Mudhouse Coffee Roasters and Thanksgiving Coffee Company have taken top honors in Roast magazine’s 13th annual Roaster of the Year competition. The two coffee roasting companies are featured in the magazine’s upcoming November/December 2016 issue.
Roast magazine’s Roaster of the Year awards recognize companies that roast coffees of superior quality, exemplify a dedication to sustainability, promote employee and community education, and demonstrate a strong commitment to the coffee industry, among other criteria. The magazine awards top honors in two categories: Micro Roaster of the Year, for companies roasting fewer than 100,000 pounds of coffee each year; and Macro Roaster of the Year, for companies roasting more than 100,000 pounds annually.
Both of this year’s winners were co-founded and are led by married couples — Lynelle and John Lawrence at Mudhouse Coffee Roasters, and Paul and Joan Katzeff at Thanksgiving Coffee Company.
Micro Roaster of the Year: Mudhouse Coffee Roasters
Mudhouse Coffee Roasters, based in Charlottesville, Va., was named Roast’s 2017 Micro Roaster of the Year, with a total output of about 60,000 pounds of roasted coffee annually. Mudhouse’s dedication to community, focus on ongoing education and strong support of its employees, as well as its focus on sustainable practices at home and at origin, were major factors in the company being named Micro Roaster of the Year. Mudhouse’s recent entry into vertical integration with the launch of its new farm in Panama in partnership with Willem Boot and Kelly Hartmann also contributed to the selection.
Macro Roaster of the Year: Thanksgiving Coffee Company
Thanksgiving Coffee Company, based in Fort Bragg, Calif., took the top prize for Macro Roaster of the Year, with an output of 550,000 pounds per year. Founded in 1972, Thanksgiving Coffee Company has been a pioneer in promoting quality and freshness in the specialty coffee industry for more than four decades. With its motto of “Not Just a Cup, But a Just Cup,” the company also has been a leader in socially responsible business practices, “cause coffees” and community support since the mid-1980s.
Look for more on both winning roasters in the November/December 2016 issue of Roast magazine.
Past ROY Winners
2005 winner—Counter Culture Coffee
2005 runnerup—Taylor Maid Farms
2006 winner—Stumptown Coffee Roasters
2006 runnerup—Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea
2006 runnerup—Dillanos Coffee Roasters
2007 winner—Micro—Metropolis Coffee Co.
2008 winner—Micro—Higher Ground Roasters
2008 winner—Macro—Zoka Coffee Roasters
2009 winner—Micro—Coffee Klatch
2009 winner—Macro—PT’s Coffee Roasting Co.
2010 winner—Micro—Kickapoo Coffee
2010 winner—Macro—Equator Estates Coffee
2011 winner—Micro—Conscious Coffees
2011 winner—Macro—Dillanos Coffee Roasters
2012 winner—Micro—Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
2012 winner—Macro—Portland Coffee Roasting
2013 winner—Micro—Olympia Coffee Roasting Company
2013 winner—Macro–Gimme! Coffee
2014 winner—Micro—Pilot Coffee Roasters
2014 winner—Macro—Coda Coffee Company
2015 winner—Micro—Portola Coffee Lab
2015 winner—Macro—Reunion Island Coffee Roasters
2016 winner—Micro—Propeller Coffee Co.
2016 winner—Macro—Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea