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Meet Eugene Kim of The Bean Yard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eugene Kim.

Hi Eugene, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
To be honest, starting the coffee shop was kind of an opportunity manufactured in luck. We had initially spoken about starting a shop almost 10 years ago, but we did not have the expertise or know-how to create a shop that would meet the quality we would want to pursue.

Fast forward to 4 years ago, and we were lucky to have made a relationship with Rock, a founding member of the shop, who allowed us to leverage his 10 years in specialty coffee experience. Through his guidance and coaching, we were able to develop a meaningful culture that fueled our mission of supporting coffee farmers through education.

Although I am there every day, I am ever thankful for all the people who have helped the shop and me grow.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Any business owner who says their journey has been smooth may be the luckiest 0.0001% or they have taken something to help them forget that owning a small business is not easy.

From non-stop work in the shop when we first opened to get creative during the pandemic, every day has its own trials that can make the road a little rocky.

Luckily, the team we have fostered at the Bean Yard is ever persistent and we have persisted through much of the difficulties.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
The Bean Yard is a for-profit business that has committed 10% of its profits to help build, manage, and maintain education centers in Chiapas, Mexico.

Through quality roasted coffee we hope to open the world of specialty coffee to all while shedding light on the difficult journey coffee makes to get into your cup.

What does success mean to you?
Success, to me, is elusive but proliferates in our everyday life. It’s not elusive in that it’s unavailable to us, rather, it is hard for us to recognize that it’s there.

During the most grueling section of the shop’s early days, I remember the sensation of being ground to the bone from the constant work. My mental state was suffering and I found myself concerned that we would never make it another month. But, after deep reflection and some lucky moments, I was able to recognize that my day was built on single-serving successes.

Each success compounded on the other to create a resounding moment of triumph. It’s an odd concept, but if you can break down what you consider a large success into smaller steps, it’s so much easier to chip away at it.

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