ABOVE PHOTO: Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse (Photo by Bill Z. Foster)
Recently, a Starbucks employee in Philadelphia 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, consider these Black owned coffee and tea businesses instead.
Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse (Philadelphia) 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.
Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books (Philadelphia) is a cool coffee shop and bookstore that also hosts live events like book signings and movie screenings.
Uprising Muffin Company (Washington DC) offers homemade muffins, coffee, sandwiches & salads served in a relaxed setting with comfy seating.
Northwest Coffee Roasting Company (Clayton, Missouri) 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,) offers 70 different teas as well as other small food items that will leave you amazed and wanting more.
My Cup of Tea (Memphis) 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) provides high quality loose leaf teas, food and specialty drinks, including beer and wine in an afro-centric atmosphere.
Ivy’s Tea Co. www.ivystea.com (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 www.blackmommateas.com (Online) offers gluten-free loose-leaf tea selections, biodegradable tea bags and organic flavored agave.
Sip & Savor (Chicago) 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, New Jersey) 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, Kansas) offers a variety of drip coffee flavors suitable for any home coffee maker. They offer six flavored coffee selections per month, changing them every two months.