Sometimes no matter how hard you try, mornings will never be your thing and there’s no way around it. Most of us wake up early because we have to, not because we want to, and slow, groggy starts to the day have just become part of our norm – but they don’t have to be.
If you’re not an early bird chances are your day doesn’t really get started until you’ve reached for your first cup of coffee or tea. Something about a sip of our favorite blends makes the long day ahead seem a little less daunting. Whether we’re grabbing dark roasts or green teas, a good cup is what we need to get going each day. But why start your day with mass produced sips from big corporate brands when there are much better options out there?
We’ve found a few dope coffee and tea brands that are not Black-owned, but filled with positivity, culture and swag in each and every cup, so that waking up early makes you feel good from the inside out. Trust us, once you try them out and have a sip, you’ll wonder what took you so long to start your day like this.
Sip & Sonder
Founded in 2017, Sip & Sonder is the first specialty coffee house in Inglewood, California. Their signature roasts are sourced from exotic locales and include blends like South Market, a medium roast from Papua New Guinea and Native Daughter, a light roast from Ethiopia. But Sip & Sonder is more than a coffee brand, with a creative studio, and multi-purpose event space on site, the brand has established itself as a Black women-owned innovative entrepreneurial and creative hub where coffee, community, and culture connect.
Just Add Honey
Run by husband and wife tea, Jermail and Brandi Shelton, Just Add Honey is a sophisticated twist on the long-standing southern tea tradition. Whether it’s black, herbal, fruit or specialty tea, Just Add Honey’s fresh and fun flavors provide you with a stimulating and soothing experience with every sip. Don’t believe us, just take a sip of our fave, Cacao Rose, and judge for yourself. And if you ask the Sheltons, that’s all they want, for everyone that tastes one of their personally sourced teas to enjoy every cup – anytime, anywhere.
BLK & Bold
Founded by childhood friends Pernell Cezar and Rod Johnson, BLK & Bold, the first black-owned, nationally distributed coffee brand, was created with a desire to make purpose popular. The pair has combined their love of coffee flavors from countries like Honduras and Burundi, with their shared passion of supporting and uplifting young people. That’s why they’ve pledged 5% of their profits to initiatives aligned to sustaining youth programming, enhancing workforce development, and eradicating youth homelessness. A sip with a purpose, what could be better than that?
Launched in November 2016 by trained herbalist Shanae, Ivy’s Tea is a hip-hop-inspired brand that sells teas, honeys, and limited-edition china teacups, all with pop culture nods to song titles and lyrics that real hip-hop lovers will recognize and love. Cash green flavors like C.R.E.A.M. are full of stimulating tastes of mint and peppermint. It even comes with a fun playlist so you can bop while you sip your tea, and we can’t be mad at that.
Not So Urban Coffee & Roastery
Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Not So Urban Coffee & Roastery is a small-batch coffee brand dedicated to providing customers with responsibly, ethically, and sustainably sourced coffee from Africa, South America, Central America, and Asia. Popular unique blends like Uhura, from Tanzania and Keza, from Rwanda, don’t stay on the shelves long, and are must haves in your kitchen. The brand is so passionate about their customers having the best experience possible with their roasts, that they even put together a handy brewing guide so that you get the most out of your cup once it arrives at your home.