Old Spike Roastery in London was founded to offer high-quality coffee while helping the local homeless with high-quality jobs

Lucy, a barista at Old Spike Roastery in London, isn’t your typical coffee shop employee. She’s very friendly, but she has only just started to learn English. She can make a mean flat white, yet she learned how to do so only five months ago, when the shop’s owners hired her right off the street.

And her story is emblematic of the mission at Old Spike, a coffee roastery founded by Cemel Ezal and Richard Robinson, that focuses on helping the local homeless population as much as it does on serving up conscientious cups of joe.

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