My name is Umeko and I didn’t know I was going have a gay spoon business. I just worked in specialty coffee for 14 years and always felt super out of place.
I’m nonbinary, mixed race, disabled, a proud gaysian, and I love it. It’s just that other people don’t always love it. And when those people dominate my professional field – it’s a whole deal.
That’s why I started taking my rainbow spoons to coffee cuppings (tastings). No matter what anyone said to me, my rainbow spoon reminded me that I belong. It turns out many people related and wanted their own rainbow spoons, so I created Umeshiso!
To make this space welcoming for everyone, everything is priced on a sliding scale. Just pay the amount that is comfortable for you. We’re all in this together!
Umeko Motoyoshi (They/Them)
Founder, Umeshiso Coffee Supply
Umeshiso Coffee Supply believes in community and mutual aid.
We operate our own nonprofit initiative, Get Psyched, providing free psychiatric care for coffee workers. This initiative is a partnership with the coffee nonprofit GoFundBean.
We also donate on a monthly basis to these amazing organizations, and we hope you will check them out:
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