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.


Andrew Barnett, Founder and Owner, Linea Café
Tony Konecny, Founder and Roaster, Tonx Coffee


Anette Moldvaer, Owner and Director of Coffee, Square Mile Coffee
Brent Fortune,Co-Owner, Heart 2.0
Cheryl Kingan,
Green Coffee Buyer, Cafe Grumpy
Ed Kauffman, Director of Roasting, Joe New York
Esther Shaw, Head Green Coffee Buyer, Dark Matter Coffee
Gabe Boscana, Director of Green Coffee, Sightglass Coffee
Geoff Watts,Co-Owner and Lead Green Buyer, Intelligentsia
Jason Long, Green Coffee Buyer, Café Imports
Jenny Howell, Director of Coffee Sourcing & Development, George Howell Coffee
Jesse Crouse, Product Development, Verve Coffee
Ryan Brown, Green Coffee Buyer, Tonx Coffee
Ryan Knapp, Director of Coffee, MadCap Coffee