THE PERFECT WAY TO EXPERIENCE
THE EXPLORER KIT
All Driftaway subscriptions start with an Explorer Kit - a shipment of four unique coffees from around the world.
Here’s a chance to taste them side-by-side! It's the best way to figure out what kinds of flavors you prefer in coffee.
EXPERT GUIDED VIRTUAL TASTINGS
Led by 2013 World Brewer's Champion James McCarthy, you'll taste
four different coffees at the same time, similar to how professionals
taste and evaluate coffees.
All from the comfort of your home!
MAKE IT A MYSTERY KIT!
Want to taste these coffees along with James without being influenced by the tasting notes and growing regions printed on the bag labels?
If you choose this option, your coffee bags won't have any visible identifying information: no farm names, no countries of origin, and most important of all - no tasting notes! This info will be hidden inside your kit, and will be revealed after you've had a chance to taste all four coffees.
FIND YOUR FAVORITES
Tasting is the only way to figure out what kinds of coffee you like. Tasting the Explorer Kit side-by-side with James will help you identify your coffee preferences and learn more about what kind of coffees you enjoy!
Already a subscriber but want to taste along? Just email us and we’ll be happy to replace your next delivery with an Explorer Kit!
BECOME A COFFEE CONNOISSEUR
This tasting is fun and easy to join! Just using the four Driftaway coffees that come in the Explorer Kit and what you have already in your kitchen, you can join in and taste with us!
James will tell you all about each of the coffees you’ve tasted, including taste profile, roast level & farm location.
Have any questions during the tasting? Leave a comment on the video and one of us will be sure to help you!
WHAT YOU’ll NEED
- Four bags of Driftaway coffee from the Explorer Kit
- A grinder
- A kitchen scale or measuring spoons
- A 1.2L kettle or pot to boil water
- 4 mugs of a similar size (that can hold at least 7.5oz)
- 2 additional mugs of any size
- 2 spoons - preferably soup spoons or teaspoons
- Printed Tasting forms & Flavor wheel
BEFORE THE TASTING
- Match your grinder setting to the grind sample in your kit
- Please weigh out 12 grams of coffee into each mug
- Grind each coffee into the mugs
- Have water in kettle or pot ready
LIVE TASTING SCHEDULE
Since our coffees change regularly, please check the roast date on your coffees for the right tasting for you!
Missed the tasting? You can follow along with one of our recorded tastings below!
WE ALSO OFFER PERSONALIZED, PRIVATE TASTINGS!
Taste with your friends and family, wherever you happen to be.
Purchase a tasting session for just your household, or invite friends and family to join you. With up to 5 households able to taste at the same time, you'll get to discuss flavors with each other, share notes, and bond over favorites!
Corporate tastings also available - email [email protected] for info.
Everyone is welcome to watch and learn!
This is the first shipment a new Driftaway subscription customer receives. It includes the current 4 coffees that we offer - each one representing a different taste profile: Fruity, Classic, Balanced & Bold. We strongly believe that tasting is the only way to really know what kind of coffee you like, so we want to give you a chance to taste through all 4 of our profiles before you choose which ones we’ll ship to your door.
This includes 4 Driftaway coffees, and a small pouch of ground coffee labeled "Sample Grind Size" - use this to calibrate your grinder to match what we use for this type of tasting.
The Mystery Kit is a version of the Explorer Kit that comes with all coffee information hidden. This is the best kit to order for the Saturday tasting, because there won't be any flavor notes or origin info to influence your perceptions - it'll just be you, your taste buds, and the coffees. At the end of the tasting, James will direct you to open the included envelope that has all of the coffee info inside - mysteries revealed!
This includes 4 Driftaway coffees in unlabeled bags, a sealed envelope with coffee information inside, and a small pouch of ground coffee labeled “Sample Grind Size” - use this to calibrate your grinder to match what we use for this type of tasting.
This is a very forgiving, gentle brewing method - as long as you are as close as you can get, it’ll work great!
The Drip grind is perfect for the Virtual Tasting.
Yes, absolutely! If you received the Explorer Kit already, feel free to join us any upcoming Saturday. If you have an E-Gift card, please follow the instructions to redeem it and join when you have the Explorer Kit/Mystery Kit in hand.
You don’t need an Explorer Kit - you can join and follow along to learn more about how to taste, and the farms and regions we buy from. If you like what you see and would like to taste along with us another Saturday, you can either sign up for a subscription, or purchase an Explorer Kit - choose to make it a Mystery Kit for an optimal Saturday tasting experience!
The bags won’t have any origin or roast information, so you can taste freely without any preconceived notions! This info will be revealed at the end of the tasting.
The coffee inside that clear pouch was ground on the setting we use for this type of tasting. Using this as your guide, find the setting on your grinder that matches it. You can use about 10 beans of any whole bean coffee to calibrate.
A gram scale is recommended, but if you don't have one, you can use a tablespoon to measure. Each cup will need 2 full tablespoons of ground coffee.
Absolutely! Don't grind much sooner than 10 minutes beforehand. If you have a hand grinder, we strongly recommend you grind before the session.
Yes! Feel free to print out an extra Tasting Form.
This session will be a modified version of the professional cupping style. Since there’s a good amount of steps involved, there won’t be time for a brew session.
You can still have a good experience if you turn the bags over during the tasting. You may have some inkling of where the coffees are from, but at least you won't have the tasting notes visible while tasting.