Ally Walsh, Canyon Coffee
We never thought we'd trade in our tried-and-true coffee beans until we tasted Canyon Coffee. Made with love from Ally Walsh and Casey Wojtalewicz, the couple has created our new favorite caffeine fix, all within the most beautiful packaging. To get inside Ally Walsh's head, we turned to one of her good friends Jodi Balfour to ask her a series of questions on her modeling career, traveling, and of course—coffee, coffee, coffee.
You’re one of the most joyful, positive, comfortable-in-your-own-skin people I know. How’d you get like that? Have you always felt an innate sense of confidence and happiness or have you had to work on that? You’re my open-hearted, happiness muse.
It’s definitely a daily practice and something I continue to work on because confidence comes from practicing self-love, and happiness comes from simply placing an importance on doing things that make you happy.
You and Casey (your boyfriend of almost 4 years) are business partners in Canyon Coffee. How do you balance your business partnership with your romantic partnership?
I think the key to any relationship is understanding and being okay with the fact that it’s a constant effort and there’s always room to grow. If anything, the business has added an exciting component to our relationship and keeps us constantly talking and sharing new ideas. We can talk about Canyon Coffee from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep because it’s our passion project!
You’ve been modeling your whole adult life in London, New York and LA, and now you’re starting an entirely different venture with Canyon Coffee. What’s that been like for you? Have you always dreamt of starting your own business?
It’s been empowering and turning an idea into reality feels very fulfilling. I’ve always wanted to do something creative that I can really pour my heart into, invest in, and build upon—I just wasn't sure exactly what that was before. I think my modeling career actually had a lot to do with me getting into coffee—it allowed me to travel all over the world for work and pleasure. For years now, whenever I’ve traveled for work, I’d always be up early to go try a new coffee shop or roaster—I’ve even taken taxis to coffee shops from airports on layovers!
What are you most looking forward to with Canyon Coffee?
I think just the sheer possibilities it provides. Through Canyon, I have more reason to travel, meet people, and collaborate! It’s a vehicle for my love and passion.
I know we both sometimes feel like we don’t connect to the mainstream sense of beauty and glamour. We both want to run away to the mountains a lot and not partake in any of it. How do you deal with those aspects of who you are and what you do for a living?
I’m very grateful for modeling and feel lucky to have a career in it. I’m fortunate to have been with my agency for over eight years and have great relationships with my bookers—they support me as a person and in my new business, they’re my biggest fans!
But yes, even though I work in an industry associated with beauty and glamour, it’s important to keep that separate from my own notions of who I am and what I consider beautiful. So sure, sometimes the job calls for dressing up or makeup in a way I wouldn’t do myself, but it doesn’t change who I am inside.
You travel so much. Where have you been that just totally captured your heart?
Portugal! Casey and I went last spring, rented a car in Lisbon, and road-tripped through Alentejo. The people were so nice, the food and wine were amazing and, of course, we found some delicious coffee.
What are three things you would say to your younger self?
Just one thing: don’t worry so much. When I look back at my younger self, all the things I worried about seem so trivial now. Everything always ends up working out in the end.
What are your self-care rituals?
Meditating, making time to read, and baths!
If you could make a cup of Canyon Coffee for anyone in the world, living or dead, who would it be?
My late spiritual mentor, George Falcon. I wish he could see what we’ve created. I think he’d be so proud.
Professionally, or just in life in general, what would be the thing that would make you lose your mind?
A Canyon Coffee pop-up in Japan!