Just Around the Corner: Shoreline’s Black Coffee reopens

Black Coffee Northwest, at 16743 Aurora Ave. N. in Shoreline, has reopened after two days of being closed due to vandalism.

This past Tuesday, swastikas were spray painted on the outside walls. Three months ago, Molotov cocktails were used to try to burn the building.

The Black-owned coffee house has survived its first three months in business.

Saturday, customers drove up in their cars, lining up three sides of the block.

There was a festive atmosphere among the crowd. But I could also tell there was a cautiousness in the air, as people looked around, wary of any troublemakers.

How was the coffee? I don’t know yet. They were so busy, I vowed to come back when the lines are shorter.

(See our earlier story on Black Coffee Northwest here.)

— Story and photos by David Carlos, who occasionally profiles interesting places nearby.

  1. Well How horrible that happened. I wish I had known sooner that they are having problems. Seems wrong to me that police apparently haven’t been able to watch that area all night long.
    I will come as soon as I get a vaccine. Many will. Hang on…We many who are older and compromised just can’t risk getting this virus.
    Hang on. I promise…this will end for you.
    White Supremists, swastikas…my god…what have these people become. I am a Democrat. I am all for many more businesses owned by different ethnic groups. Why wouldn’t everybody be? to you. Deb.

  2. I went to visit them after the LAST racist activity. I did not know about this one. Uggghhh…. Just goes to show folks racism is alive and well….. just one mile from where Edwin Pratt was murdered decades ago. That’s progress huh.

  3. What in the world is the matter with some people? Why do they hate so much? I am sickened. This is so wrong.

  4. So sorry this happened to you and your business. So wrong in so many ways and this disgusting behaviour is not representative of the people who live here. I love your never give up attitude and commitment to what you are doing. We support you!!!!

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