We are thrilled to announce that we have won stars yet again at this years prestigious Great Taste Awards for not just ONE, but TWO of our freshly roasted speciality coffees!

Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2019. Out of 12,772 products sent in from over 100 different countries, Edgcumbes has been awarded TWO 2-star Great Taste awards, which means judges dubbed our coffees above and beyond delicious for our ‘Sussex Barn’ and ‘Dark Side of the Edge’ speciality grade coffee bean blends!

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers 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 label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting by hundreds of judges.

Our director, Alice Rendle explains: “We believe that FRESH is BEST and by choosing the best speciality grade beans and carefully roasting them fresh every day at our Sussex Roastery, means our customers can enjoy coffee at its very best! Customers recognise the Great Taste award as a mark of quality and to have TWO winners this year is especially welcome for our team and for so many of our customers – both the home-user and our many hospitality customers who want to offer something special .”

Back in 2015 Edgcumbes roasted a coffee and called it Sussex Barn, named after the lovely Dutch barn in which all the roasting and blending takes place. They sent it to the Great Taste Guild of Fine Food competition for the first time in 2016 and have been rewarded with stars ever since! It is their house speciality blend and served at their on-site EDGE Café at the roastery near Arundel to their many happy customers!

Hear what the judges had to say: “A really good example of a light roast that has developed with lots of body and a great finish. This begins with just the right acidity without any sourness. Light and breezy with layers of flavour that just keep changing into something else: cranberries, walnuts, chocolate. Really clean, well-balanced and evidences clever blending.”

Life on the dark side! This blend was developed for those seeking intensity – a blend of three different beautiful darker roasted speciality coffees hailing from Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia. Dark Side of the EDGE has been freshly roasted for espresso but can be equally enjoyed slow brewed for filter or cafetière.

Hear what the judges had to say: “Well roasted with chocolate on the nose. Good bright notes on the palate with a balanced acidity. Tried with warm milk we found pleasant chocolate notes, rounded and we agree there is a pleasing intensity on the finish.”

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is vinegar, granola, bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box 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 12,772 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 208 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,326 received a 2-star and 3,409 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, Kenny Tutt, MasterChef 2018 champion, author, Olia Hercules, chef and food writer, Gill Meller, Kavi Thakar from Dishoom, food writer and stylist, Georgina Hayden and author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Sourced Market and Partridges. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste 2019 Supreme Champion.

Grab a bag of our AWARD WINNING Sussex Barn and Dark Side of the Edge online now or pop in to the EDGE Café and pick some up today!


For media enquiries, please download our Edgcumbes – Great Taste 2019 – Press Release
Please contact Vicki Isted – Marketing Dept. Edgcumbe Tea & Coffee Co. Ltd
Email: hello@edgcumbes.co.uk Phone: 01243 555775
The Old Barn, Ford Lane, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0DF