If you enjoy organic coffee, a coffee of the month subscription will allow you to try a variety of coffee from all over the world. Plus, many of the subscriptions are coffees not found at your local grocery market, giving you the ability to experience new brews every month.
The history of coffee extends back to ancient Ethiopia several centuries ago. Though the discovery of coffee is undocumented, several legends exist regarding its story. Many believe it was a goat farmer who watched saw his goats eat coffee cherries that then were filled with energy.
However, coffee got its start; many of us are thankful for its discovery. Although coffee originated in the forests of Ethiopia, it was primarily cultivated on the Peninsula of Arabia in the Yemeni district. Today we know the area as Turkey, Persia, Syria, and Egypt.
By the 17th century, coffee finally made its way to Europe, where it was well-received. Coffee began to replace traditional morning beverages such as beer and wine, giving those people a perkier outlook and more productive day at work.
However, coffee was not always a welcome treat in Europe since some believed it to be a product from Satan. It wasn't until the pope intervened and declared that he found coffee satisfying, giving it papal approval.
In the mid-1600s, coffee found its way to New York. Though coffee was enjoyed, it didn't take the place of tea, until the Boston Tea Party revolt. The high tea taxes from King George is what finally gave coffee its extra push, making it the #1 morning beverage it is today.
Though coffee is a daily staple in many households, it is one of the few crops that aren't able to grow well in the US. There are only two states in the US that grow coffee commercially, California, and Hawaii. The US gets the majority of its coffee from South America.
Organic coffee is coffee that is grown under strict regulations and prevents the use of synthetic products to aid in its growth or protect it from outside elements such as insects. Coffee sold with the USDA organic stamp also needs to contain at least 95% organic beans.
For many coffee drinkers, organic coffee is their preference since some people believe it to have a superior flavor over traditionally grown coffee. Plus, organic coffee by nature is healthier than classicly grown beans.
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Organic Coffee of the Month Club
- Muddy Waters Coffee Company
- Grounds for Change
- Nomadic Coffee
- Peace Coffee
- Purity Coffee
- Organic Coffee Club
- Nectar of Life
- Nomad Coffee Club
Muddy Waters Coffee Company
Muddy Waters Coffee Company, located in Mckinleyville, California, was founded and owned by Chris Nicholas, who runs it with one other person, Jason Coyle.
Not only does Muddy Waters create excellent coffee, but they are also a world-community conscious company. They only buy fair trade beans, and they donate 5% of their net profits to a variety of animal shelters and rescue groups.
Between Chris and Jason, they have over twenty years of experience in the coffee business. They use both their knowledge and connections to bring their customers premium, organic, fair-trade coffee blends at a reasonable price.
Muddy Waters offers its coffee throughout the US and can be found in both grocery stores and coffee shops. However, if you are unable to find their coffee locally, you can purchase directly from them online.
When you buy from Muddy Waters, you can buy individual bags or sign up for their organic coffee subscription. Their monthly subscription is a pay as you go option. You receive 20% off the first two deliveries then 10% off for all deliveries after that.
All of the coffees available online are eligible for a coffee subscription. Plus, you can change your coffee variety as many times as you would like to be able to experience their many different blends.
Grounds for Change
Grounds for Change, located west of Seattle, is a family-owned and operated company. It takes pride in supporting the world around it, including the planet, animals, and people.
All of their coffee is made from Fair for Life Fair-Trade organic beans roasted in small batches to ensure the highest quality coffee. Fair for Life Fair-Trade supports the communities where the coffee beans are sourced.
And when you buy coffee from Grounds for Change, you are supporting more than the economy in these communities. You are also aiding community programs, in countries such as Peru, that provides help for small business loans to women and aid in the intervention and prevention of domestic violence.
Plus, when you drink a cup of coffee from Grounds for Change, it is a carbon-free cup of joy. What this truly means is that the carbon footprint created in the making that single cup of coffee is offset by the number of trees planted to make up for it.
Additionally, Grounds for Change sources the majority of its beans from shaded orchards, which aid in supporting habitats for migratory birds. They also:
- Recycle all possible elements from coffee chaff to freight pallets
- Compost organic waste
- Use 100% renewable energy
- Donate over 1% of gross annual sales to environmental and social programs
So when you sign up for an organic coffee subscription, you can feel good about the coffee your drinking. Grounds for Change subscriptions come in:
- 3 Months for $84.95
- 6 Months for $159.95
- 12 Months for $309.95
You can choose caffeinated or decaffeinated, plus your preferred grind. The prices listed above also include shipping.
Each subscription includes two 12-oz bags of coffee, one single bean, and the other a blend. Plus, each month, you will receive a card with information about each of the coffees.
Nomadic Coffee was founded by Thomas Hitch, who journeyed from Massachusetts to Nicaragua. While on his adventure, he visited and worked at a Nicaraguan coffee farm where he discovered his love for coffee and found his inspiration for the Nomadic Coffee company.
