We had the good fortune of connecting with Daisy Iñiguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daisy, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
Well, I grew up in South Central LA so I witnessed the LA riots firsthand. Although the outside world was dangerous and scary, my childhood was a happy one. My parents were both very hard working, loving people. My dad especially would push us to continue learning, not just in school but in life. So I was taught to constantly search for knowledge and evolve. Now, as a 37 year old mother of two young boys and owner of Capuyo Café, I look towards the challenge of what the future holds. This year alone has change us drastically, yet I remain happy. Because I know that no matter how insane the outside world might be, inside I love and am loved.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I opened Capuyo Café about two years ago without having any prior experience in owning a brick and mortar. I had been self employed before and had two successful businesses as a notary public and later a seamstress. However, opening and running a storefront is a whole other latte. I am proud that in three months time we did what usually takes people years to accomplish. From creating a business plan, to creating a logo and menu. Not to mention the remodeling of the shop’s interior and equipment purchasing. We opened our doors the summer of 2018 and are now known as The Living Room of Boyle Heights. We have paired up with a roasting company that has been family owned for over 95 years. They were voted Roaster of the Year 2019. For us, it was important to offer coffee exclusively from Latin America. We feature specialty coffee beans that represent our culture. But if you ask me, starting a business is the easy part. Keeping it open and profitable is the challenge. Throw in Covid-19 and you’re in for a roller coaster ride. What I’ve learned is that you have to keep moving forward. Adapt and continue blooming every day.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a sucker for mini road trips so we would a day each at the beach, the mountains, the desert, and of course the city. Definitely check out other specialty coffee shops. From there you can ask the locals for tips on what’s in the area. In LA there are plenty of cool, artistic restaurants and cafes to visit. For the beach, I head out to Huntington Beach to watch the sunset and have a bon fire. I also enjoy going to Big Bear for a hike or fishing in the lake. Then you have the desert, I love the ride over to Joshua Tree. I once saw the most amazing moon rise I thought it was heaven. Finally the city, oh downtown LA what don’t you have. Art shows, coffee shops, restaurants, theater, burlesque shows and more. I love LA!
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?
Oh there’s so many. But I have to start with my cousin, Beatriz Zaragoza. Without her, none of this would be possible. She believes in me and always has my back. Our partnership works because she’s business savvy and I’m the creative artistic type. It’s a great balance. The rest of my family have also helped make my business come alive. From my father installing the flooring, to my sister taking barista shifts. It takes a village and Mexican families will always help each other. There is also very important people who work super hard day in and day out like Sandra and Jessica. These women are true chingonas. They get it done, make improvements, and save you money while they’re at it. They’re amazing and I wish I could clone them.