I’ve noticed a lot of you must be interested in Panera Bread’s Unlimited Coffee Subscription and I really can’t blame you! At just $8.99 a month you get unlimited coffee and tea, all month!
For coffee and tea lovers, this sounds too good to be true. But it isn’t! In fact, the terms of Panera Bread Unlimited Coffee Subscription you get 1-cup of select coffee or hot tea to-go every 2-hours. Or if you’re dining in, you get unlimited refills while in store.
So, after trying Panera Breads free coffee subscription program last summer, I opened the app and noticed I was being offered another 3-month free trial, so naturally I signed myself and Michael up for it. And, I noticed things have changed since last summer. There’s no longer the free drizzle options and now the only customizable options are basically cream and sugar. Free coffees, free coffee but if you like flavored coffee like you get at other coffee shops, you may not fall in love with the updated Panera Bread subscription program.
Updated Review of Panera Bread Unlimited Coffee Subscription
When Michael and I went to California, we were really excited to use this coffee subscription to save a ton of money. But as much as we wanted to love it, we just couldn’t.
Panera Bread Unlimited Coffee Subscription offers many types of coffee options, including iced coffee. Users can redeem their free coffee or tea reward for the following:
- 100% Colombian Dark Roast Coffee (hot)
- Iced 100% Colombian Dark Roast Coffee
- Decaf Coffee
- Cafe Blend Light Roast
- Hazelnut Coffee
- Travel Refill
- Hot Tea – Honey Ginseng, British Breakfast, Ginger Peach, and Orange Ginger Mint
While you can walk-in for your drinks, most of the time Michael and I choose the rapid pick-up option where they bring the drinks to your car. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a fast pick-up option, rapid pick-up isn’t as fast as it sounds, so be sure to order at least 10-minutes ahead and have time to sit and wait for at least another 10-minutes. Since we tried multiple Panera Bread locations, this seemed to be the standard in almost all of them.
Customizing the Drinks
I’m the type of person who orders Dunkin coffee with cream, caramel and hazelnut – I love my coffee a little sweet and flavorful. Unfortunately, you can’t get those types of options at Panera Bread. The only free options you can choose are the drink’s cream and sugar types. While you can add caramel syrup, bittersweet chocolate syrup, espresso shot, and Madagascar Vanilla Syrup, these cost up to an extra $1.29 and aren’t included for free. Personally, with already paying for a coffee subscription, I wouldn’t pay extra for these options and would opt to go get Dunkin coffee for just a little more. While its technically not an expensive add-on, the biggest reason for trying this coffee subscription was for the FREE drinks.
How Did Panera Bread’s Coffee Taste?
First off, if you want hot coffee or hot tea, their drinks taste fine. But, if you opt for the iced coffee, Michael and I found a little inconsistency with them. Somedays we would get an iced coffee and it tasted amazing, other times it tasted like water. While a few times it even tasted like iced tea with cream and sugar.
Why I Won’t Be Keeping My Panera Bread Unlimited Coffee Subscription
I think the Panera Bread Unlimited Coffee Subscription is an amazing idea. I mean who doesn’t want to save on their everyday coffee? BUTTTTT… in my opinion the inconsistency with the coffee wasn’t worth it. And, when you add in the extremely long wait, its really a lot easier to just go to my favorite coffee shop.
So, I won’t be keeping my coffee subscription from Panera Bread, but if you get a free trial, I highly recommend you try it and let me know what you think.