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Revolver Launches Charitable Foundation

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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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Company Director Awarded British Empire Medal for Work in Fairtrade & the Community​

Paul Birch receives BEM for Fairtrade work

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Company Director Awarded British Empire Medal for Work in Fairtrade & the Community

Cllr Dr Paul John Birch J.P. is mentioned in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. He is to be awarded The British Empire Medal by Her Majesty the Queen. His name appeared in this weekend’s publication of the London Gazette. He is being recognised with the medal for his work in the Community*, alongside his work in Fairtrade.  

MD at Revolver, a Co-operative specialising in ethical coffee, tea and chocolate; Paul has dedicated the last ten years to the Fairtrade ® movement by sitting on numerous boards and by developing Fairtrade commodities under the Revolver World Coop brand for sale in Coop stores.

 Phil Ponsonby CEO of The Midcounties Coop said; ‘ This is much deserved recognition of Paul’s tireless commitment to Fairtrade producers. Revolver has been an Important partner to the Midcounties Co-operative over many years by providing innovative product development and supplying Fairtrade coffee of the highest quality from growers across the world’.

Elaine Dean (President) & Debbie Robinson (Chief Executive) Central England Co-operative said: “We are absolutely delighted to congratulate Paul Birch on his award of the British Empire Medal (BEM). This is very much deserved as not only are the Revolver products fairly traded but they deliver excellent quality and have won the coveted Great Taste Award. We look forward to working with Paul and his team and wish him continuing success as a Fairtrade Co-operative”.

Birch says; “I am really grateful for the nomination and to the team around me who make every day an opportunity. After all, to quote Browning, ‘A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s Heaven for?”  

The British Empire Medal is awarded to individuals recognised for their civil or military service.  The medal has been given for over 100 years in the Commonwealth and was reintroduced in the United Kingdom in 2012 by David Cameron. 

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What is a Great Taste Award?

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What is a Great Taste Award?

This week, we announced that we had won two new Great Taste Awards for the 5th year running. For those of you who keep an eye out for the prestigious label when staring at the supermarket shelves, you’ll know that it is a symbol of quality and an increasingly exclusive achievement. But what does it really mean, and how do you achieve one?

The Great Taste Awards are hosted every year by the Guild of Fine Foods. It is their flagship competition, the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink awards. Thousands of contestants put their food and drink to the test in front of a panel of 500 experts, ranging from chefs and buyers, food writers and retailers – in other words, the people in the industry who really know their stuff.

Founded by Bobo Farrand in 1992, the Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Awards have established themselves as the seal of approval for quality. It works something like this.

January 2020

The Revolver Cooperative team sits around a table and has a discussion about which products in our range are our absolute favourite. Somebody sits strongly in the camp of a south American light roast coffee, while another is a huge coffee bag supporter. After a few hours, a shortlist is devised and we prepare our best products to be sent to Gillingingham to meet the experts.

March 2020 – July 2020.

Covid gets in the way! The entire food and drink industry reorganises itself and other priorities come into play – for us, stocking the supermarket shelves and organising home deliveries. The judging is postponed.

August 2020

Judging commences… Lots of speculation starts to emerge in Revolver’s offices about the results, while a panel of judges are cupping, tasting and reviewing our submission. Simultaneously, hundreds of other judges are sampling cheeses, beers, pork pies, and every other gourmet food and drink from our friends in the industry.

September 2020

Results are announced! We log into our online Guild of Fine Foods portal to see the outcome. This year, our Sri Lanka Ceylon Mixed Berry tea bags and El Salvador coffee beans have won awards!

We read through the descriptions:

“There is an inviting bitterness on the aroma of the beans, transferred to traces of smokey spice from the liquid. On the palate, this is boosted by some fruity acidity. The balance is good; there is a degree of dryness on the finish which creates a refreshing mouthful.”

(El Salvador coffee beans)

It’s safe to say that the experts at the Guild of Fine Foods can write slightly more eloquently about coffee and tea than most people. We gratefully pass on the news to our friends around the world, including the farmers in Sri Lanka who grow CoopTea, and the roasters and farmers who grow and produce our coffee in South America and Africa.

After taking stock of the achievement (and maybe having a celebratory drink), we get back to work spreading the Revolver Cooperative message and inviting as many cooperators, retailers and cafes to try our award winning, ethical products.

For us, the Great Taste Awards symbolise an important connection. As many of you know, our philosophy and priority is to offer a cooperative, ethical and environmentally conscious supply of tea, coffee and chocolate – values upheld and encouraged by our hundreds of members around the world. Recognition from organisations like the Guild of Fine Foods goes to show that this business philosophy goes hand in hand with excellent tasting products, which helps to remind us all that we are on the right path.

