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Hawaii Coffee Tour [In a Box] Review – February 2018

Hawaii Coffee Tour February 2018 Box closed

Hawaii Coffee Tour [In A Box] sends coffee sourced from a different farm or brand in Hawaii each month, including the Big Island, Maui, Oahu, Molokai, and Kauai. They also may include other products offered by each brand, like chocolate, honey, or tea accessories. Background information on each unique brand is also included in each box.

Hawaii Coffee Tour February 2018 Box open

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Hawaii Coffee Tour February 2018 review

About Hawaii Coffee Tour [In A Box]

The Subscription Box: Hawaii Coffee Tour

The Cost: $34.99 month + shipping. Save with a three-month subscription.

The Products: Unique coffee beans and the occasional coffee-related snack from across the state of Hawaii.

Ships to: US and International (shipping to PA was $7.50)

Good to know: Only whole coffee beans are delivered to retain the best flavor, so a coffee grinder will be required.

Hawaii Coffee Tour [In A Box] February 2018 Review

Each Hawaii Coffee Tour [In A Box] comes with an informational brochure that provides background and history of the month’s featured coffee brand. This month’s brand is Rusty’s Hawaiian, which is a family-owned, farm-to-cup operation based out of the Ka’u District of Hawaii’s Big Island.

Each bag contains whole-bean coffee for maximum flavor, so a coffee grinder is needed! I used a French Press, which requires a coarser texture, so I ground my beans for about 11 seconds for the optimal consistency.

Rusty’s Hawaiian Celebration of Hawaii Medium Dark Roast Coffee package front

Rusty’s Hawaiian Celebration of Hawaii Medium Dark Roast Coffee package back

Rusty’s Hawaiian Celebration of Hawaii Medium Dark Roast Coffee brewed

Rusty’s Hawaiian Celebration of Hawaii Medium Dark Roast Coffee, 7 oz. – Estimated Value $22.95

I was unable to find the Celebration of Hawaii Medium Dark Roast online, but I did find a different variety of Rusty’s dark roast coffee beans here for $22.95.

The Celebration of Hawaii coffee is made from beans grown on multiple islands and is listed as having hints of citrus, nuts, and chocolate. It certainly has a multi-faceted taste! I was able to make out different layers of flavor as I sipped, and it tasted better and better as time went on. The nutty flavors were most prominent in this dark brew.

Rusty’s Hawaiian Coffee, Ka’u Classic Medium Roast Whole Bean Coffee, 4 oz. – Buy an 8-oz. bag for $22.95

This coffee is described as having bright, brown-sugar sweetness with citrus and floral notes. It was definitely a brighter flavor than the dark roast! It was sweet, with more of a one-note finish that I surprisingly enjoyed. The brown-sugar taste is noticeable, but I couldn’t catch much of the citrus or floral aspects. If you like your coffee simple and a touch lighter (like I do!) you’ll enjoy this.

Verdict: It was truly a treat to cozy up and enjoy the different flavors included in this month’s Hawaii Coffee Tour! Coffee purists be damned, I love a sweet caffeinated beverage, so the bright taste of the Ka’u Classic Medium Roast was my favorite of this duo. It was a great touch for them to include the pamphlet that elaborated on Hawaii Coffee Tour’s mission, and each pouch of coffee included helpful brewing instructions, as well.

If an 8-oz. bag of the Ka’u Classic Medium Roast Whole Bean Coffee can be found for $22.95, that means the 4-oz. bag I received could have an estimated $11.48 value. Add that to the $22.95 value of the Celebration of Hawaii Medium Dark Roast Coffee, and you’d have an estimated value of $34.43 in a $34.99 subscription box plus $7.50 shipping to PA. It’s not exactly a deal, but if you enjoy trying coffee from around the world, Hawaii Coffee Tour’s convenience and variety may make it worth the price. I think if one more item had been included, like a coffee bar or a coffee-related snack, February’s box would have felt more worth its cost.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! Order by the 14thof each month to receive that month’s box!

Value Breakdown: This box cost me $34.99 + $7.50 shipping, which means that each of the coffees in the box has an average cost of $21.25.

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Written by Katie Martina

Katie Martina

Catch Katie perpetually stressing about finding the time to see every movie on her growing to-watch list. Some of her favorite pastimes include car-belting to ABBA, continuing her search for the perfect skincare routine, and just makin’ sure everyone’s having a good time. Home decor lured her into the world of subscription boxes, but a recent foray into knitting has her giddy to find new crafts to explore!

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Comments (6)

  1. I would love to see this reviewed again (on a monthly basis).

  2. Shipping has never been more than $7.50 within the US. No one will ever be charged $11!! -Marina from Hawai’i Coffee Box

    • Thanks for confirming, Marina! Our review has been updated – Sara

    • I am a verified coffee connoisseur, and thoroughly enjoy a good brew. That being said, paying over $42.00 (even more if individual state sales tax is involved) for eleven ounces of mystery coffee beans is insane. Sorry, there would have to be something additional to entice me.

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