Belfast Telegraph

David Cameron thinks there's summit special about coffee pods

BY CLARE WEIR

A Lisburn coffee company which supplied the beverage to world leaders attending the G8 summit last month has been given a seal of approval from the Prime Minister David Cameron.

Pure Roast Coffee in the city is the only company in Northern Ireland making coffee 'pods' and as a result they were able to come up with a special blend which was available in personal machines fitted in each of the chalets housing dignitaries at the Lough Erne resort.

The firm produces 30 blends for pods to key customers including catering supplies company Dualit and Emirates Airline in Dubai, which serves Pure Roast Coffee pods in its international network of business lounges.

The company has won new business this year from a major international restaurant chain for two million Easy-Serve-Espresso (ESE) pods and is hoping to produce 20 million pods for customers across Britain this year.

One happy customer was David Cameron (left), who last week wrote to the firm congratulating it on its coffee, and wished them a successful future.

Stuart Hewitt, technical director at Pure Roast Coffee said he was shocked to receive the letter.

"We are the only company in Northern Ireland making these pods and as the summit organisers wanted to use local produce, we were the natural choice," he said.

"We were joking during the summit that it would be great if President Obama would come out and say how much he loved our coffee, so it was a bit of a surprise to open the letter from David Cameron on Monday, which I suppose is the next best thing!

"I'll still be keeping an eye on the letterbox in case Obama drops us a line too!"

And the British Prime Minister was not the only big fan of Pure Roast Coffee – Mr Hewitt revealed that no pods were returned when the clean-up took place.

"It's great to think that every single pod was used and our products were well received and hopefully the good news will travel. It's been a great showcase and the best thing is that my mum is chuffed to bits."

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