When I read the story of Modest Coffee, I was truly inspired. Their story, unlike many others, focuses on how they began roasting coffee in a popcorn maker and eventually moved up to an Ambex, with no clue as to what their next step would be. Reading about their humble beginning is what made me decide to try their subscription. It had nothing to do with the coffee itself. Instead, it reminded me of why I wake up every morning and decide which coffee machine to use or whether I should do a pour over or frenchpress. Sure, maybe I became a little snobbish about the quality of my coffee but, really, it's because I have a passion for not only brewing, but also creating blends and flavors that people can enjoy.
Modest Coffee has 6 different subscription options that all vary from one another. Make sure you read each option closely, here, before choosing. The six options are The Modest, The Enthusiast, The Collector, The Espresso, The Decaf and The Sampler. (Note: The Sampler gives you 3 1/2 bags containing The Modest, The Enthusiast and The Collector)
We went ahead and ordered a trial of The Collector. The Collector consists of coffees that are small lot, 500% and higher index, scored a 90 or above and are very rare and unique. Usually, I'm not a fan of lighter roasts but I found this particular one to be quite decent. I would definitely recommend it for someone who is just developing their palette or prefers a lighter roast with a fuller body.
Moustache Coffee Club was another one of those subscriptions we found just browsing around for some more quality coffee that we could indulge in. We started off with a free trial that exceeded our expectations. We received the 'Buena Esperanza' from Guatemala. Our first thought...We should have made the whole bag! The 'Buena Esperanza' was smooth with strong floral notes that left us wanting some more of where that came from.
Their subscription is straight forward, offering 6 or 12 oz bags delivered weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. The 6oz is $13 and the 12oz is $19. The 6oz is perfect if you are someone who maybe drinks 1 cup a day and looking to try a new coffee weekly or rotate between brands. However, if you happen to drink multiple cups a day, I say go with the 12oz because this coffee is amazing.
For those who may want to go ahead and pay for their subscription 6 or 12 months in advance or keep their offices stocked, there are options. The Solo Artist is a 12 month subscription where you receive 1, 12 oz, bag of coffee bi-weekly. The Duet is a 6 month subscription where you receive 1, 12 oz, bag of coffee weekly. Both of these options cost the same and come with a FREE 8-Cup Chemex!
Now, for those of you who only want the best of the best, try the MCC Tasting Series. This subscription is for those of you who are looking for rare, delectable coffees that passionate connoisseurs truly appreciate. You will receive a 2oz or 6oz coffee sample every month for $19. We’ve already signed up, so what are you waiting for?
Stumptown Roasters - the only reason why I need to visit Portland, Oregon. All of my west coast friends agree it is one of the best roasters in the West. Last fall, while browsing around Target, I came across Stumptown's Winter Cheer. It was incredible! So, of course, I had to add them to our coffee subscription list.
For their subscription, you can choose between your favorite blend or their Roaster's Pick. However, they only ship bi-weekly. So, be prepared, just in case you finish your bag before the week is over, like we did. You also have the option of subscribing to 1, 8oz bag or 1 to 3, 12 oz bags.
First, let's take a look at their numerous blends to choose from, starting at $16.
Hair Bender - this blend features a mix of coffees from Latin America, Africa and Indonesia
Holler Mountain - this signature blend is perfect for any espresso lover
House Blend - this blend is fruity and floral, perfect for all coffee lovers
French Roast - this roast is for the dark roast lovers like myself
Trapper Creek Decaf - the coffee they say you can't distinguish from it's caffeinated version
Want to know what the Stumptown crew is sippin' on? Sign up for their Roaster's Pick and find out! This coffee is their "Best of the Best".
Not ready to commit to a subscription? Don’t worry. They offer a free 2oz sample of their Hair Bender blend to entice you.
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