Huhtamaki 2015 New Zealand Coffee Awards

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Congratulations Altura Coffee Roasters! This year's Huhtamaki Supreme Award Winner with their new 'Altitude' blend.

Auckland’s Altura Coffee has won the Supreme Award at the Huhtamaki 2015-16 New Zealand Coffee Awards, the second time it has been judged the country’s best coffee roaster since the awards began 12 years ago.

Its award-winning coffee, named Altitude, was a clear winner with the highest individual score in the eight categories of the awards.  

Who were the winners at the  2015 Huhtamaki New Zealand Coffee Awards? See the results.

Nearly 300 entries were entered from New Zealand Coffee roasting companies for this year’s awards, now in their 12th year. Altura, based at Albany on Auckland’s North Shore, won the Gold Medal in the highly competitive Flat White category, which attracted the greatest number of entries. Their Altitude coffee was only launched on to the New Zealand market in the past two weeks.

Commenting on the awards, Head Judge Instaurator from Australia, said there had been a marked improvement in the overall quality of the coffees entered, particularly in the Organic and Supermarket Plunger categories.

“The Supermarket Plunger variety showed much more freshness and fruitiness with some of the blends,” he said. “There was quite a lively taste amongst the best coffees in each of the categories. This year we weighed each grind both dry and wet to make sure that everything was very consistent.”

The medal tally was spread across a broad range of roasters, including Hawthorne Coffee in Havelock North for the Best Supermarket Plunger coffee, while Tauranga’s Excelso won Gold for Best Organic Coffee. Karamu Coffee was Wellington’s top roaster winning Gold in the Ethically Traded Coffee category.

The awards, held at the Bell Tea & Coffee Company, were judged by a panel of coffee roasters and expert judges. Companies entered up to eight categories – Best Espresso, Traditional Flat White, Best Organic, Best Ethically Traded, Best Supermarket Plunger, Best Supermarket Espresso, Best Single Origin and Best Foodservice Plunger.

“The category that really showed great improvement this year was the Supermarket Plunger while last year it was Single Origin category,” said Instaurator.

 

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