5 to go’s Radu Savopol among winners at European Coffee Awards

5 to go’s Radu Savopol among winners at European Coffee Awards

The Co-Founder of Romanian coffee brand 5 to go, Radu Savopol, has been honoured at the European Coffee Awards, claiming the ’Outstanding Contribution to the European Coffee Industry’ category. 

The company says the honour at the 28 November event in Barcelona confirmed the significant impact of Savopol’s innovative entrepreneurial strategy. 

“It means a lot to us that the 5 to go brand has become a landmark and awarded at such large-scale events, in order to make the Romanian coffee industry known internationally,” says Savopol. 

At the same event, the 5 to go brand was nominated for Best Coffee Chain in Central/Eastern Europe. 

Savopol established 5 to go in 2015 with business partner Lucian Bădilă after mapping out their business plan on a café napkin. The brand started with a small coffee shop out of a garage in the old centre of Bucharest and now boasts approximately 500 venues. 

The European Coffee Awards, now in their 14th year, bring together the industry’s top leaders each year and the winners are chosen after rigorous analysis by a team of expert analysts and researchers.  

The full list of this year’s winners are below: 

Best Coffee Chain – Western Continental Europe: The Barn


Runner-up: Costa Coffee 
Highly commended: Starbucks Coffee Company   

Best Coffee Chain – Nordic Region:Joe & The Juice 
Runner-up: Espresso House 
Highly commended: Starbucks Coffee Company   

Best Coffee Chain – Southern Europe:Coffee Lab  


Runner-up: Gregory’s  
Highly commended: Starbucks Coffee Company   

Best Coffee Chain – UK & Ireland:Blank Street  


Runner-up: 200 Degrees Coffee  
Highly commended: Costa Coffee   

Best Coffee Chain – Central/Eastern Europe: Costa Coffee 


Runner-up: 5 To Go  
Highly commended: Starbucks Coffee Company    

Best Coffee Roaster – Europe:Lavazza 


Runner-up: illy  
Highly commended: UCC Coffee   

Best Specialty Coffee Roaster: Origin Coffee Roasters 


Runner-up: Five Elephant  
Highly commended: Small Batch Coffee Roasters   

Best Coffee Equipment Supplier:La Marzocco   


Runner-up: Astoria   
Highly commended: Victoria Arduino   

Best Independent Coffee Shop – Europe: WatchHouse 


Runner-up: Bonanza  
Highly commended: La Cabra    

Best Non-Coffee Supplier – Europe: Monin 


Runner-up: Beyond The Bean  
Highly commended: Chalo   

Most Ethical Brand – Europe: Union Hand-Roasted Coffee 


Runner-up: 200 Degrees  
Highly commended: Starbucks Coffee Company   

Outstanding Industry Contribution
Anne Lunell
Michal Molcan
Radu Savopol 

Lifetime Achievement Award   
Cosimo Libardo