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  • Another top award for Johnsons Coffee at the 2012 Great Taste Awards

Another top award for Johnsons Coffee at the 2012 Great Taste Awards


Lisburn based Coffee Roasters, Johnson Brothers have been won a Great Taste Gold Star award for their Kenyan blend at the 2012 Great Taste Awards.

The judges at the prestigious ‘Great Taste Awards’ in singling out Johnsons Coffee Kenyan blend from the extensive entry list of coffees entered, agreed that the that the Johnsons Coffee blend was a fine 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 largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for speciality and fine food & drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands.

Since 1994 over 60,000 products have been evaluated. This year alone, over 8,000 products

were blind–tasted by panels of specialists: top chefs, cookery writers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers.

Great Taste is the biggest independent benchmarking scheme for local, regional and speciality foods in Britain. Over 350 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 winner and restaurateur Mat Follas, restaurant critic and Masterchef judge, Charles Campion, food writers Lucas Hollweg and Xanthe Clay and over 300 food buyers from leading food halls, delicatessens and farm shops including Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.

According to Guild of Fine Food chairman, Bob Farrand, each of these food and drink products has undergone the most rigorous scrutiny. “ To achieve a 3–star grading involves at least 25 experts unanimously agreeing that the product tastes divine,” he commented. “ But to be included in the Top 50 Foods in Britain meant each one had to satisfy the discerning palates of a further 25 dedicated foodies. These products all deliver the most extraordinary taste.

Philip Mills, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Johnson Brothers is also Director of the Coffee division and a Master Barista himself commented, “ We pride ourselves at Johnson for selecting the finest coffee beans and then carefully roasting them at our own facilities in Lisburn. Our Kenyan blend is one of our oldest blends and has been central to our range for many decades.  We are delighted to have been recognised by such a distinguished panel of judges in advance of our centenary celebrations of local coffee roasting in 2013.”