Golden Bean North America 2019 Awards

Erika Moore celebrates Bonlife Coffee’s win as Overall Golden Bean Champion.

The 2019 Golden Bean Coffee Roasters Competition and Conference wrapped up last weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, after four days filled with cupping, camaraderie, and lots and lots of coffee. Held September 11–14 at the Cambria Hotel, roasters, baristas, importers, and other coffee professionals from all over the world descended upon Music City to sample and judge the best beans from all over North America.

(From left) Jan Weigel, Erika Moore, Sean Edwards, and Jeremy Moore

Speaker sessions during the day included presentations from Brian Nichols of OPTCO/Coffee Holding Company, Andrew Bettis of Rancilio, Jen Hurd of Genuine Origin, and representatives from other companies in the industry. Evening events featured a Welcome Night with live music at the Cambria as well as drinks and dinner at Stay Golden, with the weekend culminating in the Western-themed awards dinner and ceremony on Saturday.

The top award, Overall Golden Bean Champion, went to Tennessee’s own Bonlife Coffee, while Saskatchewan, Canada-based Prairie Lily Coffee earned runner up.

Super Automatic (Espresso)—Rancilio Egro Next Pure
Red Whale Coffee, Red Whale Espresso Single Origin

Chain Store/Franchise (Filter)
Augie’s Coffee, Ethiopia Keramo

Chain Store/Franchise (Milk-Based)
Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, Wayfarer Blend

Chain Store/Franchise (Espresso)
Augie’s Coffee, Ethiopia Keramo Natural

North American Grown (Milk-Based)
Manzanita Roasting Company, El Salvador Loma La Gloria/Anny Ruth

Decaffeinated (Milk-Based)
Moon Mountain Coffee, Laurina Naturally…Queen of Cups

Single Origin (Espresso)
UP Coffee Roasters, Pitalito

Organic (Espresso)
Kafiex Roasters, Ethiopia Guji

Filter—Behmor Brazen Brewer
Campos Coffee USA, Super Mario San Jose Natural

Milk-Based (Latte)
French Press Coffee Roasters, Ethiopia Ardi
Proud Mary, Honey Suckle

Espresso (Short Black)
Red Whale Coffee, Red Whale Espresso Two Countries

Golden Bean & Fresh Cup Magazine Hall of Fame Award
Reg Barber

Overall Chain Store/Franchise (Small)
Crimson Cup Coffee

Overall Chain Store/Franchise (Large)
Canterbury Coffee

Visit the Golden Bean North America Facebook page to see a list of all the 2019 winners.