Saturday, February 19, 2011

Local Business Receives Good Food Award!

Come One, Come All!
Saturday, February 19th from 10:00-2:00
Berry Bliss will be there to celebrate along with Pam from purple Frog is doing a sauerkraut tasting, Justin is
premiering his new Beet relish, other local fodies will be there too! Please come and support our wonderful community!

Press Release:
San Francisco, CA (January 25, 2011) – Montana Coffee Traders today announced that its Organic Ethiopian Yrgacheffe Peaberry coffee has been selected as one of the Good Food Awards 71 winning products from across the nation—representing American craft food producers who excel in superior taste and sustainability. Over 160 coffee roasters submitted their best coffees that were cupped and judged by a panel of tasters from throughout the United States. Montana Coffee Traders was one of nine coffee roasters awarded a Good Food Awards Seal in front of a crowded house of over 450 attendees on January 14, 2011 at the historic San Francisco Ferry Building. Of the winning producers, 47 flew in from out of state, many with their farmers and partners, representing every major region of the United States—a true testament to a not-so-quiet artisan foods renaissance happening nationwide. The Good Food Awards Seal recognizes their contributions toward creating a more tasty, authentic, and responsible food system in urban and rural communities throughout the nation.
“By publicly celebrating the achievements of artisans across the country we are sharing the good news about food,” said Alice Waters. “The Good Food Awards are the County Fair of our times and, like those fairs that brought our communities together in a positive way, these new awards have the potential to strengthen our communities and rebuild our food culture.”
Honors were presented in seven food categories--coffee, chocolate, beer, charcuterie (meats), relishes, pickles, and cheese--by Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, a world-renowned restaurant in the Bay Area that has championed the awareness and development of the local food movement for 40 years.

On Saturday the winners had the opportunity to sell their products at the San Francisco Farmers Market at the Ferry Building. The market was packed with thousands of enthusiastic foodies. Coffee Traders served our sweet floral, chocolatey Eithiopian coffee brewed in Hario drip brewers to an appreciative audience.
Scott Brant, coffee buyer for Montana Coffee Traders, said the Good Food Award and the Marketplace was an “exhilarating opportunity to connect people with the wonderful coffee being produced by hard working farmers from around the world.  The sense of community, that we are familiar with in Montana, was in full force at the Marketplace. We are grateful to showcase our commitment to offering quality, sustainable coffee and Montana-sourced food products.”
The Good Food Awards go beyond tasty food by asking the winners to nominate three partners who contribute to their local food systems’ success stories.  Montana Coffee Traders is supported by a large community of committed local businesses and farmers. Our awards are given to Farm Hands, AERO, and the downtown Whitefish Farmers Market. Please stop by our downtown  Whitefish store on February 19 for our Celebrating Community event and  meet all of our partners and supporters and share in the bounty.
Montana Coffee Traders has been roasting fine coffees in Whitefish, Montana for 30 years.  As the premier coffee roaster in Montana, they have played a pivotal role in bringing excellent sustainably grown coffees to every community in Montana.  Montana Coffee Traders strives to be part of your everyday life offering coffee enthusiasts the opportunity to connect to coffee farmers and their communities from around the world.  
The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic, and responsible. In its inaugural year, awards were given to winners in seven categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, pickles, and preserves. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good. Find more information at: 


  1. Hey! Thanks for this PR about Coffee!

    I currently am a designer at a social good online platform called and I'm trying to suss out what it means to shop on a "social good" level. Do you do this as well? What are the most critical points at which I should be aware of this? Thanks :)

    GO Yrgacheffe! I've been reading a lot more about Ethiopian coffee and I've been concerned about what/how I should be perceiving these products. Glad to know I can keep drinking ;)

  2. Wow, cool! I would give these people a jingle for ideas. They are very connected to social and local marketing, goods, ect.

    Good luck!