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Extract Coffee Roasters - Community Barista Training

Supporting local communities

We believe that profit should have a purpose. As Extract has grown, so has our ambition to share the good fortune. We want to use the skills we’ve learned and the profits we’ve earned to help people in the communities around us.


We believe ethical coffee can be a vehicle for positive change. Since 2007 we've donated more than £27,000 to charity projects. That's why we created Grounds Up, the Extract Coffee Roasters charity collective.

We support a number of local and national charities through volunteering, mentorship and fundraising. Together we’re using coffee to give others a leg up in life.

When you buy our coffee you're helping people in our communities and yours. You're helping people impacted by homelessness back into employment; you're improving mental health support for people working in hospitality and fighting the impacts of deprivation on our streets.

So, thank you. Keep scrolling to learn more.

Meet our community partners


Hotel School, Beyond Food Foundation

We believe in using coffee as a vehicle for positive change in our community, to give others a leg up in life.

A big part of what we do includes supporting people impacted by homelessness, working with charities like Hotel School and Beyond Food Foundation to deliver barista training for their students.

The Extract Coffee Roasters team run barista training workshops for Hotel School London and Beyond Food Foundation as part of their London-based initiatives to help people impacted by of homelessness back into employment. In addition to volunteering our time, we also provide work experience and mentorship to students and graduates.

Since 2018 we have donated more than £9000 to Hotel School and Beyond Food Foundation and our team has trained more than 200 students impacted by homelessness.

Visit the websites for Hotel School and Beyond Food Foundation to learn more about the work they do and how you can get involved.

Read about our latest projects with Hotel School

Bristol City College

We also work with organisations like Bristol City College to deliver barista training for some of their students and service users.

Recently this included a cohort of service users with a range of disabilities such as down syndrome, autism and OCD who work in the College's onsite cafe, learning hospitality skills they can apply in the working world.

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Extract Coffee Roasters Community Work Barista Training Homelessness
Extract Coffee Roasters Community Work Barista Training Bristol City College
Extract Coffee Roasters Community Work Barista Training Homelessness


Empire Fighting Chance

Empire Fighting Chance runs programmes across Bristol, Herefordshire, South Wales, Devon and Cornwall fighting the impacts of deprivation on the lives of young people. The team use a powerful combination of non-contact boxing and intensive personal support to challenge and inspire young people to realise their unique potential and raise their aspirations.

Since 2018, the Extract team have raised more than £5000 for Empire Fighting Chance and provided barista training, work experience and careers advice and support for the young people they work with.

Visit to learn more about projects in your area.

The Long Table

The Long Table in the Cotswolds is working to change the world through food. This small but mighty organisation fights loneliness, poverty and food insecurity across the Cotswolds. They run a Pay It Forwards scheme at their restaurant in Stroud and supply a whole network of “freezers of love” across Gloucestershire, providing delicious, nutritious meals to people and families who can't afford to buy food.

Extract Coffee Roasters has been supporting The Long Table since 2020 and since then have raised £2200, enough to buy 338 meals for people in food insecurity and food poverty. Extract also provides coffee equipment and barista training for the restaurant team at The Long Table.

If you'd like to learn more about The Long Table, check out their website at and sign up to their newsletter for the latest updates and ways to get involved.

Fareshare South West

Fareshare South West supports 48,500 households suffering the harshest impacts of deprivation in the South West, not being able to afford to eat. Nearly 30% of the people they help are families with children. The organisation works by distributing food and household items via a collective of 400+ charities, schools and community groups.

Throughout 2022 we were able to supply more than 28,000 cups of coffee to these households.
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Fareshare South West - Extract Coffee Roasters


Supporting Hospitality Mental Health

The hospitality industry can be a notoriously tough place to work: long hours, late nights, difficult customers and the constant pressure to deliver the goods.

So Let’s Talk is a not-for-profit platform with a mission to break the silence by providing education, events, training and activities on all aspects of mental, physical and financial health inside of the hospitality industry.

