Chichester coffee shop’s scheme for the homeless

Whipped and Baked John and Aida Stephens   Picture by Louise Adams C130609-1 Chi Whipped and Bake
Whipped and Baked John and Aida Stephens Picture by Louise Adams C130609-1 Chi Whipped and Bake
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AIDA and John Stephens opened their bakery and artisan coffee shop Whipped and Baked just weeks ago, but they already want to do something for the community.

After opening their shop in Guildhall Street, Chichester, the pair will be welcoming customers to support their suspended coffee project.

When you buy your coffee, you can pay an extra £1 and the owners, John and Aida, will ‘bank’ two coffees for the homeless.

This is part of a scheme with local homeless charity Stonepillow, who will hand out coffee cards to those who use the service so they can go and get a free coffee.

“We wanted to do something like this, but not for profit. We are giving 
them a good cup of coffee,” said John.

The initiative will allow those who couldn’t normally afford to buy a proper Americano coffee to pop in, feel welcomed, and get a take-away coffee to lift their spirits.

John and Aida will use a jar of marbles to show how many free coffees are available for the homeless, and they will kickstart the scheme by putting 50 marbles in the jar.

Then each time a customer buys a suspended coffee, they will add two marbles to the jar, signifying two coffees for Stonepillow’s users.

The tradition originated in the working-class cafés of Naples, Italy, and is now being adopted by independent coffee shops around the world. Whipped and Baked will be encouraging users of the scheme to engage with Stonepillow’s services.

John and Aida also donate spare cakes and bread to The Hub, and are looking to expand their food donations to Stonepillow by involving their local suppliers.

Pop along to the coffee shop in Guildhall Street to find out more.