Blue Coffee Box Review by Mel – September 2018

Well hello again Blue Coffee Box, and a huge Thank you to Jon and Harvey for asking me to review! It is always a pleasure when a box contains things I am passionate about. Coffee is a huge part of my past as I used to manage a store for a well known chain/brand. Since that day in 2009 when I first tried some ‘proper coffee’, I have never touched a cup of instant. I believe you can never go back after drinking what I often descibe as liquid gold.

I am really pleased to see this box going from strength to strength in the world of Subscription Boxes. I follow them on Instagram and have seen how they have grown in the last year.

This lovely blue box is letterbox friendly, and that means no waiting home for Mr or Mrs Postie! They now do a single bag subscription, read on to learn more.

If you missed my live unboxing, it has now been added to our YouTube Channel, and if you press play below you can watch it back…

So what did I receive?

3 x 155g Bags of freshly ground (on 11th September) Coffee. For use with a cafetière.

  1. Finca Guadalupe Zaju – Mexico – Garage Coffee
  2. Rioki AA – Kenya – Atkinsons Coffee Roasters
  3. Mimba AA – Tanzania – Garage Coffee

3 beautifully printed description cards, explaining the origin of the coffee, the notes/flavour, and lots of interesting information on how it is farmed and the process in which it is made.

How much will it cost?

Blue Coffee Box now offer 2 types of subscription:

  • Blue Coffee Bag – One 227g bag of Coffee every month – £7.99 inc p&p
  • Blue Coffee Box – Three 155g bags of Coffee every month – £16.99 inc p&p

Use the code ‘BOX518’ to get £5 off your first order of either of the above subscriptions!

What did I think?

Ok, so I use a cafetière because I am an on the go Mum, and I find it easier. I can make coffee, in fact I can do you a flat white with a heart, or a feather if you fancy popping round for one? ha! Jokes aside, for making coffee this way you need 8g of ground coffee per 200ml of water. This is approximate, if you like it stronger you can add a little more coffee. I am the only coffee drinker in my house, this is not a bad thing as I don’t like sharing it! What I generally do for a big mug is 1.5 scoops (my scoop holds exactly 8g, but a tablespoon will also do nicely), and 300ml of water. If you do not have a measuring jug to hand then add 1.5 mugs of water. Adding one will not be enough as a lot will soak into the coffee grind at the bottom of the cafetière.

My top tips are:

  • Let the kettle cool for 1-2 mins after boiling before adding the water to the cafetière.
  • Leave for 4 minutes before plunging, never longer than 5 or you will need to re make it.
  • Pour your coffee over the back of a spoon when adding to your mug.
  • Use milk that has been out of the fridge for at least 10 minutes.

Taste testing…

Finca Guadalupe Zaju – Garage Coffee

Just reading the description on this one was enough to make me drool. Notes of Milk Chocolate and Hazlenuts, this had to be the one I tried first.

I was not disappointed at all, I finished the cup so fast I made a second, terrible I know! This is a very smooth and mild in flavour coffee, I would say if you are an evening coffee drinker then this is also a relaxing taste.

Mimba AA – Garage Coffee

True to its description, this is definitely a fruity number. You really can taste the notes of blackcurrant and berry in this. If you are anything like me and need something refreshing in the morning, then this one will perk you up and tantalise your taste buds at the same time. I add sugar to my coffee, but I actually think this one does not need it.

Rioki AA – Atkinsons Coffee Roasters

With notes of fig, orange and butterscotch this one is mellow yet fruity. I would say if you like your coffee strong, then to add an extra half scoop to make this flavour really pack a punch.

This is unlike any other I have tried before, a very unique and flavoursome coffee.

Overall Verdict

The Finca Guadalupe Zaju is by far my favourite of the 3; I like them all, but I LOVE this and have already had 4 cups of it.

The beauty of this subscription is that you are buying fantastic coffee that you would never be able to pick from the supermarket shelves. You can choose how you want it; so full beans, ground and so on. You select which coffee you want from the type of roast you prefer, or just pick ‘surprise me’.

To me, as a huge coffee lover, this subscription is simply genius. I have no reason to ask why Blue Coffee Box are doing so well, as it really is obvious. Keep up the fantastic work of spreading great coffee around the world, one box at a time!

Thank you all for reading,

Mel x

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