Article: RIF - "COFFEED's Frank "Turtle" Raffaele: Brewing Coffee & Building Community (Excerpt)


Coffee shop enthusiasts throughout New York, from caffeine-crazed espresso-heads to the occasional decaf dabblers, have been singing COFFEED’s praises since it first opened its doors in 2012 in Long Island City, Queens, on the ground floor of the same building Brooklyn Grange calls home. The charity-minded business, which specializes in sustainably-sourced, local and fair trade goodies, has since spread to Long Island and Manhattan, with future locations planned for as far away as South Korea and exotic, mysterious Staten Island.

COFFEED has also been lauded numerous times by the press and various community organizations for its charitable business plan — the company donates 5-10% of all gross revenue to local non-profit organizations. They’ve been a supporter of the Refugee & Immigrant Fund almost since the beginning; likewise, much of the produce used in-store is harvested by RIF participants in the Urban Farm Recovery Project...

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