This year we were approached by Crisis, the UK’s national charity for homeless people, to provide coffee for their Café from Crisis initiative.
The charity opened their first Café from Crisis in August 2004 in the heart of East London, next to Spitalfields Market. Since then, two more cafés have been opened in Oxford and Newcastle, as well as coffee bars in Shop From Crisis sites in Finsbury Park and Croydon. As well as serving homemade food and great coffee, these café sites provide training opportunities for people experiencing homelessness that are looking to get into employment.
Over 400 members have completed the training programme so far, which covers front of house, barista training and back of house. Meanwhile, people in the communities local to our cafes can eat and drink with us knowing that every purchase they make will help end homelessness!
'I never thought I would be working in coffee but I knew the moment that I did the barista training I had a passion for it.' Sully, Cafe from Crisis barista
Volcano Coffee Works was built on the ethos of ethically traded coffee, which means working with partners who feed profits into community-based improvements. The benefits of ethical trade stretch far beyond just the farmer growing the coffee. It runs through the entire production chain, and we make sure that our successes benefit local communities in the UK by supporting charities and groups like Crisis.