Amid Record Heat, New Start-Up Provides The Homeless $8 Cold Brews
While it may seem that fall is around the corner, the humid heat of summer is still alive and well. Finally, a new Brooklyn start-up has addressed the humanitarian issue of protecting the homeless and keeping them cool. By providing the homeless with $8 cold brews, they will be refreshed and have the energy to take on the day.
Cold Brews for the Homeless (CBH) is a start-up based in Williamsburg with big plans to make sure that no homeless person goes without a nice 8 oz. cold brew for only $8 (before tip).
“The city tries its best to help out the homeless come winter,” says co-founder Eliza Murphy, “There are hotlines and shelters you can call to get them off the street out of the freezing weather. But I noticed there was no program to combat the conditions during the summer heat.”
The idea was born when Eliza reportedly saw a homeless person outside with a coffee in his hand.
“I just saw what he was holding and I wanted to cry. He was holding a small scalding hot coffee in his hand and it was, like, 85 degrees and rising,” Eliza continued, “I wanted to scream. How could we have turned our backs on these poor souls?”
When asked about the price of the cold brew in question, head barista Dennis “Gleek” Paddie, replied, “Yeah, it’s 100% arabica beans. But for another $2, we pour in some Oatly.”