I’m a bit of a sucker for sweet branding and sleek packaging. So when I saw Bones Coffee on some website’s trending list of awesome packaging, I was intrigued enough to give it a shot. Well, the cupboards were bare and the time came to review another coffee and Bones made it to the top of the list due to their cool bags.
The Packaging. Sweet stickers inside a bubble bag is the best way to describe Bones Coffee’s arrival. Their website was sweet and aesthetically pleasing. Their bags are black with cool stickers covering the front that have a hip, goth feel to them with their skeleton mascot captured in various poses while performing various coffee and food duties. So when they bags showed up in a USPS branded mailer, it was disappointing. When you compare it to Onyx Coffee’s sampler arrival (the grand daddy of awesome boxes), it fell very flat. But maybe the coffee inside could redeem the experience.
The Coffee. The sampler included two unflavored coffees, a medium and a dark roast, and three favored coffees, French Toast, Chocolate Raspberry, and Salted Caramel. The coffee isn’t very good. You really are better off matching the flavored coffees with the same flavored creamers than trying to find the subtle flavor nuances here. That actually might be their preferred way for you to experience the brand, I’m not sure. My wife enjoyed the salted caramel flavor when mixed with enough cream and sugar. The most disappointing thing for me is that the coffees smell so strong and flavorful, but you don’t get the actual flavors of French Toast and Salted Caramel. You just get to smell without the taste. This puts me a couple steps back in my quest to drink coffee that tastes as good as it smells.
The Conclusion. I ordered the whole bean coffee to I could grind my beans fresh. And they really did appear to be very fresh. They were all very active in the bloom phase of making pour-overs and smelled like they were just roasted a few days ago. Kudos to Bones for that! An unexpected side-effect of grinding my beans fresh was that the flavored coffees lingered in the grinder much longer than unflavored coffees. This makes sense and I should have expected it, but the Salted Caramel ruined a Single Origin Ethiopian Yirgacheffe for me because I didn’t pass enough beans through the grinder after the flavored stuff to clear the flavor out. That’s something you’ll have to watch out for with Bones Coffee or any flavored coffees out there.