Whether you’ve always relied on the coffee machine in your kitchen for your morning caffeine fix, or you’re now working from home and missing your daily coffee runs, we’ve all been improving our barista skills during this lockdown and the perfectly brewed cup of coffee starts, of course, with the right blend.
While there are definitely some decent alternatives in the supermarkets, nothing beats the taste and smell of freshly roasted beans. We’ve listed the most letterbox-friendly coffee subscription services below, so you won’t ever have to drink a bland espresso again. All you need to do is pick a favourite, choose the format – most of these brands offer whole bean and ground coffee for bean-to-cup and espresso machines, cafetières, filters and aeropresses, as well as pods – and decide how often you would like to receive your order.
Created by one of London’s busiest coffee joints, the refill packs by Grind – choose between whole beans, pre-ground coffee and Nespresso pods – are available in the house blend, black or decaf blend and delivered through your letterbox in a box that is made from 100% recycled cardboard.
As one of the most personalised coffee subscription services, Pact Coffee lets you pick between two coffee types, three roasts, five grind sizes and different coffee ranges. Either opt for its signature blend each month, or switch things up and go for its single origin or rare, high-scoring coffees.
Blue Coffee Box
Blue Coffee Box’ monthly subscription can be purchased as either a single bag or a box of three varieties. While the brand has made a conscious decision not to sell capsules, it offers whole bean and ground coffee for your cafetière, dripper, aeropress and espresso machine.
As the only brand to offer pods for both Nespresso and Nescafé Dolce Gusto, the monthly subscription boxes by JavaHub – containing either 2, 3 or 4 bags of coffee – come with compatible, refillable stainless steel pods. Just don’t forget to empty and clean them for your next use.
Caravan, another favourite among Londoners, delivers their fresh roast straight to your door on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. Pick your favourite blend – available as whole beans or ground beans for filter and espresso coffee – or let their expert roasters select a coffee for you.
In addition to their signature coffee subscriptions – you can either opt for the same bag each week, or you can get a different bag of coffee delivered through your mailbox on a weekly basis – Origin also offers a chocolate and coffee subscription that comes with a bar of Rio Nuevo 72 per cent dark chocolate.
Union’s coffee subscription service lets you pick what flavour you like and how adventurous you’re feeling and their roasters will then select the perfect coffee for you. All you need to do is let them know your preferred grind – either whole bean or one of their three different grind types – and frequency.
Kiss the Hippo
Kiss the Hippo, with coffee shops in Richmond and Fitzrovia, recently launched a coffee subscription service. Choose between single origin or one of their blends and get your coffee – currently only available as whole beans, but they are working on adding ground options – delivered on your doorstep.