You may have noticed some changes to our website recently. We are working towards making our coffee more accessible, while also streamlining shipping and reducing waste. After nine years of business, we also had to change our pricing slightly, to catch up to current costs. All this was done in one quick swoop, and at first glance, it was a big change, but for sake of clarity and transparency, here is how it played out.
Shipping used to be built into the coffee costs online. We did this because it is sometimes nice to just know the cost and have nothing more added. But the pricing never lined up with our retail presence, so this fall we dropped the price online down to coincide with our retail shop. This meant we had to add shipping costs, but in an effort to keep our coffees reasonably priced for people out of town, we have capped shipping costs to $4/bag. We also now offer completely and totally free shipping on all orders over $45.
Our hope is that this will help incentivize consolidated shipping, even if we have to cover the costs. It will reduce packaging and our overall carbon footprint as shipments spread out around the country. But if you want just a bag or smaller quantity, we hope the capped costs help keep it accessible.
One last thing you will notice, and for this, we are pretty excited, we now offer sample packs of coffee. Four bags of your choosing, packed tightly into a nice little package allows you to keep a little variety in your day to day drinking, or help you hone in on which coffees you love the most.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Black Coffee.