COFFEE roasted right here on the Isle of Wight could soon be supped around the country.

The Island Tea and Coffee Co has been awarded SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval) accreditation for its coffee beans, which are freshly roasted in Rookley.

SALSA accreditation is aimed at small producers looking to supply national buyers on a local or regional level.

Already in Morrisons stores in Hampshire, the certification will enable the company's coffee beans to be stocked in other supermarkets nationwide.

Managing director Jon Carter said: “Receiving SALSA approval is a great way to start 2020. We saw growth and success in 2019 and now this accreditation allows our outstanding coffee beans to be stocked on supermarket shelves across the whole of the UK.

“It demonstrates to our customers they are purchasing not just the freshest, but the best freshly roasted coffee.

“Credit goes to our master roaster, Mike, and our sales specialist, Wayne, who have worked hard to achieve this highly-prized seal of approval.

"They oversee every roast to ensure each bean is roasted to perfection, and work with businesses to offer a bespoke service of the highest quality.

“We look forward to creating even more specialist coffee blends and to promoting the Isle of Wight and its artisans.”

The Island Tea and Coffee Co, founded 35 years ago, also makes Carisbrooke Tea and supplies more than 1,600 cafes, restaurants and hotels.