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La Cimbali Donation to Italian Health Service

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La Cimbali Donation to Italian Health Service

At Revolver, we’re incredibly proud of the relationships that we have built over the last 10 years. As a company who recognises the importance of high ethical standards and positive environmental practices, it is a pleasure to work alongside organisations who share similar values.  

In many ways, the current COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the best in people, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share the story of how our Italian friends at La Cimbali have contributed to the fight against the virus.  

La Cimbali is an Italian manufacturer of professional espresso and cappuccino equipment, and a company who we’ve been fortunate to work alongside in recent times as we develop our café and bean-to-cup solutions offering. With their headquarters in Milan, many of the Cimbali team have seen the brunt of the coronavirus epicentre, which until recently was focused in Italy.  

This week, Cimbali Group donated 10 lung ventilators to the Italian National Health Service facility, a total value of around €200,000. The following quote is taken from Maurizo Cimbali, as shared by the Cimbali website: 

“Our Country is going through a dramatic time, without a doubt nothing like this has ever been experienced in the past few decades. – Declared Maurizio Cimbali, President of the Group. – As an Italian company, strongly rooted in Lombardy, we feel compelled by a need, a duty and a moral commitment to support the healthcare and hospital system which is coping remarkably in the face of this emergency, with a donation of 200 thousand euros for the purchase of lung respirators for intensive care”. 

We’d like to extend our warmest regards to everyone at Cimbali during this period, both in Italy and further afield. This is a very trying time, so it’s fantastic to see acts of generosity in our industry going a long way to make a tangible difference.  

You can read more about our work with La Cimbali here

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Coffee At Home Part 1: Coffee Bags

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Coffee At Home Part 1: Coffee Bags

It’s no secret that coffee is a vital part of the working day for a lot of people. With recent social distancing measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic, most of us are working from the comfort of our own homes. While for many people this is a welcome change from office life, there is one thing missing. Good quality coffee.  

Unfortunately, many of our friends in the café and hospitality industry have had to temporarily close their doors to do their part in preventing the spread of coronavirus. We’re no longer able to pop into a coffee shop and pick up a drink, but that’s no reason to have to settle for an instant coffee while working from home.  

Coffee Bags remain relatively unknown to the majority of people outside the industry, but the concept is simple. Imagine a teabag, but with fresh coffee inside. All you need to do is brew, stir, squeeze and serve! It’s an incredibly simple solution for those of us who don’t have all the gear at home to make a great tasting, fresh coffee.  

Famous Blue Mountain 

This coffee is our premium blend of four single origin coffees, sourced from cooperatives working hard to make a difference in their communities. A premium blend of greens, blended together by our roasters to bring you the world in a cup.  

Cuba  

Frequent rain enriches the mountain soil’s mica and quartz crystal deposits, giving this excellent coffee its unique quality. At harvest, the ripest cherries are handpicked and brought to the Cimanayagua mill for wet processing. Naturally sun-dried, this arabica coffee has a highly intense aroma with an elegant and delicate sweetness. Since the 1950s, coffee production in Cuba has fallen by more than 80%, but now Cuba is rebuilding its economy through cooperatives. We bring together producers and customers – our members produce and drink our coffee.  

 

There are plenty of ways to brew fantastic coffee at home, but coffee bags are one of my favourites. As this blog and video series will demonstrate, there are all sorts of fancy home brewing techniques available, but nothing is easier than a coffee bag. In these, let’s be honest, pretty difficult times, it’s nice to be able to still access café quality coffee from the comfort of your own home – whether you’re working there or not!  

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Working From Home: Day 1

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Working From Home: Day 1

Today is the first day our coffee team has started working from home. Following government advice following the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve set up a desk in my lounge rather than heading up the road to the Revolver offices.  

It’s quite a strange feeling – almost like being back at university, but during normal working hours. The week started like any other week – getting up at a normal time, getting dressed and ready just like a typical day.  

