Coffee Competition by the Numbers

I am really happy that I have the pleasure to be working with folks like Roman Leal and Amy McDivitt Leal over at Evocation Coffee Roasters in Amarillo, TX. If you want to make great things, work with those who are committed to mindful craft. If you want to do great acts, ally with those who are committed to deliberate engagement. If you want to think great thoughts, open up with those who are committed to loving struggle.


With the 2015 US Barista Championship in the books, I thought it would be a great time to share a project that I’ve been working on. Using the wonderful resource of, I compiled and arranged data on the 2015 regional competition circuit to identify trends and patterns. I used the data from the top ten scorers from each region.

In the 2015 regional competition circuit, 46 of the top ten baristas from each region used washed coffees. 14 used semi washed or naturals.  The difference here was pretty striking: almost a full 40 point average difference. This graph also highlights just how amazing it was that Hadassah Wilson scored a whopping 598 points with a semi washed Brazil.

For the sake of getting a decent sample size, I narrowed down coffee origin to two categories: Africa and the Americas. A couple of competitors used coffees from both categories in their…

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