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COVID-19 and It’s Effect on The Coffee Industry

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Covid-19 and It's Effect on The Coffee Industry

There’s no denying that for the last four and a half months our lives have seen a dramatic change. The days of waking up early for work and leaving the door to rush to work, before picking up your morning coffee seems like a lifetime away and although we’ve all had to change and adapt over the last 165 days, industries like ours have taken a huge hit. Not only closer to home but across the farming communities of the world.  

 

Impact of COVID-19 on International Trade and the effect on SME’s. 

The global outbreak of the virus and the major impact it has on International trade is significant. Supply chains are being interrupted due to suspended travel causing delayed arrivals and associated knock on effects.  Due to delays and disruptions, the way in which companies operate has had to change completely.  

 

Farming communities and dealing with COVID-19 

There’s no doubt that farmer communities all around world have been one of the hardest hit by coronavirus. The fact that a lot of these communities don’t have the facilities to deal with the severity of the virus due to limited health services, lack of PPE and cramped living conditions means that the spread of the virus between individuals is at an all-time high.  

 As a society, and furthermore as a co-op, we need to work with the Fairtrade Foundation to make sure that farmers are taken care of.  Revolver Co-operative and other coffee businesses are taking part in UK Coffee week on the 19th-25th October. UK Coffee week is a week where money is raised for Project Waterfall. They provide clean water to farming communities in developing countries so that farmers and their families don’t need to travel miles for clean water. It also ensures some sort of sanitation, which in turn protects against COVID-19. To find out more, visit www.ukcoffeeweek.com to see how you can help.  

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The History of Ceylon Tea

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The History of Ceylon Tea

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For over a century, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) has been recognised all over the world for producing the finest tea in the world, with amazing flavour and beautiful aromas. When Revolver first decided to launch a range of tea, the story of Ceylon really stood out to us: our mind was set on bringing you the very best of Sri Lanka and what they have to offer.

 

The History of Ceylon Tea:

The beginning of the tea industry in Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) is a classic story. The British ruled in 1815 and unified the country under the British flag. Ceylon was geographically located in the middle of ideal trade routes to India, Indonesia and China. Climate conditions were perfect for cultivation of tea and coffee, but coffee came first. However, when the future of the coffee industry seemed assured, disaster struck in the form of a fungus, which within a decade drastically reduced the quantities available for export. Due to this, tea was introduced as an experimental phase with 200 tea plants imported from India and planted in the hills of Nuwara Eliya.

This experimental cultivation of tea continued for almost three decades. In 1867, the British planter James Taylor proved that tea could be grown as an alternative crop to coffee, when he first established a commercially viable tea plantation at Loolecondera Estate, Hewaheta in the district of Kandy. Thus was born the Tea industry of Ceylon.

 

The Importance of Origin:

The tea-growing regions of Sri Lanka are clustered mostly among the mountains of the island’s central massif and its southern foothills, which is where our Fairtrade, CoopTea ® is grown!

 

Our Fairtrade Promise:

We have exclusive partnership where we work hand in hand to bring the 100% transparent organic teas from small organic & Fairtrade certified farmers in Sri Lanka. In this joint journey we bring out core values to promote, share & sustain our promise so that we can create sustainable ecosystems and farmer development accordingly.

 

 

Find our range of Breakfast, Fruit and Green Tea at www.revolverworld.com/tea 

 

 

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Revolver’s Response to Kit-Kat Dropping Fairtrade

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Revolver's Response to Kit-Kat Dropping Fairtrade

There is a perfect storm brewing in Fairtrade cocoa, with recent news that Divine Chocolate, the champions of Fairtrade cocoa, has been sold to the company that processes its products in Germany. As part of the deal Divine CEO of 21 years; Sophie Tranchell leaves the company, and the cooperative in Ghana who represent 100,000 farmers, will have a reduced shareholding in the new enterprise.

 

At the same time another body blow to the Fairtrade Foundation as Swiss food giant Nestle, announces it will abandon Fairtrade certification on its famous product “KitKat”, in favour of The Rainforest Alliance.

 

Today Revolver are bringing forward an announcement that they intend to enter the category with a range of Fairtrade & Organic chocolate bars, with cocoa provided by Kuapa Kokoo cooperative in Ghana.

 

Paul Birch, Revolver CEO says: “This began with the vision of Anita Roddick, pioneering entrepreneur and founder of the Bodyshop. Anita had a vision, which with the early intervention of women like Harriet Lamb and Sophie Tranchell, has shone the light clearly on the viable alternative to corporate America. Co-operatives across the world, came together this Co-operative fortnight to set aside competition, in favour of co-operation.”

 

Revolver Co-op was created with the help of The Co-operative Group, back in 2010. On this our tenth anniversary we are pleased to announce our diversification into a whole range of different commodities and the creation of the Registered trademark COOP CHOCOLATE®, registered with the IPO and with both Revolver Co-op and Co-operative Group in joint partnership.

 

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