Moreton Bay Region's very own local startup, Chilli Coffee has wowed judges and taken home a top award at the national Mr Chilli Awards 2020.
Chilli Coffee was awarded 2020 Best Beverage for its "Mild Chilli Coffee" - an accolade that came after eighteen months of product development and just seven weeks from officially launching the business.
Chilli Coffee inventor, Mr James Sullivan, was thrilled and excited upon learning about the award.
“Both Douglas, my business partner, and I are thrilled to be acknowledged by our peers, for our awesome tasting Mild Chilli Coffee, we developed."
"We were so excited when the announcement was made on Saturday. Thank you to all the entrants and judges for hosting this wonderful competition. It is a great way to recognise all the people who develop incredible sauces, food and beverage products using chilli flavours.”
They say timing is everything in business, well despite opening its doors for business, just 10 days before the Australian Government announced the closure of all cafes, restaurants, clubs, pubs, hotels, both James and Douglas have taken the challenge on the chin.
“We are all in this together, so we need to make the best of the hand we’ve been dealt. Who could have predicted that a week after opening our doors for business, our largest group of prospective new customers, would then close?" said Mr Douglas Bates.
"Despite all the doom and gloom we are surrounded with at the moment, winning this competition confirms we are on the right path. We look forward to the day when everyone can reopen and resume normal trading, so we can share this exciting new coffee taste sensation with many more people.”
Chilli Coffee's full product range and intensities is available to view online at www.chillicoffee.com. Chill lovers can also view a range of recipes and information to help understand the health benefits of drinking Chilli Coffee.
Congratulations Chilli Coffee, it's great to see a new business and couple of local innovators going for it!