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Independent cafes are the heartbeat of their communities – step into Issa Rae’s favorite cafe to get a taste of inspiration!


TAZO is teaming up with award-winning cafe owner, entrepreneur, producer and actress Issa Rae to launch The TAZO Cafe Collective: a network celebrating and supporting independent cafes.

Participating cafes will receive financial and marketing support, recipe inspiration, and much more.

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Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen (Downtown LA)


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Issa Rae and Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen sought out to craftthe most refreshing drink in existence. Our opinion? Mission accomplished.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 8 oz TAZO Iced Passion Tea Concentrate

  • 2 oz lime syrup

  • 1 tbsp fresh grated cucumber

  • 4 mint leaves (hand-torn)

  • Serve over ice


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Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

TAZO’s founding partner Hilltop is the place for dreamers and doers. Founded by two LA natives, Yonnie Hagos and Ajay Relan in 2018, they’ve recently opened their fourth location in the area and Issa Rae joined as a partner. They’re serving quality ingredients and good vibes in an environment conducive to creativity, community, and connection.

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Café X: By Any Beans Necessary

Café X: By Any Beans Necessary is a mother and daughter owned cooperative coffee shop with a vision for generational wealth building in the Black community. Built and financed from the ground up, Café X develops partnerships with community-based organizations, sustains creative and artistic projects, and develops the next generation of leaders to improve the quality of life in our communities – one cup at a time.

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Hibiscus Brew

Hibiscus Brew is a wellness nutrition café born out of the pandemic that seeks to bring a slice of the Caribbean to Brooklyn with our signature hibiscus beverage. We believe that food is a way to bring people of all types together to laugh, share, and nourish each other. Owned by Jamaican-American Allison Dunn, Hibiscus Brew provides food and community to Brooklyn inspired by our Caribbean roots.

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BouNom Café & Bakery

BouNom is a café and bakery where everything is lovingly made from scratch, by hand, daily. Owner and founder, Khamla Vorasane, is a self-taught pastry chef who ensures that everyone who comes into the cafe is treated like family. The community, in turn, has shown its love for BouNom by voting it “Best Bakery” every year since its founding in 2020. We look forward to continuing to serve our community like family, with one delectable pastry at a time.

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Casaroma Cafe

Casaroma Cafe is a specialty coffee shop in New Rochelle, NY that focuses on culture, community and collaboration. Founded by Yaretsy Flores, Kevin Rucker and Donnell Culver, Casaroma was created as a safe space for folks to gather, be accepted, and celebrated. Newly opened this year, the cafe strives to serve their community in more ways than one.

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Cuppa Eden

Cuppa Eden, an independently owned, faith-based oasis. Enjoy crafted drinks and chef-inspired bites in our garden heaven. Proudly black-owned, we bring a unique vibe to every sip and bite. Fresh, tasty, and a touch of something divine. A place for community and good vibes.

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BVP Coffee

Founded by Howard University students, BVP Coffee Co. is a vehicle for change. Our premium products bring communities together through stories of global travel, entrepreneurship, and collaboration. In our mission to invest in the next generation, we donate 1% of sales to support students attending Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs).

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45 South Cafe

Founded in 2006, 45 South Cafe, a cherished coffeehouse, cafe, and wine bar in Downtown Historic Norcross, recently came under the ownership of Ralph and Monica White, a dedicated husband and wife team. This local favorite, known for its relaxing atmosphere, invites patrons to leave the daily rush at the door. Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee or a savory quiche, and find tranquility working on the serene back patio. It's an ideal spot for gathering with friends, family, or colleagues.

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El Taller

El Taller Bookstore Cafe in Lawrence, MA, is guided by its name, “The Workshop,” a cafe, bookstore, and home away from home. Since 2012, El Taller has been fueled by great coffee, delicious food, and creative ideas. Family-owned, father-and-son duo Antonio and Eric work together to curate a healthy menu inspired by Antonio's hometown, Mexico City.

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Classic Chai Latte Concentrate

Our Classic Chai Latte is the warmest, richest result of our boldest black teas blended with spiced notes of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and black pepper.

Iced Passion® Concentrate

Bursting with flavors that evoke a tropical paradise, Iced Passion features hibiscus flowers, orange peel, rose hips, passion fruit flavor and a lively hint of cinnamon spice.