Great Taste Award 2016

Many of you already know that we were awarded 3 Gold Stars at this years Great Taste Awards for our Espresso Blend. We are absolutely over the moon! This year  we went a step further as we were listed in their TOP 50 FOODS in the UK.

On top of this Willie Monsoon got 2 Gold Stars for his Winter Blend.  An awesome result as he hasn't been roasting for long! We will be offering the Winter Blend on line in the Autumn!

Monsoon Estates Coffee Company  celebrates as its Espresso Blend is listed in the Great Taste 2016 TOP 50 FOODS list.

Out of 10,000 entries into this year’s Great Taste awards, Monsoon Espresso Blend produced by Monsoon Estates has risen to the top to be named one of Britain’s Top 50 Foods. This result means that Monsoon Espresso Blend joins the ranks of some of the most outstanding foods available and is worth searching for and savouring.

We were absolutely over the moon to get 3 Gold Stars and then to find we’re in the Great Taste Top 50 foods in the UK and to read about it in The Times, we were blown away!  To be in the Top 50 means our product has been BLIND-tasted, tasted and tasted again - by some of the most demanding and knowledgeable judges in the country who will only choose the most exquisite food to be in the Top 50. The judges described our coffee as PROPER coffee and said it was good enough to transport them to the espresso bars of Italy!  Wow!

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste accolade is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind-tasting by hundreds of judges.      

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding or packaging. Whether it is jam, gin, beef or butter being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.

There were 10,000 Great Taste entries this year and of those products, 141 have been awarded a 3-star, 878 received a 2-star and 2,520 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges included; TV chef and author, Valentine Warner, MasterChef judge and restaurant critic, Charles Campion, fifth generation baker, Tom Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery, and Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn; food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and Waitrose and chefs including, James Golding, chef director of THE PIG Hotels, and Kevin Gratton, chef director of HIX Restaurants. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the 2016 Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the 2016 Supreme Champion.

Great Taste 2016 will reach its exciting finale on Monday 5 September, when the world of fine food gathers at the Royal Garden Hotel in London to find out the Golden Fork winners for each region at an Awards Dinner, with the final applause reserved for the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2016.

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