Bitty & Beaus Coffee
Bitty & Beau’s Coffee shop is "a special coffee shop run by very special people." The official coffee of the Rachael Ray Show, this shop has been featured on ABC News, BBC, Good Morning America and more. Bitty & Beau's Coffee provides employment for individuals who have a variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities, giving them the opportunity to find meaningful and gainful employment. Serving up not only coffee, but inspiration, this little shop is sure to leave you smiling.
The company employs 120 people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, advocating for the inclusion and acceptance of the disabled. Amy Wright was named the 2017 CNN Hero of the Year award for her work, and in her acceptance speech directed a mantra to her two youngest kids watching at home: “I would not change you for the world, but I would change the world for you.” That aptly sums up the coffee business’ mission.
Named after their two youngest children with Down syndrome, the Bitty & Beau brand was first launched by Ben and Amy Wright in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 2016 to change the way people see people with disabilities — especially in the workplace.
Since its inception, the Wright family has franchised its brand with a total of 23 stores across the United States that employ hundreds of people with disabilities, tackling the 80% unemployment of people with disabilities.