Sodexo secures 3-year exclusive partnership with Origin Coffee

Sodexo’s corporate services business has announced a three-year exclusive partnership with one of the UK’s longest standing coffee roasters, Origin Coffee.

In partnership with Origin, Sodexo will elevate the customer experience to meet the needs of today’s evolving workplace where coffee remains a core requirement with an upgraded coffee offer which will help entice people back to their offices when it is safe to do so.

Sodexo is committed to sourcing responsibly and promoting local development, fair, inclusive and sustainable business practices.

The new partnership with Origin Coffee enables Sodexo to offer its clients a premium speciality coffee offer from a Certified B Corporation business with a central ethos to source exceptional coffee through a sustainable, triple bottom line approach.

Origin follows the speciality coffee industry’s guiding principles of Direct Trade, which as it suggests sees Origin’s sourcing team visiting producers directly within the coffee of origin, or a local exporting partner.

Julie Ennis, CEO corporate services, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said, “Workplaces are becoming places where people primarily meet, collaborate, bring customers and guests, and there is a very clear opportunity to deliver a suite of workplace dining and guests services at the heart of that experience.

“Both caterers and high street chains are enticing people back with top quality coffee and we are delighted to join forces with Origin to provide our clients with a speciality coffee offer which will undoubtedly provide coffee lovers with the perfect cup.

“The new offer will also include an accompanying food menu which has been developed in line with the high quality, world-leading coffee on offer.”

In January 2022 Sodexo will open its first Origin Coffee outlet at one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies based in London. Sodexo can now offer its clients four of Origin’s coffees:

• Stronghold: Origin’s darkest roast, a composition of Brazilian coffees, deep rooted with a heavy body creates a bold, sweet and intense cup.
• Los Altos: a core Origin coffee showcasing Origin’s work with The Mierisch family in Nicaragua, resulting in a coffee full of warm, caramel and chocolate flavours.
• San Fermin is a ‘session coffee’ created from a community of dozens of small producers in South Tolima, Colombia. It boasts flavours of orange sherbet, caramel and berries with a medium body and refreshing finish.
• Das Almas highlights the work of Virgulino Muniz, one of Origin’s trusted long-term partners in Brazil. It has a consistent, distinct dark sugar sweetness and complex chocolate notes, a perfect celebration of Brazilian coffee.

Tom Sobey, Owner & Founder Origin Coffee, said, “We’re delighted to be working alongside Sodexo to deliver a world-class coffee programme within their catering environments.

'We both share the same values regarding environmental and social practices and look forward to promoting our high quality, sustainably sourced coffee to Sodexo’s inquisitive and socially conscious consumer.

Origin Coffee has a 70-strong team of coffee professionals, a world class coffee programme and an ever-evolving product range. Through the partnership Sodexo will have access to Origin’s SCA barista training and a network of trained technicians to ensure the La Marzocco espresso machines are well-maintained.

The brewing equipment is just as important as the coffee itself and alongside La Marzocco Origin also works with some of the industry’s leading equipment manufacturers including Victoria Arduino, Mahlkonig and Mazzer.