Daydreamers, there is a ton of racist nonsense in coffee. Especially fancy coffee.
Maybe you heard about the time the cops were called on two guys in Philly for no good reason a.k.a. “implicit bias” at Starbucks, but how about this despicable, explicit racism at La Marzocco? Or this from down under? And these are just the few cases that gain notoriety. Folks of color have to deal with more than you realize at the coffee counter, overt offenses and micro aggressions alike, both to-and-from customers, colleagues, and staff.
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- We are proud to have raised more than $700 for Don’t Shoot Portland, and are working to integrate regular donations to organizations that have a positive, tangible impact on the lives of Black and brown folks here in Portland, Oregon.
- We have ordered our first set of anti-racist books for the free library from Eye See Me – a Black-owned bookstore in Missouri. We plan to rotate these purchases to different Black-owned book stores around the country.
- We are currently owner-operated, and will develop a plan for equitable hiring, and to train incoming employees to create a genuinely welcoming environment and experience for our intersectionally diverse guests. Additionally, we are personally committed to undoing internalized white supremacy and the ills of systemic racism.
Ready to dig in but not sure where to start? Here are a few Google docs that serve as jumping off points:
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