Feel even better as you sip your morning coffee, knowing your dollar is making a world of difference to someone doing it tough. We found a collection of socially-conscious eateries, cafes and bars that are actively supporting worthy causes, either with suspended coffees, donations or work support.
Managed by volunteers, Kinfolk cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, offering a range of local, ethical and organic produce including delights such as porridge with chai-poached pears. The cafe’s profits are redistributed to its partner charities in Melbourne, Palm Island and beyond. You even get to choose which project you’d like to support by dropping a coffee bean into the relevant jar.
Hamodava Cafe is part of the Salvation Army’s Melbourne Project 614, a unique venture which is a mix of cafe, charity and community centre. Homeless and disadvantaged people can access crisis support and have coffee and a meal in one spot. Paying customers are also welcome to drop in and try the fair trade coffee in exchange for a gold coin donation.
A non-profit bar and kitchen, Shebeen sends funds to charitable organisations in your beverage’s country of origin, so your tastebuds determine where profits are allocated. Buy an Ethiopian beer, and the profits go towards agricultural equipment for a rural farmer in Ethiopia, or savour a South African wine and the profits buy a book for a child there.
House of Cards
Located at Melbourne University in Parkville, House of Cards serves specialty coffee and sweet treats. Customers choose to support one of four ‘cause’ categories – environmental, cultural, social or health – and this socially responsible cafe makes donations accordingly.
Good 2 Go
Good 2 Go is a coffee shop and social enterprise that trains young people in customer service and hospitality. Just as its name implies, young people are provided with real work experience, skills and support to overcome barriers so that they are ‘good to go’ into the job market. Surplus proceeds support a wide range of support services for people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.
Polepole bar & kitchen
Inspired by East Africa, Polepole bar & kitchen supports two life-changing organisations via the sale of African beers and ciders. Women For Women In Africa is volunteer-run and assists the children and families of the Kibera slum in Kenya. YGAP is a not-for-profit organisation that helps communities disadvantaged by poverty by empowering their youth through education and leadership opportunities.
Ways and Means
Ways and Means is a great spot for breakfast and lunch, with a focus on locally sourced produce. It employs staff through the Youth Support and Advocacy Service, giving young people genuine work opportunities. It also participates in the Suspended Coffee Movement, so you can purchase an extra ‘suspended’ coffee for someone doing it tough.
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Where do you like to ‘do good’ in Melbourne?