We love the Bean Box Twelve Mornings of Coffee Advent Calendar because it offers a generous amount of a dozen coffees from top roasters around the country. A more affordable option to give to all your coffee-drinking friends is the Coffee Masters Twelve Coffees of Christmas Variety Pack.
For many, the tradition goes like this: An early December morning, the family gathered around—still, perhaps, pajama-clad—opening a single Advent calendar door to reveal a tiny toy or bite-sized piece of chocolate.
The tradition of Advent calendars has broadened so much since its 19th-century origin that, today, it even accommodates coffee lovers. With a coffee Advent calendar, you can brew a bag of beans or pop in a different pod throughout the holiday season. We've rounded up our favorite options below, breaking down their key details and what we like about each one. So grab your favorite mug, get a pot brewing, and spread a little cheer.
Here are the year's best coffee Advent calendars (plus some for tea drinkers, too).
Bean Box Twelve Mornings of Coffee The Specialty Coffee Advent Calendar
Twelve Mornings of Coffee is a beautifully packaged Advent calendar that includes a dozen 1.8-ounce samples of Bean Box's limited-edition holiday blends. Curated by the coffee experts at Bean Box, each coffee is a special limited-edition roast from some of the top producers in the country, chosen to feature seasonal tasting notes like chestnut, gingerbread, and figgy pudding. Each sample is enough to make a full pot (4-6 mugs), so even though there are only 12, you might be able to stretch them through the whole of December. Bean Box offers free shipping within the U.S., with pre-orders open now for delivery starting Nov. 25, and the kit has both whole-bean and pre-ground options.
Taysha Murtaugh, our Editorial Commerce Director, tested a similar sampler package from Bean Box and was impressed with everything from the presentation to the taste. "As a coffee lover, I would be thrilled to receive this gift that keeps giving every morning," she said of her Bean Box samples.
Price at time of publish: $64
Days: 12 | Size: 1.8-ounce packets | Form: Whole-bean or ground coffee
"Each bag smells fresh and tastes delicious." — Taysha Murtaugh, Commerce Editorial Director
Yawn Brew Coffee Advent Calendar
The long, agonizing wait for Christmas will suddenly become a joy when you can count down the days with the 24 delicious coffees in Yawn Brew's 2022 Advent calendar. It doesn't matter what type of brewing device you (or your possible giftee) own, as the coffee can be ordered in whole-bean form or pre-ground to suit everything from French presses to espresso makers. There's even a (limited-supply) Pro version available with a different selection of higher-end coffee. Perhaps the only downside to this affordable and highly reviewed Advent calendar is that each coffee comes in a fairly small sachet of 18 grams, which doesn't yield more than a cup or two. Keep this in mind if you own a drip coffee maker and were hoping to fill a full pot for the whole family.
Price at time of publish: $54.99
Days: 24 | Size: 18-gram sachets | Form: Whole-bean or ground coffee (4 fineness options)
Specialty Division Christmas Coffee Countdown
What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than holiday-themed coffee? This Advent calendar features flavored blends like gingerbread cookie, merry mocha mint, eggnog, and more. Each one comes in a 1.5-ounce packet, enough to brew a full pot of drip coffee. Unfortunately, good things don't always last, as the calendar only has 12 days' worth of coffee. But the same company also makes 12-day tea and hot cocoa calendars at a similar price, so you can buy a pair and get the full 24-day Advent-calendar experience.
Price at time of publish: $24.85
Days: 12 | Size: 1.5-ounce packets | Form: Ground coffee
Palais Des Thés 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar
Few things are cozier than a cup of tea on a frigid winter day, and that's why tea-themed Advent calendars are so popular. Our favorite comes from Paris-based brand Palais des Thés. The company's starry, midnight-blue calendar opens like a booklet to display 24 doors. Behind each one lies a different tea sachet, ranging in variety from black and green to rooibos and Scandinavian tea with cranberry and elderflower. Customers who purchased the item for themselves or their families were impressed by the strength and flavor of the tea, while others said it made an excellent gift. Get a mug, blanket, and maybe a good book, and start sipping through the days of December.
Price at time of publish: $36
Days: 24 | Form: Individual tea sachets
KaffeBox Specialty Coffee Advent Calendar
One of the unique coffee Advent calendars on the market is this 24-tube assortment of specialty coffee from Norway's KaffeBox. Each tube contains 50 grams (1.8 ounces, or enough for a full pot) of a different whole-bean single-origin coffee from one of 12 artisanal Scandinavian roasters. Such craftsmanship, plus the high price tag, make it our top pick for die-hard coffee drinkers. KaffeBox mails the Advent calendar in two separate shipments (the first 12 tubes on November 18 and the second November 25) to preserve the coffee's freshness. While it's a little different than opening small cardboard doors, popping open these colorful tubes will win you over right away when you taste how good the coffee is.
