Recently, A Starbucks in Philadelphia, PA made news headlines when the manager had two Black visitors arrested, with no crime committed. While Starbucks may have attempted to rectify this situation by issuing an apology and terminating the manager, this still serves as a reminder that the Black community needs to support itself, so we can reduce these types of event. We’ve made the effort to combine an extensive list of Black-owned coffee shops, cafes, and tea companies, local, global, and online, that we hope can serve as Starbucks alternatives. If you have any other businesses to add, please let us know in the comments. Additionally, you can find all of these businesses in our online directory, as well as our mobile app (Android & iOS), for your convenience.


The Northern Tea House  Juneau’s first teahouse providing over 100+ quality organic & premium loose leaf tea & tisanes. 9310 Glacier Hwy Ste 103, Juneau, Alaska 99801


Oaktown Cafe Serving breakfast, lunch, juice, and coffee  10960 International Blvd, Oakland, California 94603

Daily Organics Serving small-batch Kosher coffee and organic produce Online & 5746 Adams Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90016

Anfilo Coffee Restaurant and coffeehouse serving sustainable, hand roasted, and organic Ethiopian coffee beans 35 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

Classy Hippie Tea  T.E.A. Travel, Events & Activism for the purpose of public health. 3226-A Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95817

 Tiferet Coffee House Family owned and operated coffee shops. Multiple Locations in Sacramento, CA.

Watts Coffee House Historical coffee house known for serving the community. 1827 E. 103rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90002

Sip and Sonder Black lifestyle housed in a coffee shop 108 S Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301

Cafe Dejena Local, family-owned Eritrean café offering breakfast, lunch, coffee, and juice via dine-in, delivery, or catering.  3939 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, CA 94609


Coffee at The Point  Offering coffee, tea, craft beers, wine, gelato, sandwiches & more. . Online. 710 E 26th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80205

TeaLee’s Tea House Provider of high quality loose leaf teas, food and specialty drinks, including beer and wine. 611 22nd St, Denver, CO 80205

Whittier Cafe Artsy coffee shop with a lending library & a cozy patio serving espresso-based drinks & cafe fare. 1710 E 25th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80205

Candis’ Coffee Table Cafe focusing on diversity in the community. 236 E Bridge St, Brighton, Colorado


Kafe Hub Serving breakfast, lunch, coffee, loose leaf teas, and smoothies. 1939 Broadway Ave, Riviera Beach, FL 33404


Vegan Dream Dougnuts Vegan Donuts, Coffee, Tea, and Smoothies 576 Lee St. S.W. Suite E Atlanta Ga. 30310

Sublime Dougnuts Gourmet Donut Shop serving coffee and juice Multiple Locations in Atlanta, GA

Hodgepodge Coffeehouse Offering cold brew and drip coffees, espressos, and teas 720 Moreland Ave SE Atlanta, Ga 30316

Cafe Ulu Community-owned co-op cafe offering coffees, teas, and light fare.  2036 Sylvan Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

My Coffee Shop Coffeehouse offering all-day breakfasts alongside sandwiches & baked goods. 2462 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30317

Grant Park Coffeehouse Organic and Fair-trade coffeehouse 753-a Cherokee Ave, Atlanta, GA 30315

Urban Grind Coffeehouse Hip coffeehouse with cafe menu & free WiFi holds film screenings, poetry slams & other arty events. 962 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Just Add Honey Tea Company Thoughtfully blended loose leaf teas made in small batches. 209 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Indulge Coffee Coffeehouse serving a variety of cold coffees, espressos, and specialty drinks 1305 1/2 Barnard Street Savannah, GA 31401

640 West Specializes in healthy breakfast and lunch sandwiches by day, and intimate event space by night. 640 Evans St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310


Akhirah’s Praline Candy and Coffeehouse New Orleans style Coffee featuring Fresh Roasted Coffees including our Med Roast w/Chicory, Beignets, & Praline Candy 1845 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60616

Sip & Savor Certified fair trade coffee from around the world, as well as a wide selection of teas, mochas, frappes, lattes and blended drinks. Multiple Chicago locations.

