- In the dim and distant past, around the 1890’s, the Johnson family sold fine groceries and imported goods from hand and horse drawn carts around the streets of Belfast. From importer and wholesaler to consumer and business, while eager to serve, something felt not quite right.
Recognising an opportunity in the marketplace and keen to master their own destiny they drew upon canny insight and fortuitous connections. The Johnson brothers began to import their own coffee beans.
- Shrewd judgement came to play. The family recognised immediately that quality was king. Roasting began in earnest in the second decade of the twentieth century and with that, a passion for the craft of coffee preparation had begun.
Despite the challenges business was brisk, with only World Wars hindering progress. It wasn’t long before Johnson’s was delivering its unique blends across the UK. By the 1960s the company had developed a range of blends and an understanding of coffee that was deep and thorough.
- 50 years of selecting, blending and roasting had lead to an instinctive grasp of the art and techniques associated with the finest coffee. Johnson’s was well placed to offer more and began to sell, install and maintain machines, and also train professional baristas.
In 1999 Johnson’s revealed Bellagio, a professional–quality espresso bean. Bellagio was yet another instant hit and is now one of Northern Ireland’s best selling coffees.
Our Exclusive Coffee Blends
The smoothness of Costa Rica, the rich bite of Kenya, the individuality
of Mocha and Java, the extravagance of Blue Mountain.
A light to mid roast high grown coffee from the Thika region best known for its light acidity and subtle blackcurrant undertones.
A dark, full–bodied coffee with a heavy nose and a rich profile.
A dark roast coffee with a strong foundation and intense flavours. Our Fairtrade Continental blend is ideal for an after dinner espresso.
Our Costa Rica coffee is lightly roasted to give a slight nutty and easy going flavour. Specially blended to be enjoyed at any time of the day.
Our dark roasted, Barista standard espresso bean. Bellagio delivers a classic 100% Pure Arabica, full flavoured, aromatic coffee hit.