Over the last 6 months our cafe and coffee roastery (formerly known as e5 Roasthouse) has been closed for refurbishment. We are excited to announce that we are reopening as a newly improved cafe, bakery and coffee roastery. We will now be baking our fresh milled organic loaves and pastries on site, in addition to our coffee roastery and cafe service.
We will have a small shop and deli on site, with loose vegetables, fruit and herbs from our organic farm in Suffolk as well as our range of organic grains, pulses and dried goods. We will also have our own milled flour for sale, and our small-batch coffee beans, roasted on site.
Address: 2 Cotall Street, Poplar. E14 6TL (map)
Cafe phone: 020 7537 2979
9am – 3pm weekdays
9am – 4pm weekends
CLICK AND COLLECT VIA OUR ONLINE SHOP
STAYING SAFE DURING COVID
Masks must be worn at all times when inside and moving around the cafe, aside from when seated at a table.
Please keep at least 1m distance from others to comply with social distancing rules.
Sanitise your hands upon entry.
Please check in using the NHS QR code.
We will be operating table service inside. Due to reduced tables we ask that you do not bring laptops at weekends.
HISTORY OF E5 ROASTHOUSE
In September 2017, E5 opened the doors of a new café called E5 Roasthouse, situated in Poplar Union, a community arts centre. One of our aims for opening the new cafe was to provide employment for the participants who had taken part in our Just Bread training.
Along with roasting coffee, we were making flatbreads, and serving breakfast, lunch, pizzas, cakes and pastries. Our lunch options were inspired by flavours from the Mediterranean and Levant regions, and were organic and sustainably sourced where possible.
The Roasthouse collaborated with the Refugee Council to provide employment and training for refugees, and our aim was to donate 30% of profits from e5 Roasthouse to support refugee organisations.
HISTORY OF JUST BREAD REFUGEE BAKING PROGRAMME
In 2015, 1.3 million civilians arrived in Europe to seek asylum, primarily from Syria, Iraq and Afganistan. This sparked a great deal of debate as countries in Europe struggled to know how to deal with the crisis, and were divided in terms of how to resettle the displaced people.
As widespread media reports covered the Syrian crisis, and as the situation in Calais worsened, everyone at the bakery became increasingly aware of wanting to help in small way. When the Refugee Council contacted us to ask if we would host the Just Bread training programme for refugees, we jumped at the chance to be involved. The first Just Bread class took place at in March 2015, in collaboration with the Refugee Council. The simple idea behind this programme is to help refugee or asylum seekers to integrate and grow in confidence, through the amazing power of food and sourdough bread.
Throughout the 10 week training programme, the group of trainees meet weekly to learn about sourdough bread, along with the different sections of the business; our baking team, our kitchen lunch service, the pastry section, coffee and barista skills, butter, jam making and flour milling. We also have a subscription service so that customers can taste the fruits of their labours for a month. Find out more about the bread subscription here.
Over the last few years we have run consecutive courses for groups of refugee women, and it’s fair to say it’s been a steep learning curve! The trainees have brought a wonderfully positive energy to the bakery. They are really curious, kind and open to our staff and to increasing their knowledge. It is also, for us, an extraordinary way of discovering new food cultures.
Not surprisingly many of the participants are in a vulnerable position. They are under a huge amount of stress in a new country that is not necessarily showing the warmest welcome, therefore we intend that these classes are providing a way for women to connect, as well as building confidence and skills for employment.
For each cohort of trainees, we have tried to ensure that there is some opportunity for employment after completing the course. For example for two summers we ran a pop up food stall at Secret Cinema, staffed by graduates from the program. We also employed several trainees in the Roasthouse as baristas, bakers and chefs. Lucky for us, many of these are still with us today.
Read more about the programme here.
Read more about Poplar Union and current events and programme here.