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Choosing a Roaster's Choice Subscription

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Certainty and surprise. Too much of one can be boring, the other nerve-wracking. But the right mixture can lead to a very pleasant experience, like being certain that you will have a pleasant surprise. These kinds of things are rare, but that’s the exact mentality we’ve tried to bring into our single origin "Roaster’s Choice" coffee subscription program. 

Is it right for you? We’ll answer that with a little riddle: What do Colombia, El Salvador, Brazil, and Ethiopia have in common? Read on to find out, and see how our current customers have already had a personal tour of the coffee world!

Here, we'll cover:

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What is a Roaster’s Choice Subscription?

We put a lot of time and passion into sourcing for our single origin specialty coffee program (single origin is any coffee that solely comes from one farm, cooperative, or producer). Each year, we get thousands of samples from around the world, then get to roasting, cupping, and scoring them as we whittle down the ones that “wow” us and have a great story to match its taste. When sourcing and selecting, we try to design our lineup so there’s a nice balance of origins, tastes, and prices. But, due to coffee harvest schedules and limited availability, the coffees that we offer come and go through the year.

Our Roaster’s Choice subscription, then, is simply a monthly selection of our current single origin lineup. Each month, subscribers receive one of the coffees that we think is tasting great and meet a few criteria. So it’s 12 different coffees a year, sent on their schedule. 

How is the selection determined?

When we decide what coffee to make Roaster’s Choice for the month, we consider:

  • What coffee origins have our subscribers received recently?
    • We want subscribers to experience different coffee origins from around the world
  • What is freshest? 
  • What kind of flavors have our recent coffees had?
    • We want subscribers to have a good mix of actual tastes along with origins. For example, Brazilian coffees are generally known for a nice nuttiness, while Ethiopian coffees range from fruity to floral to chocolatey. Getting this back to back provides an excellent change of pace. 

The coffee that you receive is a bit of a surprise (this page is kept updated as soon as the coffees switch), but it’s mixed in with the certainty of knowing that your subscription is: 

  • carefully curated 
  • a mixture of the best coffees in the world, and
  • comes to your door on your schedule without you having to do a thing!

As an added bonus, the Roaster’s Choice program is $17.49 a month, which is almost always cheaper than the bag that you receive.

Coffee Cherries from Around the World

Different coffees from around the world

WHAT COFFEES GET SELECTED FOR ROASTER'S CHOICE?

Let’s take a look at the coffees we’ve launched since early 2020 to see how this plays out: 

January 2021 Kenya Kagwanja / Congo Muungano Natural
February  2021 Congo Muungano Natural / Congo Muungano Washed
March 2021 FTO Rwanda Sholi Washed
April 2021 Brazil Ariovaldo Bonfim
May 2021 Tanzania Masangula
June 2021 FTO Peru Percy Rojas Torres
July 2021 Ethiopia Nano Genji
August 2021 Ethiopia Worka Sakaro Anaerobic Natural
September 2021 Guatemala San Ramon
October 2021 Mexico Sicobi
November 2021 Kenya Gatina
December 2021 'Tis the Season
January 2022 3thiopia
February 2022 Exclusive: El Salvador Bernardina 12oz
March 2022 Brazil Serra do Cabral Tropical Natural
April 2022 Papua New Guinea Baroida
May 2022 Ethiopia Ardi Natural
June 2022 Exclusive: Rwanduo Washed + Natural Sampler
July 2022 DR Congo Muungano / Colombia Chachagüi Natural (RC exclusive)
August 2022 Ethiopia Nano Genji Lot 6
September 2022 Mexico Sicobi
October 2022 DR Congo Muungano Natural

Looking at August 2021 to the end of the year, we went from a very fresh and clean Guatemalan to the ever-popular, extremely-sweet Mexico Sicobi and then finished the year with a punchy Kenyan and our classic take on the Mocha Java. We even throw in some "Roaster's Choice Exclusives" from time to time, i.e. you can only get this coffees with a Roaster's Choice subscription.

With these changes and switch-ups, subscribers essentially travel the coffee world.

Coffee Producing Regions

IS ROASTER'S CHOICE RIGHT FOR YOU?

To recap:

  • Roaster’s Choice is carefully curated and changes monthly
  • Roaster’s Choice comes at a discount versus normal retail price
  • Roaster’s Choice is a great way to get a better understanding of the world of coffee and to keep things fresh in your coffee life

So, the Roaster’s Choice recurring (i.e. pay as you go) subscription can be a perfect way to keep your coffee fresh and your coffee life from going stale. It also makes the perfect gift to the coffee lover in your life! Mixed in with some of the tips and tricks from our previous blog, you can set yourself up with Roaster’s Choice in a variety of ways. 

For instance, you could set a subscription for 700 every 2 weeks, then interchange with Roaster’s Choice so you can have a stellar, consistent blend followed up with an always new single origin (week 1 700, week 3 Roaster's Choice, and so on).

Choosing Roaster’s Choice

Humility is a core value at Kaldi’s, but we are pretty proud of our Roaster’s Choice program. It's a fantastic representation of the passion and thoughtfulness that we put into our coffee sourcing. Many customers have found that it’s the right fit for them, and we think it has a place in every coffee lover’s life. And when paired with our set-it-and-forget-it subscription model, tasting the world of coffee is easier than ever. 

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