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Supporting local communities

As Extract has grown, so has our ambition to share their good fortune around. As well as directly creating over 50 well-paid jobs, and being great customers to a host of suppliers, we wanted to use the skills we’ve learned and the profits we’ve earned to give others a leg up in life. We believe that profit should have a purpose.


We believe ethical coffee can be a vehicle for positive change. Since 2007 we've donated £23,000 to charity projects. That's why we created Grounds Up, the Extract Coffee Roasters charity collective.

Grounds Up is a collective of local and national charities which Extract Coffee Roasters support year-round through volunteering, mentorship and fundraising. Together we’re using coffee to give others a leg up in life.

So, when you buy our coffee, you’re helping ex-rough sleepers in London, hospitality professionals struggling with mental health issues in the North, vulnerable groups in the Cotswolds, and young people from deprived communities across the South West.

Meet our Grounds Up community partners

Hotel School

Helping homeless & vulnerable adults in London

Hotel School teaches hospitality skills to homeless and vulnerable people, matches them to sustainable employment, and supports them in their first steps into work.

It’s a joint venture between The Passage (London’s largest voluntary sector homeless resource centre) and The Goring Hotel with hands-on skills training provided by businesses like ours. We run barista training sessions for participants and two of our team now mentor project graduates.

To date we have trained more than 200 vulnerable adults who are recovering from, or at risk of, homelessness.

Read about our latest projects with Hotel School

Empire Fighting Chance

Helping young people in Bristol, South West & Wales

Bristol-based Empire Fighting Chance aims to fight the impact of deprivation on the lives of young people. It uses 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. We’ve run a careers day for the participants as well as training three up as baristas leading them to secure jobs in hospitality.

The project is just 200 meters from our roastery and is having a huge impact on our community. A staggering 90% of the young people they work with have progressed into employment, training or further education and 78% are no longer committing crime and anti-social behaviour.

So Let's Talk

Supporting Hospitality Mental Health in Manchester & the North

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.

Extract is helping So Let's Talk to break the silence around mental health within the hospitality industry.

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

The Long Table

Supporting local communities in the Cotswolds

This community interest company is working to change the world through food. It’s tackling food insecurity through its Freezers of Lovedotted around Gloucestershire full of delicious, nutritious meals, offered on a ‘pay what you can afford’ basis. It also helps to train people up for work in the hospitality sector.

Extract Coffee Roasters has been helping The Long Table support their community, bringing people together through incredible food and coffee. During our time with The Long Table, we've provided coffee and training for Pay As You Feel community lunches and look forward to launching training programmes and support this year.

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. This year’s Betty coffee is from Liquidámbar, an organic farm in the San Marcos region of Honduras.

LGBTQ+ allyship

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

In summer 2021, to celebrate our 10th Funka coffee, we’re paying for 100 businesses to receive allyship training with Stonewall charity, donating £2 per bag from sales of Funka

This incredible coffee is a blend of five beans, from five different origins, coming together as one.

Community support

We launched our first community coffee, Strong Man Espresso, back in 2012 donating £1 per kilo to Movember UK.

The coffee and community projects it supports have evolved since then. Today, our community coffee is Inner Strength and we donate we put £1 into our Grounds Up charities. Since 2012 we have raised more than £20,000 for charity projects through sales of this epic coffee.

A history of community coffee

  1. 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.

    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.

  2. 2020

    Supporting our communities during lockdown

    In 2020 we welcomed two new community partners, The Long Table and So Let's Talk to join Hotel School and Empire Fighting Chance.

    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 £4600 for our Grounds Up partners in 2020, joined forces with So Let's Talk to raise awareness of mental health in hospitality and helped The Passage (The charity behind Hotel School) to deliver meals to homeless people throughout lockdown. This brings the total raised for community projects through Inner Strength sales to £11,000 to date.

    Coffee for Keyworkers

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

  3. 2019

    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 paied for new iPads and classroom materials to help students move into employment.

    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.

    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.

  4. 2018

    Offering work experience & mentorship to Hotel School graduates

    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.

    Fighting Deprivation with Empire Fighting Chance

    In Bristol, we started working with Empire Fighting Chance, a boxing gym just 400 steps from the roastery which works with young people to raise aspiration and to help them to make better life choices. We kicked off the partnership with a skills swap: barista training session for the Empire Fighting Chance coaches in exchange for a boxing session for the Extract Coffee Roasters team.

  5. 2017

    Barista Training with homeless charity
    Hotel School London

    In 2017 we started working with Hotel School, a joint venture between The Goring Hotel and The Passage, London's oldest homeless charity.

    Throughout 2017, Extract Coffee Roasters' coffee experts ran barista training sessions with ex-rough sleepers and adults in insecure accommodation to help them on their journey back to employment.

  6. 2012-2016

    Strong Man Espresso
    supporting Movember UK 2012 - 2016

    In 2012 we launched our first charity coffee, Strong Man Espresso donating £1 per bag to Movember UK for men's health.

    We've run this coffee every winter since and to date have raised over £11,000 for community causes in that time.

Some of the charities we've supported