Bean Box October 2014 Review

Monthly Coffee Subscription - Gourmet Coffee from Seattle - Bean Box
Calling all coffee connoisseurs, there is a new box in town and it is amazing!

Bean Box
$20/monthly
Ships free to US/$9.50 added for Canada
Coupons: None

—There are many coffee drinkers in my family including myself and my husband.  My coffee addiction began in Law School before baby number three and it never ended.  My husband is a bit of a coffee snob as it helps him get through each and every day, and he feels like it is one thing that gets him off on the right foot.  Honestly, you should see him before his coffee, so not pretty.  We had a 3:30 AM wake up call from our 2 year old last night and sometimes that coffee pick me up is the only thing that keeps us sane.

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The Box.

—Bean Box is a monthly subscription that offers four unique coffee roasts each month.  Each Bean Box makes approximately 15 cups off coffee, but we found we actually made more.  My guess is it depends on how strong you like your coffee.  The service also gives you a “special touch” each month and this month included an artisan chocolate.  You can cancel at any time.

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Inside Packaging.

—October offered Kuma Coffee, Herkimer Coffee,  Roasters Choice, and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.  The beans are guaranteed fresh and the service showcases Seattle’s world-renowned independent roasters.

IMG_0082_1 Day One:  Kuma Coffee  

—I chose Kuma on the first day because my husband and I both love flavor notes.  We have a Cuisinart that grinds whole beans, so I was ready to go.  Kuma coffee is from Finca La Esperanza (1600-1800m) in the mountains of Huehuetenango, and was a 2013 Cup of Excellence award winner. The notes: semi-sweet chocolate, nougat, vanilla, Rainier cherry, and grape. My husband and I loved this coffee and are even considering going to their shop and purchasing some more.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that you have the option on the Bean Box site, to purchase the ones you love at a later date.

Day Two:  Lighthouse Roasters Roasters Choice

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Roasters Choice, the beans were dark, not dry and produced a gorgeous colored and rich tasting coffee.

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—Roasters Choice  is a full-bodied blend of Ethiopian, Sumatran and Latin high-grown Arabicas.  Rich and complex, Roaster’s Choice claims to touch the whole palate and stays clean.  I really love flavored coffees so I was happy to find this coffee smooth, mild and just enjoyable.  My husband thought this was strong enough to keep him going and agreed that it was smooth to drink.

Day Three:  Herkimer Coffee Day Blend

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—Herkimer Coffee states their coffee is soft, and has a refreshing light acidity with a clean finish. There are hints of cherry with deeply caramelized sugar and chocolate. Velvet mouth feel and weight. Directly sourced from El Cedral and El Cielito in Honduras (900-1200m).   My husband and I loved this blend, the notes were there but mild enough not to be too over powering and it was just a pleasant morning coffee.  We did add a touch of creamer and it was perfect for us.  This is another blend we are really wanting to purchase again.

Day Four:  Longshoreman’s Daughter Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

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—What a name!!  My husband surprised me by having this ready on day four and he even took the pictures 😉  The beans were lovely and the color was great.  The company describes their coffee as having a sweet and lively taste with hints of citrus, cane sugar, and black tea; Light-to-medium roast development. The bean is sourced from Dama Co-op in Ethiopia.  We definitely enjoyed this blend but it was not in our top two.

—Overall my husband and I both think this is an amazing subscription and the value is definitely there.  We have been pretty bored with our coffee routine and it found t his box shook it up a bit.  I have come to the conclusion that I am missing out on some amazing blends because I don’t get out and about enough due to my every day grind.   I recognize  for some this may be a bit pricey but I think this would make a lovely gift to the coffee connoisseurs in your life as the holidays come rolling in. Let me know what you think and please read my disclosure statement below as I always want to be transparent with my readers.

—J

Disclosure:  For the first time on this blog I have accepted a complimentary subscription box. We pay for every subscription you have seen so far but I am on a tight budget and this helps me to keep expenses down while offering you a range of products and subscriptions.  I will always be honest with my reviews and you will know exactly what my family thinks of a subscription. In fact, I was actually looking for more negatives about this subscription because I felt it was too positive but the truth is, this is just a good subscription if you have the funds.   I am always happy to help a starting company, especially a small businesses with integrity and a great product, so it is in that spirit that I accepted this box and wrote the above review.

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4 thoughts on “Bean Box October 2014 Review

    1. One of my classroom mothers is bringing a Keurig for me to try in my room and I am excited. I have to tell you though, I have never had such gourmet beans before. They are not exactly plentiful in the Midwest. It was such a nice treat.

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