Coffee from Bay strikes gold standard

Sixty-five companies and 300 coffees competed for the best New Zealand coffee title, judged by a panel of 14 people last week.

Onekawa-based Flight coffee won gold for its El Salvador-San Emilio blend for the best ethically traded coffee. Mr Corney said it was the first time the company had entered a competition, although they are no strangers to success.

Flight co-owner Nick Clark was rated third in the World Barrista Championships this year.

Their Wellington cafe, Memphis Belle Coffee House has won four awards in the last two years.

Competition director Michael Guy said Flight created a fantastic blend.

Mr Corney said they were up against some companies which had been roasting coffee for 20 years. "We are incredibly passionate about what we do and stoked to be recognised by international judges."


Mazzer Best Ethically Traded: Flight, Napier (gold), Hawthorne, Havelock North (bronze).

Huhtamaki Best New Zealand Espresso: Switch, Napier (bronze)

Sherpac Best Foodservice Plunger: Flight, Napier (bronze)

Cafe magazine Best Supermarket Plunger: Hawthorne, Havelock North (bronze)

Best Supermarket Espresso: Switch, Napier (bronze)

- Hawkes Bay Today

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