Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia of Equator Coffees Wins Roasters Guild’s 2013 Roasters Choice Competition

Prestigious Honor for Coffee Roasters Awarded at SCAA’s 25th Annual Event in Boston, MA

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 25th Annual Exposition, April 11-14, 2013 in Boston, MA at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The annual 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 10 coffees were showcased at the annual event. The coffees were served to Exposition attendees at the Brew Bar in the Activities Hall 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 2013 Roasters Choice Competition is Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia of Equator Coffees. The top three finalists were as follows:

1st Place

Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia
Company: Equator Coffees & Teas
Name of Coffee: Colombia Cerro Azul Geisha AAA
Name of Producer / Farm: Granja La Esperanza
Country of Origin: Colombia, Trujillo, Valle del Cauca
Variety: Geisha
Tasting Notes: Smooth and syrupy with lush floral-tones, sweet honeysuckle, lavender and jasmine, notes of orange and lemon zest

2nd Place

Winston Harrison
Company: CREMA, Nashville, TN, USA
Name of Coffee: La Milagrosa
Name of Producer / Farm: Miguel and Guillermo Menendez
Country of Origin: El Salvador
Variety: Pacamara
Tasting Notes: Ruby Red Grapefruit, Strawberry Milk, Clove

3rd Place

Steve Souphanthong
Company: Social Coffee & Tea Co., Richmond Hill, ON, Canada
Name of Coffee: Pandora del Carmen
Name of Producer / Farm: Arturo Aguirre / El Injerto
Country of Origin: Guatemala
Variety: Pacamara
Taste Notes: Highly intense floral and fruit notes of apricot, red apple, and berries.

The winner of this competition was presented with a trophy and will receive the grand prize of an all inclusive trip to the 2013 Roasters Guild Retreat, generously sponsored by Curtis.

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