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KonaBox Coffee Subscription Box Review – January 2016

Lindsey Morse
ByLindsey MorseJan 31, 2016 | 6 comments

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KonaBox Coffee sources coffee from independent growers located in the Kona Region of Hawaii’s Big Island, and they send subscribers beans from a different Kona grower every month.

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Hawaii is the only state in the US that produces single source, commercially grown coffee, and the Kona climate is ideally suited for the crop. Coffee from Kona has been recognized around the world for its quality and taste.

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The Subscription Box: KonaBox Coffee

The Cost: $25 per month for 8 oz. of whole bean coffee. $40 per month for 1 pound of whole bean coffee (plus a bonus gourmet treat from Hawaii).

The Products: Whole bean coffee sourced from growers in Kona, Hawaii.

Ships to: Worldwide. US shipping is free. Depending on the subscription plan, shipping to Canada is $5-$10. Worldwide shipping is $10-$15.

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On the inside flap of the box, KonaBox Coffee attached a card highlighting this month’s featured grower: Phil and Clare Wilson of Huahua Farm in North Kona. The beans in this box were raised, processed, and roasted right on their farm!

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Huahua Farm 100% Kona Coffee Full City Roast (8 oz.)- $13

I’ve never been to Hawaii, but my father visited recently and toured a couple of the farms in the Kona region. (He came back a Kona convert, with a suitcase full of Kona coffee!) He gifted me some of the beans to try, and I was very impressed with their quality. So, I was really excited to try some more through KonaBox Coffee.

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First of all, I think it’s really interesting that KonaBox Coffee features a different grower in every shipment. Most of the coffee subscriptions I’ve seen are more roaster focused, so this definitely sets KonaBox apart.

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The first thing I noticed when I opened up the bag of coffee was the darkness of the beans. According to the label, this is a Full City roast. From KonaBox: “Kona coffee is usually produced in medium (more subtle) or full (stronger) roasts. More recently roasters have started to roast more frequently to a Full city (medium dark) roast. It maintains the great flavor of the coffee without being too overpowering.” I typically prefer beans with a lighter roast, but, based on the information I found on the KonaBox site, it seems that Kona coffee is traditionally roasted medium to dark.

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In the cup, this coffee was rich, chocolaty, and dark.

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Lilikoi Kona Bar (2 oz.)- $2.29

My KonaBox also contained a chocolate bar made with Kona coffee! Kona Bar makes quite a few different flavors, but they describe the Lilikoi as their “WOW bar.” It’s made with Belgian milk chocolate, Kona coffee, and passionfruit. The combination is unique and really delicious. I love the tropical flavors of the passionfruit alongside the creaminess of the chocolate and the crunchiness of the coffee beans.

Verdict: I like that KonaBox Coffee spotlights a different grower in every box, and I really enjoyed learning about Huahua Farm while sampling their beans. In keeping with the Kona reputation, the beans were very high quality, and I love that KonaBox also included a chocolate bar made with Kona beans. The roast was very dark, which seems typical of Kona coffee, so I’d certainly keep that in mind if you’re thinking about subscribing. In terms of value, the items in this box total just over $15, which falls short of the $25 subscription cost. While that’s not a bargain, I think this box is a great way for Kona coffee lovers to discover and connect with small growers in the region.

Have you tried Kona coffee before? Will you be singing up for KonaBox Coffee?

Lindsey Morse
Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle. 


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6 comments

Flubs

This sounds like a great gift for my bf. I’m a huge advocate for supporting businesses of color so I’ll definitely be on the look out for all the months when they’re featuring Native Hawaiian farmers. Thanks for the heads up!

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Kim

For those saying this is expensive, it actually is on the lower price scale for Kona coffee. To be labeled “Kona” coffee it has to be grown in a 40 sq. mile radius on the Kona side of the Big Island and must be arabica beans. An 10oz bag of 100% Kona coffee purchased in Hawaii – where I’m born and raised – will run more than $50 (Walmart sells a 10oz bag for $57.00). Most of the time people buy a Kona “blend” which means only 10% Kona grown beans. This is the champagne or cognac of the coffee world. Price is not inflated.

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Elizabeth

The brand and that bag in this box is much cheaper on the products website. It’s only $13. Even with shipping its much cheaper on the actual website.

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Elizabeth

Way too expensive. 2 bags would be a good deal, one bag, not worth it.

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I have been subscribing to Mistobox for a while now and really like it. I think I pay $18 per shipment, and they ask your roast preference. I like dark roasts and have been very happy with the quality of the coffee they send.

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Jo

Can’t imagine spending $40 a pound on coffee…pretty sure I can get krona coffee for a lot less…the novelty of growers wouldn’t offset, you could look that up yourself….it will be interesting to see how long they’re around…gevalia at least packs up a months worth so when you get an order it stocks you shelf

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