Posted on May 14, 2016 to News
That’s right, you read that correctly! We are proud to announce that we are now exclusively using cage-free freshly-cracked eggs throughout our entire menu in all four of our local espresso bar & café locations in The Hamptons and on the North Fork. In fact, we’ve actually been cage-free since the beginning of the year!
Most of the surrounding bakeries and coffee cafés have yet to make the switch and according to The Humane Society of the United States, which has been campaigning for restaurants to use more humane food sources, the big chains like Starbucks and Panera won’t be serving cage-free eggs until 2020. Dunkin’ Donuts, which has been opening up new locations on the East End in recent years, competing with local businesses, isn’t changing until at least 2025, according to their research. We can’t help but think the time for this change is now!
“For us at Hampton Coffee Company, making the switch to cage-free eggs is not only the right thing to do morally, but it also will ensure that the products we serve our customers continue to remain the top quality,” said our Catering Manager Samantha Southard. “The fact that our eggs come from cage-free chickens means that each egg is code stamped and can be tracked directly back to the farm it came from. This is the same standard we practice when we deal directly with the coffee bean farmers that provide the beans that are ultimately roasted and blended, by us, to make the delicious coffee you all love.”
Studies show that cage-free chickens experience less stress since they can roost and socialize freely, participate in their usual chicken behaviors and pecking orders, and lay their eggs in dark, quiet nests. The eggs that we purchase are gathered directly from these nests, placed into a cooler, and then farm coded and processed.
“Being that we are completely cage-free, this means that when you stop into any of our four local cafés to enjoy your Hampton Coffee Company breakfast favorites, like omelets, breakfast Panini, and authentic Mexican breakfasts, you are being served eggs that have come from happy and humanely-treated chickens,” says co-owner Jason Belkin. "We are absorbing the increased costs of using cage-free eggs so that our customers can enjoy the better eggs without having to pay more for their breakfast."
Eat like a local and support a cage-free future at Hampton Coffee Company!