Four must-try gourmet coffees – available online

From “farm-fresh” beans to capsules worthy of connoisseurs – buying online can have its perks

Gianni Frasi flame-roasted beans cost from €37.82 per kg
Gianni Frasi flame-roasted beans cost from €37.82 per kg

Gianni Frasi For a table that’s always well-dressed, it’s wise to entertain some of the top-notch produce that can now be summoned at the click of a mouse. For coffee, none surpasses Gianni Frasi’s flame-roasted beans (from €37.82 per kg). His tiny factory in Verona produces as much coffee in a year as Lavazza makes in two hours, and the richly nuanced results attest to his perfectionism – this is coffee to enjoy like fine wineespressocoffeeshop.com. BILL KNOTT

The Difference Coffee Co offers coffee pods from top brands such as Wild Kopi Luwak, Hawaii Kona Champion and Jamaican Blue Mountain
The Difference Coffee Co offers coffee pods from top brands such as Wild Kopi Luwak, Hawaii Kona Champion and Jamaican Blue Mountain
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Difference Coffee Co After a feast, guests will always perk up at one of the world’s finest coffees. The Difference Coffee Co has come up with the ingenious idea of putting such exalted names as Wild Kopi Luwak, Hawaii Kona Champion and Jamaican Blue Mountain into capsules that fit a Nespresso machine. It pays top-dollar for award-winning beans, roasts and grinds them, then puts them in nitrogen-flushed capsules to keep the coffee fresh. This coffee makes a damn fine espresso martini, too. differencecoffee.com. BILL KNOTT

Devoción’s two-bag coffee bean subscriptions cost $34 for 680g; three-bags cost $51 for 1kg, or there are monthly gifts from $17
Devoción’s two-bag coffee bean subscriptions cost $34 for 680g; three-bags cost $51 for 1kg, or there are monthly gifts from $17
Cru Kafe’s coffee pods cost £3.48 for a pack of 12
Cru Kafe’s coffee pods cost £3.48 for a pack of 12

Devoción The aromatic “farm-fresh” blends from Colombia’s Devoción coffee are sought-after by cold-brew connoisseurs and Michelin-starred chefs alike. This so-called “third wave” coffee company – the beans are of the purest artisanal quality – was founded in Bogotá in 2006 and later moved to New York, making quite a stir with its shop, two cafés and its home-delivery service The beans are handpicked and dry-milled in Bogotá and shipped at 10-30 days old; the industry average is three months to one year, but Colombia is one of the few countries in the world where coffee is a year-round crop. At the Brooklyn warehouse, roastmaster Sergio Muñoz creates both classic and quirky blends. The Citrus coffee has uplifting essences of mandarin and lemongrass, while the Gesha Villa Maria – a “grand cru” grown at 1,650m – hints at orange blossom. Ordering online, choose the grind appropriate for your method of preparation –the difference in quality, complexity and freshness of these grounds is obvious. Two-bag ($34 for 680g) and three-bag subscriptions ($51 for 1kg), or monthly gifts (from $17). devocion.comCHRISTINA OHLY EVANS

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Cru Kafe Cru Kafe produces, it says, “finer coffee in a kinder capsule”: Nespresso-compatible pods that are recyclable and produce rich, proper coffee made from 100 per cent organic fairtrade beans. Try the Light Roast for hints of sweet caramel, or the Intense dark roast espresso for a serious jolt of caffeine (12 out of a possible 12 on the strength scale). Cru’s Dark Roast – a mélange of Brazilian, Peruvian and Ethiopian beans – is a strong blend with hints of chocolate and fruit, and the single-origin Decaf is perfect for a late-night cappuccino. The pods (a pack of 12 costs £3.48) can be ordered in one-off shipments or via a monthly subscription. crukafe.co.uk. CHRISTINA OHLY EVANS

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