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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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Tony O. Lawson


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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.

At the moment, you might not be able to visit your local cafe for your tea of choice, but don’t worry, these Black owned tea brands will deliver herbal goodness right to your doorstep.

Black Owned Tea Brands

Adjourn Tea House

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Brooklyn Tea

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Ivy’s Tea Co. 

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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

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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

 

-Tony O. Lawson

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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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-Tony O. Lawson

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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

 

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Black Owned Beverage and Juice Brands You Should Know

The global non-alcoholic beverage market size was valued at $967.3 billion in 2016. It is expected to reach $1189.10 billion in 2023. Here are some Black-owned beverage brands to support.

Black Owned Beverage Brands

Turmeric Magic

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Brooklyn Brewed Sorrel

Füd

2T Water

Liquid Hydration

Cremas Absalon

Teranga Juice

Me & The Bee Lemonade

Black Owned Beverage Brands

Ellis Island Tea

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MoFaya Energy Drinks

J.I.V.E Juice

Spicegrove

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-Tony O. Lawson

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Black Owned Beer Businesses You Should Know

Historically, there have been almost no “official” Black businesses involved in the beer industry. Now, times are changing, and several Black owned beer businesses are making a name for themselves.

Let’s take a look at some of them.

Black Owned Beer Businesses

Rhythm Brewing Company is a New Haven CT based Brewing Co. that produces, “RHYTHM”, its Flagship Lager.

Sankofa Beer Company is a DC-based producer and distributor of premium craft beer, inspired by the founder’s connection to West Africa.

Cajun Fire is an eco-friendly nano brewery based out of New Orleans, Louisiana specializing in making unique craft beverage brews that appeal to the casual consumer.

Harris Family Brewery is a new NANO-brewery headquartered in Central Pennsylvania that will produce excellent craft beer.

Harlem Brewery manufactures craft beverages. Its flagship Sugar Hill Golden Ale and Harlem Renaissance Wit both celebrate the rich history of Harlem.

Blackfrog Brewery is a nanobrewery born in Holland, OH. Dedicated to making great beer for great people.

Khonso Brewing fuses different beer styles together to create a unique beer experience.

18th Street Brewery is currently the second largest brewery in Northwest Indiana. Our beers range from saisons to double india pale ales to double milk stouts to pilsners and lagers.

Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer is a new craft beer company that brews world-class, full-flavored session beers for active, passionate beer drinkers

Soweto Gold honors the icons of Soweto, past and present. It embodies the spirit, pride, initiative and tenacity of Soweto, and of South Africa.

Stimela Brewing Co is a South Africa based brewing company that crafts premium beers for people who have a thirst for greatness.

Ukhamba Beerworx is Cape Town’s first Black-owned craft brewery. They produce traditional African Beer.

White Lion Brewing Company is the first craft beer brand to go to market in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Band of Brothers Brewing Company is the third craft brewery in the “One & Only” Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The brewery features the largest taproom in Tuscaloosa.

Harlem Hops is a space for you to gather, socialize, relax, and enjoy the taste of some of the world’s most delicious and hardest to find beers.

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One Fermentary & Taproom is a premium beverage destination that crafts small-batch beers with a focus on unique fermentation processes.

-Tony O. Lawson 


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Detroit Based Ellis Island Tea Now Sold Across the Country

Ellis Island Tea specializes in producing all natural ready to drink beverages in the company’s own state-of-the-art beverage production and co-packing facility located in Detroit.

Because taking a local brand national is no small task, we wanted to find out more about the founder and CEO, Nailah Ellis-Brown and her brand made from a 100 year old recipe.

What inspired you to create Ellis Island tea?

Ellis Island Tea was inspired by a recipe created more than 100 years ago by my Great-grandfather Cyril Byron, a Jamaican immigrant who came to America through Ellis Island.

Cyril was a master chef for Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Line, who went on to run Byron’s Catering, one of the largest catering companies in the Bronx in the early 1900’s.

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Cyril always said his recipe was to be “Sold, not told.” That meant bring it to market. I had always wanted to be an entrepreneur so I took those words to heart when the family recipe was passed down to me.

It is a tea loved by generations of my family and now it’s the only Jamaican Sweet Tea in the country, and is sold nationally.

You are currently in multiple retail locations. Briefly explain how you got into the first one.

Yes, Ellis Island Tea is in almost 1,000 stores now, but when I began in business I was selling my tea from a cooler in the back of my car.

Even then I knew this beverage belonged in stores. One day I summoned my courage, walked into Avalon International Breads and asked how I could get on their shelves.

The owner asked me if I brewed the tea in Detroit. When I said ‘yes’, she agreed to give me a shot. The tea did well. About a year later I got into my first Whole Foods store. We took off from there.

How important is proper branding?

Ellis Island Tea has been on the market for 10 years now, but it wasn’t until last year that we truly found our niche and a look that ‘popped’ on the shelves. MSNBC Your Business helped us rebrand, bringing in Skidmore Studio to redesign our packaging.

They helped us define what Ellis Island Tea actually was – Jamaican Sweet Tea – giving us our own lane in the bottled tea category.

We’d been struggling to explain it simply to store buyers and consumers. The new look and positioning really appealed to buyers from Sam’s Club and from HMSHost (the airport concessions giant).

The beverage industry is very saturated. How do you differentiate yourself and stay competitive? 

Ellis Island Tea is naturally differentiated. It is the only Jamaican Sweet Tea brewed and sold in America. Ellis Island Tea is 100% natural and hand-steeped with real herbs. Its beautiful red color and refreshing, smooth flavor sets it apart from any other tea on the market.

While we are in our own category of bottled iced tea, we are still a tea, which is the most sought after beverage in the world next to water.

Millenials, in particular, love iced tea. They are seeking innovative beverages that are healthy and offer unique flavors. Ellis Island Tea offers everything they are looking for, plus it is rich in antioxidants.

 

What is your product distribution status now and where do you see it in the next 5 years?

We are currently sold in almost 1,000 stores, but as of May 15th we will also be in every Sam’s Club in the country.  We’re pretty excited about that! Every time we get national press, we have people around the country trying to find Ellis Island Tea.

We’re finally going to be where anyone can buy it from a store near them. In addition to store shelves, we are expanding in airports working with HMSHost. Ideally, in the next five years we will solidly be a national beverage brand.

What advice do you have for your younger entrepreneur self?

Stay the course. You will succeed. There are times in every entrepreneur’s life when we fear failure and question whether we should ever have gone into business for ourselves.

It can be a very difficult, lonely endeavor, but for me it is worth it. My beverage company is on the verge of major success. The trials and sacrifice will be well worth it.

Find out more about Ellis Island Tea on their website.

 

-Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson (IG@thebusyafrican)