Bill Yuill, of Bean Around the World, with some of his
award-winning coffee beans. For the second time, Mr Yuill's
roasted espresso beans were named best in New Zealand at
the New Zealand Coffee Awards. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
A Queenstown coffee roaster has claimed top honours in
the New Zealand Coffee Awards again.
Bill Yuill, owner of Bean Around the World, won the judges
over with his Arrow Gold roasted espresso, described as ''the
best espresso blend in the competition'' by Cafe
magazine and a team of international judges.
He also won the award in 2006.
''It's easy to work on your own and think you've got the
formula right, but when the country's experts tell you you're
doing it better than anybody else, it's a great feeling.''
Mr Yuill, who has been in the business for 13 years, uses
Arabica beans, a blend of Colombian, Kenyan and Papua New
Guinean beans, supplied from Auckland and roasted at the back
of his Athol St premises.
While he supplies cafes and restaurants in the resort and
further afield, he also wants Queenstown residents to consume
Queenstown coffee in their homes.
''I don't want to take over the world, I'm not into
mass-producing and sacrificing quality for the big bucks.
''One thing I've learnt over the 13 years I've been roasting
is that coffee plays such an important part in people's days
around here, that they're always looking for the best coffee
Mr Yuill has started making home deliveries for Queenstown
residents, offering them a choice of beans or ground coffee -
the latter done on delivery.