The social enterprise scene is blossoming in Singapore. A social enterprise is more than just a regular business. It’s more than just dollars and cents. Rather, there is a social motive behind the business. In this post, we feature 4 beverage social enterprises in Singapore. These are businesses who are in the beverage line and have a social mission behind what they do. If you’re looking for a drink, you know where to get your cup of joe.
Bettr Barista Pte Ltd
Bettr Barista’s social mission is to arm disadvantaged and underprivileged women with the skills and tools to make their lives better. It takes a holistic whole-person training approach that focuses on mental (skills), emotional and physical development. Bettr Barista offers internationally-certified barista training classes for the public and industry. Bettr Barista also offers an interactive brew bar experience and customisable coffee-themed workshops and events for corporates.
Its retail offerings include coffee machines, accessories and top-grade specialty-grade beans that it roasts fresh at the academy, as well as a subscription service for coffee lovers who want a different variety of freshly roasted beans delivered to their doorsteps on a regular basis.
Blue Hill Beans
Blue Hill Beans is a social enterprise which is in the business of retail of high quality organic coffee at cafes and commercial buildings.Blue Hill Beans offers training and employment opportunities to recovering drug offenders, to be trained as coffee barista and ultimately to own their own coffee kiosk.
Just Coffee Company Pte Ltd
Just Coffee Company seeks to improve the lives of the underprivileged and marginalised through community livelihood ventures. Its business activities involve official distribution of Sealpod, Reusable Capsule System for Nespresso® OriginalLine™ and Nescafe® Dolce Gusto™ and working with local partners and communities to create viable businesses and improve business efficiency to improve the income generation of the community.
With co-management and profit sharing with local micro-enterprise, they target to set up more of such micro-enterprises funded by profit generated. They have started two ventures in coconut processing and offshore artisanal fisheries providing employment to the local communities.
Hush is Singapore first Silent Travelling TeaBar. It is a social movement determined to bring the worlds of the hearing and the deaf together and encourage experiential inclusion – with a cup of tea. Hush aims to disrupt and bring about change to 2 social issues:
- To challenge the notion of disability by inviting all to rethink the ability of the deaf through a reflective experience of inner awareness.
- To inspire journey of experiential inclusion and mindful reflection facilitated by their deaf partners, also known as TeaRistas.
This provide employment opportunities and also challenges the notion of busyness for highly-stressed professionals to slow down amidst the daily rush, appreciate silence, understand deafness, and truly connect with themselves and others.
Are there other social enterprises that you are aware of who’s doing good and serving good drinks at the same time? Share them in the comments below.
Featured image source: Bettr Barista Facebook