Congratulations, Good Food Award Finalists!!

We would like to take a moment to congratulate all the coffee category finalists for the 2011 Good Food Awards.

**Allegro Coffee Company – Panama Esmeralda (Thornton, CO)
**Alterra Coffee Roasters – Guatemala Hunapu (Milwaukee, WI)
**Barrington Coffee Roasting Company – Ethiopia Nekisse (Lee, MA)
**Blue Bottle Coffee – Kemgin (San Francisco, CA)
**Carrboro Coffee Company – El Aguacate (Carrboro, NC)
**Coava Coffee Roasters – Kieni Kenya (Portland, OR)
**Counter Culture Coffee – Finca Kilimanjaro (Durham, NC)
**Cuvee Coffee – San Jose Ocana (Spicewood, TX)
**Ecco Caffe – Kenya Kiunyu (Santa Rosa, CA)
**George Howell Coffee Company – Konga Ethiopia (Acton, MA)
**Gimme! Coffee – Finca San Luis (Ithaca, NY)
**Intelligentsia Coffee – Kenya Thiriku (Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA)
**Klatch Coffee Inc. – Guatemala Covadonga (Los Angeles, CA)
**Madcap Coffee – Los Lobos Costa Rica (Grand Rapids, MI)
**Montana Coffee Traders – Etiopian Peaberry (Whitefish, MT)
**Noble Coffee Roasting – Kenyan Kiaora (Ashland, OR)
**Oren’s Daily Roast – Guatemala Sacatapequez (New York, NY)
**PT’s Coffee Roasting – Hacienda La Esmeralda Mario Carnaval (Topeka, KS)
**Public Domain – Kona Cloud Forrest (Portland, OR)
**Ritual Coffee Roasters – Kenya Kiandu (San Francisco, CA)
**Wrecking Ball Coffee – Kenya Kiangoi (Washington, DC)
Heart Coffee and Roasters – Kenya Nyanja (Portland, OR)

**denotes SCAA Member

The GFA program was established to “celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced.” Entrants were asked to submit coffees that exemplified all that the GFA stands for, meaning:

“The winners of the Good Food Award for coffee will be distinguished by exemplary flavor – sweet, clean, well developed body, balanced acidity and phenomenal aromatics. To qualify for entry, roasters must emphasize fairness and transparency from seed to cup, and certify that their coffee beans are grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides.”

The coffees were then judged by a distinguished panel of coffee professionals including:

Andi C. Trindle, Coffee Buyer and Trader for Atlantic Specialty Coffee
Andrew Barnett, Founder of Ecco Caffe
Benjamin Kaminsky, Director of Quality Control for Ritual Coffee Roasters
Brent Fortune, Owner of Crema Coffee + Bakery
Chris Tacy, Founder of
Chris Davidson, Trader & Relationship Coffee Specialist for Atlas Coffee Importers
Colby Barr, Co-Founder and Green Coffee Buyer for Verve Coffee Roasters
Edwin Martinez, Producer for Finca Vista Hermosa in Guatemala
Geoff Watts, Vice President of Coffee & Green Coffee Buyer of Intelligentsia Coffee
George Howell,Founder & President of Terroir Coffee Company
Jason Long, Green Buyer for Café Imports
Jim Kelso, Director of Quality Control for Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Peter Guliano, Director of Coffee Counter Culture Coffee
Tal Mor, Head Roaster of Four Barrel Coffee
Tony Konecny, Founder of
Willem J. Boot, Founder of Boot Coffee

We applaud everyone who entered the running and congratulate those who made it to the final round. Winners will be announced January 14th 2011.