By Jenara Nerenberg

1951 Coffee Company was founded by refugee workers to help give financial stability to people who have fled to the U.S. with nothing.

1951 Coffee Company was founded by refugee workers to help give financial stability to people who have fled to the U.S. with nothing.

The refugee crisis takes on a new meaning in light of Trump’s immigration ban — no longer do we only imagine Syrian refugees traveling by boat, but we also imagine thousands of other countries’ refugees stranded or denied entry to the US or perhaps even fleeing to Canada. So the timing of the opening of a new bay area coffee shop, 1951 Coffee Company—despite being in the works for two years—is rather striking. Staffed entirely by refugees, the shop’s aim is to offer jobs and barista training to refugees and spread awareness about the plight of refugees in this country. Located in Berkeley, California, 1951 opened its doors earlier this year.

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