Everyone today is now familiar with the ever-popular K Cup coffee pod. Though K Cup refers to a trademarked coffee pod, this K Cup of the month clubs article includes all pods created to work in Keurig coffee makers or similar single-serve coffee brewers.
Since the advent of the K Cup in the late 90s, many homes and businesses enjoy the conveniences and flexibility the K Cup allows coffee enthusiasts. Single-serve coffee makers have changed the world of coffee as we know it. People can more easily enjoy coffee at any time of the day without having to brew multiple cups of coffee.
Plus, another huge benefit of single-serve coffee makers is the lack of a mess. There is never a fear of spilling coffee grounds, there's no soggy filter to clean up, and no coffee pot that needs to be rinsed. And, making a cup of coffee is a lot faster too.
Today, the Keurig and other coffee makers like it have come a long way. The higher-end models allow for different coffee sizes and strengths. And on hot days some have a choice for iced coffee too. There are even deluxe models that offer a milk frother and espresso option so you can enjoy your favorite coffee beverage as a single-serve as well.
Unfortunately, K Cups' biggest drawback has been its lack of the use of environmentally friendly packaging. However, Keurig Dr Pepper company is working diligently to offer more eco-friendly products. And some of the companies that provide K cup subscriptions come in earth-friendly packaging.
This article focuses on K Cup monthly subscriptions for coffee but does include one company that offers a wider variety of beverages. There are also coffee bean subscription boxes you can subscribe to as well.
Table of Contents
K Cup of the Month Clubs
- Keurig Dr Pepper
- Peet's Coffee
- Coffee Cargo
- Single Cup Club
- Coffee Club
Keurig Dr Pepper
The Keurig coffee maker, invented by John Sylvan and Peter Dragone, in 1992, was later sold in 1997. Keurig is a household name but originally started with commercial single-serve coffee units.
Green Mountain Coffee initially purchased stock in Keurig in 1993 and increased its investment over the next several years, until finally in 2016, Green Mountain purchased Keurig. And only two years later, they bought the Dr Pepper Snapple company, making them one of the most prominent beverage and food companies in the US.
Today 13% of businesses in the US have Keurig machine, though in Boston, where the company's headquarters reside, 25% of the companies have one, and one in four homes now have personal Keurig coffee machines.
Keurig Dr Pepper offers more than 100 different K Cup beverage subscription options. You may be wondering how that is even possible, but the answer is that Keurig Dr Pepper owns 32 different coffee brands and carries even more on their website. Plus, they have tea, hot chocolate, espresso K Cup subscription options.
Most of the subscriptions come in 24, 72, or 96 count quantity choices. And when you sign up for a K Cup subscription, you automatically receive a 25% discount. Plus, you will also be eligible to receive 25% off other beverages and select products from their website.
There are several delivery options from every two weeks up to every 12 weeks. Plus, for shipments, $29.99 and above shipping is free.
Peet's Coffee first opened in 1966 as a coffee bar, Peet's Coffee, Tea & Spices, in Berkeley, California. The owner Alfred Peet grew up in the Netherlands, learning about the coffee trade. Alfred later traveled the world, and when reaching the shores of the US was disheartened by the lack of good coffee, inspiring him to open his first coffee bar. Coffee lovers flocked to Alfred's coffee bar to enjoy his premium rich dark roast.
Today, there are more than 200 Pete's Coffee locations and thousands of retailers all over the world, offering an array of coffee varieties. Peet's Coffee also offers several tea options under the name Mighty Leaf.
Peet's offers a couple different subscription choices. One is called Curated for You, where Peets will choose different roasts every month, giving you an opportunity to try a variety of coffee. K Cups are not avaliable in this option.
The other subscription is called Build Your Own. Here, you choose your favorite coffee to be delivered each month. There are 13 different K Cup options.
- Explorer K-Cup Packs (80 Count) – A variety pack that includes five prespecified flavors
- Decaf Especial
- Major Dickason's Blend
- Big Bang
- Single Original Brazil
- Single Origin Nicaragua
- Organic Alma de la Tierra
- French Roast K-Cup
- Colombia Luminosa K-Cup
- House Blend K-Cup
- Cafe Domingo® K-Cup
- Costa Rica Aurora K-Cup
- Decaf House Blend K-Cup
Once you have chosen your subscription, you can select how many K Cups you want per shipment: 16, 32, 64, or 96 and at which frequency between every week up to every eight weeks.
Tayst brings a whole new look on K Cup coffee. The biggest drawback for most people when it comes to single-serve coffee is how each plastic cup harms the environment. However, when you buy Tayst coffee pods, which work in all the same coffee makers as a K Cup, you will not only be cutting back on waste but actually helping the environment.
