garath-tasting-GTA14-210x300A €350,000 investment in ‘Gaynor’ – a state-of-the-art Italian Brambatti roaster – last year is paying dividends for one of Ireland’s oldest coffee and tea companies, Robert Roberts who have been awarded a record haul of 17 golds at the annual Great Taste Awards for 13 of its coffee and tea blends.

Included in the winning products are four two-star gold accolades – which classes products as “faultless” – for Robert Roberts’ Colombia Coffee, Fairtrade Luxury Tea, Vivaldi Espresso and Mocha Java.

An additional nine products were also awarded a one-star gold – “close to perfect” – including Robert Roberts Rainforest Alliance organic tea, Robert Roberts Costa Rica coffee, and the company’s Decaf Black Tea.

Highly regarded as the Oscars of the Food and Beverage Industry, the Great Taste Awards are organised by the Guild of Fine Food.

The Brambatti roaster was named ‘Gaynor’ after one of the founding fathers of Robert Roberts, E. Gaynor Goodbody, and this is the Robert Roberts’ first submission to the awards since its significant investment in the roaster. The record haul of Great Taste golds is a huge vote of confidence in Robert Roberts and the capabilities of ‘Gaynor’.

This year’s Great Taste accolades bring the total number of golds that Robert Roberts has been awarded to 55 gold Great Taste awards, in just six years of entering. This includes a three-star gold – the highest possible accolade – for Robert Roberts’ Java Beans Coffee in 2012.

This year’s Great Taste Awards’ judging involved 400 judges tasting over 10,000 products across Ireland and the UK, over a 50-day judging period, in what is the world’s largest blind-tasted food and drink accreditation scheme.

Garath Scully, Master Coffee Roaster at Robert Roberts comments:

“In addition to lowering the company’s carbon emissions through more energy efficient technology, ‘Gaynor’ has enabled us to further refine our roasting. The roaster allows for even finer variations in the way we roast our coffee, taking advantage of the variation of the beans.

“This year’s 17 Great Taste golds are very special as they’re a stamp of excellence for our products. Our state-of-the-art technology, coupled with the old-fashioned tasting rituals that we use daily, are proving to be a winning combination.”

On explaining what makes winning gold at the Great Taste Awards so valuable to Robert Roberts, Brand Manager, Joanne Beattie adds:

“The Great Taste Awards are hugely influential in the food and drink industry and for shoppers, they are widely-recognised as an indicator of ‘the best of’ products.

“Our Roastery in Dublin 24 is the heart of our business and its vital that the superior quality and consistency of our coffees and teas is communicated to our retail and foodservice customers. The Great Taste Awards enables us to do this as its judging process is completely independent and very robust.”

Robert Roberts’ coffee is available in all major supermarkets and convenience stores. Its foodservice offering supplies many of Ireland’s premier cafes, restaurants, hotels and canteens across the country. It is one of the oldest tea and coffee businesses in Ireland with a history that goes back to the 1840s.

Two Star rating:
Colombian Coffee
Fairtrade Luxury Tea

One Star Rating:
Vivaldi Espresso
Mocha Java
McGraths Gold Tea
RR Costa Rica
Fairtrade Segovia
El Salvador & Brazil
Decaf Black Tea
McGraths Reserve Tea
Rainforest Alliance Organic Tea
Luxury Leaf Tea
Colombian Tres Rios