Price at time of publish: $156
Days: 24 | Size: 50 grams of coffee | Form: Whole-bean coffee
"With coffee, I think people lean toward single-origin beans, because if they are familiar with the flavor profile of that region, then they will get that profile in the cup. It doesn’t always equate to better taste, though. I like single-origin coffee because you can trace it back to specific farms and know the farmers are being paid a living wage." — Nigel Price, Founder and Owner of Drip Coffee Makers in Brooklyn, New York
Coffee Masters The Twelve Coffees of Christmas Advent Calendar
This Advent calendar from Coffee Masters is one of the best budget options you can find, especially for those interested in pre-ground coffee instead of pods. Part of the reason it's affordable is that only 12 coffees are included rather than the standard 24 or 25. The good news is that each pouch contains 1.5 ounces of coffee, which is large enough to brew a full pot of 8 to 10 cups. The names of the flavored coffees sound delicious, from Christmas cookie and butter pecan to cranberry crème brûlée and turtle sundae.
Price at time of publish: $18.86
Days: 12 | Size: 1.5-ounce pouches | Form: Ground coffee
Keurig 24 Days of Cheer Advent Calendar
Keurig's simple and convenient K-Cups are one of the most popular pod-based brewing methods, and the company's Advent calendar offers a nice overview of the K-Cup options that are available. The cardboard box opens up to reveal a traditional Advent calendar design, with tear-open doors that each hide a different cup.
The assortment of coffees (regular and flavored, plus cocoa) here shows off Keurig's relationships with big-name brands, including Cinnabon, Newman's Own, and Kahlúa. This might not be a great gift option for a coffee geek, but it's certain a good one for a regular coffee drinker who has a Keurig machine and enjoys variety.
Price at time of publish: $19.99
Days: 24 | Form: Keurig K-Cups (1 per day)
"Coffee pods use pre-ground coffee, and it's hard to know how fresh it is. As such, it will usually have a little less flavor than a pot brewed from freshly ground coffee in a high-quality drip brewer. The number one benefit of using a pod coffee maker is convenience." — Patrick Cotter, Content Marketing Specialist for Seattle Coffee Gear
Onyx Coffee Lab Advent Calendar
Arkansas-based Onyx Coffee Lab takes a truly globetrotting approach to its artisanal coffee roasting, with single-original beans and blends from Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and more. The brand's Advent calendar showcases a long list of these, with 24 samples packaged in a cute box that unfolds into an "Onyx Coffee Land" board game complete with spinner and game pieces.
This is one of the more expensive options on our list, but each day's sample is a full 2 ounces, enough for a very large pot (or maybe two smaller ones) of drip coffee, and these are very fancy coffees. Onyx also provides detailed tasting notes and info about how each set of beans was processed and roasted. The Advent calendar is available for preorder through November 24 and only ships after December 1 to ensure it arrives fresh and just in time.
Price at time of publish: $175
Days: 24 | Size: 2 ounces | Form: Whole-bean coffee
Real Coffee Nespresso Advent Calendar
Coffee lovers who own Nespresso machines can now partake in the holiday merriment with this pod-based Advent calendar. It comes in a striking white case with gold accents and seasonal images, and each little drawer slides open to reveal two coffee pods. With 24 days on the calendar, that's a whopping 48 pods in total. It's surprising how reasonably priced the item is considering the number of servings it offers.
But this Advent calendar isn't all holly and jolly. There are only 13 different capsule varieties and many customers expressed mixed feelings about the repeat flavors. In addition to that, the pods are not manufactured by Nespresso. Instead, they are made by Real Coffee, so they don't have the same rich espresso taste as the name brand. That said, it is still a worthwhile option for Nespresso owners. Note that the pods are compatible with Original Nespresso machines, not Vertuo.
Price at time of publish: $48
Days: 24 | Form: Nespresso OriginalLine pods (2 per day)
VAHDAM Tea Advent Calendar 2022
Some of the finest tea in the world is grown in India, and Vahdam sources tea from more than 150 different growers in the country to make an astonishing range of products. Its 24 Teas of Christmas Advent calendar offers a nice overview, with traditional Darjeeling and Assam black teas alongside several different tea-and-spice chai blends as well as caffeine-free herb-and-spice tisanes. Each package of loose-leaf tea is 0.35 ounces, enough for about five cups.
