Lisburn based Coffee Roasters, JohnsonBrothers have been won a Great Taste Gold Star award for their Kenyan blend at the 2012 GreatTaste Awards.
The judges at the prestigious ‘GreatTaste Awards’ in singling out Johnsons Coffee Kenyan blend from the extensive entrylist of coffees entered, agreed that the that the Johnsons Coffee blend was afine balanced coffee with acidity and sweetness and recognised its distinct fruit undertones,the signature of a premium Kenya origin.
The Great Taste Awards are the largestand most trusted accreditation scheme for speciality and fine food & drink.Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offeringa unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independentaccreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete againstsupermarket premium own label brands.
Since 1994 over 60,000 products havebeen evaluated. This year alone, over 8,000 products
were blind–tasted by panels ofspecialists: top chefs, cookery writers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers.
Great Taste is the biggest independentbenchmarking scheme for local, regional and speciality foods in Britain. Over350 professional foodies are brought together each year to take part in 45 days of judging,deciding which foods deserve one–star, two–star or the ultimate three–star awards.
Judges this year included Masterchef winnerand restaurateur Mat Follas, restaurant critic and Masterchef judge,Charles Campion, food writers Lucas Hollweg and Xanthe Clay and over 300 food buyersfrom leading food halls, delicatessens and farm shops including Harrods, Selfridgesand Fortnum & Mason.
According to Guild of Fine Foodchairman, Bob Farrand, each of these food and drink products has undergone the mostrigorous scrutiny. “ To achieve a 3–star grading involves at least 25 experts unanimouslyagreeing that the product tastes divine,” he commented. “ But to be included in theTop 50 Foods in Britain meant each one had to satisfy the discerning palates of afurther 25 dedicated foodies. These products all deliver the most extraordinary taste.
Philip Mills, Group Sales and MarketingDirector at Johnson Brothers is also Director of the Coffee division and aMaster Barista himself commented, “ We pride ourselves at Johnson for selectingthe finest coffee beans and then carefully roasting them at our own facilitiesin Lisburn. Our Kenyan blend is one of our oldest blends and has been centralto our range for many decades. We aredelighted to have been recognised by such a distinguished panel of judges in advance of our centenary celebrations of local coffee roastingin 2013.”