Amid the drudgery of pizza menus and junk mail, it’s a lovely surprise to dig out a pack of fresh coffee sent through the post. The sender, Kopi, offers subscriptions to “the person that has everything”, distributing monthly packs of coffee from micro-lots (particularly good beans) based across the globe.
The coffee-connoisseurs at Kopi search plantations from over 50 coffee producing nations to find superior, unusual flavours to almost anything you’d find in a supermarket. The buyer selects whether they prefer ground coffee or beans, then a subscription deal ranging from one month to a year.
My pack, from a Kenyan micro-lot, gave off a wonderfully festive marzipan and caramel aroma when upon opening the foil packet (stamped with the roasting date). The tasting notes inside the pack provided interesting info on the region my coffee was produced, details on the auctions where the beans are traded and tasting notes from Kopi’s experts.
The coffee itself was crisp, bright and full of flavour. Hints of caramel, nutmeg and redcurrant could be found, just as the notes described. But more than anything it was the freshness of flavour that made it joy on every sip – clearly benefiting from the freshness only a coffee obsessive would care about.
The speed of which this 250g pack disappeared tells you how tasty it was, as did the ever-presence of the cafetière, which seemed to be permanently full, wafting glorious coffee-house odours throughout the house.
Prices range from £8.95 per month – not cheap, but with such attention to detail and wide choices available, Kopi is more like a wine club and you feel looked after. This is the ideal treat for a coffee-lover who thought they knew what the good stuff tastes like. Or, if you’re anything like me, the perfect gift for yourself.
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