Local coffee brews success

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Kimberley Coffee Company owner Mark Bentham.
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A coffee for the people has achieved huge success on the national stage after claiming top honours at the 2019 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show.

In its Taste of Excellence, Kimberley Coffee Company’s Ethiopian Guji Danse Mormora espresso was named Champion Espresso, beating brews from across Australia.

Kimberley Coffee Company owner Mark Bentham said he was over the moon to win a championship trophy in the top food competition in Australia.

“My background has been in wine so I have an idea of what judges look for despite coffee being very different to the world of wine making,” he said.

“We have won a few awards previously so our coffee has been up there but now it has been taken to the next level of success.

“It’s very humbling to be at such a high level because there’s so many good coffees out there and we were lucky to get a very high different score from the judges.

“What I found with this show was that the judges had more of a consumer focus, looking at what the customer likes as opposed to a more technical approach at other shows.”

Mr Bentham said there were two factors that might have given his coffee the edge in terms of popularity: his love for people, and the climate of Broome.

“Every morning I’m talking to people when they come to Crave and I talk to people when they come to the markets, where we have been for the past 10 years,” he said.

“The beauty of the markets is that you get all sorts of people from all over Australia and even the world, and I listen to what they say.

“I also think the fact that we roast our coffee beans in the zone really helps us as well.

“The air here is clean and pure up here in Broome, between the two tropics, as opposed to in big cities that are south of the tropics.

“When you’ve got good beans, good fresh air and you’re really keeping an eye on what you’re roasting, I believe you have a good coffee that the people would want.”

Mr Bentham said all his coffees were not specifically created to win awards but to focus on what the customer would like to consume.

Fremantle’s CM Farms, Perth’s British Sausage, Ham & Bacon Company, and the Swan Valley’s Mondo Nougat won Champion Pork, Champion Bacon and Champion Confectionery respectively.

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