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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1830 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis
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.