From Rehab Restaurants to Stigma-Ending Bistros

 - Jan 8, 2013
These cafe social enterprises are adding a little something new to the now ubiquitous urban coffee house culture. From laundry mat cafes to stigma-ending bistros, here you can sip almost whatever you like -- some of the businesses here even serve alcohol.

But there's an added value that creates more than the usual culture or artist coffee kick. The social mission usually takes the form of creating jobs for marginalized communities, but many of the cafe social enterprises on this top list serve local, organic and/or fair trade food and drink products, which many people often consider to be an extension of social entrepreneurship itself. The emphasis, however, is almost always whole and includes the triple bottom line, that is, people, profit and planet.