Amethyst Coffee leaves Lakeside, owners may sell business

Elle Taylor and Breezy Sanchez are burned out.

The co-owners of Amethyst Coffee closed their Lakeside location at 4999 W. 44th Ave. last month, and they’re considering selling the business as a whole.

“Breezy and I are feeling like Amethyst has run its course,” Taylor said. “Neither of our hearts are really in it anymore. Amethyst did some incredible things and proved what is possible and also the pitfalls of different choices, but it’s just time for both of us to move on.”

Amethyst has two remaining locations at 1111 Broadway in the Golden Triangle, which was the first to open in 2015, and within Edgewater Public Market, added in 2019.

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Amethyst’s former Lakeside space is now home to Devil’s Cup Coffee.

This is the second location that Amethyst has closed in six months. In April, It closed its location inside Realm, a photography and event space at 3581 Steele St. in Clayton.

Last year, Taylor and Breezy raised the shop’s prices by 50 percent in order to pay their staff of six a “living wage” of $50,000 annually. A to-go cup of black coffee at Amethyst is $4.50 before tax, compared to $3.25 previously. A latte that was previously $4.50 is now $6.75.