For many of us, that morning cup of coffee sets us up for the day, giving us a moment to breathe. So why not get your specially-selected caffeine kick delivered to your door and support small businesses along the way? Coffee delivery services have exploded in popularity over recent months, with roasteries and independent shops adapting to online life.
Whether you need beans for your machine or filter coffee to suit a brand-new aeropress, there’s a delicious coffee subscription to suit your needs and taste. Treat yourself or a fellow caffeine aficionado to one of the coffee subscriptions below for a little luxury you can enjoy every day. Once you’ve found your perfect pre-ground mix, read our guide on how to make the perfect cup of coffee at home. Taking your coffee on the go? Read our review of the best reusable coffee cups.
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Best coffee subscriptions
Pact’s biggest selling points are the flexibility to have coffee delivered next day, and its focus on supporting farmers and sustainable sourcing. Pact buys its beans through direct trade, meaning it skips as many unnecessary steps in the supply chain as possible, to ensure farmers get fairer than Fairtrade prices for their product. Choose your letterbox-friendly package from 13 rotating coffees and try a range of coffees with hints of everything from greengage plums, to caramel, blackcurrant, orange cream chocolate or candied fruit. Once you’ve chosen your grind range, you can choose from the ‘House’, ‘Select’ and ‘Micro-Lot’ coffee options, depending on whether you want a reliable roast with similar flavours each time or a more premium option featuring unique and unusual flavours. Opt for the most popular select roast, which has hints of chocolate malt milkshake sweetness’, or branch out to a fruitier roast from Honduras with citrus acidity and a lingering cherry aftertaste. You’ll get a card with some tasting notes to peruse over your afternoon cuppa and a quote from the grower. Your beans are also shipped within seven days of roasting to keep your brew as fresh as possible.
Frequency: 250g bag weekly, fortnightly or monthly
Available grinds: whole bean, espresso machine, Aeropress, moka pot, drip, V60, Chemex, cafetière, cold brew, clever dripper
This independent Birmingham-based roaster sources beans from all over the world for its cafe and subscription service. It also prides itself on relationships with farmers and cooperatives that support sustainable growth, ethical trading and pricing. No intimidating coffee jargon here, just a selection of premium beans, roasted to order in its coffee shop. Founders, Brummie-born Ameeta and Nathan Retzer, originally from Chicago, want everyone to feel as welcome in their cafe as they would in their own living room. Sample aromatic and creamy Salvadorian beans or a medium-roasted Kenyan bean with notes of vanilla and tropical fruits. Simply select a filter, espresso or whole bean subscription and wait for interesting single origin coffee to drop onto your doormat.
Frequency: 250g bag every week, fortnightly, three weeks or four weeks
Available grinds: filter, espresso, whole bean
If a pack of pastel-packaged coffee focusing on unique flavours sounds up your street, Blue Coffee Box could be for you. They work with over 300 roasters around the UK to get a huge range of beans from 22 different countries. Your coffees will be selected depending on the flavour profile you pick when building your selection; opt for a light, medium or dark roast (or let their coffee concierge surprise you). If you’re not a fan of the coffee selected, get in touch and they will find an alternative. Beans are sourced from farmers and local cooperatives, cutting out the middleman and ensuring farmers are paid more than the Fairtrade price. The simple compostable packaging is letterbox-friendly, so no need to worry about potentially missing deliveries. If you fancy flexing your barista skills, you can also log on to the online Coffee School for brewing methods, reviews and pieces written by guest roasters.
Frequency: 227g bag every 2 weeks, monthly or two months
Available grinds: whole bean, cafetière, dripper, Aeropress, espresso machine
You’re unlikely to forget the name of this London-based coffee brand. Look for the bag with the characteristic red hippo and expect mouthwatering pre-ground coffee inside. Pick from blends or single origin beans, sourced in season and roasted in small batches to be delivered to your door. Offerings reflect seasonal availability of the coffee and each lot is consumed before the next harvest is roasted, so enjoy your batch while it’s at its peak. Kiss the Hippo aims to focus on quality over quantity, with a maximum of around 6-8 coffees available at one time from direct trade farmers. In house, the organic certified roastery is powered using 100 per cent renewable energy, making all coffees carbon neutral. There are also compostable pods available for machine users. You might receive a dark chocolatey blend with hints of pecan, or a delicate Indonesian brew with notes of peach and mango.
