Blue Coffee Box Review by Mel – September 2017

Firstly I would like to thank Jon & Harvey who co-own Blue Coffee Box for sending me this box to review. When it comes to writing about things I love it flows freely and I genuinely enjoy it. Jon has been very courteous and replied to all of my emails with friendliness and added humour! That makes what I do all the better, as you get to understand a little from the responses, and I can tell that this Box means a lot to them.
It is no secret that among my list of loves, and things that I simply cannot live without is Coffee. I won’t hold back, not that I ever do … I am a self confessed snob when it comes to Coffee. Instant is a naughty word in my eyes, and I have been known to pour bad Coffee into the nearest plant pot (true story).
Many years ago in my earlier management years, I ran Costa Coffee in Bowness on Windermere in the Lake District. This is where my love and addiction began. Flat Whites stole my heart and if you have never had one then I need to educate you, fancy a Coffee Date? In all seriousness Caffeine is an addictive substance, but also proven to have many health benefits too. We are always told what we can and can’t have these days, and I dare a brave person to take my Coffee away, ha ha. Simply not going to happen!
My partner has bought me lots of different Coffee’s over the years, some of it extremely expensive and luxury. My favourite had to be the Bat Coffee, the bats eat the cherry and leave the Coffee to dry naturally in the sun, then the beans are picked.
Whenever we travel I will pick up some local produce to try, so when I saw this Subscription Box you may as well have written my name on it. I have a few devices for making my Coffee, I have a bialetti stove top espresso maker, a Nespresso Machine, and I think 3 cafetière’s. My favourite has to be the double walled one that I treated myself to, so on that basis I went with the cafetière option.
 

So how does it work?
  1. You choose if it is for youself, or as a gift.
  2. You pick Beans, Cafetiere, Dripper or Espresso.
  3. You choose a light, medium or dark roast – or a surprise! – There is also a Decaf option.
  4. You can have once or twice a month deliveries.
What does it cost?
  • £17.99 per month on a month by month basis
  • £16.99 per month for a 3 month subscription – £50.97 (saving of £12)
  • £15.99 per month for a 6 month subscription – £95.94 (saving of £24)
  • £14.99 per month for a 12 month subscription – £179.88 (saving of £36)

All of the above include P&P, no hidden costs. The 3, 6 or 12 month options are upfront payments.
I unboxed this live on the BoXession Facebook group, which can now be viewed on our YouTube Channel if you click play…
https://youtu.be/5slujLmwD5E
 

So What’s in the Box?

3 x 135g Foil resealable bags of Cafetiere Coffee
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Guatemala – La Bolsa – The Blending Room
  • Varietal: Caturra and Bourbon
  • Process: Washed and Soaked
  • Producer: Maria Elena Vides & Renardo Ovalle Vides
  • Region: Huehuetenango, Guatemala
  • Altitude: 1500-1700m

Notes of: Black Cherry, Plum, Milk Chocolate.

Mexico – Finca Muxball – Coaltown Coffee Roasters
  • Varietal: Caturra, Yellow Catuai, Mundo Novo, Pacamara
  • Process: Washed
  • Producer: Maeggi Rodriguez and her son, Jorge Gallardo
  • Region: Tapachula, Chiapas, Southern Mexico
  • Altitude: 1430-1680m

Notes of: Papaya and Buttery Caramel.

Brazil – Jaguara Natural – Crankhouse Coffee
  • Varietal: Yellow Catuai
  • Process: Natural
  • Producer: Jaguara Farm
  • Region: Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Altitude: 1040m

Notes of: Grape, Milk Chocolate, Apple.
 


 
I have a very special Alessi Mug that was a gift from my partner. It seemed fitting to use it to drink these in.
For cafetiere you should use 7-10g of grind per cup (all depends how strong you prefer it), the water should be under boiling temperature at 92-96 degrees and the water should not be boiled more than once as it removes the oxygen from it. You should pour the hot water onto the spoon and not directly onto the coffee, stir 5-6 times and then allow to stew for 4 minutes before pressing. You will be able to tell if you have not used enough if it is too transparent, or looks watery when you add milk to it.
When you get a cup that looks something like this, get ready for coffee heaven!!…
 

 
For once I am struggling to pick a favourite, I have tested them all … more than once. I am even sat with one now whilst putting the finishing touches to this review.
The Finca Muxball has a very obvious fruity punch to it and the notes of Papaya are definitely present. I would say this one is better in the morning as it has more of a kick start feel to it.
The Jaguara I think is the smoothest of all and the mildest in taste, with very little aftertaste. I mention that as I know some people dislike being able to taste the more fruity notes when they linger for a while.
Ok my favourite has to be the La Bolsa. Black Cherry and Milk Chocolate notes just pips it for me, I am usually a caramel girl when it comes to these things. But think of a plummy Black Forest Gateau and this is the one for me!
I will mention the grind purely as I do have some knowledge. When a coffee has been ground correctly you are looking for the white flecks, almost like sugar crystals. You do not want it to be too fine as it can reduce the flavour and make your drink very ‘soil’ like. If you want to get more technical you can use the back of a knife to separate it out to see if it has been ground evenly. I didn’t really need to do that, I could see just by looking at it they know exactly what they are doing when it comes to Coffee.
The smell when I opened the bags filled my house! My partner loves the smell of Coffee but dislikes drinking it the strange human… he is missing out here!
 
My Verdict?
Really? I could write so much here… just buy it. If you love Coffee you are going to be impressed, and if you drink that naughty instant stuff (yuck), then you are going to discover a taste sensation.
I think that it could also make an amazing gift too. I could imagine making up Teacher Hampers for Christmas and including a packet of this. They could have it after dinner and you will be forever in the good books 😉 Similarly you could impress your guests, friends or neighbours who will be asking where you bought it after drinking it, trust me!

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Thank you my lovelies for reading as always,
Mel xx
 

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