Local Black-owned coffee shops (updated)


Satisfy your coffee cravings and support local Black business

With protesters marching, boycotts looming, and diversity training in the works following last week’s viral video showing two Black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks arrested for simply waiting for a client — what better time than now to support your local Black-owned coffee shop?

Seriously, no one wants to risk arrest while attempting to get a roasted cup of joe. But, many of us don’t quite know where to pull up for a Black-owned spot. No worries; we’ve got you covered. Check out some Black-owned coffee shops below (or shops that support the community) to get your next caffeine fix. Scroll down to map our your next visit!

Breaking Bread Café & Catering

1210 W Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis

Founded by Appetite For Change, this neighborhood gem is a great meetup for coffee along with Southern comfort breakfast and brunch options like jerk shrimp and grits and gravy-smothered biscuits.

Capitol Cafe

2417 E Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis

Tempt your taste buds at this Seward neighborhood cafe which offers traditional East African coffee and tea, along with everything from paninis and tandoori to crepes.

Golden Thyme Coffee & Café

921 Selby Avenue, St. Paul

This neighborhood staple serves up coffee drinks named after jazz greats as well as tea and popular items like dirty grits and breakfast noodles. You can also vibe out to open mics every Thursday or catch a community discussion.


1500 N 44th Ave, Minneapolis

While technically a barbershop, this Black-owned space has become a go-to spot for style, conversation and specialty coffee from Peru and Columbia.

Limu Coffee

500 5th Ave NW # 109, New Brighton

The coffee plant originated in Ethiopia so we’d expect nothing less than roasted perfection at this Ethiopian-owned business.

Sammy’s Eatery

1101 W Broadway Ave., Minneapolis

Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee and grab a sandwich while you’re at it at this new Northside coffee eatery.

The Java Express

214 4th St E. St. Paul

This Union Depot java joint offers a variety of coffees and teas and is also known for its scrumptious chicken, waffles, and grits.

Venture North

1830 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis

 Both a coffee shop and a bike shop, Venture North aims to engage and empower youth in the community through cycling programs, classes, and employment. They offer organic, locally-made coffee options and plenty of specialty drinks that are sure to satisfy.

Notable mentions:

CityKid Java  — This isn’t a Black-owned coffee shop, but this Urban Venture enterprise gives 100 percent of its proceeds to aid inner-city youth. Indulge your caffeine fix for a worthy cause!

Organo  —  Save yourself a trip and order this organic gourmet coffee online by local distributor Yvette Turner — coffee that promises to make you healthier from the inside out!

And if you want some tea, try: 

Heritage Tea House — In addition to providing 24 loose-leaf teas from around the world (and coffee!) the shop is a full-service restaurant, bar, and African boutique.

Lady Elegant’s Tea Room & Gift Shoppe —  Enjoy scenic flower gardens and water fountains while sipping morning or afternoon tea in the British tradition.

Know a business that should be listed? Comment below or email msrnewsonline@spokesman-recorder.com and we’ll update!   Map out your next coffee stop below.

Updated 4/24/2018

  1. Breaking Bread is a nonprofit and not a business. They get grants from foundations, corporations and private donors. They do a great work for the community (Youth Pregrams, cooking classes etc.) There revenue is not depended on sales since it does not run a business system.

  2. Hey! Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee in the Harrison neighborhood of North Minneapolis is a Black-non-profit-led coffee & bike shop staffed predominantly by people of color. Redeemer Center for Life created Venture North in 2014 as a full-service bike shop and café that serves up delicious coffee, teas, and fruity drinks, and helps the surrounding community see cycling as a viable option for healthy, affordable and sustainable transportation.