Of the 42 companies that formed the original charter members of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, 37 of them were Roasters. The idea of forming the Roasters Guild was first discussed publically at the Roaster's Roundtable at the SCAA Exposition in Philadelphia in April of 1999.
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The Roasters Guild, a trade guild of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the world's coffee knowledge leader and largest coffee trade association, held the annual Roasters Choice Competition at SCAA’s 26th Annual Exposition, April 24-27, 2014 in Seattle, WA at the Washington State Convention Center. The Roasters Choice Competition is designed to highlight the art and craft of coffee roasting. To compete in the challenge, members of the Roasters Guild submitted roasted coffee that they chose to represent and highlight their roasting skills. Selected in advance of the Exposition, the top 6 coffees were showcased at the annual event. The coffees were served to Exposition attendees at the Brew Bar in the United States Coffee Championships Arena of The Event. The roasted coffee that earned the top score, as determined by a panel of judges prior to The Event, has been named the winner. The Roasters Guild is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Roasters Choice Competition is Andrew Bowman of Tony’s Coffee in Bellingham, WA. The top three finalists were as follows:

First Place: Andrew Bowman

Company: Tony’s Coffee, Bellingham, WA, USA
Name of Coffee: Colombia, Gesha, Cerro Azul
Origin of Coffee: Colombia, Trujillo, Valle del Cauca
Tasting Notes: Complex, Juicy, Sweet, Effervescent, Balanced, Tropical fruit acidity, Delicate, Floral, Chocolate
Second Place: Anthony Auger

Company: Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co., St. Louis, MO, USA
Name of Coffee: Colombia La Esperanza Paraiso Micro Lot - Gesha
Origin of Coffee: Colombia, Caicedonia, Valle de Cauca
Tasting Notes: Blood orange, caramel, tropical fruits
Third Place: John Johnson

Company: Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters, Watertown, WI, USA
Name of Coffee: Colombia Segundo Urbano
Origin of Coffee: Colombia, Buesaco – Narino
Tasting Notes: Red fruit, Nut, Lemon lime, Chocolate caramel finish

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