KaffeBox is a monthly specialty coffee box featuring Scandinavia’s top micro-roasteries. This coffee is available in small lots, sourced from roasteries who are committed to a fair and open dialogue with the coffee farmers, facilitate direct trade, and are focused on extremely high-quality coffee. They also partner with water.org, and every bag of beans that you receive through this subscription provides three months of clean water to a person in a developing country.
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This review is for the $37 per month, 2 bag subscription of whole bean coffee.
The Subscription Box: KaffeBox
The Cost: There are 4 levels of subscription available. The prices are listed in Swedish Kronas but I’ve included the estimated USD for review purposes.
- $22 USD / 1, 8.8 oz. bags
- $37 USD / 2, 8.8 oz. bags
- $52 USD / 3, 8.8 oz. bags
- $66 USD / 4, 8.8 oz. bags
The Products: 1 to 4 250 g (or 8.8 oz bags) of small lot, fair trade, Scandinavian micro-roast coffee.
Ships to: Worldwide! (Shipping costs vary based on destination.)
Good to know: Coffee is shipped within two days of roasting, you can choose the grind settings, amount of coffee and type you receive. If you’re unhappy with the coffee you receive, this subscription will refund your payment.
KaffeBox April 2018 Review
There was a little extra hanging out in the box this month – a simple paper coffee memory game. I have an almost 3-year-old – who loves this sort of thing, so I’ll give it to him to play with for a few days.
I brewed both of these coffees using the same process. First, I ground the beans fresh in a burr grinder (using a medium course setting). Then, I used a French Press to brew. This is my preferred method, and we do this about two times a day in my house. I prefer medium to dark roasted blends with mild acidity.
The Coffee Collective – Akmel Nuri (Ethiopia) – Retail Value $15.74 USD
Taste Profile: Full bodied, great sweetness, notes of plums, raisins and milk chocolate.
Roast Date: March 16th, 2018. I sampled it on April 13th, 2018.
Each bag of coffee includes an information card, detailing attributes like taste, origin, producer, variety, harvest, and altitude.
Ethiopia is the birthplace of Arabica coffee and the only place for coffee to grow wild. This is an heirloom, organic variety. The first thing I noticed when I opened the bag was how heavenly it smelled. I could tell at first sniff that this was going to be a treat. I found the flavor very pleasing and was sweet enough in itself that I didn’t have to cut it with sweetener.
The Coffee Collective – Finca Buena Vista (Bolivia) – Retail Value $16.90 USD
Taste Profile: Delicate acidity, flavor notes of cocoa, caramel, nougat and pistachios.
Roast Date: March 19th, 2018. I sampled it on April 16th, 2018.
This is a medium-light roast, balanced coffee that is full and sweet with acidity. It felt a bit earthy and bitter to me – and I had to add some sweetness to it for the first cup. I tried brewing it a bit stronger the second time, and that helped balance the acidity a bit.
My husband prefers a light-medium roast, while I’m a medium–dark girl, but he agreed that this was a little heavy on the acidic side. If you like a light bitter coffee though, you’d love this one! It smelled wonderful and we found it pleasing when we brewed with a bit more beans.
Verdict: This is a different type of subscription box for me – where the value is in supporting the coffee fair trade process and small Scandinavian micro roasteries. It allows you to taste of a cup of coffee you might have never stumbled across otherwise – and adds a bit of variety and culture to your mornings. I really enjoyed the two coffees that were featured this month.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. The next box will be in your cup the week of May 3rd.
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Value Breakdown: At $37 for the subscription you’re paying $18.50 for each of the 250g (8.81 oz) coffee, including shipping. This is a steep price for a cup of joe, but you’re paying for the novelty of great, micro-roasted Scandinavia coffee that you wouldn’t find in your local grocery store.
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