I rarely rave about things, but this is going to be one of those rare occasions. BeanBox sent me a box of their fresh-roasted artisan Seattle-sourced coffee to sample and whoa Nelly, I was blown away. I have completely redefined how I view coffee now. Seriously.
I was absolutely delighted to see their cute little box of coffee beans sitting on my doorstep. BeanBox packaged four VERY freshly roasted varieties of coffee beans for me to sample. And when I say FRESHLY roasted I really mean it- the roasting dates on the packages were less than a week from the date it arrived! I got four varieties- the Nilson Lopez Colombia from Kuma Coffee, Herkimer Coffee's Drop Blend, the Roaster's Choice from Lighthouse Roasters, and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe from Longshoreman's Daughter Coffee Roaster. I also got a delightful espresso dark chocolate candy from Seattle Chocolates which I ate really fast before my kids could see.
I'll be super honest here- these coffees smelled NOTHING like the coffee I am used to. I had a lot of reservations. They smelled good, but so unlike what I know ‘coffee' to smell like. When I made my first pot of BeanBox coffee I let my husband pick the variety (he chose the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe) because I was so worried I wouldn't like any of them that I was frozen in indecision. I worried for nothing.
That first cup of coffee was nothing like the mass-produced coffees I've been drinking all these years. Y'all, I love coffee, like crazy mad love. I drank half a pot of as dark a roast as I could find every day for 15 years and I've tried a LOT of different types of coffee. But I've never tried fresh-roasted coffee in my life, and that first cup of week-old Yirgacheffe had me kicking myself for years of wasted coffee drinking I've done. It tasted fresh, and mellow, and nothing at all like all the other coffee I've had. The other varieties were every bit as amazing, though I confess that the Herkimer's Drip Blend was my personal favorite. It was a real challenge to even name a favorite- they are all exceptional coffees and I loved sampling them all.
I have since tried drinking my regular, formerly perfectly delightful mass produced coffee and it tastes burnt. It really pales in comparison! I think I might be somewhat ruined now for coffee. I'm not sure how BeanBox has worked this alchemy on my senses but I need more. At a mere $20 per month, this subscription service is WELL WORTH your money- I'm feeling a little desperate, because I don't tolerate caffeine well any more, but I really want to subscribe and see what else I've been missing. Each BeanBox delivery is supposed to make 16 cups of coffee, but I got probably 6 cups out of each packet, so closer to 24 cups total. The quality is outstanding and the flavors are like nothing I've had before.
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