The Good Food Awards are back, and now accepting entries for a host of delicious consumables, including coffee. The initial entry period has just begun, and runs until August 1st, with submissions solicited from roasters located anywhere in the United States.
The GFAs are an annual celebration of sustainable foodstuffs from a host of artisan producers, working in a diverse set of fields, from charcuterie to spirits to pickles, cheese to chocolate to confections. Sustainability and traceability are the watchwords for this event, and eligible coffees must follow these guidelines (excerpted from the GFA website):
• Sourced in such a way that there is price transparency throughout the supply chain, that farm-gate prices meet or exceed Fair Trade minimums, and that the rights of farm workers are respected.
• Sourced from a farm where there is an emphasis on pursuing sustainable agricultural practices, including water conservation and minimizing or eliminating the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
Entrants are charged a $65 per-entry fee by the GFAs; the first entry fee is waved for members of the Good Food Merchants Guild, about which you can learn much more here. A complete entry form for the coffee category is available here.
We've been covering the Good Food Awards since its inaugural event in 2010, and are delighted to be returning for the second consecutive year as official media sponsors for the event. In past years we've taken Sprudge readers through the submission stages, inside the judging process, and to the event itself. Past GFA coffee honorees include MadCap Coffee, Tandem Coffee Roasters, Intelligentsia Coffee, Olympia Coffee Roasting Co., Verve Coffee Roasters, PT's Coffee Roasting Co., Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co., Joe New York, Counter Culture Coffee, Equator Coffees & Teas, and many more.
Click these links for a complete list of winners from 2014, 2013, and 2012, and look to Sprudge for much more GFA coverage in the coming months, all leading up to the 5th Annual Good Food Awards event in San Francisco on January 8th, 2015.
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