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 July 2018 Review
I brewed both 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 at my house. I prefer medium to dark roasted blends with mild acidity.
This month a few coffee themed bracelets were included as a special extra!
La Esperanza (Guatemala) – Retail Value $14.80 USD (Kr. 120,00)
Taste Profile: Graham crackers and sweet citrus
Each bag of coffee includes an information card, detailing attributes like taste, origin, producer, variety, harvest, and altitude.
I loved this coffee! It had a depth, richness – and the acidity wasn’t too heavy. It was my favorite of the two sampled this month.
Rungeto (Kenya) – Estimated Retail Value $14.80 (based on other coffee sampled)
Taste Profile: Red & Black currants with a hint of vanilla
I’m going to be honest here – this coffee was not for me. It was a very acidic light roast, and while I realize some people like that – I do not. It was hard to drink, and I ended up dumping it down the drain. It just wasn’t for me. Sadly, my husband agreed.
Verdict: KaffeBox 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. This month, I love the Guatemala brew but Kenya brew is way acidic/bitter for my taste.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. The next box will be in your cup mid-August.
Coupon - Save 25% off your first box with code MSA!
Value Breakdown: At $37 for the subscription you’re paying $18.50 for 250g (8.81 oz) of coffee, including shipping. This is expensive coffee - but you're paying for the novelty of great, micro-roasted Scandinavia coffee that you wouldn’t find in your local grocery store, and it’s probably still cheaper than a daily Starbucks habit!
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