Bean Box: February 2015

I’ve got a treat for all you coffee addicts out there. The lovely folks at Bean Box graciously sent me a coffee sub box to review. It required me to procure a few items (like a coffee grinder) so it’s taken me a little longer to get a review up.
Box

First a little about Bean Box. Subscribers will receive a monthly coffee fix straight from Coffee Nirvana (aka Seattle). You will receive fresh coffee beans (ready for grinding) for $20 a month (shipping is free in the US). You have the option of getting a surprise tasting featuring 4 unique specialty coffees or  a 12 oz bag of your choice of roasts.

In addition to the lovely packaging, the first thing I noticed was the awesome smell. The box seriously smelled like walking into a coffee house. For full disclosure, I’m not the type that starts every morning with cup of joe. I prefer a fancy pants espresso at the end of a meal, or a really specialty coffee for a treat, so I’m sort of a non-expert coffee snob. I don’t know a ton about coffee, but I really only like the good stuff. (If that makes sense).
Open Box Open Box 2

These bags all smelled amazing and I wasn’t sure where to start.

Drip Blend
Herkimer Coffee Drip Blend

(Retail: $11.50 -12-ounce bag, whole bean)
Description: Soft, refreshing light acidity with a clean finish. Hint of cherry with deeply caramelized sugar and chocolate. Velvet mouth feel and weight. Directly sourced from El Cedral and El Cielito in Honduras (900-1200m). Try this roast without milk or sugar. It brings its own.”
Verdict: Hit
I followed the directions and tried this without milk and sugar and it was lovely—smooth, and not at all strong with no bitterness at all. I think this is great option for that every day morning cup.

Colombia
Kuma Coffee Nilson Lopez Colombia

(Retail: ???)
Description: With taste notes of drinking chocolate, marzipan, toffee, fig and pomegranate, we think of the Nilson Lopez microlot like a beautiful piece of layered cake. Everyone wants their dessert.”
Verdict:
Hit!
Because of the dessert references I gave this one a splash of milk and a touch of cinnamon sugar. I definitely taste the toffee in it and I think it’s a great option to pair with a fabulous dessert. I also think it would make an amazing dessert drink on it’s own by adding some Amaretto, Bailey’s, or Frangelica. (I couldn’t find this exact brew on the Bean Box site so I wasn’t sure the price of a bag.)

Ethiopian
Longshoreman’s Daughter Coffee Roaster Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

(Retail: $14.00 – 12-ounce bag, whole bean.)
Description: Very sweet, lively taste with hints of orange, ginger, berry, and mild chocolate. Round acidity, syrupy body. Sourced from Dama Co-op in Ethiopia.”
Verdict: Hit!
I thought this one had a bold taste and is the kind of coffee I’d reach for if I was trying to stay up late to finish a writing project. It has an energizing quality to it, without being too bitter or acidic.

Roaster's Choice
Lighthouse Roasters Roaster’s Choice

(Retail: $10.31 – 12-ounce bag, whole bean.)
Description: ”A full-bodied blend of Ethiopian, Sumatran and Latin high-grown Arabicas. Rich and complex, Roaster’s Choice touches the whole palate and stays clean. Our signature coffee. A bold roast with a real kick, but polished and refined like a gentleman.”
Verdict: Hit!
This one was definitely bold and as someone fond of espresso I really enjoyed it. I feel like it’s a perfect option when you’re really craving coffee. It’s like coffee on overload (if that makes sense).

OVERALL
All Coffees
Verdict:
Love!
I was super impressed with this box. I know people that spend a small fortune on coffee every month and it’s not half as good as what I received from Bean Box. Sometimes with roasted beans you can get this sort of burned aftertaste that ruins the coffee, but all of these were wonderful.  Not a single one were too acidic, too bitter or too weak.

For $20 a month and free shipping (if you are in the US), you get some really high quality coffee. You can choose to get a favorite each month or opt for new surprises. If you have a coffee lover in your life this would make an awesome gift. If I was a more regular coffee drinker I’d sign up in a heartbeat.

Have you tried a coffee or tea subscription? If so, what did you think?

THE BACKSTORY
Bean Box sends monthly coffee deliveries from Seattle’s premier coffee artists.
Experience the best coffee from the city known for its coffee obsession.

Cancel Any Time

Monthly Cost: $20 for your choice (FREE shipping in the US)

Box Options:
Expand your Palate:
(Whole bean coffee • 4 bags x 1.8 ounces each • 7.2 ounces total per box)

4 unique specialty coffees each month

   Seattle’s top-rated roasters

   Freshness guaranteed

   Tasting notes, roaster profiles, & brewing tips

Fill Your Morning Cup:
(Whole bean coffee • 1 bag x 12 ounces every month)

   Full bags of hand-picked specialty coffees

   Tailored to your unique tastes: light, medium, or dark

   Freshness guaranteed

   Tasting notes, roaster profiles, & brewing tips

You can also select the “Fill Your Morning Cup” option for every 2 weeks at the same price.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island, in the dungeon of an old building, making up stories while she sorts through endless stacks of papers, just dreaming of working somewhere with windows. She is currently working on several novels and hopes to write her way to that aforementioned windowed place. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” a fairy tale adventure was released on May 30, 2017 and is up for sale on Amazon. In the meantime, she keeps herself occupied by obsessing over subscription boxes and home renovations.

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