Leading NI coffee roaster, Johnsons Coffee, is getting ready for an exciting new arrival. It’s very own home grown coffee beans.
For over 100 years the Johnson family have been producing coffees of true excellence with the finest Arabica beans from around the globe, being expertly selected and brought to Johnson Coffee for roasting. Now the Lisburn company have cultivated locally grown coffee plants which will yield their fruit and produce their own exclusive coffee beans.
The project, which is collaboration between Johnsons Coffee and leading local horticulturalist, David Pattison has produced over a dozen coffee plants, which are being carefully nurtured and cared for.
Philip Mills, Sales Director at Johnsons Coffee said, “Coffee is grown around the equator in countries rich in volcanic mineral soils having specific temperature and rainfall tolerances. We have replicated the growing conditions tp allow us to produce and roast coffee grown right here in Northern Ireland. We’re really looking forward to producing and tasting our very own home grown cup of Johnsons Coffee”.
David Pattison commented, “It has been a very interest challenge, replicating the climatic conditions, with temperature, humidity and light all being important factors that need to be considered. I am very pleased that the plants are all very healthy and I am sure in time there will bear fruit and produce good coffee beans.”
Whether the first cup will match up to the other award winning blends and brands that Johnsons Coffee produce, time will tell. However, there is no doubt about the experience and expertise that has been gained, as well as the educational value of the project, with many staff from local coffee shops, restaurants, business and hotels now being able to understand and see the complete process at first hand of how a cup of coffee is produced.
Philip Mills added, “This is not a long term plan to grow our coffees locally, but I’m certainly looking forward to my first cup of Northern Ireland coffee”.
David Pattison, Managing Director of Award winning Landscape Designers ‘Plantations’ and Philip Mills, Sales Director at Johnsons Coffee tend to the first crop of locally grown coffee plants at Johnsons Coffee.