Another two weeks down, another slew of coffees that our expert tasters ran through the gauntlet. If you look at this breakdown side by side with the By The Numbers from two weeks ago, you’ll see that we tasted almost the exact same number of coffees. This kind of consistency helps our team find the best coffees around to put in your subscription box each month. You may also notice that Colombia edged out Ethiopia and Kenya at the top of the list for coffee samples by country. This is because coffee is a highly seasonal crop, just like any other fruit or vegetable, and the fresh Colombian coffee crops are making their way to roasters around the world. You can see how this wave of Colombians influenced the “most mentioned tasting notes” with chocolate, caramel, honey, and butterscotch - the rich, sweet characteristics we love about the country’s prized coffees.
The burlap sack in the background here was used to ship one of the selections in our coffee subscription box this month from the farm in El Salvador where it was grown to an importer in California, and finally to Coffee Slingers Roasters in Oklahoma. Bags like this one have been used to store and ship coffee beans for almost as long as coffee has been grown. It was an awesome surprise to find this packed in alongside hundreds of pounds of artisan coffee beans from the roaster.
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Last week was a busy one at the Craft Coffee offices here in Brooklyn. Our team of gold-star coffee experts from around NYC evaluated 20 different coffees. Even though a higher number isn’t necessarilybetter than a lower one, it lets us be more selective when it comes to choosing the best coffees for each of our monthly subscription boxes.
We wouldn’t be anywhere without our fantastic team of coffee evaluators. Their passion for finding the world’s best coffee resonates in their tasting notes, which constantly impress us with their dead-on accuracy and limitless creativity. We have so much fun reading their tasting notes each week that it would be a shame to not share some of the more effusive ones with you. Here’s our favorite “epic tasting note” from this week, inspired by a lovely Ethiopian coffee that swept our tasters off their feet: