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Iowa Cook Chosen as a Finalist in the Seattle's Best Coffee “Red Cup Showdown” National Coffee Drink Competition, Hosted by TV Chef Jeff Mauro

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Finalist Eileen Gannon of Des Moines to Compete in New York City for $10,000 Grand Prize</b></i> </p>

Friday, August 17, 2012

Iowa Cook Chosen as a Finalist in the Seattle's Best Coffee “Red Cup Showdown” National Coffee Drink Competition, Hosted by TV Chef Jeff Mauro15:11 EDT Friday, August 17, 2012 SEATTLE (Business Wire) -- The presidential candidates weren't the only ones vying to win over voters at the Iowa State Fair this week. Iowa's top home cooks with coffee creativity also battled for votes at the fair during the Seattle's Best Coffee Red Cup Showdown – a competition at state fairs across the country and on Facebook to create the most imaginative new coffee drink. Eileen Gannon of Des Moines won the judges' votes and took home the first place blue ribbon with her coffee drink, "How to Win a Guy with One Sip." TV Chef Jeff Mauro with the Iowa State Fair Red Cup Showdown winners. Left to right: 1st Place Winner Eileen Gannon, 2nd Place Winner Anita Van Gundy, Judge Jeff Mauro, and 3rd Place Winner Kenzie Piper. (Photo: Business Wire) “The Iowa contestants brought some serious coffee competition to our final state fair Showdown," said TV Chef Jeff Mauro. “In the end, Eileen Gannon took home the bacon with her 'How to Win a Guy with One Sip' drink. This eye-opener combined coffee with the unexpected flavors of caramelized bacon and subtle hints of pumpkin pie spice." Gannon prepared her winning drink in front of a live audience for the Red Cup Showdown judging panel comprised of TV Chef Jeff Mauro, Mary Petersen from the Iowa State Fair and Jeff Chapman of Seattle's Best Coffee in the Elwell Family Food Center at the Iowa State Fair. Anita Van Gundy from Des Moines came in second place for her “Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake” frozen coffee drink and Kenzie Piper of Waukee, Iowa, took home the third place ribbon for her “Busy Mama's Breakfast in a Mug” coffee beverage. Gannon will travel to New York City to compete in a live coffee-making battle against finalists from the California, Ohio, Wisconsin and Illinois state fairs as well as one Facebook finalist for the $10,000 grand prize and the chance to have their drinks featured at Seattle's Best Coffee locations nationwide. In addition to a trip to the Big Apple in late August, Gannon received $500 and free coffee for a year. Iowans can show their support of their hometown winner by participating in public voting on the Seattle's Best Coffee Facebook page Aug. 18-22. The grand-prize winning coffee drink will be selected based on the vote of the judging panel at the New York finale, as well as Facebook votes. This summer, creative cooks from across the country entered their ideas into the Red Cup Showdown by submitting a recipe on the Seattle's Best Coffee Facebook page or participating in one of the live coffee competitions that Seattle's Best Coffee is hosting at the California, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa state fairs. About Seattle's Best Coffee Seattle's Best Coffee LLC has been roasting premium coffee since 1970 and today roasts more than 20 million pounds of coffee every year and millions of cups of our coffee are served every day. A freshly-brewed cup of Seattle's Best Coffee is currently available in more than 50,000 locations including cafes, college campuses, restaurants, hotels, airlines, cruise ships, grocery stores and movie theatres. Seattle's Best Coffee is a featured brand within Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX). For more information, please visit Seattle's Best Coffee online at <>, become a member of the coffee community at or follow Seattle's Best Coffee on Pinterest for unique coffee inspiration at For information about our retail franchise opportunity, please visit About Jeff Mauro Jeff Mauro, winner of the seventh season of Food Network Star, graduated from California's Hollywood Kitchen Academy, and has worked in the food industry since high school in various roles, including line cook, caterer and chef instructor. After pursuing a career as an entertainer and comedian in Los Angeles, Jeff returned to Chicago to spend time doing what he loves: cooking. His down-to-earth personality coupled with his comic skills make a great combination in the kitchen. In his Food Network cooking show, Sandwich King, Jeff proves you can turn any meal into a sandwich and any sandwich into a delicious meal. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: Seattle?s Best CoffeeJenny McCabe, 206-318-7100press@seattlesbest.comorZeno GroupSarah Rosanova,