A New Wave of Self-Care: Green Bean
Cold-pressed juices, pour-over coffee, tea and house-baked pastries make Green Bean a fresh, healthy way to treat yourself as one of the city’s favorite (and only) black-owned cafés.
For Green Bean owner and Jackson State graduate Kenya MomPremier, self-care is paramount. Being a full-time business owner, mom and homeschooling her two boys made her realize just how important it is to take time for yourself. What better way to look after yourself than with food and beverages that rejuvenate you from the inside out?
What initially inspired MomPremier to open her own café was a casual revisit of Jackson. After seeing how the busy city had changed as new businesses began to erect overnight, she decided that what the area needed was more black and women-owned businesses.
By far, the most popular items at Green Bean are the organic cold-pressed juices. The menu features several different fruit, vegetable and herb blends made with numerous purposes in mind, from “reboot” to “cleanse,” to “renew,” a bottle of Green Bean juice works its magic to get you back to where you want to be.
Or, if you are looking for a new spot for a light lunch or breakfast on the go, Green Bean also features homemade soups and baked goods. The menu offers items such as the orange, anise and olive oil muffin, spinach and cheese croissants, blueberry financier and soup du jour.
The recent pandemic did not make it easy on Green Bean. In previous interviews, MomPremier explained that the opening was delayed by two months due to delivery issues with furniture, equipment and travel.
Possibly the biggest hurdle was the fact the family currently lives in Dallas. Since flying was not possible last spring and summer, they had to make the long drive from Dallas to Jackson—a six-hour drive on a good day. However, Green Bean’s grand opening in July of 2020 made the chaos and extra effort worth it to MomPremier and the community.
Even though the little shop is currently a Jackson exclusive, MomPremier is eager to see how it will grow. Several developers have reached out in hopes of expanding the brand to various cities across the country. And although nothing is set in stone just yet, the future of Green Bean looks promising.
Visit Green Bean at 100 E Capitol St. Suite 106 On the lower level of the One Jackson Place Parking garage), Monday through Friday, 6 am to 2 pm. Visit greenbeanusa.com or visit the café’s Facebook page.
Rebecca is the editor of eat. drink. MISSISSIPPI, a food magazine dedicated to sharing Mississippi's passion for food with the world. All opinions expressed in this post are the opinions of the writer and not necessarily those of Visit Jackson.
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