We Tried Panera Bread’s Unlimited Coffee Subscription This Summer

by Crystal Carder

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UPDATE: We tried the coffee subscription AGAIN! My NEW Updated post has a LOT more information, click HERE to see it.

As of 4/12/2022 I have once again updated my review, as things have changed. Read it HERE.

Michael and I have had a major Dunkin’ addiction for a few years now so whenever I heard we could save a few bucks with Panera Bread’s unlimited coffee subscription offer, I told Michael we had to sign up!

Normally, I don’t sign up for anything unless I don’t have to put a credit card in, but for FREE UNLIMITED premium coffee for the entire SUMMER, I knew I had to sign up!  (You can still sign up by clicking this link!)

 

 

All you had to do was sign up and cancel before the renewal period and you could get a free ice coffee, hot coffee or hot tea for the entire summer – no strings attached! While it sounded too good to be true, I was intrigued and figured I literally had nothing to lose by trying it and everything to gain. So, I signed Michael and I up for it and we decided to give it a try.

It’s been a little more than a month of us enjoying free, unlimited coffee and our experience was one that had me really impressed. Though Panera Bread’s coffee doesn’t taste quite as sweet as our normal Dunkin Donut coffee, the $8.99 a month price point definitely gives competitors a run for their money.

Panera Bread's Unlimited Coffee Subscription
 

Why We Loved Panera Bread’s Unlimited Coffee Subscription

Those of you that know me, know I like having a coffee whenever I’m out and Panera Breads coffee definitely was the perfect substitute for my usual Dunkin coffee fix.
 
While I normally love to order coffee from the drive-thru, Panera Breads coffee Subscription comes with one set-back, your free coffee must be redeemed through the app and can only be picked up via rapid pickup, curbside or in-store. As of now, customers cannot pick up their free coffee via drive thru, so you may find yourself waiting a few extra minutes for that delicious cup of Joe, but trust me, it’s well worth the wait.

Panera Bread’s Unlimited Premium Coffee…

I’m the type of person who can drink hot coffee in 90 degree weather and it doesn’t bother me, but Michael, on the other hand, he’s an iced coffee drinker in the summer.
 
Thankfully, Panera Bread’s unlimited coffee subscription offers customers the choice of a few select premium drinks including; iced coffee, hot coffee, decaf coffee, hot tea, and hazelnut coffee. While I found myself opting for Panera Bread’s Iced Coffee over the hot coffee choices, it was mainly because most Panera Bread does not offer free flavor shots with this subscription and, if you know me, you know I no longer drink black coffee. But, Panera Bread’s Iced Coffee, on-the-other-hand, was absolutely delicious without any extras!
 
I actually found their iced coffee to be better than (gasp) Dunkin Donuts! 

Panera Bread Offers Delicious Customizations for Your Drinks

One of the things that I love about Panera Bread’s coffee is the fact that you can customize it with delicious extras like; whipped cream, caramel drizzle, cinnamon, chocolate drizzle, milk, sugars, and foam. There are so many options, that really you can’t go wrong in ordering a delicious coffee drink.

Will I Continue My Panera Bread Coffee Subscription?

Honestly, I’m still up in the air about whether or not I will keep the Panera Bread’s Unlimited Coffee Subscription. While their coffee and drinks were delicious and it  saved us a ton of money, I personally don’t live close enough to a Panera Bread that it makes it worthwhile. But, even so, at the monthly price point, it may be something I do on and off throughout the winter because you can’t deny, it’s super cheap for daily coffee.

 

 

If you’re like me and love drinking coffee while you out, I do highly encourage you to try Panera Bread’s Coffee Subscription while it is free, right now.

As long as you cancel the subscription before it bills, you seriously have nothing to lose. Plus, if you love the coffee subscription from Panera Bread it renews at just $8.99 a month – and Panera Bread’s coffees are normally $2.69 and up. To learn more about the coffee subscription click here.

 

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3 comments

Klara January 24, 2021 - 5:11 pm

I keep seeing deals for a free trial of this. It sounds like it’s worth trying.

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Beth Deaton May 23, 2021 - 1:00 pm

I have enjoyed free coffee with Panera for the last month as I have stopped for an iced coffee several times. The only problem has been three of the times I have waited 15 minutes in the Drive-Thru, this is way too long to wait for a iced coffee. It looks like there could be some way this could be expedited but I’m not sure how that could be arranged. Secondly two times I have been given the wrong coffee, all I ask for is a large iced coffee with artificial sweetener and extra cream. Twice I’ve been given a small black coffee. The last time, yesterday, they actually had to brew the coffee that was another 15 minute wait. This was mid-afternoon I could not believe some place that had a Coffee Club had no coffee!
Another time there was none for you to self dispensed in the store. It’s just kind of strange it does not seem like all employees are up on this promotion.
At this point in time I do not know if I will continue, I just thought it would be a real treat to myself to stop by as I was running errands.
Shortly before the pandemic started I started the Coffee Club, but canceled it as I did not go anywhere for a year. Prior to that DD was my place to go for my quickie coffee. I may be returning there if this continues as it has been for a 15 minute wait in line.

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Crystal Carder May 23, 2021 - 5:51 pm

I talk a lot about this same problem in my updated Panera Bread post! I had really wondered if it was just our area, but it seems to be a general problem with Panera Bread’s unlimited coffee. I got another offer for a 3 month coffee trial, but after the headache of waiting and not getting the right order, I don’t think I am going to even sign back up.

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