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All-Organic Cafe: A First for Poland
December 1, 2014   
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A new cafe in downtown Warsaw is the first in Poland to offer a wide range of food and drink that is fully organic.

Organic Coffee & More opened in October at 19 Piękna St. near Konstytucji Square in the heart of Warsaw. The menu features a wide choice of sandwiches, salads, sweet and savory tarts, cakes and cookies. You can also buy a selection of organic spices and, of course, coffee. Along with an organic certificate, the coffee here has a Fairtrade certificate and the beans are roasted especially for Organic Coffee & More.

The new cafe has two levels, with a bar and several tables with comfortable seats on the ground floor, and a quieter room with a kids’ corner in the basement. The food and drinks are attractively priced, given the neighborhood and the market prices of organic food. An espresso will cost you zl.7 and the prices of sandwiches, cold and warm, range between zl.8 and 14.

The owners of Organic Coffee & More want to defy stereotypes associated with organic food. James Hancock, one of the owners, says he and his partners have taken on the role of pioneers aiming to make organic food more accessible, which also applies to prices. “We want to give our customers a choice: our food is just as tasty, if not tastier, than conventional food, and is available at the same or at a slightly higher price, but it is definitely healthier,” said Hancock. “We realize that profitability will soon become an issue. We make no secret of the fact that our margins are much lower than elsewhere—organic food is very expensive. That’s why we’re planning economies of scale as we expand: we want to open more cafes and will do so in the near future. This is an opportunity to reduce food costs at least slightly.”

According to co-owner Ewelina Błaszczyk, Organic Coffee & More is the only venue of its kind in Poland, because other cafes usually limit their organic product range, for example to juices or coffee. “Everything we serve at our cafe has a certificate,” said Błaszczyk. “We reach out not only to people who are aware of the benefits of organic food, but also to all those who would like to start eating healthier food than they have up to now.”

For further information go to www.organiccoffee.pl
and www.facebook.com/organiccoffee.kawiarnie
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