My initial idea about researching the cafe industry was to focus on the economic and social impact of cafes on their local communities. While the local impact they have is definitely important there are ways in which cafes and the cafe industry is seeking to impact communities much further afield too through UK Coffee Week: ‘a nationwide celebration of coffee that also raises funds for coffee growing communities’.
UK Coffee Week is a fundraising campaign that involves many coffee shops across the country in order to raise money for Project Waterfall, an initative that works towards improving clean water facilities for coffee growing communities. Since 2011 around £570,000 has been raised to help over 21,000 people. Cafes and related businesses across the country are taking part in different ways from donating a portion of the coffee price to Project waterfall, to holding competitions and workshops. To find out about businesses participating in your area, check this page on the website.