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.
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