Good Food Awards Finalist 2019

Good Food Awards Finalist 2019

Good Food Awards Finalist Caffe Ladro Ethiopia LimaWe are proud to be a Good Food Awards Finalist in 2019. In competition with the best coffee roasters in the US, we are thrilled to be chosen as one of the 25 coffee roaster finalists nationwide. We are humbled by our company in the finalist category, and hopeful to be selected as a winner for our  coffee on January 11, 2019. Receiving this award would recognize our work to produce incredible quality, and sustainably produced coffees.

Ethiopia Limu

Our Finalist coffee is Ethiopia Limu produced by Shimekt Daba, who is a visionary farmer in Ethiopia. This coffee is an organically grown light roast with notes of red grape, dried fig, and orange blossom. We will offer this coffee early in 2019.

The press release ANNOUNCING THE GOOD FOOD AWARDS FINALISTS 2019 is below.


Inspiring us on Election Day, these 324 food & drink crafters from 40 states embody democratic values

San Francisco, CA (November 6, 2018) – On the historic day of the 2018 midterm elections, the Good Food Foundation is proud to announce the 324 companies in the running for a 2019 Good Food Award. With a demonstrated commitment to fostering land stewardship and cultivating social good, these outstanding food and drink crafters, many of them immigrants, represent the diversity of America and embody democratic values.

The 2019 Finalists recognized today are taking care of the commons for future generations, strengthening their communities through their decisions as small businesses, and building international relations with direct trade and above fair trade prices for cocoa, coffee and spices. Finalists from across the 16 categories embody what it means to be good global citizens, eschewing carbon-emitting fertilizers and pesticides, favoring practices that build soil health and sourcing local ingredients with low transportation-related carbon footprints.

The 401 products listed below from these 324 outstanding food and drink crafters first rose to the top in a blind tasting of 2,035 entries by 262 bakers, makers, farmers, journalists and chefs; then passed a rigorous vetting to confirm they meet Good Food Awards standards regarding supply chain transparency and environmentally sound agricultural practices. An additional 37 high scoring products were disqualified for not meeting the sustainability standards.

Amongst the Finalists are Ulrike Sitter of Ulli’s Oil Mill of Long Island City, a native Austrian who transforms the press cake from her high scoring hemp seed oil into an upcycled protein powder; Mike Swanson of Far North Spirits, who grows the organic rye and corn for his Roknar Minnesota Rye Whiskey on his fourth generation family farm; and Julie Sullivan and Carolyn Cesario of Ground Up PDX, a not-just-for-profit nut butter business offering training programs for formerly homeless and trafficked women. All of the Finalists – including 137 companies (42%) that have never won before – partner with hundreds of farmers, ranchers and fishermen to actively build a better food system.

The Winners will be announced on Friday, January 11, 2019, at a 1,000 person gala in the historic San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, followed by two days of celebration including the public Good Food Awards Marketplace (Tickets: $5) and the industry-only Good Food Mercantile. A limited number of tickets are available to join the Winners and honorary host Alice at the Awards Ceremony (Tickets: $235).

Organizers & Supporters:

The Good Food Awards are organized by the Good Food Foundation 501 (c) 3. The Presenting Sponsor is the Good Food Merchants Collaborative, comprised of 19 of the country’s top independently-owned retailers from Ann Arbor to Oakland to Sioux Falls, all of whom are committed to supporting America’s great food crafters. Joining them is a vibrant group of key supporters, including Premiere Sponsors Williams Sonoma, Bi-Rite Market, Vermont Cheese Council and Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Lead Sponsors Dominic Phillips Event Marketing, Veritable Vegetable, Ten Speed Press, Gamut, and Impact HUB Bay Area also make the weekend possible.

Special thanks to the Good Food Merchants Collaborative Members:

Bi-Rite Market Canyon Market Cowgirl Creamery Cured

Di Bruno Bros. Each Peach Market Foragers Market

Glen’s Garden Market Good Earth Natural Foods Green Zebra Grocery Healdsburg SHED

Look’s Market Market Hall Foods Market of Choice

Palace Market TASTE

Woodstock Farmers’ Market World Foods Portland

Zingerman’s Family of Businesses

The full list of Finalists is here, and tickets for the Good Food Awards weekend are here.


The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible. Now in its eighth year, awards will be given to winners in 16 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, snacks and spirits. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.


The Good Food Awards is organized by the Good Food Foundation 501 (c) 3, formerly known as Seedling Projects, in collaboration with a broad community of food crafters, grocers, chefs, food writers, activists and passionate food-lovers. The Good Food Foundation is also the organizing force behind the Good Food Guild, Good Food Mercantile and Good Food Merchants Collaborative.


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  • Viola Buitoni

    I love your coffee, congratulations.

    • Ladro Roasting

      Thank you, Viola! They announce the winners this Friday night in San Francisco. Cross your fingers for us!

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