The new 1951 Coffee Shop in Berkeley looks like any other coffee shop — bags of freshly roasted beans, shiny espresso machine, and rows of coffee drinkers with laptops.
But this coffee shop, which is near the UC Berkeley campus, is unique because it’s a non-profit business that employs refugees and supports the refugee community. Opened just last month, 1951 Coffee Shop is named for the year when the United Nations first defined and set guidelines to protect refugees in the world.
The coffee shop serves Verve coffee, and no surprise it’s filled with Berkeley students (residential dorms are just around the corner). When I visited on a Sunday, the place was packed by students with their laptops.
During a time when refugees are a controversial topic in the news, it’s nice to see a place that serves compassion with its coffee.
The deets: 1951 Coffee Shop, 2410 Channing Way, Berkeley. Open weekdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and weekends, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 1951coffee.com
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