Auckland coffee roasters have won out at this year's coffee awards, taking home seven of the nine categories including the supreme award.
Orb Coffee swept the board, scooping three top prizes at the Huhtamaki New Zealand Coffee Awards 2014.
It claimed the supreme award trophy, as well as best ethically traded and best foodservice plunger. Orb also came silver in the best supermarket plunger category.
It's the second time in the 11-year history of the awards that Orb has won the supreme award. It beat off competition from 313 entries by 80 coffee roasting companies to take home the prize.
New Plymouth roaster Wildcat Coffee and Kerikeri's Max Coffee took home the only categories not won by an Auckland roaster -- scooping best supermarket espresso and best supermarket plunger respectively.
The awards, held at the Bell Tea and Coffee Company headquarters in Auckland, were judged by a team of 12 experts, headed by international coffee consultant Instaurator.
"The category that really showed great improvement this year was the single origin category," said Instaurator.
"The coffees were much more sophisticated. They were more refined showing much more interesting, nuanced flavours. This is probably because the roasting style in New Zealand has changed."
New Zealand coffees could "hold their head high when compared to the rest of the world", he said.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
* SUPREME WINNER:
Orb Coffee's Orb Yirgacheffe blend (Auckland).
* HUHTAMAKI BEST ESPRESSO:
Gold: Ambition Coffee's Waitemata Blend (Auckland).
Silver: Altura's Eclipse; Laroma Coffee Co's Brazil blend; Pinks Elixir's Black Majic; and Monsoon Coffee Roasters' Monsoon Kazkazi.
Bronze: Chiasso Coffee's Milano; Gravity Coffee's Morning Fix; Wildcat Coffee's Sweet Oil; Karamu Espresso Ltd's Karamu Deluxe; Vivace Coffee Roasters' Ultimate Espresso; Diesoline Espresso's Elizabeth; Bean Addicted Marketing's Nude; The Strictly Coffee Co; and Bruno Rossi's Primavera Fairtrade.
* MEADOWFRESH TRADITIONAL FLAT WHITE:
Gold: Jungle's Jungle Congo (Auckland).
Silver: Three Beans Espresso's Ganster rabbit; Jacks Coffee's Jacks Original; Cherry Tree's Red Cherry; and Switch Espresso's BBIV.
Bronze: Matakana Coffee Roasters' Village Market; Macro's Macro Medium; Bean Around the World's Arrow Gold; Java Lava Coffee's Java Lava; Icoco Coffee's Ethiopian Heights; and Volt Espresso's Volt Siena.
* BEST ORGANIC:
Gold: Volt Espresso's Volt Earth (Auckland).
Silver: Espresso Workshop Roastery's Costa Rica Las Lajas Perla Negra; Santos Coffee's Santos Organic; and Switch Espresso's Ethiopian - Sidama.
Bronze: Max Coffee's Max #1 Organic Blend; Ambition Coffee's Organic Ambition; Coffee Lab's Bolivia Nueva Llusta; Inca-Fe's Geisha; and Roma Coffee Roasters' Roma Organic.
* ETHICALLY TRADED:
Gold: Orb Coffee's Orb Yirgacheffe (Auckland)
Silver: Story Coffee's Fairtrade Organic; Bach Espresso's Honest to Goodness; Gravity Coffee's Gravity Sitio Auto de Serra; Max Coffee's Max Organic Blend.
Bronze: Volt Espresso's Volt Earth; Chiasso Coffee's Dolce; Inca-Fe's Marin Estate; Coffee Lala's Lala Organic; McCafe's McCafe Blend; Wild Bean Cafe's Wild Bean Cafe Blend.
* BEST SUPERMARKET PLUNGER:
Gold: Max Coffee's Max Morning Blend (Kerikeri).
Silver: Orb Coffee's Orb Yirgacheffe; Robert Harris' Ethiopian Fairtrade.
Bronze: Sieera's Story Teller; Jed's Coffee Company's Jed 3; Pomeroys Coffee's Guatemala; Chiasso Coffee's Organic; Matakana Coffee Roasters' Village Market; and Inca-Fe's Marin Estate.
* BEST SUPERMARKET ESPRESSO:
Gold: Wildcat Coffee's Sweet Oil (New Plymouth).
Silver: Max Coffee's Max Exotic Blend; The Grind Coffee Roasters' Tasman.
Bronze: Caffe Prima's Espresso; Hawthorne Coffee's Espresso Blend; Macro's Macro Medium; Robert Harris' Natura Blend; Rush Coffee Ltd's Rush Espresso.
* BEST SINGLE ORIGIN:
Gold: Espresso Workshop Roastery's Ethiopia Table Top Yirgacheffe (Auckland).
Silver: Story Coffee's Ethiopia Yirgacheffe; Roma Coffee Roasters' Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere; Volt Espresso's Volt Earth; and Robert Harris' Ethiopian Fairtrade.
Bronze: Coffee Lab's Kenya Rwaikamba Peaberry; Max Coffee's #7 Max Yirgacheffe Single Origin; Switch Espresso's Ethiopian - Sidama; The New Zealand Coffee Company's Yirgacheffe Kochere Natural.
* FOODSERVICE FILTER/PLUNGER:
Gold: Orb Coffee's Orb Yirgacheffe (Auckland).
Silver: Toasted Espresso's Toasted Blend; Santos Coffee's Marcelos Original Blend; and Vivace Coffee Roasters' Gourmet.
Bronze: Espresso Workshop Roastery's Guatemala Santa Isabel; BeSpecialty Ltd's Tanzania Lunji Estate; Inca-Fe's Marin Estate; Ambition Coffee's Moonlight Blend; and Hawthorne Coffee' Kidnappers Breakfast Blend.