KaffeBox August 2016 Subscription Box Review

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Kaffe Box is a monthly coffee subscription featuring select whole bean coffees from Scandinavia’s best micro-roasteries.  Each month, you receive 1-4 bags of beans from a different roaster.   The coffee is shipped to you no more than a day or two post roast.  The beans arrived in a envelope stamped with the Kaffe Box logo.

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Kaffe Box offers four subscription options.  The price per bag drops as you order more.  The one bag (250g) subscription is $20 USD for a single origin specialty coffee.  With the rest of the options you receive two different coffees with each subscription.  The two bag (500g total) subscription is $17 USD (per bag), the three bag (750g) subscription is $16 USD (per bag), and the four bag (1kg) subscription drops the price to $15 USD per bag.  Worldwide shipping is included in this price!!

They also offer easy one click subscription cancellation so that you are in control and can easily place your subscription on hold or cancel entirely if you choose to.

We received the 500g box (with two coffees) for our review.

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The product card told us a little about the two farmers that grew the coffee, the types of coffee that they grew and the roaster.   The coffees were roasted by Jacu.

“At Jacu, we work every day looking for the world’s best coffee farms and beans.  When the beans arrive we roast them on our Giesen W15.  We roast on demand for our customers, and pack and the send the same day.  Our focus is to be a good production and support our dealers who are coffee bars and cafes throughout Norway.  But every Friday from 10:00 to 13:00 we open up the roastery and serve coffee we’ve roasted  throughout the week.  We do this in order to work closely with our raw materials, follow them “to the cup” and experience how the coffee performs in a coffee shop.  Additionally, we love to showcase and invite people into the coffee production and talk about coffee.”

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The first coffee was from the Ndocha Estate in Kiambu, Central Ruiru, Kenya.  The variety of coffee was SL 328 which was processed using the washed method.  The taste profile of this coffee is vanilla aroma, rhubarb and apricot flavor with rich jam like mouth feel.


Here’s the beans.  They have lots of silver skin still attached, presumable due to the washed method of processing.


The finally ground coffee.


The coffee was crisp with a sweet fruity flavor.  The flavor was reminiscent of the juice of a fresh honey crisp apple.

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The second bag of coffee was Costa Rica Las Lajas from Sabanilla de Alajuela, Costa Rica.  The cultivar or variety of coffee is caturra, catuai.  It was processed naturally after harvesting in Nov/Dec of 2015.  The taste profile is orange blossoms aroma, floral black tea and sweet cookie flavor, silky and crisp body.

“Dona Francisca and Don Oscar Chacon of Las Lajas Micromill are third-generation coffee producers in their family.  They inherited their farms from their grandparents, and are known for being among the first to process high-quality honeys and naturals in Central America.”

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The beans were slightly dark for a Nordic roasted coffee and had very little silver skin attached.  I am beginning to note that I prefer coffee beans that are processed using the natural method.  They usually have a cleaner look like this and the coffee has a sweeter taste.

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I ground the beans very coarsely and brewed the deliciousness up in my french press.

The resulting coffee was phenomenal.  There’s an older lady at our church that makes homemade strawberry fig preserves.  We were lucky enough to receive a jar of the yumminess from her.  This coffee tastes like those preserves on a piping hot biscuit.

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The back of both bags was the same (it is the same as the bottom of the product description card, but in Norwegian).  The roasting date was August 2, 2016.

This is a high quality coffee subscription box.  The Kaffe subscription offers the chance to try the very best coffee beans, grown by superb growers, picked at the optimal time, processed with attention to detail and roasted by small Scandinavian roasters with an eye on perfection.  Rarely can you know who and how your coffee was processed in such detail.  So, try it and let me know if you can taste the difference?

What do you think of Kaffe Box?

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The Subscription: KaffeBox
The Description: KaffeBox is a monthly coffee subscription featuring the best specialty coffee from Scandinavia’s top roasters. Every month throughout the year we feature new coffee and roaster. The coffee roasters themselves select which coffees to send out – ensuring you only receive coffee the roasters themselves are truly proud of.
The Price: $17.00 per month
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