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Brewing Black Excellence: Elevate Your Morning Routine With These Black-Owned Coffee Companies

Coffee aficionados, rejoice! These black-owned companies have subscription services that will meet all of your coffee-related needs.


Feb. 21 2024, Published 3:57 p.m. ET

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If you are a coffee enthusiast and a fan of Black businesses, then you know that in recent years, the coffee industry has experienced a significant surge in diversity and inclusion.

Thanks to the push for equity we've seen over the years, Black-owned coffee companies are playing a significant role in reshaping the landscape. We compiled a list of unique coffee brands that are making their mark.

Here is a curated list of who they are and where to find them.

BLK and Bold

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BLK & Bold founders Pernell Cezar and Rod Johnson holding bags of specialty coffee.

With their merchandise in over 12,000 locations, BLK & Bold is the epitome of Black excellence.

BLK & Bold is a socially conscious coffee company founded by Pernell Cezar and Rod Johnson. The company's coffee subscription service offers consumers a range of top-quality sourced and freshly roasted coffee beans.

What sets BLK & Bold apart is its commitment to social impact; 5% of all profits are donated to support underprivileged children.

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On their website, part of their mission statement reads: "BLK & Bold pledges 5% of its gross profits (revenue) to nonprofit organizations across America that are aligned to pouring into children the confidence, exposure, and guidance for them to be the best version of themselves."

It is always a win when a brand walks the talk! impressively, they went from starting from scratch to hitting $1 million in profit in three years, per CNBC.

Red Bay Coffee

Red Bay Coffee is the brainchild of Keba Konte, who had the unique vision to bring people together and inspire them to bond over their love of coffee.

The company started small about a decade ago and has since grown into a well-respected brand that is featured in Target and Whole Foods stores across the country. Their coffee subscription service has an extensive variety of blends and ingredients sourced from countries that have the perfect climate (and elevation) for growing coffee beans.

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Sip & Sonder

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Still shot of Amanda-Jane Thomas and Shanita Nicholas

If you are a coffee-lover who is also a social butterfly and likes your coffee to match your vibe, then Sip & Sonder is what you are probably looking for.

The brand, founded by Amanda-Jane Thomas and Shanita Nicholas, is not just a customer-favorite coffee company, but also a cultural movement. Sip & Sonder's unique approach extends beyond coffee — they create memorable events, spaces, and experiences for community gatherings, artistic expression, and meaningful conversations.

Kahawa 1893 Coffee

Kahawa 1893 Coffee is directly inspired by the taste of the motherland. The word "Kahawa" means coffee in Swahili. The coffee is so exquisite that it has been featured in many publications, including Bon Appétit, New York's The Strategist, and Tasting Table.

Their subscription service offers a range of blends and flavors that are multi-faceted, exciting, and colorful. Founder Margaret Nyamumbo shared a bit of background on an episode of Shark Tank.

Part of her story is shared on the brand's website, where she states: "My grandfather was a driver for the colonial government and managed to get his hands on some seedlings to start his own coffee farm."

"Growing up in a community of coffee farmers, I witnessed the inequalities within the coffee industry — women provided 90% of the labor, but didn’t own land," she adds.

That amazing story formed the DNA of this brand.

The author’s content and opinions have not been pre-reviewed, approved or endorsed by Discover.

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