Firday, October 14, 2016, East Bay Times newspaper – nice work Pacific Bay Coffee!
Mobile really is starting to look like a place where you can get a premium cup of Joe: Two different coffee houses have combined to take three awards at this year’s North American Golden Bean Awards.
Organizers of the Compak Golden Bean Awards describe it as “the world’s largest coffee roasters competition and conference.” Founded in Australia more than 10 years ago, it opened a North American version in 2015. That year, Serda’s claimed a bronze medal in the emersion filter category for its limited-edition Ethiopian Tchembe.
At this year’s competition in Portland, Ore., Serda’s earned a bronze medal in the “pour-over filter” category for its Ethiopian Nekisse N2. Mobile-based Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co. also won a bronze in the same category for its Ethiopian Natural Process Indido.
Better yet, Serda’s claimed a silver medal in the “milk-based” category for its Royal Street Espresso.
Press Release – September 21st
Compak Golden Bean North America Conclusion!
Coffee vapours drifted over Portland last week as year two of the North American Compak Golden Bean Competition took place. Over 700 coffees were entered and judged from 244 North American Roasters. The Compak Golden Bean is now the largest global coffee roasting competition with over 2000 entries in the Australian market and will be entering the UK marketplace in 2017.
This year’s overall winner was Scott and Amy Angelo from Oceana Coffee in Florida. Scott has won Gold two years in a row for his milk based coffee. This year’s gold medal for milk base helped bump his points up to be the overall champion. The overall champion is decided by the combination of the highest score in Espresso and Milk base which showcases the roasters skill in changing profiles for different brew methods. The winning milk blend was a Natural Ethiopian and farm direct Columbian.
Scott has an amazing palate and he fully understands matching coffee roasts profiles to different brew methods. His two cafes in Tequesta are a testament to his business acumen being busy all the time. Scott and Amy also won Business of the Year for North Palm Beach County after last years Compak Golden Bean medal win which helped in their submission at the local chamber business awards.
1st Place overall Champion – Oceana Coffee, Florida
2nd Place overall winner – Crimson Cup Coffee, Ohio
3rd Place overall winner – Klatch Coffee, California
This years Franchise/Coffee Chain winner went to Klatch Coffee in California. Owner of the business Mike Perry was at the awards to collect the prize and the coveted Reg Barber crafted trophy. This section of the competition is for coffee roasters who roast for multiple store businesses. The Compak Golden Bean added this award so small and large coffee chains can showcase their winning blends to the consumer market. Mike was the Compak Golden Bean Champion from last year and this win shows he is still working hard in his business to produce winning coffees for the marketplace. Klatch Coffee is a well known brand and his LAX café is a favourite stop over for coffee lovers that are looking for a caffeinated treat whilst passing through Los Angeles.
The Compak Golden Bean this year saw many winners in the nine categories that were judged. Head Judges Peter Licata and Anne Cooper had a mammoth task of organising the large amount of entries through the 3 days of judging but, they had plenty of help with over 120 people attending and as delegate/judges.
The goal of the event is to find the positives of the entered coffee through blind coffee cupping and through different brew methods. The Engine room was well equipped this year with a quiver of Conical Compak grinders, Class 11 Rancilio Xcelsius espresso machines and the filters were run through Behmor Brazen brewers.
It was a great year for the event doubling numbers all round so it’s time to set dates for 2017 which will probably be late September away from other coffee events.
A big thanks goes out to all the North American coffee industry for believing in this competition and making it a reality.
Head Bean – The Compak Golden Bean North America
Full list of winners is available here (downloadable pdf)
TIP #10 – Read the rules and please do not be shy to ask questions of the organizers. Think outside the square, be creative, well organized and treat this competition competitively if you want to be a winner.
That’s tip number 10. Good luck in the competition and keep in mind how valuable attending the judging sessions would be for you!
Why do the Aussies keep coming back to attend?
TIP #9 – Open your mind to global coffee trends. The Compak Golden Bean is a global competition that automatically sifts through high quality entries in its unique judging process to find the best of the best. What is on trend in our current marketplace is quality of the complete bean to cup process, so if you cut corners you will not win awards.
Keep an eye out for the last tip still to come!
Navigating Women’s Coffee | Perspectives from Cafe Femenino
Open to all Compak attendees interested in this lunchtime session – RSVP required (see below)
Thursday 15th Setpember, 12pm
Connie Kolosvary, Café Femenino Program Director, OPTCO
Katherine Oglietti, General Manger & Coffee Buyer, OPTCO
TIP #8 – Try and make a big effort to participate as a delegate at a Golden Bean event. You will reap the benefits of learning new skills, networking with fellow roasters and have better insights into industry trends. You will also improve your tasting skills by learning to judge competition coffees.
Keep an eye out for another 2 tips to come!
TIP #7 – People love winners. Make sure you enter a coffee that you can access for the next 12 months and is the perfect vehicle to market yourself. It’s definitely worth including medals with stickers on your packaging. This competition has followed the successful wine industry awards model with the industry practice being to display your success with medals on packaging helping the consumer make the right choice.
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We just finished our Midwest road trip – aka the Wild West Adventure with my travelling companion and excellent driver Brendo Schack hitting the back roads hard in our rental Dodge Charger. We covered plenty of miles in a week that saw us draw in to the grand city of Minneapolis, a place blessed with many great coffee businesses.
TIP #6 – The rules allow you to enter as many coffees in each category as you want – the more entries, the more chances of winning. Make sure you enter Category 1 (Espresso) and Category 2 (Milk Based) as these combined scores can win you the overall Golden Bean.
Keep an eye out for another 4 tips to come!
At last we are on the ground again after getting the starting mechanisms sorted for this year’s Compak Golden Bean North America. I arrived in Portland last week and had a chance to catch up with the guys from the American Barista School to plan for this year’s fun awards. We put together some great ideas including a Portland Roasters tour for visiting delegates. We are in the final stages of confirming an impressive line up of speakers – we’ll publish more in a few weeks. I also had the chance to look at our venue space Castaway in Portland’s Pearl district. Thanks again to Don from Rancilio for some USA electrical advice on our machine setup in the engine room.
TIP #5 – For single origin categories, pick a bean origin that is on trend, as the competition has noticed that there will be a preferred flavor profile for that year. E.g. In 2014 it was Panama Beans, while in 2015 Ethiopian Yirgacheffe was preferred.
Keep an eye out for another 5 tips to come!