We’ve recently received the results from the 2019 Golden Bean North America roasting competition, and we’re extremely excited to announce that we’re bringing home more medals than ever - four! This is the Australia-born contest's fifth year in the United States, and it's our fourth year sending a selection of our coffees - this time to Nashville, Tennessee - to be judged across multiple different brewing preparations. Growing in size once again, the competition filtered through coffees from 450 different roasters - roughly 1300 total submissions. There were 435 entries in the filter category, 272 entries in the espresso category, and 254 entries in the espresso with milk category. Here’s how we did:
Adorsi - Bronze Medals - Filter & Espresso Categories
Daannisa - Bronze Medal - Filter Category
bells - Bronze Medal - Espresso with Milk Category
This is absolutely no easy feat, considering only 15 entries receive a bronze (with 5 receiving silver and 1 receiving gold). Each coffee here perfectly exemplifies the dedication and hard work of our entire supply chain; and for this, many thanks are in order.
For Adorsi, we must thank our importing partners and friends at Trabocca. They are on the ground in Ethiopia year round, working with cooperatives, washing stations, farm managers, etc, to foster relationships and put outstanding offerings on our cupping table as the seasons pass. In particular, this coffee comes from an exporting company we’ve started to purchase quite a few coffees from this year - Testi Coffee.
For Daannisa, many thanks to the owner of the Dambi Uddo station, Ture Waji. We’ve been incredibly impressed with the cleanliness of his processing methods this year. We hope to further our relationship and begin purchasing more natural offerings from Ture in the coming seasons.
We’re extremely excited that bell’s took a medal in this particular category - espresso with milk! We recently switched up some of the blend components and began using bell’s for our everyday espresso here in the cafe for this very reason. The main component in bell’s is currently Agua Limpa, a natural Brazilian coffee from Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza. They do incredible work across the entire supply chain, and the vision of the Croce family is absolutely admirable and inspirational. We plan to keep one of these Brazil offerings in the Bell’s nearly year-round, so the flavor profile should always remain very similar even as components change.
Last but not least, these awards represent our daily hard work here at 1000 Faces - roasting, tasting, tweaking, perfecting - and serves as justification for our roasting and sourcing methodology. This dedication to the craft and continual pursuit of excellence is what allows us to roast our coffees clearly and cleanly. By doing so, we aim to transparently display the inherent flavor characteristics of each coffee, and thus, the passion and hard work of the producers. For this, our final round of applause goes to the sourcing and roasting team - Ben Bowdoin (Director of Coffee) and David Jobson (Production Roaster).
Unfortunately, some of these coffees are already making their way off of the menu, so you’ll have to act fast if you want to try these award-winners! Namely, we’re talking about Adorsi, which will be depleted early next week. Keep an eye out later in the year though, as we’re working on a plan to re-release some (it’s seriously so good). Daannisa will remain on the menu for another month, so you’ve got some time there. There’s no need to worry though - many more washed and natural African coffees lined up to be released soon!