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Revolver Winners in Great Taste Awards for 2nd consecutive year

The Great Taste Awards 2017

For immediate release

Revolver ® have for the second year been winners in The Great Taste Awards. Revolver ®World Fairtrade ® Arabica Brazil judges said was “a good example of a strong, dark roasted coffee”. and Revolver World are winners again, for the second year for Fairtrade ® Ethiopia Yirgacheffe which judges said they “unanimously and immediately agreed (upon)”.

About the Fairtrade ® Brazil; “There are pronounced nut flavours present in this powerful espresso, smooth and very woody. Good example of a strong, dark roasted coffee”.

The judges said about the Revolver World Fairtrade coffee ® Ethiopia “we really like this coffe…it has an immediate nutty refreshing flavour…a well – balanced coffee, well made and we unanimously and immediately agreed it deserves one star”.

The Great Taste Awards are created by the Guild of Fine Foods. Although many coffees are entered into the awards, there are comparatively few winner and only a small percentage are Fairtrade coffees. John Boyle Chair “it’s the people behind the scenes who make the magic happen, the credit goes to the farmers and their co-operatives who care-deeply about the product and our co-operative colleagues in stores, who make everything simple for shoppers“.

Paul Birch CEO said “the people who really deserve to be acknowledged above any brand are the hard working people at the factory whose investment, hard-work, skill and great ingenuity, produces day-in day-out the highest quality ingredients for families to enjoy everywhere.”

Revolver ® were awarded the Fair Tax mark earlier in the year (the first Food / Beverage company working in commodities) and just the 20th firm in Britain to receive the award. In 2015 Revolver was awarded the Living Wage Foundation certification and was the 6th company in Birmingham to receive the cities Social Responsibility Charter (now over 300 firms hold the charter mark).

Revolver ® is organised as a multi-stakeholder co-operative, members include producers in the developing world. It ranks second for ethics as judged by Ethical Consumer magazine.

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Some like it hot!



Some like it hot!

Two cups a day improve men’s performance in the bedroom, regardless of weight or blood pressure, finds study of nearly 4,000 participants

We all know that drinking coffee has many benefits, including getting us out of bed on those dreary Monday mornings and giving us that extra push to get through the day however, and recent research has revealed that two cups of this miracle beverage can not only brighten our day but even improve our love lives!

The Daily Telegraph has recently reported that in a study of over 4,000 applicants 42% of male coffee drinkers were less likely to suffer erectile dysfunction if they were to drink 2 cups a day. This seemingly was the sweet spot as more or less than this showed less favourable results.

Caffeine was shown to stimulate the female Libido. However the effect may be short lived to non-existent to women who drink coffee on a regular basis.


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Revolver sign-up to Living Wage Foundation

Revolver Living Wage logos


PRESS RELEASE 16.10.2015



The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that REVOLVER, has today, been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Revolver (World) Co-operative Ltd / Revolver Music Ltd, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome REVOLVER to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited over 1,700 leading employers, including REVOLVER, ranging from independent printers, hairdressers and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that. ”



Media Contact

 Living Wage

 Gillian Owen, 07876 246 150,


Paul Birch 01902 345 345


Notes to Editors

 About the Living Wage Foundation

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

The London Living Wage is currently £9.15 per hour. This figure is set annually by the Greater London Authority and covers all boroughs in Greater London. The UK Living Wage for outside of London is currently £7.85 per hour. This figure is set annually by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University.

The Living Wage Foundation recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage employers across the UK. There are currently over 700 accredited employers. We are an initiative of Citizens UK. We believe that work should be the surest way out of poverty.

About Revolver

Revolver has been paying the Living wage since 2014, and is pleased to now be officially recognised for its contribution.

Revolver ranks 2nd out of 34 brands for Ethics, as judged by Ethical Consumer Magazine and bears their “Best Buy” logo. In 2015 Revolver World Fairtrade Ethiopia coffee was one of only four Fairtrade coffee winners of The Great Taste Awards

Revolver is moving forwards towards the Fair Tax mark, is a licensee of The Fairtrade Foundation and The Soil Association and was the sixth company to be accredited by The City of Birmingham for The Charter for Social responsibility.

Revolver is an Industrial & Provident Society. Registered with the FCA Mutual Registry 31024R & organised as a multi-stakeholder Co-operative.






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Coffee shop boss faces death threats over ‘Je suis Charlie’ sign outside Brick Lane cafe

The London Evening Standard14.01.2015  reports;Death threat: French Muslim coffee shop owner Adel Defilaux Picture: Nigel Howard

A coffee shop owner today vowed he would not back down after receiving death threats for displaying a “Je suis Charlie” sign outside his cafe.

Adel Defilaux, a French-born Muslim, was terrified when a man stormed into The Antishop in Brick Lane, East London, at 9.30am yesterday.

The intruder demanded that Mr Defilaux take down the sandwich board featuring the slogan that has become a rallying cry in support of the 12 victims of Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

But when Mr Defilaux, 32, calmly protested the man became aggressive and warned that anyone who supported the French satirical magazine should die.

He said: “He came in very aggressively and he told me to remove the sign. I asked him why and he said his community was offended by it and said if I didn’t remove it something bad was going to happen.

“I told him I was Muslim myself and I wanted to talk gently with him and I said people can’t kill journalists for expressing themselves.

“I calmly explained to him that what he was saying was not the reality of Islam. I thought I could calm him down, but it had the opposite effect. He went crazy.

“He said ‘I believe these people deserve to be killed and anyone supporting them deserves also to be killed’.

“I was all alone and started getting scared. He was a dangerous person. He said if I didn’t take down the sign he would smash up the shop, and then he just left.”

Mr Defilaux, who is originally from Marseille but has lived in London for five years, said he had put up the sign to support everyone in France and had received no complaints from anyone else.

“I get on with all the community here. We are opposite a mosque and all my neighbours are Muslim and no one else has had a problem with the sign. These fanatics believe in the wrong stories and have no shame in attacking people,” he said.




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Fairtrade Birmingham (FAB) launches new site

Pleased to say Fairtrade Association Birmingham – FAB has launched its new web site; Fairtrade Birmingham is a regional group working with the Fairtrade Foundation (FLO) and those NGO’s interested in sustainability and climate change with a view to lifting people out of poverty, particularly where there is under employment (Defined by the WTO as working excessive hours for less than subsistence income).

Coffee farmers in Tanzania are earning less than $350 a year and have average families of six. Making changes in consumption in favour of those firms helping make a difference is fundamental to trade-justice and Fairtrade Association Birmingham (FAB) are committed to engaging in these issues that affect impoverished producers and consumers alike.

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Revolver announces 2014 AGM

Our AGM will this year be at The Co-operative Home & Living store, Coventry, commencing 10.00 am on Saturday 24th May 2014. All members, customers, suppliers and those interested in becoming members are welcome and there will be opportunities to discuss co-operative issues related to our developing business. We will be announcing our keynote speaker here, details will be updated shortly. If you would like to join us at the AGM or have questions, please call us on 01902 345345 or email