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Honor Your Root: a manifesto for sacred black sustainability

Honor Your Root: a manifesto for sacred black sustainability

Everywhere there is coffee there must also be peace. May your house lack no Coffee, nor ‎Peace.

- Pre Colonial Afaan Oromo Blessing

 

 

Though we never identified with the traditional consumer profile for “sustainable” brands, the journey to Honor Our Root in cxffee has led us to partner with the planets oldest coffee farming communities, practicing indigenous organic methods, and connect them through an...


Yes Loitering: on cafes, consumerism, and decolonizing back joy in white spaces.

Yes Loitering: on cafes, consumerism, and decolonizing back joy in white spaces.


Coffee Culture and Expectations


What are the presuppositions we bring into a coffee space? The expectation that we will talk to each other is not one that is present in the West. Honestly, the expectation is, give me my very large drink that I need for my day, and then no one talks to me again. To the point where it’s almost like I stand in a coffee space to be loud, right? We from Memphis, you know what I mean? So when we pull up to these screenings or experiences or coffee conferences or we’re...


Why We’re Hosting a Black Barista Exchange: an interview with CHAT GPT

Why We’re Hosting a Black Barista Exchange: an interview with CHAT GPT

Embracing Coffee's True Roots: My Journey with the Black Barista Exchange Program

 

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Ever wondered about the true origins of coffee? You might think of Italian cafes or Colombian plantations, but there's a hidden story that deserves to be shared. I had the privilege of diving deep into the Black Barista Exchange Program, a visionary initiative that's rewriting coffee's history, connecting African American and African continental baristas, and transforming the way we perceive this beloved beverage.

Chatting with the founder of the Anti Gentrification Cxffee Club...


What I wish I knew before I started a black coffee brand: on the emerging trend of black celebrities and african coffee.

When I started in Coffee, I knew that I wanted to create the world that the baby Black Coffee nerd in me always wanted. I knew I wanted to start a coffee shop in the hood to help address the way that coffee shops can create and perpetuate interpretation. I knew that I wanted to hire my students at the time I was an English teacher in America’s first black built neighborhood, Orange mound. I knew that I wanted to give folks who were formerly incarcerated an opportunity to engage in a legal drug trade. I knew that...


Untold Black History of Coffee: 10 Surprising Facts

  1. Coffee has a massive global industry worth 495 billion dollars per year, but less than 1% of this revenue returns to people of African descent, highlighting the ongoing inequalities in the coffee trade.
  2. All 130 species of coffee are indigenous to Africa, rooting Africa as ground zero for coffee biodiversity and future sustainability. 
  3. The origin of Arabic coffee can be traced back to the Ethiopian plateau around 850 B.C., marking the beginning of coffee culture in Africa.
  4. The Oromo Guji people in Ethiopia created...