Nomadic Coffee only uses fair trade organic coffee beans. They roast their coffee near the bay area, in Berkeley, California. hey sell to local markets, restaurants, and cafes. However, their coffee is available outside of the bay area too.
Nomadic Coffee offers a variety of coffee options including single-origin, blends, and espresso.
Also, you can buy their coffee by the bag, variety pack, or subscription. Nomadic Coffee subscriptions come in two primary options, pay as you go or pre-paid.
The prepay option costs $105 for 3 months, $205 for 6 months or $405 for 12 months.
The organic coffee subscription box includes two 12-oz bags of coffee. Each month the recipient will receive two different varieties of coffee, allowing them to experience the Nomadic Coffee journey.
The month to month option allows you to choose if you want your coffee delivered once a week, every other week, or once a month.
You then choose from eight different blends, the grind option, and the quantity you want to be sent each shipment. You have the opportunity to change your preferences at any time.
Peace Coffee started as a nonprofit organization under the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy (IATP), to aid American Farmers in the 1980s. Though at that time, they were not known as Peace Coffee yet. From there, they expanded to other countries hoping to help farmers worldwide as partners and advocates for change.
In 1996, they began purchasing organic coffee beans from farmers first from Chiapas, Mexico, and later in 1997 from Guatemala. They began selling the Guatemalan coffee under the name of Guatemalan Peace Coffee, inspired by the Guatemalan Peace Accords.
Over the years, their name evolved to Peace Coffee, but they still pride themselves on partnering and importing coffee from around the world.
Peace Coffee was initially sold in local Twin Cities co-ops and natural food stores. And to deliver their coffee in both a cost-effective yet earth-friendly manner, they adopted a bicycle delivery system. That system is still in place for more than 50% of the Twin Cities deliveries.
However, they have since expanded and now sell their coffee online. Also, Peace Coffee opened a retail location in 2010, in Minneapolis. At their coffee shop, you can enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee or grab a bag of beans to go.
Finally, in 2018 Peace Coffee went its separate way and left IATP. However, the good news is the CEO at that time, Lee Wallace, was the one to purchase Peace Coffee, ensuring it maintained its focus and priorities of partnership, fair trade, and the dedication to creating and delivering premium coffee by bicycle.
Peace Coffee offers a seasonal coffee subscription, which is a fabulous way to taste a variety of coffee blends. The membership comes in three delivery options, every 2, 3, or 4 weeks.
Additionally, you may choose between a 12 oz bag or a 5 lb bag of coffee delivered in your preferred grind. Shipping is $5 per shipment on all orders under $50.
Each season a different coffee blend is shipped out:
- Spring: Pollinator blend
- Summer and Autumn: Nocturnal
- Winter: Snowshoe
Purity Coffee, founded by Andrew Salisbury, entered the consumer market in 2017. The inspiration behind Purity Coffee was his wife, Amber, who struggled with extreme chronic fatigue. Amber started drinking coffee to battle her day to day tiredness and found that it helped.
After Andrew researched the benefits of coffee, he wanted to share both the knowledge he gained as well as coffee made to help promote good health. Purity coffee blends are based on science and taste, to ensure only the purest and most antioxidant-rich coffee is produced.
Purity coffee is available in:
- 5-pound bags
- Whole Bean
- Coffee Pods
The two main subscription options are Whole Bean, which starts at $18 per month and Coffee Pods, which starts at $16.20 per month.
Both options come in a month to month pay as you go or a prepay, with a 3, 6, or 12-month option. All prepay offers free shipping. And the 6 and 12-month options include additional months of free coffee. Plus, you can choose between caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.
The whole bean option also has a dark roast option. Additionally, each choice comes in a wide variety of quantities from 12-oz to five-pound bags or 1 box to 6 boxes of 12 pods each.
Organic Coffee Club
The Organic Coffee Club was established in 2015, making it one of the newer companies on this list. Their club allows you to choose between four roast types: Colombian, French Roast, Italian Roast and Kona Royal, along with the amount of coffee that you want to receive (up to 5 pounds).
You can then choose the frequency of delivery, with options of every 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks.
Regardless of your choices, the coffee costs $17 per pound. You can get free shipping on your first order, but you need to pay shipping fees after that (the amount is calculated based on your location).
Nectar of Life
Established in 2003, Nectar of Life focuses on fair trade organic coffee that has been ethically sourced. The company doesn't just focus on coffees either. They have various other products, including espresso machines, coffee mugs, hot chocolate and reusable bags.
Their coffee of the month club costs $65.94 for three months, with free shipping. Each shipment contains two 10-ounce bags of coffee from the company. You can choose the roast level, the grind, and whether the coffee is regular or decaf.
Nomad Coffee Club
The Nomad Coffee Club is based in Los Angeles, California. It offers a monthly coffee club for $19. You can also sign up for 3 months (for $56), 6 months (for $111) or 12 months (for $217).
Shipping is free and you get a single bag of coffee each month. The coffee you receive varies from month-to-month, but few details about the coffees are provided.