Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Coffee and a Classic: A Year in Review

Can you believe I've been getting these glorious Coffee and a Classic boxes for a year?! It's the Christmas present that keeps on giving (as long as you keep on paying!). Over the last year I've gotten a lot of neat books, a lot of coffee cups, and tried a lot of different cocoas. I thought it would be fun, as the year ends, to look back on the year worth of boxes and share my overall impression.

Some quick facts about Coffee and a Classic Subscription boxes:
  1. You can subscribe on their website or through Cratejoy: Subscribing directly through their site seems to offer more flexibility. 
  2. Payment plans can be monthly, 3 Month Prepay, and 6 Month Prepay: Monthly subscribers have an easier time making adjustments to their packages directly on the site. If yous sub for 3 or 6 months at a time, you have to email them any time you want to make adjustments. However, paying in advance makes it a little bit less expensive.
  3. There are two subscription levels: Standard Classic Subscription ($51.99/month) and Starter Classic Subscription ($41.99). The difference seems to be that the higher level subscription has a coffee cup and comes in a high quality photo box (I love these boxes, by the way!).
  4. Book choices include: Classical Literature, Children's Classics, or Classic Non-Fiction.
  5. Drink choices include: Coffee, tea, cocoa, or surprise me.
  6. You can set up a reoccurring subscription using either your credit card or Paypal for convenience and they always email you before your subscription is going to renew. 
A couple of quick facts about my experience with them:
  1. They have good customer service: When Matt signed me up for this box, he put my email address in wrong. This made it impossible for us to access my new subscription account. We emailed them and within a few hours they had it fixed and we were on our way. I contacted them one other time to change my book-type preference and they got that done without any trouble. 
  2. I've gotten all three book-categories over the last year and the books are great quality!
  3. My drink preference is cocoa and each month's has always been unique and delicious: The packing for the cocoa is also really neat. So much so I plan to frame the pics on the front of the cocoas and hang them in my kitchen. 
  4. Each month I've gotten a lovely mug: My only issue here is that they are clearly not dishwasher safe, but until recently the insert hasn't specified that. I absolutely destroyed one of the mugs by putting it in the dishwasher. 
  5. The boxes are beautifully, thoughtfully curated each month: It's clear they love books!
A couple of bumps in an otherwise flawless road:
  1. Some of the scents for candles, soaps, and oils haven't been my preference: They always match the box and make sense, but haven't always been to my liking.
  2. Broken glass: One of the boxes had a glass oil burner that was broken into pieces in the box. I have no idea how this happened, since it was cushioned and well packed. I get mugs every month and never has one been broken, but this one thing came broken. 
  3. Different contents than others with the same box: One month I got a different mug than the others who got the box (mine was a ceramic mug while most of the others were a lovely travel mug) another time the candy was loose all over the box, rather than in a box as I saw in some of the others boxes. 
Overall, my impression of the subscription boxes has been just wonderful. Being a literature person, particularly one who enjoys classical literature, I have been so delighted by these boxes month after month. No only do I feel the boxes are completely worth the $50 or so we pay for them every month, I feel like that's a bargain. So much so, I will continue to subscribe to them into the foreseeable future.

Favorites from the year:

**Absolutely not a paid endorsement, I pay for this subscription every month. None of the links are ads. I have not been paid to endorse any of them. I just love the products.**

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