Peregrine and Ceremony Coffee scooped up big awards at Coffee Fest

WASHINGTON DC: MARCH 06 People who work in the service industry like Camilo Poveda become very essential in snowstorms like today at The Coupe in Washington, D.C. on March 06, 2013. Customers rely heavily on having their coffee and and their internet. Poveda makes a latte with a tulip. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

The New York edition of the coffee trade show Coffee Fest lured buyers, roasters and coffee-heads from across the Mid-Atlantic last weekend, culminating in a kind of Academy Awards of the coffee world (with more denim and, you know, beards).

Two local purveyors scooped up top awards: Annapolis-based roaster Ceremony Coffee was named America's best espresso for its Kenya Igutha single-origin espresso; and  Peregrine Espresso was named America's best coffeehouse, besting Mudhouse of Charlottesville.

"We were super excited about winning the competition," Ceremony's owner, Vincent Iatesta, said of the win. "The judges got it right. The Kenya, you would expect it to be a super-bright coffee, but we were able to control the acidity." Instead, the coffee boasts notes of clover honey, tobacco and blackcurrant, with a hint of citrus.

Want to try it? The only place to find the Kenya single-origin locally is at Filter Coffeehouse in Dupont Circle. The shop isn't selling it by the bag, but you can order your double espresso, latte or flat-white with the Kenya while supplies last for the next week or so.


Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar in Dupont Circle is carrying "America's Best Espresso" while supplies last. (Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

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Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.
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