They in love with the drip. Recently Christian hip-hop artist Bartholomew Jones and his company Cxffeeblack were highlighted on Vice TV’s new show Counter Space. The third episode of the show, Hosted by Chef Sophia, was all about coffee; from the different ways, we consume it to the people who provide us with that black bean goodness.
During his segment, Bartholomew gave us a tour of his “Coffee Trap House,” where all the imported product for his Guji Mane coffee is mixed, ground and bagged with a process that would make Pusha T proud. His connect ships the coffee beans direct from Hambella washing station in the Sidamo Guji region of Ethiopia, roasted in collaboration with Ethnos Coffee who has partnered with Cxffeeblack to help them empower communities of color.”
Cxffeeblack is a social enterprise that seeks to reintroduce the black history of coffee into black communities and help reimagine its black future,” says Bartholomew. “It’s a hip-hop cypher over a cup of probably overpriced coffee between the people who grew it, the people who roasted it, and the people who consume it daily. We believe that African people, learning from our African origins, can remix and sample from their history to elevate their present experience, and build generational wealth throughout the diaspora. We’re interested in exploring the impact people can have when they are empowered to live with no sugar and no cream.”
Bart’s love of the bean has been frenched pressed through all facets of his life, including his music. His most recent release Sunkissed EP is an unapologetic collection of sound inspired by his faith, his family, and his love of the java juice, making the project sweeter than a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato. More Maxwell House than Swisha House with nodes of Kendrick Lamar, Foreign Exchange, and Anderson Paak makes this fresh cup of hip hop something many should be waking up to and my watch says… it’s time for the percolator.
You can find out more about Cxffeeblack here.
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