Max Dubiel, Redemption Roasters

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In April last year we launched a specialty coffee roasting and barista academy at HMYOI Aylesbury. Our brand is called Redemption Roasters (www.redemptionroasters.com). At Aylesbury we teach young offenders coffee skills and aim to place them with our wholesale customers or in one of our shops upon release.

Ex-offenders are 50% less likely to reoffend if they have a job on release. Therefore and as as part of our mission to help young offenders successfully reintegrate into society, we train them in professional roasting and competition-level barista skills. Together we roast specialty coffee in small batches for our wholesale and retail customers, and run a café for the prison community and visitors. On release, we also help our now ex-offenders find work using our coffee industry contacts.

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Tara Sundramoorthi