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Meet Rodney Bocanegra of Smartbean Coffee House in Hialeah

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rodney Bocanegra.

Rodney, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I always cooked to survive I guess. Not until my 20’s did I decide to take cooking seriously and attend culinary school. I moved to Vegas where I worked under many talented chefs and gained as much knowledge as I could in the industry. I stayed there a few years until the right opportunity presented itself. That opportunity was Smartbean Coffee House, a small locally owned shop where I grew up. Perfect place to start my first solo adventure. A blend of great coffee and coffee related drinks with upscale made to order food you would not find at your traditional cafe.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Definitely not. There have been lots of challenges along the way. Both personal and in the field. We are still fairly new and continue to grow every day. We constantly find ourselves overcoming new obstacles every day.

Please tell us about Smartbean Coffee House.
We are a cross between Starbucks and First Watch. we have great drink including lattes, frappes, iced drinks, and smoothies. We use Ghirardelli products along with our own proprietary coffee bean to make the best drinks you could get in South Florida. We take classics like beignets and put a Cuban spin on them by injecting them with flavors like guava and cheese and dulce de leche. We offer dishes like beef short rib tacos, avocado toast, black truffle eggs, acai bowls and many more all made fresh to order along with plenty of vegan options. Fresh baked goods every day like vegan banana bread and blueberry muffins. The food is what really sets us apart from other coffee shops. That and we can put any picture or design on your latte. That’s right. I can literally print your favorite picture or business logo right on your coffee. Makes for a great Instagram post.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memories all involve having the family together and eating great food. Living in South Florida and being Cuban the staples were always served. Rice and black beans, yuca, sweet plantains and of course, your Lechon Asado.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Smartbean Coffee House
    PSN Towncenter
    17690 nw 78th ave
    Hialeah, FL 33015
  • Phone: 7865348732
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @chef_boca
  • Facebook: Smartbean Coffee House
  • Twitter: @smartbeancoffeehouse
  • Yelp: Smartbean Coffee House

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