According to Roast, Roaster of the Year awards “recognize companies that roast coffees of superior quality, exemplify a dedication to sustainability, promote employee and community education, and demonstrate a strong commitment to the coffee industry, among other criteria. The magazine awards top honors in two categories: Micro Roaster of the Year, for companies roasting fewer than 100,000 pounds of coffee each year; and Macro Roaster of the Year, for companies roasting more than 100,000 pounds annually.”
Crimson Cup was named Macro Roaster of the Year. The roaster, based in Columbus, Ohio, was recognized for its focus on education, work cultivating relationships with coffee growers around the world, its substantial commitment to supporting local charities, and the development of a number of innovative cold-brew products.
Propeller Coffee, based in Toronto, Canada, was name Micro Roaster of the Year. Propeller was recognized for its “commitment to sustainability — from the company’s energy-efficient downtown roastery and complete reliance on renewable energy to its innovative transportation solutions and high-efficiency natural-gas-powered roaster.”