Crimson Cup Wins Medals at Golden Bean North America Roasting Contest

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Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea brought home gold, silver and bronze medals at the third annual Golden Bean North America roasting competition. Crimson Cup’s entries were sourced and selected for Golden Bean judges by Coffee Sourcing and Education Director Brandon Bir, who also served as one of four head judges at the competition.

Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea wins three medals at Golden Bean North American roasting competition
As a coffee roaster, we stake our reputation on the quality of our coffee beans. We’re proud that our coffee continues to be judged among the best in North America by our roasting peers.

Columbus coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea won three medals at the third annual Golden Bean North America roasting competition sponsored by Pentair Everpure. Competing in a field of 863 entries from North American roasters, Crimson Cup won medals for its Wayfarer Blend and Ethiopian Kossa Kebena coffees. The contest took place Sept. 13 through 16 at the Double Tree Hilton in Portland, Oregon.

Crimson Cup’s entries were sourced and selected for Golden Bean judges by Coffee Sourcing and Education Director Brandon Bir, who also served as one of five head judges responsible for managing over 60 judges each day to ensure consistency.

“As a coffee roaster, we stake our reputation on the quality of our coffee beans,” Bir said. “We’re proud that our coffee continues to be judged among the best in North America by our roasting peers.” The Columbus coffee roaster was named 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year by Roast magazine. Its Ethiopian Kossa Kebena coffee won a 2017 Good Food Award, and its Wayfarer Blend has brought home trophies from the America’s Best Espresso competitions at Coffee Fest New York and Coffee Fest Chicago as well as the 2016 Golden Bean North America competition.

At the Golden Bean contest, coffees in nine different categories and brew methods were judged through blind tasting by roasters attending the event. Crimson Cup won medals in all three categories that it entered.

Wayfarer Blend took home the gold medal as the top coffee in the Franchise/Chain Milk-Based Espresso category. Wayfarer also won a silver medal in the Franchise/Chain Espresso category. Ethiopian Kossa Kebena won a bronze medal in the Franchise/Chain Filter (pour over) category.

Wayfarer, which means traveler, is blended from a rotating selection of current-crop coffees. The blend currently has Heirloom and Bourbon varietals cultivated at elevations of 1,700 to 2,000 meters. Lightly roasted, Wayfarer Blend melds the syrupy, rich and smooth notes of tree nuts and chocolate with bright accents of exotic fruits.

In 2015, Wayfarer Blend received an outstanding 92 rating from Kenneth Davids and the Coffee Review. Reviewers described the handcrafted blend as, “… a quietly comprehensive cup, with crisp nut and cacao notes and a softening bloom of sweet flowers.” The complete September 2015 review is available on the Coffee Review website.

Directly traded through Crimson Cup’s Friend2Farmer program, Ethiopian Kossa Kebena grows in Western Ethiopia’s Limmu Kossa District, in the highlands of the Kebena forest.

“Heirloom varietals grown at an altitude of 1,900 to 2,100 meters are naturally processed on raised beds to produce this outstanding coffee,” said Bir, who has made multiple visits to the farm. “Sales of this coffee support long-term economic sustainability for this farmer and his employees and protection of the endangered Kebena Forest.”

The Coffee Review described Ethiopian Kossa Kebena as, “a fruit-driven, harmoniously balanced Ethiopia natural,” awarding an outstanding 93 rating. The complete September 2016 review is available on the Coffee Review website.

About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Since 1991, Crimson Cup has roasted sustainably sourced specialty and craft coffee in small batches, which it sells directly to consumers and as wholesale coffee beans. The company also teaches entrepreneurs to run successful coffee houses through its coffee franchise alternative program, which includes a coffee shop business plan. Crimson Cup coffee is available through a community of more than 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 29 states, Guam and Bangladesh, as well as the company’s own Crimson Cup Coffee Houses. To learn more, visit crimsoncup.com.

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