Galashiels-based coffee roasters Luckie Beans named among top food and drink producers globally

Tasted by the experts, Luckie Beans Coffee Roasters have won 2 awards at this year’s Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards.  A Great Taste 2-star for their Rwanda Dukunde Kawa Musasa and a Great Taste 1-star for their Brazil – Swiss Water Decaf.

Galashiels-based coffee roasters, Luckie Beans has been named among the top food and drink producers globally this year, picking up highly prized 1 and 2-star Great Taste award’s for their Rwanda Dukunde Kawa Musasa and for their Brazil – Swiss Water Decaf coffee roasts.

More than 14,000 products were put through the competition’s rigorous blind judging process; and Luckie Beans won 2 awards at the world’s most coveted food and drink awards. 4,078 products were awarded a Great Taste 1-star – ‘food and drink that delivers fantastic flavour’, 1,237 were awarded a Great Taste 2-star – ‘above and beyond delicious’, and 241 were awarded a Great Taste 3-star – ‘extraordinarily tasty food and drink’.

Described as “A sweet yet light strawberries and cream, Campino confectionery note. Light and fragrant, deliciously elegant. With milk we get a twist of strawberry laces. Refreshing on the palate and delicious”, this Rwandan coffee was a big hit with the Great Taste judges.

Luckie Beans, Rwanda Dukunde Kawa Musasa beans come from farms where the farmers pick the cherries from the coffee plant by selective harvesting where only ripe and good quality cherries are delivered to collection centres where the coffee is then transported by truck, bicycle or by head within 8 hours to the washing station.

The coffee is left in raised beds for 45 – 60 days. The cherries are pre-cleaned and sorted by density (any inert materials and lighter beans are removed) by a Pinhalense machine nicknamed the ‘Umupolisi’ (police person)  prior to sun drying where lighter cherries are removed and dried separately as lower grade coffee. Then Luckie Beans work their roasting talents and transform the beans into one of 5,556 products to receive a Great Taste award in 2022 (which is only 39.1% of the total products entered).

What is Great Taste?

Recognised as a stamp of excellence and actively sought out by food lovers and retailers alike, Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, values taste above all else. All products in the line-up for judging are blind-tasted: every product is removed from its packaging so it cannot be identified, before entering a robust, layered judging process.

This year, the judging took place over 90 days across two judging locations (Dorset and London)  with a panel of more than 500 judges. This year’s line-up saw food and drink products submitted from a staggering 110 different countries from across the world.

Jamie McLuckie from Luckie Beans Coffee Roasters comments: “We are over the moon to have won a further 2 Great Taste awards for our Rwandan and Decaf coffees. Taking Luckie Beans total to 9 Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards. It shows me I am continuing to roast the coffee well and respect the beans that the farmers have spent a lot of time caring for.” Esther McLuckie from Luckie Beans Coffee Roasters comments “moving the roastery to Galashiels has been an exciting venture for us. I’m so proud that Jamie has been able to achieve these awards on our new roaster, proving he is a talented coffee roaster, it just shows hard work and focus pays off. Great Taste is the most recognised accolade for taste and quality in the food and drink world, so it really is a huge achievement”

Luckie Beans Coffee Roasters has an open day every Wednesday, 10:30am – 5:30pm. 38A Bank Street, Galashiels, TD1 1EP

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