Espresso wins SILVER at Golden Bean!

SAY WHAT! If you read our last update Will and I were headed down to Portland for the Compak Golden Bean! The Golden Bean is the world’s largest coffee roasting competition and we were so excited to attend the conference down in Portland to connect and learn from the industry. Of course like any good coffee roaster, we packed a few bags of our new organic espresso with us – to swap beans with fellow roasters.

I mentioned in the last blog that we thought we’d wait til next year to enter? Well while collecting our name badge at 4:30pm (the deadline for entries was 5pm) we thought, ‘what the heck’ and entered a bag of our (brand-spanking-new) organic espresso in the competition!

Well here’s some super exciting news to share…… our organic espresso won SILVER!

With over 800 entries this year, we’re absolutely stoked!

We are so proud to share success in the Organic Espresso category with fellow B.C. roasters Fernwood, Rocanini bringing home bronze, and Canterbury silver. A huge congrats to all the other award winners, including another B.C. roastery Oughtred with several awards. Canada represent! To all of our new roaster friends, congrats again, you heard us cheering for you!  Finally to the winner of the overall Golden Bean, Scottie from Oceana Coffee in Florida… wow, what a cup. I’m honoured to have tasted it, a big congrats on your well deserved win.

The silver awarded Groundswell organic espresso is a blend of Fair Trade Organic beans from Colombia’s Tolima region and Organic beans from the Lake Kivu region of The Democratic Republic of Congo. The blend pulls a smooth, sweet and rich espresso. We taste dark chocolate and sparkling notes of citrus.

Come by the Groundswell Café this week and taste it for yourself!  You can also get your hands on one of the first bags of Groundswell Roasters coffee. We now know those endless hours of obsessive espresso tasting were worth it!

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To all those friends old and new, winners, entrants and judges, thank you - it was wonderful to meet so many of you and share in your success.

And finally to those who helped us along the roasting (and barista!) journey - Doug Graf as well as Ben Rugg and Charles Locke from Pallet Coffee Roasters thank you! We couldn't have done it without you. 

To next year!

Yours in coffee, Attie