Charity coffee shop opens second East End outlet

By Rob Virtue on February 26, 2013 11:35 AM |

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A coffee shop which also helps reformed drug addicts become trained baristas has opened its second east London venue.

Paper and Cup in St Paul's Way Centre in Mile End is hoping to capitalise on the transformation of the E3 site and incoming 'young affluents'.

The shop's inaugural venue opened in Shoreditch last summer and the latest offering comes following its success.

It's is run by the Spitalfiends Crypt Trust and it sees reformed addicts work while training for an NVQ.

Manager Brent Clark said: "Our trainees say the best thing about it is that they don't feel like they are in recovery - they feel like normal people in a normal job. And that's when we know that they, and us, are on the path to success."

As well as offering drinks, sandwiches, hot foods and pastries, Paper and Cup gives customers a place to meet, read quality books, while looking at collectors items and artwork from local talent.

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Speaking at the opening, Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick said Paper and Cup was a key part in the Mile End regeneration currently ongoing.

"This whole area is being transformed," he said. "There's the new estate, the new school, a fantastic new health centre and a sports centre.

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"There's a new community being built, joining with the old community and creating a new area. It's great they've got a new heart where they can come to chill out and meet."