The Best of 2018 Golden Bean
Posted: 7 Dec 2018

The Golden Bean Coffee Roasters Australia and New Zealand coffee roasting competition slurped its way through the scenic town of Port Macquarie, for the 14th time from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th of November, crowning an overall champion for 2018, and a runner up.

Castaway® has been one of the major Golden Bean sponsors for the last eight years. Fine food, beer, coffee and more coffee were a huge part of the event. Golden Bean Roasters Competition & Conference provides a great bonding and networking opportunity – it was very refreshing to catch up with roasters and suppliers from Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.


Golden Bean 2018 DinersScott Browning at Golden Bean 2018
The medieval themed-awards evening gave us an opportunity to whip out our knight costume. We’ll admit… the many beers also helped keep the espresso jitters at bay!  


Overall Golden Bean 2018 Champion

Congratulations go to Coffee Snobs who took the top gong and edged out more than 120 Australian and New Zealand coffee roasting businesses to claim the Championship trophy. With an impressive track record from previous Golden Bean awards (2017 Overall 2nd runner up), it’s great to see these guys recognised for their excellent coffee and service.

Equal Congratulations to the Runner Up, Bellissimo Coffee!

Castaway Coffee or Tea CupCastaway Coffee Bags at Golden Bean 2018
You know it’s a good day when your only
worry is “coffee or tea?” 
Judging, day two at 2018 Golden Bean.
?credit @quistscoffee


Coffees were judged in 10 different main categories, three of which were divided into sub-categories for smaller and larger companies. Roughly 210 delegates were in attendance, which is a new record compared to last year.


Warren & Nat’s Coffee
The calibre of coffee at this year’s Golden Bean was exceptional,
we tasted some incredible coffee.

Category Winners

With over 1,400 individual entries in this year’s Awards, it’s solid proof Australia and New Zealand’s Coffee Roasting Industry is remarkably vibrant, innovative and ever growing.

2018 Golden Bean Winner2018 Golden Bean Winners
2018 Golden Bean WinnerHuge congratulations to all Gold Medal winners!


Overall 2018 Golden Bean Champion

Coffee Snobs


Bellissimo Coffee, QLD – Panama Esmeralda

Milk Based

ONA Coffee, ACT – ‘CM Selections’ Unico

Pour Over Filter

Jibbilittle Roasting Co, NSW – Village 8

Organic (Espresso)

Paradox Coffee Roasters, QLD – Purple Rain

Single Origin (Espresso)

Beck and Call Coffee, WA – Ethiopia Wolichu Wachu

Decaffeinated (Espresso)

Rush Roasting Co, NSW – Rush Decaf

Australia/ New Zealand Grown (Milk Based)

Nats Coffee, NSW – BOP Carbonic Maseration

Chain Store/ Franchise (Espresso)

Small Franchise/ Chain: White Mojo, VIC – Cosima
Large Franchise/ Chain: Nine Bars, WA – Aroma Café

Chain Store/ Franchise (Milk Based)

Small Franchise/ Chain: ONA Coffee, ACT – Black Betty
Large Franchise/ Chain: Latitude Coffee, QLD – Tiger Blend

Chain Store/ Franchise (Filter)

Small Franchise/ Chain: ONA Coffee, ACT – Thuti Natural
Large Franchise/ Chain: Black Bag Roasters, VIC – Lazzio Medium Roast

Overall Small Franchise/ Chain Champion

ONA Coffee Roasters

Overall Large Franchise/ Chain Champion

Nine Bars

The complete results, including all Gold, Silver and Bronze medallists across all categories is available on the Golden Bean Facebook page.

Promote your success with BrandBuilders®

Winning Golden Bean is a major business boost considering there is a lot of media exposure before and after the event. You have an opportunity in the pipeline. Congratulations! Now what? From displaying the awards in-premises, to printing your medal tally on your coffee bags or cups, to promoting your success on social media – there are several ways you can utilise to market your brand and your success.

At Castaway®, we have the unique ability to create custom designed and custom printed products over a wide range of materials. Custom branding offers many advantages such as communicating your achievement, building customers’ loyalty and showcasing your award-winning coffee.

Get in touch with our team and find out how we can bring your ideas to life!