The world is a turbulent place right now. Racial inequality has the limelight and movements are sprouting up all over the world. For the last few weeks, people have been participating in protests, walkouts, sit-ins, vigils, and anything else they can think of to raise awareness of police brutality and the discrimination against black men and women.
1. Black-Owned Coffee Shop Brands
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However, there are more ways than one to show your support for the Black Lives Matter movement. If you are an avid coffee drinker, there are a number of black-owned coffee shops and brands across the US that you can give your money to. Even if you may not be able to sit inside a cafe right now, buying from these shops and brands is a great way to show your support. Right now, it’s more important than ever to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters. Not to mention, these are also great alternatives to Starbucks, which has been a banning BLM symbol and merchandise from their employees.
2. Sanfoka Video Books and Cafe
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Right in the heart of Washington, D.C. sits a relaxed coffeehouse that does more than offer a great cup of coffee and snacks. They also have a wide selection of African-focused books, as well as film screenings. In addition, they also invite black music artists to come and perform inside the cafe.
3. Grind House Coffee Co.
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Heading over to a black-owned coffee house in Huber Heights, Ohio, we find a company that has spent the last 15 years gathering the best blends and flavors from across the globe. Through both in-store and online sales, they offer a unique cup to whoever wants one. And if coffee isn’t your “cup of tea,” well they have plenty of tea selections as well.
4. Kaffeine Coffee Internet and Office Cafe
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Looking to add a little bit of funk in your morning? Head over to Houston, Tx. and check out this coffee house. Here, they offer food and coffee in a relaxed, welcoming cafe, plus you get free wi-fi! If that’s not enough to convince you, you can also make full use of their office features as well, including faxing and even small printing jobs.
5. Cuples Tea House
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There isn’t anything better than that family-owned charm. This black-owned coffee shop is actually primarily a tea house, with over 20 original flavors and blends to choose from. In addition, they also have an online marketplace where you can find tea sets and accessories, as well as their full tea selection.
6. Not So Urban Coffee and Roastery
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Beer isn’t the only craft business you’ll find in Georgia. This black-owned coffee shop also doubles as a micro-roastery where they roast their own ethically and sustainably sourced beans from Africa, Central and South America, and Asia. While their shop is located in Oxford, all of their coffee, brewing sets, and accessories are available through their online store.
7. Uprising Muffin Company
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Not your everyday black-owned coffee shop. Back in DC, this shop places the focus on their muffins. However, they have since closed the doors to their retail location. However, they now offer a full range of catering options. So if you have a summer party you need pastries for, who better to support right now?
8. Amalgam Comics and Coffee
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Looking to nerd out while sipping your coffee, then check out this black-owned coffee shop. Located in Philadelphia, Pa. you’ll find a slew of comics focused on diversity and featuring black superheroes, as well as popular comic books as well. What’s more, you’ll also find games, movies, and so much more.
9. More Than Java Cafe
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If you are wanting to get a bit more traditional in your coffee ventures, look no further than this shop in Laurel, Md. With its vibrant setting, this coffeehouse features all the classic dishes and drinks, including espresso, and even ice cream. In the evenings, you may often find yourself in the middle of a concert, with their live music nights.
10. Beyu Coffee
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Want some culture with your coffee? Why not check out this black-owned coffee shop in the new south? Live jazz music and a full bar are what is waiting for you here. So come on down, grab a bite, a drink, and enjoy some soul throughout your day.
11. Serengeti Teas and Spices
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Get away from the same old, same old. Surround yourself in the wonderful history of African tea and spice in the heart of New York City. Enjoy exotic flavors and a world of different tastes to fit your mood. But if you are in the mood for coffee, rest assured you can find what you’re looking for here.
12. Rise and Grind Cafe
facebook – @Rise&GrindCafe
Coming for breakfast, lunch, or something in between, this black-owned coffee shop in Milwaukee, Wi. has whatever you’re looking for. If you’re interested, they also have a mean planning service that you may be able to make good use out of. Be sure to stop by if you have time in the morning to sit down and enjoy a full breakfast!
13. Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books
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For all of you bookworms out there, this is the best black-owned coffee shop for you! Nestled in Philadelphia, Pa. this coffeehouse offers wonderful, ethically sourced coffee, live music, book signings, and so much more. What would be better than drinking your morning joe in a cozy library, surrounded by your favorite books?
14. Sip and Savor
Chicago, Ill. has a lot to offer, and this certified fair trade coffee shop is the cream of the crop. With a long list of classic drinks and a wide selection of teas and coffee from around the world, there’s something for everyone here. Not to mention, they’re easy to find with their three locations, spread out around Chicago.
15. Just Add Honey Tea Company
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Another black-owned coffee shop that isn’t really a coffee shop. Nonetheless, this tea house is quite the find. See, they don’t just offer their own brand of teas, but they also have a unique and sophisticated spin on the traditional southern tea. If you can’t make it in to their shop in Atlanta, Ga., don’t worry. All of their teas are also available on their website.
16. Red Bay Coffee
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Sometimes a coffeehouse is more than just a place to get coffee. Sometimes, it’s a bit more. That is exactly what this black-owned coffee shop is trying to do. Founded in Oakland, Ca. they are building a coffee community, through their commitment to providing the best-sourced coffee to everyone. Oh, and they have a coffee podcast called Coffee Dojo focused on the intersection of leadership, culture, and creativity.
17. Upper Cup Coffee Co.
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Let’s get back to basics. Exposed brick walls, classic cafe look, and house-roasted espressos make this black-owned coffee shop the perfect, down-to-earth spot. Found right in Columbus, Oh., this shop takes pride in their creativity when it comes to the perfect pour. You may just find your insta-perfect coffee art right here.
18. Tsion Cafe and Bakery
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Coffee with an Ethiopian twist, this cafe offers more than just a good cup of joe. You’ll also be able to enjoy a full Ethiopian style menu, along with a hip atmosphere, perfect if you are looking to try something new and young. You may also be able to catch a live performance once in a while as well.
19. Whittier Cafe
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Denver’s only African espresso bar, this black-owned coffee shop features coffee from all over Africa. Their nickname is “The Activists’ Coffee Shop”, and is something they continually strive to live up to. Activists are definitely something the world isn’t in short supply of right now, so this may be a great shop to come and support if you are in the Denver, Co. area.
20. DC Conscious Cafe
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With the world as crazy as it is now, it’s nice to find a place that is aware of itself and what’s going on. This black-owned coffee house can be found in DC, hence the name, and offers more than just coffee. Caffeine, food, dialogue, and civic engagement are just some of what this cafe has to offer. This may just be the best place to supper the Black Lives Matter movement right now.