Aurora Café has won a national award for its Ugandan coffee – Chicago Tribune

Endiro Coffee in downtown Aurora was recently honored with a national award from the Specialty Foods Association.

The coffee shop, 29 W New York Street, won the 2022 Sophie Award in the Coffee and Cocoa category.

It won Uganda’s Boduda Bokalassi coffee, the first time a Ugandan producer has won this honor. The Sophie Awards are given by the Specialty Food Association, which represents the $170.4 billion specialty food industry.

Boduda Bokalasi in Uganda by Endiro Coffee was one of 102 winners selected by a panel of specialty food experts from nearly 2,000 entries across 53 product categories.

Products are judged on taste, including flavour, appearance, texture, aroma, ingredient quality and innovation, according to a press release announcing the award. All tastings are anonymous and performed at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center.

“We are honored that our groundbreaking coffee has won a New Product Award,” said Cody Lawrence, Co-CEO of Endiro Coffee. “As entrepreneurs, we are always looking for ways to know that our product is loved. This is one of the final seals of approval for the work done by Endiro farmers in Uganda and our roastery team in the USA and we are so grateful.”

Endro Uganda Bododa Bokalasi coffee is available online at, in coffee shop locations, and at participating retailers including Trader Joe’s.

The Sophie Awards are open to members of the Specialty Foods Association and have been presented every year since 1972. The winners will be shown at the 2022 Summer Fancy Food Show, which runs June 12-14, at the Javits Center in New York City.

Endiro Coffee was established in 2011 in Kampala, Uganda. It grows coffee in Uganda, operates cafes in Uganda and the United States, and roasts it for wholesale. Both the coffee shop and roastery in the United States are located in Aurora. Roasted at 213 S. River St. , also in the city centre.

Endiro’s vision is to end the vulnerability of children globally through coffee, and to obtain its supply of beans in partnership with farmers in Uganda.

It was recognized by both the city of Aurora and the state of Illinois for the location of Aurora.

Founded in 1952 in New York City, the Specialty Food Association represents manufacturers, importers, retailers, distributors, brokers, and others in the trade.

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