Los Angeles’ coffee scene is heating up

Courtesy of Sip & Sonder

This article appeared in the September/October issue of ESSENCE on newsstand.

I have coffee movement Brewed in South Los Angeles, it has blacks and browns at its heart. What is your motive? Community, entrepreneurship, connection. Purpose? Make your coffee black again.

“Coffee comes from Africa. It’s part of us,” he said. Lanisa Williams, South Central native and creator of #BlackinBrew, a social network and platform spotlighting the melanin busters of the Java space. In the past few years, black-owned brick-and-mortar stores have started popping up across the country and have become very popular throughout Los Angeles.

“When I first started, there were only four shops,” says Williams. “Today, he has nearly 20 black-owned stores in the city.”

A barista who now calls Long Beach home, she says coffee saved her life.

“I spent 2015 in prison, and while there, I had the opportunity to think about the legacy I wanted to leave behind,” Williams says. Recognizing the myriad of lucrative business opportunities the coffee industry offered her, she focused her energy on learning about it and building community.

Within days of her release in 2015, she was back in coffee shops as a barista. In 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, she launched what would become her #BlackInBrew. “After her 15 years in the coffee industry and her nearly four years running her own business, I couldn’t be more satisfied with what I’m doing,” she said of the platform. increase. “I have found my purpose and I live it every day.”

Williams intended to start the space by spotlighting areas like the one she grew up in. She said, “You don’t have to gangbang or rob. Coffee brings a lot of opportunities.”

Williams is right. Few people realize that coffee is his second most traded commodity in the world after oil, with around 5 trillion cups of coffee consumed each year. It is also the third most consumed beverage in the world after water and tea. And while Uganda, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Tanzania are among the major producers of coffee, blacks and browns make up a small portion of the suppliers.

Williams is determined to make a seat for them at the coffee table. First, it plugs in, uplifts, and celebrates very good brews and influencers throughout South LA. “I was drinking coffee and trying to create a platform for black people who felt they weren’t getting flowers.” Don’t you know the job?” I felt someone needed to clarify it. ’ And she did.

4331 Degnan Boulevard, LA, 90008

THE VIBE: “Every time I step inside, I feel welcomed with open arms,” ​​Williams says of the family-run vegan café in Leimert Park Village.

Goodies: Try the Hot Simful Latte or Hot Honey Latte, Vegan Nachos Supreme, and BBQ Kale Wrap.

1700 Browning Boulevard, LA, 90062

THE VIBE: “From serving $5 avocado toast to hosting a free weekly food drive, this cafe is exactly what this community needed.”

Goodies: Try the Cinnabon Cold Brew, the Rose Latte and Avocado Toast, and the Old School Coffee Cake.

108 S Market Street, Inglewood, 90301

THE VIBE: “They hosted Open Mic Nights and HBO’s Unsafe. We also partner with LA Rams and Disney and host regular events to improve and engage the communities we serve. ”

THE GOODS: Try an espresso tonic or chai latte, a vegan curry puff, or a chocolate croissant.

1113 S. La Brea Ave, LA, 90019

THE VIBE: “A veteran-owned coffee shop centered around the importance of mental health is a much-needed change in Los Angeles.”

THE GOODS: “I thought I wasn’t a fan of matcha, but a drink called Hamilton changed my mind.” Try it; increase.

1115 S Hope Street, Louisiana, 90015

THE VIBE: “Their Harry Potter-inspired drink does just that, bringing new meaning to the phrase Black Girl Magic.”

Goodies: Try a ‘unique and refreshing’ Witch Cold Brew or Mischief Macaron Latte. Do not eat meat when eating a vegan breakfast burrito.

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