The 2017 Golden Bean Roasting Championships were held at Port Macquarie last week, with the awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, November 25.

From hundreds of competitors, finalists are selected and the top scored coffees are awarded medals for Gold, Silver and Bronze.

ONA Coffee is proud to announce it’s win of Overall Champion for two categories, Small Franchise/Chain Champion (Espresso Room) and Overall Champion of the competition.

ONA Coffee Assistant Roasters Danny Wilson and Gage Osbourne were present at the awards ceremony to accept the Golden Bean trophies, along with NSW Account Manager, Matthew Johnson.

2017 has been a year of unprecedented success for ONA Coffee, with finalists in both the World Brewers Cup and the World Barista Championships prior to the awards at Golden Bean.

Although unable to attend the ceremony, ONA Coffee Head Roaster Sam Corra is thrilled with winning the two trophies.

“I can’t believe it, it’s actually amazing,” he said. “We’ve come Overall Runner-Up for three years in a row and to win Overall Champion is just great. To win that and Chain Champion is just….unbelievable.”

The Small Franchise/Chain Championship was awarded for entries submitted by ONA Coffee to Golden Bean for Espresso Room, a Canberra-based cafe chain operated by Michael Rose. ONA Coffee has been roasting coffee for Espresso Room for many years and is thrilled to share success with them at Australasia’s largest roasting competition.

Several of ONA Coffee’s medals were awarded for roasts of coffee produced by Jamison Savage, of Finca Deborah and Morgan Estate in Panama.

While celebrating the wins, Sam described how the win was not just about the roasting team, but a team effort.

“We all have a lot of passion and drive [at ONA] … we’ve all put in a lot of effort over the past few years, and this means a lot to us.”

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