Turntable Kitchen Coffee & Vinyl Pairing Review – November 2017
Turntable Kitchen Coffee & Vinyl Pairing is a subscription that delivers a curated monthly package straight to your door featuring an exclusive colored 7″ vinyl single paired with a 12 oz bag of seasonal, fresh-roasted coffee from Seattle’s Slate Coffee Roasters.
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The Subscription Box: Turntable Kitchen Coffee & Vinyl Pairing
The Cost: $25 per month + shipping (it was $5 to Pittsburgh)
The Products: An exclusive colored 7″ vinyl single paired with a 12 oz bag of seasonal, fresh-roasted coffee.
Ships to: Worldwide
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It comes with an info sheet that talks about the coffee as well as the 7″, though the one I received had incorrect info for the record. My guess is because I bought the 1-month “gift” subscription to try it out and was able to choose the record I received at checkout. Luckily, there’s a blog post about the artist here.
Each delivery also comes with a code for a digital mixtape they’ve put together. Unfortunately, this is for the premium subscribers only, so since I just purchased the one-time gift sub, I can’t access it. 🙁
PARC – You Forever 7″ Record – Retail Value $11.83 USD (found on PARC’s Bandcamp merch site for 10 EUR)
They call this a single, but like most 7″s, it has more than one song, and this one from Netherlands-based PARC actually has five tunes delivering some retro new wave/electro vibes.
I put this record on one morning while making the included coffee for a really perfect experience. PARC produces super chill electronic sounds with dreamy vocals that remind me of a cross between Matt Van Schie and a band from the French Valerie Collective label. This would be a great summer soundtrack, but I’ll take it as a way to escape the 35 degrees outside.
This 7″ was originally featured as part of their July 2017 delivery, but since I ordered this as a one-time gift (to myself), I was able to choose the record I wanted (because I am a picky brat when it comes to music). The coolest thing about this sub is that Turntable Kitchen does exclusive pressings of their records on various colors that are limited to a smaller run than the average release. This particular one had two color runs: 350 on milky clear vinyl and a special edition 175 copies on baby blue and bone for their “gold club members”. Stuff like that is what makes record collecting so fun and special. If you look closely at the back, you’ll see that my copy is numbered 1/350 of the clear run. Pretty cool!
Ethiopia Adisu Kidane Coffee Beans from Slate Coffee Roasters, 12 oz. – Retail Value $21
Oh my goodness, yes! I really lucked out this month with one of my favorite countries of origin when it comes to coffee. In general, I always go for African coffees because they tend to have light, fruitier flavors which is what I love drinking. Ethiopia is one of my go-to’s so I was excited to pull out this bag of from producer Adisu Sidane in the Gedeo Zone (which is made up of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region, I learned).
On the back, you’ll see that the tasting notes include raspberry jam, mango, and sugar cookies. Be still, my heart!
You’ll definitely need your own grinder since these come in whole bean form, but that’s one of the ways to keep your brew tasting hella fresh (grinding right before brewing). I make all of my coffee via pour over, even though I’m far from being an expert and I never use milk or sugar so I can taste all of the lovely notes. I’ve been drinking this for a few days now and boy, is it tasty! The fruitiness really comes through and makes me go back for second and third cups.
Verdict: Turntable Kitchen Coffee & Vinyl Pairing is kind of my dream subscription box. I buy a bag of beans from my local roaster monthly already, but am not always in the area and sometimes have to make a special trip. Getting quality beans delivered right to my door is an excellent way for me to learn more about new coffees without the pesky “leaving my house” thing. Even though I’m picky about my music, getting a surprise 7″ each month that was pressed on special colored vinyl is super alluring as well, especially when they end up being collectible.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? It’s hard to say for sure, but new subs can take up to 3 weeks to process and ship, so it’s doubtful. Mine took about 4 weeks, but they were quick to respond to my email, so you can always reach out with questions.
Value Breakdown: At $30 ($25 + $5 shipping) for this box, I got just over the retail value for the two items.
Have you tried the Turntable Kitchen Coffee & Vinyl Pairing subscription?