Ladro Good Food Awards Winner 2020



January 17, 2020—Caffe Ladro received the Good Food Award for its Guatemala Juan Alva Tello coffee at the 2020 Good Food Award ceremony in San Francisco, CA last Friday, evening, January 10th. Ryan Rabaca, Ladro’s Head Roaster, accepted the award. Over 1,800 specialty food crafters in 16 categories vie for the Good Food Award winner seal annually. Caffe Ladro achieved GFA winner status in 2019 and finalist status in 2018.

Guatemala Juan Alva TelloGood Food Awards 2020 Ladro coffee

Mid-March of 2019, a group of eight coffee professionals, including Ladro’s Head Roaster, Ryan Rabaca, arrived in Huehuetenango, Guatemala to take part in a cupping competition.  On the table for the coming days would be coffees from exclusively Fair Trade Organic members of a 437 member cooperative CODECH (Coordinadora de Organizaciones de Desarrollo de Concepcion Huista). Those coffee professionals evaluated the top 55  submissions over two days to arrive at the best of the best. The Juan Alva Tello stood out clearly as the winner to all the judges, with remarkable sweetness that reminded us immediately of green apple Jolly Ranchers.

Tasting coffees in this manner is an extensive, exhausting process, but Ladro feels a deep sense of responsibility to engage with the Ryan Rabaca and Scott Baldwin with Ladro GFA Coffee and GFA Award 2020hard-working producers in this type of exercise. It provides valuable feedback to farmers and millers regarding the quality of their coffees, and rewards them for their excellence.  Coffees on the table for evaluation this trip impressed all the buyers, and inspired them to increase the premiums for the top 10 producers.  Atlas Coffee Importers also provided cash prizes to the top 3 producers.

To illustrate the quality coming out of CODECH, three different lots from that coop are winners at this year’s Good Food Awards.

The recognition for their extensive effort at producing such great coffee is well deserved.

Ladro’s Gatemala Juan Alva Tello is a light roast with taste notes of green apple candy, guava, and white peach. It is Fair Trade and organic. The entire Ladro staff feels profoundly grateful to have an opportunity to share this delicious coffee with our community. It is available at all Caffe Ladro locations and online at


The release from the event follows:

10th Good Food Awards Recognizes 219 Crafters from 38 States, Washington, D.C. and Guam

Dolores Huerta, Michael Pollan, Alice Waters & 1,000 guests gathered to celebrate

San Francisco, CA (January 17, 2020) – The nation’s leading food crafters, grocers, chefs, journalists and activists gathered tonight at a gala Awards Ceremony in San Francisco to honor the 219 Good Food Award Winners of 2020. An annual recognition program now in its tenth year, the Good Food Awards celebrates American food and drink crafters who demonstrate a commitment to creating tasty, authentic and responsible products and in doing so, bettering our nation’s food system. Each of the 2020 winners demonstrates both a mastery of their craft and a commitment to maintaining exceptionally high social and environmental standards in their work.

This year, the Good Food Awards distinguished makers in sixteen categories (beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, fish, grains honey, pantry, pickles, preserves, snacks, spirits). The 2020 winners come from 38 states, Washington, D.C. and Guam, rising to the top amongst 1,835 entries in a blind tasting with 252 judges held in September. The highest scoring entries were underwent a rigorous vetting process to verify they were not only exceptionally tasty, but met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria required to become a Good Food Award winner. Of the 219 winners selected from 320 finalists, 50% are first time winners. The greatest number of winners come from the Golden State (48), followed by Oregon (21), Washington (20) and New York (17). Following closely were Vermont, North Carolina and Colorado (11).

The gala Award Ceremony began with a glass of sparkling cider from winner Far West Cider and snack from Isadore Nut Co. and ended in an affirmation from Director Sarah Weiner of why, at this particular moment in time, the work of the 219 winners – each one a talented artisan, local business owner and sustainability advocate – is so important:

 “Each of you is a living example of something that is impossible to imagine for so many people. Leaving a corporate job to join a rural economy; transforming one’s body and life through a curiosity for real food; reinvigorating an entire coastal community with a delicious idea. The 219 stories in this room make the impossible feel possible. You show us it can be done. Open our minds. Help us grow our gardens. That is your legacy.”

The full list of 2020 Good Food Award Winners can be found here.

 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 Bi-Rite Family of Businesses, Williams Sonoma, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets and Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Lead Sponsors Dominic Phillips Event Marketing, Veritable Vegetable, Ten Speed Press and Clarkson Potter also make the weekend possible.


Bi-Rite Market

Canyon Market

Cowgirl Creamery


Di Bruno Bros.

Each Peach Market

Foragers Market

Glen’s Garden Market

Good Earth Natural Foods

Goose the Market

Harmons Grocery

Look’s Marketplace

Market Hall Foods

Market of Choice

Palace Market


Woodstock Farmers’ Market

World Foods Portland

Zingerman’s Family of Businesses



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