Good Food Awards Honor Ethiopian Kossa Kebena as a 2020 Finalist

December 21, 2023 (Published: November 11, 2019)
Good Food Awards 2020 Finalist seal
Good Food Awards 2020 Finalist Seal

Ethiopian Kossa Kebena, take a bow! The Good Food Awards has honored our organic craft coffee as 2020 finalist.

The Good Food Awards recognize delicious and sustainable craft foods and beverages that are good for you and good for the planet.

“Kudos to the farmers who grow this awesome coffee!” said Founder and President Greg Ubert. “We’re proud to partner with growers to create a sustainable coffee future.”

Kebena Kossa farm in Western Ethiopia’s Limmu Kossa District grows this award-winning coffee. A member of the Kossa Geshe co-op, the 1,000-hectare farm safeguards the area’s remaining dense forest.

Tree in Limmu Kossa Forest

“We can’t wait to tell the growers they’ve received yet another award!” said Education and Sustainability Director Brandon Bir.

Brandon has worked with the farm since 2016 through our Friend2Farmer direct-trader program. We use environmental, economic and social strategies to sustain crops and communities.

“We developed Friend2Farmer to connect farmers and coffee consumers,” Brandon said. “Consumers pay more for exceptional coffee. When growers earn more, they can invest in farms and communities.”

The Kebena Kossa farm grows heirloom variety coffee trees at altitudes of 5,000 to 6,200 feet in the Limmu Kossa Forest. After harvest, growers dry process coffee cherries on raised beds.

“This produces a syrupy body and tasting notes of bright fruit and sweet berries,” Brandon said. “To bring out optimal flavors, we recommend brewing with a Hario v60. Use 25 grams of coffee to 400 grams of filtered water at 202 degrees.”

The Good Food Awards celebrate tasty, authentic and responsible foods. Now in its tenth year, the competition includes entries in 17 categories.

Judges chose 2020 Finalists for crafting food and beverages that are good for both consumers and the environment. The awards favor practices that build soil health for generations to come without the use of pesticides and herbicides.

Finalists emphasize fairness and transparency from seed to plate, promoting safe and enjoyable working environments, and safeguarding biodiversity by creating products free of genetically modified ingredients.

The Good Food Awards will announce winners January 17, 2020 at the Good Food Awards ceremony in San Francisco.

Ohio coffee lovers can enjoy Ethiopian Kossa Kebena at Crimson Cup Coffee Houses. Our coffee Shops in Clintonville, Upper Arlington and Tallmadge, Ohio feature this award-winning coffee on the November menu. On the Crimson Cup website, 12-ounce bags of coffee retail for $16.50.

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