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The Golden Bean Awards has been running for over 12 years in Australia and is the coffee industry’s largest and most renowned coffee roasting competition globally. The 2019 edition was held in Port Macquarie, NSW from 20th – 23rd November.

This competition endeavours to find Australia’s best coffee roasting business with coffees being judged as Espresso, Milk and Filter beverages with medals awarded in 11 categories. To enter, coffee companies must submit roasted coffee for blind assessment by a panel of independent judges. The coffees are scored from 1 – 10 on four key criteria: sweetness, acidity, body and taste balance.

Black Bag Roasters, based in Richmond, Melbourne, is proud to have secured 17 awards for its various customers, including the coveted Gold for Overall Large Chain/Franchise which was awarded to ALDI Australia.

This category is highly competitive, this year it attracted over 1,600 entries. ALDI was awarded 12 medals in total – one gold, four silver and seven bronze for their various coffee bean products. ALDI began working with Black Bag Roasters in 2014 and have together have been able to offer some of the freshest coffee in the supermarket space. As a result, they have seen significant growth of their coffee range which includes Lazzio Dark, Lazzio Medium, Single Origin Honduras, Single Origin Peru, Single Origin Colombia, Single Origin Brazil and Certified Fair Trade / Organic.

ALDI entered the Australian market in 2001and currently operates 554 stores. They have grown rapidly since entering the market, opening stores in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. 

ALDI aims to increase the volumes of responsibly sourced coffee across their brands, to allow shoppers to make more sustainable choices. As a key business partner, we have assisted ALDI with this transition. All of the Lazzio and Just Organic products that we supply to ALDI are either Fairtrade or UTZ certified.

ALDI are also excited to launch new coffee lines and packaging from April 2020. 

Black Bag Roasters, part of the Nomad Coffee Group, is one of the largest contract roasters in Australia and has been a core part of the Australian coffee industry for over 14 years. Its team consists of renowned coffee professionals who bring specialty knowledge, theories and skills to contract roasting.

To get in touch with the team at Black Bag Roasters or to organise a roastery tour at the Richmond (VIC) facility please contact Lance Brown – lance.brown@blackbagroasters.com.au or +61 438 848 977.

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