We had the good fortune of connecting with Matthew Delarosa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matthew, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
In the beginning, it was 24/7. I know there are probably healthier ways to achieve success, but there was absolutely zero work-life balance in the beginning. I don’t know if it was absolutely necessary, and I may have to some degree achieved similar results had I created a better balance. What I do know is that to be where I am now at this moment, it was absolutely necessary. I like to think that the process of working and struggling weeds out those who may not want to venture down that path of success, which is a form of achievement in my mind. As success, benchmarks, and experience grow, it’s easier to take the foot off the pedal now. Especially with a new family, I’m glad I did go as hard as I did in the beginning. It’s given me perspective and a head start to some degree. Im grateful I can take it easier and spend time with the family and still consider Ironsmith Coffee successful daily. Balance now is much more sustainable. I work a few days and take off a few days.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Im the owner and founder of Ironsmith Coffee Roasters. We’ve been operating in downtown Encinitas since 2015. What sets us apart from others is really how small we are. I know most shops expand and grow into more shops, but I really enjoy the nature of our one small shop. I still work the bar and enjoy making coffee for customers, even when I could fully staff the shop. Our path to where we are today was definitely not easy, but we also had a lot of help. The local community is our support. I think Encinitas loves to support small businesses, which is our bloodline. All of the challenges that we’ve been through were all overcome by the loyalty and consistency of our customers. Some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way are: -Do what you feel is right, not necessarily what everyone else thinks is right -Take care of your employees -Prioritize finances What Id like the world to know about our brand and story is that we’re the epitome of everyone’s far fetch idea that you might not think will work. Everyone has an idea, and there’s something in our minds that tells us not to do it. That’s what Ironsmith Coffee was for me 7-8 years ago. Ideas can become reality.
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?
So many places to go. For food, Id easily go to some of my favorite spots down south first: The Friendly for burgers and pizza. Bahn Thai for Thai food. Tajima for ramen. Cesarina for pasta. I like divey bars for a good beer, like Turf Supper Club in south park. For cocktails, Waverly in Cardiff and Campfire are solid choices. Outside of food and drinks, going outdoors is what San Diego offers best. I like to rock climb so going to Mission Gorge or Mt. Woodson is a good start. Going to the beach is an obvious one too. The hardest decision you need to make is WHICH beach to go to.
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?
Easily my wife! She’s the foundation and reason why I work so hard and want to take time off. She holds down the home front and works constantly all while taking care of a newborn. She inspires and amazes me daily.