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.


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 Blue Bottle Coffee. She is now the Director of Roasting for Royal Coffee in Emeryville, Ca. She has experience on several styles of roasting machines and is dedicated to the craft of making coffee more delicious. She is an International Juror for the Cup of Excellence, a Certified Q Grader for the Coffee Quality Institute and the Events Chair of the Roaster Guild for the Specialty Coffee Association of America.


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


Scott Conary, Head Judge, President, Carrboro Coffee Roasters
Colleen Anunu, Senior Manager Coffee Supply Chain, Fair Trade USA
Willem Boot, Owner, Boot Coffee
Tamas Christman, Founder, Dragonfly Coffee Roasters & Member, Coffee Roasters’ Alliance
Stephen Ezell, Director of Education, The San Franciscan Roaster Co.
Dana Foster, Trader, Atlas Coffee Importers
Siobhan Gottlieb, Quality Control Manager, Volcafe Specialty Coffee
Caitlin McCarthy-García, Quality Control Specialist, Atlantic Specialty Coffee; Sourcing & Roasting, Neighbs Coffee
Kevin Morales, Trader, Royal Coffee

Amanda Spirito, Roaster, Coffee Manufactory & Member, Roasters Guild
Taylor Sullivan, Quality Control Assistant, Olam Specialty Coffee


Mokhtar Alkhanshali, Q Grader, Founder, Port of Mokha
Floy Andrews, Co-Founder, Bay Area CoRoasters
Max Bretzke, Owner, Land and Water Coffee
Katie Carguilo, Quality Control Specialist, Counter Culture Coffee
Tamas Christman, Founder, Dragonfly Coffee Roasters & Member, Coffee Roasters’ Alliance
Jake Deome, Quality Control Manager, Temple Coffee Roasters
Izzy Fraire, Bellwether Coffee Co.
Chad Freilino, Sales Director, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters
Siobhan Gottlieb, Quality Control Manager, Volcafe Specialty Coffee
Kaleb J. Houston, Q Grader, Coffee Director, Red Bay Coffee
Ed Kaufmann, Green Buyer, Joe Coffee
Mallory Leicht, Retail Trainer, Blue Bottle Coffee
Fred Lullfitz, Director of Sourcing & Quality Control, Sightglass Coffee Roasters
Kevin Morales, Trader, Royal Coffee
Andy Newbom, Importer, IPCoffees
Nanelle Newbom
Amanda Spirito, Roaster, Coffee Manufactory & Member, Roasters Guild
Taylor Sullivan, Quality Control Assistant, Olam Specialty Coffee
Aaron Van Der Groen, Green Buyer, Ritual Coffee Roasters
Ant Walach, Head Coffee Roaster & Quality Control, Equator Coffees & Teas