Redemption Roasters, the prison-based speciality coffee concept, is to ramp up its expansion plans, with a target eight new shops by the end of 2020.

The company, which first began roasting coffee in March 2017, currently trades from two sites: Long Lane in Farringdon and Lamb’s Conduit Street in Bloomsbury with a third opening in Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross in September.

The group has recently appointed May & Company as sole retained agents for their new site acquisitions

Ted Rosner, founder of Redemption Roasters, said: “Starting this new prison-based coffee concept was a bit frightening. But when we received wonderful feedback from our two coffee shops I saw this as such an exciting opportunity for us to roll the brand out further! Our target is to open eight new shop sites by 2020.”

Redemption coffee beans are roasted by a dedicated team at Aylesbury Young Offenders Institute. As part of their mission to help young offenders successfully integrate back into society, Redemption Roasters train the inmates in professional roasting and competition level barista skills.

This concept helps provide an opportunity for the prisoners to build a better life. The company says prisoners are 50% more likely to re-offend if they leave prison without skills and a job, and to roast speciality coffee, people need exceptional skills.

The company hopes the prospective rollout will build a profitable group of shops forming the first chain of its type in the UK – a coffee business underpinned by domestic social responsibility.

May & Company is seeking sites ranging from kiosks up to 800 sq ft in high footfall office locations in central London for the concept.