The team started in Manchester and now carry out mental health training and workshops across the UK. Extract Coffee Roasters has been working with So Let's Talk since 2021. In that time, we have funded mental health training sessions for more than 400 hospitality professionals, helping make hospitality a happier and healthier place to be.

If you'd like to learn more, head to the So Let's Talk website for advice, articles, information on training and ways to get involved.

Read about our recent work with So Let's Talk.

A history of community coffee

  1. Extract Coffee Roasters - Bristol City College - Community Barista Training


    Our Barista Training programmes with Hotel School & Beyond Food Foundation are going from strength to strength. In the first half of 2023 we've trained more than 42 students in these programmes and recently celebrated the graduation of our 16th cohort of students with Hotel School.

    Our Bristol team has also been supporting the community through barista training. This year, trainer, Josh has run sessions for students with additional learning needs and disabilities from Bristol City College, preparing them to run their in-house college cafe.

  2. Extract Coffee Roasters Fareshare South West Logo

    28,000 cups of coffee donated to families in need

    In the South West we continue the fight against deprivation, supporting Fareshare South West with the equivalent of 28,000 donated cups of coffee going to households and families in need.

  3. Extract Coffee Roasters Community Barista Training

    £27,000 raised for charity to date

    In 2022 our charity donations to date reach a whopping £27,000.

    In London we continue our Barista Training programmes with Hotel School and Beyond Food Foundation, giving people impacted by homelessness new skills and opportunities. In addition to group sessions, our trainers offer 121 sessions, mentorship, work experience and work placement visits to ensure students receive ongoing support.

  4. Extract Coffee Roasters LGBTQ+ Allyship Funka


    In Autumn 2021 we launched an incredible charity raffle to win an incredible customised La Marzocco Linea Mini, raising £12,000 for our Grounds Up charity partners in the process. Go team!

  5. Extract Coffee Roasters LGBTQ+ Allyship Funka


    In summer 2021, to celebrate our 10th Funka coffee, we paid for 100 businesses to receive allyship training with Stonewall charity, We raised £2700 to fund the training from our sales of Funka

  6. 2021

    Back to Barista Training

    As lockdown eased, we've been pleased to get back to giving our community partners practical support and providing barista training and mentorship to students from Hotel School London and Beyond Food Foundation. We're stoked to have hit the milestone of more than 200 vulnerable adults trained to date.

  7. Extract Coffee Roasters Youth Mentorship

    Coaching with young people

    We've sat on judging panels and offered advice as part of the Empire Fighting Chance 'half-term hustle' and volunteered to coach some of the young people on Empire Fighting Chance programmes.

  8. 2020 volunteering during Lockdown with The Passage

    Supporting our communities during lockdown

    The year 2020 was an uncertain time for charities and our GroundsUp partners found the people that they serviced needed more support than ever before.

    Despite lockdown, we were able to raise £2600 for our Grounds Up partners in 2020 and members of the Extract team helped The Passage (The charity behind Hotel School) to deliver meals to homeless people throughout lockdown.

  9. 2020

    40,000+ Cups of Coffee for Keyworkers

    We rallied the troops and donated 40,000 cups of coffee to NHS wards and staff rooms throughout the pandemic.

  10. Extract Coffee Roasters Community Barista Training

    So Let's Talk

    The hospitality industry had a particularly rough time during the lockdowns of 2020. We started woring with So Let's Talk, a charity based in Manchester aiming to improve mental health support and awareness for people working in the hospitality industry. We have raised £2200 for So Let's Talk since we started working together in 2020.

  11. Extract Coffee Roasters Barista training and mentorship

    Beyond Food Foundation

    After three years of successful barista training with Hotel School London, we expanded our barista training to include students from Beyond Food Foundationa and House of St Barnabas, charities also providing a gateway into hospitality for people recovering from the impacts of homelessness. Since 2018 we have raised £2200 to support Beyond Food Foundation's amazing work.

