Welcome to the winners announcement for the 7th Annual Sprudgie Awards, honoring the best in coffee.
Nominees for each category were chosen by public ballot, with input from our editorial team in the form of an “Editor’s Pick” for each field. Public voting for the Sprudgies took place over several weeks in December 2015, with the ballot box closing at 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 3rd. The winners below represent the unbridled will of the people, and the voice of you, our readers, who represent the largest, most educated and dedicated group of coffee enjoyers on the planet.
Thanks to the thousands and thousands of voters who helped make this Sprudgies year such a success. Congratulations to the entire field—to us, every single 2015 finalist was a winner.
Notable Roaster – Heart Coffee Roasters, Portland, Oregon
Runner-up: Five Elephant Coffee, Berlin
Best New Cafe – Paramount Coffee Project, Los Angeles
Runner-up: Playground Coffee, Hamburg
Best New Product – Acaia Lunar scale
Runner-up: La Marzocco Linea Mini
Best Coffee Writing – Matt Perger, Barista Hustle
Runner-up: James Hoffmann, JimSeven.com
Best Magazine – Barista Magazine
Best Subscription – Blue Bottle Coffee
Best Coffee Video / Film – Barista
Notable Producer – Tim Wendelboe & Elias Roa, Finca Tamana and Finca El Suelo, Colombia
Runner-up: Wilford Lamastus, Elida Estate + Lamastus Family Estates, Panama
Nicest Package – Five Elephant, Berlin
Runner-up: Parlor Coffee, Brooklyn
Outstanding Achievement In The Field of Excellence – Third Wave Wichteln: Founders Markus Reuter, André Krüger, and Thorsten Keller
Runner-up: Joe Marrocco, Cafe Imports