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Top 10 Best Ground Coffees in the UK 2021

A good cup of coffee is more than just a way to wake up in the morning, it's a ritual. Buying from coffee shops every day can soon get expensive, but not everyone wants to commit to buying a kitchen full of barista-standard equipment to enjoy their daily Java. A step up from instant, ground coffee is the perfect compromise, enabling you to experience fresh, top-quality coffee with maximum convenience – and on a much more reasonable budget. 


From a chocolatey Brazilian for your latte, to a cafetière full of sophisticated Yirgacheffe for your espresso machine. We'll cover light, medium and dark roasts, advise you on the ideal preparation methods, as well as sharing our top 10 favourites this year. We've brewed up offerings from Amazon, Asda and Tesco, with crowd favourites like Illy and Taylors alongside small batch and organic picks, so you're bound to find one worthy of your daily grind. 

  • Last updated: 24-01-2021
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How to Choose a Ground Coffee in the UK – Buying Guide

There are many decisions to make whilst on the path of discovery to your favourite ground coffee. Do you go for Arabica or Robusta? Are you more into floral, citrus or rich and chocolatey notes? Read on for the total rundown on how to find the best coffee hit for your fix. 

Know the Difference Between Arabica and Robusta and Decide Which You'd Prefer

Know the Difference Between Arabica and Robusta and Decide Which You'd Prefer

Arabica coffee has a sweet, soft taste with complex tones of sugar, fruits and berries, which is one of the reasons why it is often the only type used in the speciality coffee industry. The acidity in Arabica beans is higher than that of Robusta beans, and also has a winey mouthfeel synonymous with top-quality coffee. 


Robusta, on the other hand, is the more hardy bean, with a stronger, more bitter, and somewhat harsher taste that some find not as palatable. It is characterised by grainy overtones and a peanutty aftertaste and produces a strong crema. 


Although Arabica is known for being easier to drink and generally the superior bean, Robusta is commonly used in coffee blends throughout the world, mostly because it is cheaper to produce – which will usually make it cheaper for you as the consumer. 

Experiment With Different Regions of the Coffee World to Find Your Favourite

A coffee's flavour varies greatly depending on where it's grown, factoring in the chemistry of the soil, the climate and altitude, and how it's processed. There are too many amazing coffee-producing regions for us to list, but we've included some of the most sought after varieties below to help with your decision. It may take a bit of trial and error, but that's all part of the fun! 

Ethiopian Coffees Can Be Heavy or Light Depending on the Processing Method

Ethiopian Coffees Can Be Heavy or Light Depending on the Processing Method

The coffee plant has its origins in Ethiopia, where there are three main coffee growing regions: Harrar, Ghimbi, and Sidamo (Yirgacheffe). Harrar coffee beans are dry-processed and are often used in espresso blends due to their rich, winey aroma and heavy body. 


Conversely, Yirgacheffe and Ghimbi coffees have been wet-processed, or 'washed', which results in a cleaner, brighter flavour. Yirgacheffe is grown at high altitudes from 1,700 to 2,200 meters above sea level and is the most favoured coffee from South Ethiopia. Mild and light with a floral aroma, it's perfect for an afternoon filter coffee or cafetière. 

Kenya and Rwanda Are Famous for Consistently Delicious Coffee, Often Produced by Small Scale Holders

Kenya and Rwanda Are Famous for Consistently Delicious Coffee, Often Produced by Small Scale Holders

The Kenyan coffee industry is known for its cooperative system of production, with around 70% of its beans being produced by small scale holders. Rwandan beans are also known for their small scale grinds, so if this is something you look for when buying coffee, Kenyan and Rwandan varieties are the way to go. 


Known for its consistently rich flavour and wine-like acidity, Kenyan coffee is considered top class and has a distinctly bright, vibrant taste with complex fruit and berry notes. 


Floral, berry and fruit tastes are also present in Rwandan coffee, but it boasts more of a silky texture, a creamier body and slightly buttery overtones, with hints of cinnamon and caramelised sugar. Acidity-wise, it's also high and bright like Kenyan coffee, due to their similar altitudes and growing climate.

