I can't go to my neighborhood coffee shop, but I can get its grounds delivered straight to my door.

By Christie Calucchia
Updated April 06, 2020
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The simple act of popping into a local coffee shop to grab a drink in the morning can be such a soothing part of your daily routine. You’re simultaneously supporting small businesses while getting your caffeine fix; it’s a win-win. Even though most shops are closed right now, you can still support local brands and enjoy delicious coffee from the comfort of your own home thanks to Trade Coffee.

The coffee subscription service and online retailer offers more than 400 coffee grounds from top roasters across the country. To get started, you’ll take a quick quiz that reveals personalized recommendations based on your tastes. Topics include your coffee experience level, how you typically make coffee for yourself at home, how you take your coffee, and which roast level you usually go for. From there, you can choose your preferred consistency—from whole beans to finely ground coffee—and Trade will recommend a coffee brand and roast that’s perfect for you.

I recently gave the service a try, and after taking the quiz, Trade happened to recommend a full-bodied roast from one of my neighborhood coffee shops, Orens Coffee. Since I can’t visit local shops right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was such a treat to have a familiar roast delivered to my apartment for me to brew at home. What’s more, I felt great knowing I was still supporting one of my favorite small businesses during this time.

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To buy: $13 (was $15); drinktrade.com.

While you can choose to order just one bag at a time for delivery, starting a subscription with Trade Coffee has a few benefits. Not only do you get 30 percent off the price of your first bag when you sign up, but you’ll also never have to pay for shipping. After you enjoy your first roast, you can rate the grounds online and Trade will use your feedback to pick a new coffee brand for you to try next time. You’re also entirely in charge of how often you receive your coffee (it could be as frequent as every week or just once a month), and you can cancel or pause your subscription at any time.

The bags are reasonably priced, starting at around $13 for 12 ounces of fresh grounds or whole beans. When you do the math, that’s so much cheaper than grabbing expensive lattes here and there. If you want to support local merchants while enjoying fresh blends that are conveniently delivered right to your door, give Trade a try.

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To buy: $13 (was $15); drinktrade.com.