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 and coffee farmers must emphasize fairness and transparency from seed to cup. This year’s entry criteria seeks to accommodate the enormous cultural diversity of coffee production. View the full criteria for entry.

Enter the 2017 Good Food Awards here!


Devorah Freudiger got a “summer” job as a barista in a downtown coffee shop in 2004 and hasn’t looked back. Devorah helped to open Ritual Coffee roasters as their first employee. Then she spent time in the northeast as the Retail Trainer for Gimme Coffee. She returned to California to make her home at Equator Coffees,where she is currently the Director of Retail for their growing group of company owned cafes. Devorah thinks being a barista is the best job in the world, and warns everyone she works with that once you get a taste of how superb coffee and coffee culture can be, you might never set down the cup.

Dani Goot began his exploration of coffee as a barista at Java City in Sacramento in 1993, straight out of high school. Over the past 2 decades he has worn many hats in coffee from coffee roaster, QC specialist, green coffee buyer, marketing and brand manger, operations, and coffee education. He is a born socializer, collaborator, and community builder. He was recently elected to the SCAA Roaster’s Guild Executive Council, leads industry events in the Bay Area, and cares deeply about coffee and especially the people behind it. Dani is Head of Operations at Bay Area CoRoasters where he supports the community in roasting great coffee. 

Jen Apodaca (Chair Emeritus) started roasting coffee in 2005 for McMenamins Inc. in Portland, Oregon. She has roasted coffee for Ecco Caffe, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea and is currently the west coast production manager and head roaster for Blue Bottle Coffee in Oakland, California. She has experience on several styles of roasting machines and is dedicated to the craft of making coffee more delicious. She is also an International Juror for Cup of Excellence. This will be her fourth year with GFA and she loves every minute of it.


Maria Cleaveland, Director of Commercial Sales, Espresso Supply
Norbert Niederhauser, CEO, Cropster Inc.
Stephen Vick, Coffee Procurement and Quality Manager, African Coffee Roasters & Resident Coffee Expert, Beanstock


Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia, Quality Control Specialist, Atlantic Specialty Coffee
Colleen Anunu, Independent Consultant 


Aaron Van Der Groen, Green Buyer, Ritual Coffee Roasters
Andy Newbomb,
Importer, IPCoffees

Ant Walach, Head Roaster, Equator Coffees & Teas
Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia, Quality Control Specialist, Atlantic Specialty Coffee
Colleen Anunu, Independent Consultant 
Eton Tsuno, Roaster, Temple Coffee Roasters
Floy Andrews, OwnerBay Area CoRoasters
Jodi Dowell Wiezer, Instructor & Trainer, Gather Coffee Company
Taylor Sullivan, Quality Control Assistant, Olam Specialty Coffee

And more to come…