Illustration by Julia Wu
Fellow Products, a leader in coffee product design, created the ComeTogether.Coffee platform, a place where cafés are highlighted so consumers can support businesses financially.
Now that COVID-19 has majorly impacted business across the country, the platform is now also a place where consumers can visit to donate and purchase from cafes affected by the pandemic.
There are two ways to donate: to the ComeTogether Cafe Fund or GoFundBean, which supports hourly coffee professionals.
The ComeTogether Cafe Fund will focus on supporting small specialty coffee cafés and businesses with 100% of the fund reserved for those who self-identify as being a member of an underrepresented or marginalized group in the coffee industry, including but not limited to: BIPOC, disabled, LGBTQIA+, womxn, and racial and ethnic minorities. Additionally, 50% of the fund is reserved for Black-owned/co-owned businesses.
Applications for the first cohort are due Monday, August 31. Each month will be a new cohort.