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16 US Coffee Roasters Take Home Good Food Awards

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The 8th Annual Good Food Awards ceremony took place this past weekend in San Francisco, honoring coffee roasters alongside craft producers in specialty culinary categories such as beer, cheese, spirits, oils and preserves. Sixteen winning single-origin, sustainably sourced coffees from 16 different U.S. roasters received awards.

Twelve of the winning coffees were sourced from Ethiopia, a fact due not only to the abundance of quality of coffees there, but how well they hold up in roasted form over time, as well as the timing of the competition itself in relation to coffee crop cycles throughout the world. Several roasted Panama Geisha varieties also made the list of winning coffees.

The awards program has become one of the most influential in the coffee world, giving winners a chance to market the GFA seal and trumpet their coffees as the best of the best, both in terms of cup quality and sustainable and responsible business practices. This marked the first year in the coffee category in which coffee entries were required to bear certification from at least of one of several agencies, after GFA noted the inherent difficulties in verifying claims submitted by roasters regarding their sourcing efforts.

Without further ado, here are the 2017 Good Food Awards winners in coffee:

Bard Coffee, Hambela Estate, Maine 

BeanFruit Coffee Company, Ethiopia Adame Gorbota Cooperative, Mississippi 

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, Panama – Hacienda La Esmeralda Noria Lot, California 

Craft & Mason Roasting Co., Ethiopia Hunkute, Michigan 

Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, Ethiopia Kossa Kebena, Ohio 

Giv Coffee, Panama – Boquete – Kotowa Geisha Natural, Connecticut 

Higher Grounds Trading Co., Yirgacheffe Idido, Michigan 

Kickapoo Coffee Roasters, Organic Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Charbanta Natural Process, Wisconsin 

Klatch Coffee, FTO Ethiopia Gedeb, California 

Lineage Roasting, Kenya – Kagumoini (Kamacharia Coop), Florida 

Mr. Espresso, Ethiopia FTO Worka Natural, California 

Noble Coffee Roasting, Ethiopian Adisu Kidane & Ethiopian Shilcho, Oregon 

Olympia Coffee Roasting Co., Ethiopia Konga, Washington 

Red Rooster Coffee Roaster, Ethiopia – Washed Hambela, Virginia 

Speckled Ax Wood Roasted Coffee, Ethiopia Bekele Dukale, Maine 

Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co., Ethiopia – Kayon Mountain, Minnesota

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