Black-owned coffeeshop looks to end “whitewashing” of coffee industry

“How much caffeine do you need?” Felton Kizer is fond of asking customers who come into Monday Coffee Company. Then, depending on their response, Kizer sets off to concoct something unique: a cold brew, a latte, a chai tea.

Monday Coffee Company launched last October, showing up at pop-up events like the Ace Hotel for Compop or Logan Square’s Sauced Sundays. For a year and a half before that, though, Kizer and his partner Amanda Harth had been discussing going into the coffee business. They felt it would be a way to foster community in the midst of the pandemic.

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Black-owned Shoreline coffee shop vandalized for third time within nine months

Black Coffee Northwest has been hit three times in nine months. Previously, vandals threw Molotov cocktails at the building and drew racist images on the walls.

SHORELINE, Wash. — As she walked into work Friday, MaeLea Willis, manager of Shoreline’s Black Coffee Northwest, locked the door behind her, with one question going through her mind.

“Why? Why would you want to put so much energy into trying to destroy something that does nothing but build the community up and focus on nothing but positive things?” Willis wondered. 

Sometime overnight someone smashed one of the glass doors at Black Coffee

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