We had the good fortune of connecting with Carlos Aguilar and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Carlos, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Coffee is one of the few products that people interact with daily, ritualistically. Coffee was an opportunity to connect with my target audience in a meaningful way, by providing a great experience (top shelf coffee) rooted in their culture.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The creative work I do now, as a writer and producer at Quantasy and Associates (a leading creative agency), is rooted in my experience as a hip hop artist. I wrote a thousand rhymes before I wrote my first college newspaper article, and a thousand poems before my first scripts. I’d rapped on a hundred stages before making my first TV pitch or leading a production. The habit of writing, re-writing, sharing, critiquing and performing gave me a strong foundation, both technically and psychologically.

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 work near Little Tokyo, adjacent to the Arts District, in Downtown LA. You won’t find a more representative, walkable slice of Los Angeles. We’ll drink coffee, eat donuts, peep street art, shop for Vinyl, get our sneaker’s cleaned, cop some ramen and chase it with a craft beer.

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?
Big ups to Harvey Mudd College Upward for continuing to propel students from the San Gabriel Valley to to new heights.

Website: mestizo.coffee

Instagram: mestizocoffee

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrbigbrowndad

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCORSwCad-kItCBmXBjCrjtQ

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