Dope Coffee Company founders (left to right) Michael Loyd Jr., Chel Loyd, Julius Cave, Stace Loyd
64% of Americans drink a cup of coffee a day, according to a 2018 study, and Americans consume more coffee than any other country in the world.
It was like literally, let’s take a drug, which is coffee, well the caffeine in it, and let’s sell that and then let’s just teach more people in our communities to sell that, instead of drugs…but then it just started morphing…Black people, our culture is very ‘dope.’
At the end of 2018, Michael and his wife Chel Loyd decided to move to Atlanta and focus more of their energy on Dope Coffee.
Michael, Chel and their friend Julius Cave created Dope Coffee in order to “give voice and visibility to the neighborhoods and people who aren’t heard from…Dope Coffee will uplift my culture, and we will do so in a way that everyone knows they are invited to the party,” Loyd shared in a LinkedIn post.
“When people come to see us, especially if you’re coming first thing in the morning, you’re going to be greeted by India Arie or Erykah Badu…one big thing we’re trying to do with Dope Coffee is…de-stressing our community.