Coffee Ethic is a Social Enterprise operated by the charity Druglink. Coffee Ethic started in 2011 and is operated by paid staff and volunteers recruited from within our own recovery services, extended networks and the local community. Volunteers are supported by Coffee Ethic staff with experience in the catering industry.
The first Coffee Cart opened in 2011 at the offices of Dacorum Borough Council, l and in 2014 we opened two further Coffee Ethic Coffee Carts in Council Offices in Hertfordshire.
Coffee Ethic also runs two mobile vehicles, a vintage Citroen H Van and a 50cc three-wheeled Tuk Tuk. These distinctive vehicles attend community events, fetes and festivals across the area operating on a similar recovery-led volunteering model.
In June 2017 Coffee Ethic launched Coffee at Home and offers a range of fair trade ground coffee and beans as well as the tools needed to make great coffee. To sell this we attend local markets as well as selling online.
We aim to offer our volunteers the opportunity to get back into a working environment -, and with this structure in place - the chance to move on to independence. This is achieved through the use of atheir “volunteer passport”, which tracks volunteer’s progress as they develop within the Coffee Ethic service. The passport contains information around barista and other training, reviews and reflections around their performance.
Coffee Ethic is committed to offering fair trade and organic coffee, teas and hot chocolate, working with a local roaster in Hemel Hempstead to support this and find the best blends for customers. All profit generated by Coffee Ethic is invested into the development of the social enterprise as well as the services offered by Druglink.
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