There’s nothing like starting to properly drill down into your spending to really help you get to know the real you, and your vices.
And one of my biggest? Overpriced coffee.
Our new office is a little further away from Glasgow’s main shopping streets, which is good for my bank balance… in theory. The problem? My walk from the bus stop takes me by a Starbucks, a Costa, a Philpotts, a Pret a Manger and a couple of independents – and I don’t have access to a handy toaster anymore, so it’s all too easy to pick up a little somethin’-somethin’ for breakfast along with my favourite comforting, milky latte. Sure, I could get up 15 minutes earlier and have breakfast at home, but where’s the fun in that?
That’s where Blue Coffee Box comes in.
Operating on the popular subscription box model, Blue Coffee Box delivers coffees from all over the world – always ethically sourced, and bought via the Direct Trade fairer trade scheme – roasted by UK artisan roasters and ground to your preference, to your door. Founded in 2017 by father-and-son duo Jon and Harvey Burt, the business was inspired by similar subscriptions available in the US. The pair spotted a gap in the market for a more curated coffee subscription, as opposed to a more convenience-based model in which the coffees were all sourced from the same roaster.
The Blue Coffee Box subscription is one of the more customisable models I’ve ever come across. You can choose either a 227g Blue Coffee Bag (£7.99) or a letterbox-friendly Blue Coffee Box (£16.99), which includes three different 155g bags of coffee; with UK postage included in the price. You can specify a preference for light, medium or dark roast at the checkout – or opt for a surprise – and get deliveries on a schedule to suit you: fortnightly, monthly, or once every two months. You can also cancel, pause or upgrade at any time.
My review Blue Coffee Box arrived beautifully wrapped in blue tissue paper and packed in a blue box (of course!), and came complete with neat little cards explaining the origin of and tasting notes of each coffee. There were two South American coffees, roasted by Southport-based Django Coffee Co.; and a Rwandan coffee, roasted by Rounton Coffee of Northallerton.
Now, if my forementioned preference for milky High Street lattes didn’t make this clear, I’m no coffee connoisseur: to me, a coffee is a coffee, and I’m unlikely to taste the “notes of tomato, bergamot, nutmeg and sugar” a tasting card promises me. But I can tell you that the first coffee I tried from the box – the Dimer Jimenez from Columbia, pictured above – was one of the most beautiful things I had ever tasted, all smooth and vanilla-y, and it was all I could do to move on to the other bags in the box (which were also delicious, don’t get me wrong!). If that makes you wonder whether or why you should trust my opinion of the box though, never fret: my boss is in fact a coffee connoisseur, and he got very excited with each new bag I brought into the office.
Being able to specify whether your coffee should come as whole bean, or be ground for filter dripper, Aeropress, espresso machine or cafetiere makes this a really convenient subscription, whether you enjoy your coffee at home or on the go. I’ve now really gotten into the habit of coming into work to make up a cafetiere of coffee as a nice way to start my day – so much so that I’m actually signing up for a Blue Coffee Box subscription of my own. It’s convenient, supports (often named) small farmers and dlivers substantial cost savings on my previous coffee habits, meaning that it makes perfect sense.
But you don’t have to take my word for it: try it yourself, and enter code LYG5 at the checkout for £5 off any subscription!
I’m also giving away a Blue Coffee Box, ground to your preference, to a UK-based winner! Just fill out the form below for your chance to win. In line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force across the EU on 25th May, I’ll delete all information 30 days after I’ve chosen a winner using the automated form – and will pass on the winner’s details to Blue Coffee Box solely for the purpose of delivering your prize.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
– UK entrants only
– One winner will be chosen at random via the Rafflecopter widget above
– Entrants under 18 must seek parental permission before entering
– Once drawn, the winner will be contacted via the email provided and have 28 days to respond. We reserve the right to draw another winner if a response is not received within this time period
– All entries will be moderated and duplicate, false or incomplete entries will be deleted
– The giveaway will run from 22.5.18 to 4.6.18