I’m currently into my 2nd month of Pact coffee shipping and thought I’d write a few words about my experience so far. (Spoiler, it’s fantastic!)
Pact coffee is a UK startup that ships coffee in various forms (full bean/ ground) direct to your door, their differentiator is their coffee is freshly roasted very close to your shipping date which improves the coffee flavour noticeably.
WHAT IS PACT? At Pact we are on a mission to get the UK drinking better coffee by making incredible, freshly roasted coffee accessible to everyone. Our world-class beans are bought from dedicated farmers, roasted in small batches in Herefordshire and shipped within 7 days. Our coffee isn’t ground until the last possible moment before being sent straight to you to enjoy.
How it works
From their website you answer some straight forward questions about you coffee-making setup (filter/cafetiere/espresso/aeropress etc) and how you enjoy your coffee (milk / sugar) and it then makes some recommendations on some coffee they are roasting now. You select the coffee and within a day or 2 (Next day for me both times) the yummy coffee arrives with a nice little coffee magazine to read.
Then every 2 weeks another shipment of coffee will arrive, either the same roast or a semi random selection based on your original answers. It’s possible to change or pause your order if you start getting too much delivered or are off on holiday and then take it up again a few weeks later.
How does it taste
I’m fairly fussy when it comes to coffee, I’ve tried many supermarket beans trying to find my favourite and my search never really ended. Some were ok, some were damn awful!
The 2 sets of coffee from Pact have been really really nice. I’m not usually an espresso person, more of an Americano (hot milk thanks) as the extra water removes a lot of the bitterness of some coffees, yet a Pact espresso is very nice. Smooth and tasty. A double espresso and a splash of hot water and milk is a fantastic way to start my day. I’m reliably informed that it tastes great in a latte also!
Improvements to the service
Being the only real coffee drinker in the house the 2 week cycle of new coffee arriving is a little to aggressive, I think every 4 weeks fits our households coffee drinking habits better. As I wrote earlier it is possible to skip / move deliveries easily if you have too much coffee and they email you a day or 2 before they ship allowing you pause your order or change to a different coffee, so it’s not a huge headache but a default 4 week delivery option would be useful for me!
Pact are currently running a promotion so you can try their coffee for only £1 if you use this code (I also get a free t-shirt) it’s a great offer if you like good coffee!
Introduce three coffee-loving friends to Pact and we’ll post you a limited edition T-Shirt… Your personal invitation code is: MARCUS-UBYQHQ Anyone with access to this code will be able to claim their first bag of Pact Coffee for £1.
Or if you’re passing my house drop in and I’ll fix you up a great Pact coffee myself! ;o)