Local gourmet coffee truck business finds success amid Covid-19 regulations and shutdowns

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Gourmet coffee truck WeBeeGrindin serving in front of Simi Valley Hospital. Simi Valley, CA. Photo provided by Brooke Ramos.

By Hailey Garcia

WeBeeGrindin is a local gourmet coffee truck that is a family owned business in Oxnard, CA. The two owners of the coffee mobile unit, Natalie Ramos and her husband Jose Ramos, were permitted on March 11, 2020, to start working. Unfortunately, their truck business had to shut down on March 13, 2020, due to COVID-19 regulations.

“We were scared because we had just taken on a loan for the coffee truck, plus having to pay commissary rent,” Natalie Ramos stated.

Just like other small businesses, WeBeeGrindin was highly affected and out of work for a while. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the small business, but that did not stop the owners from making flexible work arrangements.

The couple planned to expand their business by starting this coffee truck, and saw a need to get started in this line of work from being at other local festivals and events visited by their gourmet popcorn mobile unit known as WeBeePoppin.

Amidst the pandemic, the business had a “slower year than anticipated with all the events planned that were shutdown,” Natalie Ramos stated.

However, other events took place throughout the year for the coffee truck such as generously serving students and faculty at California Lutheran University, and at Underwood Family Farms to serve families who love their daily cup of coffee.

Customer Angel Rodriguez explained, “WeBeeGrindin cares about the well-being of the community and is great to have for the people who crave an affordable freshly brewed coffee.”

Not only do they serve hot, iced and seasonal gourmet coffee, they serve muffins for a quick bite to complement the coffee, as well as fresh fruit smoothies, teas and hot chocolate for non-caffeine lovers and children.

Precautions being taken to keep a safe environment are daily temperature checks before coming into work, wearing masks at all times, washing hands constantly and sanitizing the work stations along with keeping the six feet social distance.

“We started working for the Simi Valley Hospital in June 2020 after the hospital reached out to us from seeing us at our main location, Underwood Family Farms,” Jose Ramos affirmed.

WeBeeGrindin appreciated and thanked the hard-working staff at the hospital during these harsh times.

“Whatever time of day, the employees of this coffee truck always have smiles on their faces and joy in their voices to uplift their customers,” Rodriguez stated.

In addition, not only does the truck serve the hospital staff from 8-10 a.m. for the morning shift, but again the same night from 8-10 p.m.

Natalie Ramos expressed, “It was very helpful having the hospital as clients since events were cancelled due to the pandemic.”

Despite the difficult circumstances of having to evolve and adapt during the pandemic, the business has had success and still continues to work at the hospital on a weekly basis.

For more information, contact webeegrindin.com or follow their Instagram.