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Revolver Join Forces with Greencity Coop

Revolver partner with the Green City Team

Revolver Join Forces With Greencity Coop Wholesalers

Revolver partner with the Green City Team

Revolver are launching a large range of tea and coffee with cooperative wholesalers Green City. Amongst other products, Green City are taking on Revolver’s Fairtrade, Organic and biodegradable tea bags, a range of Fairtrade and Organic coffees and Famous Blue Mountain coffee bags. Director Steve Gill said:

“It’s wonderful that we have been able to partner with Green City to expand our range of tea and coffee into Scotland and the North East. Cooperation is at the heart of what we do, so it’s important to us that we are able to work with organisations like Green City who share our values and ethics.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Revolver to showcase some of the best Fairtrade, Organic and Cooperative products our movement has to offer. It’s a testament to the work done by all the members of our cooperative, and another step in the right direction.”

Green City are a wholesaler of fine food and drink, based in Glasgow’s vibrant east end. They operate as a workers co-operative, democratically run by their 54 members, championing co-operative working as a successful alternative business model. Their range is entirely suitable for vegetarians and none of their range is tested on animals.

The announcement comes at an exciting time for Revolver, who have also partnered with Belgian cooperators ‘The Food Hub’ as well as launching a range of coffee in Central England’s flagship new store.

The recent expansion also comes in light of the Queen’s Honour received by Revolver’s CEO, Paul Birch, for his commitment to and work in Fairtrade. Paul has dedicated the last ten years to the Fairtrade® movement by sitting on numerous boards and by developing Fair Trade commodities under the Revolver World Cooperative brand for sale in Co Op stores.

Paul’s latest work is centred around the Revolver World Foundation, a charitable organisation which directly supports producer communities:

“Our cooperative sources 97% of all its products under Fairtrade agreements, but we want to go beyond Fairtrade in terms of our outreach to communities. For this reason, we have created the Revolver World Foundation. In partnership with like-minded cooperative societies we are looking to make positive social change in these rural communities, predominantly in Latin America, Africa and Indonesia.”

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If you’re interested in joining or working with our cooperative, please contact our office on 01902 345345. For commercial enquiries, please email enquiries@revolver.coop

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Revolver Partners With Belgian Coop ‘The Food Hub’

The Food Hub Cooperative stocking Revolver World coffee

Revolver Partners With Belgian Coop 'The Food Hub'

The Food Hub Cooperative stocking Revolver World coffee

Revolver have announced the launch of an exciting new partnership with Belgian cooperative wholesalers ‘The Food Hub’.

The Food Hub initially started as a cooperative with only four partners, which has now grown to over 80 producers. Like Revolver’s model, they have created a multi stakeholder cooperative – a coop that’s governed by two or more stakeholder groups, working with organic suppliers across Belgium and Europe.

Their philosophy is simple: they offer an extensive selection of high quality organic products, creating a resilient, transparent and economically sustainable food chain in Belgium. This is done by offering a dynamic food economy based on the principles of fair trade and cooperation.

The partnership comes at an exciting time for Revolver, who are keen to maintain their relationships with European organisations post-Brexit. George Smith, Assistant Operations Manager at Revolver, said:

This partnership is a perfect example of the work we can do when we cooperate. Revolver and The Food Hub share a great number of values, through environmental, social and economic goals. It’s fantastic that we are able to join forces and provide our fairtrade and organic tea and coffee to the Belgian market.”

“One of the things that we’re most excited about are the increasing opportunities for us to work with other cooperatives. In the last few weeks alone we’ve been able to join with Central England Coop, Green City Cooperative (Scotland) and now The Food Hub in Leuven, Belgium. It comes at a time when we can see the importance of a cooperative economy more than ever. Cooperatives are one of the most resilient ways to organise as a business unit, and the shared benefits of these cooperative deals are the way we need to rebuild the post-pandemic economy.”

The partnership will see Revolver supply a large range of Fairtrade and organic tea bags and coffee, including the increasingly popular Honduras coffee.

“For me, seeing the popularity of Honduras is one of the best things we could ask for. As many people know, the farmers who grow the Honduran coffee are members of our coop, so to see people enjoying, ordering and brewing with Honduras is exactly the reason we do what we do.”

The Food Hub will distribute the tea and coffee around Belgium and Europe to cafes and likeminded supermarkets, ensuring a route through the EU remains open for Revolver in a post-Brexit world.

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Revolver Launches Charitable Foundation

Child receiving Revolver World vaccine

Revolver launches Revolver World Foundation

Child receiving Revolver World vaccine

Revolver World have announced the launch of a new charitable organisation, the Revolver World Foundation. Our cooperative is proud to have over a decade of contributions to helping communities all around the world through Fairtrade premiums, but this move will see more help going to the people who need it most.

In the areas of the world where we draw upon natural resources such as coffee and tea, producer communities are often remote, rural and impoverished. The world’s finest arabica coffees are grown at altitude in countries close to the tropics, with the farming communities themselves largely organised as cooperatives.

Paul Birch, CEO said: “Our cooperative sources 97% of all its products under Fairtrade agreements, but we want to go beyond Fairtrade in terms of our outreach to communities. For this reason, we have created the Revolver World Foundation. In partnership with like-minded cooperative societies we are looking to make social change in these rural communities, predominantly in Latin America, but also Africa and Indonesia.

We have identified that one way our giving can bring significant rewards is with small interventions in public health. This will be done in the form of funding vaccines which will be for a range of disease prevention across the spectrum of known pathogens.

