Angels’ Cup Coffee Box Review + Coupon- September 2016
Angels’ Cup is a coffee subscription box focused on single origin coffees from top roasters.
Freshness is a top priority for Angels’ Cup, and they ensure a 24 hour turnaround time between receiving freshly roasted beans, packing them, and shipping them out to subscribers.
Subscribers can choose to have their beans sent whole, coarsely ground (for French press coffee), or finely ground (for drip coffee).
Angels’ Cup offers a few different subscription plans, and this is a review of the All Stars Plan, which includes one 12 oz. bag of coffee every month.
I’ve previously reviewed the other Angels’ Cup subscription plans: The Black Box and Cupping Flight. Both of these plans include blind shipments of coffee samples that are labeled with only a roast date and a unique code, to encourage subscribers to blind taste the coffee and to try and pick out notes and flavors. You can use the Angels’ Cup app or the included tasting cards to help guide your tasting, and both allow you to compare your tasting notes with the experts.
Angels’ Cup ships every week, but subscribers can adjust their preferences online to receive boxes less frequently.
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: Angels’ Cup
The Cost: Three different plans are offered:
- The Black Box includes 4 larger samples (11 oz. total) for $21.99.
- Cupping Flight includes 4 smaller samples (4 oz. total) for $9.99.
- All Stars includes 1 bag of coffee (12 oz.) for $19.99.
COUPON: Save 25% off your first box with code addiction25!
The Products: Freshly roasted, single-origin coffee from top US roasters.
Ships to: Ships free to the US. Shipping to Canada is an additional charge.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Angels’ Cup includes a printout with information about the included coffee, including tasting notes and an overall score from the Angels’ Cup experts.
I also received a business card, post card, and button badge from this month’s featured roaster, Passion House Coffee.
Passion House Coffee Kenya Gondo (12 oz.)- $18
This coffee is from Murang’a County, just south of Mt Kenya. The beans are wet processed and then dried on raised beds.
Interestingly, Passion House separates all of their coffee into three different categories: ambient, mainstream, and experimental. The Kenya Gondo falls into the experimental category, which contains coffees that are silky, bright, and vibrant. (Passion House describes ambient coffee as being creamy, delicate, and calm, and mainstream coffee as being buttery, playful, and balanced.)
Passion House’s tasting notes include persimmon, apricot, and milk chocolate.
For me, the flavor was citrusy, bright, and tangy.
Usually, I’m a big fan of the coffee sent out by Angels’ Cup, but this one missed the mark for me. The flavor was complex and interesting, but I didn’t really enjoy it.
Verdict: This month’s Angels’ Cup shipment was a rare miss for me. I usually love the coffee they send out, and I think this is one of the first times I’ve received a coffee I didn’t enjoy. That being said, I like that Angels’ Cup is all about discovery, and I appreciate that they’re willing to send coffees that are experimental and a little unusual. (Of course, it’s also important to point out that coffee is extremely subjective. I wasn’t a fan of this month’s pick, but the Angels’ Cup experts awarded it an 8.8/10!) In terms of value, the All Star box costs $19.99 and I received about $18 worth of coffee. Considering that I’d need to pay shipping if I ordered this coffee myself, I’m happy with the value.
Are you a coffee lover? Have you tried Angels’ Cup?