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.
When you go online you will see there are a lot of varieties, and you may need to try a few and see which beans you like the best. Once you have those then all you need is a good coffee grinder, and you can always have fresh coffee, which simply tastes great.
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
1 - Know Your Bean Types
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 of coffee beans:
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. Often beans can be blended and both these types of beans are mixed. That can then be bought in pre-ground coffee.
However beans should never be mixed.
2. Try Out Different Brands
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. Buy a couple of small packs at a time and you will over time figure out which tastes you prefer.
Everyone's taste is slightly different and only you really know what you like.
3. Beans from Brands
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 8 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.
Lavazza Super Crema Coffee Beans
92% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ reviews
illy coffee Classico Coffee Beans
94% buyer satisfaction based on 4,000+ reviews
Spiller & Tait Barista Blend
88% buyer satisfaction based on 200+ reviews
Spiller & Tait Signature Blend
90% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ reviews
Lavazza Qualita Rossa Quality
94% buyer satisfaction based on 11,000+ reviews
Presto Café Espresso Beans
88% buyer satisfaction based on 2,000+ reviews
Lavazza Crema e Aroma Quality Coffee
92% buyer satisfaction based on 2,500+ reviews
Pelican Rouge Barista Coffee Blend
88% buyer satisfaction based on 300+ reviews
Any of the coffee beans shown above will be of very good quality. As we mentioned earlier though, it may take a few tries to find a brand that you really like.
Online Coffee Bean Buying Tips
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.
One final thing that I do on a regular basis is to ask what beans are being used, if you have a cup of coffee that you really like. Any good coffee shop will know what beans they are using, so should be able to tell you, or at least find out for you.
It is also worth simply asking around and see what friends or family may be drinking in terms of their coffee preferences.