The Roasters Pack Review - December 2014 - Canadian Coffee Subscription Service + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? The Roasters Pack 
How Much? $29.99/month. Save on 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions. Includes tax and shipping! 
What's in it? Three 4oz bags of fresh coffee beans, roasted by independent Canadian roasters

The Roasters Pack is a Canadian coffee subscription service. Each month, The Roasters Pack sends three roasts from three different artisan roasters. The independently roasted beans can make more than a month’s worth of coffee.

We dig to find coffee roasters that aren't available on your average grocery shelf but are producing exceptional coffee. For the one beverage most folks drink daily, we want to make it as enjoyable and interesting as possible. Our goal is to put the light on some of the smaller roasters who are creating a great product but don't have the means to get through the regular channels of distribution.

Along with three packages of coffee each month, The Roasters Pack also offers tasting notes and special extras. On their website, you can find in depth information about the roast and the roaster behind it.

All our roasters have a unique story to tell. Through videos, photographs and interviews of the roasters, we present a unique and intimate perspective on their craft. We share their coffee, their story and then share a portion of the profits with the charity.

First Look!

It's also worth noting that when you subscribe, you can chose your grind. Select from whole bean, coarse (for French Press), medium (for flat bottom drip filters), fine (for cone bottom drip filters), or extra fine (for espresso machines). 

The Roasters Pack included a December product information card, and a Tasting Guide. They also included a special "coffee cupping spoon" for slurping. I didn't know this, but a coffee cupping spoon is an "important part of any coffee evaluators' repertoire". They say that an aggressive slurp will spread the coffee to all areas of the tongue. Sounds a little like wine tasting, and I'm great at wine tasting!

Detour Coffee Roasters Holiday Blend - Roasted in Burlington, ON
This Holiday blend is a combination of two coffees – an Ethiopian Konga & a Kenyan Kiamwangi. Each with a separate roast profile, they’re combined with a deliberate ratio which creates the target taste profile. The tasting notes are butterum, dried cherries and molasses. The butterrum body is incredibly smooth and molasses sweetness combined with the dried fruit give a taste profile a bit like fruitcake – but without the dried texture that sometimes can be associated with the holiday cake.

De Mello Palheta Ethiopia Shay Ayra Light Roast - Roasted in Toronto, ON
These delicious beans by de Mello are processed in one of the more interesting methods - called natural processing. As opposed to the washed method, this leaves the cherry on the bean during drying process, which imparts significantly more flavour into the seed. And holy heck, this is a flavourful fruit-jam of a coffee. This taste profile of strawberries and red fruit combined with floral notes is absolutely flawless.

Anchored La Virgen Coffee Medium-Light Roast - Roasted in Dartmouth, NS
A little bit classic and a little bit adventurous. La Vergin from Anchored Coffee is that to a tee. Here's a quote from Dean Petty (who describes himself as the 'Owner/Fun Coordinator' at Anchored) on the adventure your taste buds will go on with this coffee. It’s not overly acidic or overly fruity, it’s still balanced, it still has really interesting and complex notes but it’s not smacking you in the face.

The December box from The Roasters Pack included three great coffee blends from Canadian roasters, along with a Cupping Spoon for coffee tasting. It's a really great subscription service and I enjoyed reading over the notes and interviews on each roast. I didn't realize there was such an art to coffee roasting and tasting. It's quite incredible! This would make a great gift for the coffee lover in your life. Gift subscriptions are available in 1, 3, 6, or 12 month increments. 

If you are interested in trying The Roasters Pack, use promo code CDNBOX5 to save $5 off your first month. The next issue of The Roasters Pack ships January 1st (or thereabouts).

Click here to check out The Roasters Pack.

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