Grounded scoops gold in food olympics

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
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Local cafe Grounded, based at Monaghan Street and Slieve Gullion Forest is celebrating after the popular local business achieved 3 Great Taste awards in this years competition. Just under 9000 food and drink products were entered into this years annual Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste accreditation. Over the course of 45 days these 9000 products were blind tasted by 350 top chefs, cookery writers and food critics. Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for speciality and fine food and drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands. The Grounded House Espresso came back with one gold star, with the judges remarking on the espresso’s jammy sweetness and chocolatey balance. Grounded Grey, the cafes very own twist on the well know Earl Grey also gained one gold star, with its citrus bite catching the attention of the judges. Grounded’s House Blend Filter coffee, the brew served with the Grounded Breakfast achieved a fantastic 2 gold stars, with the judges commenting on the light, delicate and interesting flavour in the cup. Judges this year included Masterchef winner and restaurateur Mat Follas, restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Charles Campion, food writers Lucas Hollweg and Xanthe Clay and over 300 food buyers from leading food halls, delicatessens and farm shops, including Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason. Graeme Finegan from Grounded, spoke to Newry Times and said he and the Grounded team were absolutely delighted with their achievements. “We always knew our coffee was class but to hear it from industry leaders is something else. We work very hard to make sure our coffee and tea is special, and the end product comes from hundreds of hours tasting and tweaking until we have truly great product.”
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