Ethiopian Kossa Kebena Wins Coveted Good Food Award

Good Food Awards Winner Seal 2017We’re excited to announce that our Ethiopian Kossa Kebena coffee took home a a 2017 Good Food Award, becoming the first Ohio coffee winner in the award’s history.

Founder and President Greg Ubert and Coffee Sourcing and Training Director Brandon Bir attended the January 17 awards ceremony in San Francisco.

“We are extremely proud of becoming a Good Food Award winner,” Greg said. “Because of its emphasis on cup quality and sustainable sourcing, this award is one of the most influential in the specialty coffee world.”

The Good Food Awards celebrate tasty, authentic and responsible foods. Now in its seventh year, the competition includes entries in 14 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves and spirits. In the coffee category, 16 single-origin, sustainably sourced offerings were selected as winners.

The competitions 197 winners were selected following a blind tasting of 2,059 entries from nearly every state. Each passed a rigorous vetting to confirm they met specific Good Food Awards standards around environmentally sound agriculture practices, good animal husbandry, sourcing transparency and responsible relationships throughout the supply chain.

Organic Ethiopian Kossa Kebena is part of our Friend2Farmer line of direct-trade coffees. It is produced by a farm in Western Ethiopia’s Limmu Kossa District. A member of the Kossa Geshe co-op, the farm occupies part of the dense 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,”Brandon said. He visited the farm in 2016.

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