When you’re seeking out that much-needed caffeine fix, making ethical choices and being socially aware can often take a backseat.
But thanks to a growing movement amongst Melbourne businesses, something as simple as a cup of coffee can have a positive effect on communities, both local and around the world. It sounds like a grandiose idea, but it’s the basis for many enterprises, including Kinfolk Cafe.
Located at the Spencer Street end of Bourke Street, Kinfolk donates all profits to charitable projects in Rwanda, Ghana, Palm Island and Melbourne. With over $100,000 raised in the last financial year, the business’s philosophy of ‘ethical consumption, sustainability and contribution’ is present in everything they do. For the customer, it’s easy; when you get your coffee or finish your meal, drop a coffee bean into one of four jars to select a project to support.
Kinfolk are not alone; Shebeen is a cafe and bar that donates 100% of its profits to projects in the country of origin of the beer or coffee you purchase. East African bar Polepole donates a portion of proceeds from its range of African beers to charities back home. Ways & Means Cafe employs youth recovering from substance abuse, giving them real-world work experience and support. 2Pocket Fairtrade is an ethically-minded espresso bar and store that supports disadvantaged producers from around the world.
There are now plenty of ways to shop consciously in Melbourne – may your next coffee help change a life.
Where do you shop with good intent?