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Black Owned Tequila Brands You Should Know

In this article, we’re highlighting Black owned tequila brands that are shaking up the industry with bold flavors, rich heritage, and a commitment to quality.

From award-winning labels to innovative newcomers, get ready to discover your new favorite tequila – all while supporting Black entrepreneurs making their mark on the agave scene!

Black Owned Tequila Brands

Jon Basíl

Jon Basil is a Chicago-based, millennial, and minority-owned tequila brand founded in 2018. Their Blanco and Reposado tequilas are made from a blend of highland and lowland agaves, resulting in a smooth taste.

TCapri

TCapri® is an ultra-premium tequila crafted for sipping. Their tequilas are hand-made in small batches in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, using 100% Blue Weber agave and traditional methods.

Tequila with Friends

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Tequila with Friends is a Texas-born tequila made for creating unforgettable memories with your crew.

Monita

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Monita Tequila was created in honor of founder, Serita Braxton’s mother. They offer a smooth 100% agave blanco tequila, perfect for sipping or cocktails.

Disbəlēf

Disbəlēf Spirits, based in Memphis, Tennessee, is crafted from hand-selected 100% blue agave in Jalisco, Mexico. Disbəlēf offers a taste experience that challenges your disbelief about tequila.

Los Hermanos

Los Hermanos is a tequila brand founded by two brothers who share a passion for the spirit. They handcraft their tequila in small batches using 100% agave and traditional methods, offering a smooth Blanco and a Reposado variety.

Ego Tequila

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Ego Tequila is a high-quality 100% agave spirit produced in the heart of Jalisco, Mexico, and is perfect in cocktails or as a celebratory shot.

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Black Owned Rum Brands You Should Know

Looking for a delicious and varied rum experience? Check out some Black owned rum brands!

These companies are innovating with flavors, honoring traditions, and redefining the art of crafting exceptional spirits.

Explore a world of distinctive tastes, rich heritage, and ideal cocktail components. Here’s your guide to some of the most exciting Black owned rum brands you should know.

Black Owned Rum Brands

Pin Drop Rum

Pin Drop Rum originated on Harbour Island, Bahamas. It is made in small batches using a combination of pot and column still distillation methods and aged for a decade in white American oak barrels.

Ten to One Rum

Ten To One Rum is a Caribbean rum brand founded by Marc Farrell in 2019. Ten To One’s name was inspired by the origin of the West Indies Federation, which consisted of 10 countries.

Liv Rum

Liv Rum is slowly fermented and triple pot-distilled to create a crazily complex flavour explosion with a long, sweet finish

Striped Lion

Striped Lion Spiced Rum starts as a pure single rum. It is fermented from organic American molasses and is 100% pot distilled in the Striped Lion Distillery located in Woodbury, New Jersey.

Matugga Rum

Black Owned Rum

An elegant spiced rum infused with a tantalizing age-old Masala Chai blend. Matugga Spiced is enriched with black tea, fresh ginger, fragrant natural spices, and a touch of Scottish honey.

Equiano Rum

Black Owned Rum

Equiano Rum is a premium rum brand that blends rums from the Caribbean and Africa. Their aged rums are matured for 8-10 years in tropical climates, using ex-Cognac and ex-Bourbon casks to create a unique and flavorful profile.

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Two Black-Owned Breweries Break Barriers with Historic Alliance

Two Black-owned breweries, Full Circle Brewing Co. and Crowns & Hops Brewing Co., have announced a groundbreaking strategic alliance aimed at transforming the face of the craft beverage industry.

The Circle of Crowns Beverage Group (CCBG) is an alliance that combines two leading Black-owned companies and centralizes production, sales and marketing between them, to bring locally curated brands and authentic experiences to more retailers and consumers around the world.

This strategic alliance transcends a simple merger; it’s a potent symbol of progress toward inclusivity and expanded opportunity within the craft beverage sector.

Full Circle, headquartered in Fresno, California, already holds the distinction of being the largest Black-owned production brewery in the United States. Crowns and Hops Brewing Co. is the first Black-owned, woman-owned and veteran-owned brewery in Inglewood.

By joining forces with Crowns & Hops, the Inglewood-based brand that ignited a global movement for Black representation in craft beer, the CCBG creates a powerhouse with a powerful mission.

“This strategic alliance leverages the strength of our infrastructures and distributor networks to bring our unique brands to retail shelves around the world,” said Arthur Moye, CEO and Founder of Full Circle. “Together we are better positioned to maximize growth and bring more consumers craft beverages with an aspirational, relevant connection to black culture.”

