A Café that Contributes with Each Cheerful Cup

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A Café that Contributes with Each Cheerful Cup

Social enterprise has become a buzz phrase in the UK as ethical for-profit businesses proliferate and offer those in need relief. This spring, the Spike & Earl café opened on London’s South Side. Cemal Ezel and Richard Robinson operate this social enterprise café with the goal of supporting the homeless. They hire the homeless to work as waiters and baristas and help them achieve independence. For example, Thomas who makes lattes at the café with ground house roast beans was initially homeless in New York but made his way here. Now he has remembered the preferences of the regular customers and has become a popular barista. This is one café that deserves support.

Words: Michiko Kagawa

Spike + Earl
Address: 31 Peckham Road, London SE5
Access: Peckham Rye
Opening hours: 8am-4pm (Monday), 8am-11pm (Tuesday-Saturday), 8am-10pm (Sunday and holidays)
Open year round
© Michiko Kagawa Ham sandwich and house roast café latte.
© Michiko Kagawa Owners Ezel (left) and Robinson (right) were schoolmates.
© Michiko Kagawa Reservations are required on weekend evenings. The store motto is “doing good without compromise”. This café has received a lot of support from the local residents and homeless support group.

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