Hidden Mana Cafe Serving coffee, organic teas, fruit smoothies, and craft beers with free Wifi 3613 West 216th Street, Matteson, Illinois. 60443

Currency Exchange Cafe Hip cafe with re-purposed decor & a library, serving a mix of American, Mexican & Filipino food. 305 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637


Tea’s Me Premiere tea bar and cafe. 140 E. 22nd Street, Indianapolis, IN


Wild Fig Books & Coffee Local, writer-owned, black-owned, counter-gentrification bookstore offering pastries, coffee, and books 726 North Limestone, Lexington KY 40508


Good Karma Coffee House Plant-based cafe serving breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea, and smoothies 2940 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Backatown Coffee House, art gallery, and meeting place with catering, delivery, and plush seating.  3139, 301 Basin St suite 1, New Orleans, LA 70112

Dee’s Coffee Comfy cafe dispensing a variety of coffees, loose-leaf teas & locally made pastries. 401 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112



Kaldis Social House Cafe encouraging socialization by serving coffee, teas, breakfast, lunch, and bar drinks. 918 Silver Spring Ave, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Kefa Cafe Serving high quality organic coffee Multiple Locations in Silver Spring, MD

Peace Cup Of Joe Cafe offering coffee, espresso, and food from local bakeries and farms. 713 W. Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Serenity Tearoom An elegant and professional traditional afternoon tea, lunch and dinner, with tasty food, hospitable service and fond memories. 162 W Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701.

Docecote Cafe Cafe connecting community and creatives over food. 2501 Madison Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217

NuBohemia Local coffee shop serving coffee, breakfast, lunch and displaying community artwork and music. 42 W Biddle St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Teavolve Serves over  30 varieties of loose leaf tea, espresso and coffee beverages using locally roasted beans, house-made sangria, and tasty eats. 1401 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD, 21231

More Than Java Cafe Local coffee house serving breakfast and lunch. 358 Main St, Laurel, MD 20707

Black Lion Cafe Providing quality coffee 100% Arabica coffee beans directly from Ethiopia. 9705 Traville Gateway Dr, Rockville, MD 20850


Ripple House Cafe Organic specialty coffee and tea 36 Norfolk Street, Boston, MA 02124


Just Java House Neighborhood coffee shop offering coffees, desserts, and quick bites. 17336 Lahser Rd, Detroit, MI 48219

The Narrow Way Cafe Family-owned restaurant-style coffee shop, specializing in premium coffee and baked goods. 19331 Livernois Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48221


Breaking Bread Socially conscious cafe, restaurant, and catering venue. 1210 West Broadway Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55411

Limu Coffee Ethiopian coffeehouse serving hot or cold espresso & tea drinks, smoothies & sodas, plus Wi-Fi. 500 5th Ave NW # 109, New Brighton, MN 55112

Lady Elegant’s Tea Room & Gift Shoppe Tea room offering traditional British tea time. 2230 Carter Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

Heritage Tea House Boutique Tea House, restaurant, wine bar, cabaret, and African cultural boutique. 360 W. University Avenue. Suite 103, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55103

Golden Thyme Coffee & Cafe Coffee shop, cafe, restaurant, and meeting place with a jazz theme. 921 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55104


Teatopia Black, White, Green, Rooibos, and Herbal teas. Hot. Iced. Cold. Loose leaf tea. Smoothies and Juices.  2606 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO 63118

Northwest Coffee Roasting Company artisan coffee roaster unifying communities, stimulating dialogue, and providing hand roasted and brewed full city coffee. Multiple locations in Missouri.

Urban Cafe Breakfast Grab & Go serving locally sourced and organic ingredients.  4101 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO


Pour Coffeehouse  Eclectic coffee shop serving hot and cold coffee beverages, smoothies, pastries, sandwiches, small lunch plates, and vegan options.6811 S Eastern Ave Unit D Las Vegas NV 89119

New Jersey

Taking Tea In Style E-commerce tea shop that hosts local tea gatherings and workshops. Online & throughout Somerset, NJ.

