Bean Box Subscription Box Review – October 2014
Bean Box is a monthly coffee subscription box from a city known for its coffee obsession: Seattle. Every month, you will receive 4 samples of different coffee roasts, shipped fresh within 1 day of roasting.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
Each Bean Box comes with a card detailing the coffee makers that are featured that month.
The Subscription: Bean Box
The Cost: $20/month
The Products: Four 1.7 oz sample bags of whole-bean coffee that was roasted the day before your box ships.
Ships to: US & Canada
Herkimer Coffee – Drip Blend – 1.7 oz, value: $1.63
Longshoreman’s Daughter – Ethiopian Yirgacheffe – 1.7 oz, value: $1.70
First of all, I love that these coffees come in re-sealable bags! This gives me chance to grind the coffee and save what I don’t brew right away so I can come back to my favorites. I also love that they provide descriptions on the front of the bags – it’s really helpful to read while tasting and makes identifying notes or flavors easier.
I loved both these roasts! The Herkimer Coffee was light and clean, and had subtle flavors of caramelized sugar and chocolate.
This Longshorman’s Daughter roast has been my favorite, though. I think it’s because I tend to like earthy, herbal flavors in my coffee and this roast actually has flavors of black tea in it (along with citrus and cane sugar)!
Lighthouse Roasters – Roaster’s Choice – 1.7 oz, value: $.86
The roast from Lighthouse Roasters is the only one I have yet to try, but I’m excited about it. The ones I’ve had so far in this box are more light- or medium-bodied so I’m curious to see how I feel about a full-bodied coffee now that I have something to specifically contrast it to.
This Kuma Coffee has been my least favorite so far, but I still like it fine (it’s actually sold out online!). I found that I liked it better black (the correct way to taste coffee so you get nothing but the roast). But once I added a little cream and sugar to it for a little more indulgence, I found that the flavor of the coffee was pretty muted and I could hardly taste it. Now I know to drink this black when I get back to it (or maybe I need to just brew it stronger next time)!
Verdict: I really enjoyed this Bean Box, and really like the idea of a coffee tasting subscription. This is a box where the value (for me) is more about the experience and the introduction to new roasts every month, and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve never considered myself any kind of coffee snob or connoisseur (just an addict!), so it was really fun to be able to compare and contrast different roasts and detect different flavors and notes within the blend.
What do you think about Bean Box?