Procreate Coffee at Rikers Island
Procreate Coffee NYC was created in 2013 by offering weekly classes to the public. In 2017, Procreate Coffee was contracted by the Department of Corrections to start a coffee school for inmates at Rikers Island. Procreate Coffee discontinued classes for the public while the program at Rikers was in its early stages, but has since resumed when the barista training lab was opened in Sunset Park in November of 2018.
The barista program at Rikers Island was created to teach young adult inmates a useful skill as well as promote morale within the facilities among inmates and corrections officers alike. It was immediately popular and continues to make people happy 3 days a week.
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You can also now read all about the value of our work in the New York Times! https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/27/business/rikers-island-baristas.html