Rating [see key]: 6+
To state the obvious, not all coffee subscription services are created equal. Some legitmately send out great coffee, month to month, pouring forth delicious specimens with few exceptions. Some, sadly not so much (some services just seem to pick some really blah stuff). There's also the differentiation of quantity and variety, with some going with a dozen micro-pouches, each with only a few beans per coffee, while others send up to multiple pounds per month. Fortunately, it's easy to try most of them prior to long-term committment, so you can avoid a year of wasted beans and find your right niche.
Recently I had the pleasure of trying out My Coffee Pub, a coffee subscription service that focuses on small batch roasters with a minimum monthly order of 1 bag of coffee (appx 12 ounces), with potential to get upwards of 6 or more if you reside in a large coffee drinking population. For the month I got to try, the coffee was from PT's Coffee out of Kansas, a roaster that has yet to steer me wrong. The coffee My Coffee Pub selected for consumption is a natural-processed Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, which is a Grade 1 natural coffee (highest grade) that comes from lots of small estates and boasts a lot of care put into the bean selection. I sampled this fine coffee via pourover, french press and siphon.
The pourover blasted me with a smooth blend of chocolate, caramel, luscious pound cake, figs, slight arugula and some rye bread, proving sweet, full and delicious. The french press similarly demonstrated notes of chocolate, pound cake, wheat cracker, arugula and a nice caramel finish. The siphon brought out a heavier brightness, with notes of raspberry jam mixed in with the heavy chocolate and sweet cream, as well as eggplant, croissant and some sage in a medium body.
All in all, this coffee from PT's proved smooth and delectable, with lots of sweet luscious notes and varying fruity interludes. Knowing also that My Coffee Pub has also featured the likes of Copper Horse and Sunergos, I would have to say that this subscription service boasts some great prospects. Check out PT's Konga and My Coffee Pub for some great coffee.
note: coffee was provided free of charge and the above review is objective feedback.