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Friday, October 31, 2014

The Good Food Awards announced its 2015 finalists in several categories, including beer, chocolate, and pickles. In the coffee category, 25 coffees from 23 roasters earned finalist nods, with 20 of those 25 hailing from East Africa (16 from Ethiopia and four from Kenya).
Sustainable Harvest® proudly sourced two of the Ethiopian coffees to earn finalist spots: Sidama Homacho Waeno from San Francisco’s Blue Bottle Coffee and Shilicho (pictured above) from Ashland, Ore.’s Noble Coffee. Both coffees are now available in Sustainable Harvest®’s Current Offerings.
Homacho Waeno is a 3,500-member cooperative whose members cultivate coffee on 2,000 sloped hectares of rich volcanic soils in Ethiopia’s Sidama region. The co-op produces world-class coffee with citrus and spice notes balanced by nice acidity and a nuanced, sweet aftertaste. Blue Bottle won first place with the coffee in the Africa category at Sustainable Harvest®’s Roaster HarVees earlier this month, held in conjunction with the 12th annual Let’s Talk Coffee® event.
The Shilicho cooperative, located in Ethiopia’s southern highlands, produces coffee with exceptionally bright, clean cups tasting of spice and sweet fruit. The co-op produces 180 tons of washed coffee beans each year at its wet mill in the Sidama region. Shilicho translates to “good taste” in the Sidama language.
The Good Food Awards will announce its 2015 winners on January 8.