Angels’ Cup Coffee Box Review + Coupon – January 2017
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 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.)
This review is of The Black Box, $21.99 a month, box.
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 U.S. Shipping to Canada is an additional charge.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Angels’ Cup offers a few different subscription plans, and this is a review of the Black Box, which includes four 2.75 oz. samples of coffee. (FYI- 2.75 oz. of coffee is about enough to brew a small/medium sized pot from each sample.)
I’ve previously reviewed the other Angels’ Cup subscription plans: All Stars and Cupping Flight. The Cupping Flight includes smaller samples of each coffee, and the All Stars box includes one 12 oz. bag of coffee. You can find reviews of both the All Stars box and the Cupping Flight here.
Angels’ Cup includes individual tasting cards that match up with each of the coffees they send.
To guide your tasting, you can use either the provided tasting cards or the Angels’ Cup App.
We used a Chemex for brewing all of this month’s samples.
Sample # 1953: Brugh Coffee Ethiopia Kochere ($12 for 8.8 oz.)
My husband and I always do the Angels’ Cup blind tasting together, and we have a lot of fun comparing notes and seeing if our tasting notes match up with those of the Angels’ Cup experts.
For this coffee, the Angels’ Cup experts pinpoint flavors of blueberry, cream cheese/ yogurt, and chocolate. For us, the flavor was bright and citrusy to the point of being sour. (Perhaps the sour tanginess we disliked is the yogurt flavor the experts describe?) We both like bright coffees, but this one was a bit much for us, so we quickly moved on to the next one!
Sample #2089: Paradise Coffee Roasters Ecuador La Playa ($21.95 for 12 oz.)
Unfortunately, this one was another miss. It might sound strange, but I swear this coffee smelled and tasted just like a freshly opened can of pumpkin puree. The Angels’ Cup experts found the flavor to be floral, tropical, and similar to fig, but all we got was pumpkin, pumpkin, and more pumpkin.
Sample #2091: Augie’s Coffee Costa Rica Tarrazu Don Eli
Luckily, things took a turn with this next coffee! This one was bright, nutty, fruity, and nicely balanced. It was tasty and very drinkable.
Sample #2090: Joe Bean Coffee Nicaragua Don Roger ($20 for 12 oz.)
Last up this month is a Nicaraguan coffee that ended up being our favorite. We both thought this one was really yummy and were able to pick out flavors of toasted walnuts, dark chocolate, and cherries. I would happily order more of this coffee!
Verdict: As always, I had a lot of fun with this Angels’ Cup box! Neither my husband nor I were in love with all of this month’s coffees, but we still enjoyed doing the blind tasting and comparing notes. If you like sampling coffee from top roasters across the country, I can definitely recommend Angels’ Cup. They always send coffee with a light or medium roast (which is my preference), and I like how Angels’ Cup boxes are designed to guide you through the tasting process. At $21.99, this isn’t a high-value subscription, but I do think Angels’ Cup sends great coffee and provides a unique experience. If you’re interested in sampling quality coffee from top third wave roasters, I can definitely recommend this subscription.
Are you a coffee lover? Will try out your blind tasting skills with Angels’ Cup?