When Andrew Loveland started working for Planet Bean in Guelph, Ontario, three years ago, he didn’t know much about worker co-ops. But he had a passion for coffee and an interest in ensuring it was Fairtrade Certified. If those were the things that got him to join Planet Bean, however, it was the worker co-op model that convinced him to stay.
“I learned that it was a great opportunity for people to kind of come together and work together as a community in a way,” he says “to run a business that everybody was passionate about in one way or another. I just kind of saw it as a way that I could be a part of something bigger than I could do on my own and it gave me the opportunity to have my voice heard.”