Roast Magazine Roasters of the Year 2011

by on November 9, 2010

It’s that time of year again. Roast Magazine has announced their Roaster of the Year winners. One of the major criteria for the award is showing a commitment to sustainability. I’ll be a little bit more brief than in past years, as the author of the articles at Roast Magazine, Rivers Janssen, did a great job of covering the sustainability efforts of both roasters.

The Macro Roaster of the Year is Dillanos Coffee Roasters of Sumner, WA. Dillanos has accounts in all 50 states, and while they are listed by Roast Magazine as wholesale only, there is a section of their web site where some of their branded and single origin coffees and can be purchased in 3/4-pound bags. The single origin coffees are part of Dillanos’ One Harvest Project, which are their direct relationship coffees.

You can read more about Dillanos at the Dillanos blog.

The Micro Roaster of the Year is Conscious Coffees in Boulder, CO.  Roast Magazine lists them as wholesale only as well; the Conscious Coffees web site lists where their coffees are available, but they also offer online retail ordering.

Conscious Coffees is one of the 23 members of Cooperative Coffees, a green coffee importing cooperative. Thus, you can find detailed information on the origins of their coffees both on the Conscious Coffee web site, and on the Cooperative Coffees site — which also has a great transparency site called Fair Trade Proof where you can look up any lot of coffee and see all the paperwork and documentation from the farm to the roaster.

Congrats to both.

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Michael November 10, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Julie:

Just a quick note to thank you for the special mention of the Coop Coffees approach to transparency. I think it is remarkable and have wondered how it continues to get overlooked amid all the (justifiable) excitement generated by the Counter Culture Direct Trade Transparency Report, the Kuma Coffee Direct Trade Statement, etc. We have been collaborating with Coop Coffees for years and it has never ceased to amaze me that more people haven’t taken notice!

Michael

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JACraves November 10, 2010 at 9:46 pm

One of the many posts in my draft folder is a ‘transparency round up’ of the various roasters and organizations that have traceability apps or websites or what-have-you. Once it reaches critical mass, it’ll be out there. I think this sort of thing is extremely important and deserves wide recognition.

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