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Best Award Winning Coffees in 2021

There are numerous coffee roasters or even regions that have received awards for their high quality coffee brands. It is good to know that nowadays farmers can place their coffee in local, regional or even international competitions. The best tasting coffee cup is given gold, silver and bronze medals.

You can attest that award categories can differ. It can either be the best origin coffee or the top coffee from a certain state. Over the years, we have witnessed several competitions based on countries. Most coffee growing countries have always wanted to participate in these competitions. What will happen when a specific coffee variety wins is that coffee from that country will become more popular with many people. This will result in people wanting to taste the award winning coffee.

The Bestselling Award Winning Coffees Reviewed – October 2021​

Bestseller No. 1
Peaberry Medium Roast Whole Bean Ka'u Coffee, 100% Hawaiian Award Winning Coffee by Ka`u Coffee Mill
  • Peaberry Coffee is made from a naturally occurring coffee bean mutation. While a regular coffee cherry contains two coffee beans, occasionally only one will develop and grow. This results in a single, round coffee bean – a peaberry! However, this mutation only accounts for about 5% of the coffee beans in a harvest. This is why it is such a prized bean.
  • Because of how it develops and roasts, peaberry coffee noticeably differs in flavor from regular coffee beans. Most notably, it will be a lot more complex in the upper range of flavors and aromatics , as well as a more syrupy mouth feel. Important factor in flavor is the processing method. This peaberry is made with washed coffee, which means the coffee was cleaned completely from all pulp and mucilage before drying. The result is a clean, classic coffee flavor – the perfect cup for any occasion
  • We roast this washed peaberry with our medium roast profile, which best showcases the beautiful bouquet of flavors that this bean offers! For regular washed coffee see our Washed Medium Roast. Or, for a darker roast Peaberry Coffee, check out our Roaster’s Choice!
  • Award Winning Hawaiian Ka'u Coffee, single estate sustainably grown at high altitude and handpicked. The soils of the district are young volcanic ash deposits from nearby Kilauea volcano; they are well drained and acidic in nature which the coffee plants love
  • Kaʻu Coffee Mill is Hawaiian full-service coffee plantation located in the district of Kaʻu on the Island of Hawaii. Our beans are stored green and small batch fresh roasted daily. The Hawaiian climate of the region provides sunny hot mornings, then a characteristic cloud filled afternoon with light rains. Then at night the cold mountain air flows off of Mauna Loa towards the coast cooling the region and allowing the coffee plants to store energy and sugars within the ripening beans.
Bestseller No. 3
Grand Parade Coffee, 5 Lbs Unroasted Green Coffee Beans - Costa Rica Tarrazu La Minita Single Origin - Award Winner - Rainforest Alliance Certified - Specialty Arabica - Fair Trade
  • Flavor Profile: Cherry, Sweet Orange, Grape, Caramel, Chocolate
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified - Direct Trade Costa Rican coffee from prestigious Hacienda La Minita in Tarrazu. High Elevation coffee of Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai Variety.
  • 100% Specialty Arabica. Low Acid. Shade Grown. Premium Central American Coffee with Similar Taste to Panama, Guatemala Green Coffee Beans.
  • Roast Green Coffee Beans to Fit Taste. Recommended Roast - Medium Roast
  • Packaged Fresh in 2-Ply Foil Bag with Air Valve. Perfect For At-Home Coffee Roasters
Bestseller No. 4
Organic Bourbon Barrel Roasted Coffee Beans 10oz, Limited Edition Barrel Aged to Perfection Whole Beans, Single Origin, Medium Roast Award Winning by Split Oak Coffee Roasters (Single)
  • ✓BOURBON WHISKEY BARREL AGED COFFEE: Back for a limited time is our acclaimed Bourbon Barrel Coffee aged to perfection. We then slow-roast each bag by hand to bring out amazing flavors.
  • ✓SAVER THE AROMAS OF OUR FRESHLY GROUND BEANS: Your senses will tell you a lot about our coffee’s freshness and personality. Take time to smell and appreciate. Next, prepare some fresh coffee and take a whiff of the aroma as the Bourbon Coffee is brewing. Feel our passion delivered to true coffee lovers!
  • ✓BREATHTAKING TASTE NOTES: Our BOURBON WHISKEY BARREL AGED COFFEE is an African Grade 1 Single Origin Beans is medium roasted so your taste buds can perceive and appreciate The Bourbon Body, The Dark Chocolate, vanilla, and caramel with every sip.
  • ✓SUN-DRIED ON RAISED BEDS: Our USDA Organic BOURBON WHISKEY BARREL AGED COFFEE is sun-dried on raised beds. A natural, simple, intuitive and affordable process to choose the best beans, it requires no water, no artificial energy sources and generates almost no waste.
  • ✓100% CUSTOMER SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: Our dedication to you bring us far and beyond, if you're not satisfied with our coffee we'll give your money back, no questions asked.
Bestseller No. 5
Koffee Kult Coffee Beans Dark Roasted - Highest Quality Delicious Organically Sourced Fair Trade - Whole Bean Coffee - Fresh Gourmet Aromatic Artisan Blend (32oz)
  • ROASTING the coffee bean small batch dark roasted coffee, packaged immediately and shipped. Every bag is consistently the same! Shipped within hours of roasting.
  • TASTE Strong but the smoothest, cleanest tasting coffee ever. Bold flavor but smooth. Not bitter. Best choice of gourmet coffees.
  • ORGIN Columbia, Guatemala and Sumatra. We use rich, organic smooth, full-bodied whole coffee beans. These exotic raw beans are from around the world and are blended into precisely roasted coffee. There are many types of coffee beans. We developed this blend of rain forest friendly coffee beans to ensure unique quality, but most importantly, the freshness of the coffee. We use the best organic coffee beans.
