The Good Food Foundation has announced the Finalists for the 2022 Good Food Awards. Now in its 12th year, the Good Food Foundation seeks to “celebrate, connect, empower and leverage the passionate and engaged, yet often overlooked, players in the food system who are driving towards tasty, authentic and responsible food in order to humanize and reform our American food culture.”
The award seeks out the best US makers across a variety of categories including: beer, cheese, honey, chocolate, cider, confections, spirits, and of course coffee. In fact, coffee has been a part of the GFAs since the beginning, one of the first of such awards to recognize excellence in coffee at such a level.
For coffee, this year’s crop of 25 Finalists features roasters from 16 different states using coffees from no less than 7 different origins (a far cry from the near-Ethiopia-exclusive Finals of yesteryear). There are roasters both familiar to the GFAs—like Bard, Giv, Noble, and JBC, to name just a few—as well as newcomers in Cirque, Cloud City, Three Keys, and Wesley Andrews. But without further ado, let’s take a look at the 25 Finalists in the coffee category of the 2022 Good Food Awards.
Acorn Coffee Club, Las Lajas – Yellow Honey, Costa Rica, Minnesota
Bard Coffee, Ethiopia Duromina, Maine
Beanstock Coffee Roasters, Mexican Marco Cadena, Massachusetts
Cirque Coffee, Weirdo Blend, Oklahoma
Cloud City Coffee Roasting, Ethiopia Lecho Torka Fully Washed, Washington
Coffee By Design, Kenya Nyeri Kiandu AA, Maine
Cutbow Coffee Roastology, Costa Rica Natural Process, New Mexico
Giv Coffee, Ethiopia, Keramo, Connecticut
H+S Coffee Roasters, Colombia Ernedis Rodriguez, Finca El Paraiso, Wyoming
Higher Grounds Trading Co., Cariño, Michigan
Higher Grounds Trading Co., Karla Portillo, Michigan
JBC Coffee Roasters, Las Margaritas Sudan Rume, Wisconsin
Linea Coffee, Organic Ethiopia Bire Forest, California
Mikava, Santuario Gesha, Oregon
Mr. Espresso, Organic Ethiopia Shantewene, Natural Process, California
Mr. Espresso, Organic Guatemala CODECH – Women’s Lot, California
Noble Coffee Roasting, Kenyan ‘Muiri Estate’ Peaberry, Oregon
Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters, Panama Bambito Estate Typica, Texas
Per’La Specialty Roasters, Ethiopia Bombe, Florida
Progeny Coffee, Piñita, California
SkyTop Coffee, Finca Santa Maria, New York
The Mad Priest Coffee Roasters, Yemenia Bait Alal Special Reserve, Tennessee
Three Keys Coffee, “Embracing Boldness” – Ethiopia Goraa Natural, Texas
Wesley Andrews Coffee, Kenya Othaya Chinga, Minnesota
Zoka Coffee, Ethiopian Kossa Geshe, Washington
The winners will be announced on Friday, January 14th in San Francisco at the Good Food Awards Ceremony. And after a year hiatus, the 2002 ceremony will be back as an in-person event. Tickets will be made available on November 15th. For more information, visit the Good Food Foundation’s official website.
Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.