Home food deliveries have gone beyond fruit and seafood to include sake, whisky and ice cream
Food and beverage-related subscription services, where items are delivered to the customer regularly, are continuing to grow. First, there were speciality grocers doing home deliveries of fruit, vegetables and seafood. Now, business owners are moving towards a niche market, offering sake, whisky, Japanese snacks and artisanal coffee.
Indeed, consumers are enjoying such niche subscription services – it’s a value-for-money way of exploring new products, and a pleasant surprise right at your doorstep as you never know what’s going to be in the box.
Here are 6 F&B subscription services you should try:
Those who love Japanese snacks can get monthly samples of 10 to 12 items from Kimochbox. Instead of buying whole bags of chocolates and sweets, subscribers get sample portions of the items.
Price: From $13 a box (one-year subscription) to $15 (pay every month)
2. Hook Coffee
Get your fix of artisanal coffee with Hook Coffee. Unlike other subscription services, which have fixed weekly, monthly or yearly deliveries, you can manage the frequency of deliveries using Hook’s Coffee Calculator during the online check-out.
Answer some quick questions to determine the flavours you like in your coffee and your preferred brewing style and Hook will also recommend a suitable coffee. The company offers beans from India, El Salvador and Colombia. A house blend, made with beans from Brazil and Mexico, is also available.
You can buy whole beans or get them ground on demand and calibrated to work with various brew methods such as an espresso machine and French press. Do not own any equipment? Opt for its drip bags instead. The beans are shipped within the week of roasting and the dates are indicated on the website.
Price: $18 (250g bag that makes up to 15 cups of espresso), $18 (pack of 10 drip coffee pouches)
3. Pint Society
Enter couch potato mode with ice cream delivered to your door step.
Price: From $29 a month (one-year subscription) to $38 (pay every month)
As the sake scene here continues to grow, seek out more unusual types of sake via Sakemaru.
Launched in January, it is run by Mr Taichi Abe, a sake sommelier and distributor of sake in Singapore. He also opened a sake bar in January at Tampopo in Ngee Ann City.
Price: $50 a month for a bottle of sake, $100 a month for two bottles
5. Whisky Butler
Instead of paying for a bottle of whisky that may not be to your liking, sign up with Whisky Butler, which delivers four 20ml sample bottles a month. If you like what you taste, you can buy the full bottle from its website. Each month’s selection has a theme, such as Scottish and Japanese whiskies, and the like.
Price: From $74 a month (one-year subscription) to $88 (pay every month)
Do a quick quiz on your tea preferences and the “prediction engine” will pick out teas for you – from black tea to chai. There is also a wide selection of single estate teas. More exotic flavours nclude Mango Turmeric Tang and Apple Florentine.
The online site also retails the tea in sample packs and sells tea accessories.
Price: From $28.48 for a Tea Lover plan (100g of three types of tea)
By Eunice Quek, The Straits Times, 20 March 2016