Whether it’s a hot take on her award-winning radio show, The Breakfast Club, hot sauce in the kitchen, or Baileys almond milk liqueur in her morning coffee, Angela Yee adds a little bit of spice to every aspect of her life.
Well, if that’s the key to all of the host’s success, consider hair of the dog an official new staple of my morning routine. Aside from her illustrious career as a hip-hop marketing exec turned radio personality, Angela Yee is a certified entrepreneur with a line of pressed juices, a thriving Brooklyn juice bar, and a Black-owned and -operated coffee company, Coffee Uplifts People.
“Coffee was started in Ethiopia, but for some reason, I think a lot of Black people don’t look at coffee as, like, a thing for us, even though it’s ours,” she tells Glamour over Zoom. “So I really wanted to do something to show people the disparity in the coffee industry when it comes to women and when it comes to people of color.” The company launched its first line of coffee grounds and beans to raise awareness around voter registration during the 2020 election and is set to open its first brick-and-mortar this August.
Yee’s own coffee order, of course, is anything but boring. “At home I have my own machine and I actually like mine with a little bit of almond milk Baileys in it, I’m not gonna lie,” she says while giving me a tour of her De’Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine. “So I make an espresso shot, I put the Baileys in it, and then I use almond milk with bananas. On the rocks.”
With everything going on in Yee’s world, it’s no wonder her cooking philosophy is all about keeping things simple. This brings us to the host’s contribution to Glamour‘s That Thing I Always Cook column: her oven-roasted vegetable wrap. After changing her diet to combat high cholesterol, Yee found herself eating a lot of poultry. “I grew tired of so much chicken, got more into juicing, and eating more like a vegetarian,” Yee says. “My taste buds shifted.”