WHAT WE DO

OUR MODEL
STAGE ONE:
TRAINEE:

Accepted into our program but hasn't yet completed the Barista 101 Training 

Prison inmates submit applications,

complete with resumes, to join the Coffee Crafters Barista Training Program.

STAGE TWO:

We review applications, conduct interviews, and extend offers to join our Program to qualified applicants.

STAGE THREE:

Trainees complete our Barista 101 Training

Course to become certified Baristas

in the specialty coffee industry.

BARISTA:
STAGE FOUR:

 Completed Barista 101 Training and is currently working at one of our correctional facility cafes

Baristas then work at one of our cafes

operating inside a local prison to receive on

the job coaching and additional professional development opportunities.

STAGE FIVE:

Baristas graduate from our program

and are released from prison.

GRADUATE:

Barista with Coffee Crafters at some

point during their incarceration, finished

on good terms, and released from prison

STAGE SIX:

We continue to support our Graduates with transitional housing, job placement, and referrals to other social service providers.

STAGE SEVEN:

Pre-employment training, job placement 

and access to wraparound services significantly decreases the chances

of returning to prison.

OUR PROGRESS
TO DATE:
2019:
2018:

Less than 5% recidivism rate within one year, compared to 43% national average

16 Baristas completed training and 9 Graduates released from prison

Saved over $143,000 in taxpayer dollars that would have been spent on incarceration

100% employment rate for Graduates within two months of release

19 Baristas completed training and 13 graduates released from correctional facilities

 

6 Catered events for community partners

More than 50 jobs created

More than 10,000 drinks sold

Partnered to open our first coffee shop outside of prison,

Third Way Cafe

OUR CAFE LOCATIONS

1. OHIO REFORMATORY FOR WOMEN (ORW)

1479 Collins Ave, Marysville, OH 43040

2. MARION CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION (MCI)

940 Marion-Williamsport Rd E, Marion, OH 43302

3. PICKAWAY CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION 

   (COMING SOON!) 

11781 State Rte 762 #2, Orient, OH 43146

OUR FEATURES
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THE NEW YORK TIMES
ARTICLE PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2019
 
"Incarceration is a dehumanizing experience. Working in a coffee shop helps the people inside remember how to interact in polite society. The for-profit work traditionally found in correctional facilities, like stamping license plates or making cheap clothing on an assembly line for 86 cents an hour, can’t do that. 'In some ways it’s just about restoring dignity. That’s really hard to do if you’re a robot on an assembly line with no windows working 10 hours a day,' said Nick Hirsch, director of the Coffee Crafters Academy, which operates barista classes in two Ohio prisons. 'But when you craft a drink, you have to have soft skills, customer interaction, that impacts your work.'”
BARISTA
MAGAZINE
ARTICLE PUBLISHED
OCTOBER 2017
"The [Coffee Crafters] Academy is thorough, demanding, and, yes, competitive: At time of press, 37 inmates were employed in the operation's cafes, and went through a rigorous hiring sequence before being given the proverbial keys to the shop."
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NBC4 WCHMH-TV
COLUMBUS NEWS
REPORT PUBLISHED APRIL 2017
"We just found that the coffee industry is one that we can leverage to teach them some of the more transferrable skills that they can use within any industry."
- Nick Hirsch, former Director of Coffee Crafters Academy
"Warden Jeffery Noble says about 70% of their inmates will eventually  return to society. 'The better trained they [released inmates] are, the better prepared they are to return to society they are, the less likely they are to come back.'"
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10TV WBNS
CENTRAL OHIO NEWS
REPORT PUBLISHED JULY 2016
"According to Warden Jason Bunting, the goal is to 'give them opportunities to have a sense of pride [and] an opportunity to have a sense of hope.' 
 
'You have to give them tangible skill sets, that not only applies to what we're doing inside the prison but when they get out to the community, what that looks like and transition with skill sets that honestly don't bring them back.'"
ABOUT US

We are a social enterprise that uses barista skills training and wrap around services to fight recidivism. Our baristas ( justice involved individuals)  learn hard and soft skills that will make them marketable in today's growing workforce. Through job readiness training and mentor-ship we strive for sustained reentry and redeemed lives.

CONTACT 

Phone: (614) 569-4958 

info@coffeecraftersacademy.com

1561 Old Leonard Ave Columbus, OH 43219

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