10 November 2016

The Monsoon Boys are off to Sumatra

The Monsoon boys are off to the coffee farms of Sumatra! When we started our little coffee company we thought it would give us the opportunity to travel. Little did we know! Each year we seem busier than before and no time for travel to coffee farms. We decided, this year, to bite the bullet  when our importer asked us if we would like to tag along!

I will hold the fort with the help of some great friends and wonderful staff, the only problem is, we can't do the markets. I'll be at the roastery and also our web shop will be going for those emergency supplies. Apologies for any inconvenience but I'm sure you all appreciate how important it is for us to see first hand where our fab coffees come from and to meet some of the coffee farmers. I'm so  excited for them, anyone would think I was going!  It will be an amazing trip. They will visit several farms including the fabulous Wahana Estate (one of our current coffees). They will also visit a wild Luwak area where the famous 'Cat Poo' coffee comes from!  If it is truly wild we might get some for special gilfts at Christmas.

If you feel like a laugh have a look at this little video.  Following on from our Great Taste Top 50 we actually went to a celebration dinner in London.  Little did we know we were nominated for a Great Taste Golden Fork Award.  Totally bonkers evening and great fun! Watch our little video!

Have a great November and stay warm!
Cheers,
Anne and the gang!

29 August 2016

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.

 

27 March 2016

Holiday time!

Hello All

Just a quick reminder to let you know we are closed now until 15th April.

Any orders received will be dispatched on our return.

We look forward to checking out the Aussie coffee scene and maybe get some ideas for our return.

Cheers

Anne and the boys

12 January 2016

New Coffee for January

The fabulous Daterra 'Collection' coffees are available again! Beautiful Brazilian Rainforest Alliance coffee.

Daterra Sweet Collection - Sweet, clean and elegant with chocolaty aftertaste.    A Great Taste winner 2015

Daterra Full Bloom  - A dry processed coffee with heavier body and fruit and chocolate flavours.

Daterra Bourbon Collection  -  Nuts and chocolate.   A Great Taste winner 2015

 

1 January 2016

Music to soothe the soul

This piece, entitled “Monsoon Malabar Blues” was sent to me by one of my lovely customers. It really does soothe the soul, as it was meant to, after I had a rant on Twitter about a rude  phone caller!

Thanks  Ceinwen