Crimson Cup Named #1 Large Coffee Roaster in North America

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If you’re not in the coffee roasting business, then you might not read Roast Magazine on a regular basis. But if you do read Roast Magazine, then you’ll notice in the new November/December issue that Columbus-based Crimson Cup has been named the magazine’s “2016 Macro Roaster of the Year” — making them North America’s top roaster of at least 100,000 pounds of coffee per year.

“I’m thrilled to accept this award on behalf of everyone in the Crimson Cup community,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert, who noted that this is the first time the award has been given to an Ohio-based roastery. Previous winners include Counter Culture Coffee, Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Intelligentsia Coffee.

The award is given out based both on tastes as well as business practices. Crimson Cup’s Wayfarer Blend, Ethiopian Jimma Agaro and Ethiopian Natural Sidamo Ardi coffees scored top place during blind cupping analysis, and publishers of the magazine added that the company’s focus on education, innovation and relationship building with coffee growers were also a big factor.

“We take several trips a year to make friends and strengthen relationships, give advice on sustainable cultivation and processing, and help fund local schools and other life-enriching projects,” explained Ubert. 

Earlier this year, Crimson Cup expanded into a new 20,000 square foot facility with a goal of producing over 500,000 pounds of small-batch roasted coffee by year’s end. While most of their coffee is sold through out the country in other coffee houses, retailers and wholesalers, Crimson Cup also opened its second brick-and-mortar store in Central Ohio earlier this summer. The company will celebrate its 25th Anniversary next year in 2016.

To learn more about the business behind the coffee, CLICK HERE to tune into the recent cbuzz podcast featuring Ubert.

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