"So, a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart and your belly? You certainly don’t get that at the big chains."
"For Liam Mulligan, who says he has lived on the streets since he was kicked out of his home by his dad at 18, the opportunity to be a barista was his first real lifeline in a year - and has unearthed a previously untapped passion for coffee."
"Big Issue founder John Bird has teamed up with entrepreneur Cemal Ezel to establish a new coffee brand aimed at helping the homeless."
"Selling the Big Issue works well to provide people currently living on the streets with a way to help themselves work towards a better life, but there is a gap between that segment of homelessness and securing a regular job that needed a solution."
"Coffee trucks selling £2.50 cups of speciality brews from Tanzania, Columbia and Rwanda will go out on to the streets of London this week staffed by the recently homeless. The scheme will later be extended to Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh."
"Big Issue vendors are to start selling espressos and cappuccinos in a bid to cash in on the takeaway coffee market."
“If we can get a small proportion of coffee drinkers to simply change where they buy their coffee, we really could change the world. By providing both a job and housing we are immediately lifting people out of homelessness.”
"What makes the brand so special is that baristas will be paid the London living wage, while developing the skills they need to enter the world of work after six months. Change Please will offer premium, ethically-sourced coffee from Tanzania, Columbia and Rwanda, provided by OSR, while kick-starting a fresh career for their staff."
"Cemal Ezel, co-founder of Old Spike Roastery (OSR), which is providing coffee for the scheme, described the initiative as a “win win” situation."