We had the good fortune of connecting with BiankA AlloyN & SabreeN NaimaH and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi BiankA AlloyN &, how does your business help the community?
We feel our social impact has brought healing and understanding to our communities. Our entire business structure is built on spreading love, joy, and bridging all the gaps that disconnect us. Coffee is a great way to bring people together and we have seen so much togetherness through our business locally, nationally, and internationally. One of our number one gaps to close is the farmer to the coffee drinker. We wanted to shed light on the amazing individuals who are coffee farmers, share how coffee farmers are not being paid fairly for all their hard work {especially women}, and to bring understanding to the rigorous process of growing, harvesting, washing, and shipping coffee. From our point of view and our farmers we work with have said, “Like many things, with all the work to be done coffee should have never been a commodity.”

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As multi-disciplinary artists, we are so excited about many things! We’ve been saying that Cute Coffee is a platform for us to showcase our portfolio of creativity. It really has been a beautiful and prosperous journey in every industry we have been in. SabreeN comes from background of dancing, acting, modeling and making. She has collected an array of acting & modeling gigs for over 15 years. She has loved ballet, modern dance and jazz since the age of 3. In 2010, she started her own flower crown company and helped brought the revisited trend back in a major way by being one of the first flower crown head wear designers selling to Urban Outfitters (US & Europe), Nasty Gal and several other boutiques, craft fairs and music festivals such as Coachella and SXSW. While on that journey, she grew an even deeper appreciation for art and handmade goods, and also fell in love with specialty coffee.

BiankA comes from a background in music, art, performance, dance, photography/videography, acting/modeling, and unexpectedly, coffee. With her expertise in each medium she has taken her creativity to the top of each one. She has headlined shows performing in front of millions of people and collaborated with some of the most prolific musicians in the music industry. She has acted in multiple movies and commercials and modeled for all kinds of designers. Her career in the art gallery world turned out to be fruitful and she was able to showcase her art and perform in well known galleries all across the country. With her degree in photography she has been Blessed to document all kinds of creatives from just about every medium you can imagine, well known companies, high end art galleries, and even photograph for her own talent agency where she provided headshots and portfolios for all her clients. She called it the BiankABeE TalenT AgencY ~ BiankA’s BeautieS. Her performance art and dance career really blossomed while living in Philadelphia and New York CIty. Much of that work stemmed from first creating music and photographing for other dancers and other artists. Next thing you know BiankA was dancing and doing her own performance art pieces and curating shows for others to share their creative Blessings. This then led to BiankA becoming a curator and provider of space for artists. In each city she has lived in she has leased a place where artists can rent time at an affordable rate to utilize the space to create, put on performances, and use equipment and supplies available that they may not have but need. Having travelled all around the country as a professional artist, BiankA has realized the one thing artists need more than anything is someone to believe in them and provide an opportunity to expand on their creations. More than anywhere else in the country BiankA feels that the biggest void in affordable space for artists is in Los Angeles. So, when BiankA & SabreeN discovered a 3200 square foot warehouse in Long Beach back in 2016 they knew they had to get in there. With the little bit of funds they had they rented this warehouse and started what they called SunnYSidE UP. It was a place for all artists to utilize in whatever way they could or needed. The space had a storefront and pour over coffee bar where artists using the space could also showcase their art in. A huge area for dance and performing, a music room with tons of equipment and instruments to use, a viewing and editing room for videographers and photographers, a woodworking area, lots of tables and chairs for meetings and events to take place, an area dedicated to eco-friendly spray painting, and space for the crafters who make things with their hands. They started a residency program where artist could come for 1 week to a month and then showcase their work if they desired. They had various events from R & B artist Giveon’s first live performance ever, a wedding rehearsal dinner for actors Adam Rennie and Elizabeth , coffee workshops and training, writing workshops by professor Desiree Kannel, 3 day doula training with Doulas of Color, gallery openings, birthday parties, preschool creative events, and events of their own that showcased the space, artist, musicians, dj’s such as Novena Carmel, various coffee roasters such as local roasters Rose Park and Stereoscope and their own brand SunnYSidE UP CoffeE, and artisanal food lovers featuring Mama Laine and the best Ethiopian food by Mesi. Mesi is the only Ethiopian chef in Long Beach. BiankA and SabreeN also had their own workshops they would teach at SunnYSidE UP and dreams to create the first co-roasting coffee roaster space because there was a second gas line, lots of space to store hundreds of pounds of coffee, and coffee roasters (including themselves) would be able to use the space. The adventures of SunnYSidE UP were amazing and on the way to expanding until they discovered that the landlord was illegally leasing the building to them. It was a sad day when everyone involved with SunnYSidE UP was told the space was closing. It was a big deal that SunnYSidE UP was there because never before had their been two women of color in Los Angeles who created this type of space that had so much accessibility and affordability for the community. To this day BiankA and SabreeN are still awaiting for their lawsuit against the shady landlord to come to a close.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, we’d mainly be living it up at my house everyday because we’re really both home bodies and we love to host and entertain! Bianka is also a very skilled chef and spends most of her time cooking up delicious veggies and food she got at the farmer’s market. Then you know we have to have freshly roasted coffee through out the day while soaking up some sun. There are a couple of trails and beaches I like to take my friends to in Santa Monica, Palos Verdes, Malibu, La Jolla, and San Pedro. Nice bike paths along Venice, Santa Monica, and Playa del Rey. We gotta go visit our homies and do a cafe crawl all around town. There’s so many lovely cafes along the way. We find the most exciting people in cafes. As artists looking to connect with other creative folks, we both always found the cafes that attracted a dynamic of people to be the best place for meeting these like-minded folks. As night falls, we would have to go up to the Griffith Park Observatory for the views of the whole city. Then come back down for a delicious homemade dinner of yet again farmers market fresh goodies. We’ll all sleep good that night:)

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We would like to dedicate this shout out to BiankA’s mom. She has been there with us every step of the way for Cute Coffee. We are beyond Blessed to receive her love and support. We really would not be here without her! Thank you Mama Laine!

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Image Credits
Photo Credit of the personal photo and 1st photo of the 8 uploads with the super colorful background and outfits. Which are custom designed by Jovana Sarver of Dirt Petal} goes to Lindsey Shea Photo Photo Credit of BiankA on the Bicycle goes to Chris Mueller Product shots of coffee bags with SabreeN modeling and photos of the roasted coffee and roasting machine goes to BiankA AlloyN BrunsoN Photo Credit of BiankA & SabreeN at on their custom made coffee bar by BiankA goes to Ruthie Knudsen

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