Based in Huntington Beach and serving all of Orange County, Moonwood Coffee Co. is renowned for its excellent catering, delectable coffee and baked goods, and commitment to building a better community. Our co-owners, Alecia Draper and Bernadette Ellis, have been baking professionally for a combined 50 years.. With their expertise, they have trained a staff that focuses on top-quality craftmanship and service. Whethe it’s the convenience of our county-wide catering, the smoothness of our organic pour-over coffee, or the taste of our famous Affogato dessert, Moonwood has something for everyone to love.
Alecia Draper and Bernadette Ellis bought Moonwood Coffee Co. from the previous owners in 2017. Immediately, they knew their new company had the potential to be something special. With every coffee cup, baked good, and catering appointment, Moonwood has grown into a community where Alecia and Bernadette can share and teach their art. Moonwood Coffee Co. has become a safe haven for new team members to hone their craft and learn the skills needed to become independent artisans in a commercial kitchen. Today, Moonwood Coffee Co. has made a name as Orange County’s most delicious coffee and baked good caterer.
WHO WE ARE
The Moonwood Coffee Co. team includes bakers, brewers, and tastemakers who love to share our delicious treats with the world. With years of experience in professional kitchens, we are built for excellence. Every part of our menu is baked, brewed, cooked, and catered with your dream in mind. Relax and leave the rest to us.
At the heart of Moonwood’s mission are ongoing training, personal development, and managements opportunities for survivors of childhood molestation, incest, and sexual abuse. We care for our baristas, bakers, cake designers, and servers. Our leadership’s top priority is giving each team member every opportunity to accomplish their goals and dreams.
We also raise awareness and financial support to sponsor sexually abused children and adults to receive Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Equine Therapy, and Art Therapy. In addition, if a survivor has a passion for barista service, baking, or cake designing, we can teach them in the Moonwood kitchen through our vocational training program.
With love, support, vocational training, and continued therapy treatments, we believe survivors can find hope for a better future.
MEET OUR FOUNDERS
ALECIA DRAPER, FOUNDER
With 32 years of industry experience, Alecia Draper knows her way around a baked good. Her professional baking training started with her first job as a Haagen Daas cake decorator. She soon found that the hustle and bustle of a commercial-grade baking kitchen was her place to be. At just 17 years old, she became a manager and oversaw cake and pie orders for wholesale accounts, employee training, and all store operations. Alecia quickly learned a successful kitchen needed teamwork, attention to detail, and a consistent work ethic. Through years of training, Alecia established herself as a master of her craft and even was awarded recognition for “Best Wedding Cake” for the bakery she owned in Las Vegas from 2001 to 2010.
BERNADETTE ELLIS, FOUNDER
Bernadette Ellis has made a name for herself with 32 years in the bakery industry. Beginning at the young age of twelve, Bernadette has worked to support herself and her family within the food world. Her early experiences developed her strong work ethic, and her years within the field made her an expert in building working relationships and developing quality. She built her reputation and honed her skills by working with clients like California Pizza Kitchen, TGIFriday’s, and Cheesecake Factory. Sales grew from 150,000 to 38,000,000 under her care, and she has led several teams to success throughout her career. For the past 16 years, Bernadette has used her expertise to grow her very successful Bakery Brokerage Company. Bernadette joined Alecia in 2017 to purchase Moonwood Coffee. Together, they have created a coffee and bakery experience unlike any other.
"I AM A COFFEE FANATIC! JUST TRIED MOONWOOD THE OTHER DAY. IT IS PHENONEMAL! I'D RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE AND SUGGEST YOU GO RIGHT AHEAD AND BRING A POUND OR TWO HOME. ITS JUST THAT GREAT!"
"We met them at the Aliso Viejo Pet Expo and we loved their bakery goods and coffee! My kids loved their cookies and cinnamon rolls so much, we left and went back just to get more (the last ones!). Wish they had a location in south county!"
"Love ordering from Alecia for our monthly coffee for our office (team of 20). The chocolate chips are to die for!"
"Quality and service top!"
"Moonwood Coffee Co. was amazing at our OC United/Peninsula Point Community Christmas Open House this past Sunday! The baristas Amanda and Kristie were so nice and efficient serving 300 guests in 3 hours! They set up a super cute hot cocoa bar and hot cider for the kids and the espressos were delicious! All of the neighbors raved about it. The retro trailer they serve out of and the bistro stringers added the perfect vibe to our event. I can't wait to use them again."
— OC United Jingle and Mingle
"Alecia has been providing Coffee for our office since we moved into our new office. Ordering is always a smooth process, and the coffee is received on time before we finish our next round! The Rice Crispy Treats and the chocolate chip cookies are delicious! If you're looking to order for your office, this is the place to order."
"Moonwood is about the highest quality in coffee, treats and people. They make every event just that much more special - exceptional people who treat their customers like they matter."