While I hate coffee, I do like sankey charts. And this piece from Quartz makes use of one when discussing the exports of coffee. In particular, the article focuses on the value that coffee manufactures, e.g. Nestle, add to Swiss imports of un-roasted beans before exporting them roasted. (Increasingly in little pods.) Overall, the piece is of a digestible length and worth a read. If you like coffee. Personally, I’m sticking with tea.
Fear not, this graphic makes about as much sense as the title. The concept is actually a worthwhile exploration of the variation in caffeine across cups of coffee from different cafes and coffee shops. But, this visualisation fails at showing it.
Remember, pie charts show the piece amongst the whole. What is the whole in this case? A cup of coffee? No, the data labels indicate milligrams per fluid ounce. It appears as if 60mg./fl. oz. is the whole. A bit arbitrary that. So what happens if you lose the trite pie as a cup of coffee device and simply chart the values. Oh wait, that’s not very hard to do. (I also threw in what I believe to be the benchmark for an average cup of brewed coffee, though I could be wrong.)
Much clearer. More concise (I used less than the original’s dimensions).
Credit for the original piece goes to Dan Gentile.
I’m not a coffee guy. I drink tea. At most I have one or two espresso drinks per year. But up in Boston, they have been looking this week at coffee preferences. The question is which is your coffee spot? Dunkin Donuts (from Massachusetts) or Starbucks (from Washington)? Northeast or Pacific Northwest? In a piece that reminds me of the New York Times’ Wawa vs. Sheetz graphic, the Boston Globe plotted the locations of the two national coffee chains. This interactive piece allows you to toggle between dots for Dunkin Donuts (orange, naturally) and Starbucks (green, of course).
They complemented the Massachusetts-focused piece with a longer article that looked at the national distribution.
Credit for the piece goes to Alvin Chang and Matt Carroll.