Tayst offers the first BPI certified (Biodegradable Products Institute) coffee pod. After the pod disintegrates, it will then, in turn, provide nutrients to the soil. Instead of using a foil top, Tayst pods have a compostable paper with water-based ink. The ring is made up of a bio-resin and coffee chaff (a by-product of coffee production). It is finished with a renewable, biodegradable mesh instead of a plastic vessel.
Plus, all of the coffee is responsibly sourced from farmers in the Rainforest Alliance, that use a viable growing method that gives back to the earth. Tayst offers seven different coffees:
- Happy Hazelnut
- Vintage Vanilla Cream
- Definately Decaf
- Medium and Magnificent
- Medium and Heroic
- Bold and Brazen
- Bold and Brillant
There are various quantity options to choose from, starting at 30 cups up to 4,500 cup options. Once you decide how many pods you want to be delivered, you then pick how many of each of the seven flavors you want in 10-cup increments. Shipment frequency is once a month.
MixCups is a coffee gift subscription that ships a variety of individual K Cups each month. There are three different subscription options available:
- 15 single cup coffees, from $18.95 to $191.40
- Standard Mix – 2 each of 5 different flavors and 5 non-flavored coffee.
- Non-Flavored Mix – 10 different types of non-flavored coffees. 1 to 2 of each.
- Ultimate Mix – 10 different non-flavored coffees and 5 different flavored coffees.
- 45 single cup coffees, from $45.95 to $479.40
- Standard Mix – 5 of both non-flavored and flavored – and 4 to 5 single cup pods of each.
- Non-flavored Mix – 10 different types of non-flavored coffees, 4 to 5 of each.
- Ultimate Mix – 10 non-flavored, 5 flavored – 3 of each.
- 90 single cup coffees, from $75.95 to $839.40
- Standard Mix – 5 of both non-flavored and flavored – and 8 to 10 single cup pods of each.
- Non-Flavored Mix – 10 different types of non-flavored coffees, 8- to 10 of each.
- Ultimate Mix – 10 different non-flavored coffees and 5 different flavored, 6 of each.
All of the above subscriptions come in four different delivery options: month-to-month, three-month prepay, six-month prepay, and 12-month prepay.
Finally, you may choose which day you want the first shipment to go out. It can be as soon as the next business day, or if you don't have a preference, it will ship out within the first three business days of the following month.
Additionally, you may choose to set up your K Cup subscription on an auto-renewal program or as a one time service.
Coffe Cargo specializes in K Cup monthly subscriptions. Coffee Cargo promotes itself as “industry insiders” that are passionate about bringing unique premium roasts to coffee lovers everywhere. They search the world over for smaller roasting companies to bring unique flavors as we as premium brands we all love. Coffee Cargo is working to promote sustainability one K-Cup at a time.
Each box contains 15 coffee pods, most of which are compatible with the Keurig 2.0. There are three different roasts in each box, meaning you will receive five of each of the varieties. Boxes are shipped bi-weekly so that you will end up with the equivalent of one cup of coffee every day.
Coffee Cargo offers four different duration periods: Month-to-month for $19, 3 months for $54, 6 months for $102, and 12 months for $195.
Each shipment contains a tasting card with information about all three roasters, including where the coffee was sourced, flavor profiles, and optimal brewing instructions. Subscription boxes go out USPS and are often delivered within 4 to 6 business days.
Single Cup Club
Single Cup Club focuses on bringing small-batch K Cup coffee pods to its customers. All of the single-serve pods are compatible with all single-serve Keurig style coffee makers.
Each box contains fifteen single-serve pods, five pods of three different roasts. Every box ships the first of the month and is only charged a flat rate shipping price of $3.95.
There are four diffrerent subscription plans available: Month-to-month for $12.99, 3 months for $32.95, 6 months for $59.95, and 12 months for $107.88.
The aptly named Coffee Club provides members with many choices about the coffee that they get sent, including the type of coffee, size of the coffee bags, and frequency of delivery. For K Cups, the options break down like this:
- 3 Month Subscription: $43.20 for 16 K Cups or $99.00 for 40 K Cups
- 6 Month Subscription: $76.80 for 16 K Cups or $192.00 for 40 K Cups
- 12 Month Subscription: $134.40 for 16 K Cups or $384.00 for 40 K Cups
In each case, you're getting between three and five varieties of coffee each month. These varieties change from one month to the next.
The boxes focus on top coffee brands. This does mean that you're not getting artisan coffee, but focusing on big brands isn't necessarily a bad thing.