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Coffeeneuring Challenge 2020: Results and Highlights

Once again I’m late to the game with the results from last year’s Coffeeeneuring Challenge. Still, it’s exciting to see how the challenge continues to grow and over time and to gain a bit of insight into coffeeneurs over the years. 

Note: this post has been updated based on some errors identified by fellow coffeeneurs.

Overall

After homologating all results, 490 individuals on Earth achieved official coffeeneur status in 2020. Amazing! Almost 500, but not quite so maybe we’ll break through that total this year. I hope so!

Trend Over Time

As you see in the chart below, the number of coffeeneurs trends up over time so keep up the good coffeeneuring work! A mere 12 people finished in 2011 and 490 coffeeneurs crossed the finish line 10 years later.

I don’t know why this graph won’t show the 2020 total, but I’ll reiterate here that it is 490 finishers.

Coffeeneuring Finishing Streaks

Like 2019, 2020 also saw more first-timers participate than any other group, with over 170 people completing the Coffeeneuring Challenge for the very first time. Congrats! Several people have multiple finishes, as you can see below. Well done to those keeping their Coffeeneuring Challenge streaks alive!

Four people have completed the challenge every year since it began in 2011, and 2 have completed each year except 2011. Another group of 15 have completed the challenge 8 out of 10 times, a dozen are 7-time finishers, and 16 have completed the challenge 6 times. Good work, everyone!

Coffeeneurs by Country

Now let’s look at the breakout by country. The 490 people who completed the 2020 Coffeeneuring Challenge represent 13 distinct countries. We have no countries to add to the magic map of coffeeneuring, perhaps this year a new country will represent. 

Below are the number of finishers by country. At the end of the post, I’ve also included the breakout of cities outside the U.S. by country. You can see the number of coffeeneurs in Australia, Canada, Germany, and Japan has ticked up since 2019 – exciting! Special shout out to those who are putting their country on the map! 

CountryCoffeeneursPercent of Overall
Australia40.8%
Austria51.0%
Belgium10.2%
Canada132.7%
Denmark10.2%
Finland10.2%
Germany112.2%
Japan71.4%
Netherlands10.2%
Sweden20.4%
Switzerland10.2%
United Kingdom153.0%
United States42887.1%
Grand Total490

(Please excuse my basic table here; WordPress is a mystery in terms of how to import this such that it is better formatted. The interns need more training.)

Christian, a fellow coffeeneur in Germany, who is also a cartographer in real life (I think?) created a heat map so we can quickly locate the popular coffeeneuring locales for 2020. See that below and thank you, Christian!

U.S. Coffeeneuring

Okay, let’s take a closer look at U.S. coffeeneuring, since that is where we currently see the most coffeeneurs – 428 of them, to be precise.

The following chart shows the states with the most coffeeneurs in 2020.

What does this chart tell us? It tells us that coffeeneuring is popular along both coasts, and that cold weather is no deterrent to coffeeneuring for those representing colder climates (looking at you, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Colorado, Illinois, and Indiana).

A full list of participation by state is included at the end of this post.

Coffeeneuring Cities

Washington, D.C., was the most popular home base of coffeeneurs in 2020, with 24 participants. Seattle, Washington, followed close behind with 19 finishers. Portland, Oregon boasted 13 finishers this year, and Pittsburgh and Minneapolis round out our top 5 with 11 and 9 finishers, respectively.

Want to see the coffeeneuring state of your city and/or state? I’ve included it at the end of this post. Many thanks to those who are (or have been) the lone representative of their city and/or state over the years (ahem, Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and Tennessee). 

That covers my coffeeneuring data for 2020. Is there something you’d like to know about coffeeneuring that we can possibly capture next year? Let me know.

Corrections? Send those along, too. The data team is both underqualified and understaffed, but they have great aspirations to tell even more about coffeeneuring! And who knows? Maybe next year it can be more timely!

As previously mentioned, more expanded information follows below for those interested. And now it’s back to our regular Coffeeneuring Challenge schedule. Keep at it – just over two weeks to finish out the official season! 

Additional Information

2020 Coffeeneurs by City, State, Country

CountryCityCoffeeneurs
AustraliaAdelaide2
Melbourne1
Woodend1
AustriaBergenland1
Graz2
Vienna2
BelgiumGent1
CanadaAlliston1
Kingsville1
Mansfield2
Ottawa2
Port Perry1
Riverview1
Sorrento2
St. Albert1
Toronto1
Vancouver1
DenmarkSlagelse1
FinlandHelsinki1
GermanyBad Bramstedt2
Berlin2
Hamburg2
Hannover2
Neuwied1
Traunstein1
Wedel1
JapanKanagawa1
Kawasaki1
Okura1
Tokyo4
NetherlandsAmsterdam1
SwedenLund2
SwitzerlandBern1
United KingdomChiseldon1
Lincolnshire1
Loughboro1
North East Lincolnshire1
Northampton1
Pinner1
Shaw 1
Sheffield4
South West London1
St. Albans2
Weybridge1
Coffeeneurs by City and Country (not including U.S.)

For the U.S. cities and states, please see below for a pdf that provides a full breakdown of each. I have no idea how this is going to display so please bear with me.

Note that one finisher was based in two states (Colorado and Michigan), and I could not recall the cities for two additional participants so you will only see the state for these two.

Again, let me know if you have any corrections and I can at least note those for next time. Thanks, all!

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