We had the good fortune of connecting with Ana Valle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ana, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The thought process behind starting my own business was that I was looking for something that would make me happy and fulfilled. For me that involved food and that turned out to be coffee. I wanted to do something that I could feel a connection to, and I kept coming back to coffee and the way my family and culture celebrates it. I also wanted to do something that would stimulate my creativity and be challenged to make things better while continuing to learn and evolve.
What should our readers know about your business?
Abanico Coffee Roasters intersects specialty coffee and Latin American coffee culture. What I am most excited about is opening Abanico Coffee’s first coffee shop in San Francisco, CA. I look forward to serving coffee drinks that make a connection and evoke feelings of ‘comfort food’ the way coffee does for me. It has been quite the process to get to where I am currently and I have learned and will continue to learn from this experience. The process from learning how to roast coffee to my satisfaction, to learning how to get city permits to operate, to sourcing coffee and supplies, to applying for loans, to leasing out a space, to working with wholesale accounts, to learning about profits and losses. There are so many steps, but luckily there are also many resources and people out there that will help. I have asked so many questions to different people in the industry and it all has been helpful. I also received help from non-profits that help small businesses. These are all great places to start with when starting and running your own business.
What I would like the world to know is that supporting specialty coffee has a more direct impact in the coffee communities. I also believe that working towards closing the food equity gap we should all be more conscious of where we source our food and how we are all equally deserving to feed our bodies with quality products.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
San Francisco is an awesome city that offers so much. For a week’s worth of fun and great dining on day one I would take someone for a picnic at Golden Gate Park, pick up a hoagie and craft beer from Palm City SF. Day two, wake up and walk to the Ocean beach but first pick up a great cup of coffee and Irish soda bread from Andytown Coffee Roasters. Day three, grab a burrito at Pancho Villa Taqueria and sit out at Dolores Park enjoying the view. Day 4 walk around the Presidio and finish it off with a delicious Japanese meal at Wako Japanese Restaurant. Day 5, stroll around the Fort Point/ Marina district and have dinner at Liholiho Yacht Club. Day 6, enjoy another walk around Golden Gate Park there are so many places to see, and grab food at Piqueo’s Peruvian restaurant. Day 7, enjoy a cafecito and relax at Abanico Coffee Roasters! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people from family and friends that are supportive. But I do have a group of friends in the industry that I look up to and want dedicate this shoutout to. Mayra Orellana Powell, Catracha Coffee Company
Rosalba Cifuentes, Mayan Harvest Coffee Importers/Exporters
Mariana Faerron – Tico Coffee Roasters
Karla McNeil-Rueda – Cru Chocolates
Mariela Valle – Alquimista Coffee, Spain
Rosi Quinones – previously with Royal Coffee
Sandra Loofbourow – Royal Coffee