Thank you so much for visiting my shop! My name is Umeko. I've worked in specialty coffee for 14 years.
As a queer, mixed race, nonbinary femme, I've often felt out of place in my industry. I hope this shop will help others like me to feel more comfortable and at home in the world of coffee!
- BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)- nonbinary and trans folks
- disabled folks
- and allies
And of course, everyone who lives at intersections of the above!
We don't need to fit one specific template to have a place in coffee, in our lives and in the world. So I wanted to create objects that we can carry with us, to remind us every day of our brilliance and our worth.
With bright colors, rainbows, and pastels, each item here is curated to spark self-love, and to celebrate difference.
To make this space welcoming for everyone, everything is priced on a sliding scale. Just pay the amount that is comfortable for you.
I hope you enjoy! We're all in this together 🌈💕🕊
Umeshiso Coffee Supply believes in community and mutual aid. I donate on a monthly basis to these amazing organizations, and I hope you will check them out*:
🌈 The Loveland Foundation: provides free therapy for Black women and girls. Learn more at thelovelandfoundation.org
🌈 The Great Unlearn: anti-racism education by scholar and activist Rachel Cargle. Learn more at rachel-cargle.com/the-great-unlearn/
🌈 G.I.F.T. (Generating Income For Tomorrow): provides financial support for Black-owned businesses in Kansas City, where Umeshiso is based. Learn more at kansascitygift.com
🌈 Trans & Caffeinated: fosters education, encourages discussion, and nurtures new generations of transgender folx. Learn more at transandcaffeinated.com
🌈 Mor Cati: a shelter for Turkish women escaping domestic violence situations. Learn more at morcati.org.tr
🌈 Kansas City Indian Center: provides social services for Indigenous people in Kansas City. Learn more at kcindiancenter.org
🌈 GlitterCat Barista: hosts free, accessible coffee competitions along with a host of initiatives and programs to support marginalized people in the coffee industry.
🌈 GoFundBean: an organization to support, uplift, and defend the hourly coffee professional in every way possible. Their initiatives include the Stay Grounded Initiative, which provides free talk therapy for coffee workers.
*My web platform doesn't allow me to outlink, otherwise I would!
To learn more about Umeshiso, follow my instagram: @umeshiso_