Every year the Specialty Coffee Association of America recognizes the industry’s best. Awards were presented last week at the SCAA’s 24th Annual Exposition in Portland, Ore. New this year were the peoples’ choice awards, which allowed peopled to vote via SMS. Over 3,000 votes were received from the nation’s coffee aficionados and enthusiasts before honors were bestowed.
The expert panel gave the “Best New Product–Specialty Beverage” category to Monin Gourmet Flavorings for their Monin Fruit Smoothie Mix. The civilian voters disagreed, opting for Dr. Smoothie Brands’ FIT-Lyte Smoothie Pre-mix. The Monin mix is poured over ice and blended to create a delightful smoothie drink, without the inconvenience of peeling and preparing fresh fruit. Dr. Smoothie drinks are made with the calorie-free natural sweetener Stevia and a white tea- coconut water infusion for healthiness and flavor.
Cleveland Organics, LLC won the hearts of the judges and the public with their awesome new product, Caffeine Crunch. Caffeine Crunch comprises delicately roasted Guatemalan coffee beans coated with a rich blend of organic dark chocolates. The stimulant effect of caffeine in a delicious little morsel of candy!
Offero won the “Best New Product–Coffee or Tea Preparation & Serving Equipment (Consumer)” for their coffee and tea cups, which come in all sorts of lovely shapes and sizes. The peoples’ choice award went to Behmor Inc. for the Brazen Coffee Brewer.