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Norwich homeless charity teams up with coffee roastery

From left, Mike Gascoyne, Belinda Brown, Ellie Howell, Matt Townsend, Daniel Matthams. Photo: The Feed

From left, Mike Gascoyne, Belinda Brown, Ellie Howell, Matt Townsend, Daniel Matthams. Photo: The Feed

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Norwich homelessness social enterprise and charity The Feed and Green Farm Coffee have announced a new partnership.

The partnership will see Green Farm helping The Feed to deliver basic barista training.

Green Farm coffee is also being sold now at The Feed’s market stall in Norwich market and will be at their new coffee and sandwich shop which is opening later this year.

Green Farm roast their coffee at their Rackheath-based roastery, using state of the art roasting, grinding and loading equipment. The Feed train people who have been homeless to work in the food and hospitality industry.

Matt Townsend, chief executive of The Feed said: “We are delighted to be working with Green Farm Coffee who make such an excellent product. We love coffee and it is a great opportunity for our trainees to be able to see how it’s made and learn basic barista skills. The coffee industry is a great opportunity for our trainees to learn a skill and get in to work. We are also really enjoying selling their coffee at our market stall, it goes great with our selection of sandwiches, salads and cakes.”

Mike Gascoyne of Green Farm added: “At Green Farm Coffee we are continuing to grow and support our local community and businesses as much as possible, and with that in mind we are delighted to announce our partnership with Norwich Civic charity of the year - The Feed.

“Since beginning our relationship with The Feed we at Green Farm HQ have all witnessed the important work they provide to our community. The passion they have in helping their trainees with personal support as well as the provision of excellent training in skills they can then take on to the outside world is second to none, and it is something we as a business want to help grow and nurture as much as possible.

“Working as a partner with The Feed gives us not only the opportunity to provide them with much needed new equipment, but also our own locally roasted Green Farm coffee to serve to the lucky visitors. Most importantly however it is a positive platform for their trainees to learn basic barista skills and as much coffee knowledge as we can pass on, hopefully giving them opportunities to obtain a career in this or other catering trades.

“We are extremely excited about our partnership with The Feed and the future plans they and we have together. Our own staff have already gained knowledge and experience through training sessions we’ve worked on together so far, and we cannot wait to do more! We feel very lucky to be able to work with their team on such an important issue within our community, the future is that bit brighter with charities like The Feed, but for the not so bright days….we’ll bring the coffee!“

The Feed is currently crowdfunding to open a new training facility in Norwich, to support them visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/off-the-street-into-the-kitchen

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