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Review: Dog & Hat coffee subscription

I talk a lot about coffee on my blog for two reasons – firstly, I love it; secondly, I have a toddler so I am permanently tired and in need of a caffeine boost. We love our coffee machine which is an Andrew James machine with an integral grinder, so we tend to choose beans rather than ground coffee.

I’ve toyed with the idea of a coffee subscription, so when I was offered a trial by Dog and Hat I was really keen to give their service a try. Dog & Hat is a coffee subscription service that has been going for a couple of years, and has grown very quickly. I love their focus on sustainability as this is really key to me when choosing products including food and drink. They only ship in recycled packaging and everything is printed on recycled paper.

Dog & Hat coffee delivery is sent in sustainable packaging

In my delivery were two packs of beans, the first was from Ethiopia by Climpson & Sons, and the second was a Guatemalan roast from Sendero.

Guatemalan and Ethiopian coffee from Dog & Hat

Both of the coffees had a really deep flavour, and were quite intense (in a good way). The Climpson & Sons wasn’t really to my taste (although saying that we consumed the whole bag in just a few days!), but I have discovered that is the joy of a coffee subscription. It’s a great way to work out what you enjoy and would buy again, and part of that learning is discovering the flavours that aren’t quite to your taste.

Guatemalan coffee from Dog & Hat, served with and without milk

Along with the coffee I received Dog and Hat’s ‘Dialled In’ magazine, which features interviews with the roasters of the coffee you have been sent. I thought this was a great idea as it really helped me to understand the coffee and the people behind its production. Dog and Hat works with 46 roasters from the UK and Europe, and sometimes brings US coffee into the fold. I would love to try this as I’m not sure I have ever had US coffee (unless I have drunk it in the US, but I didn’t really think about where the coffee was from).  

I loved receiving my Dog & Hat subscription and I will use them again in the future. The coffees were great quality, their sustainable approach is commendable and it is fab way to try some new roasters. You can join online and follow them on social @dogandhatlove. Members can also log into a members’ area where you can buy extra coffee (sometimes at discounted prices) and switch your subscription type. Prices start at £17 for two bags up to £31 for four bags so this is not your average priced coffee, but it’s worth the extra pounds if you want to try something that bit more unique.


I was sent the subscription box free of charge from Dog & Hat to try out. I was under no obligation to publish a review and all thoughts remain my own, which at all times are honest.

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