South America Produces Smooth, Chocolatey Coffee That's Ideal For Espresso

South America Produces Smooth, Chocolatey Coffee That's Ideal For Espresso

Brazil is the world's largest coffee producer, producing a third of the world's coffee, and has been for the last 150 years. Brazilian coffee is soft and nutty with low acidity and a bittersweet chocolatey taste that makes it perfect for espresso lovers.


Colombian coffee is also extremely popular and a good place to start when buying a ground coffee, due to its classic profile of a strong caramel sweetness and a nutty undertone alongside a mellow acidity. Many other South American countries also produce top quality coffee and are worth trying if these flavours tempt you, such as Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru.

Single Origin or Blend? Each Has Its Appeal

Single Origin or Blend? Each Has Its Appeal

When it comes to choosing between single-origin and blended ground coffee, it isn't necessarily a matter of one being superior – they both have their draws, and both will appeal to different tastes. Single-origin beans come from one specific region or estate and are loved by coffee connoisseurs for their unique and distinct qualities. Single origins are a great way to immerse yourself in the tastes of a region you like.


Blends, however, combine beans from several origins, and when done well, will offer up the best of each bean and generally a more complex coffee. Skillfully pairing beans that complement each other can be akin to creating a delicious, signature dish. 

Light, Medium or Dark Roast: Discover Which One Gets You Going

Light, Medium or Dark Roast: Discover Which One Gets You Going

Darker roasted coffee used to be the default before the speciality coffee industry gained momentum. But ground coffee quality is constantly getting higher with the demand for a world-class taste, and lighter to medium roasts are now getting their time in the limelight. Most coffee drinkers have a favourite, but we'll list their characteristics below to lend a hand with your choice. 


Light roast coffee usually has a crisp acidity, mellow body and vibrant flavours, preserving the characteristics of the bean. Medium roast coffee, as you can guess, has medium acidity and body with a well-rounded flavour and the beginnings of a rich, caramel sweetness. And finally, dark roasts are characterised by a heavy body, with deeper flavours and nutty or chocolatey notes.

Consider Your Brewing Method Alongside Which the Coffee is Ground For

Consider Your Brewing Method Alongside Which the Coffee is Ground For

To get the most out of your cup, it's important that the grind of your coffee is suitable for your preferred brewing method. Each packet should mention whether it is fine, medium, or coarse, or, to take the guesswork out, will helpfully note exactly which coffee gadgets it can be used with. 


The most common method is the cafetière, or the French press, which is best used with a coarse grind to avoid over-extraction. Filter machines and percolators are in the same family of 'slow-brewing' methods, so also suit coarser grinds. 


Medium or medium-coarse grinds should be chosen if you favour pour-over coffee, siphon coffee and AeroPress coffee with a 3 minute brewing time. Lastly, go for a fine grind for espresso, stovetop Moka pots, and 1 minute brewing time AeroPress preparations. A lot of everyday ground coffees do create a 'one grind fits all' consistency, but if you're serious about your Joe you may like to stay a bit more precise. 

Top 10 Best Ground Coffees in the UK

Get your water boiling and your favourite brewing gadget ready, because it's now time to introduce our top 10 favourite ground coffees, ranked for their quality, good credentials, and utter deliciousness. 

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Variety of BeanArabica
Region-
Type of CoffeeBlend
RoastMedium
Recommended Brewing Method Espresso machine
9

Taylors Of HarrogateRich Italian Ground Coffee

£3.75

Variety of BeanArabica
RegionSouth America, Africa
Type of CoffeeBlend
RoastMedium
Recommended Brewing Method Cafetière
8

Moreish Coffee RoastersBlack Goat Ground Coffee

£13.75

Variety of BeanArabica, robusta
RegionHonduras, Brazil, Ethiopia, Uganda
Type of CoffeeBlend
RoastDark
Recommended Brewing Method All filter types
7

Crazy Cat CoffeeColombian Ground Coffee

£7.82

Variety of BeanArabica
RegionColumbia
Type of Coffee-
RoastMedium
Recommended Brewing Method Any
6

Café DirectMachu Picchu Organic Fairtrade Ground Arabica Coffee

£3.75

Variety of BeanArabica
RegionPeru
Type of CoffeeSingle origin
RoastMedium
Recommended Brewing Method Cafetière
5

Cru KafeOrganic Honduran Ground Coffee

£31.14

Variety of BeanArabica
RegionHonduras
Type of CoffeeSingle origin
RoastMedium
Recommended Brewing Method Any
4

