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This Cary Non-Profit Cafe is Employing People With Disabilities

(The Triangle Trend) — It’s not every day you hear about a nonprofit coffee shop and cafe that opened with the intention of offering employment opportunities to people with disabilities. If that sounds very specific, it’s because it is. Esteamed Coffee is a 501(c)(3) non-profit coffee shop and cafe based in Cary that’s currently run by a staff of around 18 lovely people. They opened their doors in December of 2020, and are on a mission to decrease the 70%+ of people with disabilities who are unemployed. Among those hired are individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, communication disabilities, and visual disabilities.

If you want to play a role in creating a more inclusive community in Cary, consider volunteering at Esteamed Coffee, donating to help the cafe pay its employees’ salaries, or simply spread the word about its mission.

Co-founders Angie and Tamara have both had personal experiences with disabilities; Angie through her own developmental vision loss, and Tamara through her decades of work with people affected by speech-language disorders. Their mission is simple: “To build esteem in our community.”

These ladies’ support of the disabled community is carried out through many mediums; not just employing individuals with disabilities, but supporting their families, related organizations, and featuring pieces from local artists with disabilities.

Regarding the cafe/coffee shop’s menu, they boast a generous selection of delicious cafe classics. The menu includes gluten-free pastries, nitro cold brews, cappuccinos, raspberry scones, iced vanilla lattes, “esteamed lattes”, smoothies, frappes, iced mochas, muffins, homemade croissants, danishes, cinnamon rolls, and genuinely delicious coffee—among many other delicacies. Their gluten-free food options are a pumpkin bar, rice Krispy treats, monster m&m’s cookies, and chips. Less conventional cafe drinks include sparkling water and natural sodas. And keep in mind that every purchase you make supports local community members with disabilities.

One guest gushed over their experience, stating “The crew is so good and the experience incredibly heartwarming. And the fact you won’t find a better cup of coffee in town doesn’t hurt!”


When you visit, they ask that you please bring a patient heart since the staff is still learning and practicing, but prepare to have a lovely experience!

Make sure to follow Esteamed Coffee on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with promotions and other news.

Esteamed Coffee Shop

114 S Academy St, Cary, NC 27511

Monday to Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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