How to Buy Coffee Beans Online from the UK

If you are considering buying coffee beans online, then hopefully this guide will at least point you in the right direction. More often than not I use a local coffee store as I can actually see them, smell them and you do get helpful advice as well. Some days you even get to have a taste.

​The two problems with local coffee shops and stores is that they are usually tied to certain suppliers so choice can be limited. The other problem is that not every town and village even has one. In many supermarkets there is some choice but again I usually find those rather limited.

​That is why sometimes I do like to go online and buy some coffee. This is because I do like to experiment a lot and try out coffee beans that I would not otherwise get the chance to do. Below I have listed these by those that have received the highest rated by actual buyers.

​My 3 Step Guide to Buying Coffee beans Online

Step 1

​Coffee beans are generally classified according to the region they are grown in. That is the number one thing that can impact the taste. There are two general classifications:

  • Arabica​
  • Robusta

By quite a long way Arabica is a higher-quality bean and is usually fuller in flavour than Robusta. Almost always the Robusta will be the cheaper option but in my opinion, they are just not a good taste so I never buy them. Stick with an Arabica coffee bean and that will get you off to a good start.

Step 2

​Coffee beans are usually described in terms of flavour, aroma, body and acidity. It is however a bit like reading the description of a wine. And like my red wine choices, I think the only way to find out which coffee taste you like the best is to try out as many different types of coffee as possible. That will help you develop your own favourites and be able to decide for yourself which types you like.

Step 3

​Find a coffee bean brand that you like. Now I am a Lavazzo fan and I think they make the best Italian coffee. However don't limit yourself at the start as there are many brands and many different tastes to experiment with and enjoy.

Before we look at the highest rated coffee beans online, it is worth remembering that no matter how high the quality of the bean is, the flavour of the coffee can still be impaired by grinding or brewing incorrectly.

Top 20 Coffee Beans to Buy Online by Buyer Rating​

Now before looking at these, please keep in mind that these come in different sized packs. There are also some that come in multiple packs and that can often make a big difference in price. I have ranked these simply in the order of highest rated overall.

The average prices I have taken from Amazon UK and these can change so always be on the look out for any bargains.​

Number 1 

Grind House Santos Espresso Coffee Beans

Grind House Santos Espresso Coffee Beans

Weight = 4 Kg

Average Price = £24

Number 2

Jones & Burke Coffee Beans

Jones & Burke Coffee Beans

Weight = 500 grams

Average Price = £10

Number 3

Hampshire Coffee Co-House Blend No 1

Hampshire Coffee Co - House Blend No 1- Great Taste Award Winner

Weight = 1 Kg

Average Price = £20

Number 4

Spiller & Tait Signature Blend

Spiller & Tait Signature Blend

Weight = 1 Kg

Average Price = £16


Number 5 

Lavazza Qualita Rossa Coffee Beans

Lavazza Qualita Rossa Coffee Beans

Weight = 1 Kg

Average Price = £10

Number 6

Taylors of Harrogate Rich Italian Coffee Beans

Taylors of Harrogate Rich Italian Coffee Beans

Weight = 1 Kg

Average Price = £22

Number 7

Lavazza Crema e Aroma Coffee Beans

Lavazza Crema e Aroma Coffee Beans

Weight = 1 Kg

Average Price = £11

Number 8

Pelican Rouge Barista Coffee Blend

Pelican Rouge Barista Coffee Blend

Weight = 1 Kg

Average Price = £10

Read Online Reviews

​Online reviews like this one can help you to narrow down your coffee bean choices. They will give you a general understanding of the quality of the brand. If the coffee is too weak or too strong, the reviews will let you know. 

Buy Sample Sizes

​Some types of coffee beans can be purchased in sample sizes. These smaller bags of coffee will allow you to try out the coffee out, before you commit to the purchase of a full bag. That is always a good idea. When you find a few that you like, then you can always buy a bigger packet.

Experiment & Try New Things​

​There are quite literally hundreds of brands and flavours available. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Unique and unfamiliar types of coffee could wind up as your favourite brand. If you have the money, simply buy a few various types of coffee. This will give you a better understanding of what coffee beans are available on the market.

Please remember that when buying fresh coffee beans that you should store them properly when you receive them. You can read my article about how to store beans by clicking here.

Enda McLarnon
 

Enda McLarnon has a Business Management Honour's Degree and applies his professional insight, to analyse and write helpful product reviews with tips and useful advice. I am also a coffee lover and enjoy tasting all of the coffee types the world has to offer.

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