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  • Johnsons Coffee new corporate partnership with Action Cancer, hits target of 1000 business helping to “Paint the Town Pink”

Johnsons Coffee new corporate partnership with Action Cancer, hits target of 1000 business helping to “Paint the Town Pink”


In 2015, Action Cancer are running a new awareness campaign, Paint The Town Pink. The objective of the ‘Paint The Town Pink’ campaign is to encourage towns, businesses, community groups, schools, friends and families across Northern Ireland to hold a pink themed fundraiser to raise awareness for Action Cancer’s unique breast screening services.  


Every year Action Cancer manages a large campaign to raise funds for the ONLY charity in Northern Ireland providing breast screening for women. For every 1,000 women they screen, an average of five cancers are detected


With the help of local businesses, Action Cancer has delivered 1000 fundraising boxes, filled with materials to encourage and support fundraising events, to local businesses, schools and community groups, with a target of raising £75,000.


Johnsons Coffee are supporting the campaign in many ways including providing complimentary coffee for each of the 1,000 fundraising packs, which contains everything for a very pink Coffee party, including a pink tie, scarf, wig, ribbons, table cloth, branded T–shirts, sponsorship forms, letter from Gloria Hunniford who is supporting the campaign, empty belly poster, Z–cards, fundraising tips and testimonials from women who have had a breast cancer detection or have been reassured or supported.


There will also be a raffle for some fantastic prizes, including a 4 door Smart Car.

  • Another major award for Johnsons Coffee as their Bellagio espresso blend coffee wins silver at the prestigious  ‘Blas na hEireann 2015’ food awards
  • Another major award for Johnsons Coffee as their Bellagio espresso blend coffee wins silver at the prestigious  ‘Blas na hEireann 2015’ food awards

Another major award for Johnsons Coffee as their Bellagio espresso blend coffee wins silver at the prestigious ‘Blas na hEireann 2015’ food awards






















Now in their 8th year, Blas na hEireann, The Irish Food Awards is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. Over 2500 products were entered into this year’s competition to win Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in over 90 food and drink categories.

The Blas na hEireann awards are highly sought after in the food industry and the accreditation is a guarantee of a top quality Irish product.

Philip Mills, Sales Director, Johnsons Coffee commented, “We are delighted to receive this accolade for our Bellagio expresso blend, which recognises our commitment and passion for maintaining the highest standards and developing quality products”.

  • Johnsons Coffee gets ready for a new arrival!

Johnsons Coffee gets ready for a new arrival!

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.


  • All Shipshape at Johnsons

All Shipshape at Johnsons

Johnsons Coffee, Northern Ireland’s leading coffee roaster and coffee supplier to DFDS Seaways has been awarded a further 3 year contract to supply all ships on the cross channel routes between Dover–Dunkirk and Dover–Calais routes. Johnsons Coffee has also introduced a new branded Espresso Bar on board, ‘Cuppa Joes’, with DFDS Seaways being the exclusive official brand partner in the region.

Commenting on the appointment, Matt McPhail, route food & beverage manager, DFDS Seaways said, “We are pleased to extend our contract with Johnsons Coffee and excited about the new developments on board our ships, with the introduction of ‘Cuppa Joes’ newly designed Espresso Bars. We have been extremely impressed with the high standard of customer care and support we receive from Johnsons and our passengers really love Johnsons’ freshly roasted coffee”.

Philip Mills, Group Sales Director, Johnson Brothers added, “We are delighted to be working with DFDS Seaways and to be awarded this extension to our contract. The high standards that DFDS set are testament to the quality of passenger offer throughout the business and this relationship, while challenging due to the practical nature of supply on the open sea, has none the less been very rewarding for our business.” 

The coffees supplied by Johnsons have won universal praise from passengers from both sides of the English Channel showing that the company’s coffees are amongst the best on a pan European scene.



‘New Beans, New Machines’

Northern Ireland’s leading coffee roaster, Johnsons Coffee wins major contract with The Mount Charles Group 

Johnsons Coffee has been awarded the contract to supply The Mount Charles Group, Retail division, which operates in a number of high profile locations on the high street, shopping centres and airports throughout Ireland and Great Britain.

Johnsons Coffee already has a strong relationship with The Mount Charles Group, Ireland’s leading food service and business support Solutions Company, with the new contract adding to the existing work that Johnsons Coffee has been doing for the group’s Business & Industry and Education divisions, since 2001.

The new contract will see an investment of over £200K in the latest coffee brewing technology, with Johnsons Coffee supporting with rigorous programmes of expert training and auditing.

The contract gain is the latest in a series of wins for Johnsons Coffee. According to Philip Mills, Sales Director at Johnsons Coffee, “This is exciting news for us. We are delighted to extend our work with The Mount Charles Group and are totally committed to ensuring that we meet the very high standards that they expect, as well as delivering the quality of coffee demanded by their customers.” He continued, “This contract helps us continue our expansion into the GB market”

Cathal Geoghegan, Managing Director at The Mount Charles Group, added, “Johnsons Coffee demonstrated their enthusiasm and innovation, as well as a committed programme of support, education, monitoring and auditing. We are confident that the quality of coffee we serve will be the best on the high street. Johnsons Coffee has supplied state of the art equipment and hand roasted beans.  This combined with a comprehensive programme of barista training and development ensures our team are knowledgeable and highly skilled in the art of coffee making. ”

The contract includes outlets at Laganside Court Café, Yarns Bistro & Café at Mossley Mill, Belfast Waterfront Hall, St George’s Market Bar & Grill, Café Laurent at Forestside Shopping Centre, and their Fed & Watered outlets at Belfast International Airport, Exeter International Airport, City of Derry Airport and Obel at Donegall Quay, Belfast.