“We can each apply our No Big Deal skills, those areas where we naturally excel based on our previous knowledge and experiences,” explained Teo Hunter, Crowns & Hops Co-Founder, COO and Head of Brewing Operations. “Arthur at Full Circle is amazing with production, scaling, and the financial side of the business, while Beny and I are experts in branding, marketing, community, and partnerships.”

“Crowns & Hops and Full Circle share the same visions, values, and strategies,” added Beny Ashburn, “The Dope” CEO and Co-founder, Crowns & Hops. “Our collective mission extends beyond production, marketing, and sales; we aim to be a supportive resource for other Black-owned craft beer brands, fostering community and growth within the industry.”

The impact of this alliance is multifaceted. Firstly, it streamlines operations and production for all the participating brands. Full Circle’s established infrastructure and distribution network will be leveraged to ensure wider availability of their unique beverages, allowing consumers across the country (and potentially beyond) to experience their offerings. This expanded reach encourages increased brand recognition and growth for all members of the CCBG.

Secondly, the CCBG tackles a crucial issue – the persistent barriers faced by Black-owned businesses in the craft beverage industry. Historically, Black suppliers have often struggled with limited access to production facilities, distribution networks, and retailer partnerships.

The CCBG aims to dismantle these barriers by creating a consolidated platform with the resources and clout necessary to overcome these challenges. This paves the way for a more level playing field, fostering a more equitable industry landscape.

by Tony O. Lawson

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Merger Creates the Largest Black Owned Brewery in the U.S.

Full Circle Brewing and Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, recently announced a merger that will create the largest Black owned brewery in the United States.

The merger will bring together Full Circle’s portfolio of fruit-forward products such as the Illa and Vibes series and the Sonoma Cider brands with Speakeasy’s traditional set of offerings, including Big Daddy IPA West Coast IPA, Prohibition Ale, and Metropolis hoppy American lager.

“I am excited for the passing of the baton to the next generation of Black Entrepreneurs in the craft beer space,” said Speakeasy CEO Ces Butner. “I will continue to sit on the advisory board and look forward to seeing the Speakeasy brand grow and evolve.”

Full Circle CEO Arthur Moye also expressed his excitement about the merger, saying, “We are excited to apply what we learned from revitalizing Full Circle and increasing sales by 5,000% to San Francisco’s longest-running independent brewery. We plan to breathe new life into current brands and expand its range of products.”

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The merger marks Full Circle’s second acquisition of a Bay Area brewery following the acquisition of Sonoma Cider in 2020. It rounds out the portfolio of the Full Circle Brand Family by adding traditional beer styles from Speakeasy’s lineup of brews.

The combined entity will have a production capacity of over 20,000 barrels or around 350,000 cases annually, making it the largest Black-owned brewery in the United States.

Although both brands plan to maintain their existing distribution networks, the company is still determining the future of the Speakeasy taproom and where the brand will be produced.

Fresno-based Full Circle Brewing has been in operation since 2000, with Moye taking ownership of the brewery in 2016, after selling his accounting practice. The brewery’s beer volume reached 2,150 barrels in 2021, according to the Brewers Association’s (BA) May/June 2022 edition of the New Brewer.

Founded in 1997, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers’ output has declined considerably since its 2015 high of 32,673 barrels, according to production data collected by the BA. Its most significant drop-off in recent years took place from 2016-2017, when volume declined from 27,000 barrels to 5,446 barrels. It fell further in 2018, to 2,100 barrels. In 2021, the most recent year for which BA data is available, Speakeasy produced 5,000 barrels.

Butner acquired Speakeasy out of receivership in 2018 and worked to rebuild its distribution network, a part of the industry he was well acquainted with as the former owner of Oakland-based Horizon Beverage. Butner sold Horizon to Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2015, which brought it into its network of wholly owned distributors before selling it to Matagrano, Inc. and Markstein Sales Company last summer.

The merger of these two breweries not only creates a larger Black-owned brewery but also brings together two distinct brewing styles and product portfolios, potentially expanding the reach of both brands.

No financial terms of the transaction were disclosed.

by Tony O. Lawson

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The Cultural Significance of Coffee in Africa and Black America

Coffee has a rich and fascinating history in Africa, dating back several centuries. The story of coffee in Africa is one of trade, migration, and cultural significance. The journey of coffee from Africa to America was a long and winding road that took many years, but today it is a staple beverage on both continents.

Coffee is believed to have originated in the region of Ethiopia, where it was first discovered growing wild. Ethiopian tribesmen were known to have used the beans for medicinal purposes, as well as to produce a beverage that was used in religious ceremonies. It wasn’t until the 9th century that coffee began to spread beyond Ethiopia, reaching the surrounding countries of Yemen, Egypt, and the Middle East.

