Satisfy your coffee cravings and support local Black business
This story from 2018 has been updated in light of recent news that Starbucks has banned its employees from wearing Black Lives Matter accessories, resulting in the trending hashtag #BoycottStarbucks. Starbucks is no stranger boycotts, however. In 2018, the coffee giant made news when a video went viral showing two Black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks arrested for simply waiting for a client.
So what better time than now to support your local Black-owned coffee shop? Check out some of our suggestions below to get your next caffeine fix. Make sure to call ahead for current operating hours.
1210 W Broadway Ave., 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 Ave., 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.
934 Selby Ave., St. Paul
This neighborhood staple has a new location but serves up the same great coffee drinks named after jazz greats, as well as tea and popular items like dirty grits and breakfast noodles.
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.
3860 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis
Founded by Bilal and his wife Rahel, this coffee staple in the Longfellow neighborhood offers rich Ethiopian coffee, along with smoothies and espresso drinks. Update: The spot will open its doors again on July 1.
1101 W Broadway Ave., Minneapolis
3301 Central Ave. N.E., 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 Ave., Minneapolis
Gus Dean Coffee — Gus Dean went from veterinarian to coffee connoisseur and business owner. He prides himself in “carefully roasting high-quality beans,” allowing for a smooth, rich, and flavorful taste. Try him out.
Urban Ventures Coffee —This isn’t a Black-owned coffee shop, but proceeds go towards programming aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty in South Minneapolis.
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!
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Stephenetta Harmon is a Black beauty editor, curator, and digital media and communications expert who builds platforms to celebrate the power, impact, and business of Black beauty. She is the former EIC for Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (2018-19) and current hosts of MSR Forefront, a bi-weekly digital roundtable series. She is founder of Sadiaa Black Beauty Guide, the premier directory dedicated to Black-owned hair and beauty businesses. Find her at stephenetta.com.