Guji Mane

In honor of Black History month, I wanted to honor one of my favorite black owned coffee shops that comes from Memphis, TN, CxffeeBlack. I originally, I got hipped to Cxffeeblack through an instagram post but immediately resonated with their messaged.

Cxffeeblack is was started by Bartholomew Jones and Renata Henderson. “to reclaim the black history of coffee and reimagine its black future.”

I always wondered was curious about why there was an X instead of an o and Jones explains “In math x represents the variable, and that’s what we’re all about—highlighting the variables God has placed in each person to create a better sum. The x is also what black people have historically used to replace the sugars and cream they were given as a last name during slavery. Most did this until they found a connection with their origins powerful enough to become their new family name. The x served as a fulcrum to connect them to their natural notes as humans, and that’s exactly what we wanna do as well.” Isn’t that beautiful?

Washed in the Guji Zone of Oromia in Ethiopia, the first cup reminds me of fruit flavors with hints of chocolate. I’m excited to explore these beans.

ALSO!! make sure you go to their website which is conveniently located at the end of this blog and buy something!- not just this month, but all year long.

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