Water Avenue Coffee Company – Finca Buena Vista

I got a sample of this coffee by Water Avenue Coffee Company from the May MistoBox. What’s a cafe without some good coffee, right?

Water Avenue Coffee Company - Finca Buena Vista

My first impression of the bag was that it’s ultra cute, chic and resealable, but it doesn’t give me much of an impression of the company itself. It’s great that they listed the three main flavour notes on the front, though.

When I ripped open the bag, I noticed that the coffee beans were a lighter colour than I’m used to. Maybe it’s because they haven’t been roasted as long?

The smell is so intoxicating. Lovely notes of honey and fruit peek through the savoury roasted elements of the coffee beans. The light roast really highlights the subtle non-coffee fragrances and shows off what I think is the high quality of the farm.

Surprisingly, I couldn’t smell anything when I ground the beans and brewed my coffee.

The taste? Oh. My. God. It’s got the cleanest finish I’ve ever had in a coffee and I could really taste the honey notes right after the fruity acidic flavours that’s consistently through the product. LOVE IT!!

Verdict: I am extremely tempted to buy a whole bag from MistoBox (it’s 12oz and free shipping!), but I’ll wait until I try the others I got.

Want to buy a bag? You can get it here at MistoBox.com or here at Water Avenue Coffee but they don’t ship outside the US! 😦

Have you subscribed to MistoBox? How do you like your coffee?




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?