This subscription service matches your preferences against brews from 400+ roasters to find you the very best cup of coffee

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  • Trade Coffee Co. is our favorite coffee subscription service.
  • When you take its online quiz, you get matched against 400+ roasters across the country to find your perfect brew.
  • There are frequent discounts; currently, you can take 15% off your first bag and get free shipping too.

If you want to learn how to profile your ideal cuppa (and maybe self, while you’re at it), there may be no better way than with the help of Trade Coffee.

Trade is a coffee subscription service (our top-rated one, in fact) that matches your coffee preferences with more than 400 coffee brands and roasters to create a curated subscription of beans you’ll love. You answer a seven question quiz about how you like your coffee, and Trade matches you with roasters around the country that fit your ideal profile.

Pricing

Depending on your profile, Trade may match you with The Classics, which is their best value plan at $25 for two 12-ounce bags. Then there’s The Hookup for those seeking something “surprising and unconventional” at $15 to $22 per 12-ounce bag. While the prices are more expensive than what you might be used to, Trade runs a good amount of discounts – right now, it’s offering 15% off your first bag, and shipping is always free.

How it works

The process, intimidating at the outset, perhaps, is so thoroughly yet tidily detailed that it’s a breeze.

What we like most about the selection and customization process is how unassuming it is. You don’t feel like you’re diving in headfirst with a sommelier who’s just out to make you feel uninformed. Instead, you get a clean page layout with four options to identify your level of java snob-hood from newbie to nerd.

Here’s what Trade’s coffee matchmaking quiz looks like

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Review of Trade Coffee Co.

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Some of us on the team tested Trade’s coffee, others tried equipment. Below is a short roundup of what each of us tested along with our findings and tasting notes.

Petunias Espresso by Revelator Coffee Co.

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I went for the “surprising and unconventional” choice because you only live once, as they say. I’m rarely able to place undertones within things like coffee, wine, or beer. “Enjoyable” and “not enjoyable” are my usual descriptors, and to each our own, I always believe, but this was something I could savor, and did I ever.

A bitter, velvety dark chocolate tone was punctuated by hints of red stonefruit (cherry, I suppose) as vividly as any beverage ever delivered flavor to my palate. Okay, maybe it wasn’t all that distinct (at least not for me), but it was different, and each and every morning, while the bag lasted, the thought of that thick crema greeting my tongue was enough for me to peel off the sheets and (almost) make it to work on time. Now that’s something.

I’d be happy to wake with this sensation every morning for the rest of my life, and therein am seriously considering one of these subscriptions for myself. My benevolent overlords might appreciate this motion, too, should it continue to deliver me to work on time. — Owen Burke, senior reporter

Leftist Espresso by Gimme!

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I rarely go a day without coffee but typically settle for the brew in our office. The Gimme! Leftist Espresso was a nice change to my routine and provided a strong and sweet batch of coffee. I received the whole bean bag and decided to grind it into medium grounds to use with my French press.

Since it’s a light-medium roast, it was smooth and had a higher level of caffeine — meaning that I only had to have one cup to get through my morning to-do list. The actual coffee was a treat, plus I felt like it was made especially for me after using the “Get Matched” quiz on the Trade website. — Megan Foster, former editorial fellow

Cold Brew Coffee Bags by Trade Coffee Co.

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Typically, I use this cheap, utility-first plastic cold brew bottle to make a quart of cold brew at home, so I decided to try this on-the-go option. One reusable Trade Cold Brew Bag can make up to five batches per 12-ounce bag of coffee (and $9.50 gets you 20 bags).

Pretty much all you need is the Trade cold brew bag, some coffee, and a glass on hand (the company notes that mason jars work well, and I’d agree). You’ll still have to wait 12 to 18 hours for your cold brew, but it’s easy, mobile, and the bags are made from corn-based fiber and blessedly compostable. — Mara Leighton, senior reporter

The bottom line

a cup of coffee brewed from beans sourced from Trade Coffee

If you’re already spending $10 to $15 on a 12-ounce bag of coffee and you want to learn how to pull a better shot of espresso, make cold brew, or just learn a bit (or a lot) more about making coffee in general, then Trade Coffee might be for you.

It also makes an excellent gift for the coffee lover in your life (or soon-to-be coffee lover, once they get matched by Trade to their ideal roast). 

Subscribe to Trade Coffee Co. or explore single matches, starting at $12.50 per 12-ounce bag 

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How to get a free 15-day trial of Walmart Plus, Walmart’s Amazon Prime-like membership

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Walmart launched its own Amazon Prime competitor earlier this year. The new subscription shopping service is called Walmart+ and it costs $98 a year or $13 a month.

Like Amazon Prime, Walmart+ features several benefits for its members, including free shipping on many items, as well as gas discounts and a new “Scan & Go” feature for in-store shopping. More perks are expected to be added over time. You can read more about all of the Walmart+ benefits here.

If you’re on the fence about signing up for a new subscription service, Walmart is allowing new members to test Walmart+ with a free trial before they commit to a paid membership.

Below, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about the Walmart+ free trial, including how long it lasts, what you get, and how it compares to Amazon Prime’s free trial.

How to get a free trial of Walmart+

Walmart+ includes a free 15-day trial period for new members. You can sign up for the free trial now through the Walmart+ website.

When you sign up for the trial you’re first required to enter in your address to see what features are available in your area. After your address is confirmed you can either sign into an existing Walmart account or create a new one. Customers can then select the annual or monthly plan option and enter in payment details.

The website states when your trial will expire so you know when payment will begin. If you decide not to extend your Walmart+ membership beyond the 15-day trial and you want to avoid paying the fee, you should cancel your membership before the trial expiration date.

What’s included in the Walmart+ free trial?

The Walmart+ free trial includes all of the features and perks that come with a paid subscription. With that said, certain features may not be available in specific locations yet, so you’ll need to confirm what features are offered in your area when you sign up. Key benefits that members receive with the service include:

  • Free delivery: Members receive unlimited “fast as same-day” free delivery on more than 160,000 products. Walmart previously offered this option for a yearly or monthly fee via its “Delivery Unlimited” subscription service. Current “Delivery Unlimited” subscribers will automatically be upgraded to Walmart+. Walmart has also removed the $35 minimum order requirement for this feature, so members can now take advantage of free two-day or next-day shipping on most purchases shipped by Walmart. Walmart+ members can also utilize two-hour Express Delivery for just $10, while non-members must pay an additional delivery fee on top of the $10 Express Delivery fee.
  • Gas discounts: Subscribers can save up to 5 cents a gallon on gas at Walmart, Murphy USA, and Murphy Express locations. Sam’s Club gas stations will be added at a later date.
  • Scan & Go: With the Scan & Go in-store shopping feature, members can use the Walmart mobile app to scan and pay for items with Walmart Pay as they shop.

Walmart+ free trial vs. Amazon Prime free trial

Walmart+ and Amazon Prime both offer free trial options for new members, but the duration of each trial differs. The Walmart+ trial currently lasts 15 days while the Amazon Prime trial lasts 30 days. When it comes to perks and benefits, both trials include everything that a paid subscription offers.

Though you do get 15 more days to try Amazon Prime for free, once the trial ends the paid subscription cost is actually a little higher than the fee for Walmart+. Amazon Prime currently costs $119 a year or $13 per month. Meanwhile, Walmart+ charges $98 a year or $13 per month.

For more details on how Walmart+ stacks up against Amazon Prime, check out our Walmart+ and Amazon Prime comparison here.

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