We're excited to announce we won a 2023 Good Food Award for our Ribang Gayo Natural Sumatra. The team traveled to Portland, OR, to attend the ceremony, which serendipitously coincided with the Specialty Coffee Association Expo. We cheered on trainer Danny Toro as they competed in US Brewer's Cup, made pour overs at the Origami booth, and got all gussied up for the Oscars of food. It was a big weekend.
The Good Food Awards recognize food and beverage products that are not only delicious but also environmentally and socially sustainable. A panel of tasters selected our coffee in a rigorous blind-tasting process of nearly 2,000 entries nationwide. Although this year's Ribang Gayo is sold out, it's a perfect example of our sourcing philosophy (and we're expecting a fresh harvest this summer).
As we settle back into Austin, we're motivated to consider what constitutes "good" coffee. Our industry is global and complex. There are a lot of players, a lot of moving parts. We're working across cultures and time zones, wrestling with language barriers, market instability, and a global climate crisis, all to get coffee from point A to Texas. Needless to say, we don't do it because it's easy.
We promise never to purchase a coffee simply because it tastes good on the cupping table. We're committed to digging deep for farm information, traveling when it's possible, asking tough questions, and choosing to buy specialty coffees that provide value at every step of the supply chain.
So thank YOU for helping us make good in our community and beyond. Together we can drink good coffee for years to come. Keep your eyes out for a fresh harvest of Ribang Gayo Natural this summer. We can't wait for you to taste this!