THE BEST COFFEE SUBSCRIPTIONS
Having coffee delivered to your house in the form of a regular subscription is nothing new of course, but with most people working from home and avoiding the shops as much as possible, many of us will be looking to sign up for the first time. Not only is this a convenient way to get coffee direct to your mug, you’ll also be able to support independent coffee roasters and buy a better quality of bean at the same time. Without further ado, these are the best coffee subscriptions in the UK…
Apart from being great with puns, East London roastery Perky Blenders is also great with coffee. They turn out Great Taste Award-winning coffee from their Leytonstone HQ. You can get your hands on the stuff at one of their cafes or you can have the coffee come to you via their Coffee Club. There are three, six or twelve month options, where you get a bag of their fresh roasted coffee (the choice of Forest Blend, Decaf, Single Origin or Coffee of the Month) delivered each month, and you pay for it all up front so you don’t have to think about anything other than drinking the stuff.
The Roasting Shed
Hackney Wick’s The Roasting Shed has now launched its new ‘Kind Coffee Subscriptions’, delivering fresh hand roasted beans direct to consumers. And for the ‘kind’ part, The Roasting Shed will send a free bag of coffee to an NHS worker or vulnerable person with each new subscription purchased. This could be a volunteer, a teacher of key worker children, or maybe even parents self-isolating and feeling the effects of this very difficult time. The Roasting Shed specialises in small batch hand roasted coffee with a fully traceable supply chain, so even without the NHS donation, this is some of the best coffee you can buy.
Kiss the Hippo
Kiss the Hippo, which has coffee shops in Fitzrovia and Richmond, recently launched its subscription service, Kiss the Hippo at Home. The coffee is carbon neutrally roasted in-house, before being delivered to your home through your letterbox in flat boxes. There’s a range of beans, from single origin to blends, and you can even snag a free bag as a little welcome gift when you sign up.
Craft Coffee Club
If you like to mix things up and try new things, then Craft Coffee Club is going to be the one for you. Working with independent coffee farmers and roasters around the world, each month you’ll receive two bags of coffee from somewhere new, plus a selection of other treats and a magazine with the details on the coffee, the partners and tasting/brewing notes. The team taste test hundreds of coffees so you know they’re only going to send you the very best. Plus, each new subscription gives a donation back to the communities where the beans are sourced.
Hundred House Coffee
YBF nominee Hundred House Coffee is a speciality coffee roaster based in Shropshire. Having won tons of awards for their coffees which are sourced from independent small holds around the world, you know you’re in good hands for your morning coffee with Hundred House. For their subscription service, you can choose to pre-pay for a certain amount of time or pay monthly on a rolling basis. You also get to choose whether you want two single origin coffees each month or one of their four seasonal blends.
Long & Short Coffee
Long & Short Coffee, a micro-roastery based in East London, specialises in fairtrade, single-origin, 85+ coffee (basically that’s very high standard coffee), roasted in small batches to preserve the freshness and flavour. As well as selling individual bags of coffee (beans or ground), Long & Short also has a subscription service called The Narrative, which costs a tenner on either a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. The team will choose what bag coffee you get, with exclusive and extra special lots being thrown in from time to time too.
Wood St Coffee
After starting out as a market stall in 2014, Wood St Coffee has grown into a cafe and roastery in Walthamstow producing small-batch single origin coffees. They’re helping you stay caffeinated at home with their subscription service – you choose from the seasonal espresso or filter coffee (the rotating selection includes Tano Ndogo from Kenya and La Estrella del Ostro from Colombia), pick the grind and weight you want, and it’ll arrive on your doorstep every two weeks.