Written By Sol Kauffman Coffee & Tea / Libations Jun 3, 2014 Coffee Subscriptions: When Coffee Comes to You SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestYour AeroPress is a wonderful thing. Every morning it squeezes out the black juice that fuels your day, asking only a quick rinse. Do it a favour. Send it on vacation — you don’t even have to leave the house.Coffee subscriptions are an increasingly popular practice among roasteries across North America, from Kansas to Toronto to San Francisco. For anywhere from $20 to $50 a month, bags of hand-selected and lovingly roasted coffee beans show up at your front door. It might even be delivered by drone one of these days if Jeff Bezos has anything to say about it. “People are just ordering lots of things online now, it’s nice to have things shipped to your door,” says Courtney Oglend, Cafe Manager and Wholesale Rep at Drumroaster Coffee in Cobble Hill. “I think that’s huge. People just really like the convenience of having things dropped off, and the benefit of a subscription is you sign up for six months and don’t have to worry about it, it just shows up.”On top of the convenience factor, subscriptions also give you access to the most exciting and interesting coffees; ones that might be weeks early, or not even make it into regular circulation. And given how seasonal coffee can be, getting a head start ensures you the freshest beans. “We adhere tightly to seasonal only coffee,” says Drew Johnson at Bows & Arrows Coffee Roasters. “We don’t try to ride Central American coffees through the winter, or keep a Kenyan just because people love Kenyans.” Drumroaster works much the same way. “Once a month you get whatever is freshest, and it kind of gives you an insight into what Carson does in the roaster,” says Courtney. “You get a handpicked selection of what we pick and what we’re most proud of. You don’t often get an opportunity to talk right to the roasters, so it’s a great opportunity for that as well.”These coffee subscriptions also act as ambassadors, spreading coffee culture to less populous areas through a few early subscribers. “We’ve got lots throughout Alberta, and I think our furthest one away right now is Hawaii,” says Courtney. “Lots back east, Ontario, out that way, people all over the country and a little handful in the states as well. It really opened up a lot of opportunity for people who live far away to participate in this community and it gives them the ability to support a small local business.”Victoria is blessed with a legion of our own excellent roasters, from Bows & Arrows and Drumroaster to Discovery, Fernwood Coffee Company, 2% Jazz and Caffe Fantastico, many of which offer their own subscriptions. But in reverse fashion to the spread of coffee outward, those of us living in a coffee-rich city like Victoria get the chance to sample brews from outside our comfortable bubble. Other coffee meccas of the West Coast, like San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, all feature their own equivalents that might appeal to those with a wandering taste.Here are a few ones we’ve heard good things about:49th Parallel (Vancouver) Phil & Sebastion Coffee Roasters (Calgary) Sightglass Coffee (San Francisco) Stumptown Coffee (Based out of Portland) Heart Roaster (Portland) Grimpeur Bros. Specialty Coffee (Based out of New York/ Austin Tx.) SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Sol Kauffman Vancouver-born photographer, writer and designer Sol Kauffman has had his hands dirty in restaurant kitchens for years, washing dishes and slinging pizzas. In 2008 he moved to Victoria to pursue a BFA in Creative Writing at UVic ... Read More You may also like Coffee & Tea / Victoria December 18, 2017 Level Ground Trading Moves Up to New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Victoria, BC – Level Ground Trading, Victoria’s Fair Trade pioneer, is moving from their current location in Central Saanich, to a larger ... Read More Coffee & Tea March 7, 2017 Is Your Coffee in Season? GROWING UP IN MANITOBA TAUGHT ME TO APPRECIATE SEASONAL fruits and vegetables. Unlike Vancouver Island, Manitoba has a brief growing season. All of ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Interesting Locals April 22, 2016 The Caffe Fantastico Story “A full of beans love story for owners Ryan and Kristy Taylor.” It’s a Thursday morning at Caffe Fantastico. You are standing in line ... Read More Coffee & Tea / First Look / Victoria December 23, 2015 Hide + Seek Coffee: A New Coffee Shop in Oak Bay If you are a visitor to Oak Bay village, you may have noticed the papered window in one of the empty stores in the historic Bell Block. In a clean, ... Read More Coffee & Tea August 10, 2015 An Interview with Oughtred Coffee’s Director of Coffee & Co-owner Michael Oughtred Oughtred Coffee & Tea has been roasting and selling coffee in Nanaimo since 1973. Over the years they have grown to serve much of Western ... Read More Coffee & Tea May 25, 2015 Nitro-Infused Coffee is THE Thing This Summer ... Read More Comments are closed.