Emerald City in the Biggest Little City

2020 has been a year that will be written in the history books. 

I haven’t been as vocal as I would like to be during this time in fear of saying the wrong thing but I would rather learn from my mistakes than say nothing at all. 

My heart goes out to the black community and I want to show my support. 

I have lived in Reno my whole life and I had never heard of Purple Bean till last year. 

Purple Bean is the cutest little coffee shop with great drinks and reasonable prices. It is a local owned business off the Keystone exit behind the Raley’s. I also love the convenience of the drive thru, especially during this time. 

Purple Bean at 1315 W 7th St, Reno, NV 89503

The employees are always so happy and friendly which creates a welcoming atmosphere! When I am choosing a place to go to, it is not just about the product but the service as well.

I will drive all the way across town to get the blended Emerald City (irish cream, hazelnut, and mint) from Purple Bean. It is the BEST coffee drink I have ever had. There are also countless flavor combinations offered like Snickers, Almond Joy, and Hawaiian. They also have smoothies, italian sodas, and tea. Pretty much everything you could want in a coffee shop.


The reasonable prices also attracted me to Purple Bean. I simply don’t want to pay six dollars for a cup of coffee, and that isn’t even including the tip. This coffee shop is more than reasonable and the quality is wonderful.

I was researching black-owned local businesses in Reno when I came across Purple Bean. I had no idea but I want to share with all of you my love for this coffee shop. The business is owned by David and Susan Truesdell.

Cutest little shop offering outside seating to enjoy your coffee

In the midst of the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement, many people are coming together to support businesses owned by people of color. Purple Bean is a delightful gem and I highly encourage all of you to try it and to advocate other black owned businesses in the area and show your support and alliance in other ways like signing petitions, donating, researching, peaceful protesting, and overall educating yourself on the subject.

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