Personally, I think that treating everything as if it was a normal working day is critical to making sure you remain productive while you work from your lounge. By that, I mean dressing properly, taking breaks as you would in the office, and checking in regularly with the rest of the team. For us, we’ve made use of Microsoft Teams – a shared platform which enables all of us to collaborate on documents, share our screens, and hold video conference calls. 

So, just like a normal working week, we held a meeting this morning to discuss our plans for the day. As you can imagine, the café and hospitality industry has been hit quite hard by the social distancing measures, so we’ve had to change our work accordingly. Without giving too much away, we’re focusing now on product development, engaging more with our members and customers over the coming weeks, and making our office and warehouse more efficient.  

I think regularly keeping in touch with colleagues is essential during this period of self-isolation. At Revolver, we all work quite closely on a day to day business and have the fortune of cooperating in a small team who understand every aspect of the business, so it is important that we don’t shut down our lines of communication.  

Something I have found really important is holding yourself to account. With nobody else to do it for you, you have to take it upon yourself to make sure your work isn’t impacted by distractions at home, whether it’s getting slightly too comfortable working on the sofa, or your dog pulling you away to play fetch…  

Despite the disadvantage of not having top of the range coffee available here, it is quiet. I have found that my focus has increased, and I’ve been able to complete tasks quickly that require a lot of concentration.  

Having said that, I am missing the office already. We’re lucky at Revolver to work day-today with our friends on projects we really enjoy – and there really is no substitution for the atmosphere in the office. That’s going to be the thing I really miss over the coming weeks and months.  

As we mentioned in a press release last week, we are doing our absolute best to keep things running smoothly for our members and customers. Orders are still being processed through our website, and long term projects and plans are still being worked on and developed collectively.  We are very fortunate to be able to communicate and continue to operate, even if it is remotely. 

 

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Coronavirus Statement for Members

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Coronavirus Statement for Members

Given recent developments as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, we wanted to write a short piece to update our members as to how our industry has been impacted, and the precautions we are taking to do our part in helping the effort.

Firstly, some of our friends in the hospitality industry have borne the brunt of the outbreak, with reduced footfall in cafes and bars. Charity and awareness campaigns such as UK Coffee Week have been postponed until the autumn, and trade events like the London Coffee Festival and the Great Taste Awards have been put on hold. 

At the other end of the spectrum, retailers have seen a surge in demand through panic buying and increased customer demand, meaning they are working around the clock to make sure people have enough in order to get by as the pandemic develops. 

Here at Revolver, we’ve offered the team opportunities to work from home, drastically cutting the number of people in the offices, as well as maintaining exceptionally high levels of hygiene and disease precautions. Rest assured we will continue to be able to process orders and keep up with customer demand for our coffee, chocolate, and other products. 

This is a difficult time for a lot of people, and now, perhaps more than ever, it is important that we’re able to look out for each other and cooperate, even if it is remotely. Please continue to look out for people who have found themselves in vulnerable and difficult situations, and stay safe.

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An Empty Netherlands – Coronavirus

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An Empty Netherlands - Coronavirus

 

Cancelled Amsterdam Coffee Festival

This weekend, a few members of our team flew out to the Netherlands to attend the Amsterdam Coffee Festival – only for it to be cancelled a few hours before we stepped on the plane. 

We still flew out to the Netherlands, and tried to salvage the trip with some European market research – travelling around Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Rotterdam to scout out their coffee scenes. Despite a notably quiet country, we were still able to speak to a few locals and professionals to get a sense of what European cafe culture is like.

Fairtrade in Europe

It’s all about Fairtrade now, it’s the way we are moving’, explained a barista in one of Eindhoven’s independent roasteries. ‘Coffee is appealing to young professionals in Europe who are much more conscious about how their food and drink are produced. In the Netherlands, we’ve seen a rise in independent, small coffee brands who put ethics and environment at the forefront of their brand.’ 

The trend that the barista was describing is often referred to as a ‘coffee-like-wine’ attitude – consumers are seeking a high quality coffee that focuses on particular taste attributes, as well as transparency in the supply chain right down to farm level. 

