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Bean Box – Exploring Coffee With a Subscription Box

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’m addicted to trying new coffees. It’s not the coffee itself, or the caffeine. It’s that coffee has so much uniqueness to it, I can try something different every single day for the rest of my life and probably never have two coffees exactly the same.

This is part of the reason I like small manual brewing methods, and grinding my own coffee fresh at home, because they give me the ability to get the most out of the taste in my coffee, and to see the differences from one coffee to the next.

This is also why on occasion I really enjoy big shifts in the kinds of coffee I drink. I usually say I don’t like dark roasts, but on occasion, I find them super satisfying. The same for particular tastes… Usually, I like a coffee that has deep chocolate and rich fruit sugar (Yemen tends to hit the nail on the head for me) – but sometimes I find exploring earthy and woody flavors deeply satisfying.

The challenge in enjoying this kind of experience is getting your hands on all these different coffees and exploring like that. I’m at a bit of an advantage, seeing as I publish a magazine about coffee and share coffees with the world, it’s easy for me to get my hands on a wide variety.

For the normal coffee drinker, I love BeanBox.

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I actually have had the privilege of knowing the guys who started BeanBox from the very beginning. They started just down the street from Conduit Coffee, and actually came on the Coffee Lovers Radio early on.

Since then they have grown significantly and provide a really fantastic experience connecting people with the best coffee from Seattle and the surrounding regions. You can really explore a good depth of coffee experience through their coffee boxes.

I reviewed one of their boxes in a Coffee Lovers TV episode. Better than me explaining in a long article, just watch and see what drinking through one of their boxes is actually like.

Then go get a BeanBox for yourself

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Crema Coffee Subscription – A Sample Box Review

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here are many coffee subscription companies out there, in the first of a new series on Coffee Lovers TV, I’m going to introduce you to a few of my favorites. On the surface, most of these companies have a similar core. They offer you sample boxes, subscriptions, and single offering purchases of a collection of roasters.

Since all these companies are pulling from high-quality roasters, the relative quality of the roasted coffee is going to be equal across each company. What you get is the uniqueness of the roasters themselves, plus the uniqueness of the company providing them.

This episode is all about Crema.co

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I’ve had coffee via Crema in the past – in fact, I subscribed for a little bit to see what it’s all about.  Crema’s focus is on single offerings of coffee. When you subscribe you get your first chosen bag of coffee, and then ever X days (whatever the frequency is you chose) you get the next coffee you’ve set in your list (kind of like old school Netflix…does physical netflix still exist even?).

Anyways.

One of the fun things with the Crema coffee subscription is that when you begin, you can answer a couple questions to narrow down where to start. This is one of the greatest challenges in coffee. With all the choices to be had, and all the uniqueness to be found – where do you begin as a coffee drinker? And as someone on the other side as well, how are we to recommend something to you?

So, on Crema you get to answer a couple questions and then narrow down your choice a bit – it gives you a better shot of finding something you will enjoy.

I’ll say first off there are two challenges with this. The questions depend on my subjective analysis of my own taste, and the roaster’s subjective analysis of what their coffee tastes like.  I recall the first time I did this, it was a liiitle bit hit and miss – but then again I’m a picky taster.

In the video preview here, Crema sent me a sample box, featuring 4 different roasters.  I’m not 100% sure if this is something they are offering customers, but if they are, I’d say that’s a pretty darn good idea. It’s much easier to figure out what I enjoy if I can taste 4 different things at once.

I’m happy to say that all the coffees in this coffee subscription were quite well done – and the sample box itself presented an excellent range of taste options (perhaps they will be able to narrow down your choices depending on the initial questionnaire?).