Get Roasted provides a complete wrap up of the 2019 Golden Bean Competition and provides insight into the coffee roasting industry. Complete with stories on award winning coffee roasters from around Australia, innovative products and trends to keep an eye on – Get Roasted id the ultimate guide to the coffee and cafe industry.
Excerpt from Get Roasted Magazine – Publishers Note, by Sean Edwards.
We had another amazing year of growth with our Golden Bean competitions in North America and Australia/NZ in 2019 and we had some new winning coffee roasters grace our podium taking the champion positions for the Australian/NZ contest. A big congratulations to the Bonlife Team from Tennessee for winning the North American Golden Bean consecutively for the last 2 years. In Australia we saw brothers Ben and Chris Gleeson taking the gong from NSW Central Coast Glee Coffee Roasters. It takes a lot of planning and skill to be the overall winner and we thank all competitors who have taken this journey with us to better their business by raising the quality bar.
Between the three countries we had over 3000 entries from more than 1000 coffee roasters. The North American and Australian/NZ events are getting closer in comparison with number of entries. The quality, roast colour and taste profiles are very similar in both events now. Having pioneered coffee roasting competitions, we are continuing to refine all parts of the events’ logistics to make it fair for all who enter, so slight adjustments to the rules and regulations will be an ongoing process.
We often get feedback that only the big businesses can afford expensive coffees to enter into the Golden Bean to win the top medals. This is not the case! This year’s results from two different countries showed that the two winning roasters used their commercially viable coffees in their winning entry submissions. Spending a fortune on your green submissions does not guarantee a win! Being a GB winner comes down to many facets of the role and relates directly to the overall skill of the competitive Coffee Roaster. One of the big skills and tactics of a roaster competing is to work out what the flavour profiles that are on trend for that particular year.
In this year’s competition we saw a few roasters playing around with fermented coffees which was very interesting but not always to the judges palate with some very funky flavour profiles confusing the judging field. We are excited about these coffee processing concepts and we hope to see a category specifically for these coffees in future Golden Bean competitions.
The winning coffees were again more on the fruitier side and big body coffees also were on trend this year in our espresso categories. The naturally processed coffees still dominated with their sweetness and fruit quality. What stood out for Head Judge Scott Angelo was the clarity of the top tier of the winning coffees. Flavours were very defined and the winning coffees spoke clearly to the judges with their definite flavour notes.
Please enjoy our summary of this year’s competition in this issue of Get Roasted and congratulations to all the people behind this amazing industry that allows us to grow our event year to year.
Head Bean – Sean Edwards