Delivery & Returns
350+ Independent Brands, One Checkout
GUSTATORY is an online marketplace in which we offer our customers the convenient ability to shop from 350+ independent brands all in a single location and checkout with a single GUSTATORY account, or as a guest. As such, our customers do not need seperate online accounts with each of the independent coffee roasters, tea makers or brands they purchase from. GUSTATORY does not hold stock ourselves and all orders are made direct from our partners to you, enabling those who order food and drink items to benefit from receiving as fresh produce as possible (i.e freshly roasted coffee), and those who order home and kitchen equipment (or similar) to enjoy the most competitive of prices that are available anywhere. The utmost quality and convenient shopping are both core priorities of ours.
We want the opening of your delivered package to be an experience, so what better way to start than to receive your item(s) accompanied with all the thoughtful branding which our partners supply; by shopping at GUSTATORY you are directly supporting our trusted independent coffee roasters, tea makers and brands, and for this we say thank you.
With only the one checkout (or guest) account required for all your item(s), you also only need to pay once for all associated delivery costs, regardless of how many unique partners you decide to shop from within your basket; shopping with GUSTATORY could not be easier. All our partners are spread out across the UK and Ireland, as well as beyond, and each has their own domestic and international shipping costs. Offering the same free delivery thresholds as if you were shopping direct, and never including any misleading hidden shipping costs in any product's price, GUSTATORY is ethical, clear and easy.
Unique to coffee, each independent speciality coffee roaster generally roasts their produce on a specific set day(s) of the week to ensure that the coffee you receive is as fresh as possible. Your purchase(s) will be shipped immediately after these given days of the week, and should your basket include coffee from two or more different independent coffee roasters, please expect that it is likely that your purchase(s) may arrive on different days; if you purchase from one roaster only, you should receive everything within a single delivery. Due to this, GUSTATORY cannot guarantee the immediate delivery of your coffee purchase(s), however, please be safe in the knowledge that shipping will be made direct from the independent coffee roaster(s) after their next earliest roasting date.
For all purchases, you will be notified via email at all stages of the checkout process when your order is confirmed as successful. If you choose to checkout via one of our alternative payment options of PayPal, Google Pay or Apple Pay, you may also receive a second confirmation email (please check your junk email folder). All taxes are included in the shipping costs of a domestic delivery address, however, international delivery addresses may also be subject to additional import taxes upon receipt.
Coffee Subscription Deliveries
If you are a subscriber to GUSTATORY's speciality coffee and cold brew subscriptions, all deliveries are made direct from GUSTATORY, based in the United Kingdom, where we curate and manage all our subscriber's packages in-house to ensure package quality, variety and organisation. All coffee box subscriptions are dispatched each month's first Monday and/or 1st-2nd (whichever best fits given each month's changing dates), with this regularity to ensure coffee freshness from our far-and-wide international roasters. All subscribers are consolidated into the same dispatch period irrespective of payment cycles.
Creative and colourful packaging comes at a cost and we're humble about ours. Printed packaging is a regularly overlooked, detrimental factor when consumer brands consider their environmental impact. Using recycled material is one thing, but that's not everything. We work with an abundance of brands and with our team all consumers ourselves, together, are well aware of branding / packaging options. Despite this, we dispatch all our parcels within very humble, minimally branded boxes. Why?
- Towards the environment, unlike almost all other subscription services across every product type imaginable, we choose not to use overly-printed / branded packaging - not even featuring a tiny logo - to eliminate our requirement for ink on postal boxes altogether. Each box we deliver is made from recycled cardboard, our tape from recycled kraft paper and our insert cards from recycled fibres.
- Towards cost, we price all our subscriptions according to the true value of the actual coffee you're receiving and not include the pointless cost of some packaging you'll no doubt dispose or recycle of 20 seconds later after opening. Sure, we agree that creative packaging designs are fun and nice to receive, however, it's what's on the inside that counts, right? We let the speciality coffees inside our humble packaging do all the talking. Read more about our humble packaging.
In addition, FREE delivery is also included to most European countries - what next? Your very own complimentary live-in barista too?
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Coffee Subscription Deliveries (EU Residents)
For EU resident subscribers, effective of 1st July 2021, there is now no 'low value threshold' within the EU and as such, every parcel entering into and travelling between EU countries will be subject to payable customs at the point of entering your EU country of residency. Prior to the new laws, parcels declared under a certain value were able to pass through customs without any fees to pay, however, these new laws have been created in order for EU governments to collect tax from multinational companies, in turn, affecting every EU resident in any EU country ordering a 'distance sale' (online purchase) from any EU and non-EU ecommerce website. Needing to pay customs is not related to UK leaving the EU under Brexit, and such law changes should not be confused with EU's free trade / single market for businesses, which still exists. For more information, please visit Europa (EU Official Website) or RSM (Tax Accountants).
As such, subscription deliveries may/will likely incur local country customs fees in order for the parcel to enter the country of your EU residency, and such fees would be payable whether you're ordering from us in the UK or from an ecommerce website from within the EU. If you've experience of receiving a different parcel without any customs fees to pay, your parcel will have either passed through your customs unchecked due to a lack of strict administration, or that the sender has paid your customs for you in advance, in which such customs fees will have been accounted for indirectly within that orders' checkout payment. From experience since the date of these new laws, we have found that some EU countries' customs check every parcel, whilst others do not have the person-power to do so, and thereby, many parcels continue through without any fees being charged. GUSTATORY cannot guarantee if your delivery will be one that is checked, nor can we be responsible for paying your own customs fees or accept refunds on any subscriptions should you wish to refuse your customs fees and the parcel be returned.
