FUELLED BY CAFFEINE

In celebration of 15 years at Main & 20th, we collaborated with Vancouver designer, illustrator and artist, Jane Koo to produce these fantastic enamel pins adorned with the age-old Bean Around The World motto.

Back in the day, we proudly served coffee in these old school diner mugs until the day the second to last one disappeared.  Throwback to those days with a hipster pin on your lapel!  The back side is embossed with the Bean logo and nod to our anniversary.  They are $11.50 including tax and available in store today!

YEMEN... BACK IN STOCK!

YEMEN... BACK IN STOCK!

For 2,000 years, coffee has been grown in Yemen - a lineage surpassed only by Ethiopia.  This particular coffee is sourced by Emeryville-based importing powerhouse Royal Coffee in the Western highlands of the country is produced in a traditional style that dates back to the 15th century.  Dried in the cherry on the rooftops of cliffside homes, the full natural style delivers the warm, bold flavour beloved by dark roast lovers.

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NEW! ORGANIC FLORES BAJAWA NGURA

NEW! ORGANIC FLORES BAJAWA NGURA

This is a great coffee story.  Before 2005, the coffee from Flores was dry-processed and sold to exporters reaping the farmer a scant 30-40 cents per pound.  Quality left a lot to be desired.  In 2005, bolstered by a $40,000 investment from the Indonesian Coffee Research Centre (ICCRI), a coopertive partnership between two farmer groups began processing coffee using a new, fully washed method (called Ngura in the Bajawa language) and quality soared.

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MONTECRISTO MAGAZINE FEATURES BEAN!

We love Montecristo magazine!  Each issue of the elegant, inquisitive and dedicatedly local publication is a delight to devour.

So you can imagine what a thrill it is to have Bean Around The World's 25th anniversary featured this month.  From a 1990s fact-finding trip to San Francisco through to today's Roastery on North Vancouver's Columbia Drive, writer Catherine Roscoe Barr captures the evolution of The Bean beautifully and we are honoured.  See the full article and photography here.

Also recently covered by Montecristo are Dear-Friends-Of-Bean, photographers Byron Dauncey and Andrew Querner, who shot the cover photo of Chef Francis Mallmann.

VANCOUVER SUN FEATURES THE BEAN AND THE CITY'S COFFEE SCENE

Thank you to Jenny Lee and the Vancouver Sun for featuring the Bean Around The World Roastery in this in-depth look at the evolution of Vancouver's coffee scene.  It has been a long and lovely 25 years for The Bean and we are so pleased to thrive among many phenomenal coffee purveyors.  Keep on, keeping on.

P.S.  Props to Mr. Ken Craig for his comment: "Bean Around the World 4 life".

"MAY YOU FLOURISH LIKE COFFEE"

Do you have four and a half minutes to spare?

The good people are The Perennial Plate have produced a wonderful short film about Ethiopian coffee farming and production with the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union.

Alive with music, laughter, history and hard work, this film offers amazing insight into the passion for coffee consumption and production as well as the impact of forming cooperative unions.

Presented in partnership with Intrepid Travel, herewith, "there is only coffee":

ROYAL COFFEE IMPORTERS

Oh, we get it.  It's enough to have made it to Main & 20th in the first place.  Before a coffee, who's got time to wonder what happened leading up to this.

Royal Coffee is what happened.  And it's been happening since 1978... but we only got involved in 1990.

While there are a handful of coffees Bean Around The World purchases directly from the producers, most often we use Oakland-based powerhouse coffee importer Royal Coffee.  With satellite locations in Madison, Wisconsin and Shanghai and seasoned buyers seemingly everywhere at once, there is no importer working harder to forge decades-long relationships with farmers and producers in order to bring you the finest examples from the world's preeminent coffee-growing regions.  Simply put, through working alongside the farmers, the producers, the roasters and baristas, they know the geography, the terroir, the plant science, each particular bean's ideal processing as well as the range of roasting styles and brewing methods that constitute a world of extraordinary coffee.

Should you want to dig deeper into the history of the coffee in your cup, their splashy, revamped website has profiles of many coffee producers - a vast, ongoing project undertaken by Mayra Powell.  In the meantime, this short film provides wonderful insight into an essential step in connecting the shrub to the drink.

To learn more about Royal Coffee and follow their day-to-day operations:

ORGANIC BALI BLUE MOON (KRISHNA)

The coffee growing area in Bali - an estimated 7,500 hectares - is largely centred in the Kintamani highlands.  Sitting atop a large volcanic plateau between 1300-1700 meters altitude, coffee tree varieties include a high percentage of Bourbon and Typica, along with shade trees such as Erythrina, Albizia, Tangerine and Orange. The use of pesticides is prohibited on Bali and all fertilizers are 100% organic. The Subak Abian is a traditional farming structure organization in Bali, similar to a farmer cooperative. There are 13 different Subak Abians that are currently growing and processing coffee. The “SA” oversee both agricultural technology and religious activities. The promotion of improved coffee growing practices is expected to enhance not only agricultural technology but social and economic standing in Bali as well.

TASTING NOTES: This dark roast has a smooth, syrupy, black cherry body, low acidity and pronounced chocolate flavours.

  • PRODUCER:  Subak Abian farmers' cooperative (Rainforest Alliance)
  • ORIGIN:  Kintamani Highland, Bali
  • VARIETAL:  Bourbon, Typica
  • ALTITUDE:  1300 - 1700 m.
  • PROCESS:  Fully washed, patio-dried to 40% moisture then hulled.

* Producer profile and location photos courtesy of Royal Coffee.