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Black History Month: Tougo Coffee

In celebration of Black History Month, we are hosting a series of profiles and stories to amplify and honor people, businesses, organizations, and events connected to the history of Seattle’s Black community.

Since opening in 2007, Tougo Coffee has endured a slew of uphill battles. The shop has survived an economic recession, gentrification, a global pandemic, and a recent robbery-as if running a Mom and Pop coffee shop in a corporate coffee city isn’t hard enough.

Through it all, owner Brian Wells has remained focused on creating community and a welcoming space for people of all ages to gather and connect. Tougo is about more than brewing tasty beverages; their motto – “We brew stories” – says it all. The connection and rapport Wells has with his customers is second to none. He believes there is a drink to suit every mood and even goes as far as making customized specialty drinks for customers depending on how they are feeling that day. The shop also hosts makers markets for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) crafters, artisans, and artists.

Tougo, an awesome black owned café near Hoi Mai P Patch, is my “go to” for appreciation & holiday gift cards!”

– Kenya Fredie, P Patch Community Gardening Program Supervisor

Currently located at Yesler Terrace, the shop provides a place for customers to enjoy top-quality, ethically sourced coffee. Wells has recently expanded his selection of bakery items, especially focusing on sourdough. You can direct order sourdough loaves through Instagram by following @tougocoffee and @bakerberhanu

This Black History Month profile was recommended by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program Supervisor, Kenya Fredie.