April 10, 2017

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UK COFFEE WEEK HAS ARRIVED!

This week is UK Coffee Week!  

We will be doing a number of things in store to raise money for coffee producers and their workers, stop by to find out more or read on!

This year at Rave we are offering two of our tastiest bags of coffee, The El Salvador Finca El Carmen which we are excited to have back in our roastery and the Rwanda Huye mountain lot #5228 which we previously used for competition roasting. Both will be available in store for only £4.00 per 250g, so make sure you grab your bag while you can!
A big part of UK Coffee Week is about supporting charity, this year it's all for Project Waterfall.
Currently there are thousands of communities in sub-Saharan Africa who have a daily struggle of supplying clean water to their families and Project Waterfall aim to stop this with the help of roasters, importers and YOU, the coffee drinking public.
We want to do our bit, so when you buy either of these coffees in store, we will be giving £2 per bag to Project Waterfall and if we hit our target we will help supply 21 people with sustainable clean water and sanitation. The more coffee we sell, the more families we can help.
We Will also be playing 'Guess the Origin' with £1 Entry and a 250g bag of beans to the lucky winner.
To find out more about Project Waterfall or make further donations, check out their website www.projectwaterfall.org
February 08, 2017

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Barista Wanted!

If you love coffee and can produce consistent quality, with an astute attention to detail our cafe is for you!  We deliver outstanding quality coffee to our clientele base and have an opportunity for a talented barista to join our team.
This role is integral to our cafe customer base/roastery and we will offer excellent wages for the right person to fit this role.

 Our team environment is second to none and we never compromise on quality service or coffee to our customers

 Some key points you should know before you apply:

  • Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm every other Saturday 9am to 1pm (expected to be in 5-10mins early to dial in before service)
  • Quality expected every time, every customer, every coffee
  • You should be customer focussed, efficient, can multi task and have an astute attention to detail
  • Enjoy having fun but working hard
  • Be part of team
  • Training can be given however some experience would go down well!

 We love our cafe, our team, our customers, of course our coffee, so don't hesitate to apply if what you are reading sounds exciting and the job you have been searching for.

December 05, 2016

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#12daysofRave

To celebrate Christmas the only way we know how (with coffee) we are running twelve giveaways starting today on our social media.

Link to Day 1- V60 + Filters Size 01 Plastic and matching filters (like, follow and tag a friend in a comment on Instagram). CLOSED.

Link to Day 2- Totebag + Coffee 250g Guatemala Buena Esperanza (follow and retweet twitter post). CLOSED.

Link to Day 3- 250g Subscription Coffee and a bag of seasonal coffee (like Rave Coffee's Facebook page and share the competition post). CLOSED

Link to Day 4- Mini Christmas Syrup Set (tweet us your favourite christmas coffee). CLOSED.

Link to Day 5- South West Indy Coffee Guide (like and comment a coffee pun). CLOSED

Link to Day 6-

Terms and conditions.

All giveaways are picked at random and will be sent the prize outlined on the giveaway post. They will be sent through Royal Mail 2nd Class unless otherwise stated. Each post will have the rules outlined on what you have to do to enter, this will be checked. Each post will also state when the winner will be announced. All competitions will be UK only. We will contact the winners through private messages on the platform the competition was launched. 

 

Good Luck!

August 17, 2016

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This Week in Rave...

This week has seen the launch of our new Guatemalan lot from Buena Esperanza in La Democracia and the arrival of our sexy new tote bags (See Instagram for a special deal with both of them!).

New Lots are arriving tomorrow from Uganda, El Salvador and the long awaited Cascara (Villa Sarchi from La Julia mill in Costa Rica if you must know),  keep your eyes peeled for them up on the site.  

We've been slowly implementing a new green buying policy over the last 6 months not based on anything confirmed or factual, but just on subjective experience.  Occasionally as a roaster you find an old (read months) bag of coffee you stashed in a box somewhere that may have been a little bit special but you forgot about.  You are then extremely surprised to find that this coffee still tastes fantastic, with few of the flavours you'd associate with stale coffee.  This same coffee roasted a few days ago doesn't taste as good, lacking sweetness or the acidity from the old bag.  We put this hypothetically down to the ageing of the green coffee and have decided to buy smaller lots of fresh green and cycle through them more often.  This does mean that many will come and go never to return, but hopefully only the best aspects of each coffee are presented.  A trade off we are happy to make, let us know what you think.

I only mention this as recently the industry stalwart James Hoffman wrote a piece about this very topic, which in my mind all but confirms it.  (Still we both agree more experiments are needed).  Read his article here.  Would you as consumers be interested in trying such an experiment with us?

