A catering entrepreneur is launching a new Manchester-inspired tea and coffee brand.
Roger McBride, Founder and Managing Director of Didsbury-based RCoffee, wants to launch Worker Bee MCR with two teas – one traditional black tea and the other an infusion – and three types of coffee – one of Colombian origin, pure coffee Arabic and a Swiss decaffeinated water.
The aim is for Worker Bee MCR products to be stored and served in select cafes, bars, restaurants and offices in Manchester, with the establishment of a 100 Club.
A donation of 10 percent of all tea and coffee wholesale sales will be given to two Manchester-based charities dedicated to supporting community projects and helping the city’s homeless people; We love MCR and Forever Manchester.
To help the project, McBride launched a Â£ 23,000 crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo.
McBride said: âWe want Worker Bee MCR to be the best tea and coffee in Manchester.
âOver the past 12 months, we’ve created a collection of bespoke tea and coffee blends, all premium products that will appeal to our discerning customers.
âWe are taking a close look at each location and will be offering expert barista training at all coffee shops and cafes.
âIt will help them sell better quality tea and coffee and improve every element of service, including customer service.
âWe are committed to supporting local businesses and community initiatives, and Worker Bee MCR enables us to do this on a daily basis.
“We will actively encourage customers to choose independent businesses over frequenting national chain stores, and at the end of each month we will be making a large donation to We Love MCR and Forever Manchester.”
Laura Baynham-Hughes of We Love MCR, said: âThe brand concept is truly unique and as a charity that supports the communities of Manchester we are delighted to be involved in this new product. “