Frequency: 250g bag weekly, fortnightly or monthly
Available grinds: whole bean, French press, drip, espresso
If your idea of heaven is a weekend brunch spent around the kitchen table with the family, you’ll feel right at home with Allpress. This Kiwi roasters encourages all its customers to take a moment to relax with a cuppa on a lazy Sunday morning. Roasting technique is key to all brews; the hot air roasting method dissipates any burnt aftertaste and elevates the unique character and flavour of the beans. Choose between three classic medium to dark roasts; the Allpress Espresso Blend, A.R.T Espresso roast and The Good Brew, or try something a little different with the Discovery Brew Bundle. The focus is on quality over quantity, so keep an eye out for the more experimental beans that crop up in the regular rotation.
Frequency: 250g delivered weekly
Available grinds: whole bean, filter, plunger, stovetop
This sibling-run Filipino coffee shop serves modern Filipino bakes and coffee to its Battersea neighbours. David, Nigel, Rosemary and Plams are dedicated to exploring their heritage and sourcing the Philippines’ most desirable beans. The weekly blends in Kapihan’s coffee subscription are kept as a surprise (the grind is the only variable in the subscription), but there are some superb bags available. The house blend combines beans from the North Island of Luzon, South Island of Mindanao and West Java Indonesia, resulting in a deep, rich blend with plenty of malty chocolate notes and a sweet toffee finish.
Add on some freshly-baked treats to enjoy with your coffee, including sweet, brioche-like pandesal with a chocolate hazelnut filling and crisp outer shell, or chorizo and cheese-studded swirls.
Frequency: 250g bag every week
Available grinds: French press, whole bean, espresso, V60
South Wales-based roastery Coaltown was originally set up with the purpose of bringing an industry to the mining town of Ammanford, employing local people to create a delicious product. Its single origin beans are sourced directly from farmers, with a focus on transparent and sustainable trade. Roaster and barista work together in the cafe, which is also the home of a training academy, designed to share techniques and tricks of the trade. Small roasted batches deliver bags filled with personality and diverse flavours.
Try a selection of the house beans, single origin or decaf in your subscription, from a nutty and biscuity Black Gold blend, to a single origin Rwandan roast filled with notes of dark chocolate and raspberry wine.
Frequency: 227g bag delivered weekly or monthly
Available grinds: whole bean, cafetière, filter, espresso, pods
From freshly-roasted whole beans to pre-ground and even compostable pods, Rave offers a wide range of ethically sourced beans. Your delivery also comes with tips and a booklet of techniques for every brewing method, so you can flex your barista muscles. Choose from rich, traditional roasts best enjoyed with milk, or take the ‘discovery’ option to try lighter roasts, best enjoyed black. You can also choose your brewing method to get the right grind and select how many bags you’d like a month. Rave says its packaging isn’t as ‘sexy’ as other brands, as the business believe ‘the coffee is what you should pay for, not the box it might come in’, but the stripped back minimal styling and hand-written font fits the brand to a tee. It’s also recyclable and comes in a letterbox-friendly package. We tried a full-bodied Colombian brew with a light fruity aftertaste and malty biscuit notes, and a light Rwandan roast with red fruits and bubblegum sweetness. Rave roasts five days a week and aims to deliver you its most recent roast to make sure it’s as fresh as possible.
Frequency: 250g bag delivered monthly
Available grinds: whole bean, cafetière, Chemex, drip machine, Aeropress, V60, drip, stovetop, espresso
Outpost is a speciality small-batch roasters, that focuses on sourcing stand out beans, supporting growers and training industry professionals. You can also sign up for a home brewing masterclass at its East Midlands roastery to take your barista skills to the next level. Sign up for a subscription and you can expect two pale pink packages of unique coffees through your door every month. Described as ‘perfect for the coffee explorer’, these specially selected lots are a real everyday luxury. The filter coffee is for those who like their beverages black, the espresso roast is best if you enjoy your coffee with milk. The filter selection is filled with subtle flavours and perfectly balanced sweetness and acidity. Characteristically, the espresso subscription is a slightly longer roast, showcasing deeper flavours. Your coffees will be switched up seasonally and you’ll receive brewing tips and more info on how the coffee’s been processed. We recommend the fudgy Ichama roast from Kenya, or brand-new La Samaria, a rich and chocolatey Nicaraguan coffee.
