Coffee specialists with two Middlesbrough outlets are creating a stir after winning a prestigious industry gong that puts them in the top 1.6 per cent of roasters.
Rounton Coffee Roasters have been awarded three stars in the prestigious Great Taste Awards, for their fruity ‘Two Stories’ blend.
They have also won one star each for their Daybreak Blend and El Salvador – Bosque Lya.
As well as selling coffee online, the company also runs two cafés in Middlesbrough – Bedford Street Coffee and The Corner, in Middlesbrough’s Debenhams.
The awards, recognisable by their black and gold badge, celebrate the best of artisan and specialty producers.
Over 500 judges work to select the most impressive products, with only 205 of 12,777 entries receiving 3-star awards.
David Beattie, founder of Rounton Coffee Roasters, said: “We are delighted to have won these awards.
“Not only do they show the hard work of our team, but they tell us that we are doing justice to the coffees that we source.
“Two Stories was designed to celebrate coffees from exciting producers: two coffees with a tale worth telling.
“With this award, we can share these stories with more people, which is brilliant”.
The Northallerton-based roastery, founded in 2012, sources coffees from around the world which ensure that coffee farmers are paid a premium for the crops they produce.
They use state of the art equipment and software to get the best out of their coffee, and aim to show the diversity of different seasonal coffees.
Head of coffee Dave Burton said: “The coffees in Two Stories are really exciting and fruity – they can really make you question what coffee can taste like.
“We have great relationships with the producers we work with. For example, the coffee in Two Stories is often hand-delivered to our roastery in East Rounton by the people who set up the coffee station over in Uganda!”