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9 AAPI-Owned Food Brands to Support Right Now (& Every Day)

In the wake of increased anti-Asian hate crimes, supporting the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community is more important than ever. While many are taking to the streets protesting anti-Asian hate, others are donating to worthy organizations, like the Asian Pacific Fund COVID-19 Recovery Fund, Stop AAPI Hate, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice, as well as supporting AAPI-owned businesses.

According to nonprofit coalition Stop AAPI Hate, 3,795 incidents were reported across the country between March 2020 and February of this year — up nearly 150 percent over 2019. Further, more than 68 percent of the reported incidents involved verbal harassment, with physical assaults making up more than 11 percent of incidents reported. And while these hate crimes took place over the course of nearly one year, they disappointingly didn’t make national news until the tragic Atlanta-area spa shootings earlier this month, when eight people lost their lives.

While many have attended vigils and protests, other ways to support the AAPI community at this time include spending your money on AAPI-owned brands.

May is AAPI Heritage Month, so there’s truly no better time to fill your pantry with some amazing new foods and ingredients from these Asian American and Pacific Islander-owned brands ahead.

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Copper Cow Coffee

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Vietnamese coffee is always a treat, but thanks to Copper Cow Coffee, founded by Vietnamese American coffee lover Debbie Wei Mullin, allows you to enjoy it at home. You can buy their convenient pour over latte bundles to make flavored coffee drinks at home – they come with coffee-filled disposable pour over filters, and single-serve sweetened condensed milk creamers. We can’t stop drooling over this Churro Latte 5-pack.

Churro Latte 5-pack $17.00 Buy now Sign Up

Umamicart

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Have you ever struggled with finding your favorite Asian grocery store items available for delivery? Well, thanks to Umamicart, founded by Andrea Xu, you can get your favorite traditional staples and exciting items from trendy Asian American food brands like Mother In Law’s Kimchi delivered to your door. They specialize in East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines, and carry everything from produce and meats to pantry goods and desserts. You can even buy ingredient bundles that will fill your cabinets and fridge with everything you need for tastier meals. Currently, they operate in the Northeast USA, but they plan to expand soon.

20-Item Asian American Founders Bundle $224.62 Buy now Sign Up

Omsom

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Omsom’s founders are sisters, Vanessa and Kim Pham. They’re daughters of Vietnamese refugees, and they’re on a mission to bring “proud, loud Asian flavors to your fingertips any day of the week.”

Our favorite product of theirs? The Omsom Bundle, which is loaded with a variety of starters that combine all the sauces, aromatics and seasonings you need to cook certain Asian dishes.

The Omsom Bundle $55 Buy now Sign Up

Nguyen Coffee Supply

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Nguyen Coffee Supply is the first ever Vietnamese American-owned importer and roaster of green coffee beans from Vietnam in New York. And one of their popular products is the Original Vietnamese Coffee Trio, which treats customers to their Moxy, Truegrit, and Loyalty blends.

Original Vietnamese Coffee Trio $42 Buy now Sign Up

Us Two

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Founded by 29-year-old Ranmu Xue, Us Two Tea is an e-commerce tea brand which aims to make Taiwanese tea more accessible for consumers in U.S.

The product we recommend purchasing is the Blossom Tea Set: Us Two is currently donating $20 of each of these tea sets sold to AAPI family.

The Blossom Tea Set $50 Buy now Sign Up

immi

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Described as “surprisingly healthy instant ramen,” immi was founded by Kevin Lee and Kevin Chanthasiriphan, both of whom worked alongside their families in the markets of Taiwan and Thailand.

“We started immi to help our families better manage their health conditions arising from poor nutrition and unhealthy diets,” they write on their website.

Variety Pack $52.30 Buy now Sign Up

Fly By Jing

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Founded by Jing Gao in 2018 and inspired by the flavors of her hometown, Chengdu, Fly By Jing boasts a line of Sichuan-inspired sauces: Sichuan Chili Crisp, Zhong Dumpling Sauce, and Mala Spice Mix.

For the rest of the month, 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to Red Canary Song, a transnational grassroots collective advocating for the rights and self-determination of API sex workers, and the Asian Prisoner Support Committee, an organization supporting re-entry and advocacy for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Asian and Pacific Islander people.

Triple Threat $42 Buy now Sign Up

Mason Dixie

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Ayeshah Abuelhiga founded the Mason Dixie Biscuit Company in 2014 “to change comfort food for the better.” A first generation American, Abuelhiga’s mom is Korean, and her dad was Palestinan Israeli.

“People said I am not the poster child for Southern cooking, but I grew up in Maryland and my mom cooked these foods for me as a child. Southern cuisine is one of the only true American, farm to table cuisines,” she told Forbes.

Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits (4-Pack) $64.95 Buy now Sign Up

Lomli

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If you ever wanted to mix the convenience of tea bags with the energy and flavor of coffee, look no further. Lomli offers coffee in convenient tea bags, making them perfect for on-the-go.

Lomli is a woman-owned business founded by Donna Kim and the company offers a wide variety of products in addition to their delicious coffee. You can find unique ice molds and even super chic greeting cards at Lomli.

Coffee 10-Pack Bundle $22 Buy now Sign Up

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A version of this article was originally published in March of 2021.

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