Although we celebrate and thank coffee every day for its existence (like good pilgrims of Lorelai Gilmore, whose choices we do not judge, cause she never drank a cafecito so Luke’s had to make do), it is good to know that there’s a special date to embrace that dark, energetic, and strong beverage that helps us deal with good, medium, and bad days. There’s nothing we cannot face with a good cup of coffee in our hands. 

Happy National Coffee Day, US! It’s a pleasure to have a day on our calendar just to remember how crucial coffee is in our lives. 

A curious fact about this day: It all started in Milano, Italy (of course), with the goal to help raise awareness for the difficulties coffee farmers and small businesses were facing and to promote fair trade and living wages. Most countries celebrate this date on October 1st, however, the United States and Canada choose differently. But as we all know, it’s the intention that counts.

No matter where you are reading this, the important thing is coffee is a crucial part of many people’s lives. Not only as a drink and art but as a business, crop, and way of living and growing. 

2X1: Drinking The Best Coffee While Supporting Latinx’s Independent Businesses

Three Latin American countries, Brazil, Colombia, and Costa Rica, form the “Coffee Belt.” Not only because of its geographical location and fertile land for coffee crops but also because they are one of the world’s largest coffee producers.

As a result, coffee cultivation plays a pivotal role in shaping the economies of these countries, providing livelihoods for millions of people and driving export revenues. Additionally, coffee serves as a social glue, inviting people to connect and share traditions. Rituals in which friends and families gather to share stories, a cup of coffee, and some sweet pastries just to feel closer to each other. 

The rich and diverse coffee traditions of Latin America are deeply woven into the cultural fabric, making coffee not just a beverage but a symbol of identity and a cornerstone of daily life.

Currently, there’s a great investment in Latinx-owned coffee shops in the US that are making a significant impact on both the local communities they serve and the coffee industry as a whole. 

Independent businesses provide unique flavors, homely services, and warm cups of coffee that can make anyone’s day. And that’s one of the many reasons why we’d like you to get to know some of them and their stories. 

Get to know Gloria’s Coffee Bar. A Latina-Owned Coffee Shop and LGBTQ+ Owned and Operated. This place will not only blow you away with its colors and energy, but with its flavors and uniqueness.
Café Corazón is Latino and Indigenous family-owned. With a powerful message and a mix of flavors and experiences, we consider this a great place to be supported and discovered more than once!

This Coffee Day Support Local And Independent Coffee Shops

There are a LOT of reasons to support Latinx coffee businesses (yes, their delicious brewing being one of them). 

1. Small Latinx coffee businesses offer more than just a cup of coffee; they bring the essence of Latin American culture to their communities. Whether it’s a smooth cup of Colombian coffee or a bold Cuban espresso, these businesses introduce people to the rich tapestry of Latinx coffee traditions. They often serve as a bridge between cultures, allowing customers to experience the flavors, aromas, and rituals of Latin American coffee culture right in their own neighborhoods.

2. Moreover, supporting these types of businesses is a powerful way to contribute to economic empowerment within the Latinx community. These are workspaces that create jobs, provide opportunities for entrepreneurship, and stimulate local economies. By choosing to spend your coffee dollars at these establishments, you directly impact the financial well-being of Latinx families and communities.

3. Last but not least, you’ll not only drink an amazing in-house coffee but enjoy the diversity of flavors on the menu, like traditional pastries that reflect the roots of the people building their business. 

By choosing independent and local coffee shops, you are indeed celebrating Coffee Day every day since your support makes a difference in their economies and thus their lives, but also in the environment. 

So, if you are wondering how you can actively support Latinx Coffee Shops, besides drinking their coffee, here are three ideas that may boost your creativity:

  • Spread the Word: Share your positive experiences on social media, leave reviews, and recommend these businesses to friends and family. Word of mouth is a powerful tool for small businesses.
  • Buy Merchandise: Purchase merchandise like coffee beans, mugs, or t-shirts from these businesses. It’s a great way to show your support and take a piece of their culture home with you.
  • Attend Events and Workshops: Many Latinx coffee shops host cultural events, workshops, and tastings. Attend these to learn more about Latin American coffee traditions and show your support.

It may seem a small act, but you’ll see and feel the difference. From COCINA we invite you to make an impact on your community while enjoying a great and steaming cup of coffee. What better way to celebrate this and every day like that?

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