Stay Warm This Winter With These 6 LGBTBEs Brewing Coffee & Tea

| By James Gleason

With cold weather settling in across the country, we're coming up on the chilliest part of the winter season. And what better way to warm up than with a hot cup of coffee or tea? Plus, by supporting one of the LGBTBEs listed below, you'll also get that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with supporting an LGBT-owned business. 

Broadcast Coffee Roasters – Seattle, WA

Broadcast Coffee Roasters is an independent coffee roaster located in Seattle, WA. Broadcast Coffee is known for sourcing high-quality coffee and its careful process. You can visit Broadcast Coffee in one of its three cafes in Seattle or order their delicious coffee online. Visit http://www.broadcastcoffee.com for more.

Uncommon Coffee Roasters – Saugatuck, MI

Uncommon Coffee Roasters is a small batch specialty coffee roaster in West Michigan. Owned and operated by Guy Darienzo and Stephen Keye, UCR opened as a café by the name of Uncommon Grounds in Saugatuck in 1994. In 2000, UCR began roasting their own coffee. Due to popular demand, in 2010, UCR opened a wholesale business in the neighboring city of Douglas.

Since Uncommon Coffee Roasters opened in 1994, it has always been known as “the local gay coffee shop.” LGBT youths (and adults) have always found it welcoming and comfortable and have always been greeted by the rainbow flag. Since 2009, UCR has worked with the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce of Chicago. In 2012, it became certified as an LGBT Business Enterprise through the NGLCC in Washington, D.C.

As an NGLCC Certified LGBT Business Enterprise, UCR now provides services to more than 200 small businesses and large corporations throughout the Midwest. The company enjoys working closely with coffee producers to better understand their products, sourcing green coffee globally and traveling to the origin whenever possible. UCR takes pride in their diverse partnerships and strives to work with companies who share similar values. Their goal is to provide a variety of delicious and unique coffees and coffee products to as many people as they can while creating and maintaining sustainable partnerships with customers, coffee producers and everyone in between. Visit https://uncommoncoffeeroasters.com for more. 

Equator Coffees & Teas – San Rafael, CA

In 1995, when business partners Brooke McDonnell and Helen Russell began roasting coffee in a Marin County, Calif., garage, it marked the beginning of their journey to build a high-impact coffee company focused on quality, sustainability, and social responsibility. In the beginning, Brooke and Helen were content to define Equator as a boutique concierge roaster, determined to wow wholesale customers with outstanding coffee and service. Over time they realized they were uniquely positioned at the center of four communities: the farmers cultivating the coffee, the wholesale customers buying the coffee, the employees helping to grow the business, and, more recently, the local communities supporting Equator cafés.

In the early years of Equator, Brooke went to Guatemala to visit coffee farms. It was this visit that gave Equator the foundation for learning the ways to establish lasting relationships with producers, as well as a better understanding of the struggles and challenges that the coffee farming communities face. Brooke and Helen routinely pay quality incentives to farmers, support farming community initiatives, and provide micro-loan credits: all to ensure Equator has a consistent supply of quality coffee. Only with those practices in place can Equator’s dedicated and experienced team here in Marin transform the farmers’ efforts into a quality cup of coffee so that you can enjoy the results of all their hard work. Visit https://www.equatorcoffees.com for more.

Paru Tea Bar – San Diego, CA

Launched in May 2017, Paru is a modern San Diego tea company. Paru uses organic, high-grade ingredients harvested during peak season, and aims for an experience combining aesthetic beauty with the community of small business and local art.

Coming from the fast-paced corporate world, Paru founder Amy Truong wanted more calm in her workday. The health and tranquility of tea seemed like the logical answer and the perfect way to honor Amy’s Asian and Parisian roots. Paru began with pop-up events around San Diego. A few months later, it launched its e-commerce branch, bringing its tea to an international audience. A year after we launched, it introduced its subscription tea box.

Since consuming tea is a historically social practice, Paru prides itself on mingling with small San Diego businesses. It often sources herbs from local farm partners and has worked with numerous collaborators including distilleries, art installations, yoga classes, and kombucha suppliers. Visit https://paruteabar.com for more.

Euro Coffee – Los Angeles, CA

Euro Coffee started as a gourmet coffee roasting company in 1983 and has grown from roasting a few thousand pounds a year to breaking the million-pound mark nearly 15 years ago. Euro Coffee imports fresh, green coffee from all over the world and roast it to perfection in its factory in Los Angeles, California. It remains focused on developing long-lasting relationships with its farmers and customers and bringing the best coffee from the crop to your cup. If you're a discerning customer who is looking for a great cup of coffee at a fair price, try EuroCoffee today and elevate the coffee experience in your home, workplace, or store. Visit http://www.eurocoffee.com for more.

D’Andrews Bakery & Café – Nashville, TN

D'Andrews Bakery & Cafe is a modern, Nashville-based bakery with a Southern sensibility and makes and bake everything in house. D’Andrews Bakery & Cafe specializes in desserts and pastries - including croissants, eclairs, cakes, and cookies - as well as coffee, tea, artisanal sandwiches, build-your-own salads, and a soup of the day. D’Andrews Bakery & Cafe also does catering and custom gift baskets for the Nashville area. Visit https://dandrewsbakery.com for more.

 

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