. After giving your match a try, you can rate the coffee in your Trade account to further hone in on your perfect cup!

Check out our Trade Coffee reviews and details to learn more. Ships free to the US only.


7. Blue Bottle Coffee

A hand holding a bag of Blue Bottle Coffee, with the shipping box in the background.

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Cost: $11.00-$13.00 per week depending on selections. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

"I love getting a selection of new fresh beans to grind a brew every month and look forward to the weekend when I use them!" - Chrissy

About the Box: We envy the folks who get to stroll into a Blue Bottle Coffee cafe for a cold brew at the rest of us can partake with a subscription to this Oakland-based company. Serving up high-quality coffee blends that are sustainable and seasonal, a Blue Bottle Coffee subscription sends freshly roasted beans for you to brew and enjoy in your home.

Check out our Blue Bottle Coffee details for more info. Shipping is free to the U.S., and free to international regions with purchases over $35. Current international regions this subscription ships to are Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the U.K.


8. Simple Loose Leaf

Simple Loose Leaf December 2018 Review

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Cost: $13.00 per month. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

About the Box: If you're setting out to learn which teas you love or are simply excited by variety, the Simple Loose Leaf tea subscription may be your jam. Each box contains a variety of 4 sampling options based on your choice between the Original Sampler Box, Herbal Decaf Box, Green Tea Box, and Black Tea Box. They often come from artisan sellers worldwide and include reusable organic linen tea filters for sustainable brewing. Choose to receive a box every month, every 2 months, or every 3 months.

Check out our Simple Loose Leaf reviews and details to learn more. Ships free to the U.S. for the first month, then $2.99 per month thereafter.


9. Amora Coffee

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Price: $54.00 per month (4 half-pound bags of coffee per month). Subscribe here!

About the box: The Amora Coffee service sends roasted-in-the-USA beans or grinds in a variety of blends and flavors. The default delivery is 4 half-pound bags for $14.95 each (a total of $59.80 plus shipping), however this subscription is totally customizable—you can pick the blend, quantity, and frequency of delivery by calling their customer concierge line at 1-855-642-6672. One feature that makes this coffee subscription stand out to our readers is the members perks program. Free coffee, scoops, cannisters, travel mugs, even a free coffee maker are all offered as rewards for your subscription!

Read our Amora Coffee reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the US for $8.95.


10. Adagio Tea of the Month Club

Image of a box from Adagio Tea Club

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Cost: $19.00 per month, $54.00 for a 3-month subscription, $99.00 for a 6-month subscription. Subscribe here!

About the Box: Adagio lets you try new teas on your preferred schedule! With a monthly subscription, you'll receive 30 individually-wrapped packets of tea - enough for 60 cups! You can choose to receive a selection of their most popular teas, or select their herbal teas, black teas or greens and oolongs. You can switch up your subscription as often as you like to try more delicious teas.

Check out our Adagio Tea details to learn more. Ships to most regions worldwide; rates vary depending on shipping speed, method, and destination.


11. Dollar Tea Club

Dollar Tea Club August 2018 Review

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Price: From $1.00 per month for the The Explorer subscription, $9.00 per month for The Sommelier subscription, and $12.70 per month for The Sensei subscription. Subscription prices vary based on preferences and volume. Subscribe here!

ACTIVE DEAL: valid for 15% off, non-expiring coupon.

About the BoxDollar Tea Club lets you explore incredible teas at an unbeatable price! Their tea is direct-trade and ethically sourced, and represents a wide range of natural flavors. You can also buy accessories like compostable tea-pouches from the company as you need them!

Read our Dollar Tea Club reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and Canada for $4.50.


12. Craft Coffee

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Cost: Starts at $11.99 to $24.99 per month, depending on preferences and selections. Subscribe here!

About the Box: Craft Coffee delivers high-quality beans straight to you, just after roasting, at prices competitive to what you would spend in the grocery store. Fresher, higher quality, and infinite options to explore, this coffee subscription will delight your mornings (or all day long!), especially when paired with their fun add-ons to top off the experience.

Check out our Craft Coffee details to learn more. Ships to the US for free, $2.99 to Canada, and $7.99 to all other international destinations.


13. Plum Deluxe Tea


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Cost: $12.00 per month for a one tea/month subscription, $17.00 per month for a two teas/month subscription. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

ACTIVE DEAL: Save 15% on your first shop order!

About the Box: Loose-leaf tea drinkers will delight in the organic, fair-trade, seasonal leaves sent in the monthly Plum Deluxe subscription. You decide whether you'd like to receive one or two teas per month—either way, you'll be sent a bonus sample of the next month's tea, too!

Check out our Plum Deluxe Tea reviews and details to learn more. Shipping is free to the U.S., Canada, U.K, and Australia, however subscription pricing varies based on location.


