Bean Box Delivers World-Class Coffee to Your Door

Bean Box Chocolate BIscotti Sampler

Whenever I travel, I frequent the local cafes and experience the local coffee culture of each destination I visit.  I get excited when I discover a cafe that roasts its coffee in-house.  Why? Well, for one, it means I get to sample coffee that I couldn’t anywhere else in the world, and two, it means I will have the freshest cup of coffee possible. 

Here in Seattle, we are fortunate enough to have many options for local coffee roasters roasting small-batch coffee creations. However, I realize that not everyone has the coffee options available to those of us living in Seattle, and not everyone can afford to travel the world sampling coffee. Now, you don’t have to! 

Enter Bean Box. A company I recently came across while researching my Travel Gift Ideas post. Bean Box works with local coffee roasters to bring you fresh, delicious coffee from all over the world to enjoy from the comfort of your home.

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Seattle Coffee Roasters

Seattle is known for its coffee scene, and this is in large part due to Starbucks. If you live in Seattle, then you’re probably familiar with local coffee roasters such as Slate Coffee, Elm Coffee Roasters, Caffe Ladro, and Stumptown (to name just a few). However, for those of you who live outside of Seattle, you may not be aware of the massive growth of local coffee roasters or what that means for you. That’s where Bean Box Comes in.

Bean Box is a driving force behind this new way of making freshly roasted coffee accessible to you in the comfort of your home. It is no longer only for those of us fortunate enough to live in Seattle, who can benefit from these local artisan roasters. Now, thanks to Bean Box, you can live anywhere in the U.S. and indulge in the Pacific Northwest coffee scene without traveling to Seattle to do it!

Biscotti and Coffee Box

Coffee + Biscotti Tasting Box

What is Bean Box & What Is Artisan Coffee?

Bean Box is a Seattle company started by two software engineers who loved coffee and recognized how fortunate Seattle was to be surrounded by so many local artisan coffee roasters. They saw this growing number of local coffee roasters and wanted to figure out a way to share the Seattle coffee experience with others, and now they do.

Bean Box partners with 35 Pacific Northwest coffee roasters to make sure you get world-class coffee. The local coffee roasters work directly with coffee farmers to make sure they get the best product for their roasting needs.  Then they roast the beans in small batches, which Bean Box then samples and chooses based on quality and flavor to deliver straight to your door.  How awesome is that! You can think of Bean Box as your personal coffee connoisseur selecting only the best coffee to send your way.

What does artisan coffee mean?

For me, it means that each step in the process, from bean to cup, has been meticulously followed. The farmer works in direct relationship to the roaster, and the roaster works directly with the local supplier to bring you your delicious cup of coffee. 

Bean Box explains this relationship as a “direct trade” relationship, citing Sebastian Simsch, founder of Seattle Coffee Works, defining direct trade as follows: “farmer and roaster work together to improve the quality of the coffee that gets to your cup.”  

It means that these individuals (farmer, roaster, supplier) are working together in collaboration for the common good of each other, and you, the consumer. Every step in the process ensures you get a quality cup of coffee. Now, that’s something I can get excited about!

Coffee and Chocolate Tasting Box

Coffee & Chocolate Tasting Box

No More Starbucks?

There will always be a place for Starbucks, but I tend to look at it more like the fast-food of coffee, the corporate office coffeehouse.  Artisan coffee and local coffee roasters, they’re the fine dining of coffee, the creative-centered coffeehouse. I see a place for each, and I think everyone can enjoy both the Starbucks venue and the small-batch coffee roasters.  I mean, it’s coffee!

However, just like you don’t always want to eat McDonald’s seven days a week, the same can be said for your coffee experience.  You want that unique, sip-it-slow experience while sitting on your deck watching the sunrise or chatting with a friend who stopped by for a visit.  That’s when you want the fresh-roasted artisan coffee Bean Box delivers to your door.

The Global Coffee Experience

So, now that you understand a little better what type of company Bean Box is, and what artisan coffee is, let’s talk travel.  Bean Box lets you travel the world inside a cup of coffee. I mentioned that they partner with 35 (and counting) local coffee roasters, however, let’s talk more about the coffee farmers these roasters get their coffee beans from.

Coffee Farmers

This is where your world travels begin.  Let’s explore Ethiopia and try the fruity flavors of Slate Coffee’s Ethiopian light roast coffee or visit vibrant Guatemala and sample a spicy dark roast blend from Middlefork Roasters. Say aloha to my favorite tropical destination and sip the nutty flavor of Keala’s Hawaiian medium roast coffee while imagining you’re in Maui listening to the sound of the ocean.  These are just a few of the many options you can try through Bean Box.

