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The "Best Coffee" & "Best Donut" Competition

Who will win?

Local coffee companies & roasters have the opportunity to enter their best smooth roasted brew or best donut creation into the competition to be voted on my a panel of Judges.

The attendees of the festival will be able to vote with a token for their favorite coffee and favorite donut which will be for the "People's Choice" award.



Silver Medal - Yellow Ribbon - Complete


Silver Medal - Yellow Ribbon - Complete

How The Competition works

The competition is conducted as a blind taste test. Judges receive the entries in unmarked numbered containers and score the entries based on the following criteria.



1) Aroma

2) Taste (flavors/weight/body)

3) Finish (after taste)

4) Overall


1) Appearance

2) Dough Taste

3) Glaze/Frosting/Topping

4) Overall

There will be two categories for coffee judging this year;

1) Hot Coffee Drinks     2) Cold Coffee Drinks

After the judges scores are tallied....the winner will be revealed from stage! 

The winner of the Best Coffee & Best Donut Judging will be awarded a trophy on stage, given a few minutes to speak, and will have pictures taken with the judges.

Other Perks For The Winners:

  • Coffee & Donut Festival  will stop out to collect in-store pics & videos about the company to put together a store to be posted on our website and social media.

  • Your company will be included in giveaways and contest promotions for next years event.

  • Your company will be listed on partner sites

  • Featured on multiple social media posts announcing
    "The Best Coffee" around!

  • Press releases with winners including company info, photos, etc.

  • Your company will be included in branding for next years festival

  • Forever be on "past winners" list on CDF website

The "People's Choice" Award 

allows every ticket holder the option to vote for their favorite coffee and donut vendor upon leaving the festival.

The winner of each will be crowned "The Best Coffee" & "The Best Donut" for the People's Choice for Des Moines and receive bragging rights and a framed certificate.

If you are a company that would like to enter the contest, you must be a vendor at the festival. Please contact us for details on vendor registration


2018 Des Moines Winners!

Congrats to Grand Marceline Cocoa & Coffee Company for winning Best Coffee 2018 Des Moines through the blind taste test by our judges! 

Check them

out HERE

Congrats to Tiffiny's Tipton Bakery for winning Best Donut 2018 Des Moines through the blind taste test by our judges!

Check them out HERE

The DSM 2018 "Best Coffee" & "Best Donut" Judges!


2017 Des Moines Winners!

Congrats to Ross Street Roasting Company for winning Best Coffee 2017 Des Moines through the blind taste test by our judges! They have a variety of awesome roasts!

Check them

out HERE

Congrats to Donut Hut for winning Best Donut 2017 Des Moines through the blind taste test by our judges!

The Red Velvet is heaven! 

Check them out HERE

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