Price at time of publish: $119
Days: 24 | Size: 0.35 ounces | Form: Loose-leaf tea
The Brew Company Premium Coffee Advent Calendar
Danish roaster The Brew Company is known for its "coffeebrewer," a clever brewing system where the ground coffee is sealed in a filter inside an insulated zip-top bag that the company says works like a cross between a French press and pour-over. All you do is open the bag, pour in hot water, re-seal, let it sit for four to eight minutes depending on how strong you like your coffee, and pour through the nozzle. (You can even reuse the brewer by rinsing out the coffee grounds and refilling with new ones.)
The Brew Company's Advent calendar comes with 25 coffeebrewers filled with a truly global assortment of coffees from Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. However, each brewer bag can only make about one mugful per fill-up, so caffeine fiends might find themselves wanting to bust into the next day's coffee early. And the "calendar" presentation leaves a little something to be desired: It's a box with a stack of coffeebrewers inside that you pull out one by one, no fancy doors or design. (Tea fans should also check out The Brew Company's tea Advent calendar.)
Price at time of publish: $45.95
Days: 25 | Size: 20- to 22-gram Coffeebrewers | Form: Ground coffee
The Twelve Mornings of Coffee Advent Calendar from the experts at Bean Box is a fantastic sample of 12 great coffees in a fun package, and it's our top pick for coffee Advent calendar. Looking for something on a cheaper side? The Coffee Masters Twelve Coffees of Christmas Variety Pack gets you a dozen tasty flavored coffees for an excellent price.
What to Look for in a Coffee Advent Calendar
Beans vs. Pods
This is the first place to start when looking for a coffee Advent calendar. If you are buying one for your household, base your beans vs. pods decision on the type of brewing device you own. If you are buying for someone else and don't know what coffee maker they own, it's best to err on the side of caution and go with whole bean or ground coffee. Even if they have a pod-based brewer, they can add the grounds to a universal K-Cup.
Coffee Advent calendars vary widely in price and, even though this can be overwhelming at first, it's nice to know there's an option to suit every type of budget. Calendars that use whole-bean or ground coffee are generally more expensive per serving than ones that contain pods. Price is also highly dependent on the amount of coffee included, so expect calendars with 24 days to be more expensive than ones with 12 days.
One of the many pleasant aspects of coffee Advent calendars is that you or a giftee get to sample a wide range of varieties, flavors, and blends. If this is important to you, keep an eye on the number of coffees included with the Advent calendar and if any are repeat flavors. Some brands don't list the exact coffees they use to keep it a surprise, but the product descriptions generally describe the number of varieties included.
No one wants a stale gift, which can be an issue with some coffee Advent calendars, depending on when you order them and when they ship. The best-case scenario is that you can preorder the calendar and have it shipped right before December 1; that way, the coffee stays fresh. If not, try ordering the item as close to the holiday season as possible (but not so close that it could arrive late).
What is an Advent calendar?
Advent calendars have long been used to celebrate the liturgical season of Advent or the four Sundays that precede Christmas. Even though the first Sunday of Advent can fall between November 27 and December 3, today’s Advent calendars generally count down the 24 days in December before Christmas. The calendars contain treats or gifts, such as pieces of chocolate or small toys, meant to be opened on each of the 24 days. But the creativity knows no bounds, as you can buy Advent calendars that contain just about anything, from wine and whiskey to socks and succulents or, of course, coffee.
How long have Advent calendars been a tradition?
It is thought that Advent has been celebrated since the 5th century. In comparison, Advent calendars as we know them today are a relatively recent tradition, beginning in the 1850s in Germany. Gerhard Lang is widely credited with the idea of printing Advent calendars. His conception of a 24-door Advent calendar was first published in the early 1900s, and the custom grew worldwide from there.
Do Advent calendars exclusively celebrate Advent?
While most Advent calendars naturally celebrate the season of Advent, there are alternatives unrelated to Advent that use the same concept of opening one surprise or gift per day. Some celebrate different holidays. Others aren’t even in calendar form at all and solely focus on the act of opening a different surprise over a specific stretch of days.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
This piece was written by Derek Rose, the coffee and tea expert for The Spruce Eats. He researches various coffee products, from measuring scoops to commercial espresso machines, and interviews field experts for their insight. For this piece, he researched the history of Advent and Advent calendars. He also consulted customer reviews and brand information on coffee sourcing to select these products.
The Spruce Eats commerce editor Jason Horn updated this roundup. He lives in Los Angeles and starts work at 7 a.m. Pacific time, so he drinks a lot of coffee.
Patrick Cotter is the Content Marketing Specialist for Seattle Coffee Gear. He manages the company's blog, social media, and content pages. Founded in 2005, Seattle Coffee Gear is a retailer that focuses on coffee education.