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Published June 28th 2017
KIK start your day with the purpose of supporting our youth
While people are often divided on the concept of coffee, one thing is certain - it has become a staple that goes along with your breakfast meal, or more importantly, is your breakfast meal that kickstarts your day with the much-needed buzz. Coffee shops and cafes have been growing exponentially in Adelaide and its surrounding suburbs. But what makes each coffee shop or cafe stand out? What's that point of difference? That is often the deciding factor that helps me pick and choose the cafes that I'd like to support regularly.
One such cafe that has recently stolen my heart and spare change (for all the right reasons) is KIK Coffee. Situated on Light Square, KIK is the latest addition to the city cafe family. Having recently launched their business in Modbury around 8 months ago, KIK has become quite a favourite, attracting their potential customers and staff members with its ingenious business model of hiring disadvantaged teens and providing them with the necessary training to excel at their jobs of being part of the retail and hospitality industries. These are young people who have seen or experienced things that we wouldn't want to wish upon our children - depression, family violence, abuse, and much worse. But luckily for them, there are outlets that can help them get out of those situations and provide them with necessary life skills that won't just help them on the social and personal fronts, but also on the professional front.
KIK Coffee is a youth social enterprise that was started by Louise Nobes, an individual who is well-versed and highly experienced in the field of social work. Born and raised in the northern suburbs of Adelaide herself, Louise was inspired to tackle the issue of the growing unemployment rate through InspiredBUY, a social innovation organisation she founded and is the chief executive officer.
The location of KIK showcases a beautiful balance between the hustle and bustle of the city life, coupled with the quiet space that provides customers with the opportunity to escape into a sort of peaceful oblivion. The cafe itself may appear quite small, but it's quite roomy and even offers some books that customers can enjoy reading in their little Nook as they sip on their choice of hot or cold beverage. Lots of natural light illuminates the room and provides a sense of calm.
While the menu is small, it provides just the right options of food and drink that customers can find to be quick, tasty, and affordable. If you buy a regular drink, you can score yourself a $2 toastie of your choice! With options of savoury and sweet, there's a bit of everything for everyone.
The concept around KIK Coffee (and the reason why it stands out as a cafe that I want to support) revolves around the overflowing sense of positivity and a sense of belonging that emanates upon conversing with the staff members and their hospitality towards their customers. The end goal of KIK is to be able to make a difference in the lives of those who may be disadvantaged from a number of reasons and knowing that one cup of coffee can create impact by feeding a young child three meals for a week, or giving another child the opportunity to have access to education, or even better - give a child a second chance at enjoying their lives.
If you're an avid chocolate lover, then you're in luck! InspiredBUY has released a delicious range of homemade chocolates by KIK (aimed to be sold in staff rooms), where all proceeds made from those sales will go towards supporting the youth who are vulnerable to extreme situations of poverty, homelessness, abuse, or violence. The chocolates cost just $2.50 and are sold in a box of 10 for $25. If you're wondering what that means - selling around 200 chocolates in a week will work towards removing a young child out of poverty. All customers can easily track the impact of this purchase here.
As resonating by the hospitality of the staff, it is transparent (and refreshing) to see that they are in good hands and under a good support system that is helping them turn their lives around for the better. There is a genuine sense of friendliness and community and the main point of focus is to make sure that their customers are happy with their order, the service, and the ambience of the cafe, in addition to understanding the principles behind the KIK concept.
Feasting with good company, lovely latte art, and delicious toasties