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Twelve Australian Coffee Roasters Delivering Beans and Fresh Grounds to Your Door

Order excellent coffee at the click of a button, no matter where you are.
By Emma Joyce
April 06, 2020
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Twelve Australian Coffee Roasters Delivering Beans and Fresh Grounds to Your Door

Order excellent coffee at the click of a button, no matter where you are.
By Emma Joyce
April 06, 2020
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Addicted to the grind? We understand. You may not be taking as many trips to your local cafe for barista-made flat whites as you once were, but there are ways to spend your money that help the industry continue to roast and grind, as well as keeping you safely at home for as long as it takes.

Many roasters have reduced their cafe operations, but they're still roasting, grinding and shipping coffee to customers — with some offering free delivery. Many roasters offer subscriptions for those plunging more at-home brews than ever before, some have online stores of equipment so you can up your home brewing game, and a few have sample packs and isolation gift boxes (as well as cute merch) so that we can make the most of this shift in our daily habits. Here are 12 of the best roasters delivering the goods.

If you choose to pick up your beans, make sure you follow the government's latest advice on social distancing.

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Tom Ross

EVERYDAY COFFEE

The Melbourne-based micro roaster delivers espresso, filter and decaf blends, as well as coffee making equipment — like filter papers, scales, grinders, timers and pour-over cones. If you're familiar with Everyday Coffee's cafe blends, order a bag of Allday Espresso ($15), which goes well with milky coffees for a dark chocolate and caramel flavour, or a sweet and malty black coffee. Add your grind instructions at checkout and you'll receive express post within two-to-four days (via Australia Post). In it for the long haul? Everyday offers subscriptions of single origin or blended beans or ground coffee. Select how you make your coffee and your quantity, with prices starting at $20 for 250 grams. Right now, Everyday is offering free express shipping on orders over $60.

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MARKET LANE

During the coronavirus lockdown, Market Lane is offering free standard shipping for all orders over $30 within Australia, as well as next-day delivery for Melbourne customers living in select suburbs. The coffee retailer roasts in small batches at its Brunswick East site, and it sells beans roasted for all filter brew methods, including pour over and plunger. Melburnians in Brunswick, Carlton, Fitzroy, Parkville, Princes Hill and Melbourne CBD (as well as a few others) can opt to have their beans hand delivered by one of the team the day after your order, but those further afield will get theirs via Australia Post. Allow up to five days for shipping. Fond of commitment? Join the Coffee Club, which ships beans every two weeks for $20. Our pick for a single bag is the fruity Kenyan Kiangundo — raspberry jam, peach and dark chocolate notes — for $26/250 grams.

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SAMPLE COFFEE

Pacemaker is Sample Coffee's year-round house blend that has a Cherry Ripe-style flavour profile and goes well with milk. The Sydney roaster has subscription services for Pacemaker, Brew Crew, Sweet Tooth and decaf blends, delivered across the country and ground to your preference, every week, fortnight or month. A 250-gram bag is between $18.80–23.80 per delivery and quantities go up to four kilograms. The online shop also has eight single origin blends, with beans from Bolivia and Rwanda, and tasting notes as varied as blood orange and Fanta-like. Bags start from $16.20, and you can stock up on brewing gear (cold brew pots, mini grinders and speciality kettles are all there), but note delivery costs are calculated based on weight and distance. If you live in Sydney, you can also have milk, veggies and pantry goods delivered via Sample Staples, too.

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LOGGERHEAD

Small scale Sydney roaster Loggerhead takes deliveries up until Tuesday, 3pm, for its weekly Wednesday roast. Its online shop has cold brews from $7 a pop, fruity and nutty single origins from $15, as well as an espresso blend that's a punchy, buttery mix of South American and Ethiopian beans from $13. You can still pick up a bag from inner west cafes 212 Blu and Cherry Moon, but if you'd rather save those essential trips out for the supermarket you can select size, roast and grind preference online. Loggerhead has a ten-percent off deal right now to help you through the lockdown.

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MECCA COFFEE

Mecca Coffee, roasted in Alexandria, is shipping 250-gram bags of its orange, honeycomb and chocolatey house blend for $16 via UberEats right now — or you can order the same blend, along with six others on the website, as usual. It's offering ten-percent off all coffee and equipment, too, as well as free shipping on all orders over $20. If you live close enough to the Sydney roaster, staff may even drop it off themselves. Not set up for home brewing? Mecca is flogging an Isolation Kit for just shy of $100, which sets you up with an Aeropress, Porlex hand grinder and a 250-gram bag of its House Blend. Just as you can for any coffee order, you can select how your beans are ground if you'd like to skip the arm workout. Sydneysiders can expect deliveries in 1-2 days. For Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, you'll need to hang on for up to three. Looking for a gift? The Blend Subscription will set up your mates with six deliveries for $125 — making sure they never run out.

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ONA COFFEE

If you want to geek out, Canberra-based Ona Coffee has an extensive online shop with educational reads, merch — including beanies and pins — and some serious brewing equipment; we're talking $300+ scales, kettles and grinders. There's also milky coffee blends Raspberry Candy, Black Betty, The Founder and The Hitman, which you can order to your brewing style. Filter fiends get some serious Central American single origins to choose from, like the Honduras Buena Vista Honey, which comes from an organic family-run farm in La Paz and gives red currant and honey aftertastes when enjoyed as a filter. A 200-gram bag of this style is $16 and house blends range from $12–$48. Right now, if you spend $30 or more at the online shop, you'll get free shipping no matter where you are in Australia.

