In an era of capsules for coffee machines (Nespresso, Dolce Gusto etc…), brewing coffee at home with a cafetiere or french press is making a huge comeback. This is the battle of two very different experiences: the slow and enjoyable process vs the fast and convenient way of coffee making with a pod. At home I use both. I have my Nespresso machine when I need a quick espresso, but I also very often use my French Press coffee maker for a more enjoyable moment. In my opinion there is nothing worse than a bad coffee, and supermarket shelves are full of those! So, on my quest for an excellent coffee I have found ‘Union Hand Roasted’ and they sent me a box for free, and after using it regularly for a while here is my review about it.
Disclaimer: I received the first subscription box free for review purposes. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.
who are union hand roasted coffee?
Union Hand Roasted is a little coffee company that works with ethical sourcing in mind (they only source direct from farmers). They have a selection of speciality coffees that all have a quality score of 84 and above, and most importantly they only hand-roast their coffee in small batches, to order.
how can you buy their coffee?
There are two ways to use Union Hand Roasted. You can buy their coffees directly through their website and you will be amazed by the huge selection of coffees available! Or you can choose their subscription service, and that’s what I am going to talk about today.
Union Hand Roasted Coffee Subscription box: how does it work?
The subscription plan works as follows: you can choose between two plans: Standard £12.95 per delivery of 2 x 200g bags or upgrade plan £14.95 (selection of more exclusive coffees).
Then you have three options:
Union Hand Roasted Coffee choose the right coffee for you (personally I recommend this option)
You pick certain flavours
You choose the coffee you want.
The next step is about selecting your grind: wholebean, espresso, cafetiere, filter/aeropress. And finally if you want 1 box per month/week/fortnight. The process is straightforward and very well explained on their website. You cannot go wrong.
what did i receive?
I love when a company takes extra care about packaging and presentation. Congratulations Union Hand Roasted Coffee because you nailed it! The box should fit a standard letterbox so the postman can post it through. It contains two bags of coffee and everything you need to know about your coffee and how to make it is on the cardboard box.
Quality of coffee and how do i brew my coffee?
I use a French Press to brew my coffee. It is a slow process (around 5/7 minutes) but it is definitely worth it. At the moment I am using the French Press from Ikea : Uphetta. And guess what, it is actually really good, the glass is very sturdy and it only costs £6.00. I’ve used Bodum before but I managed to break them twice!
The quality of coffee is really outstanding, but don’t expect it to feel like an espresso because this is not the point with a cafetiere. The coffee is smooth, not too strong and it’s perfect for my taste. I honestly think this is one of the best I’ve had in a long time. Brewing a coffee with a French Press is great and in Winter it has this extra cosy feeling, it’s a very Hygge moment.
my final thoughts about THE union hand roasted coffee subscription box?
If you love an amazing cup of coffee then this is definitely for you, and this monthly box will be a nice addition to your home. I personally think it is better to let Union Hand Roasted Coffee choose the coffee (surprise element), and I value their ethical values a lot. At £12.95 it might feel a bit pricey, but if you know about great coffee you will find the price to be very correct. And huge praise for the packaging! Subscription boxes are everywhere, but this one is very special, and it could be a perfect Christmas gift too! Visit their website and start your subscription now!
Do you brew coffee at home? What is your favourite way? Let me know in the comments below and stay tuned for more posts!