Coffee is a multi-billion pound industry. According to the Allegra’s World Coffee Portal, The coffee shop market in 2018 was worth £10.1 bn, up 7.9% on the previous year. That’s a huge pie, and it’s time to carve out a bigger slice for minorities.
Coffee is part of our daily lives. It provides many great things that we can all agree upon. Health benefits, comfort and energy and social interaction.
But first, here are a few general ideas to keep in mind moving forward.
- Educate yourself: You can find anti-racism resources here. Everything from books, to podcasts, documentaries, and more. (Document compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020.)
- Self-awareness and reflection: To better understand white supremacy and privilege and to become better allies.
- Support: There are plenty of ways to show your support! Keep the conversation going, reach out to Black members of the community and listen.
And support is really what this post is about. It’s important to spread the wealth, put your money where your mouth is, and support Black-owned businesses.
There are free ways to support Black-owned businesses too!
- Follow them on social media.
- Interact with their social media accounts by commenting, liking, reposting or sharing.
- GIve them a shout out, either on your own social media pages or blog, or by telling your friends and family.
- Write a positive review.
- Sign up for their newsletter.
If you know of a Black-owned, coffee company that we haven’t listed below, let us know. We’ll add to the list and keep it updated. We are also on a journey to check our privilege and be more understanding and use our platform for inclusion. We have and will continue to get it wrong but we want to be better.
BLACK COWBOY COFFEE
Black Cowboy Coffee is an enterprise that takes pride on providing organic, fair trade Coffee beans. We believe that sourcing the best Coffee beans and providing the best service is a winning combination. Currently operating from a permanently located horse trailer at the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre. https://blackcowboycoffee.co.uk/
We started this cafe with one drive different from many other places out there – to not be in the business of making money, but to be in the business of making connections with like minded souls. To be a place where everyone can come together, put down the phones and connect within the room while enjoying EPIC harm-free food and drink blankbrixtoncafe.com
CLUED UP COFFEE
If you have met Jerome who owns and runs the delightful Cluedup Coffee, a small catering trailer based outside London Bridge train station near Guy’s Hospital on St Thomas Street in London, then you will know the coffee is as good as the human serving it! instagram.com/cluedupcoffee/
COFFEE AND FANDISHA
Coffee & Fandisha is a speciality coffee shop and luncheonette located on Brick Street in the creative quarter of Liverpool, better known as the Baltic Triangle. The idea of Coffee & Fandisha stems from the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony where freshly brewed coffee is served alongside popcorn and other little bits and pieces. coffeeandfandisha.com/
We offer healthy homemade menu, local craft ales & live music events. We also provide voluntary workplace training & qualifications for local people. Deli Lama Salford
Dudley’s is your neighbourhood café just a moments walk from Wood Street overground station. Parched or Peckish we’ve got you covered. dudleyscoffee.com
Freedom is popping in for a coffee and staying for an artisan burger.
Freedom is catching up with friends without looking at the clock.
Freedom is dessert for breakfast – or craft beer for lunch. Open early until late, Freedom is Flock.
London-inspired neighbourhood restaurant. Serving coffee, brunch, dinner, cocktails, beer and wine for people to connect and share stories. hoxtonnorth.com
An independent coffee shop right next to Walthamstow Station. Serving excellent specialist coffee along side some tasty treats! Facebook
Markos founded Kaffa coffee in London’s Camden canal market in 2004. Four years later his hunt for coffee lovers drew him to Gillett square, Dalston, in the cultural heart of east London. Since then Kaffa coffee has happily served the local communities the finest coffee and the best Ethiopian food through sunshine and rain, day and night. kaffacoffee.co.uk
SECOND SHOT COFFEE
Second Shot Coffee is the East London coffee shop bringing people together by tackling homelessness one espresso at a time. secondshotcoffee.co.uk
SHILO COFFEE ROASTERS
Shiloh Coffee Roasters came about as a result of loving coffee, God and people. After a couple of years learning about coffee, roasting and hospitality, Shiloh Coffee Roasters was born. We began in March 2016 and have seen and learnt more about coffee in the process. shilocoffeeroasters.com