Angels’ Cup Coffee Subscription Box Review + Coupon – Mar 2016
Angels’ Cup is a coffee subscription box that sends blind shipments of freshly roasted coffee bean samples, but it’s more than just a coffee subscription — it’s a tasting experience!
Angels’ Cup labels their coffee samples with only a roast date and a unique code. They encourage subscribers to blind taste the coffee, and to try and pick out its notes and flavors. Using either the Angels’ Cup app or the included tasting cards, you can compare your tasting notes with the experts. Over time, this can help you develop the ability to pick out subtle flavors in coffee with only a sniff or a sip!
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.)
The Subscription Box: Angels’ Cup
The Price: 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 $8.99.
-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 $6 (for Cupping Flight) or $11 (for The Black Box).
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.
The app is really simple and fun to use.
It’s definitely possible to do a tasting without the App, but I think it adds a lot to the experience.
My husband is the resident coffee snob in our family, so I enlisted his help for the tasting.
To make the coffee, he used an immersion brewer, but it’s possible to use any single-cup brewing method. Angels’ Cup suggests Hario V60, Chemex, Aeropress, or the $3 “Ready Set Joe.”
We had a lot of fun with the tasting! We brewed all four coffees side-by-side and recorded our tasting notes in the app.
For each sample, we were guided through the process of choosing the color of the beans, picking out tastes and flavors, and ranking the coffee.
We also used the cards to make guesses about each coffee’s origin.
At the end of the tasting, the app reveals the coffee’s roaster and single-origin.
We were then able to compare our tasting notes with the Angels’ Cup community and an expert taster.
If you decide not to use the app, you can find information about the coffees on the back of the tasting cards that are included in the box.
Here’s a list of the coffees that were included in this shipment:
Joe Bean Ethiopia Yirgacheffe ($16 for 12 oz.)
Joe Bean Nicaragua Don Roger ($18 for 12 oz.)
Peixoto Coffee Panama Chiriqui Finca Santa Teresa (Currently unavailable for sale online.)
Peixoto Coffee Brazil- Fazenda Sao Jose de Boa Vista (Currently unavailable for sale online.)
Angels’ Cup sends coffee with a light or medium roast (which is my preference), and I love that they source from top “third wave” roasters. While each of the coffees exhibited its own unique flavor profile, I enjoyed them all.
(Note: each of the 2.75 oz. samples included in The Black Box provided enough beans to make a cup for the tasting, plus an additional small pot.)
With this month’s extra beans, I took Angels’ Cup’s advice and mixed them together to make my own “breakfast blend.”
Verdict: I really enjoy Angels’ Cup! I like the guided tastings, and the beans in this box were interesting and delicious. In particular, I loved Joe Bean’s Nicaragua Don Roger. It’s not currently available for sale on their site, which is kind of a shame- I’m tempted to buy more! It’s difficult to determine value for a subscription like this, but I definitely think the $21.99 cost is fair.
Are you a coffee lover? Will try out your blind tasting skills with Angels’ Cup?