Craving your barista-quality caffeine fix? Wake up and smell the coffee with these London-based companies that deliver coffee to your door…
Lead image: Grind
1 Kiss the Hippo Coffee
At Kiss the Hippo, sustainability is key: coffee is roasted in the UK’s first carbon-neutral coffee roastery, using the world’s most eco-friendly roaster. As well as supporting good causes, the company is committed to paying 50% higher than the Fairtrade price for all its coffees. While the business has two coffee shops in Richmond and Fitzrovia, its website offers coffees ranging in price from £10 to £30 (including Shattah Gesha, used by the winner of the UK Barista Championship 2020). You can also take out a subscription or give one as a gift (here, prices start at £36). At the time of writing, free shipping was offered for all UK orders.
2 Pact Coffee
Pact Coffee describes itself as ‘the UK’s favourite coffee subscription service’. You can make a Pact Plan on its website: you choose your coffee, select a frequency, enjoy free delivery (and letterbox-friendly packaging) and have the benefit of ‘endless flexibility’. If you order before 1pm from Monday to Friday, you get next-day delivery, and you can even get coffee delivered daily if you wish! But it’s not only subscriptions this Bermondsey-based company offers: you can buy coffee bags and pods as one-off purchases too. Bags start from £6.95, while pods cost £19.95. Why not try the Umurage Pods from Rwanda, which have notes of raspberry and cream? Yummy!
3 Volcano Coffee Works
South London based Volcano Coffee Works – headquartered in Brixton with a café in West Norwood – was founded in 2010 to create environmentally sustainable and ethically traded coffee. The founder grew up with great-tasting coffees in New Zealand, and decided to bring them to the UK. Available to buy on its website are ground coffee, coffee beans and Nespresso-compatible, compostable coffee pods. Alternatively, take out a subscription – the Roaster’s Choice Box sees the 2018 SCA UK Coffee Roasting Champion select a new coffee for you to taste every month for £17. At the time of writing, there was free UK shipping on orders over £20, with same-day dispatch for orders made before 8am – and if you gift a friend £5 off their first coffee order, you’ll receive £5 to spend on your next one.
Shoreditch-based Grind has grown to have Instagrammable locations all over London, but you can also buy coffee on its website. You can order a refillable (and pretty!) coffee tin, containing compostable Nespresso pods or ground or whole bean organic coffee, and refills can be purchased too. However, if you subscribe for refills – delivered in letterbox-friendly packaging – you’ll save 20% and enjoy free shipping. You can also gift three, six or 12-month Grind subscriptions.
5 The Roasting Shed
Started in a garden shed, this small batch, speciality coffee roastery based in Hackney Wick ‘strives to bring out the perfect balance of flavours within a single–origin coffee so that each note can be found in your cup’. The company’s mission is to cultivate meaningful relationships with growers and cooperatives who respect both the environment and people. The website for the business offers bags of coffee starting at £7, though you can alternatively opt for a weekly or fortnightly coffee subscription – and if you signed up at the time of writing, you could send a free bag of coffee to an NHS worker, volunteer or vulnerable person self-isolating. At the time this article was being penned, there was free home delivery for 1kg orders, as well as 10% off your first order.
6 Monmouth Coffee Company
1978 marked the beginning of arguably the first independent roaster, Monmouth Coffee Company – which initially roasted in the basement of its shop in Monmouth Street in Covent Garden. Now boasting stores in Bermondsey and The Borough as well as Monmouth Street, the company also sells a selection of coffees online, along with information about where they’re from. You can also subscribe to receive coffees showcasing different regions, varietals, processing and flavour profiles, with delivery taking place monthly for three, six or 12 months. A three-month subscription for a 250g bag of ground beans for a cafetière costs £31.
7 Caravan Coffee Roasters
Caravan Coffee Roasters may have locations across London, but there’s a range of espresso and filter coffees available to purchase from the website of this Islington-based firm, which believes ‘in challenging and raising the standards and expectations of the UK speciality coffee scene’. Espresso coffee prices start at £9.50 for the Market Blend, The Daily and Decaf Primavera Family varieties, while filter coffee prices start from £10.50 for the Roasters Choice – Filter option. You can also purchase three, six and 12-month subscriptions – a three-month, monthly delivery of a 250g bag of the Roasters Choice mix, for example, costs £9.50 a month.
8 The Gentlemen Baristas
This cool coffee company strives to evoke the best of a bygone era – when gents were gents and the hats were better. All the coffees for sale on its website are named after hats – for example, the Bowler costs £10 and has tasting notes of cherry cola, white grape, blackcurrant and umami, while the Stovepipe, £8, has tasting notes of marzipan, Bakewell tart, blueberry and chocolate. The company, which has outlets all over London, was also selling limited–edition coffees online at the time of writing in the form of the Pork Pie, the Propeller and the Coppola – the latter having been used in the UK Barista Championship 2020. At the time of writing, all coffees came with free postage on UK orders over £20.
9 Perky Blenders
This family-owned roasting business was established in 2015 with a focus on high grade coffee at accessible prices. The company supplies more than 50 shops, has kiosks in Leytonstone and Walthamstow and operates coffee shops in Walthamstow and Leyton, but you can also order from its website. You can even buy a personalised bag of coffee for £7.50! Coffee gift sets are available too, along with subscriptions: you can sign up to receive a bag of coffee each month for three, six or 12 months, while the company’s Flexi Club offers more choice as to when you receive your coffee. Alternatively, you could join a Six Week Club, to get a weekly coffee bag for six weeks, for £39 at the time of writing – saving £9 every six weeks and benefiting from permanent free postage!
10 Solo Coffee
Solo Coffee believes ‘there’s something powerful about doing one thing well’. Its sole product is cold brew coffee served black, formulated by creators who worked together as baristas and won a national coffee competition. A three-litre fridge pack of the stuff is available to order on the Bermondsey-based company’s website, containing single-origin, direct-trade coffee from the farms of Brazil’s Minasul cooperative. Brewed for 16 hours in cold, filtered water, the ready-to-drink product costs less than £20 as a one-time purchase and offers 15 200ml servings. You save 10% if you get it delivered every seven, 14, 30 or 45 days.