Ally is among those uncommon souls who is undoubtedly gorgeous (” model” is just among the hats she uses) but doesnt appear to be knowledgeable about it or have an innate need to be in the spotlight. In reality, it wasnt until I asked her about her company, Canyon Coffee, that she began talking a mile a minute as she shared her enthusiasm and delight behind the brand she launched with her boyfriend, Casey Wojtalewicz. I was so motivated by her story, simple and easy style, and serene temperament that I asked her to share a little about her life back house in LA, specifically, how her morning sets her up for an inspired day ahead.
The brand was developed over time through treking in the canyons of LA, travels around the Southwest (one journey to Northern New Mexico, where we checked out Georgia OKeeffes house in Abiquiu, was particularly influential), and a desire to encapsulate the feelings coffee brings, what it indicates to us, in a plan.
Canyon Coffee grew out of mine and my partner Caseys passion for coffee, which established over time through our journeys and a love for making coffee for each other at house. We began learning about coffee through going to local roasters when we were on the roadway, and we d send out bags house to each other from our preferred areas.
It feels fitting that I first met Ally Walsh high up in the California mountains over a table filled with beautiful organic food and surrounded by imaginative females. It all just feels so in line with her ambiance.
What inspired your business and brand name?.
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What does a normal day appear like for you?
A common workday for Canyon may consist of collaborating and producing the numerous collaborative events we do and aims for material we produce, talking and engaging with our consumers over email and social media, fulfilling orders to clients and our wholesale accounts, and on roast days, filling bags! I still model regularly, and on shoot days Im completely devoted to the job at hand.
I always begin my day with my morning ritual. Whoevers up first, me or Casey, will make the other a put over. Its essential for me to have time to enjoy a cup of coffee, practice meditation, and sometimes opt for a walk around Elysian Park or get in a yoga class prior to starting work.
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Tell us about your home.
Having natural light is so essential to anywhere I live, I also enjoy that I can see trees through all the windows.
Our house is in Echo Park in Los Angeles, stashed towards the top of the canyon. Weve lived here for about a half and a year. I resided in Venice and Santa Monica from the time I transferred to LA until late 2017– almost 10 years. When the home we lived in on the beach in Santa Monica was sold, Casey and I decided to move to East LA. We felt linked to the community over here, which consists of a lot of other young innovative individuals beginning their own businesses. I discovered this house open on Craigslist one day, concerned see it, and we signed the lease the next day! I like that were located so near to Elysian Park, our favorite market Cookbook, Honey Hey, and the Echo Park pond.
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What times your wake-up call?
Im an early-to-bed type of person. And I always awaken around 7:30, no matter what time zone Im in. Its exceptional.
Whats the very first thing you do when you get up?
Light some Bodha incense, meditate, and then put the kettle on the stove and make a put over, either in our Chemex or V60. Ill usually have some apple cider vinegar in the early morning, too.
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Whats your preferred getting-ready soundtrack?
Nancy & & Lee, the album by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood.
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What do you eat for breakfast?
It varies with time. Sometimes all I desire in the early morning are apples with almond butter and coffee. Lately Ive been making a gluten complimentary banana bread dish, which Casey loves! Warmer months frequently indicates a smoothie, and in colder months I love making oatmeal. I also go through stretches where Ill make over night oats with chia seeds every night! Thats my go-to when I have an early morning flight or call-time for a shoot.
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What are your morning media routines?
When the time allows, I like using mornings to read and be inspired. I like checking out short articles on meditation, features on artists and other females business owners, and finding brand-new dishes to make in the house. In the vehicle, if Im not listening to music, I like listening to Krista Tippetts On Being, the Goop podcast, How I Built This and other similar podcasts.
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Simply Kids by Patti Smith.
Goldfinch by Donna Tart.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.
Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.
Im truly loving Less by Andrew Sean Greer, and just ended up Educated by Tara Westover, which I also really enjoyed!
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How do you make your coffee in your home?
My favorite method to brew in your home is the hand pour over. I constantly drink it black! For Canyon, our guideline is that every coffee has to taste excellent black.
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Bath or shower:.
Bath 1000%! I miss our old clawfoot tub. I constantly utilize Sans Ceuticals Body Exfoliant in the shower and I like utilizing epsom salts and coconut oil in baths.
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Whats your early morning appeal regimen?
I have a quite minimal technique to skin care, in general. I like to use Osea, Lesse, Poppy & & Someday and Earth tu face.Ive utilized the Earth Tu face wash for several years, and simply started to utilize Lesse face mask and oil. Its all natural and sources the finest ingredients all over the world! Osea Vitamin C Serum and Hyaluronic Sea serum are vegan and all natural too. I use these everyday.
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Worst morning habit:.
A black cup of coffee (black coffee is incredibly high in anti-oxidants and has been linked to a great deal of excellent health benefits, including lower dangers of cancer and longer life!)– and a shot of apple cider vinegar.
Healthiest morning routine:.
Going on my phone before Ive correctly awakened!
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Sometimes all I desire in the early morning are apples with almond butter and coffee. For Canyon, our guideline is that every coffee has to taste terrific black.
What are your preferred areas in Echo Park? (Allys area in LA).
Love Yoga. My area for Katonah yoga.
Cookbook. The market where we buy produce and other kitchen items.
Honey Hi. I purchase the breakfast bowl and Canyon Coffee!
Canyon Coffee grew out of mine and my partner Caseys passion for coffee, which established over time through our journeys and a love for making coffee for each other at house. We started learning about coffee through checking out local roasters when we were on the road, and we d send bags home to each other from our preferred spots. Its essential for me to have time to enjoy a cup of coffee, practice meditation, and often go for a walk around Elysian Park or get in a yoga class before beginning work.
Bar Bandini. A great little natural white wine bar.
Elf. Delicious vegan dinner and wine.
Los Feliz Theater. An old-school theater for matinees.