  • ORDER Easy to order Just push the yellow button to order your fresh coffee beans online. They will be delivered to your door for your morning coffee.
  • SMELL Great aroma while whole, while ground, and while brewing. You will want to get out of bed just for the smell. Cupping Notes: Heavy Body, Smooth, Cinnimon, Bright with a long finish
Bestseller No. 6
Semi Washed Medium Dark Whole Bean Ka'u Coffee (16 Ounce), 100% Hawaiian Award Winning Coffee by Ka`u Coffee Mill
  • Award Winning Hawaiian Ka'u Coffee, single estate sustainably grown at high altitude and handpicked. The soils of the district are young volcanic ash deposits from nearby Kilauea volcano; they are well drained and acidic in nature which the coffee plants love.
  • Semi-washed coffees are dried with the mucilage clinging to the outside of the parchment. Drying is an extremely delicate process that must be attended to constantly. Beans must be rotated, usually by raking, to ensure that they dry evenly to avoid fermentation and rot. During the drying stage the remaining mucilage dries into the core of the bean changing the final flavor profile. When processed properly, semi-washed coffees have an intense sweetness, heightened mouthfeel and rounded acidity.
  • Medium Dark Cupping Notes: Soft, delicate, apricot bouquet. Tangerine and milk chocolate suggestions in aroma and cup. Gently round acidity, smooth and buttery mouth feel. Flavor saturated resonant finish
  • Kaʻu Coffee Mill is Hawaiian full-service coffee plantation located in the district of Kaʻu on the Island of Hawaii. Our beans are stored green and small batch fresh roasted daily. The Hawaiian climate of the region provides sunny hot mornings, then a characteristic cloud filled afternoon with light rains. Then at night the cold mountain air flows off of Mauna Loa towards the coast cooling the region and allowing the coffee plants to store energy and sugars within the ripening beans.
Bestseller No. 7
Kivubelt Coffee - Farm to Cup - Rwandan Specialty Coffee - Premium Quality Arabica Specialty Coffee directly from the award winning Kivubelt Coffee Farm in Rwanda - 16 Ounce Whole Bean Coffee …
  • From the Farm to Cup
  • Kivubelt Coffee is 100% pure high quality Arabica Speciality Coffee grown on the shores of lake Kivu in Rwanda
  • he high evaluation, the humid equatorial mist from the lake Kivu, and the rich volcanic soils emanating from the Virunga volcanoes create an ideal terroir for this unique and award winning coffee bean
  • Light dark roast with a mild finish, excellent for espresso, latte, cappucino, but also filter, drip coffee and french press
Bestseller No. 9
Natural Dark Whole Bean Ka'u Coffee (16 Ounce), 100% Hawaiian Award Winning Coffee by Ka`u Coffee Mill
  • Award Winning Hawaiian Ka'u Coffee, single estate sustainably grown at high altitude and handpicked. The soils of the district are young volcanic ash deposits from nearby Kilauea volcano; they are well drained and acidic in nature which the coffee plants love.
  • Naturally, processed coffees typically have heavier mouthfeel and exotic flavor profiles. Coffee beans are dried intact with all of their layers in this process including the coffee cherry and mucilage. The coffee beans are left to rest inside the cherry pods before being peeled (hulled) and prepared for shipment. At this stage the cherry is the texture of fruit leather. The result is the dense heavy body and exotic, wild berry flavors that have become synonymous with natural processed coffees.
  • Dark Roast Cupping Notes: Fruity, winey taste with notes of cherry, strawberry, passion fruit, and hibiscus. Also, a spiciness of cinnamon, cloves, and cedar. Finished with a heavy body and tones of cocoa and molasses. Delicious for a pour-over as well as espresso!
  • Kaʻu Coffee Mill is Hawaiian full-service coffee plantation located in the district of Kaʻu on the Island of Hawaii. Our beans are stored green and small batch fresh roasted daily. The Hawaiian climate of the region provides sunny hot mornings, then a characteristic cloud filled afternoon with light rains. Then at night the cold mountain air flows off of Mauna Loa towards the coast cooling the region and allowing the coffee plants to store energy and sugars within the ripening beans.
Bestseller No. 10
Washed Medium Whole Bean Ka'u Coffee (16 Ounce), 100% Hawaiian Award Winning Coffee by Ka`u Coffee Mill
  • Award Winning Hawaiian Ka'u Coffee, single estate sustainably grown at high altitude and handpicked. The soils of the district are young volcanic ash deposits from nearby Kilauea volcano; they are well drained and acidic in nature which the coffee plants love.
  • The washed process involves completely removing both the cherry and the mucilage from the outside of the parchment with the use of friction, fermentation and water. Bright aroma – delicate but authoritative. Rich and sweet acidity. Complex and balanced flavor with notes of plum and citrus. The classic fruit/floral aromatics lean toward chocolate in the aroma, fruit in the cup, and carry through cleanly into the long, sweet finish. Lingering aftertaste.
  • Medium Roast Cupping Notes: Bright aroma, delicate but authoritative, with a rich and sweet acidity. First, you will note the classic fruit/floral aromatics that lean toward chocolate. In the first sip, you will taste the complex and balanced flavor with notes of plum and citrus, which then cleanly carry through into the long, sweet finish. In the end, each sip leaves you with a delicious lingering aftertaste!
  • Kaʻu Coffee Mill is Hawaiian full-service coffee plantation located in the district of Kaʻu on the Island of Hawaii. Our beans are stored green and small batch fresh roasted daily. The Hawaiian climate of the region provides sunny hot mornings, then a characteristic cloud filled afternoon with light rains. Then at night the cold mountain air flows off of Mauna Loa towards the coast cooling the region and allowing the coffee plants to store energy and sugars within the ripening beans.

