If you know me in real life, or if you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that our household is sorely lacking in the sleep department. For the last 11 months, the youngest member of our family has taken it upon himself to give us regular wakeups throughout the night, and it’s left us feeling more than a little zombie-like. Pretty much the only thing that is getting me through the days is coffee. I’m not even functional until that first cup of dark liquid touches my throat, and I require regular top-ups throughout the day. When you go through that much coffee on a daily basis, a coffee subscription service is the way to go, so when The Roast Club contacted me to ask if I’d like to try out their subscription box, I practically bit their hand off!
The Roast Club: An Eye Opening World of Coffee
The Roast Club is a new coffee subscription service that aims to showcase 4 different coffees each month from around the world. I love that they vary the coffees, as we are definitely guilty of getting stuck in a rut with the beans that we use, so trying out different varieties was really appealing. They use beans from around the world, but use roasters from around Europe, to give you a great range of different flavours to try.
The Roast Club was started by Stu and Eloise, self-confessed coffee geeks, who are passionate about developing people’s appreciation of coffee by introducing them to new coffees and new roasters. We have been buying whole beans for years now, and I guess you would class us in the ‘coffee snob’ category. But we’ve definitely fallen into the trap of choosing the same region every time we buy our beans, so the idea of a subscription box which had a great variety of new choices had a huge appeal.
In our subscription box we received ‘Slopes of 8’ by Alpha Coffee (Kenya), ‘Jinotega’ by Girls Who Grind Coffee (Nicaragua), ‘Konga’ by April Coffee Roasters (Ethiopia), and ‘El Cipres’ by Pharmacie Coffee (El Salvador).
That’s a great range of regions for the bean selection, and the roasters are equally diverse, coming from Austria, Denmark, and the UK. Of course, the worry with a great variety is that you won’t enjoy your new coffee as much as your trusted favourite. We tend to prefer South American coffees, and will stick to that region if we choose beans. So what did we think of The Roast Club’s selection? Read on…
It was really interesting to try the ones in this box, which gave far more of a range than we would usually try. We started with the Kenyan coffee, ‘Slopes of 8’, and I was really pleasantly surprised. I think sometimes you don’t notice the rut you’ve got into with drinking the same coffee, and I found that I could actually taste the berry flavours coming through which had been promised.
My favourite of the coffees was the ‘El Cipres’ by Pharmacie Coffee, which promised Peach Bellini and Milk Chocolate notes coming through. It definitely had a clear chocolate note to it, which gave it a really smooth taste – I loved this one!
‘Konga’ by April Coffee Roasters was probably my least favourite of the box – I found the flavour a little too strong and bold for me.
‘Jinotega’ by Girls Who Grind Coffee promised green apple and lemon curd, which struck me as an interesting combination, but one that I thought really worked. It was definitely a coffee to wake you up in the morning, which is exactly what I look for in my coffee.
A monthly subscription will cost you £18.99, which is comparable to other coffee subscription services we’ve used. There is no contract when you sign up to a subscription, so you can cancel at any time, and The Roast Club even offer a 100% money back guarantee if you’re unhappy with your beans. You can’t say fairer than that!
Disclosure: I was sent this month’s coffee subscription box from The Roast Club, in exchange for my honest review.