Relief efforts are taking place nationwide to help local service industry communities make ends meet as the COVID-19 pandemic has all but decimated their livelihoods. These efforts, generally proffered by non-profit groups, have thus far been aimed at the entirety of service industry—bartenders, restaurant workers, and baristas—but a new spate of micro-efforts allow philanthropic individuals to donate directly to their favorite shop or even a specific barista. Venmo-driven, “virtual tip jars” let you provide direct support to those of your choosing from the safety and comfort of your own home.
To supplement our list of local service industry relief efforts, we’ve compiled an index of virtual tip jars from around the country. If you see a name you recognize, maybe consider tossing a few e-coins their way.
Does your cafe have a virtual tip jar that should be included here? Give us a shout!
Virtual tip jars by cafe:
Bloc Coffee Company, Cincinnati: @BCCBaristasEPH
Bradbury’s Coffee, Madison, Wi: @BradburysCoffee
Brick & Mortar, Richmond, Va: @BrickandMortarRichmond
Buunni Cafe, New York City: @Buunni-Coffee
Cafe Grumpy, New York and New Jersey: GoFundMe page
Cerberus Coffee, Jacksonville, Or: Donate here
Collective Espresso, Cincinnati: @Collective-Espresso-Baristas
Dark Heart Coffee Bar, Loveland, Co: @DarkheartCoffeeBar
Dune Coffee, Santa Barbara, Ca: Donate here
Elixr Coffee, Philadelphia: @Elixr_Relief
Everyman Espresso, New York City: @EverymanEspresso
Groundswell Coffee, Chicago: GoFundMe page
Highlight Coffee, Glendale/Pasadena, Ca: @HighlightCoffeeBaristas
Huckleberry Roasters, Denver: Donate here
Junto Coffee, Taylors, SC: @Junto-Coffee-Baristas
La Colombe, Philadelphia (6th & Market location): @indylcbaristas
La Colombe, Philadelphia (Fishtown location): @Fishtown_LaColombe
Little Collins, New York City: @LC-Crew
Machinehead Coffee, Austin:@MachineheadCoffee_TipJar
Metropolis Coffee, Chicago: GoFundMe page
Milkbar, New York City: @Milkbar_Brunswick_Tips
Partners Coffee, Long Island City location: @Partners_LIC_Staff_Relief
Patent Coffee, New York City: @DrinkPatent
Pinhole Coffee, San Francisco: Donate here
Purple Llama, Chicago: @PurpleLlamaStaff
Refuge Coffee Co, Clarkston, Ga: Donate here
Rohs Street Cafe, Cincinnati: @Rohsforever
Seventh Coffee & Tea, Irvine/Seal Beach, Ca: @SeventhBaristas
Shift Coffee Bar, Fort Meyers, Fl: Donate here
Southside Coffee, New York City: @Southside-Coffee-Baristas
Square One Coffee, Lancaster/Philadelphia: @SQ1-Relief-Fund
Stereoscope Coffee, Los Angeles: @StereoscopeCoffee
Taylor St, New York City: GoFundeMe page
Third Rail Coffee, New York City: GoFundMe page
Trade & Lore, Asheville, NC: @TradeandLore-Baristas
Ugly Dug Coffee, Rochester, NY: @UglyDuckTipjar
Varietal Coffee Bar, Sarasota, Fl: @Varietal_Coffee_Bar
West Oak Coffee Bar, Denton, Tx: GoFundMe page
Citywide lists of service industry workers that you can donate to directly:
BaristaKC, Kansas City: Donate or sign up here.
Pittsburgh Service Industry Workers: Donate or sign up here.
St. Louis Service Industry Workers: List can be found here.
Washington, DC Service Industry Workers: List can be found here.
We’ll be updating this story with more virtual tip jars as they are brought to our attention.