For Nat’l Coffee Day, New England Coffee Chain Gets an ‘A’ for Vegan-Friendliness

Blue State Coffee Tops PETA's Rankings of Cafés on Availability of Dairy-Free Creamers, Egg-Free Breakfast Pastries, and More

For Immediate Release:
September 27, 2018

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Providence, R.I. – Just in time for National Coffee Day (September 29), PETA has released its first-ever Vegan-Friendly Cafés and Coffee Chains rankings, and Providence-based Blue State Coffee is one of just four chains to snag an “A.” Not only does the coffee shop serve nondairy beverages, it also offers multiple vegan meals, including Balsamic Roasted Tofu and Chickpea Salad sandwiches.

“More and more diners today want a splash of creamy almond or soy milk in their coffee and a tasty vegan pastry to go with it, and Blue State Coffee is meeting that demand in delicious ways,” 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.”

The other top scorers on PETA’s list 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 Pret A Manger, which boasts numerous sweet and savory vegan eats. “B” awardees, such as Starbucks, offer a selection of clearly labeled vegan offerings, and fewer options are offered by “C”- and “D”-rated chains such as Tim Hortons and Dunkin’ Donuts, respectively. And at the bottom of the rankings, “F”-awarded chains—such as Bruegger’soffer nothing vegan, not even soy milk or a bagel with hummus.

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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