Does the retail price of coffee increase for higher scoring coffees?

As a follow up to the previous post on the price Counter Culture paid for green coffee beans, we checked to the price of coffee was higher for those that scored higher in 2014. (NOTE: we removed the non-menu coffees and those purchased in a volume under 300 pounds). Using to search archived prices from 2014, nearly half were found (27 of the 55 used in our previous analysis). What we see is that the majority of the coffee sells for $15-17. For the coffees that we were able to locate 2014 prices, there was no increase in price with increasing cupping score.

Counter Culture coffee - retail price of coffee vs coffee cupping score - for all coffees

Ignore the one $30 coffee and the relationship between cupping score and retail price largely goes away. This is great if you like to drink African coffees as these were the only ones to score 90 or above. Coffee is a seasonal crop and while African coffees may be available year round they will not be the freshest. In a future post we will look at what coffees are in season when and provide simple guidance.

Counter Culture coffee - retail price of coffee vs coffee cupping score - outlier removed


It would have been nice to have a few more prices for other high scoring Ethiopian & Kenyan coffees to see if this relationship still held. From this limited data set it really looks like the price of coffee is constant to changing quality. Although once you get over $20 a bag all bets are off.