Next month will mark the debut of the Compak Golden Bean North America, a competition and conference for coffee roasters that will take place in Portland.
The Golden Bean was created 10 years ago in Australia by Sean Edwards of Cafe Culture magazine, and over the last decade it has become one of the country’s most popular roasting competitions. With the Portland event, roasters and the rest of the coffee industry in the United States will get to experience the event for the first time.
The Compak Golden Bean North America is currently receiving roasters’ submissions—entry forms can be found here. Coffees will be judged in a blind-tasting format in over 10 categories and brew methods.
In addition to the competition, the Golden Bean will feature a program of speakers that includes 2013 World Barista Champion Pete Licata, Bruce and Matt Milletto of American Barista & Coffee School and Bellissimo Coffee Advisors, and our own David Griswold. (Sustainable Harvest® is also a proud sponsor of the event.)
The Compak Golden Bean North America will take place September 16-19 at Flex Space in Portland. For details on submitting entries and additional information, visit goldenbeannorthamerica.com. And for a preview of what you might expect at the event, check out this video recap of the 2013 installment.