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UCC Coffee launches Grand Crü developed with Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn

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UCC Coffee UK & Ireland has released details of its new seasonal Grand Crü specialty coffee for the out of home market. Grand Crü Composition No.2, developed in conjunction with Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn, launches in February 2017.

Ronan Sayburn and UCC Coffee head of coffee quality and Q grader Gayan Munaweera have overseen the delicate blending process, using their combined knowledge to create this unique limited release coffee.

The coffees selected for Grand Crü have all achieved an industry recognised SCAA International Quality Score of 80+, which denotes speciality status of the green coffee.

Ronan Sayburn explains: “Wine and coffee are very similar. Their flavour begins at source from the terroir, varietal, altitude and climate, as well as the way it’s cultivated and processed.

Gayan and I share similar passion and skills when it comes to tasting and identifying flavours and it’s been great working together again on this new blend.

Being involved with UCC Coffee has really opened my eyes to the importance of coffee choices on the menu and getting the recipe right.

When you’re out for a meal, coffee is the last impression before you go home – get this right and customers will leave happy.”

Gayan Munaweera, Head of Coffee Quality and Q-Grader, UCC Coffee says: “When crafting the blend we consider the individual attributes of each coffee and how these characteristics work to achieve a harmony of complementary texture, acidity and flavour.

Composition No.2 is a blend of four components: Ethiopia Wenago, Ethiopian Konjo-Limu, Guatemala Hacienda Carmona and Sumatra Mandheling Tingkem with a complexity of flavour coming from its refined, premium taste. It’s truly a unique blend.”

Composition No.2 is the second blend developed by Ronan Sayburn with UCC Coffee, having first partnered in 2016.

Composition No.2 is available from February 2017 in 10x500g packs.

Mark Murphy