PHOENIX — “Rituals save people’s lives and coffee is a ritual. And that’s important for any community,” says Catherine Zingg, owner of Hakiri Coffee.
For the 23-year-old, the Zingg community was built on wheels. The all-female team behind the small business coffee bus, Hakiri Coffee, was a concept created based on Zingg’s friendship and identity.
“A café space centered around my indigenous language,” says Zingg. “I’m Ho-Chunk and I’m learning.”
In order to make specialty beers, the bus relies heavily on power from a generator that costs $2,700. Zingg bought one last month before a big pop-up event.
But then she returned home to find the 200-pound generator had been stolen. A thief flew away with her new equipment.
“They were able to push it up and across my sidewalk and walk away with it,” Zingg says.
The Phoenix Police Department said no arrests have been made, but are investigating.
“It’s not a good feeling to know that someone might be watching you and your stuff that you’re just trying to live off of,” Zingg says.
After the first generator was stolen, one of Zingg’s models stepped in to help.
Melody Lewis (Mojave, Tewa, Hopi) is an Indigenous entrepreneur from CahokiaPHX in downtown Phoenix. Lewis offered to loan money for a new generator.
Zingg continues to work seven days a week to repay nearly $3,000, joined by her support team.
“I’m a small business owner. I’m proud of what I do with coffee, but I’m more proud of the friends I make,” Zingg says.
If you want to help Hakiri Coffee get back on their feet, consider donating to their GoFundMe.