Ethiopian Kossa Kebena from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea a Finalist for Second Good Food Award

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The Good Food Awards has named Ethiopian Kossa Kebena coffee from Columbus coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea as as a 2019 finalist in the coffee category. The organic coffee, which previously won a 2017 Good Food Award, is from the Friend2Farmer line of direct trade coffees.

2019 Good Food Awards Finalist Seal
Crimson Cup is excited to be recognized once again among the country’s top coffee roasters in a competition that recognizes both excellence and sustainable sourcing.

Ethiopian Kossa Kebena coffee from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea has been named a finalist in the 2019 Good Food Awards competition. This sustainably sourced coffee also took home a Good Food Award in 2017. Crimson Cup had the only Ohio entry among 25 finalists in the coffee category.

“Crimson Cup is excited to be recognized once again among the country’s top coffee roasters in a competition that recognizes both excellence and sustainable sourcing,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert.

The Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster was named Roast Magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. In addition to the Good Food Awards, its coffees have brought home trophies and medals from the America’s Best Espresso competition and Golden Bean North America roasting competitions.

The Good Food Awards celebrate tasty, authentic and responsible foods. Now in its ninth year, the competition includes entries in 16 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, snacks and spirits. Award winners will be announced January 11, 2019 at the Good Food Awards ceremony in San Francisco.

The 2019 finalists rose to the top in a blind tasting of 2,035 entries from 40 states. The 401 products chosen as finalists passed a rigorous vetting to confirm they met specific Good Food Awards standards around environmentally sound agriculture practices, sourcing transparency and responsible relationships throughout the supply chain.

Organic Ethiopian Kossa Kebena is part of Crimson Cup’s Friend2Farmer line of direct-trade coffees. It is produced by the Kabena Kossa farm in Western Ethiopia’s Limmu Kossa District. A member of the Kossa Geshe co-op, the 1,000 hectare farm was established in 2009 as a land grant from Ethiopia’s investment agency to safeguard some of the last remaining dense forest in the country.

“The farm grows heirloom variety coffee trees at an altitude of 5,000 to 6,200 feet, which are dry processed on raised beds,” said Brandon Bir, coffee sourcing and education director for Crimson Cup. He has visited the farm annually since 2016.

“The result is an exceptional coffee with a syrupy body and tasting notes of bright fruit and sweet berries,” he said. “We recommend using a Hario v60 brewing system with 25 grams of coffee to 400 grams of filtered water at 202 degrees to bring out optimal flavors in this organic coffee.”

Bir noted that Western Ethiopia's large Jimma region is one of its most diverse in regards to varieties and cup profiles. “While this diversity has led to a variety of opinion on coffees from Jimma, we have found that Western Ethiopia is a wonderful place to go hunting for gems,” he said. “We have found phenomenal farmers and exceptional coffees out of the Agaro, Limmu, and the Belete-Gera regions in particular.

“As a roaster, Crimson Cup favors forest-grown coffees that are blends of heirloom varieties,” he added. “We work alongside a variety of in-country partners to stay up-to-date on the most promising farms and farmers in the region.”

Crimson Cup developed its Friend2Farmer direct trade program to ensure that farmers receive a fair share of proceeds from coffee sales. The company pays a premium to farmers, who can then invest in agricultural and community improvements. Crimson Cup coffee experts also collaborate with farmers on ways to improve the quality of the coffee and quality of life for farmers, workers and their communities.

Ethiopian Kossa Kebena is available for a limited time at Crimson Cup Coffee Houses in Clintonville, Upper Arlington and Tallmadge, Ohio. Bags of fresh-roasted coffee can be purchased from the Crimson Cup website at a cost of $16.50 for 12 ounces.

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 37 states, Guam and Bangladesh, as well as the company’s own Crimson Cup Coffee Houses. To learn more, visit

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