APRIL ARTIST: SARAH STONEHOCKER

APRIL ARTIST: SARAH STONEHOCKER

It's been interesting to see over the past three years how the different work selected by Rita and Len have interplayed with the bustle of the shop and neighbourhood in general.  Sarah Stonehocker's serene black and white photos of Lake Manaro on the South Pacific Vanuatu island of Ambae feels so right at this time.  If her aim was to bear witness, that's been achieved with amazing lightness.  One feels deeply absorbed by the images - at an intimate promixity while at the same time leaving the scene captured undisturbed.  We are transported and immersed.  And then deposited back onto Main Street with the imagery still lingering.

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THE BEAN IS FIFTEEN!

 
 

We are officially fifteen and like all 15-year olds, we're going to take a bit of time to celebrate.

Welcome to our freshly launched website!  As before, you can find here details on our complement of coffees including producer profiles and specifics on the signature blends you know and love.  You can also learn more about what the bakers crank out of our in-house bakery 364 days a year.

Coming soon are a few anniversary-themed features including THE BEAN ALUMNI, where we profile many of your favourite baristas who have gone on to greener pastures and later this spring THE BEAN BEAT - a documenting of our ever-evolving neighbourhood.

Back in 2001, the corner of Main & 20th was a shade sleepier than it is today.  We are older and greyer and ever the more grateful that you have been with us all this time!

ILLUSTRATOR TERRI-LYNN PAPAGIANNIS

We are thrilled to have discovered Victoria-based illustrator Terri-Lynn Papagiannis!  After falling in love with her vibrant, cheerful and inspiring Instagram feed, we reached out to Terri-Lynn to see how she felt about creating an illustration of The Bean to help launch our 15th anniversary celebration.

Working from the foundation of a line drawing illuminated with watercolour, Terri-Lynn delivered a beautiful piece in ink and gouache that we think captures life at The Bean perfectly!

You can purchase work by Terri-Lynn on her Etsy shop and learn more about her work via her website.

If you're in Victoria, take a class!  The wonderful Poppet Creative hosts classes and events with an assortment of artists and a nice range of media - from watercolour and acrylics to leather-working and weaving.


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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THE BEAN'S CURATED ART PROGRAM

Under the careful watch of Rita Minichiello of Vernissage Exhibitions and Len Budiwski, over the last few years we have been spoiled with an art program that changes monthly.

We have also been remiss in profiling the artists and are - over the next few months - going to be looking back even as we look forward.  Below are the artists that have held exhibitions at The Bean.  Please check back to find their individual profiles.  You can learn more about our past artists here.

Mojgan Abolhassani
March 1 - April 17, 2015 - Spiritual Paintings   www.mojgan.com

Joyce Ozier
April 18 - May 30, 2015 - Abstract Painting

Tessa Mul
May 31 - July 11, 2015 -  Colour Photographs on panels

Graydon Wallace
July 12 - August 22, 2015 - Pop Art Painting  http://www.graydonwallace.com/

Jordan Houston
August 23 - October 3, 2015 - Photographs - http://hipsistercreative.com

Julia Di Sano
October 3 - November 14, 2015 - Mixed Media  http://www.ebiemporium.com

Len Budiwski
November 15 - December 31, 2015 - Sculpture/Photo Essay. Work with Nature

Shelley McDonald
January 1 - February 13, 2016 - Watercolour  www.shelleymcdonald.myartchannel.com

Tara Ahmadi
February 13 - March 26, 2016 - Abstract Acrylic on canvas  www.instagram.com/tarantism.art/

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".

JANUARY/FEBRUARY ARTIST: RAMI KATZ

JANUARY/FEBRUARY ARTIST: RAMI KATZ

We are thrilled to have stepped into a new year surrounded by subtly and deeply personal portraits by filmmaker Rami Katz.  While devoting most of his creative energy to developing, producing and directing a range of documentary films, Rami's exhibition at The Bean provided a perfect opportunity to showcase moments from both journeys abroad and interactions at home.

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