Coffee with a conscience: social enterprises in the coffee shop industry.
One aspect of my research into the coffee shop industry is the extent to which the industry contributes to the development of ‘community’ – one element of this is exploring the activities of social enterprises in the industry and how they contribute to different communities.
Back in 2016 I wrote a couple of blog posts about the rise of social enterprise cafes in the UK in recent years, highlighting a range of different examples. I need to update the map that featured in the first blog post – I’ll post a new link when that’s completed.
The trend for social enterprises to be an important feature of the coffee shop landscape has continued, and is evident in other areas of the coffee industry too. There are not only a number of coffee shops and cafes that are designated social enterprises (such as Second Shot or Paper + Cup), but a range of other different coffee businesses too.