We had the good fortune of connecting with Fina Haler and Nataly Flores we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fina & Nataly, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
We’ve always had a passion for coffee and community.. We were ready to do our own thing so we decided to start a mobile coffee shop business to share our passion for coffee, interact with our community and show people ways to help our environment. We took business classes and reached out to the coffee community to learn as much as possible before starting our business. Our goal was always to have a brick and mortar but we knew we had to start small and work our way up so we started with a coffee truck and have now added a small brick and mortar.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We are a vegan coffee shop. We make our own syrups and creamers with natural ingredients. We’ve created a variety of specialty drinks with the idea to have healthy, natural options. We love our planet and are trying to do as much as possible to help with the environmental issues. We are an eco-friendly shop. We use plant-based, compostable cups, lids, straws and labels. We learned that we always need to be open to pivoting our business to go with the unforeseen circumstances and make our business work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We love to be outdoors. We love hanging out at Queen Creek Olive Mill, The Farm at South Mountain, Grindtime Coffee. We love going up north to Payson, Sedona, Prescott and Flagstaff.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We received a lot of support and ideas from Peixoto Coffee and Grindtime Coffee. We will forever be grateful for their help. We saw how things have changed and now it is all about collaboration versus competition.
Photographer Juliette Ordonia