Just off the Winchester High Street lies Projects Cafe, a step in the right direction for coffee brewing and a sustainable future.

In a world where living sustainably is at the forefront of people’s minds, more are looking for a way to live a more low-impact lifestyle, and are wondering what steps they can take. 

Projects are not only an example for the public but also other big coffee shop chains looking for ways they can lower their carbon footprint.

Projects have gained raving 5-star reviews for their excellent coffee, brewed using the brand ‘Girls Who Grind’ – an independent, female-founded speciality coffee roastery.

The menu at Projects sets it apart from other coffee shops on the Highstreet, which do not offer the same variety of options and flavours to those who are either vegetarian or vegan, and gluten-free.

Cassi White, Director of Projects Kitchen & Store, was asked to pick a favourite from the menu, said: “It’s hard to pick a favourite, as the menu changes seasonally, so I have a few favourites, but I’d have to say right now it’s the Zaatar fried olive bread."

At Projects, the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” is not just a slogan; it’s a way of life. Cassi White has urged people: “If you’re going to buy anything, buy from Project Zero”.

Project Zero is something unique to Projects, where customers can purchase refillable containers and refill their own, pushing people away from single-use plastic containers. But there is more to Projects as well, it sells second-hand vintage clothing and hand-made items that support over 30 local small businesses.

Projects have intertwined sustainability with the art of brewing, providing a delightful coffee experience with its warm and homely atmosphere; it is a great example of how a coffee shop can be environmentally friendly without compromising on quality or taste. So, if you're in the area, why not give it a try?

  • This article was written by  Sophie Parr, from Peter Symonds College, as part of Newsquest's Young Reporter scheme.