Choosing Green Coffee – Replacing a Favorite Coffee That’s Out of Stock

Just because your favorite coffee is out of stock, doesn’t mean you’re out of options.

As an agricultural product, coffee is subject to seasonality. Unfortunately, this means keeping any specific single origin coffee in stock year round is impossible, and we’ll eventually sell out of your favorite coffee. 

It can be difficult to predict if/when a specific coffee will be back in stock because, as an agricultural product, there are a number of factors beyond our control that can affect crop quality. Even if we purchase a subsequent lot from the same farm, cooperative, etc, the character of the coffee can shift from harvest to harvest and next year’s coffee may not taste or roast exactly the same and this year’s coffee. 

This can be frustrating if you were hoping to reorder the same coffee. But the good news is, there will always be a few fresh coffees with similar flavor notes on our list that we know you will enjoy!

Here’s a list of factors to consider when searching for a comparable coffee:

  • Origin – Look for a bean from the same or nearby region, as the cultivar and climate is most likely similar.
  • Processing – How a coffee is processed will have a big impact on the flavor. A dry processed coffee from Ethiopia may not match the flavor profile of its neighboring region’s wet processed coffee, but it might taste a lot like the dry process Burundi that just went out of stock (and vice versa!).
  • Flavor Attributes – This carries the most weight when looking for a replacement. Just because a coffee is the same cultivar and origin as the one you’re replacing, doesn’t mean it tastes the same.
A rack of cardboard boxes filled with small bags of green coffee from many different origins in the Sweet Maria's warehouse.
A rack of cardboard boxes filled with small bags of green coffee from many different origins in the Sweet Maria’s warehouse.

Of these three criteria, flavor is probably the most important factor to consider. Just because we have coffee from the same origin as the coffee you’re trying to replace, for example, doesn’t mean it will taste the same. Conversely, you just might find that the coffee bearing the closest resemblance comes from the opposite side of the world!

When Guatemalan coffees run out, we look to other origins producing sweet, balanced coffees, such as Rwanda, Burundi, even Flores and Java, in addition to other parts of Latin America.

Trying to replace the singular cup profile of an Ethiopia or Kenya may prove a bit more difficult. Though perhaps not so floral, some Burundis will tick off boxes for ‘delicate’ and ‘elegant’, aspects I enjoy in washed Ethiopian and Kenyan coffees.

Congo and even some Papua New Guinea coffees can have the citrus and fruit intensity of a Kenyan cup. Gesha coffees should also satisfy those looking for a nice, floral option to Ethiopia, but unfortunately to the tune of 4x the cost!

Narrow your coffee results using flavor and process filters in our green coffee menu
Narrow your coffee results using flavor and process filters in our green coffee menu

But with 40+ single origin coffees on our list, this can also mean a lot of scrolling! Our flavor attribute tags will narrow the search by only showing coffees with certain core cup characteristics. The spider graph and flavor wheel are also helpful tools in finding a coffee that has certain attributes you like, such as body and brightness.

Should you need help finding a replacement for your favorite coffee, you can always reach out to us directly for our recommendations – [email protected]

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In this video, Tom discusses how to go about choosing what green coffee to roast, both for folks just beginning to home roast and for those who love a certain coffee that is now unavailable.