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.
Dried coffee beans in Ethiopia resting before export. Over the past two weeks we received more samples of coffee from Ethiopia than from anywhere else. Photo courtesy of Coffee Circle.
You may have noticed that we started running a weekly update of our coffee evaluations. What that number doesn’t tell you, though, is how much the coffees themselves can vary week by week. So starting today, we’re going to dig a little deeper, breaking down the coffees we evaluate to discover trends and make interesting observations. See our inaugural “By the Numbers” below:
When you look at the roasters by state you’ll see that we received coffees from both Montana and Arizona - two states that aren’t exactly known as hotbeds for coffee. We love watching scenes develop as the love for artisan coffee continues to spread across the country, so this stood out to us in a really exciting way.
We hope you’ll follow along with us as we continue to break down our coffee stats - who knows what we’ll find out next!