Cielo Coffee Leeds

Cielo is all about great coffee, in lovely cafe spaces, and generating profits to give away to local community... Help us open in York Place

We did it!

On 30th Jul 2016 we successfully raised £21,145 of £20,000 target with 94 supporters in 28 days

New stretch target

We'd love to be able to raise a bit more money to help hit the ground running in our new York Place outlet. With this extra money we would be able to do more marketing - spending more on ensuring all the people in the immediate area know our story, and where to go for their mid morning coffee, or lunch meeting. 

We've also learnt that opening new shops always has hidden costs so we'd love to cover some more of our overheads to ensure we can cover all our costs in the first few months while people are still discovering us.

And of course we want you to be able to be part of the story, so there's still time to join the Cielo journey!

Cielo is all about providing great coffee and food, in lovely cafe spaces, and generating profits to give away to local community projects. As a social enterprise we re-invest 100% of our profits back into the community. 

The Project

We are looking to open a new Cielo coffee house in York Place, which is within the business district of Leeds city centre. To do this we are partnering with the Diocese of Leeds who are generously subsidising our rent and fit out costs of the unit which sits on the ground floor of their new office building.

York Place:

Draft Plan:

The Why

We have a passion to use business to make a difference in our communities, not just through creating a home away from home, but also providing work placements and volunteer opportunities for people from different walks of life - with learning difficulties, recovering addicts, getting out of homelessness, young people, people who are out of work, people with mental health problems and people who just have spare time and want to give some time. And the icing on the cake is when we make profits which we can give away to local projects building community. You can see some of the projects we've given to from our other outlets at 

Quality menu

Love isn't cheap. To support these local community projects we need to make this entity sustainable. Coffee alone won't do this and so we want to provide quality menu choices to compliment our fab coffee. First and foremost we want to provide a top quality light food and drink menu for the thousands of people who work within walking distance of York Place. We will serve speciality coffee which we have roasted ourselves in East Leeds, alongside some sourdough sandwiches and artisan salads, not to mention some tasty sweet treats and pastries. 

How much we are raising

To be able to open in York Place we need your help. We need to raise £20,000 to cover our own set up costs and hit the ground running. 

This money will pay for:

  • Stock £5000
  • Coffee equipment/crockery/misc items £5000
  • Training £2000
  • Marketing £500
  • Solicitors £1500
  • Working Capital £6000


As a thank you we've come up with some lovely little (and big) rewards from lunch at any Cielo, through to a full Cielo membership card that will entitle you to lifelong 20% off our online shop and 10% off all purchases in any Cielo outlet for the rest of your life! Take a look at the all the rewards on offer at the side of this page.

Thanks for journeying with us - we can't do it without you.

PLEASE NOTE: we are unable to ship any rewards internationally. All rewards are for people within the UK only - but you're very welcome to give to us from anywhere in the world!

Cielo Coffee is the trading name of Baraka Foundation Ltd a company limited by guarantee no. 6503049 Registered address 41 Main St, Garforth, Leeds LS25 2DS. VAT no. 981098881 Registered in the UK and trading since 2008. during our previous cafe startups we have previously received funding from Awards for All (Lottery), LCCT, Seedbed, Cinnamon Network, & UnLtd

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