Animal Rights

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Revolver is pleased to have on its board Labour Animal Welfare activist Malcolm Butt MBE, who has campaigned on issues such as the fur -trade http://www.labouranimalwelfaresociety.org.uk/2013/02/report-from-manchester-conference-and-wolverhampton-campaign-stand/ Malcolm is a keen advocate on behalf of Vegetarian and Vegan issues.

Revolver’s policy is to source coffee cherries from farms that actively encourage biodiversity, by leaving their fields fallow at the field-edge. This encourages
butterflies, birds and small mammals, particularly where the hedgerow is allowed to cultivate without intervention.

We take a stand against GM and over 60% of our products are classified organic. We support the policy of farms using the coffee cherries as fertilisers rather than intervening with chemical fertilisers.

Revolver Winners in Great Taste Awards for 2nd consecutive year

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The Great Taste Awards 2016

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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 RW 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 ver
y woody. Good example of a strong, dark roasted coffee”
The judges said about the Revolver World Fairtrade coffee; ® Ethiopia “we really like this coffee…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 who’s investment, hard-work, skill and great ingenuity, produces day-in day-out the highest quality ingredients for fa
milies 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.
At Revolver’s ® AGM (held at John Lewis Birmingham) last month; Nicola Huckerby and Roxanne Ellis were newly elected to the board and Tanya Noon, Olivia Birch, Malcolm Butt MBE, Richard Bickle, Nick Matthews, John Boyle (Chair) and Paul John Birch J.P were re-elected.

June / July 2016 Site development

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Please bear with us as we develop the site. We are working our way through various pages, bringing them up to speed.

Revolver for Remain

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We are for REMAIN in the EU referendum. We believe that Brexit will mean serious harm to the UK’s economy, and cut us off from our European customers. We urge all our members to join us in campaigning for Remain.

Revolver 2016 AGM announced

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Our AGM will this year be at the John Lewis Stores, 4th Floor (Community Hub), Grand Central, Birmingham at 12.30 – 3.00 on Sunday 10th July. Please come along and join us, only members can vote, but you can join on the day. For details call us on 01902 345 345. Please email members@revolver.coop or call us, as we need to know numbers for catering. Any members who would like to join our board, please email our Chairman John Boyle at Chair@Revolver.coop

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AGM 2016

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In previous posts we have announced our AGM will take place in Wakefield Yorkshire, as part of The Co-operative Congress. We are delighted to support congress again this year, but our AGM will not take place there. Please check with us for an announcement about the venue, likely to be in Birmingham.

Revolver World Coffee supports children in Birmingham,

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This Christmas Revolver World will support disadvantaged children of Birmingham, together with some others businesses

“Fourteen Birmingham businesses took part in Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Big Give Challenge this Christmas enabling hundreds of local disadvantaged children to enjoy a trip to the theatre during the festive season.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is a national annual fundraising event which offers donors the chance to double the value of their gifts through a two day donation challenge. This December, together with matched giving from the Big Give, generous Birmingham businesses donated over £13,000 towards The REP’s education and community work.

The businesses that took on the challenge were: Barclays, Binding Site, Ellisons, Grosvenor Casinos, Jaguar Landrover, JLT, Just Good Food, Lloyds, Pertemps, Pinsent Masons, Revolver Coop, RBS, Shakespeare Martineau and Wragges. Between them they raised £13,386 and as a result over 260 local school children will get to see a performance of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at The REP this Christmas with some enjoying a special relaxed performance specifically tailored for children with severe learning difficulties.

Schools to benefit from the generosity include: Birches Green Infant School, Hillstone Primary, John Newman Catholic School, Mayfield Special School, Nansen Primary, St Matthew’s Primary and Storywood School.

As well as enabling children to enjoy a trip to the theatre this Christmas the money raised is also a huge boost to The REP’s ongoing education and community work and will benefit more young children in the local community through various projects in the new year.”

A little place generating big ideas!

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Jake’s Coffee Box – by Jake Hollier (source BBC NEWS UK)

A little place generating big ideas!

Further proof that there are not many places too small for a coffee shop as one of the smallest coffee shops in Birmingham has recently opened up – inside a telephone box!

“I wanted to bring something different to the city. The red boxes are iconic to our image as Brits.” Jake Hollier

The coffee shop was rented by Jake Hollier and is rather fittingly called Jake’s Coffee Box, It’s located in Eden Place near Colmore Row, Birmingham.

Somewhere else thinking outside the box is Brighton’s Pavilion Gardens where two phone boxes have recently been utilised to sell Coffee and Ice cream.

What a great idea it is to keep these iconic landmarks useful and appealing for busy commuters.

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Some like it hot!

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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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Caffeine and sport

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Caffeine and sport

The link below holds a great article detailing the effects of coffee for the more athletic of you out there; it poses a balanced argument for the use of coffee detailing a common sense trial and error approach to finding the exact level of caffeine required for you to perform at your peak. What works for some may not for others.

I couldn’t say the exact caffeine I consume but the effects on me are clear from a physiological perspective. I consume 3 coffees at routine times during the day to function my best stopping at 2pm to allow the effects to calm down towards the evening. When playing Tennis I do notice a performance boost especially with my concentration levels, this often turns poor tennis mediocre.

Caffeine in products

  • Gu, Vanilla, 10 oz: –  20mg
  • Diet Coke, 12 oz: –   30mg
  • Espresso, 1 oz: shot –  40mg (estimated)
  • Pepsi 12 oz: can –  45mg
  • Red Bull 8 oz can  –   80mg
  • Starbucks 16 oz –  200mg

Do you regulate your caffeine intake or have an understanding of the amount required to perform at your best psychologically or physically?

http://www.active.com/articles/the-facts-about-caffeine-and-athletic-performance

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Is Caffeine the cure to Britain’s productivity Problem?

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Is Caffeine the cure to Britain’s productivity Problem?

According to new research, your business should be encouraging coffee breaks!

Data collated by MessageBase found a wide range of surprising facts about our office habits including when you are at your most productive. They found that around 25% of the entire output of an eight hour day is achieved between 10am and 12pm. A further increase in productivity can be seen straight after a coffee break with the most productive hour being between 11am and 12pm which could account to 13.5% of the entire days output! In conclusion the pre-lunch part of the day is where we are most productive.

In other areas of the study they find that biscuits could potential sway the outcome of a business deal with a prospective client; most preferring shortbread over a pink wafer, we find that having biscuits available can only be a good thing.

Apparently smelly food should be avoided and inconsiderately helping yourself to coffee without offering is a red flag to your colleagues. So our advice to keep you in good stead with the office and to give the business a sharp productivity spike make everyone a coffee!

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