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Friday, January 11, 2019

The Top Black-Owned Coffee Shops to Visit in the U.S.

Founder of Black-owned coffee shop
Dorian Bolden, founder of Beyù Caffè in Durham, NC
A new year means new resolutions and new beginnings. This year, try supporting local coffee shops instead of the massive chains, like Starbucks and Caribou Coffee. Check out this list of our top Black-owned coffee shops to visit in the U.S.
  1. Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    The first female and Black-owned comic store (that also happens to be a coffee shop), Amalgam is an inclusive and safe space for comic book fans and coffee lovers alike.
  1. Red Bay Coffee
    Oakland and Fruitvale, California
    Red Bay Coffee has a few different locations across Oakland and Fruitvale—one of which serves coffee out of a shipping container! The company is doing so well that the owner plans to expand to 15 different cities in 5 years.
  1. Sip & Savor
    Chicago, Illinois
    13 years ago, Trez Pugh III opened Sip & Savor. There are now five locations all around Chicago. The shops all use Fair Trade Certified coffees.
  1. Backatown Coffee Parlour
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Sleek and stylish meet inviting and comfortable at this New Orleans coffee shop. They stay local by sourcing their beans from a micro-roaster in Mississippi.
  1. Golden Thyme Coffee & Café
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    “A place to slow the pace,” Golden Thyme is here to serve decadent and smooth coffee. The vast menu has more than just delicious coffee—they also have cakes and bagels.
  1. Beyù Caffè
    Durham, North Carolina
    A bohemian place to relax, Beyù features delicious coffee and live jazz. They also have a full bar and a full menu!
  1. Crazy Coffee Co.
    Lenexa, Kansas
    Specializing in drip coffee, Crazy Coffee has tons of different flavors for coffee addicts to try. They offer six deliciously flavored coffee selections per month.
  1. Wild Fig Books & Coffee
    Lexington, Kentucky
    At Wild Fig, you’ll find books, treats, and—of course—coffee. Choose from a selection of classic drinks, including Americanos, or their unique turmeric latte.
  1. Whittier Café
    Denver, Colorado
    A lending library and an artsy coffee shop—what could be better? This Black-owned café has a cozy patio and holds different writing workshops!
  1. Northwest Coffee Roasting Co.
    Clayton, Missouri
    An artisan coffee roaster that embodies coffee’s legacy. They strive to unite communities and stimulate dialogue, all with coffee in hand.
  1. Breukelen Coffee House
    New York, New York
    The city that never sleeps, New York is all about speed and urgency. But, with its cozy setting and delicious coffee, this shop wants you to linger.
  1. Culture Coffee Too
    Washington, District of Colombia
    A live performance venue, this shop promotes diversity and authenticity. Their tasty coffee is just the right treat to have in hand as you stroll through their art gallery.