According to a new study drinking coffee regularly can help you live longer.
The study looked at half a million people from the UK to see if those with genetic variations that can affect how they metabolise caffeine live longer. It found that those who drink eight or more cups per day had a lower risk of death.
However, the team behind the study stops short of suggesting a reason why coffee might help people live longer. The study notes that the results are based on observational data. Therefore they cannot prove that coffee actually causes people to live longer.
This is actually the second study in as many years which found the same result. The first was shared in August 2017. That study found that people whose coffee consumption was four or more cups each day had a 64% lower risk of mortality than those that never or rarely drank coffee. In addition, the chance of death decreased by 22% for every two cups consumed each day.
Again, though, that study refuses to give any suggestion as to why this trend might be.
The best coffee subscription services to help you live longer:
Of course, one of easiest ways to get a daily dose of top quality coffee is through a subscription service.
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Since the rise of Starbucks in the mid-1990s, there’s been a surge of interest in coffee. The global coffee market is worth a figure of around $100bn according to Ronan Stafford, a food and drink analyst from GlobalData. He notes that that figure is just regarding coffee beans and does not factor in coffee shops or the beans being made into hot drinks by corporate buyers. Stafford explains:
“The market has gone through a long period of premiumisation, as chains such as Starbucks have helped establish a mature coffee culture in most countries.
“There’s a large number of coffee connoisseurs to target, and we’ve seen home delivery services disrupt snacking markets (such as Graze), meal kit markets (such as Blue Apron), and beauty markets (such as Birchbox).
“Home delivery services for coffee aren’t new – plenty have tried in the past, but have struggled to successfully scale their business models. However, the success of home delivery specialists for so many other categories shows that coffee’s time may have come.”
Like many things, this has led to coffee subscription services. For those unfamiliar with the practice, customers pay a monthly fee and have coffee delivered to them. This can be an ideal way to experience different coffees from around the world, or just a convenient way to have luxury coffee delivered directly to your door.
To help you get the coffee you need to live longer, Verdict has scoured the internet to find the most popular and talked-about coffee subscriptions in the world. We’re focusing on the UK and the USA, since that’s where the majority of our readers come from, however, some of these services do deliver worldwide.
Nine of the best coffee subscription services in the UK
Prices: £7.99 or £16.99 per delivery, discounts if you prepay for many months in advance.
How often are deliveries? Fortnightly, monthly, or bi-monthly.
What do you get in each delivery? One 227g bag of single-origin coffee or three 155g bags of gourmet coffee in a presentation box with origin and tasting notes.
Key selling points: Blue Box promises to deliver ethical, gourmet coffee from farms in one of 17 countries. Many of those farms are personally vetted. All the coffee is personally selected by a coffee connoisseur and roasted by hand in the UK by one of the country’s best roasters.
Prices: £6.95, £7.95, or £9.95 per delivery.
How often are deliveries? You can choose to set deliveries as often as you want.
What do you get in each delivery? One 250g bag or packs of 40 pods.
Key selling points: Fresh coffee bought at direct trade prices. Also, unlike many others on this list, the coffee is delivered in both wholebean and Nespresso pod forms. The coffee is hand-roasted in Pact’s own headquarters.
Prices: £27.00 for one month with weekly deliveries, £38.00 for three months with fortnightly deliveries, £72.00 for three months with weekly deliveries, or £6.50 per delivery for a rolling subscription. Separate prices for office subscriptions.
How often are deliveries? Customers can choose between weekly and monthly deliveries.
What do you get in each delivery? One 250g pack of roasted coffee beans.
Key selling points: Hand roasted coffee shipped on the same day that it gets roasted for freshness. The focus here is on coffee from independent farmers with a low environmental impact.
Prices: £12.95 per delivery or £14.95 per delivery for Fine & Rare packs.
How often are deliveries? Customers can choose between weekly, fortnightly, or monthly deliveries.
What do you get in each delivery? Two 200g bags of coffee and information cards about them both.
Key selling points: Roasted and posted on the same day, Union Roasted aims for freshness. However, it’s also deeply engaged in educating people about coffee and offers discovery packs with four individual single-serve samples. The idea is to help customers define their palate before they subscribe.
Prices: £30 for four coffees delivered in any arrangement, £71 for 12 coffees delivered in any arrangement, £250 for 52 coffees delivered weekly.
How often are deliveries? Weekly, fortnightly, or monthly depending on the subscription.
