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Nominated for: BEST Coffee Shop
The first Green Line Cafe opened in 2003 at a the corner of 43rd and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia's vibrant University City neighborhood. We now have three locations within a 15-block radius of each other. As a local, family-owned business we strive to be a positive presence in the community where we live and work. Our goals as a business are:
1. To establish great places for the community to meet and hang out. To this end we serve excellent coffees, teas, and a variety of other quality foods, and emphasize friendly, welcoming service to all.
2. To be good neighbors. We hope our presence strengthens the viability of our local neighborhood by providing jobs/livelihoods in a healthy workplace, by maintaining the attractiveness of our shops and surroundings, by attempting to locally source as much of our food products as possible, and by offering our support to local community groups whenever we can.
3. To think globally. We serve an international population. Our main product, our coffee, would not come to us without the hard labor of people in far-away places. The Green Line is committed to serving fairly-traded, organic coffees, and to educate the public on fair-trade principles. We also aim to be gentle on the environment. We recycle anything we can, and use non-toxic, non-hazardous cleaning products.
4. To promote creative expression and ideas by supporting local musicians, artists, activists and thinkers with in-house events and by supporting other neighborhood cultural events.