Ever look on Craigslist for an espresso machine only
to buy a coffee shop instead? That is the story of Brewpoint Coffee. Back in
2013, I (Melissa Villanueva) was working in the corporate world doing a job
that just checked all the boxes for success out of college. During this time, I
felt something still wasn’t aligned. When I met my now husband, Angelo, he
encouraged me to take a leap and follow the dreams I had for myself.
Soon after, I caught the vision to open a coffee shop because I believe that coffee
shops are a great way to build up a true community. The first week of business planning, I looked on Craigslist for an espresso machine and found a coffee shop that
seemed too good to be true. With my boyfriend at the time, we visited and
realized it was an opportunity that couldn’t be passed up. In September 2014,
we opened what is now Brewpoint Founders Café. Although we barely had a
business plan or finances, we were dedicated to getting better every day. Fast
forward nearly eight years later… we now have a robust coffee company, four
coffee shops, a coffee roastery, a premier event space, and a book called
Starting and Running a Coffee Shop. Brewpoint is not just a business, it has
become our platform and ecosystem to build the world we want to see.
-Melissa Garcia Villanueva Founder & CEO of Brewpoint Coffee
Our Mission & Vision
Mission: To build a more equitable and inclusive world through coffee.
Vision: To be a nationally known specialty coffee brand that showcases its success through equitable collaborations; culminating in a coffee manufacturing incubator to support black, brown and women owned specialty coffee businesses.
Curiosity, empathy, and diversity is our way of making sure we are valuing the people in our ecosystem by taking a step back to listen and gain further context to ensure we are looking at our own growth before criticizing others. The value of community reinforces that the decisions and stances we take are not just about us, but a reminder that we are a part of a global community. We take responsibility when we need to improve as a company to be equitable and inclusive for our community; and we collaborate with others as much as we can to build the world we jointly want to see.