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Developers to leave Cape's deaf-run coffee shop out in the cold

It's been just three months since Cape Town's very first deaf-run coffee shop was launched in Claremont.

Now, founder Gary Hopkins has learned that private developers plan to evict them from their building at the end of the year.

I Love Coffee has been warmly-received by residents and local companies and is located in the X Body Fitness Gym in Draper Street, Claremont.

One of the shop's aims is to break down communication barriers between the hearing and the deaf.

Hopkins explains that patrons have embraced being served by deaf staff, and the baristas work closely to try integrate with other businesses in the area.

Hopkins hopes that I Love Coffee can move along with X Body Fitness Gym to new premises, but the future is uncertain.

We've got five months to find ourselves a new home, it's not that easy.

Gary Hopkins, social entrepreneur

He explains that they've had to halt plans to develop an on-site training school, among other things.

We can't invest in a building that is going to be demolished. That's why we're looking for something more permanent until we can settle.

Gary Hopkins, social entrepreneur

I Love Coffee is looking for help with either a mobile unit or office space to continue operating for the few next months.

Email: gary@ilovecoffeeshop.co.za to learn more.

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