From thousands of voters in dozens of countries around the world, you poured in votes for the 2015 Sprudgie Awards, honoring the very best in specialty coffee. Now those votes have been tabulated, and we’re ready to present the nominees in 10 categories.
Each group of finalists takes into account the popular vote from our public nominations process. To keep things interesting we’ve included a secret “Editor’s Choice” nomination in each category. We’ll accept votes until Sunday, January 3rd at 11:59 PM PST, and announce our winners during the first week of January.
Heart Roasters—Portland, Oregon
Five Elephant Coffee—Berlin, Germany
Ruby Coffee Roasters—Nelsonville, Wisconsin
49th Parallel—Vancouver, British Columbia
Cat and Cloud—Southern California
Best New Cafe
Amethyst Coffee, Denver
Playground Coffee, Hamburg
Paramount Coffee Project, Los Angeles
PublicUs, Las Vegas
Bocca Coffee, Amsterdam
Tipico Coffee, Buffalo
Outstanding Achievement In The Field of Excellence
Third Wave Wichteln — for founders Markus Reuter, André Krüger, and Thorsten Keller, to honor their work as creators and organizers of the world’s foremost international specialty coffee exchange.
Sonja Bjork Grant — for work as a judge and educator across a variety of international specialty coffee competitions.
Five Elephant Coffee, Berlin
Counter Culture Coffee, Durham, North Carolina
La Cabra Coffee, Aarhus, Denmark
Parlor Coffee, New York City
Koppa Coffee, Kraljevo, Serbia
Caffeine Magazine (London)
Drift Magazine (New York City)
Standart Magazine (Slovakia)
BRYGG Magasin (Oslo)
Barista Magazine (Portland, Oregon)
Fincas Mierisch, Nicaragua
Tesfaye Bekele, Suke Quto, Ethiopia
Wilford Lamastus, Elida Estate + Lamastus Family Estates, Panama
Best Coffee Writing
Cold Brew 420 (Twitter account)
Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, Water For Coffee (book)
Inge Jacobs, Susan Cote, Lisa Conway, and Kimberly Easson, CQI Partnership For Gender Equity Stage One Report (online report)
Best Coffee Video / Film
“Barista” — the feature length film by Rock Baijnuth.
ChefSteps Coffee Series — a series of education coffee videos by ChefSteps.
“Caffeinated” — the feature length film by Hanh Nguyen, Vishal Solanki, and Derek Baird.
“Minneapolis To Winnipeg” — a short promotional film by Dogwood Coffee.
Best New Product