As coffee fanatics, we are delighted to be seeing an increase in the number and quality of coffee subscription boxes available in the UK. We’ve picked our favourites and explain what they offer and what we love about them. The subscription box industry is big, and it is growing. Coffee Subscription services are a neat, convenient and often fun and exciting way to get your favourite things delivered directly to your home. Everyone likes getting surprise packages in the post and now you can arrange for your own little surprises each month.
So there we have it. I’m certain that this isn’t the end of this list as new subscription services are popping up all the time, so we’ll be sure to update this article any time a new plan shows up on our radar. If there are any obvious services that you think we’ve missed then please feel free to yell at us in the comments below and we’ll right (write?) those wrongs.
We like the ethos of this company, who adopt the Direct Trade method of procuring coffee. From the farmer to the picker, the Blue Coffee Box staff ensure the pick-to-pack process works within International Labour Laws. They also visit the farms to check social and environmental standards. They’re a pure-play coffee subscription company, so you can expect high-quality luxurious gourmet coffee and top service with lots of choice each month (or fortnightly if you’re thirsty!). There is free delivery throughout the UK and they guarantee it’ll fit through your letter box.
Subscribers have a choice of bean, coarse grind for cafetière, medium grind for drippers/Aeropress and very fine for espresso and stove tops. You then have a choice of roast depth (light to dark and decaf) and finally a frequency decision – fortnightly, monthly or every 2 months. A gift box option to arrive on a birthday or special occasion is also available.
The Blue Coffee Box guys have given Coffee Bazaar readers a whopping 50% off their first bag or box, just enter promo code TCB5 at the checkout. For example, an £8.99 bag/box in month 1 with the TCB5 discount code would be £4.50. Bags start at £7.99 and larger boxes start at £15.49
Whilst Dogs and Hats aren’t really anything to do with coffee, when combined, the Dog & Hat Coffee Co is definitely a leading player in sourcing some of the best coffee on a subscription basis. We trialled a pack that of 4 ground coffees from roasters we know very well here at The Coffee Bazaar; Neighbourhood (Liverpool), Send (London), Obadiah (Edinburgh) and Old Spike Coffee (London). The main plaudit of Dog & Hat’s monthly subscription offering is the sheer variety, you’ll certainly never be bored of the selection. Read more about the offering here.
Dog & Hat do their ‘homework’ in finding top class roasters across the world (yes, not just UK) and have them included in their monthly selection. We geeked out over the info booklet accompanying the coffee, plus the packaging was nicely done, as environmentally sound as possible. They do a prepaid gift subscription too, if you’re considering a monthly coffee subscription for a loved one as a present.
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Pact Coffee, located in Bermondsey, London have been sourcing and roasting coffee since 2012 and have offered a subscription service from day 1. The Pact ethos is good karma inducing! Using the Direct Trade model, Pact pay on average 55% above the FairTrade base price, ensuring farmers aren’t screwed over.
The service is highly customisable, allowing the customer to select from filter, espresso or even pods, regular or decaf, choose the perfect grind, and even select the perfect delivery frequency in days – from a delivery every 1 day, right up to a delivery every 60 days.
The downside of these highly customisable options and the wide variety of choice is a slightly overwhelming purchasing process, although everything is reasonably well explained and illustrated throughout.
Pact are offering 40% off 1st & 3rd orders USE PACTSB40 at checkout. Shopping for a gift? There are lots of coffee bundles on the Pact Gift page
Clumsy Goat’s “Roast of the Month” subscriptions are a great choice for anyone looking to try (or gift!) a selection of exciting new coffees. You receive a different Clumsy Goat roast each month, along with a handy origin guide with each delivery. They offer whole beans and a variety of grind options too.
Clumsy Goat’s subscription service is very fresh due to weekly roasting rota’s, the beans are 100% Fairtrade, ethically sourced and with letterbox friendly next day delivery as standard.
We reckon the coffee is exceptional value vs quality at £8.95 per bag. You also get free shipping and 10% off your first order. You can choose from weekly, fortnightly or monthly deliveries and can adjust, pause or cancel at any time.
Their gift subscriptions are also really popular – you can pre-pay for a set period and the lucky recipient receives a nice guide to the subscription and details of who it’s from. It’s a big thumbs up from us at Coffee Bazaar HQ!
Based in Southport in Merseyside and aiming to bring the Melbourne coffee scene to the UK, Django also offer a choice of subscriptions plans. The terms here are a little less flexible than Unions and a tad strange as they offer a one month plan delivered weekly, a three month plan delivered fortnightly, a 3 month plan delivered weekly or a rolling subscription. This last option offers the most flexibility as you can choose how frequently you want your delivery and how much coffee you want delivered each time.
The sign up process is a little confusing and at first I thought you had to order the same beans every time. This isn’t the case however, but it does require you to email Django and let them know what your preferences here are – it would have been nice if this was built in to the signup process.
They also offer an office subscription so that you can be sent 1kg bags – which is pretty neat.