Mugshots Coffeehouse

Fair Trade Coffee/Tea, Local Foods

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

United States

About Mugshots CoffeeHouse & Café

Winner of the SBN's Triple Bottom Line award, Mugshots is a socially conscious café with an extensive fair-trade drink menu and a local food menu consisting of soups, salads, sandwiches, yoghurt, and granola made with free-range & organic ingredients, bought from local farmers whenever possible.

Mugshots uses only fair-trade, organic coffee, and supports sustainable agriculture and local farmers. By doing so, they not only support the local economy, but also reduce fuel use associated with shipping. Mugshots received "Best of Philly" by Philadelphia Magazine and was voted the City's Best Coffeehouse by AOL City Guide.

Mugshots became a Founding B Corporation because we are committed to making sustainability an integral part of our business.

The Change We Seek®

Mugshots is committed to making a positive contribution to our community by being mindful of the environment and our neighbors, both local and global, in all our actions. We aim to set an example in practicing a triple bottom line philosophy for other businesses in our community. We also seek to raise awareness around fair trade, the local food movement, and conservation.

• Working with Equal Exchange, we are able to offer only fair-trade, organic coffee at a reasonable price. Buying fair-trade certified coffee supports farmers by guaranteeing a fair price for their crops, prohibiting forced or exploitative child labor, providing credit to farmers at low rates, promoting sustainable farming methods, encouraging long-term business relationships, and organizing farmers into democratic cooperatives.

• We select our other suppliers based upon their business ethics and a shared commitment to the “triple bottom line,” a commitment to people, to profit, and to the planet. To reduce food waste, we send our juice pulp and coffee grounds to Green Meadow Farms for chicken feed and composting. In turn, we purchase a variety of food items from Green Meadow Farms, including seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables, eggs, which come from cage-free vegetarian-fed hens, bacon and ham which come from humanely-raised pigs, and free-range, all natural smoked turkey breast. Our milk comes from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative.

• In addition to composting, we recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum and glass. We purchase our cleaning products from Green Village, a local supplier of environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions. Finally, a portion of our electricity is supplied by wind energy, a renewable source of energy with no fuel and no pollution.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2007

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Environment: >75% recycled office supplies; >50% renewable energy; >10% energy saved last year due to conservation and efficiency improvements

Employees: All employees paid living wage; >70% of individual health insurance premiums covered

Community: >40% of expenditures directed toward local suppliers; >40% of management from previously excluded populations; >50% of employees are women

Consumers: Organic Fair Trade Coffee; Locally Sourced Foods



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