Results of 2023 Mystery Coffee League Awards

Our year-end vote for the best roasters, Mystery Coffees and Coffees of the Month of 2023 season is over. What was the best Mystery Coffee of the last season according to our club members? Time to find out!

Almost 100 people participated in this year's voting. Thanks for that!

About us

Last year, over 200 people decided to submit their Mystery Coffee guess at some point. MCL is now present in almost all European Union countries (special thanks to the European single market). In 2023, we had MCL participants coming from 21 countries.

TOP5 MCL countries

1. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany (25%)
2. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands (13%)
3. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain (12%)
4. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK (10%)
5. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland (9%)

We have a lot of long time club members. Over 21% of them are in MCL for over 2 years now. We also had a lot of newcomers last year (46% combined).

As far as our tastes preferences go, we prefer clean and more acidic coffees. Almost 80% of club members brew mainly filter coffee. We don't have many hard core espresso people (only 2%).

Best roasters

Paul from Special Guests is winning the award for the Best Roaster Engagement. It was a great month with our first ever UK-based roaster. We cannot wait to see Paul back in the second part of 2024 season. Paul is followed by Luka from Banibeans and Jelle from Shokunin.

TOP3 of the Best Roaster Engagement
1. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Special Guests (52%)
2. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Banibeans (28%)
3. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Shokunin (17%)

Kawa from Paris is winning the vote for the Best Roaster Selection. DAK from Amsterdam is taking a second place, closely followed by Banibeans from Ljubljana.

TOP 3 of the Best Roaster Selection
1. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทKawa (33%)
2. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑDAK (19%)
3. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎBanibeans (17%)

Banibeans is taking the award for the best Mystery Coffee packaging for our 2023 Mystery Coffee League Advent Calendar with 43% of the votes. Thanks to all people involved in creating this set, including Herman who helped us to finalize the labels!

People also liked Mystery Coffee packaging from Special Guests and Kafar.

TOP 3 of the Best Mystery Coffee Packaging
1. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Banibeans (43%)
2. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Special Guests (10%)
3. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Kafar (9%)

Best Coffee of the Month

Time for the Best Coffee of the Month. Very close voting in this one, but the award goes to Schoen for their Colombian Andaluz washed Geisha. Nestor Lasso Choriso washed from Kawa is taking a second place, and the bronze goes to Special Guest and their anaerobic natural Wush Wush from El Placer farm in Colombia.

TOP 3 of the Best Coffee of the Month
1. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Schoen - ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia Finca Andaluz Geisha Washed (18%)
2. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Kawa - ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia Nestor Lasso Chiroso Washed (17%)
3. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Special Guests - ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia El Placer Wush Wush Anaerobic Natural (16%)

Best Mystery Coffee

Banibeans is taking the most important award for the Best Mystery Coffee! Panama Finca Hartmann Geisha natural was a clean winner in this category. Second place goes to The Picky Chemist which provided a great Colombian Pink Bourbon Honey for Mystery Coffee Advent Calendar. Third place goes to Special Guests for the very clean natural Sudan Rume lot from Los Pirineos farm in El Salvador.

TOP3 of the Best Mystery Coffee
1. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Banibeans - ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ Panama Finca Hartmann Geisha Natural (32%)
2. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช The Picky Chemist - ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ดColombia La Esperanza Pink Bourbon Honey (16%)
3. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Special Guests - ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป El Salvador Los Pirineos Sudan Rume Natural (11%)

Congrats to all winners! We hope for even more excellent coffees in 2024 Mystery Coffee League season. If you're not part of our community yet, it's always a great time to join and enjoy some of the best coffees in the world together with us. All you need to do is to join our Discord server here and we will guide you through.

In April, we have our second Mystery Coffee League Meet-up. This time we will meet in Krakรณw, and we have a lot of coffee and non-coffee related activities in the schedule. You can find more details about meet-up on our Discord server.