San Jose’s First Black-Owned Coffeehouse Just Opened Its Doors
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San Jose’s First Black-Owned Coffeehouse Just Opened Its Doors

California , san jose
Leah Freeman-Haskin
Leah Freeman-Haskin Sep 28, 2020

Looking for a relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon in San Jose? Co-founders and sisters Jeronica Macey and Be’Anka Ashaolu just opened the doors to a new coffeehouse in downtown San Jose this past Saturday. Nirvana Soul serves a wide selection of coffee, espresso, lattes, and cappuccinos as well as sweet and savory waffles.

“Using the power of coffee and tea to bring people together,” the sisters eventually plan on welcoming local musicians and artists to perform and continue the legacy of the space that was once home to Caffe Frascati — a culture-and-coffee meeting place for neighborhood regulars.

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“Nirvana Soul had to start in downtown San Jose. We live here, we’re invested here, and it’s only right that we launch our business here,” they told the San Jose Downtown Association’s Downtown Dimensions. “With all the residents, students, and professionals, there’s just not enough going on to serve them. We’re happy to do our part in creating another something to do.”

The opening of Nirvana Soul has been a lifelong dream of the sister-duo who have always wanted to create a space that feeds their souls and makes people happy.

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“Our community is important to us. We want this to inspire others to put themselves out there too,” says Macey in a quote on the website.

For those who don’t live in the San Jose area, you can purchase merchandise, gift cards, and Nirvana Soul coffee directly from the website. The coffee and espresso blends ship every Wednesday and Friday and include their signature blend that features flavors of spicy dark chocolate and sweet molasses and Apaneca, a blend from El Salvador that tastes of tropical fruits, peach, and honey.