It’s easy enough to head to the coffee aisle of your favorite grocery store, pick up your favorite bag of coffee beans, and head on with your cart. But what if you forget to purchase coffee? Or you buy a bag that you don’t enjoy? It’s not an item one can simply return.
As a regular coffee drinker, you should be ordering coffee online. More and more coffee roasters are selling their products online not only because it's economically friendly, but it gives their consumers the freshest roasted coffee. Coffee shopping online has been a game changer for most coffee lovers.
Let me tell you why shopping for coffee beans online is the way to go:
Traditional coffee retailers have their beans shipped from their distributor to their regional warehouse where thousands of gallons of coffee grounds are being made. After being roasted, grounded, and packaged, those beans are distributed to individual stores where individual consumers will grab a bag.
But those bags sitting on the shelf could be up there for days, possibly weeks or months, before they’ve been put in someone’s basket. With online coffee companies, the coffee goes straight from the farm to the roaster then the consumer. There’s no middle man or shelf-sitting to reduce the freshness of the coffee grounds.
Instead of heading to your nearest grocery store and being overwhelmed by all of the different types of coffee, why not have your coffee come to you?
With buying coffee online, consumers are able to place an order any time they like. By the next day their coffee could be shipped and received within a few days on their doorstep, depending on where the coffee is purchased.
With most online coffee companies, there is a membership subscription to sign up for. Instead of placing your order every time you need coffee, your coffee could be sent straight to your door once a month. This not only saves you time, but is hassle free as well. It’s one less thing to not have to worry about.
Online coffee is not only convenient, but it is also economically and environmentally friendly. As smaller coffee roasting companies are popping up, they are only doing online distribution. This is because it costs less, they know that their coffee is getting straight to their consumers, and it requires 35% less energy use as well as reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
By delivering fresh, ground coffee straight to the consumer, smaller companies have a better control of their distribution, revenue, and product spending. They also know that their products are being used right away instead of becoming stale and thrown out.
Smaller companies are also noticing what they can do to impact the environment. By producing recyclable or biodegradable products such as bags made out of hemp or k-cup pods made out of paper lining, mesh filters, and plant-based materials, small companies are taking a step into making the world a better place.
Promoting Small Businesses
Instead of putting your money towards giant companies like Starbucks or Costa coffee, put it towards companies that are local who need your support more.
When you shop small you are giving back to your community, making a major economic impact, and creating a sense of community.
When ordering from a giant coffee corporation they aren’t as concerned with someone buying one bag of their coffee compared to a small business. Your small contribution to a small, online coffee company impacts them more than a commercial one.
Smaller companies also give back more compared to huge ones. They appreciate the business they receive, showing the world their gratitude. Commercial brands only care about how much money they are making, not how much they are giving.
Single-origin coffee means the beans come from one geographical region or country. They are harvested from the same farm or estate, or multiple coffee farms in the same country.
Most coffee companies who are single-origin do not sell to commercial stores. The coffee brands that are in grocery stores most likely receive coffee beans from different parts of the world. Some products may say they are a single-origin coffee because technically they only need a small percentage of beans from one region to claim it as a single-origin. But it’s highly unlikely that the brand is not.
Knowing where your beans are coming from can help you discover what type of beans they are. This way you are able to tell which beans are favorite and continue purchasing the ones that taste the best to you.