Melissa is the CEO, owner, and founder of Brewpoint Coffee. Brewpoint has four coffee shops, a wholesale roastery, a premiere event space, and a book called, “Starting & Running a Coffee Shop.” Brewpoint Coffee has been mentioned on Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Sprudge, and a number of leading publications.
Melissa is most proud of building a thriving business that she 100% owns and leads. This is important because profit often dictates a business owners decisions, but if you have the power to fully decide on why you do what you do, you can build a system that is not just about profit, but is about social and environmental impact.
Coffee shops are a modern day watering hole for a community. The phrase, “Want to go out for coffee?” is not only for fanatic coffee drinkers. It is a symbolic space for connection and creativity. It is easily accessible as it doesn’t have a high ticket average and it doesn’t have an age restriction. If coffee shops were only about the product, they would only be kiosks or drive-thrus. The urge for people to own a coffee shop is often not motivated purely by profit, but because they want to create a special place for their community. In a world where technology dominates and human connection is limited, coffee shops facilitate a different culture that gives communities a place to breathe.
If you are looking for someone for:
- Speaking Engagements
- Team Building Events
- Entrepreneur Event Planning
With a focus on women, minority, and entrepreneurial markets. I'd love to speak with you.
OR if you are in need of:
- Coffee Shop Consulting
- Coffee Program Consulting
- Coffee Equipment Consulting & Repairs
Don't hesitate to reach out.
Interview with Brewpoint Coffee CEO and Founder, Melissa Villanueva, about balancing community and larger ambitions, creating opportunities for people of color, and equity and inclusion in business.
Learn more about Melissa’s journey to bringing coffee, charcuterie to the Chicagoland. Her commitment is to foster honest and welcoming communities.
Learn more about Melissa’s co-authored book: Starting and Running a Coffee Shop. Daily Coffee News interviews her to get all the details on owning and operating a coffee business.
Learn more about Melissa’s milestones and how she became such a successful businesswoman. Take a deep dive into her career path and find out what motivates her.