Our Story

We already know that prisoners are 50% more likely to re-offend if they leave prison without skills and a job. And we definitely know that to roast specialty coffee, people need exceptional skills. 

Enter Redemption Roasters. We were approached by the Ministry of Justice to help address the state of reoffending by running our main roastery and barista training centre at Aylesbury Young Offenders Prison. Together with Milton Keynes College we now run Redemption Roasters barista academies not only in HMYOI Aylesbury but at HMP Bullingdon and at HMP Springhill.

“Redemption Roasters is a shining example of how the Prison Service works with our industry partners to teach skills in order to reduce reoffending. Through Redemption, the Apprentices receive top-level training in a state-of-the-art facility, gain real work experience and are introduced to employment opportunities on release.”

- Laura Boyle, Head of Reducing Reoffending, HMYOI Aylesbury

As part of our mission to help offenders successfully reintegrate into society, we train them in professional roasting and competition-level barista skills. Together we roast small batches for our wholesale and retail customers, teach them barista skills in our training facilities, and set up Redemption cafes on the inside for the prison community and visitors. On release, we also help our “graduates” to find work, either directly employing them in our own coffee shops, or with our wholesale clients. 

Just as sourcing our coffee is ethical, we’re showing the whole roasting process can be socially responsible too. The result is a finely crafted cup of coffee that raises the bar for everyone.

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