Interview with Stanley Soebianto (@coffeeandicecream1)


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Stanley Soebianto first developed a passion for coffee, or more accurately, coffee house ambiance, in 2009 during a visit to his friend at the University of California Berkeley. He was fascinated with how social yet relaxing it was to visit the locally-owned and unique establishments. “Why is there not such a coffeehouse in LA?” He asked herself, and in a living room in sunny LA the Greenfolia concept was created.

During the summer of 2009 Stanley traveled to Santa Monica and the San Francisco Bay area with his cousin on an expedition. During that time, they visited more than 50 coffeehouses.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

As a young professional in corporate America Stanley passed by Farmer Brothers Coffee Company and decided spontaneously to go inside and ask for the owner, Jonathan Waite. Wearing sweat pants and a t-shirt, Stanley asked him to entertain his coffee concept and the rest is history.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Just keep remembering the ‘why’. Why are you in the industry? Why are you still doing this day after day? Why is this the reason that sets your passion on fire?

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I’ve had the privilege of working with many great people throughout the years. The ones that stand out most have challenged me to think differently and always be prepared and encouraged me to build strong, talented teams. As a previous chief colleague of mine always said, “You are putting your career in the hands of the leaders you hire.”

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I bring goodness to this planet by encouraging people of all regions, religions, and races to recognize our shared humanity. I do this by educating others about essential oils and ways to use more color in their life to change their mood. I’ve inspired others at talks and presentations. …If you have that first sale or find yourself unemployed — I encourage you to volunteer for a cause, donate and decide to connect to the collective human spirit. We are generous creatures so my success is your success and your success is my success. This is why sharing our stories, using our success for good, and making art matters because it’s adding to our shared humanity. Helping our evolution as a species. Ain’t nobody got time for scarcity or poverty.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“Short cuts make long delays.” Getting it right from the start is super important. I’ve always challenged myself not to do anything half-hearted or halfway.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Groups and communities, messenger and comments, Live interactions. Groups and communities.

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