By Stef Schwalb
During a hot day in August, we saw the conclusion of a very cool competition. Seattle’s Best Coffee chose the winner of the first official Red Cup Showdown for the most innovative new coffee drink. After traveling all across America and reviewing tons of recipes, Seattle’s Best Coffee and TV Chef Jeff Mauro (Food Network Star seventh season winner) chose five finalists to compete for the top prize in NYC with an assist from the general public, who selected the sixth finalist after voting for their fave on Facebook. The search took place at state fairs coast-to-coast and the winner was awarded $10,000, plus the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have their beverage featured at Seattle’s Best Coffee locations across the country.
The coffee crowned king…How to Win a Guy with One Sip
Among the finalists were: Liz Cochrane of Lodi, California with Hot Caramel Apple Coffee; Karen Haldeman of Cincinnati, Ohio with Orange Blossom Morning; Barbara Strahler of Reedsburg, Wisconsin with Chocolate Razz Treat; Anthony Karas of Chatham, Illinois with Café Mocha en Fuego; Eileen Gannon of Des Moines, Iowa with How to Win A Guy with One Sip; and Camilla Saulsbury of Nacogdoches, Texas with Coconut-Caramel Coffee Freeze.
And the winner? Eileen Gannon with the cheeky and clever How to Win a Guy with One Sip, which is a hot drink that combines Level 5 Seattle’s Best Coffee that combines the unique flavors of caramelized bacon and slight hints of pumpkin pie spice.
Seattle’s Best…Winner Eileen Gannon and TV Chef Jeff Mauro
And what was Jeff Mauro looking for in the winning drink? “I really enjoy strong coffee, like Americanos or blacks, so nothing too sweet – the drink had to be balanced,” he says, adding, “I was really amazed by the creativity of all the beverages and some of the amazing homemade garnishes.”
Seattle’s Best recently opened their first location in Brooklyn at Livingston and Bond Streets. For additional locations, visit http://www.seattlesbest.com.