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on an all black supply chain in coffee

on an all black supply chain in coffee

"Power is the ability to get things done despite the resistance and opposition of others" Dr. Claud Anderson, Powernomics

In two days we head to Africa to attempt to build an all black supply chain for our coffee. 

Black farmers, black exporters, black importers, black roaster, black baristas, and marketing centered in hip hop culture that celebrates black rituals of consumption.

We understand that black communities globally are in need of reparations due to the effects of slavery and colonialism, and that much of the wealth generated by these systems can still be found circulating in the...


BLACK IS GXLD: On Afro Columbian Coffee and the Legacy of Slave Trade Latin America

BLACK IS GXLD: On Afro Columbian Coffee and the Legacy of Slave Trade Latin America

“ACROSS CULTURES DARKER PEOPLE SUFFER MOST. WHY?”- Andre 3000

 

 It’s a strange thing that black people, wherever they are, tend to be at the margins of society. Coffee is no exception to this pattern. In many ways it’s part of reason why. The legacy of the slave trade and colonialism, combined with the rush for cash crop exploitation exemplified in the theft of Coffee in 1616, has created a hole of poverty and marginalization that many black folks worldwide have yet to get out of. 

 

The first African slaves were brought to Colombia...


On MLK, Coffee Shops, and Fannie Packs

On MLK, Coffee Shops, and Fannie Packs

 “This problem of poverty,” Dr. King says, “is not only seen in the class division between the highly developed industrial nations and the so-called underdeveloped nations; it is seen in the great economic gaps within the rich nations themselves.”- MLK, Nobel Peace Prize lecture, December 11, 1964

My mother-in-law told me that some of the first sit-ins in Memphis were at coffee shops and diners like Woolworths. And she might know, considering her father was one of sanitation workers whose strike brought Dr. King's support to the city before his later assassination. 

Honoring the legacy of MLK is...