Who best to lead a statewide competition for the best up-and-coming small coffee roaster in North Carolina than Dilworth Coffee, Charlotte’s original specialty coffee brand?

Dilworth Coffee has been on the forefront of specialty coffee in North Carolina since 1989, and this year we’re sponsoring the Battle of the Roasters at the NC State Fair.

Twelve small coffee roasters across the state will go head-to-head on October 13 to battle for bragging rights and the chance to split $225. This is the second year of the competition, which was co-founded in 2016 by Dilworth Coffee’s parent company Stockton Graham & Co.

Who’s Competing?

The competition will be held in the Special Cooking Contest Area in the Education Building at the NC State Fair from 3pm – 5pm on Oct. 13, 2017. Last year’s Grand Champion, Summit Coffee Company of Davidson, NC, will be returning to defend their title against 11 challengers:

  • Alamance Kaffee Werks, Graham, NC
  • Aromatic Roasters, Pittsboro, NC
  • Five Star Coffee Roaster, Holly Springs, NC
  • Fryeday Coffee Roasters, Belmont, NC
  • Joe Van Gogh Coffee, Hillsborough, NC
  • Larry’s Coffee, Raleigh, NC
  • Mello Coffee Roasters, Davidson, NC
  • Pine State Coffee, Raleigh, NC
  • Raleigh Coffee Company, Raleigh, NC
  • Sospeso Coffee Roasters, Waxhaw, NC
  • Well-Bean Coffee Company, Wake Forest, NC

The twelve competitors will be judged on aroma, flavor, aftertaste, acidity, body, balance and overall quality. The judges will be coffee industry professionals from top-tier roasters, equipment manufacturers and coffee shops across North Carolina.

Raleigh Rocker Takes the Mic

Emcee for the event is Chris Bennett, the coffee roaster at Dilworth Coffee. A North Carolina native with a passion for coffee, Bennett has been in the industry as a barista and roaster for over eight years.

He’s also a bass guitarist for Raleigh-based band Ghostt Bllonde. Ghostt Bllonde is a lovably insouciant indie rock band that produces high-harmony, guitar-forward trash-can-pop. Check out their Facebook page.

Coffee & Community

There’s such a great coffee community in North Carolina, and we are excited to bring members together again this year for some competitive fun, said Thom Swain, Director of Business Development for Dilworth Coffee.

“We’re psyched about showcasing our state’s success in specialty coffee, and introducing a whole new group of consumers to great specialty coffee. It will help promote the industry in North Carolina,” Thom said.

Come join us at the NC State Fair on Friday, October 13, and cheer on your favorite coffee roaster. The competition will take place from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Special Cooking Contest Area in the Education Building of the fairgrounds.

For more information about the competition or any of our own fine coffee offerings, please call 866 849 1682 or email