Celebrate These Local Coffee Shops That Give Back Not Just On National Coffee Day But Everyday
I would like my coffee with a side of benevolence please.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Raise your mug, for a day where the sweet smell of fresh brewed coffee will stick in your mind – National Coffee Day!
Today, September 29th, we celebrate not only the coffee drinkers but the coffee brewers as we take a look into some of the Charlotte-area’s favorite local spots for a hot cup of joe.
In addition to celebrating the freshly roasted flavors that we love, we are also highlighting the local coffee shops that have found ways to give back to the community.
I don’t know about you… but my coffee tastes better with a side of compassion.
Pure Intentions Coffee
How They Give Back: You know them, you love them, you can find their coffee all around CLT. Pure Intentions supports the Isabella Santos Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 with the goal of finding a cure for rare pediatric cancer.
Founder and Director of Coffee, Matt Yarmey, has been volunteering with the foundation for two years and uses Pure Intentions’ leverage in the coffee community to boost awareness and fundraise for a cure. National Coffee Day in September coincides with Pediatric Cancer Awareness month and donations are encouraged before the month ends.
“We really want to make September a great month, especially with everything going on in 2020 nonprofits have been really hurt,” says Yarmey.
What’s New with Pure Intentions? — You can now find Pure Intentions’ Classic Collections Coffees of the shelves of Harris Teeter! And at all Whole Foods Markets coffee is BOGO for the month of October.
How They Give Back: COVID hit, wholesale orders came to a halt and owner Tony Santoro “panicked, then paused, then pivoted.” Enderly Coffee chooses to use the power of the beans for good.
To support educators for their hard work through the pandemic, the roastery solicited school supplies and invited the community to send coffee donations to teachers. They sent over 400 lbs of coffee with 200 handwritten notes to educators …and didn’t stop there. To show appreciation for health care workers, Enderly again called on the community to support medical professionals via coffee donations. They sent 700 lbs of coffee, 350 handwritten notes and held a “Coffee Drop” event where they handed out bags of beans to hospital employees during shift change.
Friday Home Delivery — Enderly Coffee is bringing the beans to you. Each Friday, they are delivering coffee, baked goods and local honey to your door. To place an order visit www.enderlycoffee.com/fridaydelivery
Julia’s Café & Books
How They Give Back: Each time you grab a coffee or book at Julia’s Café & Books, you’re helping provide a home for someone in need. Every purchase gives back to Habitat for Humanity and supports Habitat Charlotte Region‘s mission of building new homes or repairing existing homes.
The staff at the shop? Volunteers and Habitat homeowners serving sweat equity hours.
“Interacting with customers who are making a donation to Habitat through every single purchase is exciting and great to be a part of,” says Café Event Coordinator, Katie Miller, who spent time working with the Habitat Charlotte Region in Americorps service before coming to Julia’s.
Now, the Café is trying to fund the construction of an entire Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region house with proceeds from book sales.
According to Marketing Manager, Corina Patterson, “The approximate cost to build a home is give or take $140k and as of the end of March we were about 60% to our goal.”
The impact of COVID-19 hasn’t pushed them off their goal path.
“With 90 cents of every dollar received going back into Habitat CLT Region programs, we believe our goal to build a house with books is within reach.”
HOW TO HELP:
- Stop in the cafe and shop books! We carry loads of titles and even some rare books;
- Shop the book boutiques in our 7 ReStore locations
- Shop our Amazon online store – Bookbuilders
Magnolia Coffee Co – Local roaster, Magnolia Coffee Co, provides all the coffee used in Julia’s Café. Their beans are directly sourced from small farmers and Magnolia also partners with Habitat for Humanity as well as other nonprofits.
How They Give Back: Looking for some strong coffee? How about a cup of joe that packs a double punch of good will to the community. That’s what the newly-opened Allegiance Coffee is all about — making twice the difference one sip at a time. At Allegiance, your purchase doesn’t just fill the cup of one local business, it enriches many.
That was the hope of founders Amber and Andrew Olafsson when they first decided to take a leap of faith and open during the pandemic. In fact, the crisis added to their motivation to work with other locals who were struggling. Allegiance Coffee makes it a point to partner with other small businesses like Haerfest coffee to pour back into the community — particularly the underserved. Not only does Allegiance offer discounts for first responders, but they also ensure contributions are directed toward supporting those with disabilities.
“Honestly we don’t buy the cheapest coffee, because we get to help employ adults with disabilities… we feel like it’s a win-win,” says co-owner Amber Olafsson.
At Allegiance, their cup runneth over — and that’s exactly why they want their blessings to spill back into the communities that need it most.
National Coffee Day: Allegiance is offering 10% discounts on all coffee drinks, as well as some fun giveaways.
Community Matters Cafe
How They’re Giving Back: Community Matters Cafe is serving up more than food and coffee, it’s providing a Life Skills Training Program for recovering addicts as part of a Charlotte Rescue Mission extension program. Those working in the cafe use the opportunity to relearn work/life skills.
HÆRFEST COFFEE roasting co. (pronounced “harvest”)
How They’re Giving Back: HÆRFEST is a coffee outreach company that creates employment opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. HÆRFEST utilizes the HÆRFEST of coffee to impact lives and create positive change. locally, statewide, as well as regionally, and nationally.