Raise a mug to Change Please and their coffee that’s tackling the homelessness crisis.
100% of their profits go straight back into their mission to give people experiencing homelessness a fresh shot at life, via the Change Please Foundation. Through this they offer barista training at their state-of-the-art coffee academy, setting people up on a new career path.
Change Please pays all trainees a living wage, provides temporary accommodation and lends a helping hand supporting them with wider needs too, from accessing therapy to financial paperwork. It’s a sustainable employment model that takes people from the streets to a secure life with a bright future.
Change Please apply their ethical ethos when sourcing their coffee too, so you can be sure every brew is an all-round force for good.
Oh, and it tastes amazing, with multiple awards to Change Please’s name. What’s not to love?
When Cemal Ezel visited a silent teahouse in Vietnam, he witnessed how powerful social enterprise could be. Inspired by the “business for good” model, he decided to use the approach to help solve the homelessness crisis back in London.
Cemal realised people were more likely to buy a product from a person experiencing homelessness than donate money. And he also knew Londoners love their coffee.
Change Please grew from this seed of an idea. It launched in 2015, growing from a single coffee cart in Covent Garden to millions of coffees sold across the UK and beyond.
Cemal is also the founder of Old Spike Roastery, a fellow social enterprise tackling homelessness with specialty coffee.