This afternoon, the 2015 Good Food Awards finalists officially dropped. There were 206 finalists from 46 states across many different categories, from beer to cheese to charcuterie, and of course coffee. You can read more about the Good Food Awards and previous winners in our archive here.

Without further ado, here are the twenty-three Good Food Awards coffee finalists, in alphabetical order.

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Bean Fruit Coffee Co., Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Chele’lektu, Mississippi
Blue Bottle Coffee, Ethiopia Sidama Homacho Waeno, New York
Buddy Brew Coffee, Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aylele, Florida, Florida
Cafecito Organico, Nuevo Montecisto Huehuetenango, California
Case Coffee Roasters, Kenya Muthonjo AA, Oregon
Commonwealth Coffee, Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Konga, Colorado
DOMA Coffee Roasting Company, Ethiopia Suke Quto, Idaho
Four Barrel Coffee, Ethiopia Bulga, California
Flying Goat Coffee, Ethiopia Kochere, California
Gimme! Coffee, Honduras Las Penitas, New York
Kaldi’s Coffe Roasting Co., Ethiopia Dama, Missouri
Kuma Coffee, Panama Carmen Estate, Washington
Madcap Coffee, Ethiopia Reko, Michigan
Magpie Coffee Roasters, Kenya Gondo AB, Nevada
Metric Coffee Co., Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Grade 1 & Kenya Kayu AB, Illinois
Metropolis Coffee Co., Ethiopia Sidamo Suke Quto & Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aylele, Illinois
Montana Coffee Traders, Ethiopia Sidama Shilicho Red Cherry Project, Montana
Noble Coffee Roasting, Ethiopian Shilcho, Oregon
Onyx Coffee Lab, Julio’s El Zapote Gesha, Arkansas
Panther Coffee Roasters, Kenya Kirura, Florida
ReAnimator Coffee, Ethiopia, Aramo, Pennsylvania
Square One Coffee, Ethiopia Kore Kochore, Pennsylvania
Verve Coffee Roasters, Elida Estate Green-Tip Geisha, California

As with each year of the GFA’s, Ethiopian coffees continue to dominate, representing 16 out of the 24 coffees selected.

From the presser:

The Finalists emerged from a one-day marathon judging session September 7 in San Francisco at the Impact Hub San Francisco, when 180 chefs, retailers, food writers, farmers and food crafters sampled entries from the 11 categories of beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, honey, oils, preserves, pickles and spirits (including new subcategories for cider, kombucha, yogurt, cocktail modifiers and preserved fish). The top taste scorers were further vetted to confirm environmentally sound agriculture, good animal husbandry, transparency, and fair treatment at all stages of the supply chain. The record number and range of entries reflects the vitality of the Good Food Movement and demonstrates the power of ethical, sustainable food to sustain communities and support local economies.

“It was not easy to make it onto this list,” says Sarah Weiner, co-founder and Executive Director of Seedling Projects, the 501 (c) 3 behind the Good Food Awards. “The quality of entries increases every year, and even amongst the highest scoring, nearly two dozen entries didn’t quite meet the high bar we set for sustainability. The 2015 Finalists are truly the leaders in their fields, epitomizing taste, authenticity and responsible production.”

The Awards Ceremony on January 8 will be followed by the new Good Food Mercantile on January 9, a first-of-its-kind trade show where past and present winners and finalists will have the opportunity to exhibit their wares to an anticipated 350 industry buyers. The public Good Food Awards Marketplace ($5 at the door, $16 early access VIP tickets here) and Beer & Spirits Garden ($16, tickets here) will be held on Saturday, January 10 at the city’s historic San Francisco Ferry Building. There, the 150 winners will offer samples and sell their products alongside the hallmark CUESA farmers’ market, the largest in San Francisco.


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