Coffee can change the world

Other | Thursday 26th November 2015 | Christina

The not-for-proft organisation Change Please is using coffee to tackle the issue of homelessness.

With support from the Big Issue, Change Please are helping the homeless get back into work by training them as baristas. Every barista in the programme gets housing, training and support plus the London living wage, throughout the course, and once six months is up, they are able to move into full time employment with one of the organisation’s partners.

As Cemel Ezel, co-founder of Old Spike Roastery, where the coffee is coming from, said: “This programme will make a significant contribution to helping alleviate the homeless problem across the country…If we can get a small proportion of coffee drinkers to simply change where they buy their coffee, we really could change the world.”

The Change Please coffee carts will be dotted around London – there’s already one in Covent Garden, and they’ll soon be coming to Waterloo, London Bridge and The City. The coffee, from speciality beans roasted at the OSR in Peckham, comes in at £2.50, so you can grab your caffeine fix and help a good cause at the same time.  

Head over to the Change Please website to learn more.