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. See our 2016 Finalists 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 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.
Mark Inman entered the coffee industry in 1988 and has become immersed in the industry ever since. Mark was the owner of Taylor Maid Farms Organic Coffee and Tea from 1991-2011 where he worked with organic coffee farmers, using Taylor Maid’s organic farm in Occidental, CA as a classroom. Mark has also served as the Chair of the Roaster’s Guild, The SCAA Sustainability Committee, International Women in Coffee Alliance (IWCA), The Chair of World Coffee Events, and served as the President of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). Mark entered the Importing and Trading world in 2011 working for Olam Specialty Coffee in Healdsburg, CA.
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.
Isabelle Aspera, Lead Barista, Blue Bottle Coffee
Marcus Boni, Head of Brand & Marketing, Espresso Supply
Sarah Leslie, Barista and Educator, Joe Coffee
Norbert Niederhauser, CEO, Cropster Inc.
Christopher Schooley, Roaster, Troubadour Maltings
JUDGES AND PRE-SCREENERS FOR THE 2016 AWARDS
NOLAN DUTTON, LEAD JUDGE, Director of Coffee, Ozo Coffee Company
Amy Bennett, Owner, Greene Grape Provisions
Gabriel Boscana, Roaster, Maquina Coffee Roasters
Max Bretzke, Roaster & Sales Representative, Melody Coffee Roasting Co.
Jessica Brooks, Quality Control Specialist, Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers
Sean Capistrant, Quality Control Specialist, Trabocca
Maria Cleaveland, Principal Consultant, Hospitality : Coffee : Innovation
Darrin Daniel, Director of Sourcing, Allegro Coffee
John Di Ruocco, Director of Coffee, Mr. Espresso
Tim Dominick, A.R.C. Coffee
Ant Fralach, Quality Control Specialist, Equator Coffees & Teas
Jon Frech, Owner & Head Roaster, Black Oak Coffee Roasters
Evan Gilman, Creative Director, Royal Coffee, Inc.
Danny Goot, Roast Manager, Highwire Coffee Roasters
David Vicente Johnson, Owner & Chief Strategist, EQ Coffee & Consulting
Paul Katzeff, Co-Founder, Thanksgiving Coffee Company
Todd Kendall, Head of Education & Quality Assurance, Taylor Maid Farms Organic Coffee
Bradley Kleparek, Senior Buyer, Williams-Sonoma
Adam Koehler, Sightglass Coffee
Tony Konecny, Founder, Tonx Coffee
Joshua Marsceau, Quality Control, Olam Specialty Coffee
Nathaneal May, Director of Coffee, Portland Roasting Coffee
Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia, Quality Control Specialist, Atlantic Specialty Coffee
James Mickelson, Industrial Supervisor of Coffee Products, CALPIA
Benjamin Myers, Founder, 1000 Faces Coffee & President, The Chain Collaborative
Max Nicholas-Fulmer, Vice President, Royal Coffee, Inc.
Thompson Owen, Coffee Buyer, Sweet Maria’s & Coffee Shrub
Peter S. Radosevich, Trader, Royal Coffee, Inc.
Mary Tellie, Owner & Founder, Electric City Roasting Company
Andi Trindle Mersch, Director of Coffee, Philz Coffee