Starbucks Cancelled? 10 Black-Owned Coffee Brands To Support Instead

May I have a venti low-fat Iced Caramel Macchiato with four shots, six pumps, and extra caramel drizzle? Or not. Following the murder of George Floyd, tons of corporations took to the Internet to pledge their support of the Black Lives Matter movement and their stance against racial injustice. Starbucks is one of the many to speak out. Even so, with the recent turn of events, we now have to wonder how committed they are to the cause.

Buzzfeed News was able to obtain a memo that was sent out to their workers after a few Starbucks store managers inquired about wearing pins or t-shirts to support the BLM movement. This memo said that “partners may only wear buttons or pins issued to the partner by Starbucks” and that “partners are not permitted to wear buttons or pins that advocate a political, religious, or personal issue.” Immediately, many took issue with this, and here’s why.

If Starbucks chose to keep this policy in place across the board, then one might not be able to find fault with it. However, this isn’t the case. Several employees have mentioned that not only does the company encourage them to wear pins to support the LGBTQ community and marriage equality, but Starbucks often provides them. It makes you wonder why Starbucks would make these concessions for the LGBTQ community but not offer the same for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Since the memo went out, the company has changed its tune. On Friday, Starbucks tweeted that their “store partners can also show support for the Black Lives Matter movement with their own t-shirts, pins and name tags.” For some, they’ve already decided that Starbucks is canceled, and for others, they’ll still be placing their mobile orders for their Caramel Frappuccino. The choice is up to you, but even so, this is a great time to realize that you have options – Black-owned options.

There are tons of local Black-owned coffee shops that you can become patrons of if you’ve decided to take a break from Starbucks. The Official Black Wall Street app is going to be your best resource to find the shops closest to you. 

Red Bay Coffee 

If you can get behind their mission to “develop beautiful coffees, fair relations, and delicious approaches to living,” Red Bay Coffee is an online specialty coffee brand you can support. 


Northwest Coffee Roasting Company

While this business physically serves the St. Louis community, you can bring their coffee into your homes through their online shop. 


Sip & Sonder

Established as a place “for the community” and “for the culture,” Sip & Sonder is a favored coffeehouse for creatives and an option for getting premium coffee delivered to your door.


Dope Coffee

After leaving the Marine Corps, founder and CEO Michael Loyd created his company to demonstrate that Black culture and premium coffee could go hand-in-hand.


Not So Urban Coffee & Roastery

A micro-roaster located in Oxford, GA, Not So Urban Coffee & Roastery specializes in internationally and ethically sourced coffee.


Sailor’s Brew Coffee 

Sailor’s Brew Coffee is a family-owned business providing organic, bold and flavorful roasts based in Pasadena, CA.


BD Imports 

Founded by Patrick and Phyllis Johnson, BD Imports has been a major proponent for the inclusivity of women and gender equity within their supply chain.

BeanFruit Coffee Co. 

With a focus on single-origin coffees, this brand strives for perfection through their belief in the connection that one can form with a fantastically roasted brew.


Southeastern Coffee Roastery 

According to founder and head roaster Candy Schibli, this Southeastern-based brand is encapsulated in three words – coffee, collectivity, and culture.

BLK & Bold 

Founded by childhood friends Pernell Cezar and Rod Johnson, it became the first Black-owned specialty coffee brand to be nationally distributed.

These are just a few of the Black-owned coffee brand that you can support. For more, download our app to find Black-owned businesses you can support. If you know of any other Black-owned coffee brands or shops, leave their names in the comments so others can lend their support.

Jouviane Alexandre

Jouviane Alexandre is a professional writer based in New Jersey. Following her undergraduate education at Penn State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, she shifted her focus to her passion for content development. She has since worked for a number of Black-owned brands as a content strategist, content manager, and freelance writer.


