So, you want to buy coffee beans online?
I completely understand!
Sometimes you live in an area where there just aren’t any good coffee shops or markets nearby.
Maybe the selection at your local coffee shop or market is too limited.
Or… you just can’t. #introvertprobs
Well, below you’ll find some of the best options I could “brew up” (yeah… I did). I’ve ranked them on a scale of 1 – 5 for quality of coffee (yes, that’s subjective!) Then, there’s a scale of 1 – 5 for affordability. Also, there’s a scale of 1-5 for shipping costs. This will give a composite score. From THAT score, I’ll rank them. Of course, you may chose quality over affordability (or vice versa). No prob! I’ll reveal all the info in the results.
Hope this helps!
The point breakdown: (Total : Quality Score + Affordability Score + Shipping Cost Score)
#1 – Eastpole Coffee (12 pts: 4 + 3 + 5)
Here’s an Atlanta favorite that I’m proud of! I’m also quite surprised. Eastpole has some good, affordable blends and the most generous flat rate shipping I could find! Definitely worth trying!
#2 – Counter Culture Coffee (10 pts: 4 + 3 + 3)
I tried very hard not to be biased toward Counter Culture. It’s hard, because they’re SO GOOD. But, the scoring is for their relatively affordable and good quality selection. Plus, they have the now industry standard $5 flat shipping rate.
#3 – Batdorf & Bronson (9 pts: 2 + 4 + 3)
Now, no one that knows me is confused about how I feel re: Batdorf’s roasting profiles. I’m not a fan. Never will be. That said. Some people really like their coffee. Also, I have to say that they have an affordable selection (the widest and most affordable), and the industry standard $5 flat rate shipping. Way to go Batdorf. (I’ll still never drink your coffee.)
#3 – Sweet Maria’s Coffee (9 pts: 3 + 5 + 1)
Tied for third (and put second on the list only because of the alphabet), Sweet Maria’s! I’m a home roaster, so I’m very familiar with Sweet Maria’s. However, a lot of folks aren’t. So, I wanted to analyze their lesser-known roasted coffee selection. They offer discounts on coffee that has sat in package for a while (thus the ding on quality). BUT this makes them QUITE affordable at times. I only wish the flat rate was better. 🙁
#4 – Intelligentsia Coffee (8 pts: 4 + 1 + 3)
Now, here’s where things get tricky. Obviously, Intelligentsia Coffee is better than Batdorf. BUT it is much more expensive. So, with an excellent, but pricey selection, and only industry standard flat rate shipping, Intelligentsia lags behind.
#4 – Stumptown Coffee (8 pts: 4 + 3 + 1)
Stumptown has good coffee! BUT They have variable rate shipping. (I was quoted $8!) That’s not good, because it’s higher than the industry standard flat rate. (Bummer!) Their selection and affordability could have put them above Batdorf (where they belong). But, alas…shipping!
#5 – Blue Bottle Coffee (7 pts: 5 + 1 + 1)
Ok, okay! I know this is not fair. But it’s TRUE! Blue Bottle has excellent, award-winning coffee. But it’s expensive. REALLY expensive. This is the prime example of quality over affordability. When you want the best, feel free and pay for the best. Personally, I prefer more balance. And, BTW, this is another instance where a variable shipping rate has lowered the ranking!
So, there you have it! EastPole for the win! Of course, you are free to disagree. And you should! Be passionate about your coffee choices. Just be sure to let me know in a comment!
Ok! Thanks for reading.