138 Black Owned Coffee and Tea Businesses That are Great Alternatives to Starbucks

47 Black Owned Coffee and Tea Businesses That are Great Alternatives to Starbucks.  is originally compiled by after a Philadelphia Starbucks employee called the police on two Black patrons.  However, we compiled a much longer list based on the comments on the original article.  Even if you’re not boycotting Starbucks anymore, this is a reminder that there are some AWESOME black-owned small businesses, that we all should patronize!

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#1 Uprising Muffin Company (Washington DC)

Uprising Muffin Company (Washington DC) offers homemade muffins, coffee, sandwiches & salads served in a relaxed setting with comfy seating.


#2 Northwest Coffee Roasting Company (Clayton, MO)

Northwest Coffee Roasting Company (Clayton, MO) 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.


#3 Teatopia (St Louis, MO)

Teatopia (St Louis, MO) offers 70 different teas as well as other small food items that will leave you amazed and wanting more.


#4 My Cup of Tea (Memphis, TN)

My Cup of Tea (Memphis, TN) 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.


#5 TeaLee’s Tea House & Bookstore (Denver, CO)

TeaLee’s Tea House & Bookstore (Denver, CO) provides high quality loose leaf teas, food and specialty drinks, including beer and wine in an afro-centric atmosphere.


#6 Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books (Philadelphia, PA)

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books (Philadelphia, PA) is a cool coffee shop and bookstore that also hosts live events like book signings and movie screenings.


#7 Ivy’s Tea Co. (Online)

Ivy’s Tea Co. (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.


#8 Black Momma Teas (Online)

Black Momma Teas (Online) offers gluten-free loose leaf tea selections, biodegradable tea bags and organic flavored agave.


#9 Sip & Savor (Chicago, IL)

Sip & Savor (Chicago, IL) 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.


#10 Black Swan Espresso (Newark, NJ)

Black Swan Espresso (Newark, NJ) is Newark’s first Specialty Coffee and Tea Shop. They specialize in using the highest quality international coffee beans in all their roasts.


#11 Crazy Coffee Co. (Lenexa, KS)

Crazy Coffee Co. (Lenexa, KS) offers a variety of drip coffee flavors suitable for any home coffee maker. They offer offer 6 flavored coffee selections per month, that changes every two months.


#12 My Coffee Shop (Atlanta, GA)

My Coffee Shop (Atlanta, GA) is a coffeehouse offering all-day breakfasts alongside sandwiches & baked goods in quirky surrounds.


#13 Café ULU (Atlanta, GA)

Café ULU (Atlanta, GA) is unapologetically centered on  the culture of our people and more specifically, on the historical and current influence of coffee and the coffee trade.


#14 Friday’s Coffee (Atlanta, GA)

Friday’s Coffee (Atlanta, GA) tantalizes your palate with some of the planet’s most unique and rare coffees.


#15 Red Bay Coffee (Oakland, CA)

Red Bay Coffee (Oakland, CA) is building a global community through our commitment to sourcing, developing, roasting and delivering the best and most beautiful coffee to the people.


#16 Upper Cup Coffee Co. (Columbus, OH)

Upper Cup Coffee Co. (Columbus, OH) offers house-roasted espressos & creative pours are the focus of this brick-walled cafe with sandwiches.


#17 Dees Coffee (New Orleans, LA)

Dees Coffee (New Orleans, LA) is a comfy cafe dispensing a variety of coffees, loose-leaf teas & locally made pastries.


#18 Wild Fig Books & Coffee (Lexington, KY)

Wild Fig Books & Coffee (Lexington, KY) is your very own local/global, writer-owned, counter-gentrification bookstore.


#19 Whittier Cafe (Denver, CO)

Whittier Cafe (Denver, CO) is an artsy coffee shop with a lending library & a cozy patio serving espresso-based drinks & cafe fare.


#20 Sankofa Video Books & Cafe (Washington, DC)

Sankofa Video Books & Cafe (Washington, DC) is a relaxed coffeehouse offering light cafe bites plus African-focused books & film screenings.



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