14. MistoBox

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Cost: $11.95 per month for the Basic tier and $14.95 per month for the Deluxe tier, plus shipping. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

About the box: MistoBox makes it easy to sample the best coffees from purveyors around the country with this monthly coffee subscription box. Each box includes a 12 oz. bag of coffee picked to match your taste preferences and shipped at a frequency that’s convenient for you. When you sign up, you’ll be matched with a “coffee curator”—think of them as the coffee bean equivalent of a personal stylist. Your curator will use your preferences to pick the right coffees for you, and they’re always available for questions and feedback! Our readers love how MistoBox makes it easy for you to have freshly roasted coffee each and every day.

Check out our MistoBox reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the U.S. for $5.00. 


15. Tea Runners

Flat Tea Runners box and four bags of tea & a bowl of honey.

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Cost: $25.00 per month. Bi-monthly and tri-monthly subscription plans are also available. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

About the Box: Tea Runners offers a monthly, bi-monthly, or tri-monthly subscription that sends the best in loose-leaf teas. Plans are plentiful and include an all-black tea box, an herbal tea box, a pure tea box, and their original box (a mix of all of them). In each box you'll receive four 3-oz. packages of tea, and Tea Runners promises not to send duplicates for at least 12 months.

Check out all of our Tea Runners reviews and details for more information! Ships free to the U.S. and Canada, and for $8.00 to most other countries worldwide.


16. Match Made Coffee

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Cost: $19.95 per month. Subscribe here!

About the Box: Match Made Coffee invites you to be a taste tester with its craft coffee and gourmet cookie pairing box. Each month, subscribers receive a curated pairing of freshly roasted and international craft coffee, along with perfectly flavor-paired gourmet cookies. Included is a Coffee + Cookie Pairing Guide, making for a delightful and informative read as you enjoy your match made in heaven.

Check out our Match Made Coffee reviews and details to learn more. Free shipping to the U.S.

That wraps up the list of 2021 Winners for Best Coffee and Tea Subscription Boxes! What are your favorites?

Erin Pullmann
Erin Pullmann
When Erin finds a new box she loves, she wants the world to share her joy, especially if it includes something sparkly. Her non-subscription addictions include knitting, reading, baking, running and dancing with her husband and daughter.

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Elizabeth C

I love my Sips Tea boxes. My name is always on the card in the box saying made for Elizabeth. Silly but it makes it feel personal and more special. One of my favorite boxes.

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I’ve been doing Trade Coffee for a few months, but am thinking of cancelling. My first bag was terrible (shredded bag, water damage, weak coffee, poor grind.)
Fortunately, they have amazing customer service, and not only did they send out a new bag for free but CS worked with me to better refine my preferences. I picked the bag they suggested and it was amazing – enough so that if I do cancel Trade I might just go re-order from that company instead. Then I got my next bag and it was mediocre – not bad, not great – so why pay double what I’d normally pay for a bag off coffee that I don’t even like as well?

I’m going to wait for the next bag – see if it’s good, as I do like the variety/mystery, but if it’s not better than my typical coffee, I’ll cancel and perhaps try out a tea sub instead.

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Mary L.

I’d love to see an updated review of Match Made Coffee if you’re taking requests!

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I’m surprised not to see Crema.co on this list. The quality, selection, and customizability are outstanding, and CS is fantastic. The price is on par with what you would pay for beans from your local indie coffee shop too.

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I’m a BRCC subscriber. As a veteran myself, I try and support other veteran run companies. Bias aside, BRCC is the best coffee I’ve ever had. Not only are their commercials hilarious, but their product is top notch. I recommend Silencer Smooth in whole bean. Buy a cheap electric grinder and grind it yourself. Not only will it taste fresher, but it will last longer.

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I buy Bones Coffee Monthly and I have to say I love the flavors of the coffee and the artwork on the packaging is beautiful. I am clipping the artwork after the coffee is done with and keeping them in a picture book.

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I’m on my 3rd month of Trade coffee and have been pleasantly surprised by how nice it’s been. I like getting to choose from their suggestions each month and how easy it is to change the shipment date.

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Christen Russo

THat’s awesome, LJ. I’m a Trade subscriber, too, and I have been really happy with what they’ve selected for me!

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How is Angels Cup not on the list! It is one of the best with its selection, variety of choice from dark, med, light roast and ground or whole bean option. Not to mention the price is amazing.

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I have received Simple Loose Leaf both from their website and from Amazon (deal alert). I love it, but had to pause because I just have too much tea right now. I also got a deal on Tea Runners’ first month on Amazon. As much as I had enjoyed it, $25 is too much for me. I just subscribed to Sips by out of curiosity (and I love a good deal). I would say that $15 a month is tops for me. I have tried Amoda tea years ago – liked, but too expensive.

I always go back to David’s Tea – their prices are rather agreeable, especially during a sale.

As for coffee, I am using a Nespresso machine.

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Whistling Kettle is great, too!

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MSA, I would love to see regular reviews of the Hawaii Coffee Tour box. When we visited Oahu in 2007, we had the best tasting, smoothest coffee I have ever had. Given the price point, I would like to see a few reviews before taking the plunge! If the reviews are as great as the coffee I remember, it is worth the $.

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