-Brooke

August 03, 2016

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This week in Rave..

This week's update is brought to you by our Design and Customer Service departments

Immi - Design and Publications

This week I'm working on the brew-zine. Okay so I’m not allowed to call it a brew-zine as that apparently is a bit too artsy. But a new brew guide, something that’s slightly more sophisticated than the last one. I am also planning on sprucing up the packaging and website any day now and nurturing my child, also known as the Rave Coffee Instagram. Also waiting for the Stockholm issue of Drift to hit the UK and working on my coffee palette as everyone keeps giving me fancy tasting notes and all I’m tasting is a nice coffee taste. *mic drop*

Teresa - Customer Relations and Service



Monday is usually one of the busiest days of the week for me, helping process the orders received over the weekend and getting them packed and ready for shipping.  This Monday was even busier start to the week, as I was playing catch up on various admin tasks and messages following last weeks offer which involved the best part ofTuesday/Wednesday packing up orders, then being set free in van delivering on Friday, navigating my way (unsuccessfully on a few occasions) around Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.  It was great though seeing our wholesale customers and putting faces to names that I speak to regularly.
The days work must have really hit me though Monday, as come home time I sat in the passenger seat of my car rather than the drivers, bag on lap, door shut......maybe I won't be allowed back out delivering in van again.  Pleased to report I got in the right side of the car Tuesday
Gift subscriptions have been flying out this week, we are receiving a lot of calls from customers phoning in to redeem their gift vouchers which is great - we are loving sending out our new farm cards courtesy of our Design Department!  On that note, best get back to loading the subscriptions for the calls received in today so far.  Then to prepare for my day off on Friday, making sure I have left things in order for those covering my work, whilst I am sat beer in hand (should I say coffee) watching the British Superbikes.
T Out
July 12, 2016

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This week in Rave...

We've been quiet for too long!  Expect frequent and succinct updates on the goings on here at Rave from now on, interspersed with various ramblings on coffee, service and production.  Here's a little update on this week to kick things off. 

We have lots going on in the roastery this week!  As is usual we have received some new green samples, this time from Colombia which we will be roasting on Thursday.  We'll keep you posted on the results!  New Sumatra and Uganda have been sample roasted and cupped, profiles are in development; we will be testing the various profiles throughout this week. The production team are busy slaving away on a daily basis keeping those orders coming out, largely fuelled by copious amounts of Kenya Kiriaini in Chemex, our unanimous favourite at the moment!

-Brooke

 

December 09, 2015

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Finca Argentina, Nicaragua and the Peraltas

If you follow our twitter feed (and you should by the way!) then you'll have seen this article from perfectdailygrind.com talking about Nicaragua and Finca Argentina.


 The Nicaraguan Coffee Industry & Story Behind Finca La Argentina

This article prompted me to think about our coffee buying history in Nicaragua and our association with the Peralta brothers.  Thanks to our friends at Falcon Speciality we have been sourcing Nicaraguan Microlots from the brothers P for three years now and we haven't been let down.  Their attention to detail when planning the lots is excellent, and their passion for sustainable and fair farming produces nothing but beautiful clean cups and the quality is improving year on year.  I managed to meet the brothers last year and they embody exactly what I think the future holds for speciality coffee farmers:  Forward thinking, Business minded, cup quality focused and always keeping an eye on the market for new trends.  

For the first two years we sourced from Finca El Bosque; pulped natural in 2013 and then last year our award winning exclusive natural -the last 30kg of which is available here:  Nicaragua El Bosque.

This year we have sourced from one of their other farms, Finca Argentina, as mentioned above, with three exclusive lots, one of which is live on our website, with two more to follow throughout the year.

We expect to work with the Peralta family for many years and hope to visit them in 2016.  For now, you can get a taste of Nicaragua to your doorstep here:

Nicaragua Finca Argentina

 

September 03, 2015

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CERTIFIABLE. IN A GOOD WAY.

Our 'Great Tasting' little Finca won't be around for ever so bag some quick...
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September 01, 2015

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CIRENCESTER 'RAVE' ON AT PHOENIX FESTIVAL 2015

 First outing for our posh new pop up gazebo at  The Phoenix Festival, Cirencester Abbey  Grounds over the bank holiday weekend.  Certainly got a baptism although rain didn't  stop play! Thanks to the festival organisers and  all who popped over to see us for a coffee. 
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August 24, 2015

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AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY CLOSURE

 

 The roastery and cafe will be closed this Bank Holiday  Monday.

 Website orders placed after 10am on Friday 28th August  will not be despatched until Tuesday 1st September.

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