LONG BEACH, Calif. U.S.A. (May 1, 2014) — Andrew Bowman of Tony’s Coffee in Bellingham, WA has been named the winner of the Roasters Guild’s 2014 Roasters Choice Competition, which took place April 24-27, 2014 in Seattle, WA at SCAA’s 26th Annual Exposition. The annual Roasters Choice Competition is designed to highlight the art and craft of coffee roasting. The 2014 Roasters Choice Competition prize was made possible by the generous support of UTZ Certified. The 2014 Official Roasters Choice Competition sponsor is UTZ Certified.
The top three Roasters Choice competitors for 2014 are:
1st Place: Andrew Bowman
Company: Tony’s Coffee, Bellingham, WA, USA
Name of Coffee: Colombia, Gesha, Cerro Azul
Country of Origin: Colombia, Trujillo, Valle del Cauca
Tasting Notes: Bergamot, Pineapple, Jasmine
2nd Place: Anthony Auger
Company: Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co., St. Louis, MO, USA
Name of Coffee: Colombia La Esperanza Paraiso Micro Lot
Country of Origin: Colombia, Caicedonia, Valle de Cauca
Tasting Notes: Complex, Juicy, Sweet, Effervescent, Balanced, Tropical fruit acidity, Delicate, Floral, Chocolate
3rd Place: John Johnson
Company: Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters, Watertown, WI, USA
Name of Coffee: Colombia, Segundo Urbano
Country of Origin: Colombia, Buesaco – Narino
Taste Notes: Red fruit, Nut, Lemon lime, Chocolate caramel finish
To compete in the challenge, members of the Roasters Guild submitted roasted coffee that they chose to represent and highlight their roasting skills. Selected in advance of the Exposition, the top 6 coffees were showcased at the annual event. The coffees were served to Exposition attendees at the Brew Bar in the United States Coffee Championships Arena. The roasted coffee that earned the top score, as determined by a panel of judges during The Event, has been named the winner. The winner of this competition was presented with a trophy and will receive the grand prize of an all-inclusive trip to the 2014 Roasters Guild Retreat, made possible by the generous support of the Roasters Choice sponsor UTZ Certified.
About UTZ Certified
UTZ Certified stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment. Through the UTZ-program farmers grow better crops, generate more income and create better opportunities while safeguarding the environment and securing the earth’s natural resources. Now and in the future. To learn more, visit www.utzcertified.org.
About The Roasters Guild
The Roasters Guild is an official trade guild of the Specialty Coffee Association of America that consists of specialty roasters dedicated to the craft of roasting quality coffee and promotes quality as the principle standard for success. The Roasters Guild advocates linking quality product to quality ethical conduct. Visit www.roastersguild.org.
The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), is a non-profit trade organization and the world recognized leader in coffee knowledge development. With over 9,000 members located in more than 40 countries, including member companies and their employees, SCAA members represent every segment of the specialty coffee industry, including producers, roasters, importers/exporters, retailers, manufacturers, baristas and other industry professionals. For over 30 years, the SCAA has been dedicated to creating a vibrant specialty coffee community, recognizing, developing and promoting specialty coffee by setting and maintaining quality standards for the industry; conducting research on coffee consumption, brewing and perfection of craft; and providing education, training, resources and business services for its members. Visit www.scaa.org.