A COFFEE company has been sharing in a taste of success.
Grumpy Mule, of Meltham, struck gold three times in the 2008 Great Taste Awards for its distinctive coffees from Rwanda, Panama and Ethiopia.
And the company spread the word about its win by staging a coffee-tasting session at Thorncliffe Farm Shop in Emley.
Customers were invited to sample its blends and compete for a chance to visit the roastery, roast their own beans and get a year’s supply of award-winning coffee.
Grumpy Mule’s three golds included one of only 72 three-star gold awards presented nationally for its Rwanda Musasa Co-operative Arabica Coffee. Judges selected it as an outstanding example from more than 4,800 speciality food and drink products entered this year.
From its base at Bolling Coffee, Bent Ley Road, Grumpy Mule staff travel the world to find its coffees before roasting and packaging the beans at the roastery.
Grumpy Mule’s Damian Blackburn is a judge in the Cup of Excellence competitions, the international contest that identifies the best beans from each coffee-growing region.
He said: “We are thrilled with our success in the Great Taste Awards this year.
“To celebrate we decided to join with one of our Yorkshire retailers and host a tasting session that would let food and drink lovers taste our award-winning coffees for themselves.”
Matt Craddock, owner of Thorncliffe Farm Shop, said: “Our customers love trying new things, so we were keen to offer Grumpy Mule’s distinctive coffees when we first learned about them.
“Yorkshire is a fantastic location for great local produce and I am passionate about showing the huge variety, from the traditional tastes we all know and love to the more unexpected and exotic ingredients and specialities.
“The Grumpy Mule team has travelled the world to source these coffees from East Africa and Panama before roasting them.”
The Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food and billed as the Oscars of the food industry, celebrated their 15th anniversary this year.