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The first coffee plantations in Africa were established in the 16th century by the Portuguese, who had colonized many parts of the continent. From there, coffee spread to other European colonies, including the Dutch and French, who established coffee plantations in what are now known as Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa.

Coffee quickly became an important crop in Africa, providing jobs and income for many people. It also played a significant role in shaping the cultural and economic landscape of the continent. In the 19th century, coffee became a major export from Africa to Europe, with trade routes established between the two continents.

The journey of coffee from Africa to America was a slow and steady process that took many years. The first coffee plant was introduced to the Americas in the early 17th century, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that coffee became a major commercial crop. Today, coffee is a staple beverage in America, with millions of people drinking it every day.

The cultural significance of coffee in Africa and America is undeniable. In Africa, coffee is often associated with hospitality and is a symbol of generosity and friendship. In America, coffee has become an important part of the daily routine for many people, serving as a pick-me-up and a source of comfort and energy.

Coffee has also played a significant role in shaping the history of both Africa and America. For example, in Africa, coffee was an important commodity in the slave trade, with enslaved Africans being forced to work on coffee plantations. In America, coffee was a major part of the civil rights movement, with coffee shops serving as gathering places for activists and leaders.

Coffee shops in America played a crucial role in the Civil Rights Movement by providing a safe and neutral space for activists and leaders to gather and discuss strategies. They were also used as a platform to spread awareness and mobilize people to take action against racial discrimination and inequality.

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For example, the famous Greensboro sit-ins in North Carolina were started by four African American college students who sat at a Woolworth’s lunch counter, demanding to be served. The sit-ins quickly spread to other cities and became a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement. Many other similar protests were also organized in coffee shops, which served as meeting places for activists and leaders to plan their actions.

Coffee shops also provided a safe space for artists and musicians to perform and showcase their work. Jazz and blues music, which were popular among African Americans, often had their roots in coffee shops and provided a powerful voice for the Civil Rights Movement. The music conveyed messages of hope, unity, and resistance, and inspired people to come together and fight for their rights.

Today, coffee shops in America continue to serve as gathering places for people from all walks of life. They are places where people can come together to socialize, work, and discuss important issues.

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The legacy of coffee as a tool for social and political change lives on, and its cultural significance cannot be underestimated.

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This Black Owned Herbal Tea Brand Is Promoting Wellness, One Cup at a Time

Zabico Life is a Black owned herbal tea brand created by Gladstone Etienne, a millennial master herbalist and recognized herbal tea connoisseur.

After observing the positive effects his herbal tisanes and herbal detoxes had on his family and friends, Gladstone made the decision to let as many people as possible enjoy their health advantages.

We caught up with him to learn more about his business.

Black Owned Herbal Tea Brand

What inspired you to start your business?

My inspiration for starting an herbal tea business came from my roots and upbringing, and my knowledge of herbalism. I am further inspired by the amazing benefits of herbs, the testimonials I have received from using herbal remedies, and my passion for bringing awareness to the people. Also, my love for God and what he has created for our collective health and healing.

Black Owned Herbal Tea Brand

What differentiates your products from others?

Our ability to combine a broad spectrum of herbal remedies into great tasting products that improve health without the compromise of sugar, additives, or preservatives.

What is your favorite aspect of entrepreneurship?

My favorite aspects of being an entrepreneur are innovation, independence, and the ability to influence and impact lives.

What are the biggest challenges of being an entrepreneur?

My biggest challenge as an entrepreneur is access to capital, the right mix of capital, and continuous strategy retooling to remain relevant and competitive in an ever-changing business world.

What are your future goals for your brand?

The future goals of ZABICOLife are to become the premier go-to brand for herbal teas and to become a brand leader in beauty, skincare, and cosmetics. Also, a future goal is to impact our community through social activism on the importance of incorporating herbalism into our daily regimen.

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She Created The Largest Black Woman Owned Beverage Manufacturing Business in the U.S.

Nailah Ellis-Brown is the founder and CEO of Ellis Infinity Beverage Company, the largest Black woman-owned beverage manufacturing business in the United States.

In this interview, we discussed how the business grew from her mother’s basement and being sold out of her car, to operating out of a state-of-the-art facility and being stocked in retail locations across the country.

We also discussed some of the details of a recent investment her business received from actor, Kevin Hart.

 

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Black Owned Tea Brands You Can Purchase Online

People all over the world have been drinking tea for thousands of centuries, and for good reason. Numerous studies have shown that a variety of teas may fight off inflammation, boost your immune system, and even ward off cancer and heart disease.

