Always running out of coffee? No time to drop by the grocer?
With the influx of e-commerce services, subscription-based services have been gaining popularity lately. Coffee bean subscriptions are not lagging far behind.
If you are interested in meshing up stress-free convenience with savings, here is our list of artisanal coffee bean subscription services in Singapore and Malaysia.
Perk Coffee, Singapore
It all started when couple Paul and Serena met and fell in love with coffee plantations in Africa. Paul has been a farmer for years and ensures that Perk’s coffee beans are of specialty grade, 100% Arabica, ethically and ethnically grown, sourced and roasted.
Perk’s coffee gravitates towards a fruity and nutty flavour. Featuring an ever-changing seasonal menu, you can choose from a selection of single origin or blends, and darker roasts if you prefer a stronger brew.
Roasting locally every Tuesday, Perk adheres to a strict roast-to-order model and delivers within 48 hours to ensure that your coffee reaches you at optimal freshness.
Subscribers have the option to select how they would like their beans done – whole bean, ground, in drip bags or pods. For SGD$17.90 per 250g pack or SGD$18.90 for two 125g packs, you have flexibility on how often you would like your coffee delivered – weekly, bi-weekly, tri-weekly or monthly.
Hook Coffee, Singapore
The idea of Hook Coffee was conceptualised when founders Ernest and Faye saw potential in selling artisanal coffee to households in the most convenient way possible.
Hook provides an outlet for adventurous coffee fanatics. At SGD$18 for a 200g bag, try blends with flavours ranging from caramelised bananas to chocolate raspberry macarons, butterscotch cookies or Kinder Bueno.
Understanding that not all households own coffee machines, Hook offers the option of grounded coffee and drip bags, in addition to whole beans or pods. For grounded coffee, it can be calibrated to work with various brew methods such as the Espresso machine, French press, AeroPress, Dripper and Stovetop Moka Pot.
To guarantee freshness, Hook ships your coffee within 7 days of roasting. Tried and endorsed by an array of media outlets, Hook is a reliable starter for a coffee subscription newbie. Not sure about your sensory taste profile? Try their recommendation engine. It’s pretty cool.
Coffee:Nowhere, Singapore & Malaysia
Coffee:Nowhere (pronounced as Coffee NOW here) roasts its beans at their roaster in Johor Bahru. Strictly using only 100% natural and specialty grade Arabica beans, your brew’s consistency and vigour are definite.
It’s a win-win for both Malaysians and Singaporeans because Coffee:Nowhere ships to Singapore, Johor, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
For your delivery, coffee is packed only in 250g bags to ensure its freshness. Based on your coffee intake, you’ll get to decide the frequency of your subscription.
Moreover, barista and latte art classes are also held by the Coffee:Nowhere team. With an increment of coffee workshops in Singapore and Malaysia, you no longer have to be a master barista to enjoy artisan coffee at home.
Love surprises? If your answer is yes, you have to subscribe to Cowpresso.
In addition to a standard subscription service, Cowpresso offers surprise plans for you to subscribe to. Based on the delivery frequency that you have chosen, for SGD$14, Cowpresso will send you a 250g coffee bag (at a value of SGD$15-20). Besides, it is a new flavour for each delivery – surprise!
The team at Cowpresso is made up of artisans, baristas, coffee roasters and photojournalists – that’s how you know the coffee will be great. In addition to delivering only high-quality beans within 2 to 7 days of roasting, they offer free shipping across Singapore.
Surprise Plans: https://cowpressocoffee.sg/collections/subscriptions
Bean Shipper, Malaysia & Singapore
Bean Shipper has been roasting beans since 2014 and is a popular roaster amongst homemakers, baristas and cafes. Although Malaysia-based, they ship internationally to countries such as Singapore, Thailand, China and Indonesia for a nominal fee.
Bean Shipper allows you to customise your subscription based on your brewing method and favourite flavours. Choose your beans according to factors such as your preferred roasting points and whether you drink coffee with milk.
Each shipment contains one 200g/250g bag of coffee beans and you can decide how frequent you’d want fresh roasts. With an easy to navigate website and a blog dedicated towards coffee drinking, Bean Shipper is also a great start for novice drinkers.
Brewers Club, Malaysia
Brewers Club is the only retailer in this list that has a 100% subscription model – and 100% mysterious.
Why so secretive? Brewers Club practices the concept of “blind tasting”, anonymously labelling each coffee bag with a QR code. After 7 days of shipment, you can then scan the code to read more about the origins and description of your coffee. By doing so, taste the authenticity and true blend without being influenced by its name or marketing gimmicks.
There are two subscription models – the Ace of Clubs and The Wild Card. Priced from RM39 and RM45 per box respectively, expect up to three 250g bags every month. Choose from 1 or 3 mystery coffees, pick a blend or single origin, quantity and grind size. Unsure about the size? Here is a guide to knowing what grind size to use.
Common Man Coffee Roasters (Singapore & Malaysia)
A familiar name to many, Common Man Coffee Roasters (CMCR) is an established brand that has opened various cafes and academies in Singapore and Malaysia.
Although their beans are sourced internationally by a team of Green Bean Buyers, they are roasted in-house almost daily.
CMCR pays fine attention to detail to the entire coffee journey. By cultivating their coffee in special and ideal climates, it is able to release flavours unique to their variety and origin.
Coffee subscribers can choose from 3 different products – The Blends, Single Origin for Espresso, and Single Origin for Filter Coffee. Packed in either 250g or 1kg bags, get your endless caffeine fix from SGD$16.
The Bean-to-Cup Experience
The coffee subscription services in this list have uniformly recommended whole beans. This is to ensure the preservation of freshness and for you to enjoy the freshest, most aromatic coffee at home.
With the touch of a button, a Fully Automatic Coffee Machine (FACM) such as The PrimaDonna Elite extracts the fullest flavour possible from your beans in a matter of seconds. Being more cost-effective in the long run, it won’t take long for it to be a great return on investment. Why not consider one today?