Buy Coffee Online

By | October 25, 2010

Buying Coffee Online

There are many places to buy coffee online. This article helps you to look at three different stores where you can buy coffee beans online and have them delivered straight to your door. This page doesn’t aim to be comprehensive, but I will highlight some coffee retailers. I’d encourage you to check out all of the stores, look for great deals, discounts on shipping, etc.

Eventually, I plan to have reviews of a number of stores where you can buy coffee online. This may take a while, so bookmark the page, and don’t forget to check back from time!

Single Brands: Starbucks Store Online

StarbucksStore.com allows new and existing customers to order the complete range of Starbucks whole bean and ground coffees. These are then delivered to their home address via a flexible variety of shipping options.

The site provides detailed descriptions of each coffee, including country of origin or characteristics of the blends, as well as flavor notes and suggestions for other coffees that match preferred taste profiles. StarbucksStore.com also offers a guaranteed, easy-to-shop site and efficient, affordable delivery every time.

It’s hard to imagine anyone who is NOT familiar with Starbucks coffee on the local high street! But they have also built a considerable online presence as well. It’s a great place to buy many different items, including coffee beans from different regions, from different roasts or specialty coffee roasts. You will also discover a range of coffee equipment to help your brewing along, as well as coffee subscriptions for regular delivery and coffee supplies for small offices.

I would be inclined to buy from StarbucksStore because of its familiar brands and products, both on- and off-line; they do offer 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on both the product and delivery. So why not buy Starbucks Coffees?

Multi-Brands: CoffeeForLess.com

One of the advantages, or dis-advantages, of using a single brand store, like Starbucks, is exactly that. You can only buy their own branded and approved products. This may assure you of a great product and a high standard of quality. However, if you happen to want to buy something that’s a little different or out of season, or out of the ordinary, you may find that more ‘general stores’ will have more of the coffee items you need.

CoffeeForLess is, in fact, one of these more general stores that can combine orders for different brands, varieties, and products in one order! This is great if you want to order both Starbucks and Lavazza coffee beans, for example! You can conveniently combine the order in one shopping cart and free shipping as well.

The other advantage of choosing a store like this when you need to buy coffee online is that you can sometimes save a little money as well, if you combine coupons, purchase odd lots, buy in bulk coffee, or just shop carefully. Also, many customers found that shopping on CoffeeForLess.com was convenient, quick, and provided helpful customer service.

Multi-Products Stores: Amazon, Inc.

One popular choice to buy coffee online, indeed all kinds of products, is Amazon, not just a destination to buy coffee online. Actually, for purchasing a variety of brands, such as Starbucks, Lavazza, Maxwell House, … you really can’t beat Amazon for the variety, reputation, and customer responsiveness.

While Amazon don’t pretend to have any real experience in the Coffee World, their strong points include: good pricing, product/brand range, and delivery. Combined with a good reputation and customer service, they could be a great place to buy your coffee, esp. if you use Amazon Prime, or have other non-coffee related items to purchase at the same time, then buying your coffee products on Amazon really makes a lot of sense!

Tips, Suggestions, and Advice for Buying Coffee Online

I’d also like to offer some commonsense tips when you buy coffee online:

  1. When ordering coffee online, pay attention to the order when you receive it. Make sure that everything is packed in the box; that bags, boxes and anything else is unbroken; and don’t forget to check the invoice as well to make sure that everything has been sent properly.
  2. Before opening the bag of coffee beans or ground coffee, check the expiry date for freshness, and use-by-date. It happens occasionally that coffee is shipped that really is only fit for the compost heap. Make sure you aren’t drinking that!
  3. If you have to return something to the company, check out the exact return procedure and follow it. Each retailer’s return policy will vary, so make sure that you understand what you need to do. You should find the return policy in the ‘help’ section of each website.
  4. Pricing of coffee beans changes and stores may offer different deals at different times of the year. Also, be aware that some stores also offer coffee subscription services.
  5. Many coffee retailers offer coupons for products, subscriptions and shipping. So check the validity dates of the offers, that deductions are applied properly in your shopping cart, and note that many retailers don’t allow combinations of coupons or discounts!
  6. Lastly, if you are paying by credit card, debit card or check, always double check your statement with your payment when you receive the next statement. If you do online banking, then you can check much more quickly. And reconcile the payment with your own receipt. It’s easier to handle mistakes when they happen than months later.

Let me hear your experiences with these three retailers especially if you buy coffee online, and also let me know which coffee retailer provides you with a great experience (or not!). Hit the contact form to reach me.