Keep The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Kosher!

Keep The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Kosher!

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Zev Hurwitz started this petition to The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and

For decades, the observant Jewish community has been loyal to The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf stores due to their unique position as the only chain coffee shop to feature an entirely kosher-certified menu. From Los Angeles to Las Vegas to New York City to Jerusalem, CBTL stores have been synonymous with "convenient and kosher."

For many with kosher dietary restrictions, CBTL locations were the only food and beverage option for miles around and many kosher-keeping individuals in the workforce relied on nearby CBTL stores as the only accessible place to get morning coffee, or substantial meals on the go.

Within the past year, some individual locations began shifting kosher policies and dropping certification, including franchise locations at airports and tourist destinations while preserving the kosher status at most stores. 

With a May 12 announcement that stores would no longer be kosher certified, thousands of loyal customers will no longer be able to patronize CBTL stores or consume products produced in a non-certified-kosher environment. CBTL leadership cites the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for an expedited shift, though the true consequences for the kosher-keeping community will long outlive this pandemic.

The expedited roll out of this policy denies the opportunity for the observant Jewish community to weigh in on this major shift and CBTL must delay implementation until loyal patrons are given a chance to weigh in.

This is not simply a matter of disgruntled customers choosing to boycott CBTL establishments beginning in June 2020 -- adherents to strict kosher diets will no longer be religiously permitted to patronize Coffee Bean stores. This policy change signals that the demonstrated commitment of the CBTL kosher clientele is less important than the prospect of a new customer base in a time with substantially less pedestrian traffic and fewer coffee shop visits in general.

We urge you to delay this abrupt decision to de-certify CBTL stores as kosher and consider maintaining kosher bakery products at all or some of the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf locations. 

 

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