Welcome to the winners announcement for the 8th Annual Sprudgie Awards, honoring the best in coffee.
Nominees for each category were chosen by a worldwide public ballot. Public voting for the Sprudgies took place over several weeks in December 2016, with the ballot box closing at 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 1st.
Thanks to the thousands and thousands of voters who helped make this by far the biggest voting field in Sprudgies history. Congratulations to all the nominees—to us, every single 2016 finalist was a winner.
Without further ado, here they are: your 2016 Sprudgie Awards winners.
Notable Roaster — Counter Culture Coffee
Runner up: Populace Coffee
Best New Cafe — La Marzocco Cafe — Seattle
Runner up: Cat & Cloud (Santa Cruz, CA)
Best New Product — Baratza Sette 270W Grinder
Runner up: La Bodega
Best Coffee Writing — Scott Rao
Runner up: James Hoffmann (JimSeven.com)
Best Coffee Podcast — I Brew My Own Coffee — hosts Brian Beyke and Bryan Schiele
Runner up: Cat & Cloud (hosts Chris Baca and Jared Truby)
Best Coffee Video or Film — Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life — executive producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino
Runner up: The Coffee Man (Directed by Jeff Hann, produced by Roland Fraval)
Nicest Package—La Cabra Coffee—Arhus, Denmark
Runner up: Parlor Coffee (Brooklyn, NY)
Best Subscription—Collected Coffee
Runner up: Mistobox
Best Magazine—Caffeine Magazine—founder Scott Bentley, editor Chlöe Callow
Runner up: Fresh Cup Magazine (publisher Jan Weigel, editor Ellie Bradley)
Notable Producer—Aida Batlle—Aida Batlle Selection, El Salvador
Runner up: Gilberto Baraona (Finca Los Pirineos, El Salvador)
Finest Coffee Event—The 2016 SCAA Event—Atlanta, GA
Runner up: The 2016 London Coffee Festival (London, UK)
Outstanding Achievement In The Field of Excellence—Michelle Johnson—The Chocolate Barista
Runner up: Sonja Zweidick (Barista Connect)