Do gooders stay doing good, and now, they are doing good together. Seattle Coffee Gear, who back in May committed to donating $150,000 to “baristas, cafes, roasters, and coffee techs across the country” affected by COVID-19, have teamed up with Getchusomegear, a non-profit organization by Chris McAuley (profiled on Sprudge here) getting coffee equipment in the hands of marginalized baristas, to provide a total of $50,000 in grants to 10 marginalized business owners in the coffee space.
Per the announcement made via the Getchusomegear Instagram, each grant will consist of $5,000 and are for “business owners who are navigating new ventures and transitioning to newer and bigger things for themselves in coffee.” Recipients of the first five grants, all Black women, have already been been announced and include: 2020 Sprudge Twenty inductee LaNisa Williams (Barista Life LA to open Hustler's Cup), BiankA AlloyN and SabreeN Naimah (Cute Coffee), Lori Jones (BLACK•OLOGY Coffee Company), Talitha Clemons (Bright Vibe Coffee), and Sprudge Editor at Large Michelle Johnson (The Chocolate Barista).
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It is our pleasure to introduce you to BiankA AlloyN & SabreeN Naimah, the @ilovecutecoffee team! Cute Coffee builds long lasting relationships with their farmers and producers through direct trade. They source from farms run by women and their families. Anyone who has met BiankA and SabreeN can attest to the fact that their smiles and positivity are truly contagious (not to mention, cute!) We are thrilled to give @ilovecutecoffee a grant to help them build a mobile roasting/brewing truck! We're working with @getchusomegear to identify and distribute grants to entrepreneurs from historically marginalized communities. We are so honored to work with these two rays of sunshine who continuously spread love and joy across the California Bay Area, and soon, the entire country! Here's to hoping Seattle is their first stop once they get the truck up and running. 🤞We also plan to live by their motto "Keep it Cute, or Put it on Mute!" 📷: @misterrclark
Spearheaded by McAuley, the second round of grant applications and announcements is set for some time in November. More information will become available on the application process via the Getchusomegear Instagram in the coming weeks. In the meantime, though, Seattle Coffee Gear is in the process of featuring each of the five grant recipients, so head on over to their Instagram page to learn more about the group already announced.