While some brews provide more health benefits than others, there’s plenty of evidence that drinking tea can have a lasting impact on your wellness.

If you can’t visit your local cafe for your tea of choice, don’t worry, these Black owned tea brands will deliver herbal goodness right to your doorstep.

Black Owned Tea Brands

Adjourn Tea House

Brooklyn Tea

Ivy’s Tea Co. 

Sip Tea Shop 

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Hands of Sage

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Teas With Meaning

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Bea’s Wellness Teas

True Serenity Tea

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Jayida Ché

Kim Bees

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Orange Street Storehouse

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INI Sips

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Just Add Honey

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Steep & Sip Teas

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Teas Please

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Elle’s Elixirs

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Lady Rose Specialty Teas 

BrickHouse Gourmet Coffee & Tea Co.

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Bunka

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MoreFya Herbal Tea and Smoke Blends

Cup of Té

The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop

Drink Our Hi-G

Just Be Tea

Deeply Rooted

Flora’s Tea Company

Tranquilo Teas

ZABICO Life

Oat Straw Tea Company

Angry Black Tea

 

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Black Owned Coffee Brands You Can Purchase Online

Last year, we created a viral post about Black owned Alternatives to Starbucks. Unfortunately since then, some of the businesses we listed have gone out of business or are closed temporarily due to the COVID related shutdown.

However, coffee lovers are still in luck since there are several Black owned coffee brands that you can purchase from online and enjoy at home!

Black Owned Coffee Brands

Russell’s Gourmet Coffee

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Signature Blends By Kim Fields 

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Peter’s Brew Coffee 

Blk & Bold

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2 Bros Coffee Co.

Boon Boona Coffee

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Sailor’s Brew Coffee

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Dope Coffee 

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Not So Urban Coffee & Roastery 

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Northwest Coffee Roasting Company

INI Sips

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BrickHouse Gourmet Coffee & Tea Co.

Historic Noir Coffee

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L A Grind Coffee & Tea Bar

Calvine’s Coffee

Kahawa 1893

MochaBox Coffee Company

Happy Beans Roaster

Bad Beans Coffee Co.

Red Bay Coffee

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Delta Airlines to Serve Wine from Black Owned Winery

During a surprise wine tasting at the San Francisco Delta Sky Club, Delta today announced a new partnership with Brown Estate, the first and only black-owned estate winery in California’s Napa Valley.

And as a toast to Black History Month, Brown Estate is making its first onboard appearance today in a surprise in-flight tasting for customers on Flight 1473 from San Francisco to New York-JFK.

The innovative idea to partner with Brown Estate started with Carlyne Scott, a member of Delta’s black community business resource group (BRG) and BRG Program Manager. Scott originally suggested the winery as a special for Black History Month, and that seed germinated into a larger relationship between Delta and the winery. Delta will feature Brown Estate wines in the winter of 2019-2020 as part of its commitment to supplier diversity.

“Partnering with innovative, diverse suppliers from certified small-, minority- and women-owned businesses like Brown Estate is fundamental to Delta’s strategy to keep climbing year-round,” said Heather Ostis, Vice President — Supply Chain Management. “Seeking employee perspectives and leveraging unique ideas brings us closer to meeting that goal, while creating the highest quality experience for our customers.”

After Scott’s suggestion, a selection of Brown Estate wines were passed to Andrea Robinson, Delta’s Master Sommelier, for consideration in the airline’s seasonally rotating wine menu. Robinson’s year-round wine selection process – including both in-the-air and terra-firming tastings—culminates annually with a final tasting of more than 1,500 bottles over one week. Only the very best selections earn Robinson’s stamp of approval. Two Brown Estate selections made the cut.

Domestic Delta One customers will see two Brown Estate wines on the winter 2019-2020 menu: 2017 Betelgeuse Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Chaos Theory.

“We are delighted to partner with Delta Air Lines,” said Deneen Brown, president of Brown Estate. “Delta’s all-in commitments to the spirit of inclusion and to their wine program are perfectly aligned with our core values at Brown Estate.”

Chaos Theory, a well-balanced red blend of Merlot, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, greets the nose with a lively aroma of ripe Rainer cherries, blackberry compote, winter spice and heavy cream. Hints of Asian apple and Meyer lemon are followed by dark chocolate, tiramisu and fresh-baked croissants.

On a lighter note, Brown Estate describes its Betelgeuse Sauvignon Blanc as “endless summer in a bottle” — straw gold in color, with refreshing clarity. Tropical fruit comingles with subtle citrus, fever grass and lemon verbena, while night-blooming jasmine and honeysuckle are complemented by a cascade of stone fruit, lychee, pineapple and guava.

 

Source: Delta