OQ Coffee Co. – Sulawesi Toarco Station

I tried out the third sample I got from my MistoBox today.

OQ Coffee Co. - Sulawesi Toarco Station

My first impression of this coffee bean came when I ripped open the top and a huge whiff of freshly roasted coffee hit my nose! It definitely wasn’t as delicate as the Case’s Agaro Jimma or Water Avenue’s Finca Buena Vista and reminded more of the more common varieties but not in a bad way.

The roast appeared a little darker than Case’s and Water Avenue’s beans, so that might be why it smells a bit stronger and more like the typical roasts we find in the supermarkets. The beans also looked a little larger than the others, but that could also be the variety of coffee bean that they used. (I’m not very educated on the different varieties of coffee beans!)

Without any sugar or milk added to it, the Sulawesi Toarco delivered a full, almost wine-y taste that comes from the juniper and other spiced notes. I think it reminds me of wine because of the spices they chose since many red wines use those during oaking.

I didn’t pick up any of the floral notes the card had mentioned. None. But that could be because I had just eaten lunch and floral notes can be a bit difficult for me to detect.

It’s got a distinct bitterness that’s characteristic of coffee, but I found it to be much less sharp than typical coffees and sharper than the other samples I’ve tried.

Verdict:¬†Out of the samples in the box so far, it’s not my favourite. It’s not as distinct or as novel in flavour profile as the others, but I do enjoy its resemblance to wine. It’s still better than most commercial coffees available and it would do perfectly as the first morning roast after a long night of partying, but I’m not sure if I’d get it online to ship to Canada. If it was available on the shelf, I’d take it in an instant!

Interested? You can buy a bag here at MistoBox.com or here at OQ Coffee Co.’s online store, which also does not ship to Canada. *sigh*




MistoBox – May 2013

MistoBox is a monthly coffee sample service based in the US. For $23USD per month to Canada, you get four 1.75oz bags of gourmet coffee that you’ll never get the same twice and your first month is $10USD. For $35USD per month, you can upgrade to four 3.4oz bags of coffee!

This is my first time subscribing to MistoBox and it took about 7 business days to get from Phoenix, Arizona to Toronto, Ontario.Image

I think I’ve died and gone to coffee heaven.



MistoBox May 2013

First of all, I just want to say that I totally fell in love with this packaging. It’s so darn cute and smart! I don’t need to find another space for the coffee samples because I can just keep them in that oh-so-adorable box!

The card itself describes each of the coffees inside with a link to MistoBox’s online store. It doesn’t list any other locations about where to buy them, but MistoBox does offer free shipping.

As far as I can tell, these boxes are the same for each subscriber. From left to right, here’s what I got!

Colombia San Agustin

Elemental Coffee // Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

A group of 50 producers join together to make up this lot of Los Naranjos San Agustin. These farms are planted with caturra, typica, bourbon and castillo varieties to make this lot. The cup opens up to a nice citrus acidity with orange and papaya fruited notes, paired with molasses heavy sweetness and a round body.

Sulawesi Toarco Station

OQ Coffee Co. // Highland Park, New Jersey

While this stellar Sulawesi has certain traits in common with Latin American coffees due to its washed processing, it still retains a typical Indonesian vibe. Aromatic notes of flowers, pine, and juniper are balanced by its textured body, followed with a spicy sweetness of cloves and coriander that come to dominate the cup as it cools.

Ethiopia Agaro Jimma

Case Coffee Roasters // Ashland, Oregon

This washed coffee from the well-known coffee growing town of Agaro is more sweet, delicate and clean than most dry process coffees typical of the region. The dry aroma is full of apricot and honey sweetness. Berry and peach notes burst out of the cup and as it cools a nice floral and bergamot notes emerge.

El Salvador Finca Buena Vista

Water Avenue Coffee // Portland, Oregon

This coffee comes from the El Cachillo mountain in the Apaneca Llamatepec mountain range, known for producing coffees of the highest caliber. This farm is planted with only the bourbon variety. Bright, tart acidity of pomegranates and tangerines are met with distinct honeyed sweetness and a clean finish.


So, they sent me some gourmet coffee from each coffee-making continent! I opened up the Finca Buena Vista from Water Avenue and I immediately melted at the scent of these freshly roasted coffee beans.

I can’t wait to dig into these coffees, but I have to go out and get milk first.

How do you like your coffee? Will you subscribe to MistoBox?