Recently, a Philadelphia Starbucks employee called the police on two Black patrons. Their crime? Waiting for a friend. The cops still arrested them. When next you feel the need for some Starbucks, you may want to consider these Black Owned Coffee and Tea Businesses instead.
Black Owned Coffee and Tea Businesses
Uprising Muffin Company (Washington DC) offers homemade muffins, coffee, sandwiches & salads served in a relaxed setting with comfy seating.
Northwest Coffee Roasting Company (Clayton, MO) is an artisan coffee roaster that embodies the legacy of coffee by unifying communities, stimulating dialogue, and providing hand roasted and brewed full city coffee.
Teatopia (St Louis, MO) offers 70 different teas as well as other small food items that will leave you amazed and wanting more. You may also want to consider purchasing a coffee machine if you can’t get to this location. Of course, read reviews at identifyr.com first.
My Cup of Tea (Memphis, TN) offers over 30 varieties of specialty tea from all over the world. They have a substantial customer base in retail, wholesale and in gift packaging.
TeaLee’s Tea House & Bookstore (Denver, CO) provides high quality loose leaf teas, food and specialty drinks, including beer and wine in an afro-centric atmosphere.
Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books (Philadelphia, PA) is a cool coffee shop and bookstore that also hosts live events like book signings and movie screenings.
Ivy’s Tea Co. (Online) is a pop culture and Hip-Hop inspired holistic health brand. They provide handcrafted, locally sourced herbal tea that is made small batch by an herbalist and herb-infused honey for millennials.
Black Momma Teas (Online) offers gluten-free loose leaf tea selections, biodegradable tea bags and organic flavored agave.
Sip & Savor (Chicago, IL) offers the finest certified fair trade coffee from around the world, as well as a wide selection of teas, mochas, lattes and blended drinks. They also serve delicious pastries and small bites from local bakeries.
Black Swan Espresso (Newark, NJ) is Newark’s first Specialty Coffee and Tea Shop. They specialize in using the highest quality international coffee beans in all their roasts.
Crazy Coffee Co. (Lenexa, KS) offers a variety of drip coffee flavors suitable for any home coffee maker. They offer offer 6 flavored coffee selections per month, that changes every two months.
My Coffee Shop (Atlanta, GA) is a coffeehouse offering all-day breakfasts alongside sandwiches & baked goods in quirky surrounds.
Café ULU (Atlanta, GA) is unapologetically centered on the culture of our people and more specifically, on the historical and current influence of coffee and the coffee trade.
Friday’s Coffee (Atlanta, GA) tantalizes your palate with some of the planet’s most unique and rare coffees.
Red Bay Coffee (Oakland, CA) is building a global community through our commitment to sourcing, developing, roasting and delivering the best and most beautiful coffee to the people.
Upper Cup Coffee Co. (Columbus, OH) offers house-roasted espressos & creative pours are the focus of this brick-walled cafe with sandwiches.
Dees Coffee (New Orleans, LA) is a comfy cafe dispensing a variety of coffees, loose-leaf teas & locally made pastries.
Wild Fig Books & Coffee (Lexington, KY) is your very own local/global, writer-owned, counter-gentrification bookstore.
Whittier Cafe (Denver, CO) is an artsy coffee shop with a lending library & a cozy patio serving espresso-based drinks & cafe fare.
Sankofa Video Books & Cafe (Washington, DC) is a relaxed coffeehouse offering light cafe bites plus African-focused books & film screenings.
Cuples Tea House (Baltimore, MD) is a family owned and operated tea business offering featuring premium loose leaf teas, tea accessories and culture in a socially connected atmosphere.
Turn (St. Louis, MO) is a café that uses locally sourced ingredients to create spins on American breakfast and lunch.
Kaffeine Coffee Internet & Office Cafe (Houston, TX) is a relaxed, funky cafe featuring coffee, sandwiches & baked goods, plus Wi-Fi & printing services.
Not So Urban Coffee & Roastery (Oxford, GA) is a small batch micro roaster specializing in responsibly, ethically & sustainably sourced coffee from Africa, South/Central America and Asia.
Golden Thyme Coffee & Cafe (St Paul, MN) is a easygoing place with a warm vibe offering a variety of coffee blends named after your favorite jazz artists, bagels, cakes and many other delightful treats.
Currency Exchange Cafe (Chicago, IL) is a hip cafe with repurposed decor & a library, serving a mix of American, Mexican & Filipino food.
More Than Java Cafe’ (Laurel, MD) is a vibrant outpost featuring classic cafe dishes, espresso drinks & ice cream, plus live music nights.
Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse (Philadelphia, PA) is a is a comic book store and coffee shop hybrid that offers everything from comics, toys, games and figurines, to coffee & espresso related beverages, and baked goods.
Ain’t She Sweet Cafe (Chicago, IL) is a casual, cozy eatery offering counter-serve sandwiches, smoothies & house-baked desserts.
Cafe Dejena (Oakland, CA) is a local Eritrean café that offers dine in meals all day, grab & go for those on the run, and catering for small events.
Beyu Caffe (Durham, NC) is an upbeat, bohemian hangout offering coffee, all-day American fare, a full bar, live jazz & free WiFi.
Boon Boona Coffee (Seattle, WA) sources the finest coffee, from the birthplace of coffee, East Africa.
DC Conscious Cafe (Washington, DC) is “more than a cafe”. They offer good food, dialogue, entertainment, civic engagement and advocacy for the good of our community.
Serenity Tearoom (Frederick, MD) is on a mission to provide an elegant and professional Traditional Afternoon Tea, with tasty food, hospitable service and fond memories.
Serengeti Teas & Spices (New York, NY) introduces the history, magic, sumptuous taste and exotic flavors of Africa via signature coffees, teas, cocoas & spices.
The Terminal Cafe (Nashville, TN) is an unassuming coffee shop serving breakfast & lunch in a tiny, traveling-themed space.
Gullah Girl Tea (Online) offers delicious original healing tea blends, made by hand with love with a mission to promote healing and wellness.
Rise and Grind Café (Milwaukee, WI) offers hot and cold sandwiches, soups, breakfast items. They also offer catering and meal planning services.
Breukelen Coffee House (New York, NY) is a cozy coffeehouse providing brews & baked goods in a space that invites lingering.
Calabash Teahouse & Cafe (Washington, DC) is a popular teahouse ready to help you with foods & teas for dynamic living.
Urban Grind Coffee House (Atlanta, GA) is a hip coffeehouse with cafe menu & free WiFi holds film screenings, poetry slams & other arty events.
Grant Park Coffeehouse (Atlanta, GA) is a neighborhood coffeehouse serving light breakfast fare, sandwiches & pastries in chill, compact digs.
Just Add Honey Tea Company (Atlanta, GA) is a sophisticated twist on a southern tea tradition we offer thoughtfully blended loose leaf teas made in small batches to ensure the perfect cup cheers!
Tsion Cafe & Bakery (NY) is a petite, stylish cafe featuring contemporary Ethiopian cuisine in a warm space with patio seating.
Culture Coffee Too (Washington, DC) is a coffee shop, art gallery, live performance venue, and event space, with a mission to bring delicious coffee, and diverse culture to the Washington, DC community.
Village Tea Company (National Harbor, MD) sources high-quality, unique teas that are blended to create distinct flavor combinations which are packaged in a variety of creative and environmentally friendly ways for wholesale and retail sales.
TeaVolve Cafe & Lounge (Baltimore, MD) offers free WiFi, 30 varieties of loose leaf tea, espresso and coffee beverages using locally roasted beans, house-made sangria, and tasty eats.
-Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson (IG @thebusyafrican)