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Alana Dimou

SINGLE O

In Botany Bay, Sydney's Single O is roasting and packing orders of its seasonal blends, single-source coffee and equipment. If you spend over $16 (the price of one 250-gram Stimulus Blend, for example) you get free standard shipping. Order before 2pm and your coffee is dispatched the next working day. There are also coffees that do good, as well as boost your mood; the El Salvador single origin has 100 percent of its proceeds going to WWF Australia to support its ongoing work following this summer's bushfire crisis. The Blend Taster Box has sample packs of its Reservoir, Killerbee, Paradox and Yeehah blends for when you want to taste-test your way through the range, for only $20. As always, you can select your grind or opt for whole beans. Single O has equipment starting from $7, T-shirts and other merchandise, gift vouchers and coffee subscriptions that are well worth a browse when you're thinking of gifts and long-term working from home arrangements. It's also supporting local cafes with its Kickback campaign. And, if you live in Sydney, you can now order vacuum-packed meals for your fridge or freezer from Single O's Bopple store, as well as Berkelo loaves, Merna's crumpets and Pepe Saya salted butter.

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ST ALI

South Melbourne's St Ali has been roasting the good stuff for 15 years. Its online shop has ethically sourced Feels Good organic espresso beans, the rich and butterscotch Wide Awake espresso blend, dark roast Italo Disco and apricot and orange sweet single origins. But St Ali doesn't stop there. You can pick up Nespresso compatible capsules filled with its two house blends from $60 for 60 pods. In a nod to our extra hygienic times, St Ali is making its own 75-percent alcohol hand sanitiser. For something chilled, go for the six-packs or slabs of iced lattes and filter coffee. Or brighten your ritual with a yellow coffee mug, a candle or an ashtray. Not to mention a community breakfast box for Melbourne customers. For Australia-wide deliveries of its coffees, there's free shipping on orders over $75. So go big or go home.

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SENSORY LAB

Sensory Lab's coffee subscriptions can be sent anywhere in Australia either weekly, fortnightly or monthly. There's a red apple and honey filter, a chocolate and almond espresso blend and a 100-percent ethically sourced organic Santo Espresso, all starting from $55–60 and you can choose how you'd like them ground. Right now, the Melbourne-based coffee company is offering free shipping on all orders over $75, plus 50-percent off capsules, which it has in its classic espresso house blend, Steadfast. You can slip in a slab of its Hey Tiger Chocolate collab, too. Aside from the edibles, it also has a limited range of mugs, totes and equipment worth a look in.

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PROUD MARY

Proud Mary roasts its coffee in Collingwood, where you've likely eaten at its two cafes, Aunty Peg's and the eponymous Proud Mary (temporarily closed). Founder Nolan Hirte is considered a leader in Australia's specialty coffee industry, and his mission is bridging the gap between farmers and coffee drinkers — so now's as good a time as any to support that mission through Proud Mary's $24 coffee subscription. A fortnightly run of single origin filter is shipped on Wednesdays, which gets you around 16 cups-worth. It'll take 1–4 days for standard post for $7.95, or you can level up to express for $14.95. Not ready to go steady? Add a single bag to your cart from $15 for a blend, and up to $22 for a single-o. Proud Mary's online store has pretty serious equipment, like Moccamasters, double walled glass carafes and drip scales, too — but don't let that put you off. Like most roasters, you can have your beans delivered to the grind you need, from press to drip.

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SMALL BATCH

North Melbourne's socially responsible Small Batch has been roasting exceptional coffee since 2009. The juicy Golden Ticket filter is a blend from two producers, from Ethiopia and Colombia, and you can see how many pesos per carga each producer was paid by Small Batch when you select your quantity and grind. Transparency in the supply chain is Small Batch's bag, and as you're enjoying a Candyman Espresso Blend, which has a malted milk and macadamia flavour when taken with milk, you can be sure of the fact that all four producers who farmed the coffee in the blend were paid above Fairtrade prices. Our pick is the Sample Pack for $40, which gives you 100 grams of four filter coffees so you can change up the flavours and get to know which ones you like the most. Shipping is just $5 across Australia and takes 2–4 days. Or, if you live locally, you can pick up from the roastery.

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Industry Beans

AND MORE!

In Adelaide, Monastery Coffee has free shipping on coffee orders over 250 grams with single origins starting at $16, and Elementary Coffee is shipping country-wide when you spend more than $30 (get the Young Street Blend used daily in its cafes). In Brisbane, Wolff Coffee Roasters has Australian International Coffee Awards-winning filter Hummingbird Vol 3 ready to ship for those after a fruity, gooseberry-driven flavour for $16. Industry Beans has espresso blends named for its cafe locations in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, with prices starting at $15. Melbourne's Code Black Coffee is offering free shipping Australia-wide for orders over $25, which means you could grab two bags of its signature 3056 blend (named for the postcode of the roastery) for $30. Then there's Axil Coffee, Black Market Roasters, Coffee Cartel and Reuben Hills all offering subscriptions. And, Edition Coffee Roasters is delivering Australia-wide with free delivery on orders over $50. So there really is no excuse for drinking bad coffee.

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Top image: Single O by Alana Dimou

Published on April 06, 2020 by Emma Joyce

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