Monday, February 26, 2018

I am inspired by this coffee shop run by ex offenders - never been yet but LOVE IT!

Our Story

We already know that prisoners are 50% more likely to reoffend if they leave prison without skills and a job. 
And we definitely know that to roast specialty coffee, people need exceptional skills.
Enter Redemption Roasters. 
We were approached by the Ministry of Justice to help address the state of reoffending by running our roastery and barista training centre at Aylesbury Prison. 
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“Redemption Roasters is a shining example of how the Prison Service works with our industry partners to teach skills in order to reduce reoffending. 
Through Redemption, the Apprentices receive top-level training in a state-of-the-art facility, gain real work experience and are introduced to employment opportunities on release.”
- Laura Boyle, Head of Reducing Reoffending, HMYOI Aylesbury
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As part of our mission to help the young offenders successfully reintegrate into society, we train them in professional roasting and competition-level barista skills. 
Together we roast specialty coffee in small batches for our wholesale and retail customers, and run a café for the prison community and visitors. 
On their release, we also help our now ex-offenders find work using our coffee industry contacts.
Just as our sourcing of coffee is ethical, we’re showing the whole roasting process can be socially responsible too. 
The result is a finely crafted cup of coffee that raises the bar for everyone.
Read our frequently asked questions here.