UPerk is a community cultivating change through Christ’s love– for ALL people.

UPerk is a nonprofit café committed to making Tuscaloosa a stronger community. Proceeds and volunteer efforts benefit local nonprofits, so when you drink a latte, you’re really a hero making a difference. Good on ‘ya.

Love is at the center of all we do. From the food we serve, to the teas we brew, and the local causes we support, we do all we do with and in the name of love. No matter where you’re from, we’d love to see you at UPerk!

As a non-profit, we do accept donations so feel free to click the “Donate” button and give to a great cause today.

Jaye Lawson, General Manager

Jaye was born and raised in Demopolis, Alabama, and moved to Tuscaloosa, where her love and passion for coffee began. She started her career working as a shift leader at a local coffee shop, after which she was recruited to be the Assistant Community Manager at UPerk. Within a year she was promoted to General Manager. In her free time, she enjoys working out, spending time with friends, cooking, and spending time with her fur babies – Khloe and Indiana. Her favorite part about working at UPerk is building strong relationships with her customers and developing her craft!


Our Space

Interested in renting UPerk for an event? UPerk offers space for community events, gatherings, study sessions, and more! We’ll even cater! Contact us here to get started.

What is UKirk?

UKirk (literally meaning University Church) is the Presbyterian (USA) college ministry in Tuscaloosa, part of a larger network of PC(USA) campus ministries that seeks to reach, teach, and love college students. We are a ministry of First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa.

Click here to learn more about UKirk and how to get involved!


405 20th Avenue, Suite 2
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 553-8505
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