KaffeBox December 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 box stamped with the Kaffe Box logo.

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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This large product information card elaborates on the coffee variety in the Kaffe Box and the company that is this month’s featured roaster, Solberg & Hansen.

“We (Solberg & Hansen) are the largest and oldest specialty coffee roaster in Norway, yet keep their focus on the future.  It has made us a pioneer in the coffee industry, both in Norway and internationally.  We started traveling the world early in search of the planets finest coffee districts.  We see this as one of our most important tasks.  Because of this, we can share knowledge and create long-term relationships with dedicated and skilled coffee farmers, farms and cooperatives.  This has contributed to a focus on sustainability and fair trade has been fundamental to the values in our part of the industry.  Meanwhile, it is our main quality assurance, through traveling and close cooperation that we can follow the raw material all the way back to the coffee flower’s first shot.  It is thanks to this traceability that we obtain green beans and tea leaves that holds exceptionally high quality.”

The first coffee in the Kaffe box was a Yeni Ramos roasted by Solbery & Hansen. It was grown in Hula, Colombia by Yeni Ramos, La Espreanza. The beans themselves are a variety called Caturra Og Castillo and were processed using the washed method.

“Nordic Roaster brings together the foremost beans of the Nordic coffee culture in a prestigious competition of coffee roasting.  This party was our contribution in the category of coffee from Colombia.  La Esperanza is located in the heart of Colombia’s most recognized cultivating area.  Here Yeni operates her small coffee farm with the attention to details that is needed to bring forth clean and characteristic flavors.  Cool climate and fertile soil create ideal growing conditions.  Yeni refines coffee berries she harvests with her own micro mill located on the farm.  That way she can safeguard and assure the quality of the raw material all the way from flowering to dried green coffee.  This contributes to the clean and balanced flavor profile.  You will notice in the cup, which is filled with fruity flavor notes of fresh stone fruit, flowers and red berries.”

The beans of this variety had lots of silver skin still attached. The coffee was light and fruity with peach notes.

The second coffee was a Caturra & a Catuai variety from San Rafael Rz in Tarrazu, Costa Rica. It was processed using the Wet Process.

“Beneficio Palmichal collects and refines coffee berries from a number of small farms in Tarrazu, which is Costa Rica’s most famous coffee region.  It is not unusual that nine out of ten finalists are grown here when the cup of excellence competitions are held in the country.  Beneficio Palmichal separates out the very best coffee parties under the trademark “San Rafael Rz” and it is this quality you taste in this year’s Christmas coffee.  The coffee is grown in micro regions ranging from “Santa Cruz” to “La Cuesta de Frailes” and consists of bean types Catuai and Caturra.  San Rafael is filled with flavors of dark berries, citrus and caramel – with the exquisite balance that is so typical of the area and these specific coffee species.”

These beans were a lot cleaner (very little silverskin) and slightly darker. I really enjoyed this cup of coffee. It had a rich caramel taste with a slight fruitiness that reminded me of my grandmother’s blackberry cobbler. Yummy!

Kaffe Box knows coffee. Their subscription box offers fairly traded coffees from the finest Norwegian micro roasters and their included worldwide shipping makes them accessible to the world.  This is a great box to explore depths of coffee flavor that you never knew existed.

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