Spiller & TaitSignature Blend Ground Coffee

£11.50

Variety of BeanArabica
RegionColumbia, Brazil, Kenya, Ethiopia, India
Type of CoffeeBlend
RoastMedium
Brewing MethodAll filter types
3

Marley CoffeeOne Love Medium Roast

£6.99

Variety of BeanArabica
RegionEthiopia
Type of CoffeeSingle origin
RoastMedium
Recommended Brewing Method All filter types
2

Good Life CoffeeFinca La Pira, Dota Tarazzu

£22.75

Variety of BeanArabica
RegionCosta Rica
Type of CoffeeSingle origin
RoastMedium
Recommended Brewing Method Multiple grinds available
1

Kivu NoirRwandan Single Estate Coffee

£14.50

Variety of BeanArabica
RegionRwanda
Type of CoffeeSingle origin
RoastMedium
Brewing MethodAll filters

Compare the Best Ground Coffees

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1
Kivu Noir Rwandan Single Estate Coffee 1

Kivu Noir

2
Good Life Coffee Finca La Pira, Dota Tarazzu 1

Good Life Coffee

3
Marley Coffee One Love Medium Roast 1

Marley Coffee

4
Spiller & Tait Signature Blend Ground Coffee 1

Spiller & Tait

5
Cru Kafe Organic Honduran Ground Coffee 1

Cru Kafe

6
Café Direct Machu Picchu Organic Fairtrade Ground Arabica Coffee 1

Café Direct

7
Crazy Cat Coffee Colombian Ground Coffee 1

Crazy Cat Coffee

8
Moreish Coffee Roasters Black Goat Ground Coffee 1

Moreish Coffee Roasters

9
Taylors Of Harrogate Rich Italian Ground Coffee 1

Taylors Of Harrogate

10
illy  Classico Medium Roast Ground Coffee 1

illy

Name

Rwandan Single Estate Coffee

Finca La Pira, Dota Tarazzu

One Love Medium Roast

Signature Blend Ground Coffee

Organic Honduran Ground Coffee

Machu Picchu Organic Fairtrade Ground Arabica Coffee

Colombian Ground Coffee

Black Goat Ground Coffee

Rich Italian Ground Coffee

Classico Medium Roast Ground Coffee

Features

A Luxurious Coffee Grown on the Shores of Lake Kivu

A Fruity Yet Well-Balanced Costa Rican Single Origin

Coffee From the Family of Bob Marley

A Multi Award Winning Small Batch Coffee

A Smooth and Mellow Single Origin With Eco Credentials

An Organic Fairtrade Peruvian Single Origin

A Rich and Creamy Columbian Coffee to Excite Your Senses

A Dark Roasted Blend With Attitude

Medium Roast Italian Coffee for Cafetiere and Filter

A Medium Roast, Fine Ground Italian Coffee

Price£14.50£22.75£6.99£11.50£31.14£3.75£7.82£13.75£3.75£6.50
Variety of BeanArabicaArabicaArabicaArabicaArabicaArabicaArabicaArabica, robustaArabicaArabica
RegionRwandaCosta RicaEthiopiaColumbia, Brazil, Kenya, Ethiopia, IndiaHondurasPeruColumbiaHonduras, Brazil, Ethiopia, UgandaSouth America, Africa-
Type of CoffeeSingle originSingle originSingle originBlendSingle originSingle origin-BlendBlendBlend
RoastMediumMediumMediumMediumMediumMediumMediumDarkMediumMedium
Brewing MethodAll filtersMultiple grinds available All filter typesAll filter typesAnyCafetièreAny All filter typesCafetièreEspresso machine
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There's an Exciting World of Coffee Out There!

There's an Exciting World of Coffee Out There!

Feeling excited by your journey into new coffee territories? Don't stop here, this is only the beginning! There's so much to discover in the world of coffee, so take a look at our related articles for the best beans, grinders and that perfect reusable cup for on the move.

Summary

Hopefully, you've got the low down on the best regions, beans and roasts, and have decided on your brewing method, all of which should help you to discover your favourite ground coffee yet. Buckle up, you're all ready for your espresso adventure!

Author: Melanie McPhail

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