Built by artists and youth in Chicago, Cafe YO! is a new 100% fair trade and organic coffee company. But not just any coffee company. We’re talking an incubator of a new economic model that runs on equitable labor partnerships, a small carbon footprint, and youth who are establishing their own livelihoods and campaigning for change and justice along the way. We hunger for liberation, not the glory of the con artist. We are social entrepreneurs and greed abolitionists.
In addition to roasting, packaging, and distributing some darn tasty cooperatively-grown coffee, our pack will travel to coffee countries--Mexico, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, and African-- to establish direct and fair trade lines with coffee producers. Distribution will grow through the promotion of Cafe YO! as a fundraising option for youth projects and schools across the city, a locally generated alternative to candy sales.
Café YO! was launched in January 2012 and is the brainchild of David Meyers, whose 2011 venture Cafe Chicago, has gained local and national acclaim for creating new pathways to economic justice.