Do you like coffee? I love it – not so much for the caffeine hit, but for the taste and ritual of it, I suppose. My morning cup is basically what gets me out of bed in the morning (that and a toddler jumping on my head) and itâ€™s one of Rose and my favourite things to do together. Iâ€™m always up for a cup of coffee and will spend Â£2.50 on a flat white without batting an eyelid.
What about at home? If youâ€™re reasonably into coffee, you might have a cafetiÃ¨re, or even a stovetop, but which coffee do you buy? Ground coffee from the supermarket, right? The good stuff though; maybe Taylors. No judgement here! In fact, thatâ€™s exactly what I did for the longest time, but Iâ€™ve since discovered that starting with decent, freshly ground coffee can really make all the difference and thatâ€™s where coffee subscription services can be great.
We signed up for a coffee subscription when I worked in an office – there were three of us who all loved coffee and who always shared a cafetiÃ¨re in the morning, and having nice coffee just made it a bit more special. The great thing about a subscription is that they (a) grind the coffee for you, and (b) grind it to suit whatever coffee-making method you use (cafetiÃ¨re, stovetop, espresso machine, etc.). Obviously, itâ€™s going to be a bit more expensive than a bag of supermarket-bought coffee, but there are always great offers to be had (see below!) and you can easily offset the cost by buying fewer coffee-shop coffees per week.
Full disclosure here: weâ€™re pretty serious about coffee in our house (Pete takes on all the coffee-making duties actually). We have a grinder and an espresso machine, and we were buying coffee beans from local shops (supporting local businesses and all that), but because I work from home and he cycles to work, neither of us regularly passed one and we kept running out of coffee. Plus, we were getting a bit bored of buying the same beans all the time. We love the variety that you can get from coffee subscriptions – and the security of knowing weâ€™ll never run out. Also, they make great birthday/Christmas/new house presents.
Here are a couple of our favourite coffee-subscription services:
I like Pact because they offer lots of flexibility so that you can have coffee sent to you exactly when you would like it and youâ€™re not locked into any sort of contract and there’s plenty of variety. We really like the tasting notes on the coffee packs, too – although I was confused at first as they make it sound like the coffee might be flavoured (eww), which theyâ€™re definitely not!
OFFER: Â with the code FB15, you can try your first 250g bag of Pact Coffee for just Â£1 (including p&p)
The Coffee Roasters
The Coffee Roasters offer the same flexibility as Pact, but what I really love is their huge selection of coffee from roasters all over the country – including lots of decaf beans. Also, if you just want to make a one-off order, the search function on their website is great, allowing you to refine results according to flavour and coffee-making method.
OFFER: use code EVERYDAY30 and get your first delivery for half price.
What do you think? Would you give a coffee subscription a go?