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

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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.

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