Cafe from Crisis, London

Cafe from Crisis, London opened as the first Cafe from Crisis in 2004 and is located in the heart of East London.

Café From Crisis is an award-winning training café and social enterprise in the heart of Spitalfields.

For 15 years we have worked to end homelessness through practical hospitality and catering training whilst serving fresh and socially conscious food and coffee in a bustling café. Through technical training such as kitchen craft and barista skills, our members can gain qualifications and confidence in a public-facing environment where they are supported on their journey out of homelessness.

Since 2008, half our trainees have come through local charity Switchback, who support young men recently released from prison with intensive one-to-one support alongside their training at Café From Crisis.

By choosing responsible, socially-focused suppliers like The Dusty Knuckle, Fareshare and Dalstons, we can ensure our positive reach spreads to the wider community. Our coffee is no exception to these high standards. Crisis has partnered with Volcano Coffee Works to create an ethically sourced and unique coffee to be sold in cafés and shops across the UK. The partnership will also provide an extension of our retail and café traineeship that offers employment training and opportunities to our members to help them into work.

Crisis Coffee will be sold through high street and online retailers and will raise vital funds for our work. We hope that supporters and partners of Crisis will purchase the coffee and help do a little good whilst drinking a brew.

Find out more about our training programme

About Crisis Coffee and where to buy it


  • WINNER of Foodism Social Impact Award 'Best Cafe' 2018
  • Runner up in ‘Best Café’ Timeout’s Love London Awards 2017
  • Finalist in the ‘Routes to Employment’ category at Urban Food Awards 2016
  • WINNER of ‘People’s Choice’ at the Urban Food Awards 2014

Address: Cafe from Crisis, 64 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-3pm

Tel: 020 7426 5681

Email: cafe.london@crisis.org.uk

Trains: Aldgate East and Liverpool Street

Our cafe

Our first ever cafe opened in August 2004. Located at Crisis HQ in the heart of east London on the vibrant Commercial Street, just a stone’s throw away from Spitalfields and Brick Lane.

We have another Cafe in London in our Finsbury Park Shop.

Training programme

The Crisis cafe training programme is an opportunity for people that are experiencing homeless to gain customer service, barista training and professional cooking skills in a real working kitchen and cafe environment.

Find out more about the cafe training programme

Sully's story
I never thought I would be working in coffee but I knew the moment that I did the barista training I had a passion for it. Sully