Sodexo and Taylor St Baristas launch coffee programme

04/10/2018 - 06:00
Sodexo has joined forces with specialty coffee provider, Taylor St Baristas to launch a global quality coffee programme, putting baristas at the heart of its coffee offer.

As one of the most sophisticated coffee markets in the world, London has been chosen as the launch market for the partnership.

The new, exclusive partnership will see Sodexo offer its clients two premium quality coffee offers; an exclusive Taylor St licensed offer with an extended menu of premium quality coffees; and Chapter & Verse, a fresh new specialty coffee brand, co-developed by Sodexo and Taylor St.

Nicola Morris, divisional managing director and head of food at Corporate Services Sodexo, said: “Research amongst consumers identified quality coffee as more important than location, service or atmosphere when looking at coffee shops.  With over a third of people leaving the office to purchase coffee it was imperative that we looked for a coffee which met the needs of our consumers and sets us apart from other food service providers.

“We looked beyond the coffee bean to address this need which is why this partnership with Taylor St is unique.  We now offer an authentic expertly-crafted coffee of the highest quality with the provenance and traceability we insist upon, served by passionate baristas.  London is the perfect market to launch our partnership and we look forward to seeing it expand in other urban markets such as New York, Dublin and Paris.”

Both offers are hand roasted by Taylor St. 80+ Q-graded beans that are sourced in a way that incentivises quality throughout the value chain whilst also paying farmers prices that are typically 20-50% above those paid by Fair Trade. And all coffees are expertly hand-roasted by Taylor St.

The partnership also includes an accompanying food menu, which has been developed in line with the coffee on offer.

Before serving any customers, all Taylor St and Chapter & Verse baristas will undergo an extensive 40-hour training programme through Taylor St Baristas’ training academy. Training and development continues as the baristas develop, helping them grow and acquire new skills over the course of their career.

“We are looking forward to partnering with Sodexo to bring Chapter and Verse to life; to training people who are passionate about coffee and excited to become a part of an elite group of baristas,” said Nick Tolley, CEO, Taylor St Baristas. “We’re confident this new quality line will be among the best specialty offers available”.

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