  12. Extract Coffee Roasters Barista training and mentorship

    The Long Table

    In 2020 we added Cotswold-based charity, The Long Table to our Grounds Up charity collective, helping them support those in food insecurity. Since 2020 we have raised £2200 to The Long Table, funding 338 meals for people in food insecurity.

  13. Extract Coffee Roasters Community Barista Training

    Barista Employment for Hotel School graduates

    As mentorship and training continued with Hotel School, we were delighted to see graduates progress into barista employment. We start actively working with more cafe partners in London to create job opportunities for these graduates. Fundraising efforts paid for new iPads and classroom materials to help students move into employment.

  14. Extract Coffee Roasters Barista training and mentorship

    We launch a hospitality summer school

    In Bristol, we teamed up with Empire Fighting Chance delivering talks and careers workshops to local schools across Bristol, sharing what we love about hospitality.

    Together, we designed a bespoke barista summer school programme for 16-24-year-olds here at the roastery, including interview preparation and local work placements with Boston Tea Party.

  15. 2019

    200 skateboards sent to Ethiopia

    The people of Extract have long had a passion for skateboarding. So when we heard about skate charity Ethiopia Skate and a shortage of skateboards for young people in Ethiopia, we were keen to be involved. We launched a delicious limited edition Ethiopian coffee called Kickflip and asked the skateboarding community to donate their skateboard decks. We shipped more than 200 boards and spare parts to the Ethiopia Skate parks in Addis Adaba.

  16. 2019


    Since 2018 we have supported CoppaFeel at their Festifeel event. Raising awareness for the importance of checking your breasts for signs of breast cancer.

  17. 2019


    The opening of Extract London in 2018 meant we were able to offer work experience placements to our Hotel School students and graduates. Extract team members received mentorship training and began mentoring graduates to help them make the transition into paid employment.

  18. 2019


    In 2018 we started working with local charity, Empire Fighting Chance to support young people in our communities. Since 2018 we have raised more than £5000 to support the fantastic work they do helping young people fight the impacts of deprivation.

  19. 2021


    In 2017 we started working with Hotel School, a joint venture between The Goring Hotel and The Passage, London's oldest homelessness charity. Throughout 2017, Extract Coffee Roasters' coffee experts ran barista training sessions with people impacted by homelessness to help them on their journey back to employment. Since 2017 we have raised more than £7000 for Hotel School London.

  20. Extract Coffee Roasters Movember Sponsorship


    In 2017 we put our efforts towards funding clean water for those in coffee growing communities. We ran events in support of Project Waterfall for UK Coffee Week and sold a collaborative coffee flask raising money for Frank Water.

  21. Extract Coffee Roasters Movember Sponsorship

    Strong Man Espresso
    supporting Movember UK 2011 - 2016

    In 2012 we launched our first charity coffee, Strong Man Espresso donating £1 per bag to Movember UK for men's health. Between 2011 and 2016 we raised more than £3000 for Movember UK.

Campaigning Coffees

Gender equity

We celebrate International Women’s Day with Betty, a speciality coffee which is all about gender equality in our supply chain.

Incredible women have always been part of Extract but female coffee farmers and landowners remain a rarity. Betty coffee is about supporting them and sharing their stories.

LGBTQ+ allyship

10% of our workforce identify as LGBTQIA+ and we wanted to do something positive to support the LGBTQIA+ community.

In summer 2021, to celebrate our 10th Funka coffee, we used proceeds from the coffee to pay for 100 businesses to receive allyship training with Stonewall charity.

Community support

Since 2012 we have raised more than £22,500 for charity projects through sales of this epic coffee.

The community projects supported by Inner Strength have evolved since 2012 but community is still at the heart of this coffee. Today, we donate £1 per bag into our Grounds Up charity collective.

Some of the charities we've supported