Twenty seven coffee roasting companies from all over the United States have been named winners of 2020 Good Food Awards.
All coffees for the competition are judged on flavor, with judges seeking “sweet, clean, well-developed body, balanced acidity and phenomenal aromatics.” Yet roasters must also provide evidence that submissions meet or exceed Fairtrade premiums for prices paid; that the producers behind each coffee demonstrated sustainable practices; and that the roaster itself provides a positive and safe work environment while meeting numerous other baseline sustainability marks.
More on the submission criteria and judging process can be found here.
Of course, roasters with GFA-winning coffees still in circulation get the added benefit of affixing the blue GFA logo on their coffee bags, while consumers can confidently purchase on the tenets of both coffee quality and sustainability.
Typically, only about 15 coffees win Good Food Awards, although a clerical error during the two-day judging period this year lead to the inclusion of some additional winners for both the “finalists” and “winners” rounds.
Here is the updated and complete list of 2020 finalists, and below are the 2020 Good Food Award winners in coffee:
1000 Faces Coffee (Athens, Georgia): Luis Ordoñez
Backyard Beans Coffee Co. (Lansdale, Pennsylvania): Ethiopia Basa
Barrington Coffee Roasting Company (Lee, Massachusetts): Gera
Beanstock Coffee (Eastham, Massachusetts): Ethiopian Shakiso Kayon Mountain Organic
Bonlife Coffee Roasters (Cleveland, Tennessee): Kiambu Muiri
Caffe Ladro (Seattle): Guatemala Juan Alva Tello
Case Coffee Roasters (Ashland, Oregon): Ethiopia Dimtu
Coffea Roasterie (Sioux Falls, South Dakota): Ethiopia Dimtu Tero
Compelling Coffee (Los Angeles): Ethiopia Bedhatu Jibicho
Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea (Columbus, Ohio): Kossa Kebena
Equator Coffees (San Rafael, California): Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda Gesha
H+S Coffee Roasters (Laramie, Wyoming): Kenya Chwele
JBC Coffee Roasters (Madison, Wisconsin): Janson Geisha Lot #109
Kickapoo Coffee (Viroqua, Wisconsin): Kenya Mbeguka
Klatch Coffee (Rancho Cucamonga, California): Colombia Finca La Maria Geisha Natural
Linea (San Francisco): Guatemala El Injerto Reserve
Loma Coffee (Portland, Oregon): Ethiopia Shantawene Village – Anaerobic Process
Mudhouse Coffee Roasters (Charlottesville, Virginia): Moras Negras, Mi Finquita Coffee Farm
Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters (Dallas): Carmen Geisha
Penstock Coffee (Highland Park, New Jersey): Taaroo Mill, Ethiopia
Push X Pull Coffee (Portland, Oregon): Ethiopia Sidama Shantawene Anaerobic Process
Red Rooster Coffee Roaster (Floyd, Virginia): Ethiopia Nansebo Worka
Speckled Ax Wood Roasted Coffee (Portland, Maine): Ethiopia Jebicho
Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co. (Minneapolis): Juan Domingo, Guatemala
Steady State Roasting (Carlsbad, California): La Pradera Mokka
Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters (Lakewood, Colorado): Mario Alarcon
Vibrant Coffee Roasters (Philadelphia): Ethiopia Ardi Organic – Washed
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