Our Story

We already know that prisoners are 50% more likely to reoffend if they leave prison without skills and a job. And we definitely know that in 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 roastery and barista training centre at Aylesbury Prison. 

“Redemption Roasters gives young offenders the chance to skill up for a new life after prison. [...] In a tough environment, the Redemption Roasters' experiment fulfils a crucial role.”

- Financial Times

The programme there proved so popular that we have now established coffee academies in prisons throughout the UK, where we teach inmates competition-level barista skills. Upon release, we also help our Graduates find work, either by employing them directly or connecting them with opportunities in the wider industry. 

Just as the sourcing of our coffee is ethical, we want to show that specialty coffee can have a social impact at every level. The result is a finely crafted cup of coffee that raises the bar for everyone.

To know more about us, have a look at the frequently asked questions.

“I love this project for everything it stands for. What you have to understand is that the young men we receive here can be as young as 15 [...] Once they are out of here, having completed this course, they at least have a fighting chance of making a living for themselves.”

- Laura Boyle, Head of Reducing Reoffending, HMYOI Aylesbury