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Do you often drink coffee, but dislike its bitter taste? For the past 2 months, while at home some of us have brought out our inner Home Chef and DIY Skills. If you’ve gotten on the whipped coffee trend or just love a Cup of Joe to keep you going, it’s probably time for something your taste buds would love you for. After learning about Bean Hoppers Coffee, and how they process their coffee beans, we decided to give them a try!
Bean Hoppers started how many businesses do, they couldn’t find what they wanted, so they decided to make it themselves. When it comes to satisfying our tastes, we usually find ourselves searching high and low for the solution. So the founders sat back and thought, what were the things that needed to change? For one, they found that most of the bags that they were buying, were lightly roasted, meaning some beans were under-roasted. This is a no-no, as each bean has its own roasting level. Another issue was the use of mostly single-origin coffee instead of blends, which gives you more complex (fuller, and richer) flavors. Lastly, if a pound is 16oz, why were most bags only 12 oz? Forcing you to buy that extra bag just for an additional 4 oz.
So, what did they do? For one, they roast their beans based on the type, so that each type is perfectly balanced. They offer blends in addition to single-origin beans, for that elevation in flavor, and instead of a standard 12oz bags, you can start off with a 16oz bag, which can brew about 45 cups of coffee. That adds up to about $90 at your local coffee shop, and with the need to save money in today’s climate, that savings is welcomed with open hands.
What you might or might not know is that many coffee beans (read more than 80%) are drum roasted, which often leads to beans burning and creating smoke, changing the overall flavor of the coffee, especially when it comes to dark roasted beans. Bean Hoppers coffee beans, on the other hand, are hot air roasted, which results in a smoother, cleaner, and more consistent cup of coffee. Not to mention that it’s healthier, clear of smoke-produced carcinogens. They also import coffee from the best growing regions around the world. Only purchasing top graded Arabica beans, at a fair price to coffee farmers.
Bean Hoppers currently roasts their coffee beans every Monday and ships them out within 24 hours, to ensure the freshest coffee possible and to cut down on waste. If you see a roast you would like to try, don’t delay and order it as it becomes available. In the future, they plan to offer more bean options such as organic, fair trade, and highly specialized imports, in addition to office coffee programs!
In search of the perfect java fix? Bean Hoppers subscription box would be the best way to go! When we received our first box, we were quite satisfied with our experience from start to finish.
Your welcome box will come with a complete coffee tasting kit, where you will learn to identify the flavors in your cup, along with tasting note cards to keep track of all the coffees you will taste. That box and every box after that comes with the featured coffee of month (which varies monthly from single origins and blends), a free gourmet treat, easy how-to guides, recipes, and more!
What’s great about your subscription box is that you can customize every option possible. First, you can choose your plan of 12 or 16 oz bags, or single-serve k-cups. Next is your roast type: light/medium, medium/dark, all roast types, or espresso. Then you have your grind level: whole bean, which is recommended and what we selected, coarse, medium-coarse, medium-fine, or fine. Finally, you choose if you would like 1 or 2 pounds and how often, every 2, 4, or 6 weeks.
So what did we choose?! We went with the medium roast whole bean 16 oz. bag. To grind our beans we use the KRUPS Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder, which is great because you can use it to make homemade spices as well! As for our brewing process, we used the pour-over method with a Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker. The 17oz is the cutest little thing and perfect for one to two people. Full house? I would go with the 34oz. It was a fun and quick process, and I definitely recommend it, if you are looking for something other than a standard drip coffee maker. The only thing is that were a few coffee grounds that made it over into the cup, but that might have been because of grinding the coffee too fine, but nothing a spoon scoop can’t solve.
For our gourmet treat, we received delicious caramel cookie waffles, which was a perfect sweet match in between sips. Now on to the coffee! Being one of the folks described in the opening sentence of this post, I can say the cup or should I say cups I enjoyed were great! I didn’t get that usual bitter and strong taste I dislike and can see why the process they use can make a big difference in the overall flavor and finish.
Here’s a little more on roast types when it comes to subscription plans:
With the Light / Medium Plan, you get:
Light and dark roasted beans from Indonesia, Central, and South America. Balanced with medium-full flavor that is slightly smoky, toasty, and sweet. For 2 lb. members you will receive above PLUS:
Mexican Altura Pluma
Pluma (“high grown”) is warm and sweet with a pleasant sharpness, full flavor, and light body with a great balance of acidity and toasty richness.
With the Medium / Dark and the Everything Plan, you get:
Connoisseurs Blend (The blend we chose!)
Rich, distinctive blend of South American coffees, light and dark roasted with slightly smoky overtones and medium to heavy body to please most palates. For 2 lb. members you will receive above PLUS the Awesome Blend.
For the Espresso Plan, you will get:
Bean Hoppers Signature Espresso. Traditional, nutty, rich, and complex. Heavy bodied and satisfying. Dark roast South American coffees. For 2 lb. members you will receive above PLUS:
Blend of light and dark roast African and South American coffees, and smooth as silk. The light smoky overtones bring an authentic coffee taste through the steamed milk and the fruity, floral notes from the African coffees add a complexity that rounds out its satisfying flavor.
For the K-Cup pod of the month, you will get:
Awesome Blend of coffee beans.
Not sure how much coffee you need to order? Bean Hoppers has a helpful Coffee Calculator to help you out.
Each bag runs $20, but you save 5% when you sign up for a subscription. Afraid of being stuck in a deal you can’t get out of? You can change, skip or cancel your subscription anytime you like! Not a commitment kind of person? Bean Hoppers also offers a small selection of coffees for a one-time purchase, so you can try it before you decide to get their subscription box.
This month’s featured roasts include Costa Rican Tarrazu – Light Roast, Dark Jungle Java – Dark Roast, Italian Roast – Very Dark Blend, Hop to it Blend – Medium & Light Roast, and Espresso Silk. Ready to become the coffee connoisseur you never thought you were? Head to Bean Hoppers and apply the code ‘SHIPFREE20’ for free shipping on orders $30+ and tag us if you decide to get a subscription box!
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