Pony Brand Coffee Subscription Box Review – Nov 2014
Pony Brand Coffee is a coffee subscription service. Try their 4×4 Coffee Sampler box to try all four of their roasts (you can select between whole bean or various grind options). Once you’ve decided on your favorite roast, they offer regular shipments for you to subscribe to. Their subscription is very customizable: you can choose between 1 or 2 pounds of coffee, shipments once a month or every two weeks, and whole bean or coarse, medium, or fine grind.
This is a review of their sampler box.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription: Pony Brand Coffee
The Cost: The 4×4 Sampler Box (which is in this review) costs $20. Their regular coffee subscription costs $20/shipment for 1 lb of coffee or $35/shipment for 2 lbs of coffee.
The Products: The 4×4 Sampler Box contains 4, 4-ounce packages of coffee (one package of each of their blends). Regular subscription options are either 1 or 2 lbs of coffee.
Ships to: US
The 4×4 Sampler box includes this card which provides brewing tips and a tasting guide for each blend! I like this a lot because it’s easy to check off the flavors you detect, who you shared your coffee with (if anyone), and how well you liked the blend you try. This makes it easy to think about the more complex flavors you don’t necessarily think about on a day-to-day basis, and is also a great reference for comparison when you try the next flavor!
Calendar Blend (Seasonal) – 4 oz, value: $5
Rich & Creamy (from Mexico) – 4 oz, value: $5
The Rich & Creamy blend was the first coffee in this box I tried. The card lists notes of chocolate, vanilla, maple, toffee, and caramel – all things I love! However, this (so far) has been my least favorite blend. Maybe I accidentally brewed it too weak, but I thought that the flavor was okay black (but the flavor disappeared quickly), and once I dressed it up with cream and sugar it seemed to disappear completely. I’ve been cycling through each roast, but when I get back to this one I’m going to try it much more strongly brewed!
The Calendar blend was really good. The notes listed on the card include dark chocolate, plum, brown sugar, roasted oats, cedar, and earthiness. I know I like herbal, earthy flavors in my coffee, so it makes sense that I liked this blend!
Light & Crisp (from Costa Rica) – 4 oz, value: $5
Sweet & Juicy (from Ethiopia) – 4 oz, value: $5
This Sweet & Juicy blend’s notes include things like different kinds of berries, dried apricot, raisin, and milk chocolate. I didn’t know how I’d like a coffee with juicy notes just because I haven’t particularly tried it, but this blend was really delicious! I can’t decide if this or the Calendar blend is my favorite. I loved the way the bag smelled (when I first open a bag of coffee, the first thing I do is shove my face in and smell it! I can’t be the only one!), and even my husband noticed it was a different and interesting flavor.
I have yet to try the Light & Crisp, but am looking forward to it.
The Verdict: All in all, I loved this Pony Brand Coffee 4×4 Sampler box. They roast the coffees fresh before shipping to you and stamp the roasting date on the bag. I really appreciate how the info card helps people who aren’t familiar with analyzing different notes and flavors in coffees (like me, until boxes like this!) and how easy it makes comparing the different blends even if you have them days apart. Also, as usual, I’m a big fan of the large amount of customization they allow in their subscription.
What do you think about Pony Brand Coffee?