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.
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
Moon Mountain Coffee, Laurina Naturally…Queen of Cups
Single Origin (Espresso)
UP Coffee Roasters, Pitalito
Kafiex Roasters, Ethiopia Guji
Filter—Behmor Brazen Brewer
Campos Coffee USA, Super Mario San Jose Natural
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
Overall Chain Store/Franchise (Small)
Crimson Cup Coffee
Overall Chain Store/Franchise (Large)
Visit the Golden Bean North America Facebook page to see a list of all the 2019 winners.