Black-owned business profile: The Black Coffee Company/Black Coffee ATL

Black Coffee Company, or Black Coffee ATL, was founded in 2018 by Chris Bolden, Jamin Butler, Brandon Cole, Gino Jones, Leonard Lightfoot. The Coffee Company is a premier coffee shop serving specialty coffees, loose leaf teas and freshly baked pastries.

The coffee shop hosts various events such as game nights, workshops, classes, coffee tasting, and more.

For more information, visit https://www.theblackcoffeecompany.com/black-coffee-atl

Black Coffee is located in the Lakewood Heights neighborhood of Atlanta. photo submitted

Atlanta Voice: Why was the company formed?

Black Coffee Company: Black Coffee Company was created to help set an example for our community. We are proud of our three pillars: Entrepreneurship, Financial Freedom and Community Empowerment! There is a common misconception that our community is incapable of working together successfully, and we are here to change that narrative. We are proud of our coffee connections across the African continent and other global regions as well as the opportunity to help build our own economies. Black Coffee Company has allowed us to leverage our collective capital, cultural experience and network to build a self-sustaining enterprise that sells organic Fair Trade coffee beans, branded merchandise and apparel, and ultimately lifestyle.

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AV: Was there a moment that inspired the start of the business?

Black Coffee Company: It all started on a 2015 trip to the Motown Museum in Detroit, MI, where we learned how Berry Gordy’s parents worked together to create a self-sustaining family investment fund. This fund not only provided business startup capital for all members of the family, but it also provided Berry Gordy with the funding he needed to launch his Motown record label. For us, it was a divine moment of inspiration. We began pulling together our resources and learning everything we could about investing so that we could be a vehicle of empowerment within our community.

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AV: Do you have a mentor in your life who has inspired/inspired you as a business owner?

Black Coffee Company: The late great Nipsey Hussle was the driving force behind us creating The Black Coffee Company. Their passion for bettering their community and their people has inspired us to work together to create a place where we can grow into our incredible selves. Because of our late brother Nip, we understand that we are running a marathon, and through ups and downs the marathon continues.

AV: What are your business goals for the rest of the year?

Black Coffee Company: This year we are focused on expanding our business operations both in Atlanta and a city near you! Black Coffee Atlanta, our flagship coffee shop, located at 1800 Jonesboro Rd, SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, is growing and thriving, and we are looking to expand our reach by providing more mobile and delivery options. We are also working on empowering our Black Coffee Houston family to mobilize throughout the Houston area with a coffee truck, so we can expand our reach throughout the Houston area. As the year draws to a close, we are actively planning our second annual Black Coffee Fest 2023 to continue supporting local entrepreneurs and providing financial education resources for our community.

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AV: Any advice to future business owners about taking the plunge?

Black Coffee Company: For aspiring entrepreneurs, our advice would be to trust the process, move at your own pace, and never skip a step. When you skip steps, you’ll miss out on the valuable lessons you’ll learn along the way.

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