Our Local Impact

The work we do and impact we make doesn't stop at origin. With our roastery based in East London, we’re conscious of how we can make sure that our business has a positive impact on local communities.

  • We have supported our neighbours at Cody Dock, a creative and community hub which sits on the River Lea (where we've also sponsored an photo exhibition) in achieving the Outstanding for Community Gardening Award (London in Bloom) and Gold for Community (Cody Road and South Crescent Business group) along with the other businesses in our area.

  • Together with Cody Dock, we’ve also helped to provide habitats for local wildlife such as bat boxes and bug hotels. Local school children have also been welcomed through the doors of the roastery to learn about roasting coffee.
  • Since 2017, we’ve provided “The Community Blend” coffee to The Garden Café, based in Poplar, a project set up by Leaders in Community. This community space serves coffee and cake with affordable prices as well being a space for young people to gain valuable experience and expand their skillset.
  • Our Quality Control team facilitates roastery tours and seed-to-cup coffee talks to students of Well Grounded. Well Grounded is a social enterprise with a focus on providing highly-skilled Barista Training to vulnerable adults looking for work.
  • Throughout 2020, Union donated enough coffee to make over 100,000 cups to charities and key workers, mainly to the NHS, Great Ormond Street Hospital and through FareShare – a charity dedicated to fighting hunger and food waste.
  • We believe that a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay. We are proud to be a Living Wage employer and part of the Living Wage Foundation.

  • Interested to know more? Read the full Local Impact Report here.