Coffee & Cornbread All-natural, non-gmo, organic restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and coffees. 1350B Queen Anne Rd, Teaneck, NJ 07666

Black Swan Espresso Specialty coffee and tea shop featuring Intelligentsia Coffee, Propeller Cofee, and SerendipiTea tea. 93 Halsey St, Newark, NJ 07102

New York

Cafe Con Libros Feminist bookstore serving coffee and tea 724 Prospect Place, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Word Up Cafe Cafe, Co-working space, and Weekly spoken word open mic 652 Pennsylvania Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11207

Boogie Down Grind Cafe “Better than Starbucks. Same price as Dunkin. Locally Owned.” 866 Hunts Point Ave, Bronx, NY 10474

Tsion Cafe & Bakery Ethiopian restaurant and fair-trade coffee bar 763 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10031

Serengeti Teas & Spices Specialty Teas and Coffees of Africa and the World. 2292 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10027

Breukelen Coffee House Offering drip, cold brew, and Stumptown coffees and herbal teas. 764A Franklin Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11238

Milk and Pull Cafe offering baked goods, breakfast, lunch, and teas. Multiple locations in NY

Blacc Vanilla Cafe Coffee lounge offering breakfast and lunch 197 South Street, Newburgh, NY

Sweet and Savory Cafe Cafe building community around art, books, food and drinks 821Merrick Rd Baldwin NY 11510

North Carolina

Nolia’s Coffee High quality coffee – kid-friendly environment. Owned by parents, for parents.

Beyu Caffe Coffee shop, restaurant, bar, and live jazz club. 341 West Main Street, Durham, NC 27701


Upper Cup Coffee Wholesale coffee company and cafe 121 Mill street Gahanna Oh 43230

Bow Tie Cafe Coffee house dedicated to raising funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 1101 St. Gregory Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Third Perk Coffeehouse and Wine Bar Coffeehouse serving breakfast, lunch and hosting a large boutique wine selection. 46 W. 5th St. Dayton, Ohio


Deadstock Coffee Sneaker-themed, snob-free coffeehouse. 408 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209


Lucky Goat Coffee House Serving La Columbe coffee, Two Leaves and Novus premium teas.888 N 26th St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Fanny Lou’s Porch Cafe and community space engaging in community activism and cultural awareness. 2400 Coral St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse Comic bookstore and cafe, the first on the East Coast to be owned by a Black woman. 2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Everyday Cafe Community meeting place for art, culture, and coffee.  532 North Homewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

8th Ave Cafe Coffeehouse offering breakfast and lunch for dine-in or delivery. 514 East 8th Avenue, Munhall, PA 15120

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books Cool People. Dope Books. Great Coffee. Owned by Marc Lamont Hill. 5445 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Arnold’s Tea Tea café/bar offering classic and signature tea beverages prepared using uniquely blended premium whole leaf teas as well as pastries and light food fare. 502 E Ohio St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


The Post East Serving Gluten-free, vegan, and organic fare, including breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea, smoothies, and juices made from the heart. 1701 Fatherland St, Nashville, TN 37206

The Terminal Cafe Specialty grade coffee and fine craft food. 733 Porter Rd, Nashville, TN 37206


The Library Coffee And Wine House Cafe with outdoor bar serving coffee, smoothies & wine, lunch, and dinner. 2612 Scott St, Houston, TX 77004

Throughgood Coffee Socially conscious coffee cafe Owned by Beyonce & Solange’s Pastor 732 West 27th, Houston, TX, 77008

Glazed Donuts 24-hr gourmet donut cafe 1333 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX 77054

Kaffeine Coffee Internet & Office Cafe Cafe offering pastries, sandwiches, coffee, espresso, tea, and juice. 5225 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004


Java Jazz Cafe Local Cafe. 613 W 35th St, Norfolk, Virginia 23508

The Coffeehouse in Williamsburg Serving breakfast, lunch, and coffee. 5251-6 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Viola Pastry and Cafe Artisan patisserie offering coffee, espresso, pastries, and baked goods. 5908 N. Kings Highway Alexandria, VA 22303

Baby Talk Cafe Cafe that also serves as a community hub 5792 Churchland Blvd Portsmouth, VA 23703

Brewer’s Cafe Manchester’s Coffee Shop 1125 Bainbridge St. Richmond, Va

Washington, D.C.

