Good as Gold


Flying Goat Coffee Wins Good here Award and Special Gold Seal Distinction

Good Food Awards Gold Seal 2013

We like awards as much as anyone, but being picked as this year’s winner in the Good Food Awards coffee category was a big thrill for us. Not only was our coffee chosen for cup quality out of 200 entries from the best roasters around the country, it was also designated as a Gold Seal winner, a special distinction for winners that go beyond the Good Food Awards sustainability guidelines.

Our aim, from the first day we started roasting coffee in Healdsburg, has been to find the best coffees in the world, grown by

 people who care not only for the crop they grow, Ethiopia GFA Pic_edited-1 (683×1024)but also for the people, animals and land around them. T

his commitment needs to be more than just a certification on paper; it needs to be a way of life. That’s why we spend so much time meeting with coffee farmers, walking with them on their farms, and exploring new and better ways to improve coffee quality and environmental h

ealth on and around their farms. To us, coffee quality and sustainability are mutually reinforcing. The Good Food Award, along with the special Golden Seal designation, is pro

of positive that this is a winning approach to creating the world’s best coffee.

Much of the credit for the award goes to the farmers and managers at the Wottuna Boltuma cooperative in Ethiopia. This winning coffee was the result of a special member-organized project that dedicated extra time to sorting ripe cherries and staffing the drying beds in exchange for a healthy per-pound premium if the targeted quality was achieved. FGC green buyer, Phil Anacker, just returned from a trip to Southern and Western Ethiopia and visited with all the farms we work with, including the Wottuna Boltuma co-op. He came away impressed as ever with the work being done there.

Good Food Awards Winner Seal .O.2013A special thank you also goes out to the judges who flew into San Francisco from the far corners of the globe to contribute their renowned cupping skills to the grueling process of blind cupping and scoring nearly 200 coffees. This rigorous and well-

Before this season’s crop is gone, we encourage you to try a bag of our certified organic Wottuna Boltuma and support the great coffee work being done in Ethiopia.managed cupping is why everyone in the Specialty Coffee Industry takes this competition so seriously. It makes the win that much more valuable.