Angels’ Cup Coffee Tasting: Black Box August 2015

So you think you’re a coffee addict? Care to test your skills? Look no further than the coffee tasting subscription from Angels’ Cup.  I reviewed their sample box back in May but they now offer some new pricing options including a larger size, called Black Box for $19.99. (Coffee addicts rejoice!)
Box
If you remember this sub, it’s like a coffee tasting game where you download the Angels’ Cup free app and you can make your flavor guesses about the coffee and see how your choices rank against the roastmaster or other users. If you fall in love with a coffee, you can buy a full bag from the Angels’ Cup online store.

You can select the type of grind you want and this time I opted for the “fine grind”.

Nestled inside the box are our four generously sized selections.
Open Box
Also included are some inserts including a “cheat sheet” with info on all the samples in case you don’t want to bother with the app (funsquasher!)
Inserts
I chose #185 to try with the app. You can login and save all your info or just continue on as a guest. It looked very similar to the last time I used it, but I didn’t remember them including a “brew method” section, so I think that might be an update since May. You can opt for a “beginner” or “expert” tasting. (I am most decidedly a beginner.)  You select options like color, add different flavors like flowers, nuts, and herbs along with your overall enjoyment of i,t and at the end they compare your scores to the roastmaster.
Brew Method Score
I gave it a 79.5 and the roastmaster gave it an 80.5, so it looks like I’m doing pretty well. Maybe next time I will take off my training wheels and attempt an “expert” tasting.

Some info on the samples, based on my cheat card.
#182
Coffee Tasting #0182

Roaster: Topeca Coffee Roasters
Origin: Ethiopia Ardi
Flavors: Blueberry, Strawberry, Cream Cheese
(Retail: $15.99)

183
Coffee Tasting #0183

Roaster: Topeca Coffee Roasters
Origin: Sumatra Lington
Flavors: Green Pepper, Cedar, Cashew
(Retail: $13.99)

#184
Coffee Tasting #0184

Roaster: Red Rooster Coffee Roaster
Origin: Natural Honduras Cosma Marcala
Flavors: Berries, Vanilla, Buttercream Frosting, Watermelon, Popcorn
(Retail: $12.99)

#185
Coffee Tasting #0185

Roaster: Mile Post Coffee Roaster
Origin: Panama Boquete
Flavors: Peach, Melon, Caramel
(Retail: $17.00)

OVERALL
Verdict:
Hit!
I’m not a coffee addict, but I’ve enjoyed all the coffees I’ve tasted from Angels’ Cup.  I really like the idea that you get to taste a bunch and then you can order a large size of what you like. The app is really easy to use and definitely makes coffee drinking a bit more interesting. I received this package for free, but I think you receive a good amount of coffee for the price. The larger, $19.99 Black Box size will be a great fit for a large household or small office. I’ve shared this coffee with some family members and everyone enjoyed it. If you’re a coffee aficionado you may want to give this one a try.

Have you ever tried a coffee sub? What did you think?

THE BACKSTORY

HOW IT WORKS:
Angels’ Cup is like a game you play with coffee, Every sample is a chance to test your coffee tasting skills against the pros. If you’re new at this, it will be tough at first. But in no time at all, you’ll start picking up on the subtle differences that make each coffee unique.

We take freshness very seriously. All our inbound shipments are timed to arrive once per week. When it comes in, we stay up as late as we have to, packing it all up so it can go back out in the mail the next morning. We never sit on any inventory, and we never ship coffee more than a few days old.

Like something you tried? Buy a whole bag straight from the roaster! Never again risk $17 on a bag of coffee if you don’t know how it tastes. Sample coffee before you buy and you’ll wonder how you ever bought coffee before discovering Angels’ Cup.

100% guarantee
You risk nothing by trying Angels’ Cup. If you’re dissatisfied for any reason, we’ll refund 100% of your money. No questions asked, no problems. Even if you want your money back because a single bean looked funny, that’s totally fine. We said no questions, we mean it.

COSTS:
Cupping Flight – 4 smaller samples for $8.99
The Black Box – 4 larger samples for $19.99

Select your grind: Whole Bean, Coarse Grind (French press), or Fine Grind (Drip)

Select How Often: Weekly, Bi-weekly, or Monthly

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 trying to help real people, while making up stories about imaginary ones. 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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