Every year, the prestigious Great Taste Awards are given out by the Guild of Fine Food. Limited in number, it’s always heartening to see small independent businesses being rewarded for their hard work and high-quality produce.

81jj26ctrgl-_sy445_Among these this year is Spiller and Tait, a tiny coffee roastery located in Devon. After one year in this extremely competitive environment, they have already proved themselves by becoming one of Amazon UK’s top-selling coffees.

This has been further endorsed by their reception of the Great Taste Award for their Signature Blend Coffee, which received one star. Furthermore, alongside only 164 other products in the country, they have received the prestigious three-star rating for their matcha tea, which was only launched after months of extensive tea tastings from numerous areas of Japan. Judges praised the depth of its “pure flavour” and balance between sweetness and bitterness

The awards are decided upon by over 500 top palates, which this year included Gill Meller (author of and Martha Collison (of Bake Off fame), as well as food buyers from Fortnum and Mason and Selfridges. Other recipients of three-star awards included products from Gail’s Artisan Bakery, Flora Tea Group, and Masons Yorkshire Gin.

As an Exeter University graduate I’m naturally biased in favour of Spiller and Tait’s Devonian heritage – but I’m a big fan of the Great Taste Awards in general, as they’re a terrific boost to artisanal brands. Well done to all!

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