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St Remio are proud to announce their three-year deal with the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) as the exclusive, on-course coffee partner.
Founded in Melbourne by Julia Tink and Trent Knox in 2015, St Remio is committed to not only supplying premium, sustainably sourced and certified coffee, but also supporting coffee farmers through funding projects that support communities at origin.
Since their inception, St Remio has gone on to fund multiple projects in Rwanda including the build of a Cupping Lab in the Kyonza province, purchased 6 hectares of land, 30,000 coffee trees, training, a plant nursery, land preparation and funded the salary of the Agronomist for ongoing support and education for the female cooperative of Cocagi, Rwanda.
“It’s so important that we educate consumers on sustainable coffee and how their choice can have a positive impact on the lives of coffee growers,” Tink explains.
“For years it’s always been about brand before people, but we want to turn that on its head. Coffee is about people and we need to ensure that we are investing in these communities, paying a fair price for coffee and allowing coffee farmers to thrive. In doing so, we are investing in the future of coffee and allowing the growers to feel like a valued part of the supply chain. For years, they have been the forgotten and that conversation has to change.”
Knox agrees, “In every cup of coffee, there lies a thousand stories. Such is the impact that one cup has on so many people. For years we have taken it for granted, but the time for change is now.
“To be the coffee sponsor of the VRC allows us to engage with a new consumers and share our story. A great cup of coffee is one thing, but a great cup with purpose is another.”
VRC Chief Executive Officer Steve Rosich said the club was delighted to welcome St Remio to the Flemington family.
“St Remio coffee will not only supply quality machines and beans, but every cup that is poured at Flemington will contribute to supporting female farmers in Rwanda,” Mr Rosich said.
“From a quick espresso on the famous Flemington Front Lawn, to savouring a cappuccino in The Bakery, to an espresso martini on The Roof Garden, this is an exciting new partnership for our customers.
“It is also a partnership that aligns with our corporate social responsibility strategy, including our commitment to sustainability and community engagement.”
The Victoria Racing Club’s sustainability strategy includes our Venue Presentation Partner Cirka which collects and estimated 1.5 tonnes of used coffee grounds over the Melbourne Cup Carnival as part of the organics waste stream and turns it into compost that makes its way back to Flemington’s famous grounds.