Judges in the awards, created by the Guild of Fine Foods, described Revolver’s Speciality Kenya Kapota Top Lot as a “bright fruity, citrusy espresso that has a long clean finish”. They also said that it was “boozy, ripe and delicious”.
Judges also rated Revolver World’s Fairtrade Organic Papua New Guinea Elimbari. They described it as “having dark chocolate flavours in the middle and this is reasonably well balanced. Just enough acidity, great as an espresso or a filter coffee this would par well with the sweetness of milk and perhaps, sugar.”
Revolver chair John Boyle said: “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.”
Chief executive Paul Birch added: “This is the third year running we have won Great Taste Awards – twice for our Fairtrade Ethiopia Yirgacheffe and once for our Brazil Fairtrade Organic.
“It’s great to work with expert buyers and roasters who are able to get the best out of the product.”
Revolver was awarded the Fair Tax mark last year – making it the first food / beverage company working in commodities to receive the award, and the 20th firm in Britain overall.
In 2015, Revolver was awarded the Living Wage Foundation certification and was the sixth company in Birmingham to receive the city’s Social Responsibility Charter, now held by more than 300 firms.
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.