Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea Named Top Small Franchise/Chain Coffee Roaster In World’s Largest Coffee Roasting Competition

Sept. 18, 2019


Columbus coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea won the Small Franchise/Chain Championship at the 2019 Golden Bean North America roasting competition. The company’s Wayfarer Blend, Ethiopian Kossa Kebena and Natural Gesha Oxapampa Peru coffees won eight medals.

The Golden Bean is the world’s largest coffee roasting competition, drawing over 1,300 entries. The 2019 competition took place September 10 through 14 in Nashville, Tennessee. Over these four days, judges used a blind tasting format to evaluate entries in 11 different categories and brew methods.

“We’re proud to roast the best coffee of any small coffee chain in North America,” said Education and Sustainability Director Brandon Bir. “Taking part in the Golden Bean each year helps to keep us at the top of our coffee game.” Bir profiled Crimson Cup’s entries and served as one of eight category judges for the competition.

The Golden Bean is Crimson Cup’s second national coffee industry title. In 2016, Roast Magazine honored the company as Macro Roaster of the Year.

The Nashville competition also marked the second year Crimson Cup won Golden Bean medals in all categories entered. In 2018, it brought home six medals.

Crimson Cup won the Small Franchise/Chain Championship based on the best total scores in three categories:

  • Chain Store/Coffee Franchise-Espresso (Category 8),
  • Chain Store/Coffee Franchise-Milk Based (Category 9), and
  • Chain Store/Coffee Franchise-Filter (Category 10).

Medals included:

  • Five medals for Wayfarer Blend, including gold in Franchise/Chain-Milk Based, silver in Franchise/Chain-Espresso, and bronze in the Franchise/Chain-Espresso, Milk Based (Latte) and Espresso (Short Black) categories.
  • A silver medal in the Franchise/Chain-Filter category for Ethiopian Kossa Kebena.
  • Bronze medals in the Franchise/Chain-Filter and Filter categories for Natural Gesha Oxapampa Peru.

Crimson Cup sourced Ethiopian Kossa Kebena and Natural Gesha Oxapampa, Peru through its Friend2Farmer direct trade program. Bir and other members of the coffee buying team travel more than 86,000 miles each year to source coffee directly from farmers. The roaster pays an above-market price, consults with farmers on ways improve coffee quality and invests in community improvements.

Wayfarer Blend, Ethiopian Kossa Kebena and Natural Gesha Oxapampa, Peru coffees are available online and at Crimson Cup Coffee Houses in Columbus and Tallmadge, Ohio.

Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Since 1991, Crimson Cup has roasted sustainably sourced craft coffee in small batches, sold directly to consumers and as wholesale coffee beans. Through its 7 Steps to Success coffee franchise alternative program, the company also teaches entrepreneurs to run successful coffee houses. By developing a coffee shop business plan, prospective entrepreneurs gain insight into how much it costs to open a coffee shop. Crimson Cup coffee is available through over 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 37 states, Guam and Bangladesh, and the company’s own Crimson Cup Coffee Houses. To learn more, visit


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