Sampling world-class coffee from the comfort of your home is just one of the many benefits you get when subscribing to Bean Box and purchasing coffee gifts for the favorite coffee lover in your life. So let’s take a look at some of the coffee choices Bean Box offers.

Monthly Artisan Coffee Subscriptions

You’ve got two great options when it comes to a monthly coffee subscription.  You can choose the Bean Box monthly subscription sampler, which includes four different coffees for you to try, or you can choose the Coffee of the Month subscription, which is a 12 oz bag of that month’s featured Coffee. 

You can customize your subscription based on your coffee preferences. Choose from light and fruity blends to nutty mediums to rich, dark espresso blends, and you can even choose decaf coffee if you want.  They have a coffee option to fit every tasting preference.

Monthly Coffee Subscription Sampler

Bean Box Monthly Coffee Subscription Sampler

Bean Box Coffee Gift Ideas

I mentioned in my Travel Gift Guide Bean Box’s ultimate Seattle artisan coffee and chocolate tasting experience, and it’s such a great gift idea that I include it here too.  There are two options to choose from, a smaller standard Coffee & Chocolate Tasting Box and the Deluxe Coffee & Chocolate Tasting box.

Deluxe Coffee + Chocolate Tasting Box

Deluxe Coffee + Chocolate Tasting Box

Plus, for those of you, like myself, who love Hawaiian coffee, the Hawaiian Coffee Sampler, or the Deluxe Hawaiian Coffee Sampler will make fabulous gifts (hint hint to my hubby in case you’re reading this).

Another great gift idea is Bean Box’s Coffee & Tea Gift Box.  I am one of those coffee lovers who also loves me some tea!  I like to say it’s due to my American-English heritage, whatever the reason, this gift box is a perfect mix of both worlds! 

My final coffee gift recommendation is for the traveler in your life who also loves coffee. Take them on a journey through some of the top coffee-producing countries and sample the delicious flavors and aroma of each delectable roast. The World Coffee Tour is sure to be a hit!

World Coffee Tour

Bean Box World Coffee Tour

Who Should Try Bean Box?

People who love coffee. Those who enjoy variety in their coffee experience. If you like supporting local and small businesses, then Bean Box makes a great choice! 

If you want the freshest coffee possible, short of roasting it yourself or perhaps, driving to downtown Seattle. People who want a convenient and affordable way to get a quality cup of coffee at home. 

Those that love Seattle’s coffee but live elsewhere in the U.S. and those who want to sample coffee from around the world without ever leaving home. Pretty much, if you like coffee, you should give them a try.

Coffee Options for Every Budget

Bean Box offers artisan coffee options for every budget.  Their latest product is the Bean Box Starter Kit. For only $5, you receive two locally roasted coffees to try. That’s about 8-12 cups of coffee (depending on your coffee cup size) for only $5!

What a screaming deal! I mean, you’ll spend $5 on a single cup of coffee from Starbucks.  Why not support a local business and an independent coffee farmer instead? Oh, and of course, you get to receive a whole lot of deliciousness in your coffee cup for a meager five bucks. Can you say win-win?

Plus, I mentioned the Bean Box monthly subscription plans that start at only $24/month or $19/month if you purchase six months in advance. That works out to be around $0.80 to $1.50 per cup of coffee! We’re not talking about Folger’s coffee here either people–that’s quality coffee, freshly roasted and quickly delivered to your door.

$5 Coffee Starter Kit

$5 Starter Kit

The Benefits of Small-Batch Artisan Coffee

Small-batch artisan coffee guarantees you’ll always get fresh coffee, and you get to sample unique and rare coffee blends. With small-batch roasting, local coffee roasters can experiment with different coffee beans and coffee roasting styles to produce new flavors. You will never get bored with artisan roasted coffee.  Bean Box delivers variety to your door.  If you subscribe to Bean Box’s coffee delivery service, you get to try a new coffee blend every month. Say goodbye to hum-drum coffee days!

The Downside to Small-Batch Coffee

Of course, if you try something you like, you’ll want to buy more as fast as you can.  That is one downside of small-batch artisan coffee.  You can’t buy it in bulk, and they may sell out of your favorite blend.  That’s okay, though, as your new favorite will be in the mail to you shortly.

So why not give it a try?  If you’re on the fence, and not necessarily ready to commit to a coffee subscription, order their $5 Starter Kit and see what you think. That’s $5 for two types of coffee (includes shipping). Choose your roast preference, and sit back and wait for the coffee to arrive. What do you have to lose?  Perhaps five dollars, but what do you have to gain? A whole world of coffee deliciousness all delivered to your doorstep.  It sounds like an acceptable risk to me!

I’ll create a separate post detailing my coffee tasting experience from my first Bean Box sample box, so stay tuned!

And Stay, Caffeinated!

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