Crimson Cup Wins Medals at Golden Bean North America Roasting Contest

As a coffee roaster, we stake our reputation on the quality of our coffee beans. We’re proud that our coffee continues to be judged among the best in North America by our roasting peers.

Columbus coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea won three medals at the third annual Golden Bean North America roasting competition sponsored by Pentair Everpure. Competing in a field of 863 entries from North American roasters, Crimson Cup won medals for its Wayfarer Blend and Ethiopian Kossa Kebena coffees. The contest took place Sept. 13 through 16 at the Double Tree Hilton in Portland, Oregon.

Crimson Cup’s entries were sourced and selected for Golden Bean judges by Coffee Sourcing and Education Director Brandon Bir, who also served as one of five head judges responsible for managing over 60 judges each day to ensure consistency.

“As a coffee roaster, we stake our reputation on the quality of our coffee beans,” Bir said. “We’re proud that our coffee continues to be judged among the best in North America by our roasting peers.” The Columbus coffee roaster was named 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year by Roast magazine. Its Ethiopian Kossa Kebena coffee won a 2017 Good Food Award, and its Wayfarer Blend has brought home trophies from the America’s Best Espresso competitions at Coffee Fest New York and Coffee Fest Chicago as well as the 2016 Golden Bean North America competition.

At the Golden Bean contest, coffees in nine different categories and brew methods were judged through blind tasting by roasters attending the event. Crimson Cup won medals in all three categories that it entered.

Wayfarer Blend took home the gold medal as the top coffee in the Franchise/Chain Milk-Based Espresso category. Wayfarer also won a silver medal in the Franchise/Chain Espresso category. Ethiopian Kossa Kebena won a bronze medal in the Franchise/Chain Filter (pour over) category.

Wayfarer, which means traveler, is blended from a rotating selection of current-crop coffees. The blend currently has Heirloom and Bourbon varietals cultivated at elevations of 1,700 to 2,000 meters. Lightly roasted, Wayfarer Blend melds the syrupy, rich and smooth notes of tree nuts and chocolate with bright accents of exotic fruits.

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