Welcome to the winners announcement for the 10th Annual Sprudgie Awards presented by Oatly, honoring the very best in coffee. Nominees for each category were chosen by a worldwide public ballot. Public voting for the Sprudgies took place over several weeks in December 2018, with the ballot box closing at 11:59 PM on Friday, January 4th, 2019.
Thanks to the tens of thousands of voters who helped make this the biggest voting field in Sprudgies history. Congratulations to all the nominees—to us, every single 2018 finalist was a winner. Here they are: the winners, honorees, and finalists for the 10th Annual Sprudgie Awards, presented by Oatly!
Winner: Go Get Em Tiger (Los Angeles, CA) Honoree: Red Bay Coffee (Oakland, CA) Finalists: Devoción (Brooklyn), Black & White Coffee Roasters (Wake Forest, NC), Square Mile Coffee (London), Gardelli Coffee (Italy), Sey Coffee (Brooklyn), Coffee Manufactory (San Francisco & Los Angeles).
Winner: Dayglow Coffee (Los Angeles, CA) Honoree: Misión Café (Madrid, Spain) Finalists: Ladder Coffee (Spokane, WA), Mane Coffee (Boca Raton, FL), Provider (Indianapolis, IN), Rosslyn Coffee (London, UK), Center Coffee Myeongdong (Seoul, South Korea), Stumptown Coffee Cobble Hill (Brooklyn, NY).
Winner: Smith Canteen (Brooklyn, NY) Honoree: Isla Cafe (Berlin, Germany) Finalists: Casa Quilha (Brasilia, Brazil), Bar Nine (Los Angeles, CA), Madcap Coffee (Grand Rapids, MI), Houndstooth Coffee Walnut Hill (Dallas, TX), Kokako Organic (Auckland, New Zealand), Miir Flagship (Seattle, WA).
Winner: Gender In Coffee Honoree: James Hoffmann on YouTube Finalists: Chris Baca on YouTube, AeroPress Movie, Go Get Em Tiger on YouTube, Cafe Imports Roasting Concepts Series, Flower Of Flowers by Stumptown Coffee, Unpacking Coffee.
Winner: Sabine Parrish for She's A Lady (originally appearing in Standart Magazine) Honoree: Dear Coffee Buyer by Ryan Brown Finalists: James Hoffmann for JimSeven.com, Jenn Chen for Newsletter and Collected Works, Ashley Rodriguez for Barista Magazine Online, The Monk Of Mokha by Dave Eggars and Mokhtar Alkhanshali, RJ Joseph for The Knockbox, Phyllis Johnson for Strong Black Coffee (originally appearing in Roast Magazine).
Winner: Juan Peña, Hacienda La Papaya (Ecuador) Honoree: Aida Batlle, Aida Batlle Selections (El Salvador) Finalists: Daterra Coffee (Brazil), Benjamin Paz (Honduras), Long Miles Coffee Project (Burundi), Gesha Village (Ethiopia), La Palma y El Tucan (Colombia), Gilberto Baraona (El Salvador).
Winner: Standart (Slovakia) Honoree: Coffee People Zine (USA) Finalists: Roast Magazine (USA), Pour Over by Califia Farms (USA), Barista Magazine (USA), Caffeine (UK), Solo Magazine (Spain), Drift Magazine (USA).
Winner: Coffee Manufactory (San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA) Honoree: Onyx Coffee Lab (Bentonville, AR) Finalists: Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters (Lakewood, CO), Brandywine Coffee Roasters (Wilmington, DE), Kaffa (Oslo, Norway), Fjord Coffee Roasters (Berlin, Germany), Lüna Coffee (Vancouver, Canada), Friedhats (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).
Winner: Umeko Motoyoshi Honoree: Agnieszka Rojewska Finalists: Phyllis Johnson, Michelle Johnson, T. Ben Fischer, Adam JacksonBey, Colleen Anunu.
The 10th Annual Sprudgie Awards are presented by Oatly.
On a very special edition of the Coffee Sprudgecast, we take you live to the event floor at the 2019 US Coffee Champs Qualifying Event in Denver, Colorado! There we join multimedia director Elizabeth Chai, who—in addition to helming our must-follow Instagram coverage of the event—taped a series of original interviews for this week’s episode of the podcast.
In this episode Chai talks to Blair Smith, a Brewers Cup competitor for Augie’s Coffee in California’s Inland Empire region. Smith placed 9th overall in the qualifying event, earning a bid to move on and compete at the 2019 US Coffee Championships national event next March in Boston.
Chai also sat down with Hana Kaneshige, a barista competitor and Regional Educator representing Counter Culture Coffee, a wholesale roaster hubbed in Durham, North Carolina and Emeryville, CA with satellite training centers nationwide. Kaneshige would also place ninth in the US Coffee Champs Barista Competition field, earning a coveted spot to move on and compete at nationals next year in Boston.
In this very special episode we interview Erika Lee Vonie, the 2017 New York Coffee Masters champion.
We do it live in Emeryville, California at the Counter Culture Coffee Training Center. Guests include Mokhtar Alkhanshali, Port of Mokha; Katie Carguilo, Counter Culture Coffee; Richard Sandlin, Royal Coffee; and Devorah Freudiger, Equator Coffees & Teas.