Support local cafes and staff by filling their virtual tip jars


Nationwide relief efforts are being made to help local communities in the service sector make ends meet as the COVID-19 pandemic has virtually wiped out their livelihoods. These efforts, typically offered by nonprofit groups, have so far targeted the entire service industry – bartenders, restaurant workers and baristas – but a new round of micro-efforts is enabling philanthropic individuals to donate directly to their favorite store or even a specific barista. Venmo-piloted “virtual tip jars” allow you to provide direct support to those of your choice from the safety and comfort of your own home.

To complete our list of local service industry relief efforts, we’ve compiled an index of virtual tip pots from across the country. If you see a name you recognize, maybe consider throwing some electronic coins at it.

Does your cafe have a virtual tip jar that should be included here? Let us know!

Virtual tip jars per cafe:

Alabaster coffee, Williamsport, PA: Donate Here
Albina Press
, Portland: GoFundMe page
Alchemy coffee
, Richmond, Virginia: Donate Here
Andytown Cafe
, San Francisco: Donate Here
Anthem Cafe
, Tacoma: GoFundMe page
Bandit Coffee
, St. Petersburg, Florida: donate here
Measure nine
, Los Angeles: GoFundMe page
Bee coffee
, Indianapolis: Donate Here
Bird & Branch
, New York: GoFundMe page
Business Bloc Café
, Cincinnati: @BCCBaristasEPH
Bradbury Cafe
, Madison, Wi: @BradburysCoffee
Branch Street Coffee Roasters, Youngstown, Oh: @BranchStreet_Baristas
Mortar brick
, Richmond, VA: @BrickandMortarRichmond
Cafe Buunni
, New York City: @Buunni-Coffee
Camber coffee, Bellingham, Wa: Donate here
Canarian Cafe-Bar, Milwaukee, @ Emily-Whitcomb-3
Grumpy Cafe
, New York and New Jersey: GoFundMe page
Medici Cafe, Austin: @ Medici-Baristas
Cafe Cerbère
, Jacksonville, Or: Donate Here
Chromatic Coffee, San José: Donate here
Cloud city cafe, Seattle: @ Cloud-City-Virtual-Tips
Collective espresso
, Cincinnati: @ Collectif-Espresso-Baristas
Comet cafe, Ann Arbor: @CometCoffee
Coffee Compass, Vancouver, Wa: @ Compass-Coffee
Cosmic coffee, Austin: GoFundMe page
Cultivar Coffee
, Dallas: GoFundMe page
Cup & Bar
, Portland: @CBVirtualTipJar
Black heart coffee bar
, Loveland, Co: @DarkheartCoffeeBar
Devoción, New York: GoFundMe page
Cafe Doppio
, Denver: donate here
Cafe des dunes, Santa Barbara, CA: Donate Here
Dweebs, New York: @DweebsBrookyln
Cafe Elixr
, Philadelphia: @Elixr_Relief
Era, Austin: GoFundMe page
Ecuadorian cafes
, Bay Area: GoFundMe page
Everyday espresso
, New York: @EverymanEspresso
Goodbye, Asheville, NC: @ Farewell-TipJar
Fictional cafe, Dallas: GoFundMe page
Flat-gauge coffee
, Austin: Donate Here
Fleet Cafe
, Austin: @FleetCoffeeATX
Cafe Flitch
, Austin: @FlitchCoffee
Fulcrum Coffee
, Seattle: Donate Here
Ghost Cafe, Dayton, Oh: @GhostlightCoffeeStaff
Give me ! Coffee, Ithaca, New York: GoFundMe page
Give me ! Coffee, New York (Brooklyn location): @GimmeLorimer
Give me ! Coffee, New York (Manhattan location): @GimmeMottTips
Golden Boy Cafe, Denton, Tx: GoFundMe page
Gracenote coffee
, Boston: @GracenoteStaffrelief
Green Line Cafe
, Philadelphia: @GreenLine_relief
Wave coffee background
, Chicago: GoFundMe page
florin, Portland: Donate Here
Heart rotisseries
, Portland: Donate Here
High Five Cafe
, Asheville, NC: @HighFiveCoffee
Highlighted coffee
, Glendale / Pasadena, CA: @HighlightCoffeeBaristas
Hood Famous Cafe + Bar, Seattle: Donate Here
Blueberry roasters, Denver: donate here
Intelligentsia, Los Angeles (all LA locations): GoFundMe page
Cafe Ipsento
, Chicago: GoFundMe page
Java love, Montclair, New Jersey: GoFundMe page
Joe coffee company
, New York: GoFundMe page
Café Junto, Taylors
, SC: @ Junto-Coffee-Baristas
Cafe Kru, Sarasota Springs, @KruBaristaFund
The Dove, Chicago (Andersonville location): GoFundMe page
The Dove, Chicago (Wicker Park location): @ LC-WickerPark-VirtualTipJar
The Dove
, Philadelphia (6th & Market location): @indylcbaristas
The Dove, Philadelphia (Dilworth Plaza location): @DilworthLaColombeBaristas
The Dove, Philadelphia (Fishtown location): @Fishtown_LaColombe
