Being a self-proclaimed coffee nerd, you get swept up in the number of options that face you when ordering online or ordering in general. For many, a good cup of coffee ranges from Dunkin’ Donuts to a sugar bomb known as a Starbuck’s signature drink.
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Now, I don’t want to totally denigrate Starbucks. It’s not bad, it’s not good, it serves a purpose and it’s marketed properly to be the default for people who are supposedly drinking good coffee. Over the past few years as I dive further into my coffee obsession, I discovered Trade Coffee via an Instagram ad. Needing to pickup coffee beans for the week, I clicked on the ad and decided to make a purchase. To my surprise, this is what came in my first shipment.
Trade sends you a nice welcoming package, including some basic but detailed information in regards to how to brew your coffee. Personally, I prefer a french press or pour over but for most, an auto drip coffee maker will work. If you want to brew great coffee while traveling I recommend the AeroPress - it’s great for a quick brewed, espresso like coffee on the go.
Ordering is easy, you can order via subscription or one bag at at time. They also walk you thru a matching process to find a coffee that meets your palette’s desire. I like bright, floral, acidic coffee. You may prefer a dark, chocolaty, robust brew. Either way, with a few clicks they will give you recommendations based on geography, flavor profile and so on.
Trade will also send you text message updates to encourage you to order by offering free shipping if you order a bag within a 15 day window.
Which leads to the final portion of this article…how much? The bags of coffee run from $11 and up. You can also find rare beans such as the Geisha bean which runs upwards to a hundred dollars. All in all, if you’re a coffee nut, give Trade a chance. $16 might sound like a lot for 12 ounces of coffee but it’s a much better value than that $5 caramel frap and it tastes a hell of a lot better too. Now for some gratuitous coffee photos. If you find this helpful check me out on below and if you have a vendor you use please feel free to let me know, I”m always looking for good coffee. Happy caffeine consumption. Cheers and Happy New Year.