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Meet Ana Valle of Abanico Coffee Roasters in San Francisco

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Valle.

Ana, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Abanico Coffee Roasters for me has been in the making since I was a kid, drinking a cafecito with my grandmother. The inspiration stems from experiences in my own family traditions and culture. I am originally from El Salvador and living in the SF Bay Area coexisting with other cultures especially other Latina/os – one thing that many of us have in common is the way we experience food and a cafecito in particular, we endear it, it connects us to our roots, it’s pretty special.

What I want to do with Abanico is intersect that Latina/o coffee culture with specialty coffee and evoke those special sentiments by serving and reinventing coffee drinks that many of us can relate to.

The company has been in existence for about two years, mainly operating a small wholesale business and in early 2020 Abanico Coffee will open its doors to its first coffee bar in San Francisco!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road. Some of the struggles have been learning my way through the coffee industry. Becoming a business owner learning new skills, knowledge, having the right mindset are things I have struggled with along the way and I am sure more things will continue to come up.

I think with any business you will have highs and lows but it is all definitely very rewarding because for me this is something I have created, achieved and I am proud of that so I welcome the challenges.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Abanico Coffee Roasters story. Tell us more about the business.
Abanico Coffee Roasters is an intersection between Latin American coffee culture and specialty coffee.

We specialize in roasting specialty coffee. Known for supporting other women-owned coffee producers and coffee projects. And have only given a few samples of our reinvented Latin American coffee drinks but soon anyone who visits our new cafe in 2020 gets ready to fall in love with our cafecitos.

Most proud of moving forward and opening a cafe soon and creating that opportunity.

What sets us apart is that we strongly believe in that special connection of our Latina/o culture has with coffee and we aim to translate that with our bilingual brand and drinks that further make that connection.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
You can say we are lucky and feel fortunate for all the opportunities that we have come across. Others believe in us and I do not believe it’s luck, it’s a matter of us or me believing in what I am doing.


  • Lola’s Blend $15
  • Dulce Ines Blend $15
  • El Salvador – Anny Ruth Pimentel $18
  • Honduras – Miriam Vasquez $17.50

Contact Info:

  • Address: Opening Soon @ 2121 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110
  • Website:
  • Phone: 415-841-2445
  • Email:
  • Instagram: Instagram/AbanicoCoffeeRoasters
  • Facebook: Facebook/AbanicoCoffeeRoasters

Image Credit:

Nerinna Valera Photography

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