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Golden Bean

December 16, 2015

Los Angeles roasters take out inaugural titles

THE COMPAK GOLDEN BEAN NORTH AMERICA

A well known and respected North American Coffee Roaster, Mike Perry from Klatch Coffee Inc. took to the stage in Portland OR at the awards night to accept the honor of being the first ever Compak Golden Bean Champion in this prestigious industry competition. Mike won the competition by winning the espresso category and coming a high place in the milk category – as these two scores were added to decide the overall winner. This is a prestigious win, as there are over 3,000 coffee roasters in North America and competition in this specialty beverage category is strong.

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Founder of the competition, Sean Edwards, explained, “We had an incredible competition and overall event, judging over 400 coffees from over 100 roasters from all over North America. We were pleased with the turnout of delegates attending the event, in this first year, which made the judging process flow smoothly. Our Head Judges, Anne Cooper (Golden Bean winner x 2) and Pete Licata (World Barista Champion 2013) were pleased with the outcomes of the event and the fairness of the judging process. Our team of baristas, led by Tom Pikaart, had a challenging role maintaining the brewing standards, so each extraction was absolutely perfect. I personally believe after 10 years of running the Golden Bean, judging this year had the tightest and fairest parameters. We are always improving systems and tailoring the competition for the growth of future competitions.”

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The other big winner on the day was roaster David Sager from Gloria Jean’s, who took out the trophy for the Coffee Franchise / Chain category. David has been roasting for 15 years and is well known in the coffee industry. He and his team have been developing the coffee for a few months now in preparation for the competition and were delighted with winning this important industry award.

A large part of the process of the Golden Bean is to give feedback to roasters on their results by sending back score sheets with comments from judges. This process has been practised in past competitions and roasters respect constructive feedback, which gives them a good overview of the real market and current trends.

Again a great win for the Klatch Coffee Roasters team from Los Angeles CA and Gloria Jean’s, also in Los Angeles.
The team at Golden Bean North America is looking forward to a bright future in rewarding coffee roasters for their skills and passion.

Category Winners

FRANCHISE / CHAIN (MILK)
Dillanos Coffee Roasters – Wake Up
FRANCHISE / CHAIN (ESPRESSO)
Gloria Jean’s – Blend 2
DECAFFEINATED
Temple Coffee Roasters – Decaf Colombia Narino
SINGLE ORIGIN
Sisters Coffee Company – Ethiopian Ardi
ORGANIC ESPRESSO
Roast House Coffee – Ride the Edge
EMERSION FILTER
Augie’s Coffee Roasters – Fiesta Honey
MILK BASED
Oceana Coffee – Espresso Blend
ESPRESSO
Klatch Coffee Inc. – Competition Coffee

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