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