The Dove, Philadelphia (Rittenhouse Square location): @LaColombeRittenhouse
Cafe La Marzocco, Seattle: @La_Marzocco_Cafe_Workers_Fund
Leslie Coffee Co, Wichita, Ks: @LeslieCoffeeTipJar
Linea Cafe
, San Francisco: Donate Here
Little Collins
, New York: @ LC-Crew
Small waves, Durham, NC: @CocoaCinnamon
Coffee machine
, Austin: @MachineheadCoffee_TipJar
Marigold coffee, Portland: [email protected]
Cafe Merriweather, New York: GoFundMe page
Coffee metric
, Chicago: GoFundMe page
Café Métropole
, Chicago: GoFundMe page
Milk bar, New York: @Milkbar_Brunswick_Tips
Mojo coffee, New Orleans: @MojoCoffeeHouse
Social Northside, Arlington / Falls Church, Virginia: GoFundMe page
Cafe Olympia, Olympia, Wa: Buy their coffee
Once on the cafe-bar
, Austin: @OnceOverCoffeeBar
Beef coffee
, Philadelphia: @ Ox-Coffee
Cafe Ozo
, Boulder, Co: @OzoTipJar
Palace Cafe, Canyon / Amarillo, Tx: @ Palace-Coffee
Passion House roasters, Chicago: GoFundMe page
Patent Coffee
, New York: @DrinkPatent
, Austin: Donate Here
Pilgrim espresso
, Washington, DC: @PeregrineTips
Pinhole Cafe
, San Francisco: Donate Here
Power cup of coffee, Cupertino, CA: GoFundMe page
Ground coffee, Royal Oak, Mi: @PGCTips
PT Cafe, Kansas City, Mo / Topeka, Ks: @PTsCafeTipJar
Purple llama, Chicago: @PurpleLlamaStaff
QED Cafe, Seattle: @ QED-Barista-Fund
Radio Café & Beer
, Austin: GoFundMe page
Cafe Refuge Co
, Clarkston, GA: Donate Here
Dream roasters
, Lafayette, La: @TheLovingCupCoffee
Renaissance cafe
, Cambridge: GoFundMe page
Rival Bros Cafe
, Philadelphia: @RivalBrosBaristaFund
Rohs Street Cafe
, Cincinnati: @Rohsforever
Coffee Works Round Table, St. Paul: Donate here
Seabird Cafe, Cohasset, Ma: @ Christen-Poole
Seven ponds coffee bar
, Boston: @Seven_Pond_Staff
Seventh coffee and tea, Irvine / Seal Beach, CA: @SeventhBaristas
Cafe Bar, Fort Meyers, Florida: Donate Here
Glasses, San Francisco: GoFundMe page
Simon’s Cafe, Cambridge, Massachusetts: @PaoPaoM
Spitfire Cafe
, New Orleans: GoFundMe page
Southern coffee, New York: @ Southside-Coffee-Baristas
Snowy Owl roasters, Brewster, Ma: GoFundMe page
, Austin: @ Spokesperson
SPRO coffee laboratory, San Francisco: GoFundMe page
Cafe Square One, Lancaster / Philadelphia: @ SQ1-Relief-Fund
Stacks Espresso Bar, New York, Massachusetts: @StacksBaristaFund
Stereoscope Cafe
, Los Angeles: @StereoscopeCoffee
Street 14 Cafe, Astoria, or: GoFundMe page
Stumptown Cafe,
all Chicago locations: @ StumptownChi-TipJar
Stumptown Cafe, all Los Angeles locations: GoFundMe page
Stumptown Cafe
, all Portland locations: @Stumptown_Cafes_PDX
Stumptown Cafe, all New Orleans locations: @NOLATipJar
Stumptown Cafe, all New York City locations: @MooseMonies
Stumptown Cafe, all Seattle locations: @ Sarah-Johnson-62
Taylor Street, New York: GoFundeMe page
Third rail cafe, New York: GoFundMe page
Tiny House roasters, Austin: @TinyHouseCoffeeRoasters
Commerce and traditions
, Asheville, NC: @ TradeandLore-Baristas
Cafe Trianon
, Austin: Donate Here
Ugly dug coffee
, Rochester, NY: @UglyDuckTipjar
Ultimate Coffee, Philadelphia: Donate Here
Varied coffee bar
, Sarasota, Florida: @Varietal_Coffee_Bar
Cafe Vigilant, Hyattsville / College Park, Maryland: Donate Here
Wander coffee bar, Marysville, Wa: Cash app page
West Oak Coffee Bar, Denton, Tx: GoFundMe page

Citywide lists of service workers you can donate directly to:

BaristaKC, Kansas City: Donate or Sign Up here.
Charleston, South Carolina
Coffee Professionals: Make a donation or register here.
Service sector workers: donate or register here.
Portland Service Industry Workers: Donate or Sign Up here.
San Francisco Service Industry Workers: Donate or Sign Up here.
Santa Ynez Valley
, Ca Service Industry Workers: Donate or Sign Up here.
Saint Louis Service Industry Workers: The list can be found here.
Washington DC Service Industry Workers: The list can be found here.

We’ll update this story with more virtual tip jars as they come to our attention.

Zac Cadwalader is editor-in-chief of Sprudge Media Network and editor-in-chief based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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