Nick Mathews, Revolver Foundation Chair added: “the most effective means for us to intervene is to fund the vaccines themselves. To work with medics on the ground to establish the need, and to fund these medics to administer immunisation programmes for the community. The medics themselves may be established already in the community, or in certain cases an NGO such as MSF.”

The vaccines can be for a range of disease prevention, such as Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Cholera, Pneumonia, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Polio, MMR, Meningococcal, Tetanus, Seasonal Flu and Covid-19 (when available).

John Boyle, Chair of Revolver Cooperative said: “We have promised members we would reinvest profit back into farming producers. There is no better way to do this than to invest into the health of their families.”

Revolver World Foundation is organised as a CIO – Charitable Incorporated Organisation (pending) registration with the Charity Commission. For more information, please contact enquires@revolver.coop or phone 01902 345345.

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Revolver Launches With Central England Coop

Central England Boley Park when Revolver visited

Revolver Launches with Central England Coop

Central England Boley Park when Revolver visited

Revolver are proud to have teamed up with Central England Cooperative to offer a range of coffee at their re-fitted Boley Park store. The flagship store in Lichfield relaunched this morning with a fresh feel and an emphasis on cooperation, with Coop Coffee on the shelves, a membership and community investment map and a cooperatively supplier Zero Waste Station.

Three of Revolver’s best selling products found their way to the shelves. Honduras Ground, Copacabana Beans and Famous Blue Mountain Coffee Bags have been on offer in a number of cooperative supermarkets for a long time, but this will be the first opportunity for customers to be able to pick up Revolver’s offering in Lichfield, and the first time Copacabana is available on the shelf.

Hannah Birch, Head of Operations at Revolver, said:

“It’s fantastic that we have been able to partner with Central England Coop and offer our coffee at their new Boley Park store. Our two cooperatives have been close for a number of years, so it means a lot to us to formalise our relationship with the launch of some fantastic products.

“In particular, this is a further opportunity to make good on our promise of being cooperative from field to store. As many people are aware, we have over 300 producer members in Honduras who grow and pick the coffee for our cooperative. That means every time we are able to put another bag of coffee on the shelf, our members see the benefit

Spreading further afield.
As well as working with Central England, Revolver are also launching a large range of tea and coffee with cooperative wholesalers Green City. Amongst other products, Green City are taking on Revolver’s Fairtrade, Organic and biodegradable tea bags, a range of Fairtrade and Organic coffees as well as Famous Blue Mountain coffee bags. Director Steve Gill said:

It’s wonderful that we have been able to partner with Green City to expand our range of tea and coffee into Scotland and the North East. Cooperation is at the heart of what we do, so it’s important to us that we are able to work with organisations like Green City who share our values and ethics.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Revolver to showcase some of the best Fairtrade, Organic and Cooperative products our movement has to offer. It’s a testament to the work done by all the members of our cooperative, and another step in the right direction.”

The recent expansion comes in light of the Queen’s Honour received by Revolver’s CEO, Paul Birch, for his commitment to and work in Fairtrade. Paul has dedicated the last ten years to the Fairtrade® movement by sitting on numerous boards and by developing Fair Trade commodities under the Revolver World Cooperative brand for sale in Co Op stores.

If you’re interested in joining our cooperative, you can do so here, or contact our office on 01902 345345. For commercial enquiries, please email enquiries@revolver.coop

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Single Origin Coffee

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Single Origin Coffee

At Revolver, we like to showcase the best cooperative coffee from around the world. In this blog post, we’d like to shine a light on single origin coffee: what it is, where it comes from, and who it is grown by. 

What is it? 

The clue is in the name! Single origin coffees come from a region or country, or put plainly, a single origin! Take our popular Honduras Ground, for example. The beans are grown by the COCAFCAL cooperative in the Capacus region of western Honduras. COCAFCAL represents twelve communities from the municipalities of San Pedro and Corquin, whose development programmes have benefited over 5000 people in Las Capucas and the surrounding regions, building libraries, sports centres and playing fields.   

 

One of the benefits of single origin is transparency. In the example given above, purchasing a bag of Honduras Ground is going to directly benefit the members of COCAFCAL. Many cooperators, ourselves included, love this aspect of our business – it is a significant motivation for the work we do, especially when we’re able to meet the farmers and see the work that is being done. You can read about Josh’s recent visit to the COCAFCAL cooperative in Honduras here

 

A note on taste. 

Single origin coffees are likely to offer more variation in taste compared to a blend. A number of factors are at play when coffee grows: climate, temperature, altitude, soil composition. Crops will differ year on year in terms of bitterness, acidity and fruitiness.  Let’s look at our Honduran coffee again. The distinctive flavours of caramel and apricot you are able to taste aren’t the result of artificial flavours or modification. They are the result of a coffee that is grown in the Las Capucas region at an altitude of 1,450 -1,700 metres above sea level, washed at the farms, and dried in a solar dryer owned by the cooperative. Unlike a blended coffee, which is carefully balanced to give a consistent profile, a single origin roast will give you a real taste of the region it was grown in; an invitation to travel the world in your morning cup. 

 

We are pioneers in ethical production. Whether we’re paying farmers consistent premiums through Fairtrade, ensuring our coffee is grown organically, or using plastic free packaging, everything in our world revolves around doing the right thing.

 

All of our coffee is grown by cooperatives. This means that the whole community is an equal shareholder in the business, and that your money goes directly to supporting their development, education and wellbeing.

 

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