You probably can't sit and sip a latte at your favorite local coffee shop right now, but some of these businesses are continuing to give a mood (and caffeine) boost to those around them.

By Bryce Jones
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Populace Coffee understands the importance of supporting small businesses and getting people their coffee fix. To achieve both, the Michigan-based roaster launched Populace Partner Support Bags.

“We had been trying to figure out a way to support our partners during this time, and we decided to use our web platform to sell coffee for them!” says Populace. Fifty percent of the purchase price of the bags goes directly to small-business partners, which currently include Le Detroit Macaron, Rose's Fine Food and Sister Pie.

Check Populace's website for details. The company may also be adding more businesses to support; Populace has asked Instagram followers to direct message, tag or email them with shops they recommend.

Other coffee companies across the Midwest are also pitching in to help in the coronavirus pandemic. Broadway Roasting in Kansas City teamed up with Dolce Bakery to create care packages with baked goods, handwritten notes and, of course, coffee for local doctors, nurses, first responders, hospital support staff and grocery store employees. You can donate to #DolceBakesToLove on their website; Dolce will match up to the first $500 of care packages.

Other Midwest cafes giving to those on the front lines include Stone Creek Coffee (Milwaukee and Chicago area), Tinker Coffee Co. (Indianapolis) and Crimson Cup Coffee (Columbus, Ohio).

And if you’re just missing the coffee shop experience, Chicago-based Intelligentsia Coffee has turned its platform into a resource “for all of your coffee and home brew needs.” Call or text between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday to connect with a coffee educator. Or tune into their Instagram live sessions for an online coffee break.

Here's another way to show your passion for coffee: To support the baristas in your area, drop some change into a virtual tip jar.