The Good Food Awards aim to honor and celebrate "tasty, authentic and responsibly produced" foods. So do we, and, although we're primarily focused on coffee, we believe that all foods should be not only delicious, but also responsibly crafted in a sustainable manner. In its second year, Good Food Awards will be given to winners in eight categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, pickles, preserves, and spirits. Awards will be given to producers and their food communities from each of five regions of the US. The Good Food Awards seal, found on winning products, is intended to assure consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.
We were especially thrilled to get the news that our Buna Ababa - Haru coffee (a seasonal, washed lot from Ethiopia) was selected as one of only 11 finalists in the coffee category. Hundreds of coffees were submitted for a blind tasting, and, to be eligible, each coffee must be certified organic, have price transparency throughout the supply chain, and comply with the United Nations' principles of labor rights.
Winners will be announced in January 2012 during an Awards Ceremony and Marketplace. Until then, congrats to all the other finalists, and hooray for everyone involved in producing Buna Ababa - Haru!