MistoBox Subscription Review & Giveaway! July 2013

Hey everybody!

It’s Thursday evening which means that it will be my birthday in a couple of hours…eek! I figured there was no better way to spend my birthday eve than to share a review with my lovely readers 🙂

This review is for a monthly subscription service called MistoBox who sends 4 different hand-selected coffee samples to your door each month. If you’d like to watch me open my MistoBox, click play on the video below or scroll down to read my written review!

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When I was reading about MistoBox, I wanted to see what set it apart from other coffee subscription services. I think that MistoBox is really geared towards finding you a coffee that you love. They send you 4 different coffees each month and when you find one that’s right for you, they offer free shipping on their site for a full size bag!

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The Box: MistoBox

The Cost: $15/month (small box) or $30/month (large box)

I saw that you can get your first box for only $5 (small box) or $10 (large box), that’s an awesome price!

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Finca Las Delicias Natural from Water Avenue Coffee

Water Avenue Coffee is based out of Portland, Oregon. I thought this was the cooloest fact ever: “Owner Brandon Smyth roasts all the coffee on a 1974 French Samiac 20-Kilo roaster.” I would love to visit their factory just to see how that process works. Tasting Notes: Fruit Forward, Sweet, Refined

Gelana Abaya from OQ Coffee Co. in Highland Park, New Jersey

All of the coffees from OQ Coffee Company are single origin that are sourced directly. This particular coffee comes from Ethiopia, how cool is that?  The owner wanted to share his passion for coffee and create a feeling of community when he founded OQ Coffee Co.  Tasting Notes: Heavily Fruity, Sweet, Intense.

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Elida Estate Coffee from Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz, California

I must mention that the prices of all of these coffees vary. This coffee has the decadent flavors of Berries and Mango. Although I admit that I’m struggling to imagine this combination of flavors in a coffee, I’m excited to try it and see what I think! I thought it was crazy that in 2007 Verve Coffee Roasters only had 4 employees and now they are sourcing coffee from all over the world and kicking butt!

Guatemala Atitlan from Cartel Coffee Lab

This is the coffee I am most excited to try. Cartel Coffee Lab is based in Phoenix, Arizona and sources their coffee from all over the world. Tasting Notes: Grape Acidity, Milk Chocolate, Balanced. Doesn’t that sound unique and yummy?

Verdict: I really liked this box! In one box I received coffee from Guatemala, Panama, Ethiopia and El Salvador. The amount of coffee I received is enough to brew 40 cups of coffee. That’s a lot of coffee! MistoBox focuses on finding the best roasters around the nation and wants to find you a coffee that you love (great for us creatures of habit who are trying to branch out a bit). I think the price of MistoBox is very reasonable for the quality and it’s cool that they offer free shipping if you decide to buy a full-size bag of one of the coffee’s!

Want to sign up for MistoBox? Click HERE! Also, the awesome folks at MistoBox are allowing me to host a giveaway for a 3-month subscription to MistBox for one of my lucky readers! The giveaway will be run through Rafflecopter like always, so click on the link below and get to entering!

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ResQRoast Subscription Review!

Hi All!

Thank goodness it’s Saturday! However, the review I have for you today is for a company that’s going to help you get through your work week with a little less stress. Today’s review is for a company called ResQRoast! If you’d like to see me open my box of delicious coffee, click play on the video below, or feel free to scroll down and read my written review!

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The Box: ResQRoast

The Cost: $29/month (Prices lower when you subscribe to more months)

ResQRoast puts a lot of work into finding you the highest quality, fair trade coffee from all over the world. In addition to providing you with delicious coffee, ResQRoast donates 15% of the purchase price to the charity of your choice! When I opened the box I was smacked in the face by the smell of delicious coffee. Om nom nom.

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El Magdalena

Value: $12.99

I like the fact that you can choose to receive your coffee whole or ground. I was happy to see a very informative information card with the story behind the coffee, it’s roast and the tasting notes inside. There was also a brewing card that talked about proper brewing instructions for the best possible cup of coffee.

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The RQR Reserve

Value: $12.99

I busted into this pack right away and brewed a cup for myself and my sisters boyfriend. This roast is delicious and strong but has a slight sweetness to it. Yummy. I may not be the most well-versed person in coffee in the world, but I do enjoy drinking it and I have my preferences. After living in Europe for a year, I only drink my coffee black and this coffee is full of flavor. No milk or sugar needed!

 

 

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I’ll be honest, I forgot to take this picture at first and remembered after we had both been enjoying our brews for a bit. So, don’t judge our half empty cups!

Verdict: As someone who appreciates an effort to support fair trade and take care of the environment, I am really impressed with ResQRoast. They roast all of their coffee in carbon-neutral facilities to reduce their carbon footprint. How great is that? It’s nice to be able to choose between ground or whole beans because each person has their preference. And 15% of each sale goes to charity, which is a remarkable amount. Go ResQRoast!

Would you like to start receiving yummy, high-quality coffee to your doorstep? Click HERE to signup for ResQRoast and start supporting fair trade today.

This box was received for review purposes. As this is my blog, all opinions are (and are always) my own. No compensation was (or is ever) received for reviews!

Regular Coffee Co Subscription Review!

Hello everyone!

Are you all enjoying box month as much as I am? I hope so!

Today I will be reviewing a subscription service called Regular Coffee Co. They deliver high-quality coffee to your door every month. Regular Coffee is currently sourced from the Huehuetenango region in Guatemala. It is roasted in Regular Coffee’s roasting facility and shipped immediately to your door! To watch me open my box click on the video below otherwise, scroll down to read my written review!

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The Box: Regular Coffee

The Cost: $20/tube (1 tube=1 month of coffee for the average American)


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The coffee comes in a sealed bag inside of this cardboard tube. The tube smelt so delicious inside I didn’t want to take my nose out! This bag is of course smaller than the bag you will receive because it was received for review purposes. Inside the tube there was also an awesome little brewing guide that gave you instructions and measurements for any kind of coffee brewer you could ever imagine! The coffee comes in whole beans so it will maintain freshness until you’re ready to grind it!

I am excited about this subscription box, and I think I may like to explore this box for myself when I am in school. What a convenient way to ensure you always have good, quality coffee on hand.

What do you think about Regular Coffee? If you’d like to sign up for their service click HERE.

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

This box was received for review purposes. As this is my blog, all opinions are (and are always) my own. No compensation was (or is ever) received for reviews!

May Photo a Day #22

Hi Gorgeous!

Time for another photo 🙂 Today’s theme is change. I think this word is my life in a nutshell at this moment in time. Between moving out of my dorm, traveling around Europe and moving back to U.S. there is a lot going on in my head and my heart.

Change:

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Tara took this one for me on my last day of exams. These are the coffee machines that I’ve been visiting almost every morning before class this past year. I’m going to miss those 40 cent moccachinos! I know this picture shows a tiny change but it represents the end of a great life adventure and hopefully the beginning of a great new one.