The Roaster

  • Johnsons Coffee hosts it’s very first public factory tour
  • Johnsons Coffee hosts it’s very first public factory tour

Johnsons Coffee hosts it’s very first public factory tour













On Wednesday 28th September, we had our very first public factory tour with 12 special guests. They were taken on a journey through the coffee roasting process, espresso tasting and flavour profiling. We also opened up our training facility to allow guests to create the perfect textured milk for a cappuccino. A fantastic night and we are now looking forward to the next one in November.

  • First Hong Kong orders for Johnsons Coffee

First Hong Kong orders for Johnsons Coffee



Johnsons Coffee has received the first order for it’s locally roasted coffee from the Watson Supermarket Chain in Hong Kong

Watson is one of Asia’s largest retailers and operates in 12 Asian and European markets, including China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau), Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Indonesia, Turkey and Ukraine, operating more than 5,200 stores.


Watson has more than 220 outlets in Hong Kong and Macau.


Philip Mills, Sales Director at Johnson Brothers, commented, “ We are always looking at new business opportunities and are delighted to be working with the Watson Supermarket Chain in Hong Kong. We look forward to developing a strong relationship with them and expanding our exports to the Asian markets”



  • 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.


‘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.