Beneficial Beans Café Gets a New Look, Offers Same Great Coffee with a Purpose

SARRC President & CEO Daniel Openden, Scottsdale City Councilman Guy Phillips, Library Director Kathleen Wade, SARRC’s Social Enterprise Director Kate Thoene participate in today's ribbon cutting

Today, SARRC gathered with officials from the City of Scottsdale and members of the public to reopen the Beneficial Beans Café-Scottsdale, located at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. It was a great morning event that featured a ribbon cutting, lots of great coffee and wonderful treats from our vendor partners such as Matt Cottle of Stuttering King Bakery and John Dalen with Essential Nourishment.

The Café’s new look is warm and inviting to library patrons with the feel of a stylish, yet comfortable coffee nook. It is easily located on the main floor of the library, located at 3839 N. Drinkwater Boulevard.

Joining in for the festivities were Scottsdale City Councilman Guy Phillips, Library Director Kathleen Wade, SARRC’s Social Enterprise Director Kate Thoene and Daniel Openden, our President and CEO.

“We are excited to debut the new rebranded Beneficial Beans Café. The Café is an important asset of our social enterprise business, which provides adults with autism on-the-job experience through the new Beneficial Beans internship program,” said Daniel Openden, President and CEO, SARRC. “We are thankful to the City of Scottsdale for their partnership and our customers for their support.

The redesign was part of SARRC’s rebranding of its social enterprise business, Beneficial Beans®, which provides quality products and services to the community including, locally roasted coffee, produce, planters, and other offerings at its café.  

Beneficial Beans updated its overall design to include an eye-catching, modern logo and clear messaging about the connection of the products and services to autism. In addition to the redesigned Café, the Beneficial Beans coffee packaging was also updated to feature adults with autism as a way to inform socially conscious consumers about the cause they support by purchasing the locally-roasted coffee with a purpose. 

Along with the rebrand comes a new internship based employment training model for adults on the autism spectrum. Beneficial Beans Café in Scottsdale and its urban garden in Phoenix provide opportunities for adults with autism to build transferable skills that can lead to job success and financial independence. 

The Beneficial Beans Café first opened at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library in 2012. Beneficial Beans coffee is also available for purchase at select valley Whole Food stores and online.

Visit the Beneficial Beans Café Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds from the Café benefit adults with autism.