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Bailies Coffee Blitz Food Oscars

Bailies Coffee Win 9 Awards in the Great Taste Awards 2011 on the first year of entry.

The Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food are the acknowledged benchmark for speciality food and drink, in which UK producers enter their food in categories, judged by at least three different judging panels at three different venues.

Successful products receive a 1 star (Bronze), 2 stars (Silver) or 3 star (Gold) rating by judges.

With over 7,400 products entered this year by over 1,500 companies and a judging panel consisting of fine food retailers, chefs, restaurant critics, food writers and various other industry experts, the competition is tough and the processes are rigorous.

Brigid McLean, Marketing Manager at Belfast based Bailies Coffee Company said, “Bailies is known as a leading coffee supplier in Northern Ireland but we were keen to gain recognition as a leading coffee roaster in the UK also, so this year we decided to dip our toe in the water at the UK Great Taste Awards for the first time.” Brigid continued, “We have great faith in the quality of our products which are sourced from ethical coffee suppliers in Africa, America & Asia but even we were surprised to win so many awards for our products. We won 9 Awards totalling 12 Stars. We will definitely be entering again next year and going for Gold!”

Three of Bailies Coffee Company’s hand roasted espresso coffees were awarded the 2 star rating; the Guatemala Chimaltenango Bourbon coffee, Tiamo Espresso, an African coffee blend from Malawi bursting with floral aroma and hints of lavender and jasmine, and the elegant and refined Silvio Espresso, with dark chocolate and marzipan sweetness.

Three further roasted coffee products received the one star rating; Colombian Somondoco, Costa Rican and Ethiopian Sidamo. An additional three stars were gained for our speciality tea ranges; Camomile Flower Tea, Earl Grey Tea and Fair Trade Loose Leaf Tea.
Notes to Editor

Bailies Coffee Company are award winning coffee roasters in the UK, who were founded in 1993 in response to growing demand for quality roasted coffee and ethical coffee amongst an increasingly knowledgeable consumer base in the UK and Ireland. Starting as one of the leading coffee suppliers in Northern Ireland, Bailies Coffee has since expanded its products and services to meet the growing needs of coffee wholesale customers in the UK and Ireland. These include coffee shop supplies, coffee machine sales, machine servicing and Barista training.

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