In the coffee shop

There is something warm and inviting about getting together with friends at a local coffee shop or putting on a pot of coffee at home for guests. Coffee always finds a way to bring people together. That was exactly the goal for Sarenity Smith, the local owner of the new Rollin’ Beans Mobile Coffee Shop.

There is something warm and inviting about getting together with friends at a local coffee shop or putting on a pot of coffee at home for guests. Coffee always finds a way to bring people together. That was exactly the goal for Sarenity Smith, the local owner of the new Rollin’ Beans Mobile Coffee Shop.

She is quite possibly the youngest coffee shop owner in America. Sarenity recently graduated high school in 2021 and is already the proud owner of Rollin’ Beans, a mobile coffee shop pouring delicious handcrafted, gourmet espresso beverages.

It is remarkable to meet such a young, determined entrepreneur. Many may wonder, what sparked the drive in this 19 year old woman to create something her own, and how did she manage to make it happen?

“I love coffee, creating recipes, and seeing people come together. I also had a dream of having a cafe. This was my way of taking the more creative approach to combine my desires and a great way to dip my toes in the water of the industry.” Serenity said of her inspiration.

She worked through high school at a coffee shop, learning the ins and outs of the business. She researched, made business plans, and budgeted using her own savings and personal investments to see her dream become a reality and create something everyone would love.

Her family has been a huge support in the opening of Rollin’ Beans. You may see Sarenity’s mom working in the shop, or one of her two younger brothers helping out on any given day. It's been a great way for her family to work together and do something that they love.

The mobile shop idea was sparked when she saw a horse trailer converted into a mobile coffee shop. So, she made her vision a reality and bought a trailer. Unfortunately, during the renovation, it became unusable.

The horse trailer was a hit to the budget and didn’t turn out as planned. With tenacity and a desire to inspire others with what she could accomplish, she pressed forward, changing her plans, overcoming the loss and purchasing her current mobile shop they use today.

Coffee is not just a drink, but a craft. It takes time, patience and perseverance to make something unique that everyone will love.

“My method for making great coffee comes from the perfection of my espresso shots. This came from adjusting my grind, filling the portafilter with the right amount of grounds, having the proper water softness, and more to extract the perfect shot.” explained Sarenity in regards to making her coffee great.

There is a plethora of behind the scenes work that goes into making one excellent cup of coffee. All of her drinks are top grade. They are clean labels with gluten free and vegan options using the highest quality ingredients.

You can also find Lotus energy drinks. They originated in Alaska and are a fizzy, refreshing drink. They are chalked full of essential amino acids, B Vitamins, and caffeine extracted from green coffee beans.

If you want to try the best seller, it is a simple caramel latte. But there is nothing simple about its decadent flavor and smoothness that makes it a favorite amongst customers. Even the whipped cream is house made.

Coffee has a way of uniting people and drawing the community together. Sarenity’s place is no exception. She reached out to people in the local community and has received support and kindness through members all across Rockwall county.

Her first seasonal event was set up at Blase Family Farm and it was a great success. “I absolutely loved it.” said Sarenity. “The Blase family is the best.”

Serenity is also partnering with amazing, local, woman owned businesses. She sells local bagels from ‘The Bagel Lady’ and will be set up about three days per week at the newly opened shared workspace called ‘The Local Desk.’

The Bagel Lady has shared part of her story on her website. She took it upon herself to create a supportive network of Jewish people in the Dallas area, to bring that sense of community that she, and many others, longed for. They’d talk about things that they love and miss, and bagels were always at the top of the list.

The Local Desk was founded in 2021 by two local moms and business owners with the mission to create a people-focused space with flexible workspace solutions to meet the varied needs of entrepreneurs, small businesses and organizations.

The space sits on over an acre right outside of downtown Rockwall and offers private suites, shared desk space, private parking, and a small event space. They are open daily for tours.

In addition to parking at The Local Desk, you can look for Rollin’ Beans at Wilkerson Sanders Stadium on Nov. 20 and the Christmas Lighting Event in Heath on Dec. 3.

To learn more about these local, women-owned businesses, you can visit their facebook pages. @rollinbeanscoffee @thebagelladyrockwall @thelocaldesk

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