Best Cafe Against Gentrification 

Hasta Muerte Coffee

Hasta Muerte made headlines earlier this year when they made it known that they do not service police in uniform. But that is just one aspect of their business that illustrates Hasta Muerte's commitment to their community. Hasta Muerte is a worker-run coffee shop whose collective business model focuses on keeping money in their East Oakland community rather than handing it over to large (and sometimes racially insensitive) corporations. They offer more than just coffee and pastries and occasional pop-ups — part of the space also acts as a radical bookstore, so you can educate yourself and stay woke. And earlier this month, in the ultimate act of anti-gentrification, Hasta Muerte bought their building — in partnership with the Oakland Community Land Trust — so that the coffeeshop can avoid the all-too-common threat of displacement. You may find that coffee tastes better while you're dismantling the hetero-patriarchal capitalist system.

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