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Fuelin' Boyle Street

Drew McIntosh

Posted on February 06 2019

Fuelin' Boyle Street

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We’re a small coffee company trying to cover the coffee needs at the Boyle Street Community Services centre for all of 2019. We want to use our work to improve our neighbourhood and ease the burden of homelessness in the city of Edmonton.

We opened our shop in early October of last year. As we were getting set up and looking for ways to make connections with the city we live in and the people that we hoped would pass though our doors, we decided to start by supporting as many good causes as we could. Our work is based on other peoples’ knowledge, traditions and labour. We feel like the best way to honour that is to put our common product – high grade specialty coffee – to good use, building and strengthening the bonds which define our collective ambitions.

Our first client was the Boyle Street Community Services. Opening a coffee roaster in a neighbourhood undergoing intense transformation is a daunting task. On one hand, we’re trying to better the neighbourhood, provide jobs and new spaces for the people that want to be here. On the other, it’s easy to see the fact that the people that are already in the neighbourhood don’t always get the benefit of revitalization on their blocks.

Donating coffee to the Boyle Street is a sacred task. At the very least, the folks that use the services at the community centre finally get a break every day. We all love a good cup of coffee, that’s universal. As coffee roasters, we treat the Boyle Street account like any other. We do our best work and feel pride when it’s well received. The folks who drink our coffee are our customers and we see them downtown and around the neighbourhood. Some people greet Drew on the streets with “Hey, it’s the coffee guy.”

The centre is going through more coffee than we anticipated, which is a great review. From Oct 1 to Dec 31, we roasted and donated over 200 KGs. We’re a small business made up of 5 workers, including the owners. Everyone that works here is a manager. Everyone that works here has done extra to make sure that we can provide this service to the people around us.

Our customers have asked us how they can help. We have been asking ourselves how to make it sustainable, because the need is greater than our current ability to satisfy it. We live in Edmonton, Alberta, the city is branding itself as a winter city destination. It’s a city full of wealth, but the most vulnerable folks out there don’t always have supports. Edmontonians are generous, so maybe if we just gave people the opportunity to help us bring the neighbourhood up with consistent coffee delivery to the clients and staff at the Boyle Street, it would just get done.

We are looking for 365 motivated Edmontonians to help us. For $125, you can sponsor a day of coffee delivery to the Boyle Street. We roast and donate 3kgs of coffee in your name, and you get a tax receipt for the full $125, plus an invitation to a special coffee tasting event series. The folks at the Boyle Street get a good cup of coffee and a safe environment to work on the challenges life has presented. We believe this can be accomplished.

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