2020 Good Food Awards Finalist | Colombia Finca La Maria Geisha Natural

We are thrilled to be nominated as a Finalist for 2020 Good Food Awards, our Colombia Finca La Maria Geisha Natural single origin drip coffee

Would you believe that the food and drink the Good Food Awards celebrate – from spirits to cheese to coffee – represent a greater portion of America’s gross domestic produce than the cattle and pork industries combined? At over $200 billion in revenue each year, it’s true. By shining a spotlight on the taste-making crafters at the vanguard of deliciousness and social and environmental excellence, the Awards catalyzes a shift in spending towards truly good food, and the rest of the industry follows.

 

 

good food awards

With over 2,000 entries each year, the competition is fierce for a Good Food Award. In each category, three food crafters from each region – North, South, East, West and Central – receive the honor each year. Look for the blue Good Food Awards seal on the shelves of exceptional grocers like the Good Food Merchants Collaborative who take care to stock them.

After a completely blind tasting in September, Finalists are announced in November. Finalists are the five highest scoring entrants in each category from each region of the country – North, South, East, West and Central. Of these, three in each region become the Winners. All companies that score well on taste undergo a rigorous vetting process to ensure they meet the Good Food Awards Standards before being named Finalists or Winners.

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Coffee

The winners of the Good Food Award for coffee will be distinguished by exemplary flavor – sweet, clean, well developed body, balanced acidity and phenomenal aromatics. To qualify for entry, roasters and coffee farmers must emphasize fairness and transparency from seed to cup. This year’s entry criteria seeks to accommodate the enormous cultural diversity of coffee production.

 

Standards

In order to be eligible for a Good Food Award, coffee entries must meet the following standards:

  • Roasted in the USA or US territories.
  • Traceable back to the producer (or producers) at the farm or cooperative level.
  • Sourced in such a way that price premiums meet or exceed Fair Trade minimums relative to the world commodity price, either through direct trade or through publicly stated policies and in-place processes.*
  • Sourced from farms or cooperatives where:
    • There is an emphasis on pursuing sustainable agricultural practices including water conservation and minimizing or eliminating the use of synthetic inputs.**
    • Transparent, documented practices ensure fair and humane work standards for all laborers. **
  • Made by a roaster that:
    • Prioritizes waste management through water conservation, composting and recycling.
    • Regularly checks roasting air quality.
    • Promotes a safe and enjoyable work environment by implementing policies and programs such as wage transparency, offering development and learning opportunities to staff and sponsoring or participating in social or environmental projects.***
    • Is an upstanding member of the good food community, oriented toward growing their business in harmony with a better food system.

*Prices determined based on C market (min $1.40) plus Fair trade (+ $.20) and Organic ($.30) pricing.
**These commitments can be shown by being third party certified to meet the standards of the following certification programs: NOP Organic, SMBC Shade Grown, Fair Trade (FTUSA/Fairtrade International), Rainforest Alliance or by providing further details regarding the farm, estate, associations or cooperatives in which you source from.
***Such as 1% for the Planet, B Corp, GMO-Free Project, Fair Trade or other local organizations focused on environmental and social responsibility.

Brewing Specs

All entries will be brewed to “Gold Cup Standards”. Our ratio is 60g of coffee per liter of water. Water is filtered for taste and odor and is a proper hardness for brewing. We use the EK 43 Malkhonig grinder and brew on the Bonavita BV1900TS brewer, which is an SCA-certified home brewer. The Blind Tasting will use similar scoresheets and protocol to the Roasters Choice Competition.

2020 Finalists:  Selected from 1,835 entries to the 10th annual Good Food Awards, these 403 products represent 42 states and have passed vetting for category-specific sustainability standards. Klatch Coffee is one of 27 Coffee competitors, 16 categories. 

The 2020 Winner announcement will be made on Friday, January 17, 2020:The Winners will be announced on Friday, January 17, 2020, at a 1,000 person gala in the historic San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center and the industry-only Good Food Mercantile. A limited number of tickets are available to join the Winners and honorary host Alice Waters at the Awards Ceremony.

 

Colombia Farms

 

About the coffee:

REGION:  La Mesa Cundinamarca     FARM:  Finca La Maria     FARMERS:  Orlando & Maria Ospina
ALTITUDE:  1620 M     VARIETAL:   Geisha     PROCESS:  Natural     ROAST:  Medium | Light

 

This coffee is a MONDAY ROAST and it will be ROASTED: December 2, 2019

Please order by Sunday, 11:59 pm PST, to be placed on the roast queue to receive that week’s roast.  Monday roasts are only roasted on Mondays. If your order contains other coffees, your entire order will be held to ship together once Monday roast has been roasted.

With flavor notes of raspberry, black tea and a floral quality throughout the cup. For the aftertaste, you will have lingering flavors of raspberry, sugar cane, and coffee blossom.

 

Jenn said of the La Maria Geisha “Constant blooming requires constant work… Maria and Orlando Ospina and their team love what they do, and their labor of love produces amazing coffee… Together, the Ospinas and their team are not only growing coffee, they are growing a community… This coffee is a unique combination of weather, work and love…”

And described the cup as “This coffee is so complex, here are flavors of what to expect throughout your drinking experience. For aroma, it has coffee blossom, blackberry, raspberry, and a hint of spice. Finca La Maria has flavor notes of coffee blossom, raspberry, black tea, apricot, nectarine, and a floral quality throughout the cup. For the aftertaste, you will have lingering flavors of raspberry, sugar cane, and coffee blossom. I will be highlighting certain flavors at certain stages from hot, warm to cold. First, the citrus acidities are changing throughout the temperature; you will have tart tangerine that will become a pink grapefruit finally transitions to a sweet Meyer lemon. This coffee has an amazing mouth-feel that changes throughout the drinking experience! The body will first start off silky, it will become creamy when it’s warm and then it will become juicy when cold. This is a coffee to remember!”

 

Finca La Maria is from innovative farmers Orlando and Maria Ospina. With Orlando's background as an Agronomist of many years and Maria's entrepreneur drive, they decided to rent 3.5 hector plot of land to fulfill a dream of growing their own Natural Geisha coffee. Their passion project started 6 years ago taking a chance growing Natural Geisha coffee. Since they started their farm in 2015, their land has flourished and they now have 5,000 shrubs producing coffee. The unique microclimate of constant rainfall allows Maria and her team to meticulously pick two times a month year around. Given what they have achieved, we can expect to see much more from the Ospina's in coming years.

 

 

Other Awards:

Colombia Finca La Maria Geisha Natural won the 2019 Silver - Pour Over Filter in the Golden Bean Coffee Roasters Competition.

Highest Scoring Coffee at US Brewing Championships 2019

Our own Jenn Hwang used Colombia Finca La Maria Geisha in the U.S. Brewers Cup 2019, finishing 5th overall, making the finals, and received the highest score in both qualifying and finals. 

Colombia Finca La Maria Geisha was also used by Jenn in the U.S. Brewers Cup 2018, placing 4th. And it ranked number 2 in the "Cup of Excellence" 2017.

 

Ken Davids of Coffee Review in his 96 POINTS - Sept 2019 assessment describes our Colombia Finca La Maria Geisha Natural as:  "Intoxicatingly (though cleanly) fruit-toned. Raspberry coulis, halvah, plumeria, pink peppercorn, lemon verbena in aroma and cup. Richly sweet-tart structure with bright, high-toned acidity; delicate, silky smooth mouthfeel. The finish maintains the tart-sweetness of the cup, while intensifying its herby citrus."

https://www.coffeereview.com/review/colombia-finca-la-maria-geisha-natural/

  


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