Sodexo has joined forces with specialty coffee provider Taylor St Baristas to launch a global quality coffee programme that puts baristas at the heart of itsoffer.
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.
Both offers boast 80-plus Q-graded beans that are sourced in a way that incentivises quality throughout the value chain while also paying farmers prices that are typically 20% to 50% above those paid by Fair Trade.
The partnership also includes an accompanying food menu which has been developed in line with the coffee on offer.
Sodexo said the deal enables it to offer specialty grade premium coffee, made by highly-skilled baristas trained by one of the most highly credentialed coffee teams in the country.
Before serving any customers, all Taylor St and Chapter & Verse baristas undergo an extensive 40-hour training programme through Taylor St Baristas’ training academy. Training continues as the baristas develop, helping them grow and acquire new skills over the course of their career.
Nicola Morris, divisional managing director and head of food, Corporate Services at Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “Research among 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.”
Taylor St was founded by Laura, Andrew and Nick Tolley, three siblings from Australia with a penchant for all things coffee. It was one of London’s first coffeehouses of the artisan coffee movement and today is one of the premier transatlantic roasters and retailers of specialty-grade coffee.
“We are looking forward to partnering with Sodexo to bring Chapter and Verse to life and training people who are passionate about coffee and excited to become a part of an elite group of baristas,” said CEO Nick Tolley.