We had the good fortune of connecting with Zoé Van Cauwelaert and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Zoé, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
Back in 2016, my husband and I lived in Mexico City and worked in a very different field, making films. When our son was born, our life was completely turned upside down in a good way. The big city was too crowded, too noisy, too stressful. and we wanted something different for raising him. So we decided to move to Ensenada, a medium size beach town near California. We wanted our own business and we loved coffee brew bars, and of course, what goes with a nice strong coffee than a delicious buttery french croissant, right? That was the best decision of our lives and now we get to brew the best roasted Mexican coffee beans and serve our friends fresh-made bread with love while we watch the waves from our coffee shop and our child plays with his baby sister on the ocean. Best decision ever made!

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We believe that the key to a good bread and coffee is using good ingredients and time. We use real butter, different kinds of flour, fresh fruits, we know where the coffee beans come from and how they are treated before we use them. And the best things take time! It takes us 4 days to have the perfect croissants. We don’t produce a lot of pieces but each piece worth it. We have learned that there is not a unique recipe, it always changes and adapts with the weather, the warmth, the cold, if it’s dry or if it’s raining, and we also have to adapt to the seasons. The most important thing is that we love coffee and bread, we always try to make it better.

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?
I would take him eat at: Huevo’s Republic to get breakfast Mercado Negro for some Fish Tacos La Guerrerense to get a tostada Deckmann’s for some appetizers watching the sunset Ophelia’s to get dinner One day would be the Wineries Some beers at Aguamala the “mandatory” Margarita at Hussong’s Visit The Riviera Casino Watch the surfers at San Miguel

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?
Almanegra coffee in Mexico City and Costra bakery

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