Calabash Teahouse & Cafe Tea, coffee & kombucha on tap complement a vegan menu of pastries & snacks served in colorful digs. 1847 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Uprising Muffin Company Cafe serving from-scratch goodies with 10 ingredients or less and no preservatives, artificial colors or fake flavors.1817 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Penny Brew DC Cafe that partners with local farms & gardens in order to create a soul food inspired menu and educate customers in developing a personal coffee preference. 5200 Foote St NE Washington DC 20019

Sankofa Video Books & Cafe Cafe where thoughtful consideration of the past and future can take place via books, videos, and programming that encourages reflection, particularly generated by works by and about people of African Descent. 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Culture Coffee Too Coffee shop, art gallery, live performance venue, and event space, with a mission to bring delicious coffee, and diverse culture to the Washington, DC community. 300 Riggs Road NE, Washington, DC 20011

DC Conscious Cafe Cafe providing good food, dialogue, entertainment, civic engagement and advocacy for the good of the community. 1413 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002


Rise and Grind Cafe Local Cafe offering catering, coffee, and small bites. 6007 N. Teutonia Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209

Urban Joe Cafe Offering organic, sustainable, and fair trade breakfast, lunch, and coffee 7028 W Greenfield Ave., West Milwaukee, WI 53214


Roasting Plant Cafe dedicated to creating the perfect cup of coffee. Multiple locations nationwide.


Deaf Can! Coffee Non-profit providing cold brew coffees and espresso. 4 Cassia Park Road, Kingston, Jamaica.

Cafe Neo Cafe offering juice, pastries, salads, sandwiches, and Rwandan-source coffee Multiple Locations in Nigeria


Earnest & Humble High quality, sustainable coffee designed to inspire people to spread kindness, love, and generosity.

Chicago French Press Roasting and delivering quality coffee while supporting others in need. Online.

Blended Berries Tea  Hand-blended and tied, natural and organic tea company. Online

Cam’s Coffee Creations Online coffee shop owned by special needs young man, Camden, employing other special needs individuals.  Online

Fanchion K’s Tea Time Serving love, hope, confidence & inspiration to our customers through our hand-blended teas, tea-flections and various tea services. Online.

Coffee of Grace Rwandan coffee straight from the source. Online

Gulla Girl Tea Celebrating the beauty of  health, wellness, creativity and healing  by sourcing local fruits, flowers and organic herbs for use in deliciously healing tea blends. Online.

Friday’s Coffee Arabica Coffee Company Online

Ambassador Organics E-commerce store offering coffee, tea, cocoa, and extra virgin olive oil. Online, Amazon, and military Commissaries nationwide

Rising Dawn Teas Provider of organic, fair-trade, caffeine-free teas. Online.

Black Momma’s Teas Gluten-free loose leaf tea selections, biodegradable tea bags and organic flavored agave, 100% USA made. Online and multiple locations nationwide. 

Ivy’s Tea Co Organic, locally-sourced, handcrafted teas, tisanes, and herb infused sweeteners for individual purchase or subscription service. Online.

Crazy Coffee Co Offering drip coffee via individual purchase or monthly subscription delivery. Online.

Boona Boona Coffee Coffee brewery sourced from East Africa. Online.

Cuples Tea House Family owned and operated tea business featuring premium loose leaf teas, tea accessories and culture in a socially connected atmosphere. Online.

Village Tea Company Organic and fair trade tea that is 100% sustainably sourced, environmentally friendly with biodegradable packaging and amazing packaging. Online.

Darrin’s Coffee Artisan coffee roaster, with fair and direct trade SCAA organic coffee beans for your office, retail, and wholesale nationwide. Online.

Buunni Coffee Ethiopian coffee company offering high quality, ethically sourced beans from small-holder farms.  Online

734 Coffee Ethically sourced, fair-trade, Ethiopian coffee provider Online

Red Bay Coffee Socially conscious and ethically sourced coffee wholesaler Online, Multiple Retail Locations, and Grocery Stores

Orange Street Storehouse Offering gourmet coffee, artisan tea and specialty shop. Online.

Not So Urban Coffee and Roastery Small batch micro roaster sourcing coffee from Africa, South & Central America, and Asia. Online.

Harmonies Brew Specializing in cold brew coffee, organic coffee blends, energy drinks, and coffee beans Online

Real Dope Coffee I mean…. I think the name is self-explanatory