Yale University Properties Welcomes Socially Conscious Coffee Shop To Downtown New Haven

Yale University Properties welcomes to one of its Community Investment Retail Properties in downtown New Haven, Blue State Coffee (84 Wall Street), a socially responsible coffee company that donates 5% of sales to local and national causes.

The Grand Opening ribbon-cutting ceremony for Blue State Coffee will take place on February 12th, at 11 a.m.

Blue State Coffee was founded to bring consumers high quality coffee while contributing to local communities. Blue State Coffee’s menu features fairly traded, organic, small-batch roasted artisan coffee and espresso drinks. Customers vote on which local charity Blue State Coffee will support for the upcoming month. Last year, its Providence, RI, store donated over $50,000 to local organizations.

“We hope to establish ourselves as a contributing member of the New Haven and Yale communities.” says co-founder and Yale student Andrew Ruben. “We plan to host events such as art shows, voter registration drives, environmental and political lectures by Yale faculty, and speeches by politicians and activists.”

Blue State Coffee is also committed to sustainability: Serving products are compostable, and excess food items are donated to local food pantries. Blue State Coffee’s goal is to become a zero-waste business.

“We are delighted to welcome Blue State Coffee to New Haven,” said Abigail Rider, Director of University Properties. “The company’s support of green initiatives and its dedication to reinvesting in the community, just as Yale does through its community reinvestment properties like 84 Wall Street, make it a wonderful addition to our downtown retail base.”

Yale University is an active partner in creating a vital downtown and promoting New Haven’s economic development through its community investment program. Paying more than $4 million annually, Yale is the largest real estate taxpayer in New Haven.

PRESS CONTACT: Brittney Lipsett, 203.432.2769

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