Scaler Story: Change Please

Change Please have Coffee Vans all over London providing great coffee all day, but what makes them special is they employ and house homeless people. They are operated by the same great minds behind the Old Spike Coffee Roastery. We recently had the chance to interview Cemal Ezal, co-founder of both the Old Spike Coffee Roastery and Change Please.


Let Cemal tell you more about his Social Enterprises

Old Spike Roastery was set up to provide some of the finest, freshly roasted coffee in the UK. They source there speciality beans from all over the world and roast them in their shop. Their mission? ‘To provide expert training, housing and a job that will act as a stepping stone to long term employment.’

This coffee is the coffee you will find at each of the Change Please coffee trucks. Each one operated by a person who was recently homeless.

The ‘Old Spike Team’ outside their Flagship store in Peckham (From lefts to right: Richard Robinson – Co-Founder, Lucy – Former homeless and now Employee, Cemal Ezal – Co-Founder

Lets hear from Cemal about their social impact.

The Old Spike Coffee Roastery, and therefore Change Please, rotate their coffee on a regular basis depending on what is available each season. The coffee is then meticulously roasted before being packaged up in simplistic and elegant packaging ready for distribution and retail. Below are some photo’s which document the roasting and packaging process.



Change Please is part of Impact Hub Scaling, they provide a year long program which offers a number of different things that help ventures grow.


Lets hear from Cemal about how Impact Hub Scaling is helping them.

To find out more about Change Please visit their website

To see the full interview click here.

To find out more about Impact Hub Scaling click here.


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