Angels’ Cup Coffee Box Review + Coupon – December 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 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 US. 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.
Sample # 1869: Brandywine Coffee Guatemala- Huehuetenango ($14 for 12 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, which Angels’ Cup describes as having flavors of milk chocolate, melon, and baklava, we couldn’t have disagreed with the experts more. Neither of us could pick out any of the flavors mentioned on the tasting card, and we both found it to be a little too sour for our liking. We quickly moved on to the next one!
Sample #1864: Peixoto Coffee Roasters Ethiopia- Yirgacheffe, Gigesa ($17.95 for 10 oz.)
Luckily, we had better luck with this coffee. It was smoother and creamier than the first one, with notes of fruit and spice. (Angels’ Cup recommends looking for blueberry, grape, peach, vanilla, and cinnamon, which lined up pretty closely with our notes.) We have just enough of this sample left for a second pot, and I’m looking forward to brewing it up tomorrow morning!
Sample #1868: Cafe Devocion Colombia- Tolima, Wild Forest ($18 for 12 oz.)
For all of this month’s samples, we used a Chemex for brewing, and I think the extraction for this sample was just a little too light. (I’ll have to tweak the amount of water the next time I make it.) Still, it ended up being one of our favorites this month. It’s very smooth, with some really tasty caramel flavors.
Sample #1863: Peixoto Coffee Roasters Panama- Boquete, Jurutungo ($17.95 for 10 oz.)
Last up this month is another coffee from Peixoto Roasters, and unfortunately, it’s another coffee that both my husband and I weren’t very fond of. Angels’ Cup describes the flavor as being nutty with notes of green apple, orange, cherry, and marshmallow, but we both found it unpleasantly sour.
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?