This ‘3rd wave of coffee’ follows two earlier cycles: the first wave marked the popularisation of coffee consumption in Europe from the 1960s through to the 1990s, where a second wave saw a shift to higher quality coffees served through chains such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee. 

It has also been marked by ranges of speciality coffees, reflected by the increasing number of independent roasters and cafes, like the ones which populate Eindhoven’s Bergen district. Although the majority of European’s still favour cheap, mainstream coffee (instant, standard blends, robusta etc). 

The story was quite similar in Rotterdam – we stopped in at a few coffee shops and roasters to see what we could learn from them, but the only issue on everyone’s mind was how the coronavirus was going to impact their job and industry. We visited Rotterdam port, which is the first stop for a lot of our coffee being transported from South America. Just like the rest of the country, the port was like a ghost town. 

Unfortunately, the cafe and hospitality industry is going to be one of the hardest hit in the Netherlands due to the coronavirus pandemic. At 6pm on Sunday evening, just as we were checking in at Schipol to return home, an announcement from the Dutch government closed all cafes, bars and restaurants with immediate effect. We need to make sure we remain safe, and look out for each other in this difficult time

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The Rise of Reusable

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The Rise of Reusable

483 words. 2 minute 30 second read. 

The coffee industry has seen a surge in reusable cups over the last 5 years. With conscious effort on behalf of both retailers and customers to cut the amount of waste produced, one of the most notable trends is the rise of the reusable cup. There’s more to the cup than a nicer feel and look though – when you look at the numbers, they really are remarkable…

Some retailers have completely removed single use provision. Waitrose no longer provides single use cups for their bean-to-cup machine, while last week M&S extended their trial of a ‘zero-waste’ section in a supermarket. We are lucky to be on the doorstep of the Clean Kilo Co in Birmingham who have been a pioneer of the zero waste movement.

The Numbers

Forbes reported last year that 8 trillion pieces of plastic were dumped into the world’s oceans each year, with 91% of plastic going un-recycled. A reusable cup will provide absolutely no waste per 75 uses, compared to 1,500g of waste with a disposable single use cup. As a result, for every 1 million reusable cups replacing single use, 1000 tonnes of carbon emissions would be avoided, and 300 tonnes of waste would be saved – the equivalent to the energy used by an average UK household for 75 years… 

Our Ethos

As many of our members are aware, at Revolver we pride ourselves on our environmental standards. It is important to help our customers transition away from single use cups when purchasing their coffee at bean to cup machines, like our recent installation at Southmoor. Whilst the cups we provide are compostable and biodegradable, we know there is an added sense of value that comes with the ownership of a high quality, environmentally friendly reusable vessel.  

For these reasons, both environmental and customer focused, we have expanded our range of popular reusable cups with four new offerings, beautifully decorated with William Morris prints. For our cooperative, innovation has always taken centre stage in guiding our direction. We endeavour to consistently find the best solutions for consumers, members and the environment. 

 Hannah Birch, Head of Commercials at Revolver, said ‘We’re really proud of our new range of William Morris reusable cups. It’s so important that we’re able to offer a variety of designs to our customers, and it’s an important step in helping people change their behaviour away from single use. This is just another small example of the work we’re doing to be as ethically and environmentally conscious as possible.’  

A note on style 
Our new range features William Morris prints. Morris is recognised as one of the most significant cultural figures of Victorian Britain, and held a deep set commitment and respect for the environment, so it’s only fitting that his work decorates our range. We stock Peacock, Wandle, Blackthorn, and Seaweed Marine, all available now for £10.

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International Women’s Day

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International Women's Day

411 words, 3 min read By Miya Jhamat 

Women and their contributions towards Fairtrade

International Women’s day is a global day celebrating the social, economic cultural and political achievements of women. Here at Revolver, we pride ourselves in our Fairtrade products and ethics when it comes down to our workers and their rights. The Fairtrade movement has been championing Women’s rights from the moment it was founded, back in 1992 and they have been at the forefront of many enterprises since.

