Here’s To Hoping Coffeeshops Never Get Security Guards

Coffee shops should be chill places

Where you can relax. Let your guard down a bit. Let that creative energy flow or, if you’re on a cliché first date, let those tried and true stories from your time saving baby seals just flow. Coffee shops should NOT be places where Big Brother hangs out, where we feel the watchful eye of Authority scrutinizing our every move.


If there was a coffee shop that ever hired Travis (Jean Robert “Splack” Toussaint) from Black Coffee Cafe, I could definitely get on board with that. This guy has style. He as moves. And he was the complete lack of experience that’s exactly what we look for when it comes to hiring staff dedicated to public safety.

Travis’s attempts to run security at Black Coffee, and to impress his friend — the coffee shop co-owner who carries his juices — Beachum (Joshua Triplett) all backfire spectacularly. Whether he’s insulting guests, trapping them in the shop, or running an unlicensed club, Travis gives the rest of the staff — Anthony (Reggie Couz), Malcolm (Iman Crosson), Crystal (Jennah Brittany), and Black (Zack Kozlow) — one giant headache, all for a simple tip jar.

In Black Coffee, the staff of a Black-owned coffee shop in D.C. try to turn their fledgling little coffeehouse into a hot bean water powerhouse — if they could just get on the same page about how to do that. Can these newbie entrepreneurs grow up fast enough to keep pace with their dreams.


Directed By
Diamond Batiste

Written By
George Khouri
Joshua Triplett
Boomer Mobley
Kevin Kimmel
Dwayne Colbert

Executive Producer
Joshua Triplett
George Khouri
Boomer Mobley
Kevin Kimmel

Executive Producer
Chris Michael

Executive Producer
David Saint

Based on the original pilot “Black Coffee” by George Khouri

Main Cast
Reggie Couz (@reggiecouz) as Anthony
Jean Robert (@jeanrobert) as Travis
Iman Crosson (@alphacat) as Malcolm
Jennah Brittany (@missjaydmv) as Crystal
Joshua Triplett (@jtripnation) as Beachum

Supporting Cast
Zack Kozlow as Michael
Ariana Sanchez as Latina Sabrina
Lilliana Montenegro as Ms. Ridgecrest
George Khouri as DASHIK
Marlon Webb as Lettuce Wrap Larry
Eric Artell as Christian
Tyson Prince as Stand-Up Comedian

Principle Photography
Director of Photography – Miko Dannels
1st AD – Miko Dannels
2nd AD – Malik McCrea
1st AC – Tom Funk
2nd AC – Kevin Pontrelli
Gaffer – Joel Stout
Key Grip – Matt Felly
BBE – Ben Bowen
BBG – Chaz Moore
Sound Mixer – Jake Voelzke
Production Assistant 1 – Tyson Prince
Production Assistant 2 – Cece Gardner
Hair & Makeup – Qiana Chase
Wardrobe – Marquita Lopez
Barber – Don Johnson
Set Photography – Jeremy David

Production Manager
Kaja Martin

Casting by
Joshua Triplett

Post Production
Editor – Boomer Mobley
Color Grade – Miko Dannels
Sound Design – Boomer Mobley
Sound Mix – George Khouri
Original Music Composer – Johnny Thomas Jr.

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