For National Coffee Day, See Who Gets an ‘A’ (or an ‘F’) for Vegan-Friendliness

PETA Ranks Cafés and Coffee Chains on Availability of Dairy-Free Creamers, Egg-Free Breakfast Pastries, and More

For Immediate Release:
September 27, 2018

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Just in time for National Coffee Day (September 29), PETA has released its first-ever Vegan-Friendly Cafés and Coffee Chains rankings, and the resulting letter grades run the gamut from “A” (for chains that offer multiple vegan creamers and food items) to “F” (for those that have failed to make any attempt to meet the massive demand for vegan options).

Topping the list, with an “A,” are Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, a New York–based chain with numerous dairy-free beverage options and a 100 percent vegan bakery, along with Blue State Coffee and Pret A Manger, which boast numerous sweet and savory vegan eats. “B” awardees include Aroma Espresso Bar, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Starbucks, which each offer a selection of clearly labeled vegan options.

“C”-rated chains—including Biggby Coffee and Tim Hortons—offer vegan beverages but few vegan food options, while “D” grades went to Caribou Coffee and Dunkin’ Donuts, where diners can find a very limited number of vegan choices. And at the bottom of the ranking, “F”-awarded chains—such as Manhattan Bagel and Bruegger’soffer nothing vegan, not even soy milk or a bagel with hummus.

“More and more diners today want a splash of creamy oat milk in their coffee and a delicious vegan pastry to go with it,” says PETA Campaign Director Danielle Katz. “PETA’s list identifies the go-to cafés for healthy and cruelty-free fare—along with the chains that still have some work to do.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that vegan beverages, pastries, and other foods are free of saturated animal fat and cholesterol. They also spare animals daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries.

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