Frequency: 2 x 250g bag, fortnightly or monthly
Available grinds: filter, espresso
Hailing from East London, Perky Blenders is a family-owned business which started life as one small coffee cart. Determined to rid coffee of any secretive snobbery, everyone from French press fanatics to first-time brewers will find something to tickle their tastebuds. You can choose your coffee from its selection of blends, try a one-off subscription or go for their four-week Variety Club for a taste of everything on offer. We recommend the sweet and floral Acacia blend with a spiced cinnamon bun – an ideal way to start the day. For the more adventurous, try the coffee of the month subscription for a seasonal brew available for a limited time. All the elements of the coffee bags are oxo-degradable, or, if you happen to live near the cafe, simply bring a container and they’ll fill it up for you.
Frequency: one 200g bag every 1,2,3 or 4 weeks
Available grinds: espresso, whole bean, French press, Moka pot, Chemex, V60, Aeropress, cold brew
Second Shot Coffee is a business devoted to ‘tackling homelessness one espresso at a time’. This speciality coffee social enterprise prides itself on training, employing and supporting people affected by homelessness, whilst being a destination for coffee lovers in London. The house blend, ‘From the Ground Up’, is a Brazilian and Ethiopian mix that results in a rich, chocolatey brew with underlying fruitiness and a little acidity. Get a bag delivered to your door and start changing lives with your morning cup of coffee. The shop also operates a ‘pay it forward’ system, where customers pre-pay for an item so that local rough sleepers can receive a hot drink or meal free of charge.
Frequency: 250g bag delivered weekly, fortnightly or monthly
Available grinds: whole bean, pour over, espresso, aeropress
This Yorkshire-based speciality roasters aims to support coffees that guarantee a fair cut for everyone working at the beginning of the chain. Quality and sustainability is at the forefront of the selection and it stocks coffees from across the globe, shipped to you in letterbox-friendly packaging. Try a ‘smooth’ or ‘fruity’ subscription to receive coffees with a specific flavour profile or sign up for a three-month subscription to get a taste of their favourite seasonal roasts of the moment. If you’re looking for exciting offerings with plenty of complexity, go for the fruity selection. If tried and tested staples are more your thing, head for the smooth single origin subscription. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. From the hazelnutty granary blend, the great all-rounder, to the rarer Peruvian beans from Roger Chilcon Flores with juicy orange marmalade flavours, there’s plenty of variety to be had. Check out its Youtube videos for handy brewing tutorials and tasting tips.
Frequency: 250g bag delivered weekly, fortnightly or monthly
Available grinds: whole bean, cafetière, filter, Aeropress, espresso
This Nottingham-based company has been roasting since the ‘80’s, founded by Stewart Falconer after sampling coffees from around the world on his travels abroad. The business works closely with importers to understand the sustainability of their beans. Each eye-catching, recyclable bag comes stamped with the name of the farmer cultivating the crops and a line or two about their family, the tasting notes for your coffee and the date it was roasted. Sign up to ‘The Coffee Lounge’ subscription, where a coffee is selected each month by the team, or choose your own subscription pack. You can also skip shipments if you’re still working on a bag of coffee. Try a chocolatey Colombian cuppa or a creamy, fruity blend from Burundi with notes of marmalade.
Frequency: 500g bag every month
Available grinds: Aeropress, espresso, filter, stovetop, cafetière, whole bean
200 degrees describes itself as a business of ‘unashamed coffee geeks’, who revel in the science behind every cup. The name comes from the temperature of its roast, designed to give a smooth, full-bodied taste. Beginning life in its roast house in Nottingham, they now have coffee shops and barista schools across the UK. 200 degrees aims to offer customers as much information as possible about the beans and who grows them. Beans are delivered weekly to maintain freshness and taste, and all coffee is despatched with a ‘roasted on’ date.
Choose from the signature Brazilian love affair beans, (a fruity all-rounder), try a new blend, or even grab a small batch roast exclusive to subscribers. You’ll also receive helpful tips on brewing and methods for your roast. You might be lucky enough to receive a limited seasonal bean like the treacly Indian Ratnagiri Estate.
Frequency: 250g bag weekly, fortnightly or every four weeks
Available grinds: whole bean, espresso, cafetière, moka pot, Aeropress, V60, Chemex, filter