There’s more good in Gotham than most people give the city credit for, and lately giving back has gotten even easier–as easy as having your morning coffee. Studies and surveys have shown Americans spend an insane amount of money on coffee, about $1,000 each a year, and I’d argue that workaholic New Yorkers and travelers (both without cars aka cupholders) would be on the high end of that average.
Regardless, we love the stuff, and Manhattan has a few destination shops that give back with a portion of their proceeds. Chances are, whether traveling or living here, you’ll pass one of these spots.
The newest of this charitable cafe’s seven locations is right in the heart of Chelsea (on 6th Ave. between 16th and 17th), and it’s adorable. The bold design will draw you in, but the offerings and service are just as appealing. The staff answered all of my questions about The New York Foundling (which serves foster children and underprivileged local families right next door) and the menu covers everything: pastries, breakfast, sandwiches, salads, and coffee variations from $2 to $5. Also find BluePrint juices, greek yogurt by The Epic Seed, coconut water and more.
Little good: The cafe donates 10% of its proceeds to The Foundling and keeps a running tally of the donations displayed above the cash register.
Long way: COFFEED’s Long Island City flagship features a patio with stunning skyline views and a rooftop garden, from which the other locations source produce and honey.
That’s right, the name you know and love has debuted brick and mortars, with the latest opening in NoLita (Elizabeth St. just off Houston) about two months ago. Find essentially all of the charitable products they sell paired with cappuccinos. Drip and pour over coffees run from $2.50 to $5 with pastries and vegan cookies to boot. The staff is friendly and welcoming and you can shop shades while you wait for your brew, or wander to the store in the back for shoes, accessories and more.
Little good: A portion of proceeds from the coffee goes to international water initiatives. TOMS Roasting Co. says one bag of coffee supports one week of safe water.
Long way: The concept can be found in Austin, Portland, Venice and Chicago, too!
The popular chain has six locations in the city (Bowery, Union Square, Meatpacking, Chelsea, Flatiron, LES) all of which give back to the community. Think emphasizes honest and sustainable farming, priding themselves in having relationships with everyone they purchase from. Their products give thoughtful consideration to environmental impact as well. (Cups, lids and packaging are compostable, for example.)
Little good: The coffeeshops give 10% back to Grand Street Settlement or Hudson Guild (both of which work with low-income families and communities), depending on the cafe location.
Long way: Think Coffee also has five locations in South Korea, where I hear they have found a cult following.