London’s best coffee shops and roasteries delivering and doing subscriptions during lockdown three

Ailis Brennan and David Ellis
·7-min read
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By now, there’s been time to sort the home drinking game, but with near-constant coffee breaks the easiest way to break up the WFH monotony, even old favourites can start to lose their shine.

It’s time, then, to get pour out something new. Plenty of the capital’s top coffee shops and roasteries have by now well-established delivery operations sending their beans out door-to-door.

Most of these companies offer pretty quick delivery times – many offering next-day, or even same-day delivery – but bear in mind lockdown can still delay postal and courier orders.

From properly popular brunch cafes to roasteries that get a two Michelin-starred seal of approval, these are the London roasteries bringing the java to your doorstep.

Grind

As well as running a string of neon-lit, cafe-bars across the capital, Grind boasts its very own coffee roastery in Elephant & Castle. If you’re missing your coffee fix – or your espresso martini one for that matter – Grind’s organic coffee is available to order through its online shop. Arriving either in a fetching baby pink tin or as refill packets (for which subscriptions are available, starting from £9.95 with the code GETSTARTED), Grind offers whole beans, ground, or in compostable Nespresso-compatible pods. Get free delivery with the code DOINGGOOD.

From £9.95, grind.co.uk

Caravan

Caravan may be best known for a decade doing brunch, but the crux of the matter has always been the coffee. At its own 8,500 square foot “Roastery HQ” in Islington, the roasters produce five types of espresso (including its signature Market Blend with notes of raspberry, cherry jam and milk chocolate) and five types of filter coffee, including its Mario Hervas from Ecuador and Sholi Cooperative from Rwanda. All are available to order online as whole beans or ground. A subscription service is available too, with deliveries made either every week, every fortnight or every four weeks. Those who subscribe before February 12 will be entered to win a bean-to-cup coffee machine, too.

From £9.50, caravancoffeeroasters.co.uk

Ozone

Ozone started life as a small coffee shop in a New Zealand surf town, but it now boasts two seriously cool spots in London’s Shoreditch. The operation may straddle a few thousand miles, but coffee roasting is decidedly local – both its Emma Street and Leonard Street locations have on-site roasteries. Head online to purchase bags of their single origin coffees and blends, and request to have it ground for whatever gadget you have at home, ranging from stove top to a V60. Can’t decide which one? Go for their “lucky dip” option to get a pack of mystery beans.

From £9, ozonecoffee.co.uk

Monmouth Coffee

Monmouth are old hands in this game, having roasted beans in London since 1978. Its roastery has since outgrown its original Covent Garden basement, and now supplies its three coffee shops (and plenty more besides) from Bermondsey. Head to its online store to choose from 17 types of coffee available for delivery, ground to fit your home equipment. Monmouth have suspended their takeaway drinks for the time being, but are still open to pick up beans, ground coffee and coffee making supplies.

From £6.50, monmouthcoffee.co.uk

Kiss The Hippo

Having started out in the London suburbs, Kiss The Hippo is now finding itself new fans in the West End. The Richmond-based roastery started just a few years ago, but now boasts a second coffee shop in Fitzrovia and a bountiful online store. Head there to choose between their 10 roasts, including their house George Street blend and single origin coffees from Colombia, East Timor and Rwanda. A taster pack is there for those who want to find their new favourites, and a subscription service is available too. They’re also well stocked with plenty of brewing gear if you’re planning on branching out.

From £9, kissthehippo.com

The Gentlemen Baristas

Head back in time to Britain’s first forays into coffee, with the whimsical approach of The Gentlemen Baristas. Direct from its Shadwell roastery, The Gentlemen Baristas's online shop delivers nine different coffees, with blends and single origins named after types of hat. This ranges from a Nicaraguan Top Hat to a Coppola made with a rare Brazil Laurina varietal.

From £8, thegentlemenbaristas.com

Perky Blenders

These East End coffee roasters may not sport flat caps or shaved-back-and-sides haircuts, but they are brothers in arms. Walthamstow-hailing Perky Blenders was set up by two brothers with a passion for coffee, and now boasts four cafe locations around Waltham Forest and two roasteries, from which fans can order blended, single origin and decaf coffees. If you’re gifting some java, you can order a bag personalised with a name, and if you’re in for something new, try the Blend of the Month. Subscriptions are available too, from £19.50 for three months’ worth.

From £6.50, perkyblenders.com

Square Mile Coffee

You may not recognise Square Mile Coffee from shop fronts, but the name might ring a bell thanks to its presence on top London cafe and restaurant menus. Square Mile doesn’t have cafes, but does supply the likes of Look Mum No Hands!, Kaffeine and Jolene – they even supplied the two Michelin-starred The Ledbury before it sadly closed. If you want to try its coffee in the comfort of your own home, head to their online store to order individual packs and subscriptions to single origin coffees and seasonal espressos, currently including Red Brick and Sweet shop. They’ve just about every piece of equipment one could need to seriously sort your coffee fix at home, and subscriptions for regular coffee drops too, either weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

From £12.50, squaremilecoffee.com

The Roasting Shed

As you can probably divine, this roasting company began in a literal back garden shed. The Roasting Shed now resides on larger premises in Hackney Wick (next to Crate Brewery and Silo), where you can pop in for a coffee and buy your small batch beans. Customers can also order its six different roasts for delivery, and subscriptions based on how many cups you drink each week.

From £8, theroastingshed.com

Allpress Espresso

Allpress Espresso is another caffeine-loving Kiwi to have made its home in the UK, now sporting a Dalston roastery, 14 cafes in London and more across the country. Online, fans of its coffee can order five different roasts – including their signature espresso blend – with four of them available on subscription, along with reusable cups and rather fun t-shirts.

From £9, uk.allpressespresso.com

Hej Coffee

Hej Coffee may sound decidedly Scandinavian, but this roastery is actually based in Elephant & Castle, and has three other cafes in London. Hej offers small batch coffee for delivery, as well as entire Caffeine Survival Kits. Head to the Hej At Home section on its website to buy bundles including a grinder, a choice of Aeropress, V60 or Chemex coffeemakers, and a selection of beans. Customers can also order grocery and baked good boxes, as well as hot chocolate.

From £6, hejcoffee.co.uk

Solo Coffee

“We’re not jacks of all trades, we’re masters of one”, says Solo Coffee. This Bermondsey-based coffee company procures its beans through Brixton roastery Volcano Coffee. Solo only produces cold brew coffee, which it sells in three-litre fridge packs (with a tap) after brewing it for 16 hours in cold filtered water, or as espresso-strength concentrate that works out as just 25p a cup. Solo does just one type of coffee – a single origin from the Minasul cooperative in Brazil – and you may recognise it from its presence on the menu at the likes of Thai restaurant Kiln, hotel group citizenM and Blok London gyms. Sign up with your email for free delivery on the first order.

From £9.95, solocoffee.co.uk