  • nell carter SAYS:

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  • Trevor Njeru SAYS:

    06/28/2020 at 4:59 pmEdit

    Asante Harvest Coffee, in Raleigh, NC is also black owned!
    Serving Specialty Kenyan Coffee.

  • Shalamon Duke SAYS:

    06/25/2020 at 2:35 pmEdit

    Black owned coffe and tea infused with CBD. Original Chronic Coffee & Tea Co.

  • James E Stewart SAYS:

    06/24/2020 at 11:32 amEdit

    Stewart Town Coffee; awash in a river of Hot, Cool Coffee Since 2009.

  • Katie SAYS:

    06/22/2020 at 5:45 pmEdit

    Boon Boona coffee in Seattle, they ship nationally too:

  • Lee Hodrick SAYS:

    06/21/2020 at 12:42 pmEdit

    Does anyone have individual instant coffee package (on-the-go), or coffee pods?

  • misa joo SAYS:

    06/19/2020 at 10:35 amEdit

    When in Eugene OR, don’t miss Equiano owned by Okon Udosenata

  • shakera SAYS:

    06/18/2020 at 9:44 pmEdit

    @wittykoi on all platforms is also a black women owned tea company

  • Herb Adkins SAYS:

    06/16/2020 at 8:14 pmEdit

    We are Kaffa Abode. Las Vegas based BO/VO coffee and coffee products company.

  • Melvin SAYS:

    06/16/2020 at 8:45 amEdit

    Also add Kaffikawa to the list they are BO coffee business

  • HB SAYS:

    06/15/2020 at 8:59 amEdit

    Hogg Batch Coffee – Owned by twin brothers specializing in barrel-aged coffee such as Coffee + Whiskey!

  • Angelica V SAYS:

    06/14/2020 at 9:59 pmEdit

    Please add excelsior coffee, its is a new coffee house based in San Francisco and is family operated by Black and Filipina owners.

  • On the go jo SAYS:

    06/14/2020 at 6:34 pmEdit

    Please add On The Go Jo to the list. IG: @onthegojocoffee

  • Demetria SAYS:

    06/14/2020 at 12:55 pmEdit

    I am a coffee drinker. Would love to try the different types of coffee blends. As well as support a black owned business.

  • stacey whitney SAYS:

    06/14/2020 at 11:44 amEdit

    The Altadena Farmers’ Market. Independently owned and operated by a Black woman.

  • Myra SAYS:

    06/14/2020 at 10:00 amEdit

    Black Coffee in Fort Worth, TX

  • Myra SAYS:

    06/14/2020 at 9:57 amEdit

    Black Coffee in Fort Worth, TX

  • Lisa SAYS:

    06/14/2020 at 8:21 amEdit

    Kim Fields has a coffee blend. The link in her IG bio takes you to the site.

  • Sharon SAYS:

    06/14/2020 at 6:31 amEdit

    Black Momma’s Teas has their own and
    manfacturing to sale and wholesale their own products.

  • Tonya R Peterson SAYS:

    06/14/2020 at 4:11 amEdit

    I would like more information

  • Michele SAYS:

    06/14/2020 at 1:59 amEdit

    There’s another up and coming coffee brand that’s on the rise: Arabica Bay.

  • Fellice Taylor SAYS:

    06/13/2020 at 9:53 pmEdit

    I Love this information.

  • Janice kelley SAYS:

    06/13/2020 at 8:51 pmEdit

    Please add Spivey to your list. The are also Black owned and in Chicago. Been in business for a few years.

    • Shannon SAYS:

      06/14/2020 at 4:02 amEdit

      Does Spivey in Chicago have a web address. I cannot find them.

  • Leslie Moses SAYS:

    06/13/2020 at 8:01 pmEdit

    Very interested in decaf flavored coffees. Do any of these companies provide these?

    • Johana SAYS:

      06/14/2020 at 1:18 amEdit

      ‘Black Coffee’ is another BO business, I bought a Colombian Decaf from them.


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