What do you get in each delivery? One 250g bag.
Key selling points: This coffee subscription service is more like a book club than a personalised recommendation. Every subscriber gets the same coffee and each week Has Bean upload a new video on its background. You can share your thoughts on the coffee in that video’s subscription. For those who enjoy variety and community, this one is ideal.
Prices: £7.95 per delivery for two 125g packs of different kinds of coffee, or £6.95 per delivery for one 250g pack of coffee.
How often are deliveries? Weekly, fortnightly, or every three, four, five, or six weeks.
What do you get in each delivery? Either two 125g packs with two different kinds of coffee or one 250g Roaster’s Choice pack.
Key selling points: With a wide range of different coffees, this subscription allows for variety and individuality. Subscriptions are ultra-flexible allowing subscribers to get their hands on whatever coffee they like whenever they need it.
Prices: £6.50 for the first delivery and £8 per delivery after that, plus postage on any address outside of E17 postcode.
How often are deliveries? Weekly, monthly, quarterly, every half a year, yearly, or custom.
What do you get in each delivery? One 200g bag of coffee.
Key selling points: A small selection of just four types of coffee means that for those who find something they like, you can enjoy the same thing every time. Plus, all the usual bells and whistles are here including personal service and fresh beans roasted the day before they’re sent out.
Prices: £7.00 plus postage per delivery.
How often are deliveries? Monthly.
What do you get in each delivery? One 250g bag of coffee.
Key selling points: Expect all the usual stuff that you find in most of these, but the key feature of this coffee is that occasionally deliveries come with an extra gift. No one knows what that’ll be in advance so you have to keep an eye out.
Prices: £7.95 per delivery.
How often are deliveries? Monthly.
What do you get in each delivery? One 250g bag of coffee.
Key selling points: Each month’s coffee is guaranteed to come from a different country, so you’ll really get to explore the whole world in coffee.
Five of the best coffee subscription services in the US
Prices: $15.43 for a 7oz pack, $18.85 for a 11oz pack, or $27.43 for a 16oz pack. Additional shipping costs required for each delivery.
How often are deliveries? Weekly, fortnightly, or monthly.
What do you get in each delivery? One 200g bag or one 310g bag or one 450g bag or one 910g bag of coffee, depending on your subscription.
Key selling points: Obviously all the coffee you drink is hand roasted and all that jazz. The interesting part about Driftaway is that customers can give feedback directly to the farmers who grew the beans.
Prices: Pricing is two-tiered. Basic costs $11.95 per shipment, and Deluxe costs $14.95 per shipment. There are also 10% savings on buying six at once, and 15% off if you buy 12 at once. In addition, shipping costs $5 per shipment.
How often are deliveries? Weekly, fortnightly, every three weeks, or monthly.
What do you get in each delivery? One 340g pack of coffee or more depending on your selection.
Key selling points: All the coffee is roasted by one of the 50 best coffee roasters in the US. Every customer gets a personal coffee curator who sends personalised recommendations especially for you.
Prices: $21.99 for four large samples, $9.99 for four smaller samples, or $19.99 for one large bag of the most popular coffee. Free US shipping and $18-$33 for Canadian shipping.
How often are deliveries? Fortnightly.
What do you get in each delivery? Four 32g or 78g sample packs of coffee depending on your subscription or one 340g bag of coffee.
Key selling points: The real selling point of this one is that customers can download a free app to record their thoughts on the coffee they taste. You can share this with other users to discuss coffees and chat with other coffee lovers.
Prices: Varies depending on the coffee.
How often are deliveries? Every five days, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or any other option to the customer’s taste.
What do you get in each delivery? One bag of coffee, normally 340g but it depends on the producer.
Key selling points: You can rate all the coffees you receive and Crema’s algorithms will be able to churn out personalised recommendations for you. They also make a big deal about the fact that they pay farmers better than FairTrade.
Prices: $24 per month with discounts if you prepay for four bags of coffee or $26 per delivery for one large bag of coffee with discounts for prepaying and buying more frequently.
How often are deliveries? The smaller four-pack samples are only available monthly, but the large pack is available weekly, fortnightly, or monthly.
What do you get in each delivery? Four 30g sample bags of coffee or one 340g bag.
Key selling points: All the coffee is roasted in Seattle, which is famous for its coffee roasteries. It’s where Starbucks was born after all.