Briefly as context, GUSTATORY has a working relationship with hundreds of brands and online companies within the industry we serve and within others, and we are aware of a very large number that no longer permits EU residents to make a 'distance sale' (online purchase) from their webstores, with EU countries now not an option at their checkouts. GUSTATORY continues to offer it's subscription service considering the number of EU resident subscribers we continue to have, as well as the implication being just that import fees on the declared value of the goods are now chargeable. We thank you for your understanding.
Coffee Subscription Deliveries (Non-EU Residents)
For non-EU residents, the likelihood of being charged customs is very low given the value of the contents of your package and that the above customs laws do not exist for you, however, please reference your local customs office for an estimate of the potential charge if in doubt. As rule of thumb examples, orders declared under $800 destined for USA, under $35 for Thailand, under $400 for Australia, can all be imported without any issue, and thereby your subscription delivery won't be checked nor any additional import fees payable. Please speak to our Live Chat if you require further clarification.
For you to easily manage your subscription's deliveries, you have access to your marketplace account's Subscription Portal. From within here, you have complete control over your subscriptions, and should you ever wish to amend, pause or cancel the package you are subscribed to, you may easily do so. With the ability to also see your payment schedule in a calendar format, as well as easily amend your payment method, we hope subscribing is as easy as receiving your next subscription package through your door.
One Standard Returns Policy
In addition to our easy delivery options, GUSTATORY also operates one standard returns policy that is represented by all our independent coffee roasters, tea makers and brands.
***EXTENDED CHRISTMAS RETURNS*** All orders placed from 1st December 2022 are eligible for extended returns until January 15th 2023. All our standard returns eligibility requirements remain valid, please read below for more information.
For consumable goods, whilst our absolute priority is for our customers to receive and enjoy their quality beverage everytime, due to the nature of such a product type being consumable and perishable with a set shelf-life, GUSTATORY can only accept returns and process refunds on purchases which have been either damaged in some way or are not in accordance with our partner's product listing and it's description. You are entitled to a cooling-off period of 28 days after dispatch within which you are eligible to return your item(s) for a full refund should your purchase(s) fall into any one of these two categories. Due to consumer hygiene reasons, we cannot accept returns and issue refunds on unwanted consumable items that are non-faulty and as described.
For non-consumable goods such as drinkware and accessories, kitchen equipment, or otherwise, GUSTATORY will accept returns and offer a full refund on any item(s) that are faulty at the time of their delivery or develop a fault in your time of usage, are not in accordance with our product listing and it's description, as well as those unwanted, within the cooling-off period of 28 days after dispatch. All non-consumable goods arrive with a respective manufacturers guarantee, and should a fault develop after the 28 days period, please contact the manufacturer directly to arrange a repair or replacement. Due to consumer hygiene reasons, we cannot accept returns and issue refunds on used items that are unwanted, non-faulty and as described.
For all returns and refunds, you have a duty to keep them in your possession and to take reasonable care until they are returned. All items must be returned in their original packaging, complete with any branding material or promotional products which may have also been supplied in order for the return to be successfully processed. Should your purchase(s) be eligible for a return and refund, to begin the process, please contact our customer service team, and hopefully, we can make the returns process as hassle-free as possible. Please note that all items that are non-faulty will need to be returned at your own cost and GUSTATORY cannot offer any return-postage contributions. If you are seeking a replacement for faulty items, the replacement item(s) will be shipped to you at no additional cost. We recommend that you return any item(s) via Royal Mail and that if the item(s) are of considerable value, that you choose a postage method with sufficient insurance cover. Neither GUSTATORY or our partners can accept liability for items lost or damaged in return-post.
Just how all fulfilment and deliveries are done directly by each of our partners, for the successful return-processing of any item(s), each must be shipped directly to the address of the respective independent coffee roaster, tea maker or brand (which our customer service team can provide) and not to GUSTATORY ourselves. A returns assessment will then be undertaken by the respective independent coffee roaster, tea maker or brand. Whilst faulty or damaged consumable goods may be more obvious for an assessor to analyse, item(s) which you believe are not described as per the roaster's, tea maker's or brand's product listing will require the content's packaging to be completely unopened to be accepted for an assessment. Quality control matters.
If you change your mind after placing an order with GUSTATORY, you may cancel it at any time before the item(s) are dispatched by their respective independent coffee roaster, tea maker or brand. Please contact our customer service team immediately to help us make suitable arrangements, letting us know your name, address details and order number to cancel your order. Unfortunately, orders cannot be cancelled if dispatch has already occurred, and therefore, letting us know as soon as you can is in your best interest. For recurring subscriptions, these may be cancelled at any time via the same method of communication.
Should you be a subscriber to any of our subscription services and a recurring payment unfortunately fails, GUSTATORY will attempt to take re-payment from the nominated card after a few days grace, and should this fail again, our customer service team will be in touch with you to help resolve the issue. Please note that no service to which you are subscribed will be fulfilled on your behalf until payment is successful.