Long Street Coffee is a Melbourne café passionate about good food, good coffee, and seeing young refugees reach their full potential. We operate like a conventional cafe, but with a social mission. We offer young refugees 3-month hospitality traineeships that focus on practical hospitality experience. Our traineeships are a life-changing opportunity for the young people we work with, enabling them to gain vital skills, familiarize themselves with Australian workplace culture, and secure ongoing employment.

Our story

We got our first break in January 2014 when we were invited to run two pop-up cafés at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival. The pop-ups at Laneway caught the attention of Arts House Melbourne and we were invited to run another pop-up in March at the Festival of Live Art.

A few months on, and Long Street Coffee found a permanent home in an old garage, down a laneway in the inner-city Melbourne suburb of Richmond. In order to fund the fit-out costs, we ran a crowdfunding campaign, “Brewing for Change”, which was a big success, raising $18,746. Thanks to the support of some incredible business and individuals who shared our vision for better opportunities for refugees, Long Street opened on World Refugee Day, the 20th of June, 2015.

How it works

The training program at Long Street is run in partnership with Brewing for Change Inc., a not-for-profit, incorporated association. Brewing for Change, together with Long Street Coffee, acts as a bridge between the settlement service organisations assisting refugees to find work, and the cafe owners who are searching for employees with valuable skill sets and experience. Our traineeship is focused on producing work-ready graduates with skills that are recognized and sought after in the industry. Training takes place at Long Street Coffee and in partnership with industry professionals working at Melbourne’s best coffee roasters, Market Lane and Proud Mary Coffee. The traineeship covers all aspects of front-of-house hospitality service, with a particular focus on the speciality coffee industry and building barista skills. Our barista training program is the best of it kind. Eighty percent of our graduates go on to secure permanent employment.

If you would like to get behind the work we do, you can support our training program by visiting the cafe (45 Lt. Hoddle St, Richmond), or considering us for your next event: We hope to see you soon!