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. While we are taking a broader approach to environmental sustainability this year, winning coffees that are also using certified organic beans will be eligible to receive the Good Food Awards Gold Seal, a special honor which shows all of us that taste excellence and environmental sustainability can go hand-in-hand. View the full criteria for entry.
Jen Apodaca 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.
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 training for their wholesale department. 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.
JUDGES FOR THE 2015 AWARDS
Anette Moldvaer, Owner and Director of Coffee at Square Mile Coffee
Benjamin Myers, Co-Owner of 1000 Faces Coffee
David Latourell, BKON
Esther Shaw, Head of Quality Control at Dark Matter Coffee
Jesse Crouse, Coffee Buyer & Product Development at Verve Coffee
Jodi Wieser, Quality Consultant & Trainer at Boot Coffee
Russell Beard, Co-Owner of Reuben Hills
Sarah Dooley, Education & Quality Control at Baratza
Winston Wheeler, Regional Coffee Buyer at Whole Foods Market
And more to come…