Te’s Coffee Shop: Changing Our Coffee for Charity
by Teddy Beaudoin on Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Te Palandjian (III) is currently in the process of pioneering Coffee for Change, a coffee business that will donate large sums of money to local charities. The business, located in the Head Monitor’s office, is debuting this year with a spring trial, but hopes to get up and running by the fall.
Coffee for Change is a place where students can buy coffee on campus. However, Coffee for Change doesn’t just save time—all profits will go to charities. Te started this business in order to help Milton’s community as a whole both with generous charity and an abundance of coffee.
Te would never have started Coffee For Change if not driven by two goals. In an interview last week, Te remarked that “currently, only a small fraction of our school’s population has access to high quality coffee. My first goal is to make buying coffee convenient and equally accessible for the student body and faculty.” By creating coffee that’s purchasable on campus, day students would no longer have to venture off campus to buy overpriced coffee. Te also says that “instead of having kids donate extra money, I am simply having them redirect money they already spend on coffee. In this way, instead of having a short period of donation for a cause, Coffee for Change will create an annual flow that will raise serious amounts of money.”
Due to Te’s busy schedule, running the stand alone all day long would be impossible, so she has been asking for volunteers to help run Coffee For Change. So far, Te has “been sending emails and making announcements to gain volunteer support.” But it is not just volunteer support that will be the deciding factor for this idea. In order to donate money to charity, one obviously needs money. Right now, raising said money is Te’s main goal. Te states, “in terms of coffee sales, I can only hope that the mission of the shop as a non-profit will help me gain support and that the coffee is a product the students enjoy.” Milton students will love the idea and enjoy the coffee, but some students questioned whether it is possible to separate a “Day Student Girl” and the occasional senior “Day Student Boy” from their Dunkin Donuts. Te also has an agenda of things she wants to accomplish in the foreseeable future. In the short term she says that she “hopes to make the spring trial run smoothly,” and “see the coffee sell and the volunteer system work.” In the long term, Te hopes “that [she] can pass this down so that Coffee for Change can continue even after [she] leaves Milton” and says that “the coffee shop is a sustainable way to help others.”
Coffee for Change, however, is not just a great way to support local charities but also a way to satisfy the coffee needs of Te and the rest of the school. “I think it will be a great way to provide the campus with good coffee, something we are completely deprived of,” responded Te when asked why Coffee for Change was important to her and Milton aside from its community service benefits.
Yet, besides the enjoyment of coffee and the clear impact it will have with community service, Te also believes that her coffee business will greatly help “volunteers gain work experience by teaching them how to make coffee, communicate with customers, and handle money.” She went on to explain that Coffee for Change “will improve the liveliness of campus by keeping people who normally leave campus for their coffee on campus,” helping to eradicate the day-boarder divide by limiting the need for day students to drive off campus.
Coffee for Change isn’t just an innovative way to inject the school with a whole new dose of caffeine, but also a way for Milton students to support local communities and enjoy their wake up call together.
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