Gender equality within the coffee industry, outside of Fair Trade isn’t great. Although 70% of coffee fieldwork is carried out by women, which is a huge proportion of the farming community, they are still lacking visibility as they are not given the same amount of opportunities, respect and ownership as their male counterparts. Women workers own just 15% of land, they only receive 5% of relevant training and run just 25-35% of coffee farms, That’s not right!

Since the early 90’s, Fair Trade has broken-down stereotypes for women working in various roles, especially on coffee farms. Training is a huge step Fair Trade are taking a leap into. For Example, the Ivory Coast is a country where Cocoa is a huge export. The Women’s School of Leadership provides training in skills such as finance, decision-making and negotiation. This would help business develop further and benefit communities.

In the depths of the Kenya’s Nandi Hills, women coffee farmers are becoming a big thing. A project being undertaken there called Women in coffee, where husbands are gifting their wife’s coffee bushes and culture is shifting now to allow women to own their own land and coffee bushes.

Fair Trade has been essential to the success of Women in Coffee. They provide training to women coffee farmers and the tools that enables them to thrive.

Rural farms in Kenya operate through Co-operatives where more and more women are getting involved, speaking at meetings and becoming directors however, they are faced with challenges sometimes because for some men within the community refusing to communicate issues they have within their farms with women directors. So, there’s still many obstacles to overcome.

We still have a long way to go with giving women who operate under Fair Trade full autonomy over their work and farms. They show sheer determination and strength and they should be celebrated for it however; a lot has changed for the better and Fairtrade has made a positive impact to their lives.

 

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Honduras Diaries: Part 2.

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Honduras Diaries: Part 2.

Honduras Diaries: Part 2 
In Honduras Diaries: Part 1, Josh introduced us to his trip to Honduras. In Part 2, he goes into more detail about the second half of the trip, including a wetmill visit and stopping by at the Honduran Institute for Coffee. 

514 words. 4 minute read. 

November 6th, Day Four: 
Our fourth day was pretty laid back and relaxed. MasterRoast organised a trip for us to visit Cofafelol, also a co-operative like Revolver, who we purchase our coffee from. We were shown around the facilities and then given the opportunity to plant a coffee plant. It was a wrap for the day, and I headed back to catch up on some sleep. 

November 7th, Day Five:
We woke up bright and early on the fifth day. The plans were to visit the wet mill at Coffee Planet and then to a coffee refinery. When we arrived at the Wet mill, we were shown the process of how raw coffee beans are processed for de-fruiting. I saw the amount of coffee beans needed to produce a ten-kilogram bag of coffee and it really went to show how much care, effort and manpower it takes to bring that one cup of coffee to our tables. 

Next on our agenda was a trip to a coffee refinery. My first impression was the sheer scale of the location and how much manpower was needed to run the facility.  We observed how coffee is processed into beans, ready to be shipped off to be roasted.  

Our first tourist excursion of the trip came about and we visited some Mayan ruins, an amazing experience. Our tour guide explained the rich, ancient history of the civilisation, how they were presumed to live and how there’s a mystery surrounding how the Mayan civilisation died out in the region

November 8th, Day Six: 

It was our last day in Honduras and our trip was coming to an end, and we closed with the busiest day of all. Our first stop was to meet with the Honduran Institute for Coffee, a government institution who oversees the country’s coffee exports (coffee makes up 40% of Honduras’ exports). Out of a small population of eight million people, an estimated one million people are directly involved within the coffee industry through their employment. 

Later on that day we visited the family that we met on the first day of our trip, and they showed us around distribution facilities in San Pedro Sula. After tasting their coffee from different parts of the country they told us that the amount of coffee that is exported out of the country is equivalent to more than the entirety of exports of El Salvador. 

My trip to Honduras had come to an end, leaving me reminiscent of a fantastic week. The trip opened my eyes tp what coffee means. It’s not just a Monday morning pick-me-up. It’s the livelihoods of communities and families whose whole lives revolve around what me and you see as a drink in a cup. I’m thankful to everyone I met during my visit to Honduras and I hope to be back soon.

If you’d like to know more about what we do, or enquire about cooperative coffee solutions for your business or society, please email enquiry@revolver.coop

What we do is simple, but revolutionary. 

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