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.
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 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 May 2018 Review
This month KaffeBox featured coffee from Columbia (my favorite!), that was roasted by Koppi Fine Coffee Roasters in Helsingborg, Sweden. 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.
I adore the special touch on each bag – the little smiley sticker.
The roast date and best by date are listed on the bottom of the bag. Remember, since this is a Swedish roaster the date isn’t in the typical US format and is listed as D/M/Y.
The back of each bag gives you some details about the mission of the company.
I loved the pull tab on these bags, making them super easy to open, they are also resealable.
Koppi - Columbia - Finca La Ensillada – Retail Value $15.92 USD (€13.50)
Taste Profile: Grapes, Floral, Lively acidity
This was a medium bodied, acidic, and slightly oily roast with a pleasingly earthy flavor. I think it lasted 2 days in our home! We loved it.
Each bag of coffee includes an information card, detailing attributes like taste, origin, producer, variety, harvest, and altitude.
“Wow, this is really good coffee” – my husband
Koppi - Columbia - Los Alpes Organic – Retail Value $15.92 USD (€13.50)
This specific roast was not available online for purchase at the time of this review, so I’m linking to the other filtered coffee that is currently available. All of them appear to be the same price though!
Taste Profile: Ripe berries, Apple, Floral
This is a Columbian medium roast and is a balanced coffee that is full and sweet. It was absolutely delish and I could drink it black, due to the low level of acidity and sweet berry notes. As you can see in the brewed picture, there is very little oil and the clarity of this brew was fantastic.
Verdict: The value of this box is in supporting the coffee fair trade process and small Scandinavian micro roasteries. It allows you to taste of cup of coffee you might have never stumbled across otherwise – and adds a bit of variety and culture to your mornings. Again, I really enjoyed the two coffees that were featured this month and I liked the koppi mission of spreading fair trade and happiness!
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 June 7th.
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Value Breakdown: At $37 for the subscription you’re paying $18.50 for 250g (8.81 oz) of coffee, including shipping. Since these retail for around $16 each + international DSL shipping – the pricing seems fair to me. Speaking for myself, I would have NEVER found this roaster without this subscription, so even if I could buy it for a similar price online – I wouldn’t have known to do so!
All of this said I do feel that this is a steep price for a cup of joe. But, if you frame your mindset to realize that you’re paying for the novelty of great, fair-trade, micro-roasted Scandinavia coffee that you wouldn’t find in your local grocery store then it still feels good in the value department!
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