BOXO Coffee Subscription Box Review + Coupon- September 2016
BOXO is a subscription box that sends freshly roasted, whole bean coffee directly to your doorstep.
Each month, BOXO travels to a different city in America to find that city’s best roasters. They choose their two favorites, and include a bag from each roaster to send to subscribers.
Freshness is a top priority for BOXO, and they ensure that subscribers receive their beans within five days of them being roasted.
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: BOXO
The Cost: $28.99 monthly for two 8 oz bags (shipping included) or $48.99 for two 1lb bags (shipping included). Annual plans start at $299.99 (12 months, shipping included)
COUPON: Save 20% off your first box with MYADDICTION!
The Products: Freshly roasted coffee from roasters across America.
Ships to: U.S.
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Typically, BOXO boxes contain two different coffees from two different roasters that are based in the same city; however, this month’s box is a little different. One of BOXO’s founders welcomed a daughter, Lauren, last month, so this month’s box features little Lauren’s parents’ favorite roasters from their hometown cities.
The first coffee this month is Panama Finca La Gloria, from Bozeman, Montana’s Treeline Roasters. The second is Kenya Ndia-Ini, from Post Coffee Company in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Normal Human Postcard Print– $2.50
BOXO boxes always contains a print from Normal Human, a screen printing shop based in Kansas City, MO. I really like this month’s print. The all-over wallpaper design is really pretty, and I can relate to the image of someone literally pouring coffee into their face. (That’s how I feel most mornings, to be honest!)
Treeline Coffee Panama La Gloria (8 oz.)- $10
This coffee is from the Horqueta subregion of Panama’s Boquete region. The beans were grown at 1300- 2000 meters and washed. (Fun fact: this coffee was produced on a farm full of “white-neck monkeys, venison, rabbits, and several native birds.” It’s fun to think about that while sipping it!)
The beans are roasted medium to medium-dark, and I think it’s a great roast to bring out the natural flavor of the beans. I perked up right away when I took my first sip of this coffee, it’s really delicious! Treeline recommends looking for creamy flavors of toffee and a sweet lemon finish. I definitely picked up on the brightness of the lemon, and I really like the smooth, rich flavor.
Post Coffee Company Kenya Ndia-Ini (8 oz.)- $11.33
The second coffee featured in this box is a Kenyan coffee from Neri County, and the beans were grown at 1220-1600 meters.
I’m not going to bury the lead: this is one of the best coffees I’ve had in months! It starts out a little bright and then really opens up into something round and full. The flavor is dynamic, but also reserved, which I find to be ideal first thing in the morning. I picked up on flavors of caramel and a little fruitiness. I will absolutely order more of this coffee when I run out. It’s excellent.
To make the coffees in this shipment, I used one of BOXO’s recommended brewing method’s, French press.
It might seem strange, but I always add a pinch of salt when I make French press coffee. I developed this habit from my husband, who picked up the trick from his grandfather. (Niall’s grandfather was the manager of a fancy cafe in Glasgow, Scotland where they always added a pinch of salt to their French press coffee to help enhance the flavor.) I’ve been told by a roaster friend that adding salt is actually a little old fashioned, but I think it helps to bring out the flavors.
I made a half pot of each coffee, since there were only two of us drinking it.
It was a lot of fun to taste the coffees side by side!
I’m really blown away by how great both of these coffees are. Well done, BOXO!
Verdict: This is my second shipment from BOXO, and I’m extremely impressed by both of the coffees I received! The total retail value of the items I received this month totals $21.33. That falls a bit short of the subscription cost, but it’s within the range I expect from a coffee subscription. (And, of course, if I ordered these coffees individually I’d have to pay shipping to get them delivered.) I loved this shipment from BOXO, and I look forward to seeing which city will be featured next month!
What do you think of this month’s BOXO? Are you familiar with either of the roasters featured in this month’s box?