THE COFFEE ENTREPRENEUR SERIES: COFFEE ARCHITECTURE

by Dhiren Bhatia / September 23, 2020

Ever felt like leaving everything behind to open your own business or start new projects? That’s what Nooran Al Bannay, the founder of Coffee Architecture did! Nooran left a senior architectural engineering position in a major company to open her own coffee shop in Abu Dhabi.

Despite Nooran’s salary being decent and her corporate career path being clear, her personal and spiritual journey led her to a different path. A path that saw her opening Coffee Architecture, a place that serves artisan Arabic coffee to both local and international coffee fans. She has since then taken a barista training in the USA and certified by the Coffee Quality Institute. Nooran now serves her quite unique coffee at the El Reem district of Abu Dhabi.

In this episode, Nooran shares more about her entrepreneurial journey, the challenges she’s faced and how she’s managed to keep Coffee Architecture afloat despite the pandemic.

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Episode Highlights:

03:42 – The start of Nooran’s journey to entrepreneurship

07:42 – Why Nooran chose coffee and not anything else

08:45 – How Nooran learnt about the coffee business

13:22 – Quitting her full time job to get into the coffee business

14:50 – Nooran’s experience with running her own business

15:39 – How to know the perfect addition to your team

17:11 – Challenges faced by Coffee Architecture as a startup business

25:22 – How the Covid -19 pandemic has affected Nooran’s business

29:13 – Nooran’s source of inspiration

32:45 – The various adjustments made by Coffee Architecture to stay afloat

34:59 – How Coffee Architecture responded to customer feedback on their location

 

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Dhiren Bhatia

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