How to Select a Coffee of The Month Club

By Ray Forrest

One of the most important questions that coffee lovers have is how to select a coffee of the month club. These clubs are a great way to get superior quality, as specialty coffee comes from all around the world at an inexpensive price. The recent claim in popularity for these clubs has opened up a new impression for local coffee shops to showcase their flavorful blends on the net.

Most organic and fair trade coffee is roasted by local shops, where micro-roasters import beans from many different regions globally. These coffee producers focus on roasting beans that are mostly organic, fair trade and shade grown to produce high quality, specialty coffees that are rich in flavor with a mild touch on the palette that lacks the bitterness associated with lower grade coffees.

Demand for organic and fair trade products linked with development in online shopping means it makes good business sense for the savvy owner of a coffee shop to create a new sales channel using the web to move their specialty coffee products on a worldwide basis. Today more than ever, establishing an e-commerce presence is a relatively easy task and the benefits of getting a product online make it a worthwhile effort.

What does this mean for coffee lovers you might be asking? Now instead of having to settle for the "usual suspects" or big brand coffee producers, consumers have a wide variety of high quality, specialty coffees to choose from. A coffee of the month club is designed to offer shoppers the opportunity to experience a variety of specialty coffees on a monthly basis at an affordable price. As you start your search for a club like this, here are several tips on what to look for and how to find the best deal for yourself:

  1. How much should I pay? Most organic and fair trade coffees range in price from $9.99 to $17 per pound. This excludes ultra premium coffees such as Kona and Jamaican Blue Mountain. These two particular coffees range in price between $25 and $48 per pound.
  2. Quality - Look for products that are certified organic and fair trade. These coffees are produced based on high quality standards that are free from harmful herbicides and pesticides and promote ethical and financial practices that support the local farmers and surrounding communities.
  3. How to find? - Coffee producers big and small have moved onto the internet. You can find a variety of options available by doing a web search. You will find plenty of companies to choose from.
  4. What should I buy? - Most companies offer a subscription to their coffee clubs ranging from 3-12 months in duration with orders shipping 1-2 times per month depending on when you make your purchase. If you can, purchase whole bean since it preserves freshness better than ground coffee.
  5. How much should I buy? - Most two person households go through about 2lbs per month.

These are some helpful hints on choosing a coffee of the month club, but mostly it ends up being just about personal preference.

Ray Forrest
Article by Ray Forrest
Coastal Roasters is a micro-roaster of specialty Organic and Fair Trade coffees from around the world. Their online store features a Coffee of The Month Club with award winning roasts. Go now to to experience exclusive organic and fair trade coffees only found online.

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