The general procedure of coffee awarding

Firstly, roasters are invited for coffee competitions. Although not all the time, they usually pay a fee in order to enter the competition. Coffee in the competitions is sent in coded packages. This prevents the judges from knowing the origin of the individual coffee participating in the competition. Additionally, all the participating coffee is prepared using particular recipes. From there, they are passed to the judges for tasting. It is the role of the judges to give scores for each coffee. The specific method of brewing for these coffees may be by French Press or Espresso. After all the scores have been compiled, the winner of the competition is determined.

The number one coffee is awarded a gold medal. You will notice that at times no coffee will reach the highest scores. It all depends on how the competition is organized. Kindly remember that a gold medal does not mean that it is the best coffee. These awards can be categorized into multiple levels for instance national, regional level and extra. The most popular coffee competitions are held in the United States of America and Australia. Competitions organized in these countries are considered as international.

The most famous coffee awards

America good foods Awards

In this competition, they normally choose a drink and food crafters. The primary function of these food crafters is to qualify while at the same time putting more effort into demonstrating and developing authentic products. The awards include coffee roasters whose main aim is to deliver high quality coffee from different producers. Winners of this competition are selected based on unique properties that include clean, sweet and acidity.

Australian Coffee Awards

These competitions are held in Melbourne and Sydney. The coffee cups are brewed into categories that include milk flavored and espresso. Typically, the specialty of the competition mainly depends on the organization background.

Final Thought

Besides the United States of America coffee awards and Australian coffee awards, there are other coffee awards that are usually held in Europe. The main reason why coffee competitions are held is to know the best coffee brands in the world. If you have any questions, feel free to ask our friendly team.