KaffeBox Coffee Subscription Box Review – March 2016
KaffeBox is a coffee subscription that sends the best specialty coffee from Scandinavia’s top micro-roasteries.
Each month, a different type of coffee is sent from a different roaster, allowing subscribers to sample a wide variety of beans from top roasters in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.
Coffee is never more than than a day or two post-roast when it’s sent, and shipments to the US take approximately 4-8 days to arrive.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: KaffeBox
The Cost: $19 USD, approximately. (For US orders, 250 g. of coffee costs 159 kr per month. Subscriptions for larger quantities of coffee are also available and bring down the per-bag cost.)
COUPON: Save 25% off your first box with code MSA!
The Products: Specialty coffee from Scandinavia’s top micro-roasteries.
Ships to: Worldwide! (Shipping costs vary based on destination.)
KaffeBox includes a leaflet that provides information about the month’s featured roaster.
This month, they’ve sent two different coffees from Audun Coffee, a small scale roaster based in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
KaffeBox usually features Scandinavian-based roasters, so I was a little surprised to see a Polish roastery featured in this box. Delving deeper, though, I discovered that Audun Coffee, while based in Bydgoszcz, Poland, was founded by an award winning Norwegian roaster who specializes in Norwegian-style coffee!
Rwanda Kamiro (125 g.)- 24.50 zł (approximately $6.21 USD)
This coffee comes from Rwanda’s Nyamagabe District, where it’s cultivated by farmers near the village of Kamiro. It’s comprised of local heirloom bean varieties (mostly Bourbon) and is “sweet and delicate” and “complex” with a “raspberry juiciness.” I first brewed this coffee on a morning when I was particularly tired and a little unhappy to be awake, and it was the perfect remedy for my crankiness. In the cup, this coffee is smooth, rich, chocolaty, and so easy to drink. It’s totally delicious, and one of the best coffees I’ve tried recently.
Columbia Tolima (125 g.)- 23.50 zł (approximately $5.96 USD)
The next morning, I brewed a cup of the Columbia Tolima, which is from Planadas, Columbia and is described as “heavy, solid, sweet, savory, [and] thick” with flavors of “tropical fruit.” This coffee is another knockout! I find it to be slightly more complex, but it’s still sweet, smooth, and ridiculously tasty.
Interestingly, both varieties sent by Audun Coffee were sourced by Nordic Approach, a company that specializes in sustainably and transparently sourcing top-quality green coffees from great producers and interesting origins.
Michel Cluizel Single Estate Mokaya 66% Dark Chocolate (2 tasting squares)
This shipment from KaffeBox also contained two dark chocolate tasting squares from chocolatier Michel Cluizel. This is such a thoughtful (and yummy) addition to the box!
Verdict: I love coffee and I enjoy discovering new roasters, so I have a lot of fun with KaffeBox. Both of the coffees included this month are delicious, and I’ve been drinking them exclusively since the box arrived. Value is tricky to determine for this box (since it’s being sent from overseas), but I think the $19 price is reasonable. I’ve been thrilled with the beans KaffeBox has sent so far, and I love sampling Scandinavian coffee that’s difficult or impossible to find in the US!
What do you think of KaffeBox ?