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World of Coffee 2018’s Best New Product Award Winners Announced

Each year, the Specialty Coffee Association’s Best New Product Competition recognizes new products that represent quality and add value to the specialty coffee and tea industry. Ten different product categories are evaluated using the “Best I.D.E.A.S.” criteria set out by the SCA, with a winner declared in each category.

The World of Coffee Amsterdam 2018 Best New Product Awards went to:

Commercial Coffee or Tea Preparation and Serving Equipment

Acaso Factory: Big Dream

Consumer Coffee or Tea Preparation and Serving Equipment (Non-Electrical)

Asobu by Adnart Inc.: Cold Brew Coffee

Coffee Accessories

KINTO: Travel Tumbler

Specialty Beverage Stand Alone

Beyond the Bean: Zuma Organic Tumeric Chai

Specialty Beverage Flavor Additive (One Flavor Only)

Monin: L’Artiste de Monin

Packaging

Cloud Picker Coffee Limited

Food

Solid Coffee Ltd.: Coffee Pixels Cascara

Open Class

LALCAFÉ YEAST: LALCafé Intenso

Technology

Qualysense: Qsorter Explorer

Best I.D.E.A.S.

Judges reviewed the 45 entries to this year’s Best New Product Awards at World of Coffee Amsterdam across three sessions, beginning 14:00 Tuesday, 19 June and ending 12:00 Thursday, 21 June. Across all ten categories, each product was judged on a minimum of three of the “Best I.D.E.A.S.” criteria set out by the Specialty Coffee Association:

Innovation and/or Improvements: Does the good or service create value for which customers will pay? Is it cost effective and does it satisfy a specific need? Is it a new twist or a spin on a classic idea?

Design: Is the product aesthetically pleasing? Is the overall result a positive, creative experience? Does the process of creating the product minimize material use or incorporate recycled, up-cycled, or otherwise sustainable materials (or in the case of food and beverage products, ingredients from a sustainable sources)?

Education: How does this entry contribute to the enhancement or improve the knowledge of the coffee community? What is the greatest potential of this product?

Agro-ecology: How does this entry impact origin? Does the formulation or manufacturing process make the entry healthier and/or sustainable? Does the entry use science, business models, and/or policies to support healthy relationships between the producers and the consumers?

Science: Does this entry impact the science of coffee? If so, how? What science, if any, was utilized in the development of this entry? In addition, judges consider the availability of similar products on the market and current industry trends/consumer preferences.

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