KaffeBox Coffee Subscription Review + Coupon – September 2018
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 Nordic Roast Coffee Subscription September 2018 Review
This month’s KaffeBox is the annual wild card! Although KafeeBox typically features Scandinavian based roasters, once a year they expand to feature a roaster based outside of that area yet still roasts in the light roast style. Enter the wild card pick – Vertical Roasters from Switzerland!
A little piece of freebie swag was included this month – a branded carabiner. I guess that would help hold your coffee while you were climbing a mountain 😊
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.
Kambiri AA (Kenya)
Taste Profile: Blackcurrant, cranberry, sweet toffee, syrupy body
Each bag of coffee includes an information card, detailing attributes like taste, origin, producer, variety, harvest, and altitude.
I find African light/medium roasts to be a bit acidic for my taste. I wish that there was a way to select region – I much prefer South American coffee beans. That said, this was a nicely roasted, fragrant brew that I did have to sweeten to enjoy.
Taste Profile: Apricots, oranges, caramel, juicy body
Yum! This Colombian brew did not disappoint. It was the perfect balance for me, very low acidity and a super smooth finish on my palate. Send me more of this, please!
For fun, I wanted to show the beans side by side so you could see the difference. It’s amazing to me how similar they look – and how different they taste! A good reminder to not judge a cup of coffee by how the bean looks!
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 Colombian brew!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. The next box will be in your cup mid-October.
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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What do you think of KaffeBox?